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Closed For Business (Seven EP) (RSD21 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


    MANSUN 'CLOSED FOR BUSINESS' COLOUR 12" COLLECTING RARE TRACKS FROM THE SEVEN EP FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VINYL.EXCLUSIVELY FOR RECORD STORE DAY FOLLOWING CAREER SPANNING BOXSET. 2020 saw the release of the critically acclaimed career spanning 25-disc box set 'Closed For Business'. Following on from this set is another treat for fans with more rarities released for Record Store Day 2021.This new 12" brings together tracks previously available across the formats for the bands 'Seven EP' release in 1997. The music on the EP reveals a transitional sound for the band, in which the club-crossover brit-pop style of their earliest work is left behind in favour of a more organic sound, one closer to progressive rock and post punk. It also features the first collaboration between the group and Magazine frontman Howard Devoto in 'Everyone Must Win'. Closed For Business (Seven EP)' is released on 12" vinyl for RSD21 through Kscope on 12th June 2021

    The Anchoress

    The Art Of Losing

      'The Art of Losing' is the second album from Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies), following up on her critically acclaimed debut album, 'Confessions of A Romance Novelist', which was named amongst the Guardian critics' Albums of the Year, won HMV's Welsh Album of the Year, Best Newcomer at the PROG awards, and a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. Written and produced by Davies, the new album features guest performances from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and drums from Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran) along with the mixing talents of Dave Eringa (Manics, Wilko Johnson) and grammy-award winner Mario McNulty (David Bowie, Prince, Laurie Anderson).

      'The Art Of Losing' ambitiously navigates the topic of loss in all its forms and was written and recorded during an unfeasibly busy few years as Davies found solace and purpose in a range of projects whilst navigating her griefs. Most recently this came via the release of her collaborative album 'In Memory of My Feelings' with Bernard Butler (on Pete Paphides' label Needle Mythology), duetting with the Manic Street Preachers on 'Resistance Is Futile', and being personally invited by The Cure's Robert Smith to perform at his Meltdown Festival. She also brought a new generation of ears to legendary Scottish rock band Simple Minds, where she spent much of the last five years appearing on the 'Big Music' (2015) and 'Walk Between Worlds' (2018) albums. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: 'The Art Of Losing' shows a superb grasp of melody and drive while still retaining the more nuanced songwriting and groove, reminiscent of recent shop hitters, The International Teachers of Pop or the superb new Róisín Murphy LP. Davies maintains the quality of her previous outing, pushing things a little further and that little bit more danceable. Superb.

      TRACK LISTING

      CD
      1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
      2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
      3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
      4. Show Your Face ( 04:27 )
      5. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
      6. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
      7. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
      8. Unravel ( 04:05 )
      9. Paris ( 02:01 )
      10. 5AM ( 04:02 )
      11. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
      12. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
      13. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
      14. Moon ( An End ) ( 02:52 )


      LP X 2
      1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
      2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
      3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
      1. Show Your Face ( 04:27 )
      2. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
      3. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
      4. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
      1. Unravel ( 04:05 )
      2. Paris ( 02:01 )
      3. 5AM ( 04:02 )
      4. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
      1. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
      2. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
      3. Moon ( An End ) ( 02:52 )

      LP X 2 + 7"
      1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
      2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
      3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
      1. Show Your Face ( 04:27 )
      2. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
      3. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
      4. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
      1. Unravel ( 04:05 )
      2. Paris ( 02:01 )
      3. 5AM ( 04:02 )
      4. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
      1. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
      2. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
      3. Moon ( An End ) ( 02:52 )
      1. Unravel ( 7" Mix ) ( 03:34 )
      1. Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky ( 03:09 )


