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Prana Crafter

MorphoMystic

    Prana Crafter is William Sol, a musical mystic who blends the raw energies of nature with guitars, synthesizers, singing bowls, and a dose of flow-consciousness. The resulting sonic nectar flows out from the amplifier, cascading in the mind of the listener, splashing mantras against the listener’s third ear. Some music is meant to entertain, to be consumed like flashing patterns on a TV screen. Not so with the music of Prana Crafter. This music is a sonic-tapestry of energies that are meant to envelop the listener and deliver a message that, as Sol puts it, cannot be known through symbol or through sign.

    Likened to artists across the psychedelic and folk spectrums—Popul Vuh, Agitation Free, Six Organs/Ben Chasny, —Sol’s self-professed mentors-in-spirit Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, and Manuel Göttsching are present as well in familiar and surprising ways. In review it has been said that Prana Crafter’s music is “an example of psych-folk at its finest” (Raven Sings the Blues), “like a long lost pressing from the early 70s, it’s a mist shrouded mysterious meditation” (Shindig Magazine), and even that, “few other musicians are making music as ambitious and genuine as Prana Crafter” (The Active Listener).

    Will has said he thinks of himself as a conduit when recording and with ‘MorphoMystic’ Prana Crafter are creating truly Cosmic Music, a synthesized mediation – think if you will of Terry Reilly and Sandy Bull blending their hypnotic energy flow together. ‘MorphoMystic’ is a 35 minute kosmische inspired acid opus that lets your mind venture in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dream before gently flaoting you back down to earth.

    Presented in a lush Gloss Laminated Outer Sleeve with exquisite artwork design by John Nicol.

    Asteroid No.4

    Northern Songs

      Cardinal Fuzz and Little Cloud Records are delighted to bring to you 'Northern Songs'.

      'Northern Songs' is the band's tenth full length record, following up the 'Collide' LP in 2018. Here, the 12-string folk-rock jangle of the mid-60's Byrds is overlaid with the washed-out vocal harmonies of Ride and topped off with psychedelic drones familiar to Spacemen 3. This is a hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psychedelic.

      On this new album, they did all writing, playing, recording, mixing and mastering in their own studio. This is the first time they've gone fully DIY since their fourth album 'An Amazing Dream' (2006), where the band finally found their own trademark sound.

      "This is a first for us as we've always had at least guest musicians or someone else mix or master. It was an experiment on what we could do ourselves and testing our new studio in San Rafael, CA for the first time. Our sound is primarily rooted in the British indie music from the 80s and 90s. This is the music we grew up on, we still listen to today, and what happens as a natural result of our songwriting," says Scott Vitt.

      "Lyrically there's reference to what is happening both socially and politically in the world around us. We wanted to make an album that brought an air of calm or even nostalgia, to remind people that there was a time, not all that long ago, when things seemed way more normal compared to what we're experiencing today."

      Considered stalwarts of the modern 'psych' genre, they are known for their prolific discography of reverb-drenched recordings and liquid-projected live performances. With a sound all their own and neo-psychedelic / shoegaze learnings, they are often compared to acts like Spacemen 3 and Paisley Underground kingpins The Rain Parade.

      A dynamic live act, The Asteroid No.4 integrate multi-textured guitars and reverb-drenched vocal harmonies over an unwavering rhythm section. Their prolific output has earned them a dedicated fan base within the flourishing underground psychedelic scene, with over a dozen compilation appearances, digital-only rarity releases, and multiple singles and EPs.

      Named after Vesta, the brightest asteroid in our solar system, their moniker is an obvious nod to Spacemen 3, one of the band's main influences. In fact, one of the group’s earliest recordings was a faithful cover of their 'Losing Touch with My Mind'. Released via UK label Rocket Girl’s tribute compilation to the 80’s legends, Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember himself named the song as a stand-out track in an interview with Magnet Magazine.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Marble Colored Vinyl.

      The Heads

      Reverberations Vol. 2

        Cardinal Fuzz / Rooster are pleased to bring to you the latest volume in the Reverberations series – 'The Heads – Reverberations Volume 2'. This time we dive into The Heads archives for the Reverberations Series to bring you The Heads recorded live at the Thekla (6th December 2001) as part of the ‘The Gnostic Bash: A Tribute to Kenneth Anger'. This was part of a tribute programme (which included a performance of John Zorn and others playing to Anger’s ‘Magick Lantern Cycle at the Anthology Film Archives in New York) to help raise money for Anger’s long- cherished ambition to make a film of Aleister Crowley's Gnostic Mass, and documentary film-maker Jon Ausbrooks' then work in progress documentary about Anger, ‘Inside the Eye of Scorpio Rising’.

        Sean Cook was tasked with putting a bill of artists together in which bands played to a partial recreation of Anger’s ‘Equinox of the Gods’ a live film of The Magick Powerhouse Of Oz band who featured Bobby Beausoleil (later imprisoned for life for the Manson Family-related murder of Gary Hinman). The energy captured within these grooves here is extraordinary; for over 40 minutes (with no breaks to catch your breath and get your head together) you are treated to primo Heads in full flight.

