Just arrived this morning and straight onto the stereo, a new album from Beirut, that seems to consist of half recordings with a 19-piece Mexican funeral band, and half bedroom synthpop. I’m not sure what the synthpop’s going to be like, but it’s started well.

Just arrived this morning and straight onto the stereo, a new album from Beirut, that seems to consist of half recordings with a 19-piece Mexican funeral band, and half bedroom synthpop. I’m not sure what the synthpop’s going to be like, but it’s started well.



I’ll report back on the whole album in the next few days, I imagine. In the meantime, here’s this week’s collection of records played in the Uncut office. Something of a glut of intense Australians, it seems.

Oh, maybe we’ll see you at the Club Uncut Wild Beasts show tonight? I think there may be a couple of tickets left if you’re stuck for something to do.

1 Ekkehard Ehlers – Plays (Staubgold)

2 Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream (Columbia)

3 John Phillips – Pussycat (SPV Yellow)

4 Alela Diane – To Be Still (Names)

5 Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine (Rounder)

6 Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Primary Colours (Goner)

7 Telepathe – Dance Mother (V2)

8 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Original Recorded Versions Of The Last Eight Songs They Played In Brighton On Sunday Night (Mute)

9 The Drones – Havilah (ATP Recordings)

10 M Ward – Hold Time (4AD)

11 Chicks On Speed – Super Surfer Girl (Chicks On Speed Records)

12 Fennesz – Black Sea (Touch)

13 Tangerine Dream – Phaedra (Virgin)

14 Earthless – Live At Roadburn (Teepee)

15 The Kinks – Picture Book (Universal)

16 Various Artists – The Factory Box Set (Rhino)

17 Beirut – March Of The Zapotec/ Realpeople: Holland (Pompeii)