Happy October! Last week we had 10 new releases; this week it's just four, but all of them are exciting, and one of them is a contender for my Album of the Year. They include: duo audiobooks who are back with another brilliantly bonkers album; The Specials cover protest songs on their second album since Terry Hall rejoined the band; Ducks Ltd make jangly indiepop with oomph; and San Francisco's Cindy are back with their third album of spare, rainy day music.
Four is not enough? Andrew reviews Dying Wish, Wiki, Illuminati Hotties and more in Notable Releases, and for more Basement-friendly stuff from this week: Wet Leg, who made my favorite single of 2021 so far, finally released a second single (and it's great, too); The Raincoats' Gina Birch released her first-ever solo single; UK shoegazers bdrmm and Montreal band Corridor are back with new singles; Bush Tetras have a new career-spanning box set; Frankie Rose has a new band; and Ian Masters (Pale Saints) and Warren Defever released a new ESP Summer EP.