        This two track performance starts with an utterly mind destroying version of k.r.t that lasts for near on 30 minutes. Playing to a back drop of Anger screenings and a barrage of strobes and smoke The Heads create an effect akin to your head been sucked through time and space and turned inside out – and that is before we even get to the grande finale of ‘Spliff Riff’ – a relentless onslaught that has you picking your head off the floor only for it to be sucked straight back down again. Take a deep breath, dive in and grin.

        White Manna

        Arc

          Cardinal Fuzz (in conjunction with Centripetal Force for North America) presents the seventh full length album from veteran psychonauts White Manna. Long recognized as one of the leaders of the modern psychedelic movement, White Manna's ARC builds upon an already impressive discography and further develops the band's always evolving approach to sound and songwriting.

          This nine song journey sees the band exploring new directions that are more meditative in nature, a welcome development in light of the current state of world affairs. The song "Mythic Salon" certainly demonstrates such intent, as well as growth. ARC, the band’s first release since last year's Ape on Sunday, was recorded at guitarist Anthony Taibi's 3D Light Studios in Humboldt County, California. The songwriting this time around took on more of an inward process, both musically and thematically.This shift allowed for more spontaneity and improvisation than their previous efforts.

          This was especially true when it came to translating musical passages that had already become part of the band's live repertoire. ARC is not a concept album per se, but its focus on such an omnipresent icon certainly leaves the listener a variety of avenues for interpretation, making this the most daring and unique album in the White Manna discography.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: White Manna have spawned a beautifully hypnotic set of recurring riffs and slowly evolving synth soundscapes on 'Arc'.Guitars and woodwind slowly phase in and out of the sound spectrum, making their mark in cavernous echoes and shadowy resonant delays, while more driven pieces have all of the instrumental heft you'd expect, smashing out the stoner grooves and brain-melting percussion.

          The Heads

          Vertigo Swill

            Cardinal Fuzz / Rooster are pleased to bring to you for your listening pleasure – The Heads ‘Vertigo Swill’. Previously available as a CDr release via The Heads own archives and compiled by Paul A. Allen from recordings The Heads made between 1994-2002 (rehearsal room, live and a remix). What we have here are is a maelstrom of Heads music that feels like the bastard child of that mix tape you made of long forgotten freaky Krautrock and 60s garage music, cut up and feed through a Chrome like blender. Over two heavy sides of vinyl be ready for a disorientating blast of these Heady Heads at play as Paul Allen runs his fingers down you spine to access your melting plastic brain as full on wah meltdowns segue into experimental tone generators all intercut with words of wisdom from H.O.Morgan & Simon Price. Not for the faint of heart. 

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: 500 Pressing. Heavy Black Vinyl. Gloss Laminated Outer Sleeve.

            Munehiro Narita

            Live P.S.F.

              Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records bring forth the cranium busting - Munehiro Narita - ‘Live P.S.F (Psychedelic San Francisco)’. Recorded live at the Hemlock Tavern (by PSF worshiper Ethan Miller). For those young pups not quite in the know - Munehiro Narita, the original "psychedelic speed freak," is for many people the undisputed king of the motorcycle fuzz guitar. Active since the late '70s, Narita is a Japanese psychedelic underground legend. After playing in cult bands like Kyoaku no Intention, he founded the brutal heavy-psych power trio High Rise in the '80s and more recently Green Flames with his furious guitar playing, which involves lethal doses of fuzz-wah at ear-splitting volume. Narita was lucky to be in the right place in Tokyo to see many performances by one of the most out of control guitar players ever to handle 6 strings in Takashi Mizutani (Les Rallizes Denudes) as well as taking in wild performances from Keiji Haino, Gaseneta and their take no prisoner maelstrom is a style that Munehiro holds dear too.

              When Munehiro Narita needed a band for playing 4 west cost dates in 2017 Steve Krakow knew that LA Acid Punk David Jasso (OGOD) would be the perfect musician/foil for Narita (it should be noted that David released Green Flames on his Assommer label). David in turn knew TJ – A drummer who hits hard and was more than capable of handling the cruel punishment it requires to play real Speed Freak music. Six tracks were quickly nailed in rehearsals – a selection of High Rise (4) and Green Flames (2) tunes were then played over the four dates. The shows left audience stunned (listen to the reaction from this show) and by the time of the San Francisco show they were on fire. Luckily Ethan Miller was there to press record and document this feral in the red paint peeler of a gig as Munehiro Narita peels off wah soaked fireballs on top of the primal throb and groove that David Jasso and TJ lay down.

              Another of the hopefully famed Cardinal Fuzz bootleg style releases that is so beloved of myself – By that I mean recordings that are distorting while warping time and space at the same time with Munehiro Narita guitar playing out front in the mix (which is how I love my music – guitars up front and laying waste to all) – By the time you get to their whirlwind take on closing number “Pop Sicle,” a tune bringing to mind the most frantic of Les Rallizes Denudes (think Fantastique) the energy and wildness of the recording perfectly captures the wild fury of all 3 musicians playing and creating an energy that is impossible to sedate.

              Ethan Miller somehow managed to capture and record some of the most brutal playing in prime tape saturated / in the red glory for you know to relive.
              The positivity of these shows eventually lead to all 3 members forming P.S.F. and their debut LP was released on Black Editions in 2019 which was a full-throttle adrenaline shot into the 21st Century (seek it out).

              Banshee

              Livin' In The Jungle

                Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records are proud to present the Napalm Blast that is the forthcoming new Banshee record – ‘Livin’ In The Jungle’.

