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The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
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The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Released: 26/08/2014 Matador
Few, if any, bands produce big power pop as consistently well as Vancouver’s New Pornographers who, counting Neko Case and Destroyer’s Dan Bejar among their numbers, are routinely referred to as a “supergroup”. Band leader AC Newman describes their sixth as a ‘celebration record’, and though every new Pornographers record seems fated to unfavourable comparisons to their feted early output, Brill Brusiers’ infectious title track sounds like an instant classic at least. 
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fka Twigs - LP1
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fka Twigs - LP1
Released: 11/08/2014 Young Turks
Tahliah Barnett, or, the artist Formerly Known As Twigs (there’s another Twigs out there) has made the unlikely career move from go-to music video dancer to in demand R&B auteur. LP1, her debut, is destined to sound better after dark – an atmospheric, uneasily lustful record that will appeal to fans of The Weeknd and Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange. 
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A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent
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A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent
Released: 04/08/2014 Lefse Records
    Inspired by ‘ocean problems', Sea When Absent is another stellar work from probably the most innovative shoegaze pop group going, a more focused follow up to 2009's brilliant but sprawling Ashes Grammar. Members of the Philadelphia sextet recorded their third album proper from different continents, chief songwriter Ben Daniels helming proceedings via email from Sydney.    
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King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
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King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
Released: 21/07/2014 Domino
Kenny Anderson's first record since his winning collaboration with John Hopkins, is a soundtrack Virginia Heath's archival documentary: he's been charged with putting 20th-century Scottish life to pop music. First single ‘For One Night Only' is a sweeping anthem set to footage depicting a Friday Night, Saturday Morning style montage of life in the factories and out on the tiles, see it here.  

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La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
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La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
Released: 21/07/2014 Polydor Records
La Roux returns with a second record having lost half its members, Elly Jackson going it alone following a fracas with former partner Ben Langmaid at some point during the recording of Trouble in Paradise. ‘Uptight Downtown’ is possibly La Roux’s catchiest song to date, as good a synth-pop tune as you’d hope to hear this year.
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Gulp - Season Sun
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Gulp - Season Sun
Released: 14/07/2014 Sonic Cathedral
Gruff Rhys isn’t the only Super Furry Animal putting the band’s hiatus to good use; bassist Guto Pryce has formed a new band, Gulp, with his wife Lindsey Leven. Their debut, deals in the sort of haunting Wurlitzer-led dream pop that recalls contemporaries Still Corners – especially on album opener ‘Game Love’. Hear single ‘Vast Space’ here
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Morrissey - World Peace is None of Your Business
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Morrissey - World Peace is None of Your Business
Released: 14/07/2014 Harvest/Virgin-EMI
Morrissey's tenth solo record arrives five years after its predecessor Years of Refusal, a gap likely necessitated by the publication of his (instant classic) memoir. Musically rich as is the opinionated crooner's wont, World Peace sees Morrissey tackle the themes close to his heart in typically melodramatic fashion: see ‘Staircase At The University', a tale of academic suicide, and ‘The Bull Fighter Dies' (in which "nobody cries"). 
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The Antlers - Familiars
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The Antlers - Familiars
Released: 16/06/2014 Transgressive
The Antlers follow 2011's very good Burst Apart with a fifth record. Few, if any, bands can reflect on a breakthrough record as bleak as theirs (Hospice was set on a children's cancer ward). While things are still dark on Familiars, more, er, traditional inspirations are at play, namely the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Twin Peaks. The latter is most obvious: frontman Peter Silberman sometimes resembles Jeff Buckley singing a Angelo Badalamenti score.
Rated 77 %
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Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
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Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Released: 02/06/2014 Rough Trade
With Light Up Gold, Brooklyn's Parquet Courts were responsible for one of 2012's word-of-mouth underground hits, standing out lyrically and musically in a saturated field of garage punk bands. Their third treads a similar path, Pavement being one obvious comparison point (see ‘Instant Disassembly'). The eponymous hero of the album's title is frontman Andrew Savage's cat, seen catching rays in the video for the fast and furious title track.    
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Amen Dunes - Love
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Amen Dunes - Love
Released: 12/05/2014 Sacred Bones
On his third Amen Dunes record, singer-songwriter Damon McMahon comes as close to conventional as he’s ever likely to. If that shift precludes the inclusion of anything as brilliant as ‘Lower Mind’, the warped highlight from 2011’s Through Donkey Jaw, then that’s too bad. Love sounds like it was written on an acoustic guitar with foot-tapping potential in mind – single ‘Little Richard’ in particular. 
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