£10.99Lifetime of Love is the debut album by Moon Diagrams, the solo recording project of Deerhunter co-founder and drummer Moses John Archuleta. Gradually pieced together over a ten-year period, it finds Archuleta processing various stages of love, loss and regeneration via forlorn outsider pop, minimal techno and warm, weightless experimentation.Visit product page →
Hymnal opener 'Playground' has echoes of Eno and Grouper; lengthy workouts such as 'The Ghost and the Host' recall long-lost Harmonia outtakes, or something from one of Warp's Artificial Intelligence compilations; the bitter pill pop of 'End of Heartache' has the scratchy guitar of New Order circa Brotherhood and the square pegness of Dazzle Ships-era OMD. Several songs are instrumental, while 'Bodymaker' features Sian Ahern (Eaux, Sian Alice Group).
Subtly grandiose and quietly epic, Lifetime of Love really does live up to its title: a hopeful and curious beginning makes way for a morose middle, before a bittersweet, optimistic end.
2. Moon Diagrams
4. Blue Ring
5. The Ghost and the Host
6. Magic Killer
8. End of Heartache
£9.99Spectres release their second album Condition'via Sonic Cathedral on March 10. The follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 debut, Dying', it was recorded by Dominic Mitchison in the band's adopted home city of Bristol and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Mogwai, 65daysofstatic) at Abbey Road in London.Visit product page →
It's louder and more abrasive than their debut, but also a real progression. It sounds huge and adds a genuinely innovative and confrontational edge, partly inspired by last year's remix album, Dead', which saw everyone from Factory Floor to Richard Fearless instructed to 'kill' the songs from Dying'.
'There were discussions about experimenting with electronics, but the idea soon petered out when we realised we still wanted to experiment with guitars,' reveals singer and guitarist Joe Hatt.
As a result tracks such as End Waltz'have a relentlessly pounding, almost techno structure, in contrast to the kinetosis-inducing dirge of Dissolve' - the first single from the album that came with a suitably stomach-churning video late last year.
Elsewhere the almost restrained (by Spectres'standards) white noise and wordplay of A Fish Called Wanda'and the sprawling Colour Me Out'are counterbalanced by brutal assaults such as Neck'and Welcoming The Flowers', which keeps threatening to drown itself in its own roiling diamond sea.
'On this album we became even less interested in actually playing guitar,' explains Hatt, 'which meant that we got more into experimenting with the sounds we could get out of them when brutalising them and letting the feedback do the talking.'
1. The Beginning Of An End
2. Rubber Plant
5. A Fish Called Wanda
6. Welcoming The Flowers
7. Colour Me Out
8. End Waltz
9. Coping Mechanism