CATALOG
Forthcoming

Beneath the Snow and Streelights COASTAL Beneath the Snow and Streetlights [WM40]
Coastla's third album includes the band's first new material in a decade. The record features 15 songs including five new songs plus rarities and alternate and acoustic versions.



Released

Like Alastair Sim LORNA Like Alastair Sim [WM39]    iTunes digital single
Holiday digital single from the Nottingham sextet.

The Great Pretend SHOULD The Great Pretend [WM38]
Should's fourth album is absolutely essential listening for any fan of dream pop or shoegaze, but the album's breadth of style and depth of songwriting transcends those genres.

Down A Notch valign = SHOULD Down A Notch [WM37]    iTunes digital single
The digital single that preceded The Great Pretend includes two exclusive B-sides: "On Your Sleeve" and the instrumental hypnotic krautrock closer "Animate".

The Stars of Winnetka valign = LORNA The Stars of Winnetka [WM36]    iTunes digital album
The fifth album by the Nottingham sextet is a digital-only collection of nine stunning original ("The First Person to Arrive," "Snowlights") and traditional ("Little Donkey," "Shalom Chaverim") holiday- and winter-themed compositions including two reworkings of songs from the band's first two records ("Building Beautiful Buildings" and "Snowsong"). A perfect winter companion, The Stars of Winnetka features the trademark vocal harmonies of husband and wife members Mark Rolfe and Sharon Cohen-Rolfe and skilled musical arrangements that intricately weave together a wide array of woodwinds, strings, keys, and percussion.

As She Goes By LORNA As She Goes By [WM35]    iTunes digital single
Debut digital single from the Nottingham sextet’s fourth album, Heart of Wire. An addictive blend of Scottish pop and Stereolab electronics, the "As She Goes By" single is an exclusive mix of the track that includes additional strings by the band. "As She Goes By" is backed with "Kuskova" - an upbeat flirtation with the band's dream pop/shoegaze roots with blurred, languid vocals by Rolfe and Cohen-Rolfe channeling Slowdive's Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell.

Heart of Wire LORNA Heart of Wire [WM34]    
The fourth Lorna record finds the Nottingham sextet delivering nine more songs of bittersweet melodies and delicate harmonies that alternately flirts with Scottish pop and Lynchian closing time ballads — all steeped in lush orchestration of woodwinds and strings. Heart of Wire includes a reworking of "November Kicks Again" from the band's 2001 7", a version of For Stars' "Whose Idea," and guest vocals by Coastal's Jason Gough. Signposts: Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian, Coastal, David Lynch.

Tomorrow's Yesterday ALMOST CHARLIE Tomorrow's Yesterday [WM33]    
Third album from the Berlin-based Almost Charlie presents 11 new tracks from the master songsmiths Dirk Homuth and Charlie Mason. With an idiosyncratic flair and unmatched tunefulness, Tomorrow's Yesterday tours of chamber and acoustic pop with beds of lush harmonies, strings, glockenspiel, ukulele, sitar, woodwinds, and melodica. Signposts: The Beatles, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience.

Remembrances THE LUCY SHOW Remembrances [WM23]
Collection of 17 rare tracks and demos from the seminal London post-punk quartet including their first 7" single ("Leonardo da Vinci"), a previously unreleased version of their #1 college radio stateside hit "The Price of Love," five demo tracks from their debut album …undone, a John Leckie-produced outtake from their sophomore album Mania, and two songs from a 1992 session that reunited singers Rob Vandeven and Mark Bandola with original guitarist Pete Barraclough. All 17 songs are being released on CD for the first time; Remembrances is issued in a six-panel digipak with detailed liner notes about each recording.

