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Genre pick of the week Cover of In A Moment... Ghost Box by Various Artists.

Various Artists

In A Moment... Ghost Box

    To mark the label’s tenth anniversary Ghost Box have compiled a double album of highlights from their back catalogue.

    Thirty one specially remastered tracks from The Advisory Circle, Belbury Poly, The Focus Group, Pye Corner Audio, John Foxx and The Belbury Circle, Roj, Mount Vernon Arts Lab and a track from the forthcoming album by Hintermass. The album includes extensive sleeve notes by music writer Simon Reynolds, who has championed the Ghost Box cause from the very beginning.

    Both physical formats are lavish packages designed by Julian House, and celebrate the fact that graphic design has always played a central part of the label’s ethos.


    2xLP Info: Heavyweight vinyl double gatefold LP with free download code.

    2xCD Info: Double digipack CD with booklet insert.

    Bass Communion / Freiband


      This is the third collaborative release by Steven Wilson (Bass Communion) and Frans de Waard (Freiband), following two well-received 3"CD releases, both on De Waard's My Own Little Label. Early in 2014 Frans extended an invitation to Steven to take part in his Brombron project, where one artist works in residence with another musician for one week, on music to be performed in concert at the end of that week.

      That other musician turned out to be Thomas Köner, the date December 2014, the location Extrapool, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In the middle of this residency there happened to be a day off when Thomas needed to be out of town. Rather than waste the day, Steven and Frans decided on an impromptu concert performance, and spent the day preparing the music. The concert took place that evening in the relaxed environment of Extrapool for a small audience of invited friends.

      This record contains a slightly reworked recording of the performance on a 12" vinyl with a total playing time of 26 minutes. No additional overdubs were made, but parts of the music on the second side were subsequently layered and recycled in the studio. On side 1 'Courage' is in the tradition of ambient musique concrete, and continues the style and approach of the previous Bass Communion / Freiband releases. But on side 2 'Cowardice' shatters expectations with a slab of psychedelic noise assault, complete with exploding rhythm machines and gnarled electric guitar.

      Strictly limited to 500 copies on vinyl in a beautiful Carl Glover designed sleeve.

      It´s not often a "jazz" band take the big step from the club scene to a 1300 capacity rock venue like Oslo´s Rockefeller. But then again, Elephant9 is not your ordinary jazz band, often being named as Norway´s best live band - surely quite rare for an instrumental band - they are equally popular in jazz and rock circles. On this, their fourth studio album, Elephant9 once again join forces with Reine Fiske - the quite excellent Swedish guitarist from Dungen and The Amazing - for an epic slice of mindblowing modern rock´n´jazz prog psychedelia.

      "Silver Mountain" is their finest album so far, where all the parts fall into place. The core trio is still Ståle Storløkken, Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen and Torstein Lofthus, three of Norway´s finest musicians. Guest Reine Fiske brings another dimension to the band and is now so integrated that he might as well be considered a permanent member."Silver Mountain" is an epic double album containing five tracks between 10 and 22 minutes, four tracks being originals in addition to the most spaced out version of "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" you´re likely to encounter.

      Ståle Storløkken (Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Prophet t8, piano) is widely considered to be the most inventive keyboard player from the fertile Norwegian jazz scene, his playing with bands like Supersilent, Humcrush, Motorpsycho, Terje Rypdal and countless others being firm testament to this.

      Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen (bass, acoustic guitars) is since long a member of popular rock group Big Bang as well as Ketil Møster´s quartet Møster!

      Torstein Lofthus (drums) is a most versatile drummer who has done a lot of session work as well as playing in jazz, soul and rock bands, most notably blackjazzers Shining.

      Reine Fiske (electric and acoustic guitars) is a member of Dungen and The Amazing and has guested on two recent Motorpsycho albums. He is also heavily involved in the fine Swedish record label Subliminal Sounds. 

      Evil Blizzard

      Everybody Come To Church

        Like Hawkwind on even more acid or Sunn O))) meets Butthole Surfers/P.I.L. with four bassists and droning powerful songs...

        Those masked marauding architects of cacophonic, bombastic, psychedelic bass bothering rock have been at it again, by which we mean making another album of unrivalled and quintessentially unique rock music.

