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Pixie Carnation

New World Record

    There’s a thesis waiting to be written about Sweden being the heartbeat of European pop culture, a quicker way though to take the pulse of modern music would be to get acquainted with Pixie Carnation – new proof from Sweden’s deep South that the Nordic beat goes on.

    Formed in Sweden’s third city Malmö by childhood friends Tobias Hellkvist and Ola Pålsson, Pixie Carnation’s debut album is the culmination of two years of recruitment, touring, writing and recording. After an EP in 2009, the band took to the studio where Hellkvist and Pålsson recorded and produced the album on their own. Later, they joined forces with Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm from Soundtrack Of Our Lives to mix "The New World Record", a collection of songs that affirms the band’s ascendancy and aspiration towards the hallowed ground of great pop.

    Talk to the band and they’ll tell you it’s all about open tunings, string arrangements and classic rock influences. Listen to the record and you’ll hear the spirit, urgency and bold-hearted sensibility of a group who manage to sound accomplished and fresh at the same time. Vivid and skilled, Pixie Carnation sound like altogether worthy heirs to one of the great mantles of modern music, their album a bright and blinding slice of Arctic light from a band whose day has undeniably dawned.

    Pete Astor

    One For The Ghost

      This is a record born through time; seasoned and erudite Indie auteur, ex leader of Creation Records favourites The Loft and The Weather Prophets, Pete Astor brings together strands and tributaries in his work over the years, mining timeless guitar pop to frame wry lyrical insights and melodic hooks, making music for today, with a true line from the past and an eye to the future. Having released Spilt Milk (Fortuna Pop!) in 2016 to an overwhelmingly positive response, Astor continues the musical spirit of that album with James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Proper Ornaments, Veronica Falls) remaining a mainstay on guitar. He is now joined by The Wave Pictures rhythm section of Franic Rozycki on bass and Jonny Helm on drums; Pam Berry of Withered Hand and Black Tambourine contributes vocals. 

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      The Monochrome Set

      Maisieworld

        Maisieworld is the brand new studio album from The Monochrome Set. At the end of the 70s, The Monochrome Set were part of the first wave of 'post punk' bands. Right from the beginning, the band earned a solid reputation as purveyors of fine pop, gaining praise from 80s contemporaries such as Morrissey and Edwyn Collins. Importantly, in later years this praise has continued with artists such as Franz Ferdinand, The Divine Comedy and Graham Coxon, all citing the band as a key influence on their own work.

        The Monochrome Set

        1979-1985 Complete Recordings

          6-LP (with 6 CD’s in slipcases) boxset (limited to 700 copies).

          Contains the Monochrome Sets first 4 albums, plus two albums of singles from the same period. All in original sleeve artwork and with a lyric book .

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          The Times

          Go With The Times

            "Lost, Found & Great: Obscure Pop Gems Of The Past" is the title of a series under which Tapete sporadically re-releases brilliant, but hard-to-get or even out-of-print POP albums.

            Now it is the time for The Times' legendary "Go! With The Times" which was originally released in 1985. 

            The Times

            This Is London

              "Lost, Found & Great: Obscure Pop Gems Of The Past" is the title of a series under which Tapete sporadically re-releases brilliant, but hard-to-get or even out-of-print POP albums.

              Now it is the time for The Times' legendary album "This Is London" which was originally released in 1983.

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              Ltd LP Info: Ltd edition of 500 for each format.

              Jaguwar

              Ringthing

                "Ringthing" is a shimmering, reverberating, crashing monolith of an album. Jaguwar sway from combining saccharine pop with Amphetamine Reptilian noise to sounding like a serendipitous encounter between The Cure and Ride. Prepare to expect the unexpected from their meandering song structures. Successfully unshackled from their paragons, the trio's sui generis sound is destined to be heard all over the world. At thunderous volume!

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                Nick Garrie

                The Moon And The Village

                  In the final year of the sixties and in the final year of his teens, Nick Garrie made an album that should be regarded as one of the great classic albums of the decade: 'The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas'. It's packed full of smart, romantic, melodious baroque-pop story telling songs with killer string and woodwind arrangements.

