MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 17 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of Hard Times by Whyte Horses.
Whyte Horses, whose sound is at once timeless and thoroughly modern. With a back-catalogue of multi-faceted jewels that gleam with a blinding, intoxicating light, Whyte Horses’ reputation is one of being able to piece together gloriously individual pop strands in an endlessly creative fashion.

If the music seems passionate, then that’s precisely because the people behind it are passionate. Fronted by Manchester’s Dominic Thomas - who moonlights as founder of the vinyl reissue label Finders Keepers - Whyte Horses often operates as a welcoming revolving door for talented vocalists in their own right, but on ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’ we get to glimpse pure Whyte Horses performing within their own capabilities and hinting at the album to come names ‘Hard Times’ and scheduled for release next year.



STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Feel-good Piccadilly pop favourites Whyte Horses return with an instantly satisfying and beautifully produced suite of swooning jangles and glittering harmonies. Reminiscent of 60's sunshine psych and classic Britpop, 80's synth and a tasteful touch of everything inbetween, and now with a host of top guests too. Unsurprisingly brilliant.

Cult Of Dom Keller

Ascend!

    Cardinal Fuzz and Little Cloud Records are ecstatic to bring forth the latest The Cult Of Dom Keller album ‘Ascend!’

    The Cult Of Dom Keller formed in 2007 and in that time have released five albums, toured Europe and played many a headline slot on the festival circuit while all the time never compromising their sound. With ‘Ascend!’ The Cult Of Dom Keller have reached the apex of their post-apocalyptic, scalp sizzling sonic freak-out vision as they pull you down a visceral black hole that leaves ears ringing and heads reeling.

    From the dystopian intro the door bursts open into ‘Hello Hanging Rope’ – a face melt of smog chocked bump and grind that throbs with a demonic menace and carries with it a swagger of Les Rallizes Denudes (think Flames Of Ice) – a total head trip. Tracks meld into each other as The Cult Of Dom Keller howl like a beast, bass and drums locked in and revved up, the keyboard wheezes and reels out wailing drones while guitars erupt with frantic head tripping fuzz a rama lama cyclonic riffs – It’s very heavy and very far-out.

    Be sure to double up on your medication before sitting down and listening to ‘Ascend!’ For fans of Chrome, Les Rallizes Denudes, The Stooges, German Oak (it is that basement vibe).

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: A 600 Vinyl Pressing (200 x Solid Orange, 400 x Colour Marble Vinyl) and is presented in a 350gsm reverse card sleeve with full colour / size insert and download code.

    Donnie & Joe Emerson

    Dreamin' Wild

      Pacific Northwest isolation mixed with wide-eyed ambition, a strong sense of family and the gift of music proved to be quite the combination for teenage brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson. Originally released in 1979, Dreamin’ Wild is the sonic vision of the talented Emerson boys, recorded in a family built home studio in rural Washington State. Situated in the unlikely blink-and-you-missed-it town of Fruitland and far removed from the late 1970s punk movement and the larger disco boom, Donnie and Joe tilled their own musical soil, channeling bedroom pop jams, raw funk, and yacht rock.

      Spurred on their high school’s music program, Donnie and Joe received a further push from their lifelong farmer father, who drew up a contract stating that he’d support his sons lofty ambitions with their very own recording studio as long as they focused on original material, sage advice for a man with zero experience in the music business. After taking out a second mortgage to help cover costs, Don Sr. also built his children a 300-capacity concert hall (dubbed Camp Jammin’) replete with ticket booth, stage, and fully functioning snack bar. The only problem was that the projected audience never quite materialized, despite a prime time TV profile entitled “The Rock And Roll Farmers” from nearby Spokane, Washington. Even the Emerson brother’s school pals were nonplussed at their privately pressed long player; hand distributed to local music stores, but not as far as Seattle, five hours away from their rural home. Somewhat rejected by the muted response, but never surrendering, both Donnie and Joe continued down a musical path and are still active as performers today.

      This rare slice of bedroom-funk gets the usual Light In The Attic treatment with newly remastered audio, detailed liner notes, and expanded original album art with loads of photos from the Emerson’s collection. Be sure to also check out the short documentary Rock and Roll Farmers, premiering on LightInTheAttic.net.

      “‘Baby’ has been a staple on just about every playlist / mixtape I’ve assembled in the past 3 years. It is nothing short of sublime.” - Ariel Pink.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: 40th edition pressing on baby blue colored vinyl.

      Bill Fay

      Countless Branches

        Bill Fay returns with the third album in the celebrated second phase of his recording career. A prime Fay song is a deceptively simple thing which carries more emotional weight than its concision and brevity might imply. There are ten of these musical haikus on Countless Branches, as pointed and as poignant as anything he’s ever recorded. For decades now - it’s almost 50 years since he cut his classic albums “Bill Fay” and “Time of the Last Persecution” - songs like these have been Fay’s ambassadors helping rave reviews and endorsements from the likes of Jim O’Rourke (Tortoise) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) which led to a huge revival of interest in his music. He had continued to make music almost every day in the intervening decades. For Countless Branches he’s completed new toplines over some of his cache of backing tracks, most of them 20 to 40 years old.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Brittle and almost entorely unadorned (safe for a guitar and a guitar at most), Bill Fay's crackling voice soars above these perfectly produced and stunningly stripped back Americana gems. Evocative and stunning, this is a gem in an already hugely influential career.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xDeluxe LP Info: The deluxe double LP includes 7 bonus tracks.