                Hailing from Boston and blazing red hot cinders through your eyes Banshee channel widescreen, kick out the jams motherfuckers psyche-rock-a-rama with a singer doing his best to channel both Alice and Iggy. Yes they rock like crazy and play with the fired up fury of The Stooges, MC5 and The Alice Cooper Group as they let their freak flag fly.

                On ‘Livin In The Jungle’ Banshee detonate over 11 tracks of pure diamond arrangements that will lay you out flat and have your head swirling from the whallop of the sleazy voodoo racket that Banshee have created. Informed in equal parts by the intensity of 60’s Detroit and The Alice Cooper Group and with a rhythmic underbelly the calls on in parts the funk explosion of WAR. From the opening Intro of ‘Genesis’ amid a barrage of bells, chimes jungle sounds and a group feeling the funk they lay straight into ‘The Law’ where without missing a beat and over a blast of guitar riffs, dive bombing bass lines, thunderous drums and a voice that spits out and caterwails with a vengeance you find Banshee freewheelin’ into what will become your favourite rock’n’roll LP for 2020. The engine has started and the whole record is executed at a breakneck pace that is a furious rollercoaster ride to sweet oblivion. On the final epic sprawl that is ‘Caged birds’ which starts out with a garage like Sister Ray bump’n’grind chug before descending into a glorious meltdown of fuzzed up wah wah guitars and glockenspiels before everything finally fades back into the jungle. ‘Livin In The Jungle’ is one rabid rock’n'roll animal of a record. 

                The GR Record Head

                The GR Record Head

                  No-bullshit underground free-rock and proto-punk dosage featuring a multi-piece line up of GRs !

                  This acetate slab of defiant mixture makes the magic happens like an hallucinatory disenchantment incorporated into some ultra vindictive power… Infectious, scary, brutal, elegiac, freakish and wickedly stylish, GR’s fifth solo album The GR Record Head pushes the boundaries straight up to cook your synapses.

                  Once again, the album comes out outside of the standards, with no other backing than GR himself on all instruments plugged into overheated tubes, then a few dusty razor-like moving coil transducers, a mixing board built like a Panzer and an analog 4 track reel to reel recorder from another age.
                  GuitaRazing, frenzied riffing and cranked soloing vagabondage on corroded strings, mesmeric tone, acid rave ups, rhythms like catapults, motorik plus deconstructive free forms, opaque vocals full of venom and fuelled by raw lines & metrics…— Now pair all that with the craft of fixing sounds onto an early 80s’ 1/4 inch reel tape and you got an idea of what The GR Record Head is all about.

                  The Mother of all fuckers in actual D.I.Y/Low-Fi Rock’n’roll.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Limited edition of 300 white-colored vinyl / comes with Lyrics insert sheet / printed on 300 gram uncoated reversed card sleeve.

                  Anunnaki

                  Immanentize The Eschaton

                    Occult Psychedelia For The Initiated. Doom For The New Age. Hailing from Nanaimo, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada, Dave Read (Moths & Locusts) on bass/guitar/synth/effects and Arlen Thompson (Wolf Parade) on drums/modular synth have for the last several years teamed up as ANUNNAKI, and over the course of several sold out EPs and one previous full length album (2017’s “Two Treatise On Gnostic Thought”) they have harnessed a maelstrom of hurricane force tones into their unique sound. The new album “Immanentize The Eschaton” (ie, to bring forth the Apocalypse) reflects all the chaos and turbulence going on in the world today, be it politically, environmentally, or socially, as well as reminding us of the beauty, love and compassion that so often appears fleeting in these modern times. Imagine a cross between Motorhead’s Lemmy & Philthy Animal and Kraftwerk’s Ralf & Florian, together channeling the kozmik vision of Alice Coltrane through Sunn O)))’s amplifiers, and with influences varying from Klaus Schulze to Acid Mothers Temple, from New Age to Black Metal, Madame Blavatsky to Thich Nhat Hanh, and you’ll start to get the idea of what Anunnaki is all about.

                    To put it mildly Anunnaki creates a massive sound for only 2 musicians. Live, the band has shared the stage with artists including Merzbow, Peter Brotzmann, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Darsombra, The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, Comet Control , and Finland’s Siinai, among others. The album itself comprises just 3 epic tracks, ranging in length from 7:01 (album opener ‘Rise Of The Millenarian’), to 21:25 (‘The Demiurge Begins Anew’, which comprises all of Side B). In what is becoming true Anunnaki fashion, all tracks were recorded live off the floor, with no overdubs and minimal edits. The striking cover art is a black & white photographic portrait of the band with bass/guitar doubleneck and modular synth at the ready, beautifully shot in Nanaimo’s iconic White Room venue by local photographer Jason Felker. Produced by the band, and assisted by Andrew Halliwell, with mastering once again handled by Dietrich Schoenemann.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Transparent Gold Coloured Vinyl

                    Abronia

                    The Whole Of Each Eye

                      Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records are proud to bring to you the latest long player from 'Abronia' (Portland USA) The follow up to their debut, The Whole of Each Eye sees Abronia cementing its very singular place in the canon of the broader psych rock universe. A six piece consisting of two guitars, electric bass, tenor saxophone, pedal steel, and one 32” inch bass drum (no drum set here), Abronia pulls from kraut rock, spaghetti Western soundtracks, doom, 60’s UK folk, spiritual jazz, ritualistic drone, and infuse it all with the arid haze of deserts near and far. Recorded, as the first album was, at Type Foundry in Portland, but mixed this time by Billy Anderson (known for his work with Sleep, OM, Neurosis, and many other heavy legends), the band builds off of the solid foundation of the first album.