Like A Fire SHOULD Like A Fire Without Sound [WM32]
The band's immaculately crafted third album infuses the pop sensibilities of Eno and Yo La Tengo while maintaining the personal eccentricities and atmospheric flourishes that have always set Should apart from the indie-pop pack.

scumbag SCUMBAG PHILOSOPHER It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing [WM31]
Debut album by the Norfolk, England post-punk quartet. The nine-song record’s rhythmic frame of stabbing basslines and a sparse, but ferocious, two-drum kit anchors the kind of angular, buzzing guitars found on early Wire or Gang of Four records. Call and response vocals between Grant Madden’s soliloquizing baritone and drummer Anne Reekie’s alto siren skewer popular and consumerist culture with alternating sincerity and sardonicism befitting its punk origins.

black soap FOR AGAINST Black Soap EP [WM29]
The first in a series of releases of rare For Against material begins with the three-song Black Soap EP. The EP includes two previous unreleased tracks from recording sessions in 1984 with the band's original lineup of Jeff Runnings (vocals, bass), Harry Dingman (guitar), and Greg Hill (drums). "Black Soap" is a torrid, sharp post-punk composition that highlights the bands early Joy Division/Warsaw influences. "Dark Good Friday" is equally frenetic, but showcases Runnings’ unmistakable soaring vocal melodies and Dingman’s atmospheric fretwork. Also included is a previously unreleased mix of fan favorite “Amen Yves” from the 1984 sessions. Signposts: Joy Division, Wire, Factory Records.

...undone THE LUCY SHOW ...undone [WM28]
Reissue of the classic 1985 post-punk debut by the London quartet. Produced by Steve Lovell (Blur, James) and Steve Power (Robbie Williams, Blur), ...undone was a CMJ #1 album on U.S. college radio, led by the single "Ephemeral (This Is No Heaven)" and the title track. Through 11 seamless compositions, …undone gracefully injects howling guitars and psychedelic flourishes into bittersweet pop songs with hook-laden choruses. Recorded with strings by Fiona Stephen (Belle and Sebastian, David Byrne). Signposts: The Cure, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Beatles.

Never Been FOR AGAINST Never Been [WM27]
For Against's 9th album is the second reuniting singer/bassist Jeffrey Runnings with original guitarist Harry Dingman III. The nine-song record showcases the depth and breadth of For Against-s sonic palate – alternating angular, foot-stomping post-punk with lush, atmospheric ballads and dark Joy Division-esque dirges. Signposts: Factory Records, Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Felt.

Almost Charlie ALMOST CHARLIE The Plural of Yes [WM26]
North American debut release by the Berlin-based project led by singer-guitarist Dirk Homuth and American lyricist Charlie Mason — a transatlantic songwriting duo who, to this day, have never met. On The Plural Of Yes Homuth reveals himself to be a connoisseur of timeless pop craftsmanship — distilling the heady years of AM-radio splendor, from Bacharach to The Beatles, into 13 addicting indie-pop coated pills. Signposts: The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Belle and Sebastian, Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience.

Writing Down Things to Say LORNA Writing Down Things to Say [WM24]
Writing Down Things To Say is the third record by Nottingham England's orchestral pop songsmiths. The quartet follow up their highly acclaimed 2005 record Static Patterns and Souvenirs with that rare album that eschews convenient classification - embracing an expansive sonic palette without sounding eclectic. This is in no small part due to the dozens of instruments Lorna is able to skillfully perform and weave into the record's nine compositions, touring folk, old-time country, chamber pop, post-rock, and even avante-lounge along the way. Signposts: Mojave 3, Coastal, American Analog Set, Nick Drake, The Blue Nile.

Shade Side Sunny Side FOR AGAINST Shade Side Sunny Side [WM25]
For Against's 8th full-length record and first studio album since 2002. As the Lincoln, Nebraska trio approaches their 25th anniversary on the independent music scene, For Against has reemerged with an exclamation point: Shade Side Sunny Side is a landmark record, boasting For Against's darkest (and loudest) material. The post-punk roots of For Against's early years are firmly in place, but presented throughout nine new songs with a more expansive and atmospheric sonic palette. The album marks the return of original guitarist Harry Dingman, in his first recordings with the band since the 1988 seminal dream pop record, December.

