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PJ Harvey

Dry - Remastered Vinyl Edition

    Dry is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey, originally released on Too Pure Records on 30 March 1992. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil. Critically lauded both on release and retrospectively, the album contains the singles “Dress’ and ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’

    Back in print for the first time in almost 20 years, Beggars Archive on behalf of Too Pure Records is pleased to announce the re-issue of Dry on vinyl. The album was remastered by the original producer “Head” and has been replicated to the original version as much as possible. 

    Pitchfork – “On her debut, Polly Jean Harvey matched Patti Smith’s incandescence with Bessie Smith’s lasciviousness, outplayed everyone on the British indie circuit, and became an instant star - 9.2”

    Stereolab

    The Groop Played Space Age Batchelor Pad Music

       ‘The Groop Played Space Age Batchelor Pad Music’ is an 8-track mini album, released in 1993.

      Often noted as being one of the most influential and original bands of the 90s, Stereolab were formed by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier in London in 1990 and released 13 studio albums, 15 EPs and numerous singles. Simon Reynolds commented in Rolling Stone that the group’s early records form “an endlessly seductive body of work that sounds always the same, always different.”

      Theirs is a rich, overflowing palette, readily able to blur the gulf between Os Mutantes and the BBC Radiophonic Orchestra; merge Krzysztof Komeda with the Velvet Underground, Francoise Hardy with Neu! and Burt Bacharach with Esquivel. A deluxe blend, in other words, with ingredients plucked assiduously from pop’s coolest outposts: 50’s lounge, Rive Gauche chanson, Brazilian tropicalia, North American art rock, East European film music, Krautrock. hi-fi test recordings, mood music and more. Somehow they distil these apparently incongruent components into an ageless exotica that is all their own.

      Stereolab

      Peng!

        ‘Peng!’ is the band’s 1992 debut album. 

        Often noted as being one of the most influential and original bands of the 90s, Stereolab were formed by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier in London in 1990 and released 13 studio albums, 15 EPs and numerous singles. Simon Reynolds commented in Rolling Stone that the group’s early records form “an endlessly seductive body of work that sounds always the same, always different.”

        Theirs is a rich, overflowing palette, readily able to blur the gulf between Os Mutantes and the BBC Radiophonic Orchestra; merge Krzysztof Komeda with the Velvet Underground, Francoise Hardy with Neu! and Burt Bacharach with Esquivel. A deluxe blend, in other words, with ingredients plucked assiduously from pop’s coolest outposts: 50’s lounge, Rive Gauche chanson, Brazilian tropicalia, North American art rock, East European film music, Krautrock. hi-fi test recordings, mood music and more. Somehow they distil these apparently incongruent components into an ageless exotica that is all their own.

        Family Scraps

        Mistakes

          The Too Pure Singles Club is proud to announce the first single for 2017 will be by Family Scraps.

          Family Scraps is Matthew Johnson (MJ) of Hookworms and Suburban Home Studio and this Too Pure 7" is his first release under the name.

          Mistakes and It Follows are two songs about loss and were recorded at Suburban Home before and after the Boxing Day floods of 2015.

          A full length album will follow in 2017.

          Cassels

          Flock Analogy

            The Too Pure Singles Club is proud to announce the forthcoming 7” by the fantastic Cassels …. Brought together by the low-lights of West Oxfordshire life before they were even teenagers, Cassels are an explosive two-piece comprised of brothers Jim (guitar/vocals) and Loz (drums/vocals) Beck. The band combine massive slabs of grunge riffing with a punk aesthetic and socially charged lyrics expressing themes of isolation, anger, boredom and disillusionment with society at large.

            Grief Tourist

            Strigoi

              Too Pure Singles Club announce ‘Strigoi’, the latest release from Grief Tourist.

              Grief Tourist were formed by drummer Lee Vincent and inspired by Ceremony’s ‘Rohnert Park’ album. You can tell, too. “I would send GarageBand recordings to Rich [Wells], who lives in Leeds,” says Vincent. “He would scream over the recordings and record them on a dictaphone in his front room, then send them back. The recordings had that gross quality we wanted, so we definitely wanted to replicate that when we recorded properly. He’s upgraded to screaming in his mate’s carpet shop now.” Morgan Sinclair completed the line-up and off the trio went to a Perspex Flesh show, which also influences their bludgeoning punk.




              Vincent Vocoder Voice

              500,000 Hymnals

                Too Pure Singles are proud to announce their August release - Vincent Vocoder Voice: foolosopher, dilettante, drunk. “500,000 Hymnals” is a meditation on obstacles to meaning, the clawing to delineate a pursuit of some desperately needed – yet indefinable – action of salvation; the floundering of indecision, twisting for an escape between slamming doors. God speaks us into being, sets us adrift in history … and disappears. “Heidegger's Gruel” is an illustration of such torsion through the embittered eye of a free, wise failure: wisdom becoming a Möbius strip leading one back to idiocy, unable to live, to do the simplest things; emancipation from superstition resulting in a longing for some unnamable greater myth that we find ourselves too wise / stupid to believe in; liberation as vacuum, void … the realisation that we'll never truly escape how the world moulded us, and that finding sanity in an insane world is enough to drive one mad.




