SPOTLIGHT 615

20/11/2017 12:41

SPOTLIGHT 615

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ANDERSON, MARISA - TRADITIONAL AND PUBLIC DOMAIN SONGS (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Originally released on Grapefruit Records in 2013, in an idiotically limited edition, this fine album by Marisa Anderson gets reissued with new tracks. On first glance of the track listing you may feel like you've heard it these guitar work outs before -classic folk songs and anthems-, but Marisa takes these tunes to places they have never been. The vibe is heavy on this one. The guitar playing is beautiful at points and intense at others. Not for the faint of heart, the LP comes with liner notes written by Marisa herself.

Like its predecessor 'Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale', and then 'Stand By', which followed, 'Interface', the second album of the "trilogy" recorded at studios Davout, represents a sonic culmination, even a climax. Its violence coming from the machines and delving into notions of repetition and scansion, prefigured a lot of the music that was to follow, whether it be electro and industrial or post-rock and noise. It goes without saying: seminal and always innovative! Originally released in 1977. Limited to 700 copies on swamp green vinyl.

In 1979 when 'Stand By' was released, the press had already labeled Heldon as the first electric punk group. There is nothing silly in that, Heldon having quickly moved away from the spacey German influences which were not to Richard Pinhas' taste. Limited to 700 copies on sea blue vinyl.

Reissue of Heldon's fifth album, originally released in 1976 on the Cobra label. Intense, violent, bitter, abrasive, uncompromising: this recording is in keeping with the four predecessors, prefiguring both industrial- and post-rock, showing once again that the early references to "guerrilla electronics" (and to William S. Burroughs) were not in vain! Listening to this album it is easy to understand why Merzbow, Wolf Eyes and Oren Ambarchi, in the 2000s wanted to record with Richard Pinhas! It must also be noted that the often-made comparison between Heldon/Richard Pinhas and King Crimson/Robert Fripp, while still pertinent, is insufficient, as 'Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale' breaks much new ground beyond those horizons. Limited to 700 copies on clear purple vinyl.

KALEIDOSCOPE (UK) - TANGERINE DREAM: 50TH ANN. EDITION (+7") (LP/KALEIDOSCOPE SO)

First ever official reissue and fully endorsed by the band. Remastered by Pete Kember of Spacemen 3 from the original master tapes. Housed in an expanded heavyweight gatefold tip-on sleeve with new artwork featuring lyrics. The bonus 7" features 2 previously unreleased tracks (also remastered from the original master tapes by Pete Kember). This seminal album of quintessential English psychedelia is one of the most highly prized artifacts that define the psychedelic genre and like some of the most highly collected and prized albums from that time, mint copies can now go for way in excess of 1000 GBP.

Reissued on vinyl is the eponymous album from the progressive jazz-funk band Saluki, originally released in 1977. Featuring members from the highly significant proggers Junipher Greene, 'Saluki' is a much loved rare groove classic and a crate digger's favourite. The album consists of eight advanced and ambitious tracks showcasing Saluki's blistering fusion of prog rock, jazz, west-coast harmonies and funk, as well as great songwriting abilities. This masterpiece has finally been given the royal treatment it deserves.

VARIOUS - BEAUTIFUL LADY (LP/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

'A MEDLEY OF RARE 70S PROG & PSYCH' - A 12-track compilation of UK and Irish progressive and psych gems from the early '70s. The LP features the magnificent Cheltenham-based Tapestry, Irish legends Ceathrar, Sandgate, Foister featuring a young Mark Fry of 'Dreaming With Alice' fame, bizarre psych outfit Guggenheim, Witches Brew, a rare Gnidrolog offering plus an ultra rare cut by Listen, winners of a 1972 Melody Maker folk-rock contest. This edition is limited to 300 individually numbered copies on heavy vinyl. Detailed info on each band is included.

BLUTHARSCH, DER -& THE INFINITE CHURCH OF THE LEADING HAND- - (BLACK) WHAT MAKES YOU PRAY (LP/WKN)

"Der Blutharsch, the already 20 years old lovechild of the psychedelic visionaire and an all around jolly fellow Albin Julius, continues on the same progressive road which has taken form on the group's latest releases. In the empire of Der Blutharsch, the roads have been lately paved with some trippy vibes indeed, and they all lead to inner worlds of cosmic and magickal proportions." ~Adornments Of The King. Progressive intoxicating soundscapes! Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl in foilblocked cover.

