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Plank

Future Of The Sea

    Golden Lion Sounds is an independent record label that runs out of the cultural, community and party hub The Golden Lion in Todmorden. It specialises in limited, collectable and exclusive vinyl releases that are largely sourced from local acts and those who have played at the venue. These include Working Men's Club, Jarvis Cocker, The Lounge Society, Gnod, The Lovely Eggs, David Holmes, Crazy P, Jane Weaver, The Orielles to name a few. Todmorden based Plank's 'Future Of the Sea' will be the first full length album released by the label.

    It seems fitting that a trilogy of albums celebrating nature should conclude some eight years after its second chapter. Manchester-via-Todmorden based instrumental trio Plank’s first two LPs – 2012’s kosmiche-inspired Animalism and 2014’s more expansive and structurally disruptive follow-up Hivemind – enjoyed relatively quick gestation periods. However, Plank are firm believers in letting nature run its course, and so it is that their third LP Future of the Sea arrives early in 2023. “I always knew I wanted to make three albums inspired by nature” says Plank main-man David Rowe (synths / guitar). “Future of the Sea is another exploration into odd time signatures and traditional rock instruments alongside synths and electronics.”

    “Future of the Sea is a celebration of the power and majesty of our oceans and how humankind has been destroying them through industrial scale fishing and global warming” says Rowe. “Rachel Carson put it more eloquently in her book The Sea Around Us: ‘It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.’” A post apocalyptic underwater city scape adorns the cover in an illustration by Jake Blanchard, whose work you'll also see on Richard Dawson's latest album 'The Ruby Cord'.

    The synthetic nature of Plank’s sprawling rock odysseys feel at their most pronounced on Future of the Sea which leans to the band’s love of Pink Floyd era Meddle, Camel, film score composers like John Carpenter and Vangelis, 70s experimentalists Harmonia, 1980s King Crimson and 90s post-rock adjacent group Tortoise. In polyrhythmic dexterity if not heaviness, Plank also take some influence from Meshuggah, and it’s in their movement between the 16 minute final album track’s sections that it feels most prominent. They swerve from crunching stoner rock jams to more ambient spatial explorations, crescendoing progressive peaks, 80s synth pop and finally a crushing riff-laden finale.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Three Seascapes
    2. Dead Zone
    3. Red Tide
    4. Volta Do Mar
    5. Longshore Drift
    6. Breaking Waves Part 1
    7. Breaking Waves Part 2
    8. Breaking Waves Part 3
    9. Breaking Waves Part 4
    10. Breaking Wave Part 5
    11. Breaking Waves Part 6

    Lux Lyall & Andy Votel / Andrew Liles

    Six / Care In The Community

    It's our favourite mushroom quaffing quasi-spiritualist musical leaders Golden Lion Sounds, fresh with new aural delights for the changing of the seasons! Nothing quite excites me as much spotting Waka at the door clutching a new set of records from the now infamous Todmorden stable.

    Lux Lyall & Andy Votel kick off number eight in the series in superbly witchcrafty style; a paganish guitar riff supplementing Lux Lyall's cryptic deadpan, spoken word monologue. A truly spellbinding piece, the mysteries of which you'll be trying to unravel throughout the night.

    Over on side B, it's another Piccadilly favourite: Andrew Liles. This long-serving experimental stalwart contributes as suitable an out-there piece of electro-exotic, semi-soundtrack, semi-acoustic tomfoolery. Featuring a whole range of found sounds and sonic sorcery it sounds like a wizard got into your child's toybox and starting painting pictures.

    As usual - limited copies and stupendously high demand. Orders in QUICK.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Mushroom season is upon us, and who better to soundtrack our midnight moon rituals and post-forage freakouts than the crazy cats from Todmorden. Enlisting known sonic occultist Andy Votel and pagan synth wizard Andrew Liles for a spellbound missive.

    TRACK LISTING

    A: Lux Lyall & Andy Votel - Six (4:07)
    A: Andrew Liles - Care In The Community (3:03)

    Nick Manasseh / Earl Gateshead

    Lion's Paw / Dirty City

    One of three new 7"s out on Golden Lion Records and it's a UK reggae bonanza featuring two absolute legends from our home soils.

