Genre pick of the week Cover of Perpetual Motion People by Ezra Furman.
‘Perpetual Motion People’, Ezra Furman’s first album for Bella Union, offers a cascade of memorably bristling hooks driven by a unique splicing of timeless influences, delivered with a restless urgency and combative spirit that shines through the American’s vocals and lyrics.

Aero Flynn

Aero Flynn

    Josh Scott is ready to unveil the unique and stunning fruits of his labour on his self-titled debut album as the distinctively named Aero Flynn - a record that may never have seen the light of day, had it not been for his old friend Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame.

    Up to now Scott may have been living life as an outsider but solid relationships sit at the very heart of his musical make up. Whilst his grandfather played a key influence on his life and new stage name (“I grew up with him and he worships old cinema so I’ve seen every Errol Flynn film,” explains Scott of the reason behind his new guise, “It’s my Narnia.”), his saving grace has become those who surrounded him during the 2000s while attending the University Of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. During that time Scott’s band Amateur Love was the most talked about band in the small college town’s scene.

    After struggling with the high expectations thrust upon him (so esteemed was his song writing to those who knew him back then that the ‘Lip Parade’ sited in Bon Iver’s ‘Holocene’ is a direct reference to one of Scott’s earlier songs), Scott disbanded the group, moved to Chicago and stepped further back into the shadows. After being diagnosed with a mysterious autoimmune disease affecting his kidney in addition to crippling untreated depression, he went underground. That is, until now.

    Refusing to let Scott go without a fight, Vernon eventually managed to coax him back out of hibernation by establishing a label on which to reissue the one and only Amateur Love album. This was the spark; Scott’s interest was piqued and he began writing and recording what would become Aero Flynn’s deeply personal self-titled debut. The writing for it began in Scott’s empty Chicago apartment and it brilliantly displays a newfound exploration of longform composition techniques and ambiguities rather than the simple versechorus- verse-type song structure he had mastered. Once the songs arrived at Vernon’s April Base Studios in rural Wisconsin (where he and Scott coproduced the self-titled debut together) the songs were stretched and manipulated further into their spaced out ethereal final form.

    With a dazzling cast of musicians, including Bon Iver players Mike Noyce, Sean Carey, Rob Moose and CJ Camerieri plus Justin Vernon himself, guitarist Matt Sweeney, pedal steeler Ben Lester and Solid Gold’s Adam Hurlburt, recording progressed well and, over the course of a year, an album that many had spent over a decade waiting for was finally finished.


    Ltd LP Info: Red vinyl.

    Bad Brains

    Omega Sessions

      This EP features 5 demo tracks recorded at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland in 1980. Originally remastered and released by Victory Records way back in 1997, they now see the light of day once again on this limited edition 10”.

      Comes with an MP3 download.

      “Out To Sea” is the most focussed of all Carlton Melton’s recordings to date: the voyage is long; the voyage is joyous.

      Leaving their geodesic dome behind, they hitched their magick karpet to San Francisco’s El Studio for a fried weekend in July 2014 with The Fucking Champs / Trans Am’s Phil Manley at the production helm and occasionally contributing to the furore. Phil Manley plays guitar on “Similarities” and synth on “Peaking Duck”

      Out To Sea sees Carlton Melton expanding their vision of the psychedelia and free outrock sound of their previous output and push to their furthest horizons using waves of sound - from huge pounding rhythms, outta space riffage, gentle synth wave-riding, pastoral passages, searing shards of molten guitar, smothered ambience and gentle flowing guitar picking – to lap at the shores of your senses.

      For fans of: Space travel, the Heads / Kandodo, Faust / Funkadelic, the Kon Tiki Expedition, Parson Sound, Flotation tanks, Bong, Bardo Pond, float on, float on.......

      We’re gonna need a bigger boat. 


      2xLP Info: The double LP version is coloured vinyl (one disc is blue/white - the surf, and the other is blue - out to sea!!!) packaged in a deluxe gatefold / spot varnished sleeve with a CD copy of the album and a poster.

      CD Info: CD is in a CD digifile package.

      Dirty Beaches

      Elizabeth's Theme

        Very few copies remain of this members-only singles club release from Vancouver label Kingfisher Bluez.

        Limited to 250 hand numbered 7"s, "Elizabeth's Theme" is Alex Zhang Hungtai's most cinematic work to date. A stark, placid instrumental with an uneasy beauty.

