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Gloria

Oidophon Echorama

    Gloria sounds like Californian sun soaked psychedelia mixed with sturdy French technique. Three female vocalists singing in harmonies front this six piece from Lyon. Some have drawn comparisons with The Shangri Las, The Castaways or Pretty Things at times.

    But we are not looking at Venn diagrams, this group sounds contemporary with the ability to create great modern songs.

    Gloria started out as a studio project, they released their first LP ‘In Excelsis Stereo’ in late 2016 to critical acclaim in their home country.

    They then started touring, gaining a reputation of brilliance, perfect for festival appearances. This mini-LP gathers six songs created on the road, lots of love, laughter, friendship, reverb, singing.

    More friendship with the American country folk singer Arianna Monteverdi who features on the opening track ‘Heavy’. ‘The Rain is Out’ is the first single.

    For this follow-up, Ample Play have teamed up with Howlin Banana Records in Paris.

    Bed Rugs: take their name from the much discussed mat in The Big Lebowski. After the highly praised release of last year’s mini-LP ‘Rapids’, we are pleased to go backwards and present ‘8th Cloud’, their 1st ever recording album, showing that even then they punched well above their weight.

    Like Tame Impala and MGMT the sounds are heavy weight and the melodies ambitious - classic rock from Beatles to Nirvana. Les ZAZA’s French magazine recently summed them up as ‘the illegitimate children of McCartney and Cobain.’

    James Endeacott who has seen them a good few times describes them as ‘off the scale’. Their spectacular London shows were the best antidote to anti-European feelings we have seen for a long time.

    Bed Rugs

    Purple Pill / Dream On

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      Bed Rugs: the young Antwerp band take their name from the much discussed mat in The Big Lebowski. After the highly praised release of last year’s mini-LP ‘Rapids’, we are pleased to go backwards and present ‘Purple Pill’ & ‘Dream On’ as a single and special Record Store Day issue.

      These 2 tracks are highlights from their outstanding debut LP ‘8th Cloud’, showing that even then they punched well above their weight. Originally released in the Benelux, ‘8th Cloud’ itself will come out on 28 April on CD only in the UK and France.

      Like Tame Impala and MGMT the sounds are heavy weight and the melodies ambitious - classic rock from Beatles to Nirvana. Les ZAZA’s French magazine recently summed them up as ‘the illegitimate children of McCartney and Cobain.’

      James Endeacott who has seen them a good few times describes them as ‘off the scale’. Their spectacular London shows were the best antidote to anti-European feelings we have seen for a long time.

      “The garages of East Nashville are now American rock's hottest property” says the Guardian March 2012, and the Sufis are amongst the cream of the crop of the new psych/garage influenced Tennessee scene.

      The Sufis are an incredible baroque psych group led by local sound pioneer and aural investigator, Calvin Laporte. Their album was so instant, that we knew instantly we had to put it out on Ample Play. It's incredibly adventurous & memorable. They record using old analogue recording equipment and effects, some of which they have rebuilt from scratch. The musicianship on the record is stunning.

      We also love the fact that the only show they played that we're aware of prior to recording the album was to a packed room of friends where they set themselves up in the middle of a large room and arranged their speaker/amps in all four corners and had the audience in a circle around them in between, as part gig, part happening and part experiment. This is a group with ideas, with psychedelic ideas.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Darryl says: Superb early Floyd influenced psych-rock, if you like their Nashville compatriots The Paperhead then you need this too!!


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