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WEEK STARTING 22 Jul

Genre pick of the week Cover of No Me Gustas, Te Quiero by The Parrots.

The Parrots

No Me Gustas, Te Quiero

    The Parrots release a 7” featuring the tracks ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiero’ and ‘Let’s Do It Again’.

    Released on Heavenly Recordings, the tracks are taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo’.

    The tracks were recorded last September during the album sessions with Paco Loco at his studio in Cádiz.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: Ace scuzzy, slo-mo garage rock from this Madrid trio.

    Air have been one of the most iconic French acts of the last two decades, with worldwide hits that have shaped the forefront of modern electronica, calling on various styles and constantly crossing genre barriers, re-shaping the rules as they go. Boasting eight incredible studio albums and live shows that few can match in technical ability, this new compilation album will feature all the greatest hits of the past twenty years, as well as 14 rarities tracks.

    Featuring hits such as ‘All I Need’, ‘Sexy Boy’ and ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’ this album is the perfect showcase to the incredible downtempo and psychedelic Zen that is Air, and with rare recordings that includes live sessions to truly encapsulate the prowess of their on stage presence.


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xDeluxe LP Info: Limited / numbered 4 panel gatefold sleeve in a metallic paper slipcase containing: 2 vinyl (180gr random coloured vinyl), 2 black inner sleeve with holes, 3 CD in Wallet (the extra CD contains Air remixes for other acts – tracklisting below) and a full colour poster, 24 pages numbering + selling sheet.

    FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

    2xLP Info: 2 x 180g vinyl gatefold sleeve + poster.

    ‘Ambulance’ sees The Amazing continue their journey to a place where music is free of restrictions. Despite reflecting Chris Gunrup’s often bleak worldview, the music is expansive and beautiful, marked by playing that’s as much free jazz as rock - pure music without any showiness.

    The songs unfold slowly, without a traditional verse / chorus structure, spinning gauzy webs of shimmering mystery with their own inimitable dynamic of sinuous, swirling guitars; rich, ambient basslines; crisp percussion and restrained, church-like, keyboard textures. The stately tempos suggest a room full of shadows desperately reaching out for intimacy but never quite making the connection. The songs brim over with tension and more implied release than actual relief.

    Gunrup is known for his reluctance to talk about his process and prefers to let the music speak for itself and if 2015’s ‘Picture You’ was brighter, exploding outward to explore the limits of experience, ‘Ambulance’ is much more intimate. The mix denser and darker, the instruments pressing closer, crowding each other, imploding inward to reconnoitre the uncharted distances that exist between us, even in life’s most intimate moments.

    Sharing members with Sweden’s psych forefathers Dungen, the album delves into the hidden recesses of the heart, finding inner space to be just as expansive as the midnight sky. It was recorded in just a few days in one tiny room at Stockhom’s Buller & Bäng studio.

    The Amazing’s drummer, Moussa, is one of Sweden’s top jazz drummers and has also played with Rodriguez and Jose Gonzalez.

    The video for lead track ‘Ambulance’ features Ross Marquand (AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’).

    Previously the band have performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and toured with Tame Impala.

    “The Amazing specialize in a beauty that isn’t airbrushed or slick or antiseptic, it’s elemental rock - earthy, molten, aquatic, but using each of their qualities to soothe rather than destroy or intimidate.” - Pitchfork

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Indie roots and melodic intonations with a tantalising mix of Jazz structures and surf-rock tinged slide guitar. Mournful moments mix seamlessly with more upbeat offerings, showing the breadth of talents on display. Sweet vocal refrains and layered otherworldly harmonies float around the fluid instrumental backdrop. Gorgeous heartwarming masterpieces.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Includes MP3 Download Code.

    Tim Burgess

    Tim Book Two

      In 2012, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans published his hugely successful and critically acclaimed memoir, Telling Stories. Tim really enjoyed his new role as an author, and so here it is: Tim Book Two - a tale of Tim's lifelong passion for records, the shops that sell them, and the people who make them.

      In some ways, the biggest events in Tim's life happened in the couple of years after he had finished writing his first book rather than in the forty years before. So he had more to say, but instead of another autobiography he chose a different way of telling the story. Tim set himself a quest. He would get in touch with people he admired, and ask them to suggest an album for him to track down on his travels, giving an insight into what makes them tick. It would also offer a chance to see how record shops were faring in the digital age - one in which vinyl was still a much-treasured format.