        Fufanu follow up their ‘Circus Life’ debut with a mini album of brand new material.

        ‘Adjust To The Light’ will be released via One Little Indian.

        “Disclosure attending Bela Lugosi’s funeral.” - Rolling Stone

        “By far and away our favourite Icelandic act.” - Dazed & Confused

        “A tantalising amalgamation of The Fall, Bauhaus and the weirder corners of Blur’s output.” - Q

        “Strange, discomforting and mesmerising in equal measure.” - Line Of Best Fit

        “Gripping to watch… Kaktus is a star.” - Evening Standard

        Hooton Tennis Club

        Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair

          Hooton Tennis Club’s ‘Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair’ will be released on Heavenly.

          The single was recorded and produced at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool by Bill Ryder Jones.

          Taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, also produced by Ryder Jones, ‘Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair’ picks up where their debut single ‘Jasper’ (Lauren Laverne’s selfproclaimed track of 2015 so far) left off - sunsoaked, effortlessly off kilter, wonky pop.

          Live at Biko was recorded during an April 2014 gig in Milan, Italy.The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises’ "Ålesund" and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek’s collaboration with The Album Leaf 's Jimmy Lavalle.


          2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition double vinyl.

          Rick Redbeard

          Dreams Of The Trees

            Rick Anthony's first release since 2013's critically-acclaimed No Selfish Heart LP (Chemikal Underground) that Uncut magazine called “Superb… beautiful…. a glorious album [9/10]" and The List claimed was “Something akin to a masterpiece".

            These three new songs show the side of Anthony that he's been exploring between shifts at his day job as singer of Glasgow late-aughts indie rock stalwarts The Phantom Band. Soft and entrancing, limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.

            As former live and session vocalist for Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy released her critically acclaimed debut album "Like I Used To" in 2012. The new album is much more assured, with a confident nod to a more pop sound, whilst retaining her innocent acoustic folk/rock feel.


            LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

            Ltd CD Info: Deluxe edition includes 5 bonus tracks.

            The Spills

            Crash-Landed Clouds

              Ahead of their new album this September (being released on Alcopop! Records / Philophobia Music), Wakefield 4-piece The Spills release the Too Pure Singles Club 7” for June.

              Recorded by Lee Smith and Jamie Lockhart at the Greenmount Studios, and mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road, the double A-side single features two brand new tracks – 'Crash-landed Clouds' and 'A Film and a Frame'.

              Following the success of their debut LP, Occam's Razor, The Spills have since shared bills with The Cribs, Cloud Nothings, Menace Beach, Joanna Gruesome, WOAHNOWS and PAWS, as well as being featured on compilations from Alcopop! Records and Big Scary Monsters.

              • Debut release from members of Wavves, Sweet Valley, Jeans Wilder 
              • Ten tracks of soaring harmonies over sludgy guitars.

              Brothers Joel Williams (Sweet Valley) and Nathan Williams (Wavves), alongside childhood best friend Andrew Caddick (Jeans Wilder), make music about loss that frays at the seams. Soaring harmonies over sludgy guitars and lush production create a sound all their own. “... a wooly slice of surf pop boasting enough fuzz on its fringes to leave listeners just a wee bit dazed.” -ConsequenceOfSound.

              Takotsubo Men

              Takotsubo Men

                Formed in Liverpool 2014 Takotsubo Men’s dizzying, frantic and raw post punk debut single sees them become a modern-day Minutemen, tearing through three tracks in barely six minutes. Breathless, giddy and sweat-palm thrilling. No welcome outstayed. No B-side invited. Say it and f**K off!

                Led by former Cecil frontman Ste Williams, the band also features Stuart Carswell on drums and Paddy Harrison on his unconventionally tuned guitars.

                This Is The Kit

                Bashed Out

                  This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris. ‘Bashed Out’ is the result of an extended period of collaboration with the record’s producer Aaron Dessner, a member of The National well-known for bringing a warm, starmaking touch to his work with Sharon Van Etten, The Lone Bellow and Local Natives.

                  The backing band gathered for ‘Bashed Out’ combines the talents of This Is The Kit’s touring members alongside a number of session players drawn from the Brooklyn music scene: Bryce Dessner, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National) all made key contributions.

