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ESCAPE-ISM- Introduction To - 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(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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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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GAUCHE- A People's History - LP - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge Debut full-length album by this band from Washington DC, featuring members of the DOWNTOWN BOYS and PRIESTS. LP contains 11 songs, and comes with download-code included. Musically it's Pop-Punk inbetween LE TIGRE, X-RAY SPEX and the B-52's...
https://g-a-u-c-h-e.bandcamp.com/album/a-peoples-history-of-gauche

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IMPERIAL TEEN- Now We Are Timeless - LP - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge American Indie-Pop band, fronted by singer/guitarist Roddy Bottom of FAITH NO MORE. But what actually interested me more, is the fact that the band includes as well drummer extraordinaire Lynn Perko (previously in the DICKS and SISTER DOUBLE HAPPINESS) and bassist Jone Stebbins, and both having been members of legendary all female punk band THE WRECKS fron Reno/Nevada... Though musically this here's something totally different. LP includes download-code.
https://imperialteen.bandcamp.com/album/now-we-are-timeless

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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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TOO MUCH- Patent Leather/Dyslexia - 7"+MP3 - MERGE RECORDS

click to enlarge First single by new project featuring Ian Svenonius (CHAIN AND THE GANG, ESCAPE-ISM) and Rich Morel (highly prominent producer and remixer, amongst lots of other projects). Presenting their new dance genre "Tech Noir". Think of ESCAPE-ISM with a higher Disco appeal and a more professional sound... (And I'm assuming the cover-artwork is a tribute to WEEN's legendary "Chocolate & Cheese" album) https://toomuchdc.bandcamp.com/album/patent-leather-b-w-dyslexia

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