      Tim assembled his cast of characters, from Iggy Pop to Johnny Marr, David Lynch to Cosey Fanni Tutti. Texts, phone calls, emails and handwritten notes went out. Here is the tender, funny and surprising story of what came back.

      Tim Burgess is a singer-songwriter and record label owner, best known as the lead singer of one of the defining bands of the 1990s, The Charlatans.

      Tim was born in Salford but grew up in a village near Northwich, Cheshire. Leaving school at 16 to work at ICI, his real love was music and soon afterwards he was invited to join new band, The Charlatans. They went on to have 3 number 1 albums and 17 top 30 singles. For 12 years, Burgess lived in Los Angeles but now lives back in the UK. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Book Info: 272 pages. 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.7cm

      Ben Chatwin begins his new album with an instrument you’d least expect - a dulcitone. Created in the late 19th century, the keyboard hits tuning forks with felt hammers, sounding like an ornate music box. It serves as the perfect lead in to Heat & Entropy, whose title refers to how introducing heat (energy) and entropy (chaos) into any given system can create life, exploring the blurring lines between man and machine. The first Chatwin album to be recorded domestically, Heat & Entropy starts a new chapter for the Queensferry, Scotland-based musician. Under the name Talvihorros, Chatwin is known for his innovative combination of electronic experimentation and modern classical composition. However, last year’s The Sleeper Awakes took a left turn and exchanged vanguard minimalism for enhanced melodics. Heat & Entropy delves further into this world. The result is an ornate exploration into future possibilities.

      On Heat & Entropy, Chatwin originally intended to use only strings, forcing him to explore lesser-known instruments. For “Standing Waves,” he attached pieces of metal, rubber and tape to the piano strings. “The Kraken” uses Terry Riley’s repetition as a starting point, but leads to distorted vocals and an intense, hammered dulcimer climax. “Euclidean Plane” incorporates a bowed mandolin and a three-stringed didley-bow, along with acoustic guitar and metallophone by Ben’s brother, Jordan Chatwin, who has had no formal training and learned guitar by ear, playing with unconventional tunings and chords.

      Despite the unique sounds and textures Chatwin found among the strings, the lure of electronics proved too great. “The album then became about the tensions between the acoustic, or natural world, and the electronic world” he explains. “For me this is where the excitement lies…. It creates a unique world of contrasts and conflicting relationships.” Chatwin calls Heat & Entropy “an album of contrast, conflict and chaos, but also of complex relationships.” Melody rises above the maelstrom in these compositions. It’s an album of experimentation, of delicately contrasting the organic with the artificial, and ultimately of great beauty and sophistication. Heat & Entropy marks the emergence of an incredibly exciting and visionary Scots composer.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Pulsing ambient electronic fuzz meets spacey synth sweeps and industrial clanging rhythms. This, juxtaposed with the traditional strings make for a stunning and contrary coalition. Though initial furtive melodies are the basis of these compositions, they are soon challenged (and often overcome) by the impending electronic fog. Throughout, all these pieces maintain a balance rarely seen in electro-acoustic compositions, and end up being not only one world or the other but a beautiful and harmonious marriage of the two.

      The Chills / Martin Phillips

      The Curse Of The Chills / Martin Phillips Live At The Moth Club

      This exclusive hardback book contains 'The Curse Of the Chills' documentary on DVD, as well as the Martin Phillipps - Live At The Moth Club, London 2015. ‘The Curse Of The Chills’ is a major new feature documentary that features never-before-seen live footage, interviews and archive. With exclusive access to the Phillipps family home video archive, the film provides an intimate portrait of the man behind the Chills. Exploring the source of his creativity and his songwriting aesthetic, the film also follows Martin on his journey from scenester musician to international star, then follows him on the downward spiral, interest in the band waned and depression and addiction set in. It’s an age old rock and roll story where Martin is unflinchingly honest about his heroin addiction and struggles with Hepatitis. Happily, there is a final act to the story, and the film is ultimately one of redemption and vindication of living a life that stays true to your beliefs – whatever the cost.

      Hard back book, containing Martin Phillips – Live At The Moth Club CD and ‘The Curse Of The Chills’ documentary on DVD. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Book Info: Hard Back Book.

      Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

      Through The Clouds

        British duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have risen to star status lately on the English acoustic scene, earning last year’s Best Duo award from the BBC Folk Awards and across-theboard praise for two self-released albums, most recently ‘Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour’, with its lush single ‘Silverline’.

