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Genre pick of the week Cover of Ravers by The Dead C.

The Dead C

Ravers

    Disguised as the meandering outpourings of vacant thought and activity dialed simultaneously from zero and ten. Formed in the cauldron of a fevered mistake resolute. Surrounded by ignorance, dis-interest, and the attention of the carefully self-selected. Recorded and burned through a thousand galaxies of dust and doubt and endless infinite wonder, transforming both time and space. Forever exiled to the very bottom of the world to reflect on the struggling desperate pile above. Recognizing any contribution as miniscule and insignificant when placed within the greatness of the other, the dominant insolent preening satisfied, continually shouting the pre-eminence of the first world order.

    Ailie Ormston

    The Sedate

    The Sedate / Tony Soprano Fashion Inspo. serves as a solo release from Ailie Ormston of ******** / GUINNESS [Domino Recording Co.]. Comprised of two separate projects, the works coalesce to provide highly surged compositions. The tracks were co-written alongside one drum machine and one synth, embracing elements of chance and coincidence. Writing and recording came simultaneously, a production line of spontaneous melodies with realtime decision making ultimately determining how it sounded, as opposed to preconceived ideas.

    Ormston intends to confront the traditions of presenting, performing and digesting music in an attempt to articulate a form of a contemporary condition. She aims to construct a coherent visual language that corresponds to music writing, carrying its ethos into different forms and varying modes of communication.

    Side A - 001, 002, 003 and 004 were composed specifically for The Sedate, a work by artists Stasis, developed throughout 2018, concluding as a short film and a performance on a building site in Merchant City, Glasgow. Heavy drums, tiny handbags, choral synths, big earrings, a fight scene, a breather and finally, La Macarena. They are listed here in order of appearance.

    Side AA - A32, A18, A67, B12 and B34 were composed in short succession post Side A, collectively known as Tony Soprano Fashion Inspo. Providing increasingly convoluted textures and arching narratives, these tracks are challenging in their multiplicity, with contrapuntal instrumentation being heard simultaneously. Multitasking is encouraged. Physical renditions of each track were realised and presented as an exhibition, An oat latte, but with no image in the foam at Market Gallery, Glasgow. An accompanying text written during this residency can be found alongside the release.


    Our favourite bothy botherers Mac-Talla Nan Creag (comprised of Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands and Lord Of The Isles) return to Firecracker Recordings, channeling ancient rites, the mysteries of the Scottish landscape and its elements through technologies both old and new for your listening pleasure.

    This time round the archaeological work of Forestry Commission Scotland at Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis, and the links between that site and the ancient Celtic myth ‘The Sorrow Of Derdriu’ provided fertile ground for new exploration and response. Accompanying the music once again will be a lush booklet containing some of the stunning imagery that results from the work FCS have done there, all packaged and silk-screened with the usual finesse we've come to expect from Firecracker Recordings and their chief visionary House Of Traps, in conjunction with 12th Isle's Al White.

    Captured in part in a high vaulted medieval church, then in home studios, bouncing ideas back and forth over the internet, MTNC have once again drawn on field recordings, traditional instrumentation, analogue electronics and the simple power of the human voice to create a shimmering and expansive song cycle.

    Whereas the first album was borne out of an intense period of field trips and whisky fuelled jam sessions in brochs and had a loose approach overall, the second is perhaps more focused in its themes relating to the ancient tale - love, war, beauty and tragedy all intertwined - and they arguably go deeper this time, conjuring up something of the Fourth World feel, by way of the Firth Of Forth.

    With additional contributions from Professor John Kenny - whose primal Zummoesque playing on a range of horns including a giant conch shell and a replica of the ancient Deskford carynx underpins several tracks on the album - and Eva Sutherland (daughter of Other Lands) who provides a reading from the myth at the very beginning, this is an album that not only carries the heaviness of history but also looks to the light of the future.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: It's another triumph from Firecracker HQ, a truly magical addition to Scottish future folklore from this all-star production trio and one of the most important albums you'll hear in the bleakest deep winter. Fully endorsed by us all here at Piccadilly Records - do not miss this!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLtd LP Info: 2xLP + Full colour, 16 page 12” insert. Silkscreened artwork by Al White & House Of Traps.

    Ltd CD Info: CD + Full colour, 16 page insert.Silkscreened artwork by Al White & House Of Traps.

    Back in stock Cover of The Worst Show On Earth by Evil Blizzard.

    Evil Blizzard

    The Worst Show On Earth

      When Evil Blizzard emerged from the bowels of Lancashire with their debut album 5 years ago it is fair to say they caused a stir. Put on the front cover of The Guardian, and championed by Mark E. Smith (who gave the band the money to record their debut album out of his own pocket) their gruesome mix of four bass players blending Psyche, Krautrock, Post Punk and an unmistakable image saw them launched onto magazines and websites world-wide. Their new album 'The Worst Show On Earth' (on their own newly-founded Crackedankles Records label) presents a logical progression from the previous two, a third stepping stone on the journey into their peculiar sonic dream- or nightmare? -scape.

      Heavy, grinding, yet commercially viable, this release sees the band truly shake off the ‘gimmick’ tag of the past and stride forward into new musical dimensions. Yes, there’s still 4 basses. But also piano, cello, samples and a general disregard for the basic concept of a ‘pop song,’ with 2 tracks hitting the 10 minute mark. The introduction of keyboards into their live onslaught (you have seen them live, right? Right?!?) has developed their sound to incorporate techno and industrial elements, with recent single ‘Fast Forward Rewind’ hitting the nation’s airwaves aided by its freak show video shot illegally in an abandoned Victorian music hall.

      The album title came from a less than impressed reviewer. The band, ever self-deprecating, take great pleasure in antagonising their crowd to the point that their dedicated following greet live performances with booing rather than applause. One fan, who has the band logo tattooed on his arm, made his own ‘I Hate Evil Blizzard’ t-shirts. ‘People pay money to hate us. Win/Win.’ 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: I've listened to this, and despite the name, I have a feeling that the nativity we did in primary school might be considerably worse. This is pretty good, and unlike my nativity, nobody is being sick.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Blood splattered vinyl.

      Picture Disc Info: Limited edition picture disc edition.

      As we hurtle headlong into the panic inducing reality of a no-deal Brexit, the recent trend for post-everything, irony laced pop seems utterly redundant. If I stick my head out of the musical bubble for even a moment, it becomes abundantly clear that we're absolutely fucked, and I think that calls for a different kind of music. A band who are pissed off but not po faced - cynical but still sincere. A band like Ist Ist.

      Born out of the brutalism of Ancoats, the four piece fuse early noughties post punk with power electronics into condensed shots of angst and energy. "Everything Is Different Now" is a place where riff and rhythm collide, be it in the bleak and cinematic "Exist", the creeping groove of "Son Is The Father" or driving indie-dancer "Jennifer's Lips". The references are there...Joy Division by way of Interpol, Bloc Party, White House or early Ultravox... but this is far from a fanboy pastiche - Ist Ist combine their influences, create their own sound, then pack it with energy and emotion. If you're after further proof of the talent on offer, check B-side pairing "I Want To Disappear" and "Undignified", ambient meets Kid A balladry and gutteral, gloomy post punk of the highest quality. Get you a band who can do both...

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Manchester's post punk masters Ist Ist return with another blink and you'll miss it 12", musing on the constant uncertainty of post-modernity. Essential listening for fans of Interpol, Bloc Party, Joy Division and Radiohead.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Info: Limited 12" vinyl with sleeve photography by Tom Houghton.


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