        Everybody Come To Church is the new album from Evil Blizzard. To say it’s been eagerly awaited in many quarters is an understatement, something we reckon fellow North-West based musician Mr Mark E. Smith, who’s been heard to say of the Blizzard “I like Evil Blizzard, they give me hope that music is alive and kicking” will no doubt agree with. The Guardian are also huge fans of the band having featured them on their cover and describing them as“…afearsome collision of Hawkwind, krautrock, molten noise, dazzling psychedelic lights and weird, gnarly looking masks.”
        The album was “recorded live in one day with minimal overdubs at Magnetic North Studios” “Everybody Come To Church is a fierce, spontaneous outburst of evil noise.” Like we’d expect anything less. They hadonly four songs written before entering the studio and the rest of the album just ‘happened’ around ideas they’d had knocking about.“Everybody Come To Church features eight tracks of brooding, sinister psychedelic rock that will melt your mind and soul. You have been warned” concludes the press release. Amen to that.

        And so to the first proper taster off the album. Evil Blizzard acolytes (of which there are many) will already be familiar with it as it first saw the light of day as a single released by our friends over at Rocket Records. The rest of you are in for a treat, so click play, sit back and prepare to enter the world of Evil Blizzard.


        Ltd LP Info: Vinyl limited to 500 copies on blue vinyl.

        Panagiotis Melidis started writing music as Larry Gus (λάρυγγας [larigas], Greek for larynx) in 2006, after his previous band, the bass and drums duo Ginger, parted ways. Initially his music combined sample-based constructions and psychedelic pop melodies, merged into an infinitely dense amount of layers and polyrhythms. He soon became known for his energetic and chaotic improvised live performances that involve intricate layering of vocals, drums, and electronics… along with lively stage banter.

        On his new DFA album, "I Need New Eyes" (a title inspired by a Marcel Proust misquotation), moving slowly out of his sample-based roots and using clearer songwriting structures as his starting point, he stares intensively into his obsessions, anxieties and inadequacies, namely failure, humiliation, subservience, submission, and comparisons with other musicians’ careers, always through the prism of a provincial outsider.

        Deemed to be too dark and offensive for release when it was recorded in 1978 and bootlegged ever since, this is the first official vinyl release of 'Haackula'. Haack's anger with society is palpable as he hisses and cusses his way over elastic electronic backings. Imagine a very, very bummed out Kraftwerk scowling as they play childlike melodies and singer under their breath of fear and abandonment. Also included for the first time is Haack's extraordinary 1982 collaboration with Russell Simmons on the track "Party Machine". All tracks make their first official release here and are lovingly remastered from the original tapes.

        Limited to 1,000 copies, “Haackula” will be an essential in every minimal synth, experimental, outsider, electro collection.

        The climactic entry in our four-set Unwound exploration, Empire compiles the final pair of albums by the Olympia, Washington, trio. On 1998’s Challenge For A Civilized Society, the band toyed with conventional verse/chorus form, stacking layers of noise and distraction on top of tightly constructed melodies. They’d abdicate entirely just three years later with 2001’s Leaves Turn Inside You, executing a 14-song masterclass in home recording that observed a crucial band in graceful transition from post-hardcore trio to experimental quintet. The mammoth double album was lost in the chaos of a post-9/11 media, baffling onlookers and exhilirating fans in successive breaths before it fell far out of print. At their reinvention and terminus, Unwound ultimately asked “Who Cares”?

        The Empire box-set teems with period singles, B-sides, unreleased studio tracks, and demos, alongside a 15,000-word essay exploring the terminal stages of the ‘90s, indie rock, Unwound, and civilization as we know it.


        Barry says: Unwound return to our homes, and record collections with this impressive box set. Mixing the off-kilter yet melodic sounds of early hardcore bands with the atmospheric and expansive sounds of noise-rock pioneers means this comes off as an impressive and fitting tribute to a band often unheralded. Add to that the extras and unreleased gems, and you have a collection worth fighting for. Highly recommended as a reminder of one of the best post-hardcore bands of the 90's.

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