In the Marshes FOR AGAINST In The Marshes [WM22]
In The Marshes has never before been released on CD, and it is reissued in a six-panel digipak designed by Bruce Licher. In The Marshes was recorded in 1986 and reflects For Against's darkest and most experimental material, bringing to mind the ethereal sounds of 4AD (This Mortal Coil) and Factory Records (New Order). This CD reissue includes two exclusive bonus tracks: a studio version of "Amnesia" and the original version of the fan favorite "Amen Yves" (both with Greg Hill on live drums).

Magic Bullets MAGIC BULLETS a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love [WM21]
a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love is the debut album by the San Francisco sextet Magic Bullets. The 10-song record makes friends with the rich traditions of post-punk (Gang of Four), new wave (early Talking Heads) and C86 (The Wedding Present). Singer Philip Benson boasts a poised, dynamic croon, yet does not overshadow the band's intricate musicianship - a crafty layering of Felt-esque melodies onto Bizarro-era chords. Already gaining a huge buzz in the Bay area, Magic Bullets' debut record is one of the breakthrough albums of 2007.

Numbered Days THE MEETING PLACES Numbered Days [WM20]
The second album of luminous, infectious noise-pop by Los Angeles' The Meeting Places. With Numbered Days the quartet has written ten new songs that craftily combine melodic indie-pop with the tremulous soundscapes first explored on their 2003 debut Find Yourself Along The Way. Numbered Days was recorded at The Ship by Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy, Earlimart).

Caught Laughing FIEL GARVIE Caught Laughing [WM19]
Caught Laughing is the third album by the Norwich, England quintet. The album continues Fiel Garvie's reformulation of pop music through nine spellbinding new songs that suggest the work of Low, Stereolab, Sigur Ros, and Mercury Rev. Rather than abandoning the pop form altogether, Fiel Garvie cunningly sidesteps its conventions with a distinctive flair and ambience that does not cloud the quintet's fluency in melodies and hooks. Caught Laughing was mixed by Geoff Allen (Camera Obscura, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai).

Mania THE LUCY SHOW Mania [WM18]
Re-release of the London quartet's long out-of-print second album from 1986 that Q magazine heralded as a "harmonious pop attack." Mania injects gorgeous, poignant melodies onto a post-punk soundscape, ricocheting with shimmering guitars from the production of the legendary John Leckie (New Order, Stone Roses, Radiohead, Trashcan Sinatras, Felt). Words On Music's re-release of Mania remasters all 10 album tracks, plus seven additional bonus tracks (five of which have never been commercially released). The re-release also includes the video to The Lucy Show college radio hit "A Million Things." Liner notes by The Big Takeover editor Jack Rabid.

December FOR AGAINST December [WM16]
Re-release of the long out-of-print and widely popular second For Against album from 1988. December is a fan favorite and the album is now considered by critics to be a forerunner of the dream pop scene popularized in England just a year or two later (Pale Saints, Kitchens of Distinction, Ride). The December reissue has been remastered and is issued in a new six-panel digipak design by Bruce Licher. The CD also includes two RARE videos for "Autocrat" and "Echelons" from their Echelons album. These videos were shot in 1987 but have never previously been released to the public. "One of the finest dream pop records made." - All Music Guide

Static Patterns and Souvenirs LORNA Static Patterns and Souvenirs [WM17]
Second album of remarkably orchestrated songwriting by the Nottingham, England quartet. Lorna uses Scottish pop, postrock, Americana, and dream pop as signposts, but invigorates each of these genres by injecting a complex, yet seamless array of instrumentation, both traditional (pedal steel, classical guitar, flute, vibraphone, viola, banjo, French horn, flugelhorn, harmonica, mandola) and experimental (theremin, found noises, electronics). This orchestration serves as an innovative anchor to the compelling melodies sung, often in tandum, by Mark Rolfe, Sharon Cohen, and James Allen. A stunning collection of eleven new songs.

Outdoor Miner VARIOUS ARTISTS A Houseguest's Wish: Translations of Wire's 'Outdoor Miner' [WM10]
Various artists interpret the heralded Wire pop gem 'Outdoor Miner' on the 25th anniversary of the original 7" single release. Nineteen artists from five countries participate in this stunning and diverse collection ranging from folk to punk. A Houseguest's Wish features versions from Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Typewriter (Lucy Show frontman Mark Bandola), Kick On The Floods (For Stars singer Carlos Forster), and long-time fan favorites by Lush (4AD Records), and Flying Saucer Attack (Domino Records).

