Carla 10 for 2017

Workshop For The Restoration Of Unfelt Feelings
"Belgian imprint Stroom return with more odd yet fascinating obscurities. This time it is Latvian project NSRD. The late Juris Boiko and Hardijs Ledins were the core members of the band, which is were best known as one of the…
Muschelsammlung
Brannten Schnure
Vrystaete
Dark, psychedelic folk-song fragments and unheimlich electronics from a German duo featuring Christian Schoppik (also of Diamanteter Oberhof), and apparently inspired by Nico, Novy Svet and David Jackman. Latest thing on Vrystaete, spotless sublabel of Enfant Terrible from Holland (some…
Hand in Hand
Felicia Atkinson
Shelter Press
När
Neutral
Omlott
Depressive, zonked industrial-folk album of the highest order. Sofie Herner brings something absolutely sinister to this record (but when doesn’t she? - check out her solo project Leda if you can snag the 7” somewhere). När’s starkly sensuous, eminently listenable…
I Won't Have To Think About You
Various Artists
A Colourful Storm
A comp of 80s and 90s Australian indie-pop, jangle and songs for the lovelorn librarian in us all. Music that so powerfully evokes the hormonal rush and ache of teenage summers – the passion! the pain! the over-before-it-started fleetingness of…
ulf / fdm
Floating Di Morel
Play Loud! Productions
Germany's foremost practitioners of laconic, sickly drone-punk minimalism Kai Drewitz and Sabine Blödorn return with what will surely be seen as their late (mid?) period masterpiece. It's a collaboration with Jeff 'Ulf' Barrows, whose presence perhaps accounts for this being the…
Maison Rose
Emmanuelle Parrenin
SouffleContinu
"An album such as this obviously owes a lot to the atmosphere in which it was recorded, which we can imagine was magical. We know it took place in Fromentel, Normandy, in a farm converted into a studio by the…
In Between
The Feelies
Bar/None
A new Feelies record has no right to sound this good (it's not really a comeback album - that would be 2011's Here Before, which arrived twenty years after its predecessor). Still, you shouldn't come to In Between expecting innovation,…
Le Corps défendant
Delphine Dora & Mocke
Okraïna
The mellow fruits of a long-term, long(ish)-distance collaboration between Paris natives Delphine and Mocke, who now respectively reside in Brussels and the "deepest French countryside", Le Corps défendant is an unorthodox, Arcadian folk-rock masterpiece come out of the woods to steal our hearts…
The Word
Special Occasion
Jolly Discs
Tempting to say this came from nowhere, but actually there were one or two portents, most significantly Special Occasion’s spotless Big Town 12” for Born Free last year. Based on who knows what I’d figured that record was a glorious one-off, but…