Upcoming: January 2019
2 Jan 2019
A very Happy New Year from all of us at Reflex! We're getting back into the swing of things after all the festive madness, and it's not long until the release calendar gathers steam after its annual end-of-year slump. What's more, the month ahead is anything but a dry January, with stacks of superb new records from acts both new and familiar.
Here, then, are 10 records were particularly looking forward to in January, complete with format and pre-order links.
Of course, this is merely a snapshot of upcoming releases. To view the full list from January and beyond, head over to our PRE-ORDERS section.
THE TWILIGHT SAD - IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME (18th January)
One of Britain's finest bands enter what could be a huge year with a superb fifth album. Heavily influenced by mentors The Cure, It Won/t Be Like This All the Time looks set to introduce the Scots to a huge new audience, with singles I/m Not Here [missing face] and Videograms providing a tantalising taste of the record's goods.
LP [Includes download]
LP [Blue vinyl, includes download] *Indies only*
SHARON VAN ETTEN - REMIND ME TOMORROW (18th January)
Throughout the highly anticipated Remind Me Tomorrow, Sharon Van Etten veers towards the driving, dark glimmer moods that have illuminated the edges of her music and pursues them full force. With curling low vocals and brave intimacy, the record is an ambitious work that provokes our most sensitive impulses: reckless affections, spirited nurturing and tender.
LP [Pink vinyl]
DEERHUNTER - WHY HASN'T EVERYTHING ALREADY DISAPPEARED? (18th January)
As thrilling and unpredictable as anything in Deerhunter's near 15-year career, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? was recorded in several strategic geographic points across North America. Exhausted with the toxic concept of nostalgia, they reinvent their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth.
LP [Grey vinyl]
YOU TELL ME - YOU TELL ME (11th January)
Perhaps the year's first significant release is this first joint venture from Field Music's Peter Brewis and Sarah Hayes of Scottish indie outfit Admiral Fallow. By blending their distinct compositional talents they've created a record that possesses their own clear styles but also a new voice too.
LP [Includes download]
LP [White vinyl, includes download] *Indies only*
BRING ME THE HORIZON - AMO (25th January)
Sheffield's modern metal heavyweights kickstart what's sure to be another huge year with a love record exploring every aspect of that most powerful of emotions. It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result is more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything they've done before.
MAGGIE ROGERS - HEARD IT IN A PAST LIFE (18th January)
Heard It In a Past Life follows Maggie Rogers' 2017 Now That Light is Fading EP. The new record contains some of her earlier songs such as Alaska and On and Off, as well as brand new tracks like lead single Light On.
TOY - HAPPY IN THE HOLLOW (25th January)
Toy's fourth LP - their first for new label Tough Lough Records - is unquestionably their most direct and propulsive to date. The group's sound has undoubtedly expanded and grown more confident - in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves.
LP ['Behind Blue Eyes' vinyl] *Indies only*
STEVE MASON - ABOUT THE LIGHT (18th January)
Having written most of his previous albums alone, About the Light marks a change in approach for Ex-Beta Band man Steve Mason. "I decided with this album that I wanted to get my live band involved at every stage because I wanted to capture the energy that we produce when we play live shows. When I listen to this album it feels and sounds like the first 'legitimate' record that I have ever made."
LP [Includes download]
LP [Silver vinyl, includes download) *Indies only*
LOST UNDER HEAVEN - LOVE HATES WHAT YOU BECOME (18th January)
A startling, thought-provoking record, Love Hates What You Become follows Lost Under Heaven's 2016 debut, Spiritual Songs For Lovers to Sing. Shot full of incisive social commentary, the new record captures the Manchester-based audio/visual duo (comprised of Dutch artist Ebony Hoorn and British vocalist Ellery James Roberts) at their most musically raw and visceral.
LP [Red vinyl, PVC sleeve]
TORO Y MOI - OUTER PEACE (18th January)
Following the ever-emotive Boo Boo, Toro Y Moi's new album Outer Peace is a time capsule that captures our relationship to contemporary culture into one comprehensive, sonic package. As both a producer and designer, Chaz Bear utilizes abstract sound pairings with recognizable samples for his most pop influenced record to date.
LP [Gatefold sleeve, includes download]
LP [Clear vinyl, gatefold sleeve, includes download]