Taylor Swift, Nick Cave, Pale Waves and other vinyl releases you need this week

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In this fast-paced musical landscape, where it’s so easy to simply put a playlist on shuffle, nothing compares to putting a record on, sitting back and enjoying all it has to offer in full (or at least until you have get up again to flip it over).

Every week, we here at NME round up the best vinyl releases, available to buy or pre-order via Norman Records. Here are the latest picks.

Taylor Swift – ‘folklore’

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Back in July, we described TS’s surprise record as a “rich isolation album [that] boasts collaborations with Bon Iver and The National’s Aaron Dessner, and might just feature Taylor’s best song ever”, adding that the “pop superstar undergoes an extraordinary indie-folk makeover”. Read our full review here.

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Recorded under lockdown as a relatively quick follow-up to her last album ‘Lover ’11 months ago, Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ dropped without fanfare at the end of July. Featuring production assistance from Jack Antonoff and The National’s Aaron Dessner, it’s been hailed as the most lyrically vivid and sonically diverse album of Swift’s career, and it now gets a physical release on CD and vinyl.

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The Cribs – ‘Night Network’

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The Cribs’ latest sees the indie heroes return with their best album in a decade. As we put in our review: “The Wakefield brothers have pulled through some tough times and, with a little help from Dave Grohl, emerged recharged and back on their strongest form.” Read our full review here.

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The Cribs have been out of the game for some time. What it does mean is that they’ve had time to refresh and to write a whole batch of new songs. They’ve recorded them at Foo Fighters studio and with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth guesting on a few tracks. A welcome return for this much loved band.

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Nick Cave – ‘Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace’

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When Nick Cave aired his lockdown livestream back in July, we called it “an exorcism of death, religion and romance,” adding: “With the Bad Seeds seemingly on furlough, our prince of darkness pulls up a pew at Alexandra Palace for this one-time live-streamed beauty.” It’s so good it’s been made into a live album. Read our full review here.

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There he is. A man alone at the piano. Sir Nick Cave. Just like every other musician, Sir Nick couldn’t tour during the Covid mess – but unlike every other musician, Cave donned his blackest suit and streamed himself playing without an audience in a big, empty room at Alexandra Palace. The results were, of course, breathtaking – Cave gave a sombre performance which straddled output from his entire career. And now you can own it.

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Pale Waves – ‘Who Am I?’

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Pale Waves’ second album may not be out until next year, but they’ve already told us what to expect. Gone are the Cure comparisons, replaced by some more unlikely influences. ““I know there are a lot of my fans that love Avril so I know they’re gonna dissect my album and know what I’ve pulled from Avril,” Heather told us. “But I went back to my roots with this album with someone like Alanis as well. She’s just unapologetic, and I wanted to be like that in this album.” Read our full Big Read with Pale Waves here.

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Crashing out of the gates with the huge-sounding lead single ‘Change’, Manchester-based Pale Waves make a lunge for the mainstream with their sophomore album ‘Who Am I?’. With former Muse, Biffy Clyro and Sigur Rós producer Rich Costey at the controls, Pale Waves’ dreamy indie-pop sound is beefed up here and thus bestowed with a strident sense of purpose.

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Django Django – ‘Glowing In The Dark’

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In our review of Django Django’s last album, 2018’s ‘Marble Skies’, we called the band “masters of merging flesh and diode”, adding “Earlier albums have sounded like a bunch of twitchy cyborgs playing rootsy rock’n’roll tunes… this kind of febrile retro-futurism still abounds”. Now we’re looking forward to what’s in store on its follow-up.

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Scottish clever-clogs Django Django have long followed their nose with regard to their music, pushing the sound into new and exciting shapes. Their latest album ‘Glowing In The Dark’ is all about escape and uses squelchy synths, live drums and churning bass lines to create vibrant modern pop music. Certainly lyrically and music, ‘Glowing In The Dark’ is aiming to take the listener somewhere else other than 2020 drudgery/misery.

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The War On Drugs – ‘LIVE DRUGS’

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We were big fans of The War On Drugs’ last album, 2017’s ‘A Deeper Understanding’, hailing the band’s “vision of ’80s pop-rock [that] is warped through the prism of second-wave shoegaze” and adding: “These songs revel in their spaciousness… Granduciel’s music is such a sumptuous wallow we don’t mind moving forward by the inch.” We’ve not heard anything from the Philly band since, so this live record will tide us over nicely.

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‘LIVE DRUGS’ is a live compilation by War On Drugs, curated just as a live set would be. The music here has been taken from more than forty hard drives which were used to record many, many gigs throughout the band’s career. Notable highlights include ‘Buenos Aires Beach’, ‘Under The Pressure’, ‘In Reverse’ and their version of Warren Zevon’s ‘Accidentally Like A Martyr’.

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Live In San Francisco ’16’

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are the kind of band that you just have to see live. Obviously that can’t happen right now, so this new live album from their earlier days is a must-listen instead.

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Whilst touring their 2016 album ‘Nonagon Infinity’, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard played one of their final club gigs, before moving on to bigger venues, at The Independent in San Francisco. Needless to say, the Australian psych-rock band blew the roof off the place with a high energy, yet precise performance. ‘Live In San Francisco ’16’ is a blistering listen from start to finish. Oh! to have been there.

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Dirty Projectors – ‘5EPs’

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Dirty Projectors’ last album, 2018’s ‘Lamp Lit Prose’, was a return to form. As we said at the time: “Love triumphs on the band’s most intriguing and joyous album since 2009’s breakthrough ‘Bitte Orca'”. Now they’ve used 2020 to experiment a little, with five EPs, each featuring a different singer from the group.

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The five EPs that Dirty Projectors released throughout 2020 are gathered up in this set. Dave Longstreth shares the spotlight in this series, with each of the current band members taking lead vocals on a four-song EP each – Maia Friedman on ‘Windows Open’, Felicia Douglass on ‘Flight Tower’, Longstreth himself on ‘Super João’ and Kristin Slipp on ‘Earth Crisis’. All four trade vox on the fifth and final EP ‘Ring Road’. Phew.

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Cabaret Voltaire – ‘Shadow Of Fear’

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A lot has changed in the past 26 years, but what hasn’t altered is Cabaret Voltaire’s knack for eerie but danceable post-punk. ‘Shadow Of Fear’ is the follow-up to 1994’s ‘The Conversation’ and the first LP with Richard H Kirk as sole member.

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‘Shadow of Fear’ is the first album by Cabaret Voltaire since 1994’s ‘The Conversation’ – that’s a whopping 26 years ago. Sheffield’s pioneering industrial electronic band are now the sole enterprise of Richard H. Kirk with Stephen Mallinder having left after their last album. The record is unmistakably Cabaret Voltaire with its mix of house, dub, techno and German electronic music of the 1970s weaving through the grooves.

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AK/DK – ‘Shared Particles’

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AK/DK have compared themselves to Devo and they’re not far off. Think Devo’s pepped-up art-rock mixed with some vintage video game synth music.

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If thumping, new wave, club-oriented music if your bag then look no further than AK/DK’s third record ‘Shared Particles’. This album looks to be full of arpeggiated synths and pummelling acoustic drums. Titular lead single ‘Shared Particles’ is a proper banger, too.

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