This week is a late-summer bumper crop of goodness: Saint Etienne's hypnotic 10th album is unlike anything they've ever done before; Low drop another stunner; Amyl and The Sniffers' Comfort to Me charms while hurling you against a wall; The Bevis Frond celebrate their 35th anniversary with their 28th album; French trio Pays P drop a monster of an album; Matson joins forces with Swiss combo L’Eclair for a very groovy Souvenir; and The Jazz Butcher's many great non-LP tracks are collected on a new four-disc set.
If you need more new album reviews, Andrew takes long look at Low and Kacey Musgraves, and more in Notable Releases. In other Basement-forward news, there's: a Matt Berry box set on the way; Spiritualized will have a new album in 2022; we talked to Nils Frahm and F.S. Blum about dub; Tim Hecker's amazing The North Water score is out; Tricky's Nearly God-esque project Lonely Guest will have an album out soon; and Pavement are back, baby! Or they will be next year.