    Nick Manasseh owns The Yard, Ladbrook Grove; and has been pivotal in the London scene since the 1980s. Earl Gateshead originally gained momentum in Bradford's West Indian Centre before gaining a residency in Soho which he pilotted for 20 years before working at Plastic People and going on tour with Dr. Alimantado and Big Youth.

    Manesseh wields a the 'reggae flute' (or melodica as it's more commonly known) on "Lion's Paw"; a creeping slice of jungle dub somewhere between Pablo, Perry and Tubby with ancient percussion and plenty dub delay.

    On the flip, Earl Gateshead showcases some impressive lyrical direction on the track, "Dirty City"; which, as well as containing a supremely infectious chorus, includes some delightfully introspective and insightful lines as it moves through a steady roots groove populated with shimmering psychedelic elements. 

    Maximum vibes up inna Todmorden areee-ah! 

     

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Proper reggae royalty on this GLS 7". Manesseh with his storied London soundsystem history and Gateshead with his celebrity tour DJ credentials. Both collide inna soundclash stylee on the highly collectable Golden Lion series.

    TRACK LISTING

    Nick Manasseh - Lion's Paw
    Earl Gateshead - Dirty City

    A coup to have The Lovely Eggs on GLS! Both band and label fiercely independent, staunchly creative and, of course, based right here in North West Great Britania! First outing for Hannibal Rex, which I hypothesize is one of the in-house Golden Lion loons on guest cameo. Either that or just a friend of band or label.

    Our Lancastrian mavericks contribute a rotating behemoth of spiraling krautpunk that Mark Smith himself would be envious of. Like a rockabilly spinning out of control listening to Can; this 7" rocket blast should have bar stools swinging and tables flailing by the end of its rotation.

    The mysterious Hannibal Rex gets totally Todmorden and mixed knackered drum machines, eastern ragas, western guitar and a cloudless state of mind conjuring up from the mighty a hills as technicoloured storm of conspiracy theories and chaos. An unguarded at one the senses that'll make compete sense after foraging around the fields of the record label's basecamp.

    An unmissable edition to the GLS catalogue and one that's certain to be feverishly collected by The Lovely Eggs' cult fanbase! Speed is off the essence heathens! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Can't get enough of that Lovely Eggs track. I have indeed, got it on repeat! Proper Can / Fall-esque growling repetition that really gets inside your melon. Ace!

    TRACK LISTING

    The Lovely Eggs– Repeat It (Andy Votel Remix)
    Hannibal Rex– Cosmic Yolks

    Number six in the highly collectable Golden Lion Sounds series - featuring artists and friends of the iconic Todmorden based hub and released on limited edition vinyl. A true treasure and curio of Yorkshire musical and cultural history!

    Manchester's Henge take over side A with a jaunty, indie-psyche number. Guided by a waspy synth motif and marching drums, it's as reassuringly eccentric and grooving as we've come to expect from this bunch of noisy weirdos.

    Speaking of weird and wonderful, anyone who's witnessed Tirikilatops crazed live show will enjoy "Tomato", which captures all the quirky Korean-influenced madness over a kinda Eurodans / K-Pop hybrid which reflects the luminous colour palette of the 7"'s center label and somehow manages to align itself with International Teachers Of Pop and recent outings by Confidence Man all at once!

    The Lion roars strong once more!! Stupendously limited copies, will sell out pronto! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Inspired, Korean influenced synth-pop madness here from Tirikilatops and the crazies at The Golden Lion. Meanwhile, local pranksters Henge embrace middle age, swapping the Quaaludes for valerian tea but remaining deliciously outrageous as ever.

    TRACK LISTING

    Henge - Valerian Tea
    Tirikilatops - Tomato 

    Jarv Is / David Holmes & Raven Violet / Meat Raffle / Caia & Dylan Carney

    GLS-00X

    It's been a while since we've heard from the good folks at Golden Lion, so imagine my delight this sunny Tuesday afternoon when the capped but golden mane of Waka strutted proudly through our door with the latest and greatest wares from the creative and magical hills of Todmorden.

    Amongst this recent haul we have this extra special nugget from the label featuring no other than Jarvis Cocker, Meatraffle & David Holmes amongst some other lesser known but equally talented musicians. So opening the EP with have a live version of The Falls' "Big New Prinz" by Jarvis, recorded at Barbican Art Gallery, 5th October 2020 during the 'Michael Clark, Cosmic Dancer' exhibition.