                      There are still hooks and visceral, crushingly satisfying payoffs, but there’s a deeper complexity to these arrangements that rewards careful listeners and searchers. And while almost half of the last album was entirely instrumental, you’ll find no purely instrumental tracks on this one. This time Keelin’s voice has come to the forefront–a deep and deadly force that brings to mind Nico, Grace Slick, Jarboe, Malaria’s Bettina Köster, and White Magic’s Mira Billotte. Note the dynamics–from the subdued falsetto on the first half of “Cauldron’s Gold” to the murderous scream at the end of “Half Hail.” Another obvious change if you read the liner notes–three of the six members have switched out since the last album, which would seem like a big deal if it hadn’t happened in such a staggered and organic way.


                      Rick Pedrosa is deeply part of the crew by this point–he joined the band on pedal steel a month after the first album was recorded (September 2016)–replacing the lap steel player–Andrew Endres, Paul Michael Schaefer replaced Benjamin Blake on guitar just after the album release show (July 2017). Shaun Lyvers is the newest member–replacing the continent roaming Amir Amadi on bass in spring of 2018. Abronia is very much a band. Songs are written together at practice with everybody contributing.

                      Suzuki Junzo & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska

                      The Ascended Master Teachings Of...

                        Cardinal Fuzz are pleased to bring to you a meeting of North East and the East via Newcastle Sike Lords - Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska and joining them , the legendary Japanese musician Suzuki Junzo (Miminokoto, 20 Guilders and Overhang Party as well as many solo titles) who unleashes a glorious tsunami of psychedelic honey via guitar. Over four sides of vinyl they create a tumultuous crescendo of psychedelic drone acid jam worship. Recorded and mixed by MP Wood at the Soundrooms, Gateshead as Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska took the good opportunity to book some studio time as Suzuki Junzo was playing in Newcastle with them while touring Europe.

                        The sheer joy of playing together on stage carried over from that show into the recording studio where over a stonking 75 minutes your ears are treated to an eternal freak-out. The Snakes bring a bottom end Sabbath thud while Jude (Guitar) creates a swirling and warped glide over the top of which Suzuki Junzo unleashes crazed 6 string fireworks
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                        And if that does not set your heart a flutter then as the insert says “If you are looking for psychedelic music, do not buy this record unless you are looking for psychedelic music”



                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP Info: 300 Pressing Worldwide. Presented in a 350gsm Wide Spine Sleeve with a full size insert and download code.

                        Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

                        Massacre Of The Celestials

                          Cardinal Fuzz are proud to present to you - Plastic Crimwave Syndicate - ‘Massacre Of The Celestials’. Steven Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) is a dark sonic visionary whose every output is infused of the deepest psychedelic music (or just plain old music) out there. With Plastic Crimewave Syndicate you are treated to a howling, menacing, throbbing freak-out sthat is never for the faint hearted. Aided by skronkin' sax goddess Taralie Peterson (aka Louise Bock/Tar Pet) of avant musical coven Spires that in the Sunset Rise, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate go into uncharted realms on their 4th new epic album, "Massacre of the Celestials." Recorded over the course of a tumultuous year on this small planet, a concept emerged of a story we all know and love--the rise and fall of humanity, and then the post-apocalyptic rebirth of a new furtherly-dystopian mutated world. PCWSyndicate didn't discriminate with the freaky sonic tools needed to craft this molten behemoth of a LP, utilizing: damaged waves of No Waves, free-festival rave-ups that punters will knock down fences to pogo to, monochord Doom ruminations...and could that be groovy post-post-punkin' Funakdelica? These cosmic cats also go to the roots of all: The Blooz--elemental, drugged, n grungey--and like JAZZ, MAN! (free, not expensive, for thee people). Plastic Crimewave (bellows/guiterror), Kosmik Jru (bass rumble), and Jose "The Beast" Bernal (kit smash), keep the freaks a-rollin and a-tumblin on an LP destined to score the end of this feeble Earthen sphere. 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Ltd LP Info: Presented in a 350gsm Gloss Laminated Sleeve and comes with a download code. 300 Pressing Worldwide. 150 for Europe & 150 for USA.

                          Hawkeyes

                          Last Light Of Future Failure

                            Cardinal Fuzz are proud to present to you Hawkeyes’ second full-length LP, Last Light Of Future Failure.

                            The follow-up to 2015’s Poison Slows You Down, Last Light Of Future Failure is a different Hawkeyes. Though four long years have passed between long-players, those keeping score could have charted the band’s growth over the course of sporadic split-releases with psych-brethren Shooting Guns, Radiation Flowers, and their Morricone-esque contribution to the Return Of The Son Of Gutbucket compilation. No longer are Hawkeyes merely a punishing, claustrophobic, maelstrom of doom. 2019 Hawkeyes have no such limits.

