The clock changes may have knocked some of us out of whack this last week, but it’s been yet another great month for album releases. Here are the albums we’ve had on rotation this month.

on rotationThe William Loveday Intention
The Baptiser
(Damaged Goods)

Barely a year and a half has passed since Billy Childish inaugurated his new Bob-Dylan inspired phase under the name The William Loveday Intention with the release of People Think They Know Me…But They Don’t Know Me. Reworking and rerecording some of his own classics again in this style, covering Dylan himself, and writing new songs, he is no longer stuck in Stuckism, continuing to mine the depths that this newfound freedom has given him. Even for a performer as prolific as he is, he has hit upon a purple period that shows no sign of slowing and his latest album, The Baptiser, continues to delight.
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On Rotation: Our pick of March’s Album ReleasesSnakerattlers
The Left Hand Path
(Self-release)

Third album from ‘Out of control, trash rock & roll’ two-piece from York following 2017’s This Is Rattlerock and 2018’s All Heads Will Roll. Still raw, still rocking a primitive live sound, the devilishly devoted couple are musically darker than ever. It’s the route out of this real-life Hell into a Rock’n’Roll enclave where primitive love rituals are enacted with a twangy guitar, primal drums and a whole lot of whoopin’ and hollerin’. The darkness is exorcised and it’s a whole lot of spooked-out fun. Hopefully the Snakerattlers will be back on the road again soon bringing their own take on dark rockabilly and garage punk trash to a small venue near you.
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on rotationThe Mysterines
Reeling
(Fiction)

The Mysterines finally arrive with their long-awaited debut album that goes straight for the jugular, with thirteen tracks of supreme quality garage grunge fronted by the tantalising hair raising vocals of future rock star Lia Metcalfe, backed by her band of sonic brothers. The Mysterines have unconsciously tapped into the blueprint laid by Solar Race and produced a debut that deserves to be on repeat for the rest of this year. Reeling is an astonishing debut album that should rocket The Mysterines into the mainstream or I’ll eat my coat. I don’t wear a hat and mine’s a Guinness Lia!
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On Rotation: Our pick of March’s Album ReleasesAnarchistwood
Chiasmata
(Ex Gratia)

Punk pranksters and provocateurs Anarchistwood finally release Chiasmata, an album that started back in 2019, but with global pandemics, only recently was fully recorded. Along the way, terrible personal tragedy hit the band, and that they have created a typically uplifting and thought-provoking album is a testament to their resilience and commitment to their artistic creativity.
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on rotationAlanas Chosnau & Mark Reeder
Life Everywhere
(MFS)

Further exploring that aching interface between classical and electronic the latest Mark Reeder and Alanas Chosnau album captures the shadowy uncertainty of these times with a very European album. An album that is grand as the classical architecture on the inclement northern European cities and the aching grey sky vistas soundtracked by the sophisticated and classic classical dark pop. For some reason, they have gone for the low key approach but this should be on a major and these requiem twilight songs should be part of the Euro soundtrack for this most melancholic of years. Anyone who ever loved the post new order world of shadowy exquisite melodies and understated songs of heartbreak and loss will love this album.
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On Rotation: Our pick of March’s Album ReleasesLuke Howard
All of Us
(Mercury KX)

Luke Howard’s All of Us, an eerily beautiful atmospheric record, reveals the disorientation of reading Albert Camus’s The Plague after 2020. It offers listeners a preternatural means of engaging with both the concreteness and allegorical nature of The Plague, and the desolation of pandemic and wartime exile. And outside its sociopolitical tethering, the record is made up of music that’s gorgeous in its ability to unsettle. Collectively the compositions create a beautifully bewildering atmosphere in which sonic apprehension delivers the possibility of peace.
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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for manchestermusic.co.uk. Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.

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