        Clarke and Walker release a new EP, ‘Through The Clouds,’ via Rough Trade, featuring a handful of the best tracks from their small catalogue, rearranged anew. ‘Through The Clouds’ is meant as an introduction to the duo; in addition to ‘Silverline’ it features a new, stripped-down version of ‘Done’ (ballads on opposite sides of love and loneliness), an alternate mix of the spooky Shirley Collins cover ‘Hares On The Mountain’ and the original album version of ‘The Tangled Tree’, a brilliant showcase of Clarke’s vocal range and expression.

        While The Guardian anointed them “chamber folk” (they certainly cut their teeth in that thriving part of the UK music scene), Clarke is an unusually compelling singer, sharing more in common with Sandy Denny, Gillian Welch, or even Nina Nastasia and Laura Marling, than your usual staid folk artist. Walker is a prodigiously talented guitarist and arranger and the two of them are engaging and often funny in a live setting where, in addition to their own songs, they choose covers brilliantly, from Denny, to Jackson C Frank, to Nina Simone, to death-obsessed traditional ballads.

        Clarke and Walker will be recording their Rough Trade debut album for an Autumn 2016 release, with an eye toward bringing bigger, more modern arrangements and production to their beautifully-wrought songs and Clarke’s tremendous voice.

        “Clarke and Walker stand out due to their originality… Impressive.” - The Guardian

        “A bold success” - The Telegraph

        TCODK - a four-piece from the Midlands - make the kind of experimental goth- tinged psych that, has thus far, eluded 2016. Fans of Swans and The Icarus Line will find plenty to entertain them here – this is a band unafraid to take risks. The thing that first impresses on hearing TCODK is the sheer scale of their intentions. Speaking of first single ‘Broken Arm Of God,’ the band said “we wanted it to sound like a volcano giving birth to an atomic bomb. It has bass and baritone guitar that killed 3 guitar amps in one afternoon, then a studio preamp. It's probably costing us a fortune in damages and repairs. The result was exactly what we wanted though” This band can make a lot of noise. To focus on that however would be to negate what makes this band truly beguiling: nuance. Take ‘Deepest Pit Of Emptiness’ for example – its prog leanings combined with a decidedly English vocal delivery are as distinctive and profound as anything released this year. TCODK have pushed themselves sonically on this album, it’s by far their most experimental release to date. It’s also an album rooted in darkness. “The new album deals with the theme of uncertainty, and put more simply – the end.” That theme resonates throughout the entire album. Fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be enamoured, but play to it a Sisters Of Mercy fan and watch their reaction: there is a new contender for the throne. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Full-force Fuzzed out basses and driving rhythm section. Sludgy drums and psych-rock guitar squeals. Anthemic and understated choruses with Curtis-esque poised vocals driving the melody. Elsewhere, heavy panned synth sweeps and resonant filters lighten the atmospheric tension and dense fog of sound, but (thankfully) do little to lessen the emotional impact. A stunning work of depth and variety.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: 12" coloured vinyl.

        Faun Fables are back with ‘Born Of The Sun’. Since 1998, Faun Fables has been the musical world of Dawn McCarthy, visited in collaboration with her partner Nils Frykdhal. In early times, their wild spirit roamed the streets and hills of the SF / Oakland community while, pilgrim-like, wandering the world and issuing two albums of deeply-rooted, swirlingly other folk music in 1999 and 2001. With the release of ‘Family Album’ in 2004, Drag City got involved and ‘The Transit Rider’ (2006), ‘A Table Forgotten’ (2008) and ‘Light Of A Vaster Dark’ (2010) followed. Now, suddenly, it’s 2016. Six years have passed since ‘Light Of A Vaster Dark’ appeared. Life has happened, in the form of three children born to Dawn and Nils.

        Anyone who has spent time in the thrall of Faun Fables’ bewitching sound knows that this was the dream; beyond Dawn’s passion for song, dance, theatre and all manner of folklore (plus a regular regimen of yodelling), the mythic shadows of home and hearth, friends and family, have infused all of their expressions. Now, raising the family that was once only dreamed about makes for an earthier and more expansive Faun Fables album, informed by the slow and sudden progress of time that occurs when we are with the very young.

