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Is And Of The

Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep

    'Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep', the debut release from Is And Of The, was initially conceived as an ambient piece designed to alleviate the insomnia of the album's creator, Drew Bandos. Building on a platform of minimalism, elements of shoegaze, post-rock, and psychedelia started to creep their way into the mix, and the project quickly grew into something much more expansive. Produced and mixed alone over countless hours in dorm rooms and basements, and supplemented by collaborations with musicians who had never heard the songs and recorded their contributions in one take, there is a balance of obsessive tinkering and loose inspiration in each track.

    The music leaps from emotional peak to valley, yet somehow maintains an order in the cyclone of ideas that makes the journey cohesive. Between the sampled soundscapes, distant screams and layered melodies, 'Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep' is an eye-opening precursor for what’s to come from Is And Of The, be it sleepy ambience or explosions of noise.

    Mush

    3D Routine

      Following on from their ‘Induction Party E.P’, Mush are circulating their own sonic mythology, blurring the lines between abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary. Like its predecessor ‘3D Routine’ is a sensory overload of clattering, hooky, guitar work. However, this time space emerges between the onslaughts and in this respite, room is found for new emotional depth. More expansive than ever before, ‘3D Routine’ manages to maintain the rawness of a classic debut but it’s experimentation and variety portray a band unlikely to rest on their ‘guitar band’ chops.

      Songwriter Dan Hyndman explains the genesis of the band as being “fairly boiler plate” a combination of friends old and new converging in Leeds post-uni to form a band predominantly united in their mutual affection for the Pavement back catalogue. Finally settling on a lineup of Nick Grant (bass), Tyson (guitar) and Phil Porter (drums) the band’s progression has taken them far beyond this original vision.

      Having garnered local attention in the early days for their unhinged and often calamitous live shows in Leeds, it was the unlikely radio hit ‘Alternative Facts’, (clocking in at an uncompromising ten minutes) that brought the Mush to the attention of a wider audience. The song, one of the last releases for the legendary Too Pure Singles Club saw early support from Marc Riley and others on BBC 6music with them playing multiple sessions, and the follow up single, ‘Gig Economy’ hopping onto the 6music playlist. Roaming further afield from their hometown, Mush spent the first half of 2019 heading out around the UK, earning a reputation for their intense live performances, supporting the likes of Girl Band, The Lovely Eggs, Yak, Shame and Stereolab, as well as releasing the ‘Induction Party’ EP to great acclaim. At the tail end of summer of 2019 Mush headed to Leeds’ Green Mount Studio and with Andy Savours (Dream Wife, Our Girl, My Bloody Valentine) manning the mixing desk, their debut LP, ‘3D Routine’ was born.

      The way in which the album brazenly moves from polished 3- minute punk tracks, to avant-garde spoken word, to sardonic-political funk, whilst sounding like the same band is testament to an uncompromisingly unrefined ethic and compounds the jarring nature of Mush. Together, the songs form a unified, abrasive, emotive, frenetic and entirely beguiling concoction of sound and opinion, a fast-moving snapshot of current times, relatable, politically minded and incredibly personal. Music for those who want their guitars loud and weird, and their political commentary a little less ‘on the nose’. 


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      Coloured LP Info: 180g orange vinyl.

      LP Info: 180g black vinyl.

      Recorded at Glasgow’s thriving Green Door Studio with Ronan Fay (also guitarist of ascendant Scottish rockers Sweaty Palms), the EP’s six tracks follow the proud lineage of art-rock from both sides of the pond. Mush cite Pavement, Sonic Youth, Television and The Fall as their primary influences: “fundamentally we identify as music fans as much as artists. I write music that I want to hear for my own enjoyment,” says vocalist / guitarist Dan Hyndman. “I’ve always admired people who can create visceral and inspiring art without carrying on as some transcendent being. Having your influences on your sleeve and being open is just an extension of that.” There’s both consolidation and progression at play on Induction Party. The four-piece - Hyndman, guitarist Steve Tyson, bassist Nick Grant and drummer Phil Porter – are now cemented as more of a song writing entity than the “noise project” they would describe their early incarnation.

      Mush have idiosyncrasies all of their own and Induction Party is far more than an endearing homage to the bands listed above. Hyndman’s excitable half-sung, half-yelped vocal snipes and lolls around each song as though sometimes even he doesn’t know where the melody’s going to go next. There’s a sense that not a second of music’s been wasted, a refinement in the band’s song writing process that means nothing clocks in at over four minutes. On "Litvinenko" and Induction Party they prove themselves truly as a product of our time.

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      Mini LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Golden Glow’s debut, 'Tender Is The Night' is an upbeat Brit-pop album swarming in romance. Whether on the album’s more pop-based tracks (“Adore Me” “Locked Inside” “Books”) or the more hazy meditations (“The Blizzard” “On My Own”), Pierre Hall proves that you do not need million dollar studios or technically perfect performances to capture meaning and feeling in music. To say the recordings are raw is to do story of this album’s creation a disservice. After suffering a serious car accident that left him unable to walk for close to six months, Pierre Hall created Golden Glow, wrote the songs, and forced them onto his four-track with pure determination. When finished, he toyed with the idea of re-recording the songs in a cleaner studio. Then he thought of releasing the songs in their original form but limiting the outlet and calling them demos, but everyone who heard the tracks gave the same advice. Don’t ruin the magic was captured on that four-track. Don’t clean-up the charm. Release the music as it is. 'Tender Is The Night' is the result.