    Next up is Meatraffle's pastoral kraut anthem: "Mannaggia La Miseria" - comically highlighting the plights of our modern world to a sumptuous soundbed of Wurlitzer, motorik drums and kaleidoscope guitars.

    David Holmes & Raven Violet offer up a tribute to Andrew Weatherall who was also part of the Golden Lion inner circle - bringing his ALFOS night to the pub on a number of occasions. Loosely based on Tropical Moon's track of the same name, it's has more Holmes-y instrumentation and much more psychedelic vibe than the blissed out deep house original.

    Finally, Caia & Dylan Carney, two artists who you might not have heard of (as I'm assuming they're literally children); get in on the action via "Tango Fish". A short, quirky ditty with a kind of campfire / bedroom story type vibe that I'm sure the Todmorden parents will be handing down the generations...

    Wonderful stuff! Limited copies as always from this cult Yorkshire label. A treasure of a record and as usual from GLS an absolute labour of love. Highly recommended!



    TRACK LISTING

    JARV IS...- Big New Prinz
    Meatraffle - Mannaggia La Miseria
    David Holmes & Raven Violet - Love Is A Mystery
    Caia & Dylan Carney - Tango Fish

    On his recent trip into the shop, Golden Lion Sounds main man and Todmorden's unofficial spiritual guide Waka conjured up some back catalogue releases we'd missed and presented them to us in a holy ritual straight outta the northern spell books.

    Contained within number five of the Golden Lion series are two magical movements from psychedelic wizards Carlton Melton and Dead Sea Apes; absolute stalwarts at the forefront of the new psychedelic frontier.

    With both bands contributing now historical appearances at the Yorkshire venue, it's a great coup for everyone involved to get them onto one of these limited edition 7"s.

    "Night Of This World" by Dead Sea Apes shimmers with a nocturnal suspense; tense, hovering drones eventually subsiding to reveal a Pagan-esque guitar motif calling out to the wild in the witching hours.

    Carlton Melton deliver a psychedelic afterburner via "Lion's Roar"; turning up the feedback settings and scorching a path through their usual forest haze for this eponymous dedication to the label and venue they've loved performing at.

    Splatter-eyes 3D center label. Comes with 3D glasses!


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Psychedelic fireworks and dark forest soundscapes from two titans of the scene. One of the latest clutch of unmissable and highly limited 7"s from Golden Lion Sounds.

    TRACK LISTING

    Dead Sea Apes - Night Of This World - 07:00
    Carlton Melton - Lions Roar - 06:53

    Are the walls bending? Is that a leprechaun at the bar? No, you're just in the welcoming psychedelic bosom of the Golden Lion! Be at rest in this venue & cultural hub-cum-cult record label and let Waka be your spirit guide!

    Number seven in the highly collectible series comes from Piccadilly favourites The Emperor Machine alongside The Summerisle Trio which is infact no other than Sean Johnson, Duncan Gray, and Sarah Rebecca who have forged the project specially for this release!!

    An inappropriately named but undeniably grooving, cosmic disco track;  "Willow's Song" by the cosmic disco end boss Emperor Machine introduces the record in fine style. It's stuttered Strat, octave bass and swirling arps conspiring to take us off into a lysergic disco heaven with a definite nod to Patrick Adam's Bumblebee Unlimited project riding high throughout! The attuned and eager eared amongst you might just recognize that it is actually Gig & Waka, metaphorical parents of the Golden Lion who make a guest cameo on vocals - making this a very special release for the label indeed.
     
    Meanwhile, The Summerisle Trio deposit a serene and dreamy interstellar ballad on side B with a take on "Willow's Song". Nestling into a star studded pillow, a wash with long reverbs and floating pads; the perfect tonic if you've danced your tits out on side A!

    Super limited edition as always. Don’t sleep.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Not only does GLS007 feature Todmorden's cultural ambassadors and Golden Lion gatekeepers Gig and Waka, we get a luxe and serene debut from The Summerisle Trio. A real and highly collectable treasure from this rich seem of musical heritage.

    TRACK LISTING

    A: The Emperor Machine - Dance Your Tit Out! (4:07)
    Additional Vocals By Gig & Waka.

    A: The Summerisle Trio - Willow's Song (4:17)
    Sean Johnston, Duncan Gray And Sarah Rebecca.


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