                  Back to 2017 and now there is a new album by Nick Garrie. It's a thing of great and rare beauty. It's still very much the same Nick Garrie who made that incredible 1969 debut and the 2009 album too, but this time round it's Nick Garrie in a more reflective mood.

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                  Tony, Caro & John

                  All On The First Day

                    While contemporaries like The Incredible String Band, The Pentangle, and Pearls Before Swine were garnering international recognition and categorization at that time; T, C, & J evaded being confined to any particular set of expectations or aesthetics. Their songs move fluidly between ballads, protest songs, experimental story-tellings, and free-flowing group jams. It's not surprising that many years after "All On The First Day" made its journey into the underground a group such as Beach House, which was also formed within a DIY community ethos, covered "Snowdon Song", renaming it "Lovelier Girl" and placing it as a centerpiece on their self-titled album. This gesture is a testament to the longevity and relevance of the songs produced by Tony, Caro, and John over 40 years ago. "All On The First Day" has become a cult-classic; a flagship for any group who want to come together to create a sonic habitat.

                    Nick Nicely

                    Sleep Safari

                      New album & new horizons for psych legend Nick Nicely. "Sleep Safari" delves further into electronics while continuing the artist's psychedelic journey creating a unique pop juxtaposition.

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                      The Clientele return in September with Music for the Age of Miracles, their first release of new music since 2010's Minotaur EP and their first album on Tapete Records.

                      After The Clientele released Minotaur, Alasdair MacLean, singer and principal songwriter for the band, made two wonderful albums with Lupe Núñez-Fernández as Amor de Días, issued a Clientele best-of called Alone and Unreal, oversaw reissues of Suburban Light and Strange Geometry, and played shows solo or as part of Amor de Días or The Clientele. He and Lupe have also been raising a family, so the prospect of a new Clientele record seemed to be diminishing.

                      It seems fitting, then, that a chance meeting with a ghost from the past/future is what led to Music for the Age of Miracles, the first album of new Clientele songs in seven years.

                      MacLean and Anthony Harmer knew one another and played music together in the mid-1990s but had lost touch. "I had often wondered what had happened to Anthony since," writes MacLean. "It turned out-he told me-he'd studied the Santoor, an Iranian version of the dulcimer, and over decades become a virtuoso, at least by my standards. He suggested we have a jam together. Ant and I now lived three streets away from each other, it turned out. He started to arrange my songs. He let me write and sing them, and he came up with ideas for how they should sound. This carried on until we had an album. I called up James and Mark and asked them if they wanted to make another Clientele record. They did, and this is it."

                      So, a new collaboration with an old acquaintance led to a new Clientele album. On Music for the Age of Miracles, Harmer joins the line-up of MacLean, James Hornsey (bass), and Mark Keen (drums, piano, percussion), contributing string and brass arrangements as well as guitars, vocals, keyboards, saz and, yes, Santoor.

                      There's something rapturous about the ways in which tracks on side one such as "Falling Asleep" (featuring the Santoor) and the exquisite "Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself" stretch out in choral harmony and rhythmic syncopation. Leon Beckenham's trumpet solo on the latter is a highlight of the record, as is the way the words "ballerina, breathe" reappear at the three-minute mark. Similarly, Keen's beautifully evocative interludes "Lyra in April," "Lyra in October," and "North Circular Days," the last of these featuring a recording of the wind captured outside the late filmmaker Derek Jarman's house in Dungeness on the Kent coast, mean this album sounds subtly but significantly different from previous ones.

                      Birth, rebirth, the ghost in the trees, something on the edge of sight, the faces we love, childhood, parenthood, the dance of our days; music for the age of miracles, indeed.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      Deluxe LP Info: Deluxe LP is Indies Only and is a limited edition of 500 worldwide and comes in a gatefold sleeve with a CD and a bonus 7” containing two exclusive tracks.
                      7” tracklisting 1.All Alone 2.Lyra in August.

                      As Light Return - The Telescopes are back with their ninth album. Evolving oscillations of guitar feedback screech and howl through thick layers of distortion. Overtones shift and drift and combine on a carpet of white noise. In the eye of the storm, the voice of Stephen Lawrie remains calm, almost detached. He intones a low, trance-like chant. The vocal is buried deep in the mix, the lyrics just barely discernible.