        2xDeluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Guided By Voices

        Man Called Blunder / She Wants To Know

          A-side “Man Called Blunder” - Robert Pollard says "the recording is perfectly executed, the best performance of a GBV song, ever...”. Non-LP b-side is a sparkling remake of "She Wants To Know" from GBV’s 1986 debut Forever Since Breakfast. A side is Track from forthcoming NEW album!!!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          7" includes MP3 Download Code.

          Guided By Voices

          Volcano

            A-side “Volcano” plus non-LP b-side “Sun Goes Down” is a piano ballad written and sung by GBV drummer Kevin March, an outlier in the GBV canon. Volcano from the NEW album… get on it.. these are mega limited.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            7" includes MP3 Download Code.

            MC5

            Kick Out The Jams - Splatter Coloured Vinyl Edition

              Kick Out The Jams is the debut album from the American punk outfit MC5. Originally released in 1969 the album is revered by rock fans worldwide and contains the world renowned title track which was named the 65th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: 140g red/white/blue splatter vinyl - RSD Stores Exclusive.

              Mythic Sunship

              Changing Shapes

                Mythic Sunship played three shows at the 2019 edition of Roadburn - ”Changing Shapes” documents the most ferocious and courageous of the three. It follows 2018's ”Another Shape of Psychedelic Music”, where the band incorporated saxophone player Søren Skov, and ventured deep into uncharted sonic territory, somewhere in between fuzzed out space rock and free jazz. A sound that's both challenging and deeply engaging. As the festival described the album before the show: “The kind of album people talk about years afterward. The kind of album that isn’t for everybody, but for those whom it touches are never quite the same again.” ”Changing Shapes” is a continuation of those ideas, not just a live performance of previous material (only two tracks from ”Another Shape...” are featured on this set). Søren Skov joins the band again here as the five-piece burns through a handful of lengthy pieces in front of an ecstatic audience. It's an immersive listen, from the curious opening notes of ”Awakening”, to the relentless roar of ”Ophidian Rising”. ”If Mythic Sunship aren’t the shape of psychedelic music to come, it’s in no small part because there are so few out there who could hope to match what they do.” -The Obelisk ”It’s the sound of a band that have fully found their mojo and can just hammer out these sonic slabs that are devoid of cliche and scream originality.” -The Fragmented Flaneur ”They grind out massive riffs and tribal beats like a soundtrack to the apocalypse...This is psychedelic music unlike you’ve heard before.” -Complex Distractions 

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Various Artists

                Piccadilly Records Compilation 2019

                  Do not adjust your sets / swap your reading specs, we’ve gone and done another record! After the success of last year’s inaugural Piccadilly vinyl, we’ve worked our magic once again to bring you another compilation LP, jam packed with musical magic from our top 20, as well as the gold medallists in the reissue and compilation categories. 

                  Buckle up as we blast off into the sonic stratosphere with the ‘Piccadilly Records Compilation 2019’.

                  W.H. Lung get things off to a flying start with the existential motorik and art pop perfection of ‘Second Death Of My Face’, a soaring combination of searing synthwork, sophisticated lyrics and propulsive rhythm which segues perfectly into the psychedelic throb and shoegaze shimmer of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s ‘Líneas En Hojas’. The tempo settles into a riverbank lilt for the haze of Vanishing Twin’s summertime serenade ‘Magician’s Success’, before coasting through the orchestral beauty of Prefab Sprout’s ‘Sleeping Rough’ and Shana Cleveland’s nuanced acid folk. Closing out the A-side perennial Piccadilly favourites Moon Duo take an arp out of Apta’s book and walk us through the cosmos with the optimistic space disco of ‘Stars Are The Light’.

                  The spaced out synth tones remain for B-side opener ‘101FM’, a stomping coming of age cut from fierce MC Little Simz, who hands the baton to a lovelorn Cate Le Bon for her swooning ‘Daylight Matters’, a songwriting masterclass if ever I’ve heard one. Our own modular maestro Apta enters the fray next, working the filters for a beatific Balearic rework of Horsebeach’s ‘Trust’, before fellow knob-twiddler Andrew Wasylyk picks a path between Air (French band) and Air (Japanese Ambient imprint) with the evocative and pastoral beauty of ‘Journey To Inchcape’. Continuing the theme of cinematic and serene, Portico Quartet tug at each one of our heartstrings with the immersive electro-acoustic nocturne ‘Gradient’, a perfect precursor to Ghia’s end of night anthem ‘You Won’t Sleep On My Pillow’, a stand out track from the exceptional ‘Proper Sunburn’ compilation.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Ltd LP Info: Limited to 500 copies.


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                  Sat 18th - 10:13
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