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Courting the Squall

(Polydor)

On the surface, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s second album of 2015 is an unusually fluffy return, ditching the psych jams and snarls for a wholly acoustic approach. Dig below the skin and fur though, and there’s pitch-black blood throughout ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’. Taking a step back from their hundred-mile-an-hour psych-thrash and shaking their own foundations, it’s a record that should finally prove King Gizzard to be every bit as brilliant as their name is daft. (Tom Connick) Listen: ‘Cold Cadaver’

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PARQUET COURTS

Monastic Living EP (Rough Trade)

With Parquet Courts it seems almost natural to expect the unexpected. New tour EP ‘Monastic Living’ is as much of a departure as every move the group make. Without words or angst-ridden cries, they’ve crafted a beast ready to swallow you whole. Huge and sprawling, yet somehow intimate, it feels like being let into a private jam – extended layers of loud and searing sounds drawn out just for the listener. It’s dark, it’s filthy, and it’s entirely immersive. Engaging and draining, Parquet Courts have once again pushed their capabilities to the max, and as ever, the results are like nothing you’ll find elsewhere. (Jess Goodman) Listen: ‘No, No, No!’

Solo ventures feel important for artists, and for Guy Garvey - holding national treasure status - this was much needed. After two smart but very steady albums in Elbow’s latest output, the craving for a shake-up in the band’s anthemic aesthetic was widely desired, seemingly even by Garvey himself. ‘Courting The Squall’ touches and recaps on the ideas which he masters in his romanticisms and balladry, but gloriously glimpses his experimental and playful side. As Garvey becomes unhinged, his solo work casts an intriguing light on the songwriter’s day job, but stands up on its own two feet as a fine piece of work. (Sean Kerwick). Listen: ‘Angela’s Eyes’

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