                Seazoo

                Teeth

                  Teeth is the brand new 7” single by North Wales’ SEAZOO, and is released by the wondrous Too Pure. A pop nugget featuring skuzzed guitars, restored chapel organ and Terry -­‐ the old Korg synth. The B-­‐Side, Skulls, was specially written for the release, but turned out much better than planned. It almost took the A-­‐ Side slot for a second, and has split the band. They’re still speaking to each other, barely. As ever, all sounds lovingly cooked-­‐up and recorded at home.

                  SEAZOO are an act that started out as nothing more than a bedroom-­‐recording project in 2013. Surprising momentum built however, as their Grandaddy/Yo La Tengo/SFA inspired recordings began to gain support from the BBC.

                  Paul Draper

                  Feeling My Heart Run Slow

                    This two track vinyl, which includes a stunning collaboration with prog rock musician Steven Wilson, is released on Too Pure records to celebrate their 100th release and is limited to only 500 copies.

                    Hippies Vs Ghosts

                    Wazo

                      Hippies Vs Ghosts are primarily Owain Ginsberg from Masters In France / We Are Animal and ‘Wazo’ will be the band’s debut 7”.

                      Since blasting on to the scene some 18 months ago, under this particular guise, Ginsberg has regularly blown listeners away with his kaleidoscopic, instrumental Morricone meets Krautrock sound, during which time he’s served up a number of quality EPs, one off tracks and a stunning debut album, ‘Mother Tongue’ (one of 2014’s finest).

                      In a parting gesture to a rather productive 2014, Hippies Vs Ghosts sign off with brand new 7″ single ‘Wazo’. ‘Wazo’ captures the very essence of Hippies Vs Ghosts; Krautrock indebted psychedelia of epic proportions. Propelled onward by a chugging bass and persistent percussives, it hurtles along at breakneck speed with menacing intent, bending and contorting through a sea of swirling noise and scorching riffs. Urgent, catchy, and oh so irresistible!

                      B-side companion ‘Hibou Calling’ is a much more tempered affair. A gentle acoustic strum, soft percussion and hushed repeated vocals fuse with some floaty sonic sounding atmospherics to soothe the soul and whisk one’s mind away to a lofty transcendental plain.

                      ‘Wazo’ is released as part of the Too Pure Singles Club.

                      Deaf Club

                      Moving Still

                      Deaf Club, the collective identity of Polly Mackey (Vocals/Guitar), Paul Bates (Bass), Jac Roberts (Guitar), Sian Rosier (Keyboards) and Tom Ryan (Drums), first hit the UK scene in 2011 with their self released, four track EP, ‘Lull’. Instantly receiving critical acclaim, the band followed up with a Kissability sponsored two track cassette ‘Sunday’/’Mirrors’ which sold out in a heart beat.

                      Building on this already remarkable progress, ‘Moving Still’ is yet further evidence of a young, but powerful creative force rapidly gaining momentum as they hone their craft and refine the sound that defines Deaf Club. Bellowing guitars, an urgent, yearning vocal delivery and a driving rhythm section that hammers the point home. ‘Lights’ perfectly compliments ‘Moving Still’ with a catchy chorus and measured mystique.

                      Introducing New York based, alt. favourite Hesta Prynn. If you haven’t heard her brand of post-hipster-art-pop, you’re about to.

                      Having spent the past year touring with the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, Tegan and Sara and Jay-Z and working in studio with everyone from Chuck Brody (Lykki Li, Ra Ra Riot, Wu Tang Clan) to Bear Hands to Clown from Slipknot and Tim Harrington from Les Savy Fav, this former Northern State MC is now set for her first official UK single release, "Turn It Gold".

                      "Turn It Gold" is an upbeat party track with an indie twist and a hook that just won’t let you be. Hesta (aka Julie Potash) says of the track “I wrote this song about partying in New York with my friends and that song that you just don't want to turn off. The jam that you love. The one you make a gold record in your headphones by playing over and over again”.

                      “Hesta Prynn is the cool funny alt. superstar you wish presented the news every night” – NME.

                      “M.I.A. and Miike Snow’s Lovechild” - NY Post.

                      The awesome 1992 debut album from one of the most unique and compelling female artists of the past 20 years. A powerful, groundbreaking set, "Dry" serves as an introduction to Harvey's fierce, blues-tinged guitar and highly visual lyrical angle that picks at the scabs of female iconography. On these raw, angry songs she's joined by musicians Stephen Vaughan (bass) and Robert Ellis (drums, vocals, harmonium). Includes classic songs "Sheela-Na-Gig", "Dress" and "Oh My Lover". Essential.

                      Young People

                      All At Once

                      Now a duo of Katie Eastburn and Jarrett Silberman, "All At Once" was recorded in LA and the end result is an astonishing listen – eleven delicately crafted tracks that collectively make for their strongest work to date.


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