                            Heavy still reigns, but subtlety, texture, and myriad other ancillary instruments colour these four swirling tracks in ways previously unheard. The marching, eastern-tinged “The Lickening” brings listeners back to the classic stoned-nod before the quicksilver freak-out, “Look At ‘Em Scramble”, levels all in its path. “Nude Karate” is legitimately danceable, its fuzzed phasers racing to the finish, battling for air with whirring synths. “Full Of Secrets”, the cinematic full-side closer, reveals itself slowly, like a Kubrick-directed nightmare.

                            Recorded in their northern headquarters, the Order Of The Ape, by guitarist Ryan Allen, Last Light Of Future Failure is Hawkeyes’ finest work. Without fear or pretense, they have finally delivered on the panoramic interstellar overdrive they’ve been not so quietly mastering since their debut.
                            Hawkeyes are Ryan Allen (guitar), Ron Cybulskie (guitar), Patrick Finch (guitar), Chris Gardner (guitar), Rob Keith (bass), and Stacey Schmitt (drums).


                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Coloured LP Info: Presented in a 350gsm Gloss Laminated Sleeve with full sized 2 sided colour insert and with a download code.

                            Cardinal Fuzz are proud to present to you ‘Ape On Sunday’ - the 6th Long Player from Artaca, California’s White Manna. Recorded over a period of time that saw front man David Johnson return home to Massachusetts to spend time with his family after a traumatic event. While away Dave and Anthony (back on board fully for this new lp) tackled the recordings they had started while Tavan and Johnny laid down the drum and bass tracks and Mike Dieter also rejoined White Manna to lay down some synth parts (honing a Klaus Schulze vibe) . When Dave returned to Humboldt they at long last got down to finishing the LP. ‘Ape On Sunday’ takes its inspiration and title from a Robert Zimmerman poem in his poetry book/novel – ‘Tarantula’ – a stream of conscious / cut up style prose from ’66.

                            You can feel how the life experiences over the last year have seeped, shaped and informed ‘Ape On Sunday’ which is the bands most intimate release since ‘Come Down Safari’. It’s a heady hypnotic mix that at times plays like psychedelic meditations and at others like music for a post apocalyptic movie. The Redwood canopies of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle still influence White Manna but there sound here is heading out in a more experimental direction where the music is more kosmische in style with sounds wreathed in mist and vapours, droning synths and shimmering guitars. ‘Ape On Sunday’ finds White Manna re-entering the stratosphere and floating back down to the dense redwood forest of their homeland.


                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            says: White Manna return with a dark and brooding record, incorporating growling guitars and kosmische synths. Good stuff!

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Ltd LP Info: Housed in a 350gsm Gloss Laminated Sleeve with a full colour insert and download code.

                            The Janitors

                            15 Years Of Fuzz And Folkol

                              Cardinal Fuzz present - The Janitors and ‘15 Years of Fuzz and Folköl’ - a celebration of Sweden's finest purveyors of Throbbing Fuzz and Feedback.

                              15 years ago a night of heavy drinking resulted in the formation of The Janitors - a creative project that has been the center of founder member Jonas and Henrik’s lives ever since. Over that time 5 drummers, 8 percussionists and 3 bass players have passed through The Janitors grinder. They have released 3 full length albums, 5 e.ps and a bunch of singles, as well as sharing stages with many great bands and have got to travel the world.

                              Gathered on ‘15 Years of Fuzz and Folköl’ are a collection of songs and sounds that reflect the different phases of The Janitors development, ranging from full on Fuzz and Feedback to Gospel Choirs and back to the dark menacing head swirling throb that The Janitors have made their own sound. The Janitors cherry picked 23 songs (all included on the digital download) that have never been released on any of their many LPs/EPs or singles. The Janitors then did battle with Dave (Cardinal Fuzz) and Mike (Little Cloud Records) in nailing down these 9 tracks that ended up on the vinyl edition of ‘15 Years of Fuzz and Folköl’. Afterwards we all dusted ourselves down and wondered how these tracks had ever fallen through the cracks - It may just become your favourite Janitors release so far.

                              15 years of Fuzz and Folköl is pressed on solid yellow vinyl and comes with a digital download link with an extra 80 minutes of music (14 extra tracks).
                              *Footnote Folköl is a very Swedish thing. You can’t buy proper beer in the stores, only low alcohol versions and these are called folköl or “people’s beer”. That beer has fuelled most of the tunes here.*

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: Solid yellow coloured vinyl.

                              Dreamtime

                              Tidal Mind

                                Cardinal Fuzz are proud to bring to you the long awaited fourth full length LP from Brisbane Astral Travelers - Dreamtime.

                                The wave has crashed, producing a million waves of sound, each breaking on the shores of your own TIDAL MIND. DREAMTIME have gazed deeply into the infinite depths of our earthly ocean bringing you their new opus: TIDAL MIND.

                                Studying the interactions of liquids, plants and creatures of sea, DREAMTIME have listened carefully to the deep sounds of dark depths. From this sweet salty symphony, they have used their instruments not to play mere chords but to ride within these waves of sound letting our human ears drink deeply from the vast waters.

                                Channelling distant echoes of krautrock masters into not only the sounds created but their approach towards recording spontaneous thoughts, feelings and jams; Kosmic music runs deeply in the veins of these five musicians. TIDAL MIND falls into perfect sequence in the progression of this band that feels no ties to conventional musical impressions cast down upon the masses by the mainstream. The band makes its own channel through the embrace of natural patterns creating unique DREAMscapes permanently altering ones perception of the world that surrounds us.