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                      LAKE are an experimental-pop ensemble centered around the songwriting partnership of wife/husband duo Ashley Eriksson and Elijah Moore. LAKE's musical kindling is unusual for a band whose genesis was rooted in the punk and indie community - before signing to legendary K Records (for their 2nd album Oh,The Places We'll Go, 2008) Calvin Johnson apparently couldn't believe a band from the Olympia underground would be so keen on reinterpreting the music of mainstream pop acts from a bygone era. LAKE has since converted him, and many more, to a re-sensitized appreciation of big musical ideas, which are non-cynical, joyous, inviting.

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                      Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                      Hurricane #1

                      Find What You Love And Let It Kill You

                        Batten down the hatches - there’s a storm coming. Former Creation Records act Hurricane #1 are back! After battling cancer, front man Alex Lowe has emerged triumphant (well, they do say 'only the strongest will survive') and resurrected his old band and now Hurricane #1 are about to release their first album in 16 years.

                        The original line up included ex-Ride guitarist/vocalist Andy Bell, Alex Lowe (vocals & guitar), bassist Will Pepper and drummer Gareth Farmer. The band split up in 1999 after releasing two full-length albums and several singles on Creation Records. Their anthemic sound was influenced by classic 60s Rock & Roll, Soul and Country Rock, but with a contemporary edge. Paul Oakenfold remixed their debut single, and UNKLE’s James Lavelle revamped 'Only The Strongest Will Survive'.

                        After the demise of Hurricane#1, Lowe concentrated on his solo career - his most recent album was recorded under the name Gun Club Cemetery and came out last year on Alan McGee’s new label 359 Music. McGee has been the driving force behind bringing Hurricane#1 back from the dead. This time around, former boxer Lowe has been joined by Brazilian brothers Carlo and Lucas Mariani on guitar and bass, and Chris Campbell on drums. Says Lowe: "I’m really excited about the new line up - there is a real buzz about it and I can’t wait to get back on the road in 2015. It’s going to be fun. It’s great to be back with such a gifted band. It’s been a tough couple of years, but I’ve never been more convinced that this is the time for Hurricane#1. Bring it on!".

                        The new album came about when Alex was in hospital undergoing cancer treatments. Alex says: "I would sit there on the bed for hours just thinking, staring out the window, then I thought if I’m spending my time in here doing nothing, I may as well try and keep busy, so I wrote most of the album in hospital." At the time of writing it Alex wanted to write something happy and not too dark to get him out of the horrible state he was in at the time. "When you are wired up to chemo and radio therapy, the last thing you want to do is wallow in it and feel sorry for yourself so I had the idea that the album should be happy and not too dark. I knew I wanted it to be a very organic album, back to basics type of sound, nothing fancy,just good tunes played in a good Rock ‘n’ Roll manner."

                        The album was recorded in Turriff Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where Steve Ransome, an old friend of Alex, runs a studio. During the recording sessions Andy Bell contributed the backwards guitar sounds on 'Think Of The Sunshine'. For the artwork the band hunted down loads of ideas, but couldn’t find anything they liked, so Alex painted it.Hurricane#1 will be touring in 2016 and Lowe promises that the band will sound bigger and better than ever. Prepare to be blown away.

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                        Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                        The Monochrome Set