        ‘Born Of The Sun’ is in itself another birthing, the songs gestating over several years, then recorded mostly in concentrated periods over the past two winters. On previous albums, the passions of Faun Fables seemed to be laid firmly on the stones of the Old World. The minstrels who cavorted across the cover of ‘Mother Twilight’ seemed out of another, hard-to-place time. ‘Born Of The Sun’ continues on in this exalted tradition but also reflects the rhythms of family living, where each day is a new and irreversible step forward through the necessarily scorched earth of raising children.

        Where ‘Family Album’ and ‘A Table Forgotten’ looked yearningly through time at the spiritual natures of communal living, ‘Born Of The Sun’ is forged in the crucible of now and, as such, has a feeling apart from the previous days of Faun Fables.

        Dawn and Nils and the kids (whose vocals on ‘Wild Kids Rant’ suggest they are following their parents’ path into the forest) are embracing the phenomena of creation as they move inexorably forward. ‘Born Of The Sun’ is the bountiful and exuberant album of this place and time - an old, candlelit world of arcane beliefs in our brightly-lit world, growing ever more profound in the light of perpetual discovery that bathes all of Faun Fables’ songs.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: An enchanting and often beguiling mix of traditional medieval folk and swirling Californian psychedelic sounds. Progressive but coherent chord changes and textures develop as time goes on, building and morphing into a cacophony of instrumental depth and vocal intensity. Fascinating and thoroughly skilled instrumentation and (in places) frightening heart-wrenchingly poignant lyricism. A Journey not to be missed.

        Piccadilly Records

        Slipmat - Cityscape

          Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Cityscape' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester cityscape, which also looks like an electronic waveform created by music.

          Piccadilly Records

          Slipmat - Cityscape / Half Record

            A pair of Piccadilly Records slipmats including one each of the 'Cityscape' and 'Half Record' designs.

            Slipmat 1: Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Cityscape' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic image of the Manchester cityscape, which also looks like an electronic waveform created by music.

            Slipmat 2: Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Half Record' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester G-MEX Centre combined with half a vinyl record.

            Piccadilly Records

            Slipmat - Half Record

              Piccadilly Records logo and white 'Half Record' print on black felt slipmat. Designed by Mark Brown (markbrownstudio.co.uk), the design is a features a graphic representation of the Manchester G-MEX Centre combined with half a vinyl record.

              Professor Tim O'Brien, Jim Spencer & David Tolan

              Hello Moon, Can You Hear Me? - Limited Picture Disc

                Hello Moon is a unique collaboration between Professor Tim O Brien from Jodrell Bank and Stargazing Live and music producers Jim Spencer and Dave Tolan who have worked with New Order, The Charlatans and Echo & The Bunnymen. The idea was simple - to make the sound archive of Jodrell Bank into a hit single/dancefloor smash using sounds from the big bang to the present day, from sounds sent to earth from all over the universe.

                The results have been made into a moon shaped picture disc with Professor Tim running through the origin of all the sounds on the B-side. Billions of years in the making

                Psychic Lemon

                Psychic Lemon

                  Brighton’s very own Drone Rock Records are pleased to present the perfect Psych album to soundtrack the summer (when it finally arrives!) …Psychic Lemon's self-titled debut. Having worked with bands from Argentina, Germany and Canada it's time to bring things a little closer to home and Cambridge's Psychic Lemon fit the bill nicely. This album has already received glowing reviews including :-

                  "If you have ever wondered what a cross between Primal Scream, Amon Duul and Jethro Tull sound like then Psychic Lemon may just be the band for you. A curious amalgamation of sounds, their entire album is akin to freewheeling out of the cosmos on a wave of flutes and thumping bass lines. Throw in a huge dose of Bobby Gillespie style vocals circa Vanishing Point and you have an album fit for the title of most stupendous psych release so far this year.”
                  Echoes And Dust

                  "every now and then a 'small' band will contact me whose material just blows me away...Psychic Lemon are one of those"
                  Dayz Of Purple And Orange

                  "Psychic Lemon have released certainly one of the most kick-ass amazing psychedelic records I’ve so far heard this year"
                  Psychedelic Waves

                  "How much musical bliss they bring is hard to describe"
                  Arctic Drones

                  The record has also been picked up by Tom Robinson at BBC6Music and has had several airplays on his show. This edition is pressed on Psychic Lemon yellow vinyl.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Pressed on Psychic Lemon yellow vinyl.