                                Harnessing the perfection of analogue equipment while utilising modern techniques the band entered the studio and successfully laid down some ritual shit. The album sees DREAMTIME not content to reproduce previous sounds but press ever forward into the deep Kosmic unknown. TIDAL MIND sees the band return to the studio with Darek Mudge setting the controls for the heart of the ocean. Unheard sounds of unfathomable depths have been recorded/mixed and mastered so you can place the needle in the groove and enjoy them in the comforts of your own home.

                                Pressed in an edition of 500 units and housed in a gatefold sleeve with a colour vinyl. Download Code Included.

                                Birth

                                Live In Tucson

                                  Cardinal Fuzz are proud to present to you Birth – Live In Tucson. Birth is the project of Grant Beyachau and Nik Rayne from The Myrrors who performed as Birth for this live improvisational performance in Tucson (USA). The performance was captured onto a handheld recorder (you can hear instrument leads buzz and cut out for a second here and there as things start up) as Birth, seated on the floor, journey towards a state of transcendence in front of a small but appreciative audience.

                                  Taking cues from Terry Riley, LaMonte Young as well as Spacemen 3 (Dreamweapon) – minimalist artists who offer no concessions to the listener except to surrender yourself to the drone. Grant creates swirling cyclic passages via analogue synthesizer and tape machine loops as Nik conjures subliminal notes via guitar and space echo. Over 25 minutes they create an experience of devotional music influenced by Middle Eastern and Sufism cultures – as notes bleed and swirl together in a lysergic haze. Its fluidity is its greatest strength as the piece offers no navigation points – all they ask is that through a mixture of drone, repetition and simple melodies that you surrender yourself to the trance-like and hallucinatory delirium created. It is captivating.

                                  Live in Tucson is a one off 300 pressing – all black vinyl. Housed in a 350gsm sleeve and given a private press like presentation via the sleeve and labels. Download Code Included.



                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                  The Myrrors

                                  Curved Entrances

                                    Cardinal Fuzz are proud to bring ‘Curved Entrances’, a dip into the archives with those shaman from Tucson, The Myrrors. Two tracks totalling over 30 minutes recorded back in the Winter months of 2014 at the first rehearsal with Guitar Wizard Conner Gallaher on board (joining Nik Rayne on 12 String and Grant Beyachau on Drums). Whatever spiritual incantations were placed before this rehearsal no-one can no longer remember but these two recordings stand as a testament that something very special was happening that night. This is psychedelia of the cosmic/koummune vibe as the trio strike up from an earthy hypnotic opening refrain until they hit a shamanistic ecstatic state that is both spellbinding and enrapturing. A band playing in their own space and caught under their own spell of improvisation that takes both band and the listener on a sonic nirvana as The Myrrors open your mind via the power of amplification and elevation. So please open up your mind and let everything come through – The Myrrors may just have found the key to the kingdom of heaven.

                                    Tengger

                                    Segye

                                      There's a symmetry to be had here: duo’s name translates to “Skygod” and “heaven”, duo provides soundtrack for “aural hang-gliding”. What looks to be a simple equation becomes far more immersive and lush as you soar in and out of the grooves of “Segye”. Your guide this time out: Tengger.

                                      In ’05, itta (voice, Indian harmonium, toys) and Marqido (analogue synths) began a new, shifting musical life as 10 in Seoul, South Korea. To mark the massive March ’11 earthquake in Japan, 10 took a step in their evolution by becoming (((10))). The ground moved in a much different way when son RAAI arrived in ’12. Not missing a beat, or a good sign, (((10))) expanded to become Tengger. itta and Marqido, now with RAAI, incorporated all the adventures their self-described traveller family might have into their immediate lives and the sounds being being generated as Tengger. Touring the US, Asia and Europe, Tengger assimilate audience reaction and the myriad experiences of exploring and turn those elements into pillars of their sound, raw material for both foundation and take-off. It’s no surprise, and absolutely fitting, that ‘Segye’ (세계)–Korean for world–encompasses the mind, time and space.

                                      ‘Segye’ began taking shape in ’16 at Slow Slow Quick Quick (Seoul) during the demonstrations against President Geun-hye Park. Then, during the candle demonstration, artist Beck Jeajung made his voice heard and seen. Tengger, picking up on the synchronization, asked Jeajung to bring his art to the album taking shape. This environment, this bigger picture of family and community—this ‘Segye’—feeds the album as much as Tengger's own inner circle and outbound adventures. Their lush electro/drone psych may be the product of knobs, wires and electricity, but it's made from the experiences that only the real world can provide, both immediate and distant. These inner and outer dynamics, often at odds with each other, fuse to give the pulsing of ‘Segye’ a subtle luxuriance that celebrates the humanity inherent in their music. itta's voice melds and dances with the sonic patterns and processes, to continually layer, move and build on each other to not only lift the listener upwards, but to take them to places to take off again; destination to be determined. 