      3 CD Set
      1. Moon Rise ( Prelude ) ( 02:51 )
      2. Let It Hurt ( 03:37 )
      3. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield
      4. Show Your Face
      5. The Art Of Losing ( 04:07 )
      6. All Farewells Should Be Sudden ( 05:02 )
      7. All Shall Be Well ( 01:39 )
      8. Unravel ( 04:05 )
      9. Paris ( 02:01 )
      10. 5AM ( 04:02 )
      11. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( 04:06 )
      12. My Confessor ( 03:56 )
      13. With The Boys ( 05:57 )
      14. Moon ( An End )
      1. Show Your Face ( Original Keys Demo ) ( 04:24 )
      2. The Art Of Losing ( P Dub Alt Mix ) ( 04:06 )
      3. Unravel ( P Dub Alt Mix ) ( 04:04 )
      4. The Heart Is A Lonesome Hunter ( Original Demo Version ) ( 04:01 )
      5. Show Your Face ( P Dub Alt Mix ) ( 04:24 )
      6. With The Boys ( Original Demo Version ) ( 05:34 )
      7. All Shall Be Well ( Instrumental Version ) ( 01:41 )
      8. Paris ( Instrumental Version ) ( 01:56 )
      9. Unravel ( Original String Demo ) ( 03:28 )
      10. The Exchange (Dictaphone Writing Demo)
      11. Let It Hurt ( Dictaphone Writing Demo ) ( 01:57 )
      1. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield (Hinako Omori Remix)
      2. Unravel ( Cross Bone T Remix ) ( 04:32 )
      3. Show Your Face ( Worriedaboutsatan Remix ) ( 04:59 )
      4. The Art Of Losing ( Jermaine Soul Remix ) ( 04:33 )
      5. The Exchange Feat. James Dean Bradfield (Jermaine Soul Remix)

      Paul Draper

      Grey House

        As the frontman and songwriter of one of the most iconic bands of the late ‘90s, the creative force that brought the classic hit single “Wide Open Space” and the Number 1 album ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ with Mansun, and now more recently as a solo artist with his top 20 charting album ‘Spooky Action’, Paul Draper’s talent precedes him. As well as showing that his songwriting prowess is as strong as ever, Draper’s solo album also proved that the legion of Mansun fans who started the annual Mansun Convention and an online petition for Paul to write a new album following the band’s split in 2003 are still just as engaged in 2017.

        This limited edition 7" features two of the fan favourites from ‘Spooky Action’ and is pressed on silver coloured vinyl.

        “A growling electro-rock odyssey built on a grand scale. This has an impressive heft” - 8/10 UNCUT

        TRACK LISTING

        Grey House (7” Edit)
        Who’s Wearing The Trousers ? (7” Edit)

        Paul Draper

        Spooky Action

          As the frontman and songwriter of one of the most iconic bands of the late '90s, the creative force that brought the classichit single "Wide Open Space" and the Number 1 album Attack Of The Grey Lantern with Mansun, Paul Draper's talent preceeds him. Mansun's four albums launched the band in to a fervent cult following that has grown and holds an annualconvention in the UK in the band's name. 2016 saw Draper's triumphant return with two new EPs to set the Mansunfandom aflame, including industry gatekeepers Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins for BBC 6 Music. He was supportedfurther with playlisting on Radio X, a Q Magazine Track Of The Day, NME Track Of The Week, a feature from The LineOf Best Fit, and an exclusive remix from Public Service Broadcasting.

          Spooky Action will be released in early August, preceding a sold-out headline UK tour, featuring the glistening syntheticsoul single "Things People Want" and warped voodoo psych grat-track "Don't Poke The Bear". Lyrically, it’s a biting andbrutally honest record – an autobiography set to captivating and addictive melodies.

          Taking its cue from the two EPs and recorded in collaboration with Catherine AD (The Anchoress) and long timeMansun collaborator P Dub, the record’s eleven tracks also veer through genres, from the warped, razored rock'n'rollin "Grey House" to the glorious widescreen analogue pop of "Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion". SpookyAction represents Draper's strongest, most consistent set of songs to date – a lifetime’s work condensed into just over an hour of perfectly formed music.

          TRACK LISTING

          Don't Poke The Bear
          Grey House
          Things People Want
          Who's Wearing The Trousers
          Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion
          Friends Make The Worst Enemies
          Feeling My Heart Run Slow
          You Don't Really Know Someone, Til You Fall Out With Them
          Can't Get Fairer Than That
          Feel Like I Wanna Stay
          The Inner Wheel

          Sweet Billy Pilgrim

          Twice Born Men - 2016 Remastered Edition

            2015 saw the UK’s unsung heroes of experimental art rock London based Sweet Billy Pilgrim, join the Kscope roster and release their label debut & fourth album 'Motorcade Amnesiacs' to critical media acclaim.

            Following on from the release of 'Motorcade Amnesiacs', Kscope began the re-release campaign for the band’s earlier albums with their 2005 debut 'We Just Did What Happened And No One Came', 23rd September sees the release of the band’s 2009 Mercury Prize Nominated album 'Twice Born Men'.

            The trio - Tim Elsenburg (singing, guitar, producer, mixing), Anthony Bishop (banjo, bass) and Alistair Hamer (sequencing, drums) caused quite a stir with their, navigating the delicate path between self-referential art rock and melodic folk rock. Their follow up in 2009 'Twice Born Men', originally released on David Sylvian’s Samadhi Sound label, saw the SundayTimes awarding it 5 Stars and CD of the Week as well as an inclusion in their Top 100 Albums of 2009.