                  Lou Rhodes

                  Theyesandeye

                  Lou Rhodes’ fourth solo album defies categorisation. Yes, there are elements of the singer-songwriter roots she bathed in growing up but these are embroidered with a rich palette of stark piano, vocal layering, transcendent harp and strings all wrapped up within a heady smattering of vintage reverbs.

                  “I had a bunch of songs”, says Rhodes, “but I wasn’t sure which way to go with them. I had a gut feeling I wanted to experiment with a slightly psychedelic feel and, by chance, met up with Simon Byrt (co-producer) in a friend’s studio. It turned out that he has a strange passion for vintage spring and tape echoes and, before long, we’d decided to make a record together.”
                  Recorded in that same friend’s studio in rolling Wiltshire countryside crammed full of an analogue nerd’s paradise of vintage desks (one of which was used in the Beach Boys “Smile Sessions”), microphones and tape machines supplemented by Byrt’s own collection of reverb boxes. Acoustic guitar was played by Rhodes, additional guitar, bass, piano and synths by Byrt, abstract pedal steel by Ian Kellet, drums by NikolajBjerre, string arrangements by Danny Keane and harp by Tom Moth.

                  After six albums with electronic genre-benders Lamb and three solo albums to date, including the Mercury nominated “Beloved One”, Rhodes’ capacity as a songwriter and interpreter of songs is fully road-tested but never formulaic.


                  Rhyton are the Brooklyn-based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer & The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons).

                  Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock.

                  On ‘Redshift’, Rhyton expand their sound and defy expectations by creating a galactic country throwdown, exemplified by the otherworldly cover of Joe Walsh’s ‘Turn To Stone’.

                  Artwork by legendary New York illustrator Arik Roper (Sleep, High On Fire, Howlin’ Rain, Earth, Pig Destroyer).

                  “Freewheeling homeland psych.” - Uncut

                  “Ecstatic cyclic euphoria. Right on!” - Mojo

                  “Their astral flights can end up anywhere, carrying on the ethos of collective spontaneous combustion that goes back to ancient trance rituals, as well as the Fillmore West and New York underground.” - Prog

                  “There’s literally no other band that could handle this heady material with such confidence and ease.” - Exclaim!

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  LP Info: LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

                  Sterling Roswell

                  Atom Brain Monster - Rock!

                    New Psychedelic Space Rock From Ace Spaceman. "Atom Brain Monster-Rock!", Sterling Roswell’s first release with Blang (limited edition 7”vinyl) is a lurching blank-eyed rock and roll swamp-abilly thing dripping fuzz and tremelo over your turntable as the Spacemen 3 cosmonaut Sterling Roswell calls from the shadows about Obama keeping Cameron's brain alive in a pickle jar. In Sterling's own words, "It’s about a greedy little man that is supposed to be working for the good of the nation, but instead tries to rip off the system that people have worked so hard to build – the NHS and the welfare of the people is being traded off the jet set life styles of a class of pig fucking, oil spilling, gun running Tory terrorists."

                    Any attempt to categorize ROSCO aka Sterling Roswell, runs the risk of misrepresenting a true radical. Artist, musician, poet and producer, Roswell is all of these and more and over the years, as he has embraced a myriad of artistic forms to great effect. Live appearances include a successful solo tour of the UK in April 2016 ( with Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind) also 2015 shows in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal, 2014 UK shows in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, 2012 and 2013 two tours of all major cities of Italy and also 2012’s solo tour of the USA,18 cities in 21 days, starting in NYC and zig zagging across country to Los Angeles for the LA Psych Fest at Echo with The Strawberry Alarm Clock, the show has always held audiences spellbound and is THE act to see in this new age of psychedelia. The band is a rotating collective of musicians that centre around Roswell’s songs and guitar with Martin Langshaw ( The Perfect Disaster / Spacemen 3 ) on drums and percussion, Claire Harrison on Voltage Controlled Oscillator and on occasion Pete Bassman ( Spacemen 3 / The Darkside ) bass vibrations. 

                    LA/Joshua Tree based Sugar Candy Mountain deliver carefully built psychedelic odes in the style of Jacco Gardner and Tame Impala. Their newest album 666 feels like something unearthed from a box of records found in your dad's garage, glowing wistfully with vintage inspired tones, rambling organs, fuzzed out guitars, shimmering keys and sprawling drums. Ash Reiter's woolly voice croons with the icy warmth of Francoise Hardy, while Will Halsey's tender Lennon-esque vocals uncoil with easy languor. Recorded with Jason Quever of Papercuts, the bands sophomore album sits comfortably between 60's Laurel Canyon bliss and more modern production of Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips/Tame Impala).

