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Waves Of Distortion (The Best Of Shoegaze 1990-2022)

    Two-Piers, the label that brought you ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’, ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’ and ‘Music for the Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979)’ bring you ‘Waves of Distortion (The Best of Shoegaze 1990-2022), a magical journey through the history of the Shoegaze scene from its inception to the current exponents on the scene championing the sound. A perfect introduction to all that is glorious and great about ‘Shoegaze’, and if it takes the listener down a rabbit warren to discover more then job done

    ‘Waves of Distortion’ brings in some of the OG (original ’gazer) classics – Ride’s peerless ‘Vapour Trail’, Lush’s ‘Sweetness and Light’ from 1990 and Chapterhouse’s ‘Pearl’ from 1991. They are all incredible and timeless tunes. Then there are some others that were never really a part of that other great music press construct, The Scene That Celebrates Itself, in the case of The Telescopes and their fantastic 1991 single ‘Flying’, and Spirea X’s ‘Chlorine Dream’ from the same year – both are indicative of the post-rave psychedelia that coloured everything at the time and fit perfectly within the Shoegaze scene at the time.

    Once we get to 1992, there’s a bit of a gap in the chronology as shoegaze was all too hastily dismissed in the country that birthed it, ignored in favour of grunge and then Britpop, the feedback fading away along with the bands that made it. But something amazing happened. when the s-word was used elsewhere in the world, rather than having negative connotations, it was merely a descriptive term. So, the flame was kept burning in the most unlikely places, waiting for everyone else to catch up once again. It’s no surprise, then, that there are bands on this compilation from America (Ringo Deathstarr, Beach House), Australia (Lowtide, Flyying Colours), Sweden (Echo Ladies) and everywhere in between.

    Since the turn of the century, successive generations have returned to the sound, taking it to new and exciting places. Thanks to the internet and streaming and listening to music without context the echo got louder and louder. The original scene may have morphed into a myriad of things, from acoustic Americana to ambient techno and post-rock (as evidenced by Mogwai, who appear here with ‘Kids Will Be Skeletons’), but it was only a matter of time before things came full circle. However it was Slowdive’s reunion six years later that finally made people sit up and take notice. There were scores to settle, too. The backlash Slowdive had faced the first time around went beyond mere music criticism into outright hatred. Their return and self-titled album from 2017 somehow managed to be their best yet and one of the finest examples of the genre to date. It brought in yet another generation of fans – the likes of bdrmm and Horsegirl, both included here, weren’t even born when Slowdive first existed, they were discovering them anew.

    So, it’s fitting that this compilation begins with ‘Slowdive’s opener, ‘Slomo’. Neil Halstead and Christian Savill’s chiming guitars seemingly awakening from a 22-year slumber as the song gradually comes into focus. This was more than just a rebirth; it was a reaffirmation that this hard to define genre is here to stay.

    And that is why we are here now, all these years later, listening to a compilation that joins the dots between all of this stuff, from the beginning to the present day. The beautiful noise that has soundtracked the past 30 years and will continue to do so for many more. 


    2LP Vinyl:
    A1) Slowdive – Slomo
    A2) Chapterhouse – Pearl
    A3) Ride – Vapour Trail
    A4) Blind Mr Jones – Henna And Swayed
    A5) The Telescopes – Flying
    B1) Lush – Sweetness And Light
    B2) Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
    B3) Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
    B4) Pale Saints – Sight Of You
    B5) Lowtide – Alibi
    B6) Ringo Deathstarr – Kaleidoscope
    C1) Horsegirl – Billy
    C2) Air Formation – Daylight Storms
    C3) DIIV – Taker
    C4) Bdrmm – A Reason To Celebrate
    C5) Flyying Colours – Long Holiday
    C6) Echo Ladies – Overrated – Robin Guthrie Version
    D1) Beach House – Lazuli
    D2) Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
    D3) Fleeting Joys – Go And Come Back
    D4) Ultra Vivid Scene – Mercy Seat
    D5) Galaxie 500 – Ceremony

    1) Slowdive – Slomo
    2) Chapterhouse – Pearl
    3) Ride – Vapour Trail
    4) Blind Mr Jones – Henna And Swayed
    5) The Telescopes – Flying
    6) Lush – Sweetness And Light
    7) Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
    8) Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
    9) Pale Saints – Sight Of You
    10) A.R.Kane – Lollita **
    11) Airiel – In Your Room **
    12) Lowtide – Alibi
    1) Ringo Deathstarr – Kaleidoscope
    2) Horsegirl – Billy
    3) Air Formation – Daylight Storms
    4) DIIV – Taker
    5) Bdrmm – A Reason To Celebrate
    6) Flyying Colours – Long Holiday
    7) Echo Ladies – Overrated – Robin Guthrie Version
    8) The Daysleepers – Flood In Heaven **
    9) Astrobite – Crasher **
    10) Beach House – Lazuli
    11) Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
    12) Fleeting Joys – Go And Come Back
    13) Ultra Vivid Scene – Mercy Seat
    14) Galaxie 500 – Ceremony

    ** Exclusive Tracks To CD Format

    Various Artists

    Garage Psychédélique (The Best Of Garage Psych And Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)

      Two-Piers, the label that brought you ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’ bring you the second instalment in the series ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’. A thrill a minute dive into the crazy awesome world of Garage Psychedelic Rock.