Halfway To You COASTAL Halfway To You [WM15]
The most sophisticated and stunning collection of Coastal songs to date. The album features nine new songs that retain the fragile beauty of the band's debut album, but evoke a more textured ambiance, owing in part to the wider array of instrumentation employed—such as cello, viola, acoustic guitar, and found samples.

ECHELONS FOR AGAINST Echelons [WM14]
Available for the first time on CD! Echelons is the debut album by Nebraska's For Against, first released in 1987 on Independent Project Records. The album blends early Factory Records atmospherics with the aggressive jangle of early R.E.M., juxtaposed against the earnest and isolated voice of Jeffrey Runnings. These elements conjoin to set the definitive image of the depth, vastness, and loneliness of America's sparse heartland. Remastered with design by Bruce Licher.

Leave Me Out of This FIEL GARVIE Leave Me Out Of This [WM13]
Melody Maker's Single Of The Week, the quintet fashions a deluge of art-pop confections through eleven new compositions. Slower, sparser material recalls Björk, Sigur Ros, Cranes, and could find a cozy home on the first This Mortal Coil album. The album's upbeat songs suggest Lush, The Delgados, and Cocteau Twins. The album was mixed by producer Phil Vinall [Pulp, The Auteurs, Elastica].

Find Yourself Along The Way THE MEETING PLACES Find Yourself Along The Way [WM12]
Los Angeles, California's The Meeting Places presents ten songs brimming with wondrous guitar washes and melodies to hum and holler. The quartet's debut album renovates the spellbinding landscapes first explored by Slowdive, early Ride, and My Bloody Valentine. The album was recorded by the acclaimed Aaron Espinoza [Elliott Smith, The Breeders, Folk Implosion].

Coalesced FOR AGAINST Coalesced [WM11]
Nebraska's For Against returns with their first album in five years, and one of their most compelling and melodic releases to date. Coalesced delivers Jeffrey Running's trademark soaring vocals enmeshed in a delicate latticework of guitars and punctuated rhythms, to craft an arresting blend of lucid, gorgeous atmospheres. Produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, Cursive).

A Folding Sieve SHOULD A Folding Sieve [WM08]
Should's A Folding Sieve EP (ND, 1995) was a shining landmark of the 1990's American shoegazer scene and was lauded with critical acclaim. This reissue adds both songs from the 1997 Own Two Feet / Soothed 7", a cover of the 18th Dye song Merger, and four unreleased songs from 1995-1996.

Coastal COASTAL Coastal [WM07]
Coastal's debut ablum. Eight wonderfully melancholic songs enfused with an understated beauty that is equally vibrant and fragile.

A Paper GIft MOTION PICTURE A Paper Gift [WM06]
Motion Picture's third album is a tapestry of genteel, vulnerable pop and formal classical sonatas which critics have hailed as reviving the work of both Donovan and Debussy. The band's melodic stamp is further enriched by intricate orchestrations of cello, violin, French horn, and cor anglais.

FOr A DIstant Movie Star MOTION PICTURE For A Distant Movie Star [WM03]
Motion Picture's second album offers a polished union of the band's trademark conversational lyrics and cello-driven melodies. One of Dagger Magazine's Top 30 albums of 1999.

Feed Like Fishes SHOULD Feed Like Fishes [WM02]
Should's first full length release sketches an elemental, rather than ornamental, beauty. The music forgoes the visible conventions of pop music for the vague, opaque colorings suggested by Yo La Tengo and Slowdive. Melodic, noisy and sedate minimal pop with touches of post-rock and slowcore. Includes a cover of The Wedding Present's Spangle.

Every Last Romance MOTION PICTURE Every Last Romance [WM01]
Ten song debut release. Originally recorded as a demo in the band's home recording studio.