It's been a bit of a hectic week for pre-order announcements and, as per usual, we haven't had enough time to shout about them all. In one handy, simple scroll let's recount the biggest and/or best of the most recent.
Bdrmm - I Don't Know [<-- click to buy]
Officially announced on Monday, the second album from highly-rated shoegaze-influenced indie band Bdrmm is the biggest draw of the week. It's also gone straight into our Featured Releases section.
Their first album was good but with the band noting about the new album on Twitter, "we have reached the point where we feel we have sculpted something that truly encapsulates us as a band, and we hope you enjoy it. we gave this one our all…", it feels as though 'I Don't Know' is going to be another level; certainly if new single 'It's Just A Bit Of Blood' is anything to go by 🔥🔥 You can check that track out right here:
The album arrives in June and is available to pre-order now on indies-own white marble vinyl, black vinyl, and CD:
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There is never going to be a Reds, Pinks & Purples record that doesn't fly straight into our Record Culture Recommends section, and so it goes with this new album from the ridiculously prolific one-man tunes machine Glenn Donaldson.
"More of the same" isn't usually something to get hyped about but when San Francisco sunshine indie-pop is as glorious as this, just hook it up to our veins! ☀️☀️
Swim into latest track 'Too Late For An Early Grave' right here:
The album is due in March and is available to pre-order now on pastel green vinyl:
Pozi - Smiling Pools [<-- click to buy]
Also new to the Record Culture Recommends pool this week is the long-awaited second album from alternative UK indie group Pozi. After a couple of teasing EPs across a couple of years, both of which we loved very much, a new full album is finally, nearly, upon us. And, honestly, what we've heard so far sounds superb! Two tracks released, each found below (I'm sure you will agree that the addition of churning violins into an indie band is a shrewd move):
Don't sleep on this one - we're anticipating a big one! It can be pre-ordered now on blue vinyl and CD:
🎺🎺 WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT OF RECORD CULTURE RECOMMENDS, GET THOSE EYES OPEN AT 2PM ON TUESDAY - THERE'S A FAVOURITE A-COMING...
💰💰 In case you missed it - as if you could - the triple LP vinyl release of Bowie's Moonage Daydream that accompanies the film of the same name, was announced this week. It's £64 and naturally there is a serious debate to be had about that, but know that this is not our doing and we've done about as good on the price as we can. One for the collectors.
Lael Neale is a name many will recognise. We mentioned the name a lot when her 2021 album 'Acquainted With Night' came out. Well, she's back, with new album Star Eaters Delight, which actually sounds like a bit of a poppier affair, though loses nothing of that vintage folksy-Americana vibe. Check out her new track here:
Cult Leeds post-punkers Autobahn are back! Their 2017 album 'The Moral Crossing' was a belter. With their classic post-punk/early Goth sound, Autobahn are a band for many of the Record Culture faithful so don't skip this one. Check out new single 'Post-History' here:
Autobahn's new album Ecstasy Of Ruin arrives on April 28th.
Punk OG's The Damned announced a brand new album! There's a transparent vinyl that comes with a slipmat, a standard LP, and CD up for grabs.
Australian rock veterans The Church announced their first new album in six years. The Hypnogogue is coming in April and can be pre-orders on purple vinyl and CD.
There's a new album from oddities HMLTD. The Worm, an album created using 47 musicians – including a gospel choir and a 16-piece string orchestra, is available to pre-order on pink vinyl, black vinyl, and CD.
Over in the world of reissues...
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of OMD’s fourth studio album, Dazzle Ships, a double LP reissue is incoming on blue and silver vinyl.
Another Lesson In Violence, the 1997 live album from American thrash metal band Exodus, is reissued on a limited run of 1000 numbered copies on yellow vinyl.
One of the defining records in hip-hop is reissued, namely The Chronic by Dr. Dre
Those crafty Strokes reissue their third album, and for this writer's money their best, First Impressions Of Earth.
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Last chance to guarantee a copy of the PIL reissue of Public Image (First Issue) before we put numbers in to suppliers this week. It's a Light In The Attic label reissue, so you know it's got quality written all over it.
It's available on red vinyl and includes fold-out poster, sticker and insert, along with a download card for full album, non-album single B-side “The Cowboy Song” and an unedited October 1978 BBC audio interview with John Lydon.
That'll do it for now. See you next week x