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January Release Round-Up

by Rich Morris Rating: Release Date:

January, like December, is often a quiet month in music, a slow start while consumers (sorry - discerning music fans) recover from the twin financial drains of Christmas and New Year, But January 2013, like December 2012, has ducked this trend. First, and most prominent, there's the completely unexpected and brilliantly orchestrated return of David Bowie, the Thin White Duke, erstwhile Goblin King. His single 'Where Are We Now?' was released to zero fanfare, taking everyone by surprise, and managed to score a top 10 hit without the man himself having to do an ounce of promo yet remaining in control of every aspect. You can be sure other venerable artists will have taken note.

Elsewhere, we were spoiled for choice, with notable return came from Pere Ubu, Suede, Funeral for a Friend, Toro Y Moi, Villagers, Yo La Tengo, Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens, Everything Everything , ,,, and Ducktails. As well as all that, fans of San Francisco garage rock idol Ty Segall were blessed with not one, but two reissued albums by Segall side-projects: Reverse Shark Attack and Traditional Fools. But it wasn't all about comebacks - new blood could be found on 'Wraith' by current NME shag-pieces Peace and impressive debut albums by California X and A$AP Rocky while Foxygen received praise for their psych-glam-tastic second album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.

And if you found yourself hankering after something totally different from fare above, there was the remix album of Hauschka's excellent collection of house-music-via-minimalist-piano compositions, Salon Des Amateurs, the excellently-named Louis Althusser knows why my heart is asunder, an EP of expansive kosmische by London producer Kostoglotov, and Masayoshi Fujita' s Stories, an album of modern composition and electronic ambience released on the always-worth-it Erased Tapes label.

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