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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
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Ninja Tune

This Liverpool-based collective may lift certain substantial chunks of their sound from fairly obvious sources, but when this results in such a heady mixture of minimalist groove, neo-kosmische exploration and fluid fusion — harking back to "Jack Johnson"-era Miles Davis — occasional outbursts of flagrant larceny may be forgiven. Like Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die, a journey along similar lines released a decade ago, this is a sophomore effort, and likewise begins with a lengthy opening track that sets the tone for the following music. "The First League of Angels" starts with the sound of a harp and a gentle, almost medieval melody before a rock-solid backbeat kicks in and launches into an insistent groove, which sets the track up for its remaining 20 or so minutes. With a locked-in insistence, but retaining an open-ended flow, this plays out like Can's "Halleluhwah," incorporating an impressionistic ebb and flow within the space afforded by its monolithic rhythm. About two-thirds of the way through, it stages a mock collapse before the music regroups with a tonal shift, stepping up the pace with a subtle injection of energy.

It has to be said that the six tracks that follow struggle a bit to step out from under this opening statement's long shadow. The dreamlike "The Buzzard and the Lamb" passes in a space-jazz blur; "The Chart" sounds almost too self-consciously funky; "The Sea Wolves" begins with a drifting montage of harp and sonar blips, but morphs into an explicitly jazz-centric workout with prominent solo saxophone. However, the title track's raga drone, interwoven with snatches of melody, departs from any obvious template; "The Spies of St. Ives" takes a kind of organic drum-and-bass pattern as its foundation, but then veers off into more esoteric territory while keeping its central arrangement sparse and forceful.

Lastly, the oscillating surface noise and underlying groove of "The Babies" makes for a satisfying climax, with persistent, drilling intensity verging on the brutal. Like a kind of aural conjuring trick, there's the strange, contradictory impression that the more this music streamlines itself into patterns of endless repetition, the further it travels, even if the actual distance may not be very far at all.

by Tom Ridge

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