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Papa's Ear

    Just over a decade ago, Japanese indie-pop duo Tenniscoats recorded "Papa's Ear" (2012) and "Tan-Tan Therapy" (2007), two albums made with musical and production help from Swedish post-rock/folk trio Tape. Originally released on Häpna, they are beautiful documents of the exploratory music made by a close- knit collective of musicians, fully at ease with each other, playing songs written by Tenniscoats and arranging them in gentle and generous ways. Released during a particularly productive time for Tenniscoats - during the late '00s and early '10s, they would also collaborate with Jad Fair, The Pastels, Secai and Pastacas - they have, however, never been available on vinyl. In collaboration with Alien Transistor, Morr Music is now reissuing these albums both digitally and on double vinyl, with extra tracks.

    This reissue mini-series starts with "Papa's Ear". The second album from this expanded line-up of Tenniscoats, you can hear the musicians are immediately comfortable in each other's presence, and they've almost intuitively understood what they can offer to one another. Saya and Ueno of Tenniscoats bring their magical, gentle folk-pop sensibility, and their winning way with straightforward, yet lush melodies. Johan Berthling, along with fellow Tape member Tomas Hallonsten, plus guests Fredrik Ljungkvist, Lars Skoglund, Andreas Söderstrom and Andreas Werlin, all generous and creative presences in the Swedish jazz underground, shades in the songs with endlessly inventive arrangements, highlighting the warmth and curiosity at the core of the Tenniscoats' aesthetic - sometimes taking the songs in unexpected directions, other times pillowing the melodies with the softest of brushstrokes and the kindest of tones.

    "Papa's Ear" includes some of Tenniscoats' most memorable songs. "Papaya" is a lustrous dreamland of a song, with the Swedish musicians singing 'pa-pa-ya' as an enchanted tattoo, while Saya's piano and melodica clank and huff out, further expanding the song's horizon. It's followed by the spindly and mysterious "Sappolondon", where drums and double-bass shuffle and pulse under weeping accordion and bittersweet clarinet. Saya's voice sighs into the frame while the musicians breathe lungfuls of sweet drones and flick glittering countermelodies across the song's surface. It reminds a little of the wild kindness of Movietone, or the regal charm of Carla Bley's compositions.

    Elsewhere, you can hear Tape and their friends embracing the freedom offered by the songs of Tenniscoats: see, for example, the glistening electronics in "På floden", like a keyboard conducting a music box on a distant planet; or the descending phrase for winds on "Sabaku", dovetailing beautifully into a creek of moon-lit texturology. The double-LP ends with two extra tracks, drawn from the 2008 Tenniscoats/Tape split single, also released by Häpna., "Lutie Lutie" is a sweet delight, driven by a clacking drum machine, the Tenniscoats duo joined by Hallonsten on glockenspiel and synthesizer, and special guest, Japanese indie-pop legend Kazumi Nikaido, as choir. "Come Maddalena" rounds off the set, a brooding cover of an Ennio Morricone tune, the music by Tape, the vocals by Tenniscoats and Nikaido. Open-hearted and full of puckish spirit, "Papa's Ear" is an album of great tenderness and warm friendship.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Higa Noboru / The Sun Rises (2022 Remaster) 04:39
    2. Hikoki / Airplane (2022 Remaster) 08:12
    3. Kuki No Soko / The Bottom Of The Air (2022 Remaster) 04:29
    4. Papaya (2022 Remaster) 04:42
    5. Sappolondon (2022 Remaster) 03:57
    6. New Seasons Dead (2022 Remaster) 05:15
    7. På Floden / On The River (2022 Remaster) 03:27
    8. Sabaku / Desert (2022 Remaster) 06:00
    9. Tanjobi No Yokan / Expectation Of Birth (2022 Remaster) 04:10
    10. Nigor / Cloudy Air Is Not So Bad (2022 Remaster) 02:11
    11. Come Maddalena (2022 Remaster) 05:17
    12. Lutie Lutie (2022 Remaster) 04:17

    Papa M

    Highway Songs

      David Pajo’s been writing lines on the guitar since he was a kid. It sustained him through a lot of groups, like Maurice, Slint, Aerial M, Tortoise, The For Carnation, Dead Child and Papa M. The sounds he’s made on albums with names like ‘Live From A Shark Cage’ and ‘Whatever, Mortal’ implied danger, violence and total alienation alongside a peaceful, easy, good-willing and wide streak of broke-toothed black humour.

      With a humble combination of sources Papa M has traditionally traced his music from aboriginal blues all the way through the rock and on into 21st Century classical, exploring moments via an audio-diary vérité. With each encroaching moment of ‘Highway Songs’ it sounds more and more like good old Papa M, as David throws back the veil of tears from recent times to bear witness to miasmic mood-clouds passing not over but through him. Music from where the mind goes when the body is broken. Reflecting time spent hooked up to machines. A good person with bad thoughts, a story told in fragments picked up off the bathroom floor.

      The Papa M approach is laced with fun amongst the bristle, with loads of tasty playing and a dynamic that pits darkness vs light vs irreverence in a Mexican standoff. As before, it’s pretty much all played by Pajo, whose multi-instrumental flair (and Def Leppard-inspired one-legged drum technique) speaks of the gumption and optimism that has always run under his bridge, along with the blood and water and sperm, massed together in a hypnotic flow. All these things are what makes Papa M and it’s good to hear them and him again.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Shining with the sort of instrumental flare seen in Pajo's former bands Slint and Tortoise (among others), this incarnation has a lot more of an acoustic playfulness. Upbeat melodies and interwoven guitar lines cascade into each-other before crackling with electronic shards and static flourishes. This is a finely crafted and impeccably produced collection of soulful electro-acoustic gems.

      Papa M

      Hole Of Burning Alms

        A clutch of rare tracks, B-sides and a previously unreleased song from David Pajo aka Aerial M, Papa M or indeed sometimes just 'M'! Influential guitar innovator David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Stereolab, Palace Music) presents this collection of rare, hard to find and out of print singles. The very first M 7" single is here: "Safeless" / "Napolean", so is the first M 7" split single side "Vol De Nuit". The Aerial M CD Singles of 97 and 98 "M is…" and "October" are also in evidence. So is the Papa M 1999 Tour Single. An old Christmas card from 2000 is included, a sixteen minute version of The Byrds' "Turn Turn Turn", and a previously unreleased Christmas song, to boot. Plus another fifteen or so minutes of the timeless, eternal sounds of M!

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          Limited edition enhanced CD, includes two bonus tracks, "Gouge Away" and "Never Said It", plus two live videos.

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            Infest

              Special numbered limited edition, packaged in a metal box. Enhanced CD includes the video for "Last Resort", pictures of the band, lyrics etc.


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