                        Spaces Everywhere

                        "On one hand, the music is very melodic and cheerful. The lyrics, however, deal with death, decay, change ... no wonder we are rather popular with the undead," says singer, guitarist and songwriter Bid of the new The Monochrome Set album "Spaces Everywhere". A very particular humor. And a very unique sound: Although this time banjos, Hammond organ, female backing vocals and even flutes can be heard on the new album, experts and laymen alike will recognize: This is The Monochrome Set. Undistorted, nervous guitars, like the soundtrack to a Nouvelle Vague film ... but one featuring Michael Caine, Louis de Funès and Belmondo (directed by Andy Warhol). Peculiarly timeless, it is a sound that can not be categorized. Although rooted in the 1950s and 60s (the guitar sound, for example, is a hybrid of Duane Eddy and Sterling Morrison), it still feels oddly modern. Then there is Bid's voice, which this time is more reminiscent of the great American crooners than of Lou Reed. Bid wrote most of the songs in May and June of 2014. Perhaps the band's popularity among the undead will diminish upon hearing the springtime air that can thus be detected in this music? Nevertheless - like virtually every album by The Monochrome Set - this album, which was recorded in Brixton in London, has the potential to become a classic, the potential to be a hit. While music historians and critics continue to grapple with the baffling reasons why this band has never attained major success, the in-crowd has always known what they have in The Monochrome Set. Time and again, the story is repeated of how Johnny Marr found a single by the band in Morrissey's record collection and decided it might not be a bad idea to start a band with the somewhat eccentric singer. The influence of The Monochrome Set on bands like Felt, Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian or the Strokes can hardly be ignored. With "Spaces Everywhere" The Monochrome Set present an album that will become a modern classic like "Eligible Bachelors" or "Strange Boutique".

                        And where is the best place to listen to the album? Bid: "In a deconsecrated church, without a mirror." There he goes again.

                        With their follow-up to 2010’s self-titled EP, Brace/Choir have made an LP of idiosyncratic Trancerock geared towards the listener of whole albums. At its core, Turning on Your Double is a series of dark and ecstatic tales of mental illness, written and recorded in Berlin, Germany amidst tectonic shifts both personal and political. The eight songs are a meditation on social and individual struggles with compulsive disorders, power and inverted schizophrenia: four people united by an idealistic vision of collaboration who come to think they’re one - and the cracks that show in their lives and personalities when the music stops.

                        Multi-instrumentalists Alex Samuels, Max Gassman, Cristoph Adrian and Dave Youssef have committed to switching instruments and writing each other’s lyrics in order to allow each instrument to speak with multiple voices and each voice to speak from the depths of multiple psyches. Or is it one? The sound is a shifting and shadowy amalgam of treated hollow body guitars, Farfisa organ, various synthesizers (Roland Alpha Juno 1, MFB Synth 2), percussion, and drums. Themes such as cuckoldry ('Be Let Down'), satanic fiction ('Biond'), technology-related neuroses ('Coil'), and the killing of Osama bin Laden ('Fallmen') are unveiled through a combination of rapturous improvisation and sublime songwriting, while 'Five Fngered Leaf' showcases a powerful reworking of the Arseny Tarkovsky poem 'But There Has To Be More', as featured in Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic film Stalker.

                        The Grand Opening

                        Don't Look Back Into The Darkness

                        Do you have to be Swedish to cast such deep melancholy in music so accurately and so beautifully? The one-man project The Grand Opening by the Stockholm multi-instrumentalist John Roger Olsson proves impressively on his fourth album that he is rightly counted among the finest representatives of this art. Being mentioned directly alongside American Music Club, Talk Talk, Red House Painters and The Blue Nile - as happens in the British music press - is certainly flattering. The recordings for the album began in 2012 with sessions featuring a rotating cast, but the search for the right direction was difficult. Finally, John Roger Olsson locked himself up in his new studio in Stockholm and, inspired by ideas and chords that had occupied him for a long time, recorded the album in four days.

                        Hero & Leander

                        Collider / Soul To Soul

                        Debut 7” from London based band.

                        Pop music should be honest, should have melodies that linger, and lyrics that don't read like bad poems. Hero & Leander try to follow these rules,and it seems to be working. For Fans of Belle and Sebastian, Squeeze, Camera Obscura, The xx and Arcade Fire.

                        Limited red vinyl 7".

                        The Horror The Horror

                        Wilderness

                        Some five years ago The Horror The Horror emerged from the Swedish club circuit, drawing influences from the late 60's and early 70's, sounding like the bastard child of a one-night stand at CBGB's. Their self titled debut album (released 2006) was a Record Of The Week' at Rough Trade and here at Piccadilly Records. Euphoric press reviews was followed by touring in the U.K, Germany, Spain, Austria and Sweden showcasing the bands explosive live sound. Wild times indeed!

