Albums Out This Week: W/C 9th November 2009

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Aidan Williamson

09th November 2009
At 11:22 GMT

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Come the month of November and you become stupendously grateful for every single album which isn't a shameless attempt to wring money by means of b-sides, greatest hits and the ever-popular re-release.

While 'Run, Rabbit Run' technically constitutes a re-release (given that it's a string quartet covering a folk musician doing an electro album) we can very much see a future for this kind of cross-genre experimentalism.

The latest Biffy Clyro album however made one SG staffer so angry that he decided to go see Morrissey in concert. In hindsight, maybe we should have taken that bottle away from him. That's what a genre crossover will do to your fans.

Osso: Run Rabbit Run

New York based quartet Osso formed back in '05 when members of My Brightest Diamond started to write and perform strings for Surfjan Stevens' album Illinois. Since then, the four ladies have worked with many reputable artists such as Anthony and the Johnsons, The New Pornographers and even Jay-Z. They are best described by a statement from their biography - "A self-arranged repertoire that spans the gap between contemporary classical and indie rock". 

Biffy Clyro: Only Revolutions

Borne from the underground post-hardcore scene and now a major player in the mainstream pop-rock forum, Biffy Clyro have put Scotland back on the map... not that any of us really need to know where it is: it's cold enough in our own country.

Flyleaf: Memento Mori

Flyleaf's self-titled début record has reached platinum sales figures during its two releases since 2005, as a result, they now have a swarm of teenage fans across the entirety of America yearning for a sophomore. Comparisons will be drawn to the likes of Evanescence, but this band skews distinctly more to the rock spectrum.

Clientele: Bonfires on the Heath

Clientele's sixth album Bonfires on the Heath has already received some outstanding reviews from American critics, although the true test will be this week when the records hits the UK market. The British collective have seen far more exposure and success on foreign shores since they formed in 1991 but after listening to this record we can expect that all to change. 

The Cinematics: Love and Terror

Love and Terror will be The Cinematics' first release through The Orchard label who also represent and distribute records for a wide range of prestigious artists and labels.  The band will be doing a set of dates in the UK throughout December as well as other dates across Europe. 

Adrian Crowley: Season of the Sparks

Chemikal Underground signed Adrian Crowley in August this year whilst Seasons of the Sparks was already being put together, now with a worldwide release, the record is sure to propel this young Irish musician's career to new heights. This début is one record at the top of our recommendations this month, most definitely worth a listen. 

Laura Gibson: Beasts of Seasons

Portland-based solo artist Laura Gibson has charmed the ears of many over the past few years, since her signing to Hush records we've had two exceptional albums. Beasts of seasons will be Gibson's fourth album overall and from the few acoustic songs available so far, it sounds like a promising buy. 

Benjamin Gibbard: One Fast Move [CD+DVD]

However hard it may be to admit, we have to say that our good friend Ben has been slipping at a very slow pace for the past few years, his material just isn't as good as it once was. Hopefully, with the help of the illustrious Jay Farrar from Sun Volt, this indie sensation will prove us wrong.  

Syntaks: Ylajali

In a follow up to their acclaimed E.P Mistral Moon, this danish duo will be releasing a début full length this week. The pair have eleven new songs featured on the album ranging from unforgettable indie tracks to stunning electro-shoegaze pieces, all of which are worth every second of your time. 

Kabeedies: Rumpus

New kids on the block Kabadies comprise of four young folks from Norwhich, they formed in 2008 and so far have released one début album and one E.P both of which were received well in the UK. Although their sound is unbelievably indie... we're still going to give this sophomore a listen. 

Like Honey: Leaves [Import]

Leaves has been out in America and strangely the Philippines for almost a year now but due to Like Honey's recent amount of exposure in the UK, their label HYBRIS has decided to release the record in Britain. This will be Like Honey's début record and if the reception is anywhere near as successful as it was in America then we can expect a sophomore any day soon. 

The Crepes: What Else?

Members from three different Swedish groups joined to form The Crepes early last year, after some short planning the band went into record the album and left eight days later with a promising album . The result was What Else? a début that we've had our eye on for a while now, however, after hearing a few tracks we're beginning to think It's going to be one of those hideous pop records.  

Dÿse: Lieder Sind Brueder der Revolution

Named after the Dysecatmotel in Amsterdam where they first met, Dÿse (pronounced Doo-zer) began as a fun, drunken side projec. As it often is though, things got serious when they got promising. The experimental noise-rock have since signed to Mainstream Records and gathering the moss of fandom.

Talk Normal: Sugarland

Formed in 2007, Brooklyn duo Talk Normal have already been compared to 1970s No Wave. Enjoying their place in the Brooklyn Noise-rock circle inhabited by groups such as Mouthus, Religious Knives and Sightings the twosome use their ghostly charms to raise and dispel the tension.

Josephine Foster: Graphic As Astar

As an adolescent Josephine Foster worked as a funeral and wedding singer, aspiring - as musically talented ladies do - to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her own songs. The warm embrace of the Coloradon folkstress would seem to suggest that she made the correct choice.

Little Girls: Concepts

Not exactly a musical preference you want to shout from the rooftops is it? "I love Little Girls! Do you hear me? I love Little Girls". Nonetheless, the minimalist post-punk quartet have been gaining attention, we especially like the blog which said "It's like Pixies playing Joy Division songs".

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