Taylor Swift, The Fall 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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The first of two albums released in 2020, we called ‘folklore’ in our four-star review “an extraordinary indie-folk makeover”, adding: “This rich isolation album boasts collaborations with Bon Iver and The National’s Aaron Dessner, and might just feature Taylor’s best song ever.”

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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.

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Mogwai – ‘As The Love Continues’

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Mogwai’s latest “paints widescreen scenes of beauty”, as we note in our review of the LP. Its expansive opening track, ‘To The Bin My Friend, Tonight We Vacate Earth’, specifically “leans towards this sense of optimistic escapism, painting an almost Icelandic scene surrounded by lakes and trees with its glistening piano plinks and widescreen guitars.”

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Glaswegian legends Mogwai reveal their tenth studio album. Reuniting with producer Dave Fridmann, the chap who worked on 2001’s ‘Rock Action’ and ‘Every Country’s Sun’ in 2016, the band recorded remotely for ‘As The Love Continues’. This is a cathartic and cinematic album of instrumental post-rock that includes guest spots from Nine Inch Nails collaborator Atticus Ross and saxophonist Colin Stetson.

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The Hold Steady – ‘Open Door Policy’

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Of The Hold Steady’s last album, 2019’s ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’, we said: “When they sound like the best bar band in the best bar you didn’t know about until the moment that you found yourself in it at 3am in the morning.” Going to bars may not be a thing right now, but listening to an anthemic, euphoric new Hold Steady album may be one of the next best things.

Norman Records say:

Here we have the eighth studio album from alt-rock mainstays and The Best Bar Band In The United States™ The Hold Steady. Dependably anthemic while also as cathartic and philosophical as ever, ‘Open Door Policy’ draws down on the band’s usual influences – namely Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Produced by The National/Hiss Golden Messenger collaborator Josh Kaufman.

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Vintage Crop – ‘Serve To Serve Again’

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Australia’s been giving us a lot of great guitar music recently, namely with Amyl & The Sniffers and The Chats. Well now you can add Vintage Crop to that list – they combine jagged riffs with sardonic, half-spat lyrics.

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Vintage Crop are a bunch of Australians who make a burly, bruised form of post-punk that takes it’s inspiration from the likes of Wire and the Yummy Fur. It’s a wild, wriggly ride full, of jagged shards of guitar and splintered rhythms but there is a toughness to what they do – you wouldn’t want to mess with them – vocals are aggressive and punky and this is music built for sweaty underground dives (remember them?)

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Cassandra Jenkins – ‘An Overview on Phenomenal Nature’

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New York singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins has played with the likes of The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger, and was set to tour with David Berman’s Purple Mountains project before his passing. Like those illustrious artists, her music is full of vivid, thoughtful songwriting and drenched in raw emotion/

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A second album of sumptuous, melodic folk and chamber pop from Cassandra Jenkins. ‘An Overview On Phenomenal Nature’ is a beautiful meditation on the state of the world around us expressed through seven tracks that stretch Jenkins’ artistry to its limits. Think The Decemberists and the most ornate bits of The National’s output.

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The Fall – ‘Live at St. Helens Technical College ’81’

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Osees band leader John Dwyer achieves a childhood dream in releasing this Fall live album, and says of it: “Live Fall performances are always a pleasure because they seem to take what already made the Fall great and push it even a bit more into the rough and bloody uncharted wasteland that is drug scorched proto-punk and heady political poetry.” Couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

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Arriving on John Dwyer’s Castle Face label is a newly-unearthed live recording from The Fall. Captured at St. Helens Technical College in 1981 around the time of their ‘Slates’ EP – the cassette of which was discovered by former Fall guitarist and current BBC Radio 6Music presenter Marc Riley – it captures Mark E. Smith and his lieutenants at one of the most creative moments of their long, storied career.

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Tindersticks – ‘Distractions’

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Don’t call Tindersticks’ latest a “lockdown album” – as frontman Stuart Staples says: “I think the confinement provided an opportunity for something that was already happening. It is definitely a part of the album, but not a reaction to it.” But it definitely has the same sense of parring things back, a far more minimal and back to basics affair than we’ve heard from them in some time.

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‘Distractions’ is the thirteenth album by Tindersticks. The superb lead single ‘You’ll Have To Scream Louder’ cuts a loose, spacious mid-fi funk groove with Stuart Staples’ distinctive croon becoming more unsettled and effect-laden as the song progresses. Praise be.

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Another New Thing – ‘XYZZY’

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Recorded remotely over lockdown between the UK and US, Dean Honer’s new project leans into the kind of darkly engaging synth-pop that brings to mind the likes of Cabaret Voltaire.

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A new project involving veteran Sheffield-based producer Dean Honer – of All Seeing I, I-Monster and The Moonlandingz among others – Another New Thing presents its debut album ‘XYZZY’. Here Honer produces noodling electronic synth workouts which are then hammered into songs by Paul Nagle and Pennsylvania producer Don Himlin.

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Psymon Spine – ‘Charismatic Megafauna’

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The fact that one of the tracks on this album from these Brooklynites features co-production from Andrew VanWyngarden shouldn’t come as a surprise. The band’s groove-laden, psych-tinged electronica feels like a kindred spirit to that of MGMT’s.

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Charismatic Megafauna is the second LP by New York band Psymon Spine. Their sound mixes woozy psychedelia, funky bass lines, electronica and ethereal melodies. Elements of techno and disco also weave their way into Psymon Spine’s experimental leftfield pop sound.

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