                        In 2011, the direction has changed, leaving the shabby clubs for yacht parties, showing more commonality with David Gilmour than David Johansen. The sound of The Horror The Horror is evolving into something rather more luxurious. It still has an indie rock thorn, but grit has given way for gravy. THTH is coming in from the wilderness. Lyrically the new album is less "me against the world" and more "Where in the world am I?"

                        In fact: closer to the Stockholm Archipelago than the Lower Eastside.

                        Hamburg, August 2010: Bambi Kino play a four-day residency at the Indra club where the Beatles played their first German shows in 1960. The band revive the sound and spirit of those early days playing the exact set the Beatles played for the Indra crowd 50 years ago. This album selects 12 songs from that era.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Andy says: What a great idea for an LP. How the greatest band ever learnt their chops, Bambino Kino sound dead authentic. Rock on one more time!

                        The Grand Opening

                        In The Midst Of Your Drama

                          "In The Midst Of Your Drama", the new album by The Grand Opening, is dramatic and compelling and singer and songwriter John Roger Olsson's strongest work to date. On previous albums the focus has been to combine and integrate acoustic pop songs with ambient landscapes this third outing however shows a new side of The Grand Opening. There is a real band feel to the recording. Rich instrumentation, strong choruses and beautiful backing vocals by Jens Pettersson and Anna Ödlund.

                          Salim Nourallah is a singer/songwriter/producer from Dallas, Texas, previously with his brother Faris in the Nourallah Brothers. Salim released his first solo record, "Polaroid" in 2004 on Secretly Canadian, and then the critically acclaimed "Beautiful Noise" in 2005, and "Snowing in My Heart" in 2007. "Constellation", Salim's 4th solo CD is a joyous sonic return to the indie pop sounds of Nourallah Brothers while also maintaining the emotional directness of Salim's previous solo CDs. With soaring vocals, catchy melodies and evocative words it promises to be one of Salim's best efforts to date.

                          Stockholm singer/songwriter Johannes Mayer, who performs under the name The Late Call, produced "Leaving Notes" as proof that you don't need much more than some acoustic instruments and good songs to create a staggeringly brilliant pop album. During the recordings, emphasis has been placed on the use of acoustic instruments creating The Late Call's warm and distinctive sound. Accordions and harmoniums often pave the way to lighter acoustics and the great string arrangements speak of a musical aesthetic that is impossible to resist.

                          Manchester-based Dutch Uncles are sub-20 year olds, pulling funny faces, wearing checked shirts, and playing tighter than their drainpipe jeans. The first single "Face In" was produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals, Pete And The Pirates), and the rest of this debut album was recorded in a stormy ten day session in Hamburg, Germany. Call it prog-pop, mathrock, indie, jingle-jangle... John Kennedy XFM said 'Trying to pin down the sound of Dutch Uncles is tricky… somehow they are new wave, no wave, post punk and pop all at once. They have the well drilled groove of The Strokes, the chiming African inflected guitars of Vampire Weekend, the otherness of Shudder To Think but then there's the repetition of Steve Reich and the singular singing of Duncan Paton. These ten songs are just the start. Dutch Uncles are only opening their wings.'

                          Josh Ottum

                          Like The Season

                          After making music in his bedroom for four years, Seattle kid Josh Ottum had the bright idea to make his debut album "Like The Season" a sort of 'personal greatest hits'. Joining Ottum on his solo debut are Sufjan Stevens' drummers and multi-instrumentalists James McAlister and Casey Foubert. Bolstered by semi-hollow body guitars, old keyboards, dry drums, and a hundred multi-tracked voices singing melodies, harmonies and backwards woah-woahs, Ottum's exquisite pop songs harken back to the sweet melodic days of 70s pop, Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, Randy Newman, but also has the influence of such modern bands as The Flaming Lips, Grandaddy and Phoenix.

                          The Grand Opening

                          Don't Drop Off

                          Another great single from Tapete Records, the label that brought us The Horror The Horror. "Don't Drop Off" is a wonderful slice of simmering pop cool that hints at 80s indie without actually sounding like anything in particular. The track drifts along effortlessly as guitars and drums intertwine under an understated vocal melody. Another winner from Tapete!


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