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Retep Folo

Galactic Sounds

    GALACTIC SOUNDS is the new album by Swedish artist Retep Folo - aka Peter Olof Fransson. Peter has been involved in the Gothenburg underground music scene since the late 1990s, firstly in experimental electronic duo Exhadley, then the more theatrical project Ester Elster, and is currently in 60’s psychedelia inspired ‘The Owl Report’. The former two notching up releases on Swedish underground label Psychic Malmö and British label Reverb Worship. As his Soundcloud account testifies his solo out put is prodigious, much of it unreleased gems, in 2016 he self released the lathe cut 'Music for Cats'.

    It was around the age of six on family trips to his Uncles house in the suburbs of Gothenburg that Peter first started to be intrigued by stars, galaxies and ‘other worlds’. In the evenings he and his cousins would play around with a short wave radio, searching the intervals in between stations for odd noises and voices, then pointing torch lights to the heavens, hoping that that they might receive signals from ‘alien’ life forms.

    GALACTIC SOUNDS steps off from this period of joyful childhood star gazing. Conceived from its inception as "head phone music" - meant to encourage the listener to close their eyes and travel to a far off place. It was recorded with a limited pallet of instruments from his collection; a vintage Farfisa Professional Organ, an old 1966 East German Klira Bass Guitar, a 70's Japanese Glockenspiel and an Elgam Carousel – a rare analogue preset type rhythm box. Inspired in part by 1970s library music and Czech Cartoon sound tracks Peter has created a magical tapestry of space age sound, that glides the listener from track to track, on an intergalactic journey through the starry skies.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Red vinyl

    Gilroy Mere

    The Green Line

      *Repress!* Black vinyl this time. 

      The Green Line is a new project from Oliver Cherer under the name 'Gilroy Mere'. Trading as Dollboy, Rhododendron, and Australian Testing Labs as well as his own name, Oliver has meandered his way through the backwaters of left of centre English folk, ambient and electronic music, issuing numerous albums of original music to much critical acclaim via highly regarded boutique labels such as Static Caravan, Second Language, Deep Distance, Polytechnic Youth, and Awkward Formats.

      The Green Line is an instrumental album inspired by the buses that once linked central London to country towns. Established by the London General Omnibus Company in the 1930s, with their striking green livery they were a common sight in the outer London suburbs.

      The Green Line is written as a remembrance of childhood trips into the exterior via the green double and single decker buses that took Londoners out to the countryside. It was recorded at his home studio in Sussex using a collection of instruments and obsolete electronics amassed over a lifetime of being unable to resist junk shops, charity shops and car boot sales.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: I know, I know, I say this every time, but this might just be the most enchanting Clay Pipe release yet.. brilliantly soft-focus, hazily enchanting and innately calming. You definitely won't want to miss out on this one :swoon:

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl version

      Jon brooks' new album has finally arrived. Autres Directions comes hot on the heels of Brooks' recent collaboration with Ed & Edd of The Friendly Fires (who also produced a stunning compilation plucked from the Chapell AV library archives recently called 'Glistens', for which Brooks wrote the linear notes). It also follows 2015's '52' under his own name and the haunting synthy epic 'From Out Here' in 2014. Not to mention running the Cafe Kaput label and giving the mastering touch to my personal favourite album last year (and the shop's number 4) 'Stasis' by Pye Corner Audio.

      So, busy then? It would appear so, but fortunately it doesn't come across in the music. As with all of his work (in whatever guise it may take), the music is meticulously crafted, brilliantly evocative and thoroughly beautiful.

      The wonky clicking percussives of 'Se Reveiller' spring forth from a trademark static drone and pastoral melodic turn, blooming into a woozy swirling synth loop. 'Le Chateau' comes in where the previous left off, offering the same sort of hazy lilt but this time bolstered with swelling pads resonating around the stereo field and a swooning LFO-warped filter sweep lending variety and inconsistencies to the slowly building euphoric shimmer. These first two pieces act as an acclimatising influence, readying the ears for the graceful journey that is to come. PN_17 takes things further towards the retro-futuristic dystopian realms always present in his works, dampening the unease with airy field recording of bird chirps, balancing the organic relief expertly with the cavernous inorganic swells of static sines and grounded electric hums.

      The eponymous track is as much a continuation of this theme as it is a thematic repeater, giving new outlooks on previously established territories and giving them scope to bloom into new realms. Led by a brilliantly satisfying looping bass riff, forging it's way forwards despite the ambient scree blocking the path. There is an urgency to the (completely beatless) rhythm here that incrementally but imperceptibly builds before quickly fading away into the distance.

      Move further along and Lanverec is a gothic sidestep, trading in the same ambient flourishes but led by chillingly forlorn organ swells and whole-body washes of aquatic delay and plate 'verb.

      As impressive and immersive as anything i've heard, this collection is a testament to Brooks' skill as a sound designer and songwriter. It is at once bold and chilling, forges memories and dreams carved out of the juxtaposition of unease, and the comfort of symbiotic communication. Autres Directions is a thing of wonder, and yet more evidence that Jon Brooks is indeed one of the greatest composers out there today. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Get in there quick for this one folks, it's a very limited and intensely brilliant sidestep for Brooks, but shining with everything you'd expect from him, and more. Can't recommend this one enough.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Orange Vinyl, Limited repress!


      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Through Passages of Time by The Hardy Tree is the second LP from Clay Pipe Music's founder Frances Castle.

      Through Passages of Time soundtracks buildings and areas of London that no longer exist.

      Small places stumbled upon by accident, traced on maps, and illustrated in Georgian prints. Frequently visited pubs that have been rebuilt and renamed, the shipbreakers yard decorated with wooden figureheads at Baltic Wharf, or the Thames Watermen living in the shadow of the Hawksmoor-designed church at Horselydown.

      Lost places re-imagined and brought to life using clusters of sequenced Moogs, off-kilter electronics, vibes, and Mellotron - capturing the essence of the dark city and its more bucolic outer suburbs.

      This is a plaint to an older, stranger London that is quickly becoming priced out and forgotten.

      Look carefully and clues to the ancient past can still be found.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Stunning whimsical olde-english folk/electronic/ambient in the vein of labelmate Vic Mars. Dusty, charming and thoroughly beautiful. Highly recommended for fans of Ghost Box etc.


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