                  This music is honest, human and humane - a folky-lovely slow-rumble. It’s rock but of the hangover-friendly, stoner variety; it’s folk but at a groovy speed. Frontwoman Kate Stables’ voice hearkens back to the classic singersongwriter era, her distinctive, cutting vocals upfront in the mix. It’s a self-confidence gained since her previous album, 2011’s ‘Wriggle Out The Restless’, which made her band a minor institution in the United Kingdom, especially on the radio which has embraced the group.

                  The Line Of Best Fit has the band as an “essential fixture of British folk music for the past 10 years… one of a handful of truly innovate songwriters working with the British folk template today.”

                  For fans of Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Father John Misty, Gillian Welch, Laura Marling, Natalie Prass, Jose Gonzalez.

                  The Sovereign Self - named after a line from Dennis Potter, the late television auteur - is the fifth album from Glasgow's Trembling Bells, their first since 2012's The Marble Downs, a collaboration with Will Oldham. It is a driving, dramatic and at times hallucinatory work, filled with a great sense of tension and release; a witches' brew, a psychedelic stew mixing up the range of the band's musical interests - everything from ramshackled ballads to ancient May Day chants, swaggering acid rock to swirling prog epics.

                  "Some songs are a little challenging" says lead vocalist Lavinia Blackwall, "Bringing Alasdair C Mitchell into the band means we have the interplay of two guitar parts. Musically, this album has been a lot more collaborative and democratic and as a result a lot of our other influences have come through - psychedelia, early-70s prog and rock. It's heavier and darker. I find it physically and emotionally draining to sing these songs, because they are quite intense you have to put so much into them."

                  The range of cultural and counter-cultural interest from the band is apparent on the front cover of The Sovereign Self - a series of twenty portraits painted by Lavinia Blackwall: an eclectic gallery of genius from Emily Dickinson to Aeschylus; Lou Reed to Ovid.

                  Another key influence, psych-folk pioneers the Incredible String Band, has loomed large in the lives of Trembling Bells in recent years. They have toured with ISB co-founder Mike Heron, performing tracks from his songbook.

                  Having released five cracking LPs in six years, in addition to a number of side-projects, Trembling Bells show no signs of slowing down. Already, work is being done on solo records from three members, and there are plans for an album of reworked traditional folk songs with vocals from comedian Stewart Lee. This is quite simply a group of people with music pouring out of them.

                  Laura Veirs

                  July Flame

                    'July Flame' and 'I Can See Your Tracks' are the singles from Laura Veirs' critically-heralded 2010 LP, July Flame (Bella Union/Raven Marching Band). Never released on 7" vinyl before, these two incredible songs finally get the special treatment they deserve.

                    Limited to 300 "July Flame" peach coloured 7"s, these songs were called "Extravagantly beautiful" by The Guardian, and Veirs' "finest work" by Paste Magazine. Featuring an all-star band including Karl Blau (K Records) and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). 

                    A stunning collection of multi-instrumental lullabies to the untamed landscapes that surround them, Snowdonia-based four-piece release second album, written and recorded in the Welsh mountains and announce a string of festival dates.

                    Led by the poetic heart and musical mind of Dilwyn Llwyd, the four-piece reveals a masterpiece of sweeping instrumentation, soaring choirs and shimmering string sections.

                    Written and recorded in North Wales throughout 2014, the album succeeds the band’s 2007 self-titled debut, famed for being mastered in the swimming pool studio of friends, Sigur Rós. All but one of the tracks (the stunning Word Song) is delivered in Welsh, causing non-native ears to drown in the simple melody of the words. Llwyd’s gentle brogue, delivered in restrained tones is set against shimmering backdrop of the band’s morning dew melodies, each unravelling slowly to reveal the most celestial of musical sensations.

                    Produced at Bryn Derwen, Bethesda by David Wrench who mixed Mercury Prize-nominated albums FKA Twigs’ LP1 and Jungle’s self-titled debut, as well as Wales Music Prize winner Week of Pines by Georgia Ruth, the first single from the album, Angharad will be released on Monday 1 June 2015.

                    The band have attracted the attention of The Charlatans lead singer, solo performer and occasional coffee shop owner, Tim Burgess following an encounter in summer 2014. He says: “Such a good album. There's a magic to Yucatan's music. A kind of uplifting melancholy that takes you to beautiful places."

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Ltd LP Info: Limited clear vinyl.

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