            Twice Born Men' is at heart a melodic beast complimented by the exquisite swooning shiver of Elsenburg’s vocal, ultimately, a beautiful album, which will appeal to fans of alt country and art-pop and should also be appreciated by lovers of great music everywhere.

            Old Fire

            Songs From The Haunted South

            The pet project of Texas based programmer John Mark Lapham, - of The Earlies and 4AD band The Late Cord fame - Old Fire joins a world-class roster that includes the likes of Steven Wilson, The Pineapple Thief, Anathema, Nordic Giants and The Anchoress. Taking nearly a decade to make, Songs From The Haunted South has been a labour of love for Lapham.

            Born from an album concept for a 4AD project with singer Micah P. Hinson (The Late Cord), the album was originally intended to feature different singers and musicians recording songs that were both covers and originals. After parting ways with Micah, Lapham remained determined to realize his vision for the album and sought voices he considered special or fitted the inspiration.

            The first piece of the puzzle fell in to place after meeting the former owner of 4AD, Ivo Watts Russell, who introduced Lapham to singer/songwriter, Tom Rapp - who recorded a string of haunting albums in the late 60s and 70s under the name Pearls Before Swine. The vocals Rapp provided formed the basis of the track Shadows. In the following years, guest vocals were recorded by Sara Lowes (The Earlies), DM Stith, Christopher Barnes (Gem Club), Rebekka Karijord, and Alex Maas (Black Angels).

            The project also features a myriad of exceptional musicians including Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive) - Guitar, Thor Harris (Swans) - Drums, Christian Madden - Rhodes piano & Organ and Semay Wu (Cello).

            The 13 track album contains a selection of songs that in one way or another are dedications to people, some dead and some still living. Musically, inspirations range from ambient artists such as Brian Eno and Stars of the Lid to Psychedelic Rock, traditional Country and early 4AD.

            Sitting alongside the original Old Fire compositions are a selection of intriguing cover versions. Lapham uniquely interprets songs by Psychic TV (The Orchids), Low (Laser Beam), Ian William Craig (A Sight Grip, A Gentle Hold), Jason Molina (It's Easier Now), Camberwell Now (Know How) and Shearwater (Helix).

            Songs From The Haunted South' was produced by John Mark Lapham, mixed by JM Lapham and Mark Kuykendall, and was mastered by Ian Hawgood.

            The powerful cover art was designed by UK's Grammy Award winning designer Vaughan Oliver, famed for his work with artists such as Mojave 3, Lush, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, The Breeders, This Mortal Coil, Pixies, Throwing Muses in addition to artists such as David Sylvian and Bush. The cover shot taken in 1958 features Lapham's father during bivouac camping basic training in the foothills of the Ozarks, at Fort Chaffee.

            STAFF COMMENTS

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            TRACK LISTING

            Old Fire 3
            Along Came A Sadness
            Helix
            Know How
            It's Easier Now
            A Stranger In The Family
            Bloodchild
            Faust
            Shadows
            A Slight Grip, A Gentle Hold
            Laser Beam
            The Orchids
            Deadhouse Dream

            Paul Draper was the frontman, main songwriter and producer of Mansun - one of the most iconic bands of the '90s. The band's debut album Attack of the Grey Lantern entered the UK chart at No 1. The band split in 2003 while recording their fourth LP (partially released on Kleptomania).

            The EP features three equally brilliant, very different brand new tracks. Feeling My Heart Run Slow - a thundering juggernaut of a revenge rock n roll song, No Ideas - a mind-expanding spy movie soundtrack condensed into just under six minutes and The Silence is Deafening - a gleaming pop song that perfectly melds together glacial synths and soaring guitar-bass-drums. The EP also features an alternate mix of Feeling My Heart Run Slow by Andy MacFarlane of Scottish band The Twilight Sad.

            The tracks on EP ONE were recorded at Paul's studio The Kitchen. No Ideas was recorded with four times Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist solo artist Steven Wilson (also signed to Kscope). Steven played bass, acoustic and electric guitar, Moog, Mellotron and Prophet synths on the track. The Silence is Deafening was co-written with Catherine AD (aka The Anchoress). Her current album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist was co-produced and co-written by Paul.

            TRACK LISTING

            Feeling My Heart Run Slow
            No Ideas (feat Steven Wilson)
            The Silence Is Deafening
            F.M.H.R.S. (The Twilight Sad Remix)


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