                                      Black Bombaim

                                      Zone Of Resident Bodies

                                        Cardinal Fuzz and Lovers & Lollipops are proud to bring to you the new magnum opus from Black Bombaim titled 'Zone Of Resident Bodies'. Black Bombaim approached their latest creation with the mindset of pushing the boundaries of their musicianship by working with three different electronic composers in three unique recording settings -an old workers auditorium, a huge empty space on the postal office building and on a reverberation room on the university of engineering. Working with Jonathan Saldanha, Luís Fernandes, Pedro Augusto helped Black Bombaim break free of the constraints of a band in a recording studio as each new recording environment and composer brought new textures and ambiance to the music created. It really is rather special to hear.

                                        “this is an amazing album of collaborations that I am sure has taken the participants outside of their respective comfort zones to produce a set that is innovative and explorative. You really will need to hear it all to fully appreciate its strength and breadth because it is outside those zones of familiarity where true expression can flourish… and flourish it certainly does here.” Psych Insight.

                                        Prana Crafter

                                        MindStreamBlessing

                                          Cardinal Fuzz and Eiderdown Records are pleased to bring forth Prana Crafter and 'MindStreamBlessing' An electric mantra from the deep heart of the Pacific Northwest woods, "MindStreamBlessing" beckons you to relax and crack open your mind for a little while. Prana Crafter is Will Sol, practitioner of fine guitar spell-casting and audio fortune telling. A heady brew of guitar, drums, and organ that traces its majestic lineage from both the wayward strains of a cosmic Americana blues and the rustling sunshine daydreams of a future primitive past. The tunes contained herein drift and sway through the windmills of your mind, leaving the sweet aftertaste of pine and ocean mist. Accept this MindStreamBlessing as a balm for these troubled times.

                                          Old Mexico

                                          Old Mexico

                                            In 2016 Dead Meadow’s Jason Simon ventured north to San Francisco to take part in the Family Folk Explosion: a Last Waltz-style concert series hosted by Trans Van Santos and what the SF Weekly has called "his band of Merry Pranksters." Simon picked a handful of songs to perform with the Trans Van Santos band, leaning heavily on unrecorded material and selections from his last solo album. When he arrived in San Francisco for rehearsals he was immediately taken with the band’s much jazzier interpretations of his songs; a particular revelation coming from the loose and idiosyncratic swing of San Francisco drummer and Spirit Jazz elder Dave Mihaly (known for his work with Jolie Holland and his own group; Dave Mihaly & The Shimmering Leaves Ensemble).

                                            Of all the songs that Jason Simon brought to the table that evening, none were more important to the future NorCal/SoCal collaboration between these two sonic tribes than “Past the Western Wall;" a song Simon felt necessitated a Free Jazz approach that had proven difficult to capture. Not so in San Francisco, where the song became the lengthy and searching centerpiece of the set. Behind Dave Mihaly’s inspired work on the trap kit, Jason Simon’s exploration of Indian motifs on lead guitar, and the Bob Weir-like rhythmic accompaniment of Trans Van Santos, the song found its wings, stretching freely in the open landscape of the songs middle section. Clocking in at nearly fifteen minutes, “Past the Western Wall" was the clear highlight of a show that featured more than a few bright moments. The next morning Jason Simon drove back to Los Angeles with a copy of Dave Mihaly’s most recent album and an invitation to join Trans Van Santos at the TVS2 sessions in Joshua Tree, California the next month.

                                            Jason Simon listened to the Dave Mihaly album on the drive back to Los Angeles and then he listened to it again, and again. The next month in Joshua Tree he presented Trans Van Santos with a proposition to record an album featuring material from the three songwriters. They pow-wowed and smoked the peace pipe and formulated a plan: the album was to be recorded in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, in the northern reaches of Old Mexico, and feature contributions from members of their respective solo projects. Songs would be recorded live over a couple of sessions with very few overdubs. “Western Wall" would be the foundation that the album would be built upon. Jason Simon would produce and steer the ship through the process and toward completion. This album is the fruit of that cross genre and multigenerational collaboration out on the edges of West. Welcome to Old Mexico.

                                            Sunflare

                                            On

                                              Cardinal Fuzz are excited to bring to you at last the long awaited Sunflare LP - “ON”. After three previous releases of brain frying high volume pedal to the metal freak-outs Sunflare are at last back to bring some serious brain buzzing primitive punk scorch to a prevailing M.O.R. psych scene in need of some serious face melting. Hailing from Lisboa, Portugal - Sunflare are a scorchin’ power trio specialising in High Energy Psychedelic Speed Freak wipe outs. ON is here to fry minds and with a driving rhythm section that brings new meaning to the word relentless and a guitar player that is perpetually free form feedback soloing over every second committed to wax via the gnarliest of fuzz and wah-wah pedal abuse. Over two sides of vinyl there is never any let up as Sunflare deliver a blazing eruption of ear piercing sound. With ON also comes a second LP of the long out of print “C-30 Red Tape” release (only ever available as a Cassette back in 2010). As soon as you put this on you will see WHY they were so desperate to include this as part of the ON package and commit it to vinyl at long last. If you like High Rise, Comets On Fire and drinking petrol then this is the band and record for you. 

                                              Mt. Mountain

                                              Golden Rise

                                                Cardinal Fuzz are proud to introduce the outstanding 3rd Long Player for Perth’s Mt. Mountain titled "Golden Rise". Mt Mountain formed in Mid 2012. A Year later they put out their first release, the slow brooding OMED. In 2014 they followed up with their first EP as well as the Chantry/The Villian 7” a few months later.. That same year they played In The Pines and were crowned Breakthrough artist of the year at the WAMi awards. Two More albums followed (and quickly sold out ) Cosmos Terros in 2016 and Dust in 2017. Over that time the Perth quintet have built a formidable reputation - not just for their songcraft, but as one of the most compelling live bands in Australia. A distinction that has seen them share stages with Boris, Sleep and King Glizzard.