                    666 is the band's first record after deciding to retire Ash Reiter's eponymous solo project to focus solely on Sugar Candy Mountain. With this shift Ash became more heavily invested in writing for the project. On 666 the band moves away from the grandiose production of their previous album, Mystic Hits, on which some songs featured over two hundred instrument tracks. The majority of basic tracking was done on Jason Quever's 16 track Ampex tape machine through a Neve console, and completed at the bands home studio. Under Quever's guiding hand, production on 666 is significantly simplified, favoring featuring strong melodies over the wildly playful orchestrations of Mystic Hits. Quever is also significantly featured on the record as a player, with his influence distinctly coloring the album. 

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Indies Exclusive LP Info: Pink vinyl edition.

                    Jim White

                    No Such Place

                      Superior Americana from Jim White. Includes contributions from, Morcheeba, Q-Burns, Sohichiro Suzuki and Andrew Hole.


                      “Mr. White has both a literary streak and a crackpot imagination... he brings shards of Southernness, including plinking banjos and bluesy slide guitars, into surreal realms where they may collide with finger cymbals or hip-hop drumbeats ... His lyrics mix the calm fatalism of old country music with the fractured causality of Surrealism, while his arrangements set the words in a backwoods filled with electronic ghosts.” - New York Times

                      “Sounding like a deranged hillbilly hipster, (part Gram Parsons, part Jack Kerouac), White makes creepy music deluxe.” -popmatters.com

                      “Faded church bells, muted sirens, insect noises, white noise, rickety turntable scratching, and electronic beats take “alternative” country music to places it’s never been before.” or “...at times gothic, at times bizarre, and at times, absolutely stunning.” -Stylus Magazine

                      Sky Girl is a mysteriously unshakeable companion, a deeply melancholic and sentimental journey through folk-pop, new wave and art music micro presses that span 1961-1991. A seemingly disparate suite of selections of forgotten fables by more or less neverknowns, Sky Girl forms a beautifully coherent and utterly sublime whole deftly compiled by French collectors DJ Sundae and Julien Dechery.

                      From Scott Seskind’s adolescent musical road movie to Karen Marks' icy Oz-wave, the charming DIY storytelling of Italian-American go-getter Joe Tossini and the ethereal slow dance themes of Parisian artists Nini Raviolette and Hugo Weris, Sky Girl resonates on a wide spectrum historically, geographically and stylistically. It unites in a singular, longing, almost intangible ambience.

                      If the names sound wholly unfamiliar that doesn’t matter, the nature of the compositions swiftly nurtures an intimacy with these lonely, poignant, openhearted wanderers. Most were available in a very limited capacity at the time of their release, some were never really released at all - Gary Davenport declined to release Sarra after he split with the girl for whom the track is named - years later a friend convinced Davenport to allow him to put 100 copies online to sell and DJ Sundae was quick enough to snare one. Beyond their scarcity, these tracks are bound together by a certain raw beauty that's achievable when music is made and no one is listening.

                      Sky Girl comprises of fifteen officially licensed songs, a two year international scavenger hunt through long-folded home label operations, the depths of internet forums and traceless acetates. Both compilers are well trained record sleuths - DJ Sundae's labels Hollie and Idle Press have reissued Arthur Russell affiliate Nirosta Steel and DIY relic Pitch, while Julien Dechery previously compiled 'Fire Star', a retrospective on Tamil film composer Ilaiyaraaja, for Bombay Connection.


                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Various Artists

                      The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One

                        This is the first volume of a series of compilations bringing together undiscovered new wave music from Europe and North America recorded in the 1980s. Most of the songs were originally released on limited edition cassettes or 45s by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them. Now, they've been remastered from their analogue source tapes for your listening pleasure, brought to you by Veronica Vasicka and Peanut Butter Wolf. 14 tracks including Linear Movement, Crash Course In Science, Oppenheimer Analysis, Mark Lane, Tara Cross, Turquoise Days, Bene Gesserit, Esplendor Geometrico, Das Ding, Martin Dupont, Deux, Somnambulist, Ohama, and Das Kabinette.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLP Info: Double vinyl in gatefold sleeve.


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