      From the Psych sound explosion onto the Underground club scene in the US and UK in the mid 1960s, its discovery by a wider audience via the exceptional Nuggets and Pebbles compilation series in the 1970-1980s. Through its mainstream revival with the Garage sound of the late 1990- early 2000s, to the current crop of exceptional bands flying the Garage Psych flag today, ‘Garage Psychédélique’ takes you on a journey and gives you a little taste of some of the finest music from the scene and the bands that blazed a trail for others to follow…..Sit back and enjoy the ride!

      From the opening bars of The Sonics ‘Have love Will Travel’ through the Psych workout that is Count Five’s ‘Psychotic Reaction’ to the joys of 60s Beat Psych groups from the US such as The Paragons, The Preachers, The Strangeloves, The Squires, and the eccentric stylings of The Monks. The album careers along at a blistering pace of Garage Psych brilliance, jammed packed full of Underground floor fillers a plenty.

      US legendary underground acts such as The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watch Band and MC5 all deliver classic tracks for the cause, and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson even makes a foray into the psych rock sound with ‘Jump into the Fire’.

      In recent years such bands as Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo and Allah-Las from the US have taken the Garage Psych influence and 60s sound and made it their own. A whole crop of bands such as White Hills, Gnod and Goat from the scene have evolved the music into a heavier ‘Pyzk Rock’ feel with a darker and heavier vibe, but crucially still with the joyous undertones that the scene brings to its devotees.

      The Garage Psych sound has influenced groups from around the globe with bands like Liverpool’s The Stairs ‘Weed Bus’, Scotland’s finest The Poets with ‘That’s the Way It’s Gotta Be’, The Bogeymen, a largely undiscovered 90s Psych Hammond band from France with ‘Electrocution’. Hailing from Sweden Goat bring us ‘Gathering of Ancient Tribes’ and The Hives their dancefloor anthem ‘Main Offender’. From Perth, Australia Pond’s Psych leanings on ‘Fantastic Explosion of Time’ are clear to see. Finally, Kevin Parker’s band Tame Impala were very influenced by the whole garage psych sound in their early band incarnation, as perfectly showcased here on the epic wig out that is ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ that closes the album.

      This isn’t meant to be a ‘crate diggers’ album or a compilation of ‘obscure hard to find tracks’ to out-do your mates. It is quite simply a celebration of the Garage Psychédélique scene and a chance to revel in its brilliance and dance around your kitchen. If it means you go down a rabbit warren of discovery to unearth more gems and brilliant bands from the Garage Psych scene then job done! 


      2LP Vinyl Tracklist:
      A1) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
      A2) Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
      A3) The Paragons - Abba
      A4) Kim Fowley - The Trip
      A5) The Preachers - Who Do You Love **
      A6) The Strangeloves - Night Time
      A7) The Monks - Oh, How To Do Now
      A8) The Bogeymen - Electrocution
      B1) Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Single Version)
      B2) The Eyes - When The Night Falls
      B3) 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
      B4) The Poets - That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be
      B5) The Squires - Going All The Way
      B6) The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
      B7) The Chocolate Watch Band - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
      B8) MC5 - Gotta Keep Movin’
      C1) The Stairs - Weed Bus
      C2) The Hives - Main Offender
      C3) Pond - Fantastic Explosion Of Time
      C4) Novella - Somethings Must Change
      C5) Thee Oh Sees - Web
      C6) Allah-Las - Catamaran
      D1) Moon Duo - Eye 2 Eye
      D2) White Hills, Gnod - Run-a-Round **
      D3) Goat - Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
      D4) Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
      (** Exclusive To Vinyl)

      CD Tracklist:
      1) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
      2) Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
      3) The Paragons - Abba
      4) Kim Fowler - The Trip
      5) The Strangeloves - Night Time
      6) The Monks - Oh, How We Do Now
      7) The Bogeymen - Electrocution
      8) Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Single Version)
      9) The Eyes - When The Night Falls
      10) 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
      11) The Poets - That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be
      12) The Squires - Going All The Way
      13) The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
      14) The Chocolate Watch Band - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
      15) MC5 - Gotta Keep Movin’
      16) The Stairs - Weed Bus
      17) The Hives - Main Offender
      18) Pond - Fantastic Explosion Of Time
      19) Novella - Somethings Must Change
      20) Thee Oh Sees - Web
      21) Allah-Las - Catamaran
      22) Moon Duo - Eye 2 Eye
      23) Goat - Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
      24) Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine

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      Music For The Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979)

