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ESCAPE-ISM- Introduction To - LP / LP(COL.) - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge The ultimate Ian Svenonius album! Known from NATION OF ULYSSES, the MAKE-UP, CHAIN AND THE GANG, and lots more, here's (one of) the greatest performers of our times in all his ingenious purity. 9 songs recorded with guitar, drum-box, tape-recorder only, and of course his incomparable voice. It's as spartanic as it is spectacular, as much stupid nonsense as sophisticated elaboration, as brilliant as lunatic. Maybe as much and in a comparable vein controversial as SUICIDE were in 1977, but by no means nostalgic or retrospective!
https://escape-ism.bandcamp.com/

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ESCAPE-ISM- The Lost Record - CD / LP / LP(COL.) - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge The 2nd solo-album by agent provocateur, revolutionary and entertainer Ian Svenonius! Following the debut "Introduction To...", here's 12 more tracks of his soulful and sophisticated Electro-Rock'n'Roll. Reminiscent of SUICIDE, and not unlike his other project XYZ (with French guitarist Didier Balducci), but more minimalistically stripped down in both sounds and styles. https://escape-ism.bandcamp.com/album/the-lost-record-2
Available as standard black vinyl, limited edition clear vinyl, or digipak-CD.

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New Release! EX HEX- It's Real - LP - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge The return of this DC-based female Rock trio, five years after the release of their first album. Made up of Betsy Wright and Laura Harris (previously in Dischord band THE AQUARIUM), and of course Mary Timony, best known for her work with HELIUM, and having been a member of AUTOCLAVE, whose discography LP got released on Dischord now as well.
https://exhexband.bandcamp.com/

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FUCKED UP- Dose Your Dreams - 2XCD / 2XLP - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge The successor to their "David Comes To Life" album from 2011. An ambitious opus composed of 18 tracks, which supposedly reflect the 18 chapters of James Joyce "Ulysses"... It may be too ambitious and almost pretentious comparing yourself to the legendary writer? But what you get here is a Hardcore rock-opera, massively produced with tons of overdubs, dipping into elements of many other genres, using strings, horns, electronic beats, and more. Thus avoiding any easy categorization and being a non-conventional revue.
Double-LP with huge poster-sized insert and download-code included. Double-CD in a digipak, with 20-page booklet. https://fuckedup.bandcamp.com/album/dose-your-dreams

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OUGHT- Room Inside The World - LP - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge Third full album for this band from Montreal/Canada and the first on MERGE. Features 9 new songs of their Art-Rock meets sophisticated New Wave, with the prominently theatrical vocals of singer Tim Darcy. LP comes in a gatefold-cover and with download-code. https://ought.bandcamp.com/album/room-inside-the-world

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