      Golden Glow is the charming solo project of Manchester singer/songwriter Pierre Hall. Son of a British father from Trinidad and Tobago, and a Mauritian mother, Pierre established himself in Manchester first as a party promoter and then fronting the Brit-pop band Lead Balloons. In late 2009, Pierre began to write songs as a solo artist. Naming his new project Golden Glow as a tribute to the band Felt, he used a dark period of his life to capture what he was feeling through his music. Starting simply, and sticking to the DIY aesthetics that have marked Manchester bands since the first days of punk, songs were written and recorded on a four-track with minimal equipment and no grand plan for where things might end up. After befriending and opening for The Drums, the track “Adore Me” was included on a compilation for their label, Holiday Records. By late 2010, the set of songs that were to become Golden Glow’s debut, 'Tender Is The Night' were completed and a series of lo-fi music videos began to get attention around the internet. With a beginning equally dependent on talent, necessity, and happenstance, Golden Glow is a project that deserves the recognition that is surely coming its way.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Disturbed but beautiful, doomy but empowering, Mancunian melancholia. Smart.

      Her Space Holiday

      Sleepy Tigers

      "Sleepy Tigers" is the lead off track from Her Space Holiday's full-length, "XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival". In addition to the title track, three new compositions are included on the release. These tracks are not outtakes or throwaways from the recording of the full-length, but are in fact fully realized works completed in a fit of inspiration as the single was being compiled. For longtime fans of Her Space Holiday, those anxious to hear the new creative direction taken on "XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival", or new listeners yet to discover what makes Her Space Holiday one of Mush's most beloved acts, "Sleepy Tigers" is the perfect preview of what's to come. Recording as Her Space Holiday since 1996, Marc Bianchi creates sugarcoated dreamscapes floating alongside bitter-sweet narratives of life.

      Lymbyc Systym

      Love Your Abuser Remixed

        Lymbyc Systym's has made many new friends in the last year and a half as they've toured in support of their Mush Records debut, "Love Your Abuser". They've asked some of those friends – The Album Leaf, The One AM Radio, Daedelus, This Will Destroy You, and Back Ted-N-Ted – to remix some of the material from their album. In addition Mush Records' Black Country Bibio and Austinite Reference turn in masterful reworkings. Each artist adds their unique touches to Lymbyc Systym's already epic source material, working simultaneously as a companion piece to 2007's "Love Your Abuser" and as a compelling album on its own, "Love Your Abuser Remixed" is further testament to Lymbyc Systym's powerful presence in the instrumental music scene. Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, Jared and Michael Bell formed Lymbyc Systym late in 2001. Drawing inspiration from the groups Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, and Four Tet, their compositions cleverly combine vintage keyboards, infectious melodies, analog effects, dynamic drumming, and intricate laptop programming to form melodic and cohesive tracks that blur the borders between post-rock, indie-rock, and folktronica.

        Fresh off the triumph of Mush's 2006 re-release of his self-titled debut (where he took the 2003 Melodic version back to the studio for a sonic overhaul), London's mighty Pedro returns with "You, Me & Everyone". While comparisons to artists like Four Tet and Minotaur Shock have been natural on his past releases, Pedro approaches this latest set of compositions in a way that continues to establish his unique take on folk and jazz based electronica. Free-jazz horn blasts ring out with new vigor, drums hit a bit harder, and Pedro continues to forge new elements into his song craft, even raising the ghosts of Liquid Liquid and A Certain Ratio on a track or two. "Me, You & Everyone" will surely be the album that secures Pedro a position among the game's elite.

        Her Space Holiday

        Let's Get Quiet Vol. 2

          "Let's Get Quiet Vol. 2" is a four-track instrumental EP. Opener "OSAF" harkens back to the electro-infused beats of hip-hop's early days. "Wrapped in Plastic" is classic Her Space Holiday: intricate string flourishes, intriguing breakdowns, and melodic refrains over electronic drums. On "Panda Strikes", Arabesque synth lines weave through thick bass lines and dancefloor-ready drumbeats. The EP's closer, "Wishbone", is all lulling tropicalia, as dense string arrangements and lush melodies float over dreamy production.

          Lymbyc Systym

          Love Your Abuser

          "Love Your Abuser", the debut full-length from Tempe, Arizona's Lymbyc Systym, is a sprawling post-rock epic. Brothers Jared and Michael Bell's ten distinct tracks capture an emotional range not often found in instrumental music. With layers of vintage keyboards and analog effects complemented by virtuoso drum work and tasteful programming, the album glides from the playful to the sublime without sacrificing a core consistency. Drawing inspiration from groups like Tortoise, Explosions In The Sky, and Four Tet, the duo's compositions cleverly combine catchy melodies, dynamic rhythms, and intricate laptop programming that form melodic and cohesive tracks blurring the borders between post-rock, indie-rock, and folktronica.


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