        "Music For The Stars is a collection of songs that may lend themselves to the end of the night in headphones, for me it’s an Ode to Horsenden Hill in West London, where we used to gather of an evening with the compilation tapes we had made introducing each other to new songs which we found; songs some of which would remain with us forever, we would sit there till late overlooking the West End’s City Lights but could lay back and watch the stars." - Ruben Windflower

        From the Two-Piers label that brought you the acclaimed ‘Pop Psychédeliqué (The Best of French Pop 1964-2019) comes new compilation ‘Music for the Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979), a collection of laid back, late night songs perfect for lying back, losing yourself in the moment and just staring at the stars. Includes tracks from legends such as Willie Nelson, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Nina Simone, the English folk sound of Bill Fay and Kevin Ayres, the tortured genius of Tim Buckley, from the 60’s West Coast scene The Electric Prunes, to the sonic sounds of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, and the soulful beauty of Shuggie Otis.

        From the beginning of the evening with Alexander “Skip” Spence, until later that night when Willie Nelson may end a tape and it’s time to walk home - sit back and lose yourselves in Music for The Stars.


        Laura says: As we drift from Summer to Autumn, and the nights draw in, this compilation provides a perfect soundtrack. Pour yourself a glass of something nice and lie back and watch the stars....


        A1. Alexander 'Skip' Spence - Broken Heart
        A2. Fred Neil - I've Got A Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)
        A3. John Fahey - Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker
        A4. Bert Jansch - Poison
        B1. Roedelius - Balsam
        B2. Shuggie Otis - Jennie Lee
        B3. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Observatory Crest
        B4. Kevin Ayres - May I?
        B5. The Electric Prunes - Holy Are You
        C1. Eden Ahbez - Edens Island
        C2. Nina Simone - Come Ye
        C3. Damon - The Night
        C4. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Sais (Egypt)
        D1. Kathy Smith – It’s Taking So Long
        D2. Tim Buckley - Buzzin' Fly
        D3. Bill Fay - I Hear You Calling
        D4. Gene Clark - With Tomorrow
        D5.Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

        Hallo my British chums and welcome to another edition of the Piccadilly Records Compilation Of The Year. 2021’s top of the pops takes us on a cheeky trip through the Chunnel to the land of du pain, du vin, du Boursin for a sprawling set of yé-yé, 60s psych pop and contemporary grooves from a who’s who of France’s chic elite. Compiled with affection and expertise by Mark McQuillan for Brighton’s Two Piers, Pop Psychédélique fully embodies the sultry, sexy and surreal sound of French music.

        Born out of a love affair with jazz and an infatuation with the British Invasion, French pop music quickly cut its own niche in the musical landscape of the sixties. Typified by hip-shaking rhythms, fuzzbox guitars and spoke-sung vocals, yé-yé was referential but never reverential, a point proven when Jacqueline Taieb shreds pop culture on “7 AM”. Elsewhere lost love and lost toothbrushes are given equal weight as the profound and profane are dispatched with the shrugging indifference of a Pastis-soaked Gainsbourg (who’s predictably all over this collection, both as artist or songwriter).

        This signature style has come to define French music, and echoes through the ages thanks to L’Epee, the Limiñanas, Air and Stereolab, four globe-conquering acts who are a testament to the enduring appeal of the Gallic sound. Indeed a handful of older cuts here have also found streaming fame with a new generation via soundtrack appearances on the likes of Killing Eve and Queen’s Gambit, with producers eager to exploit these shorthands for cool.

        The set sails into the sunset via Fatboy Slim’s remix of Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier’s “Psyche Rock” and the final jigsaw piece falls into place. Not only does this collection pay homage to France, but also McQuillan’s native Brighton, where the Big Beat pioneers championed records like Jean-Jacques Perrey’s “E.V.A.” while reshaping Britain’s club culture. C’est magnifique!


        A1 Contact - Brigitte Bardot
        A2 Tut Tut Tut Tut - Gillian Hills
        A3 Laisse Tomber Les Filles - France Gall
        A4 7AM - Jacqueline Taieb
        A5 I’m Gonna Haunt You - Fabienne DelSol
        A6 Si Tu Reviens Chez Moi - Les 5 Gentlemen
        B1 Roller Girl - Comedie Musicale ‘Anna’ - Anna Karina
        B2 Migas 2000 - The Liminanas
        B3 Dreams - L’Epee
        B4 Les Cornichons - Nino Ferrer
        B5 Harley Davidson - Brigitte Bardot
        B6 Poupee De Cire Poupée De Son - France Gall
        C1 Une Filles C’est Fait Pour Faire L’amour - Charlotte Leslie
        C2 La Fille A La Moto - Dani
        C3 Tu Fais Partie Du Passe - Zouzou
        C4 Requiem Pour Un C… - BOF “Le Pacha” - Serge Gainsbourg
        C5 E.V.A - Jean-Jacques Perrey
        D1 Cybele’s Reverie - Stereolab
        D2 Don’t Be Light - Air
        D3 Psyche Rock (Malpaso Mix By Fatboy Slim) - Pierre Henry 

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