                                                Their music is both menacing and meditative as tracks play out in harmony/discord and from minimal to maximal over the course of Golden Rise. There are times when the songs are almost gone and just a slow pulse is left, until the spell Is broken and tracks explode into an apocalyptic haze - Something that Mt. Mountain excel in as they create explosions in slow motion. Over the last few years Mt. Mountains have become laurelled and revered by those in the know. With Golden Rise that reputation is ready to explode. Golden Rise is presented in a 350gsm Card Sleeve with Metallic Pantone Printing, Full Colour Inner Sleeve and download code. Sleeve design by Penabranca and layout by Glenn Palmer. 1000 Pressing Worldwide. 450 for Europe.

                                                The Sand Pebbles

                                                Ghost Transmissions

                                                  *LTD COPIES AVAILABLE*Cardinal Fuzz are proud to introduce Melbourne's The Sand Pebbles and a long awaited vinyl pressing of their psychedelic flower punk classic - “Ghost Transmissions”. Formed on Bastille Day on the set of Neighbours by three of the show's screenwriters Christopher Hollow (bass), Ben Michael (guitar)and Piet Collins (drums) their debut LP Eastern Terrace was a minor classic and the this follow up release - Ghost Transmission was lauded by The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Wire and Ptolemaic Terracope. Like a classic pop album of old where every track feels like ear candy for the brain, The Sand Pebbles take you on a trip from Summer Blissed out Pop to head nodding wig-outs. Not once does the quality ever dip as Ghost Transmissions explodes from the eye of the universe with sun-kissed explosions of melody.

                                                  Ghost Transmissions is presented in a beautiful 320gsm gloss laminated sleeve with 2 inserts and is pressed on Heavy weight Black Vinyl (poly lined inners) and includes a 20 track download which features the original 11 album tracks plus 9 additional tracks (outtakes and live material from the time).

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Velvet Elevator

                                                  Principum

                                                    Cardinal Fuzz are proud to introduce the debut LP from Wollongong’s Heavy Psychedelia outfit Velvet Elevator. With guitars set to Open C and amps, cabs and fuzz pedals set to 11 Velvet Elevator build a wall of sound so dense that at first it may overload your temporal lobes. Covering themes of Anthropomorphism, Religion and Armageddon and focused roughly on the Revelation chapter of the bible the two closing tracks of Principium tell the story of the Blood Moon which is traditionally a series of apocalyptic beliefs appearing in the bible - ITS HEAVY. Velvet Elevator bring the dirge but they show their garage chops with a sound that shares comparisons to The Heads (the melding of Heavy Bottom Ends and Garage), Sabbath and of course The Wiz as tracks delve into Drone,Psychedelia and Doom. Heavy isn’t about volume, it’s about attitude and these Wollongong boys have it. A 300 Pressing on blood red and black swirl vinyl. Presented in a 320gsm gloss laminated wide spine sleeve with download code. “Flies like The Heads and Hawkwind with a huge dollop of Sabbath and Electric Wizard. Heavy psych dirges that will tear your nugget in half” Optical Sounds

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Sonic Attack At Liverpool Psych Fest - Stay Holy

                                                      To celebrate Cardinal Fuzz hosting the Cardinal Fuzz Sonic Attack stage at this year’s Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, the good Cardinal is releasing STAY HOLY to showcase some of the finest acts to have graced the LPF stage.

                                                      On this opus, we have the titanic Black Bombaim’s Alexandria, the mighty White Manna’s Slow Dust, the incredible Carlton Melton’s Bloody Mary Jane, the incandescent Dead Sea Apes’ Coronal and tumultuous Kandodo3’s (captured by The Cardinal himself in vintage lofi Kornyfone fidelity) Laud The Hyena. 

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      Ltd LP Info: Housed in a screen-printed gold on black sleeve with a reassuringly familiar design and pressed on a matching gold and black swirl vinyl.

                                                      You're Smiling Now But We'll All Turn Into Demons

                                                      Contact High

                                                        Cardinal Fuzz are proud to present You're Smiling Now But We'll All Turn Into Demons - Contact High Double LP.

                                                        "For so long we at Cardinal Fuzz have wanted to bring you this release on good old vinyl (2 of them were needed). Originally released via Function Records in 2009 on CD we at Cardinal Fuzz waited and waited for this to come out on vinyl. Eventually we had to start a record label with the sole intention of doing justice to this gloriously fuzzy heavy psych/garage monster.

                                                        Over 4 sides of vinyl The Demons bring forth big grooves and dreamy vocals with wah wah, tremolo and fuzz all over the place -sounding something like Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath and Mudhoney stuck in a revolving door. Sides C and D are given over to one track on each side both of which are psychedelic dirges that channel Hawkwind at their most strung out collapsing into a blizzard of wah wah and fuzz choas. In 2009 nobody really cared - we hope five years later you do. 350 Pressing Double LP The name comes from a late night TV programme about Japanese women wrestlers".


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