Also Released - Music
The Ossians - The MacPherson Tapes (45b) Akin to Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, this long lost Edinburgh quartet ‘coulda been contenders’ had they not ended up imploding in a hail of rock’n’roll misfortune. This is the recently uncovered album that never was: seven tracks of incandescent indie rock energy which shows Connor Alexander up as a writer of some substance.
Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (4AD) A multicoloured array of sonic adventures from Bradford Cox, Deerhunter frontman’s debut, fusing tripped out ambient electronica to jittery garage rock with surprising panache.
Tetine - Let your X’s Be Y’s (Soul Jazz) This relatively unknown duo gave birth to the baille funk/post-punk mix up associated with CSS, Bonde do Role and, in part, M.I.A. and this is their eighth album of furious electro pop (their first for the UK).
Alabama 3 - Hits and Exit Wounds (One LIttle Indian) A welcome, expansive retrospective for these gnarly but debonair alt.rock demons. Proof perhaps that there’s more to them than just the theme from The Sopranos.