CHANGES - PSYCHONAUTIKA (PD) (LP/HAU RUCK!)

Though known for their apocalyptic folk music, Changes' oeuvre consists of other facets, love and love-lost songs, and songs of legends and legendary heroes. This album explores a further subgroup, the lyrical and musical journey into the universe and terra incognita of the human mind. Consisting of 13 tracks on a picture disc, the album also contains 16-page full-color booklet with all lyrics and illustrations by Robert N. Taylor and Nicholas Tesluk set against the background of fractal digital imagery and a pair of 3D ChromaDepth glasses with which to make the images amazingly emerge into the third dimension.

FOREVER PAVOT - LA PANTOUFLE (LP/BORN BAD)

2017 album by Forever Pavot, the brain-child and solo venture of Emile from the Parisian psych/prog band Arun Tazieff. Musically Emile blends influences from both '60s and contemporary psych, Ennio Morricone, French and Italian movie soundtracks, library music and more. RIYL: Maston, Jacco Gardner, Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, Morgan Delt etc.

GORILLA PULP - HEAVY LIPS! (LP/RETRO VOX)

The second album by this Italian four-piece band channels '70s influences s.a. blues, psych, stoner rock and heavy metal in its own unique way.

HACKENSACK - THE FINAL SHUNT (LP/AUDIO ARCHIVES)

Famous for those high-energy live gigs in the early '70s, Hackensack returns with a blistering studio album, the first since 'Up The Hard Way' and one that no self-respecting fan of classic, hard-driving blues-rock should miss. 'The Final Shunt' reunites founder members Nicky Moore, whose snarling, abrasive vocals are renowned worldwide, and Stu Mills, who thumps out a slew of pulverising bass lines to perfection. Called up for duty on lead guitar is Nicky's garrulous son Timmy, bursting with infectious energy and talent, bringing a fresh and tantalizing new edge to Hackensack's direct sound.

KAPTAIN PREEMO - KAPTAIN PREEMO (LP/RETRO VOX)

Psychedelic garage-rock from Italy! The band started out as a trio, but has by now evolved into a five-piece. Influences range from The Sonics to The Stooges, and from The Velvet Underground to The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Angels.

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

VARIOUS - WILD THINGS: 16 KIWI FREAKBEAT NUGGETS... (LP/VOSTOK)

...FROM 1966-1968' - The 25th anniversary edition of this collection of out of control, filthy and fuzzy mayhem from the 'bottom' of the world. Get wild with these kiwi teens 'out-prettying' the Pretty Things with the mod-ish ferocity of The Who and strong doses of Beck and Page-ish rave ups. Armed with locally manufactured guitars and amplifiers through home made made fuzz boxes, these 16 skull busting smashers were recorded under minimal conditions in primitive studios. All the tracks are in mono, and transfered from the master tapes. SIDE 1: 1. The Bluestars - Social End Product 2. The La De Da's - Don't You Stand In My Way 3. Sandy Edmonds - Come See Me 4. Larry's Rebels - Whatcha Gonna Do About It? 5. The Rayders - Working Man 6. Tom Thumb - You're Gonna Miss Me 7. The Pleazers - Hurting All Over 8. Grim Ltd. - Milk Cow Blues SIDE 2: 1. Chants R&B - Neighbour Neighbour 2. The Roadrunners - L.S.D. 3. The Smoke - No More Now 4. The Gremlins - Blast Off 1970 5. The Principals - I Can't Stop 6. The Troubled Mind - Finders Keepers 7. Ray Woolf & The Avengers - Little Things That Happen 8. Tomorrow's Love - 7 And 7 Is

SAPIN - DARK IS THE NIGHT... ON IS THE PARTY (LP/HOWLIN BANANA)

The third LP by French band Sapin, hailing from Rennes, contains 12 cuts of excellent country-garage. The style can be compared to f.i. Regal and Black Lips.

BLACK GREMLIN - THE FUN IS OVER (LP/RETRO VOX)

Based in Parma, Black Gremlin releases 12 shameless tracks full of attitude and ignorance. Compared to the band's previous EP, this album sounds slightly more retro. Influences include The MC5, The Pink Fairies, Motörhead, Zeke and Thin Lizzy's rowdy and rough rock'n'roll. The whole thing is dressed up with the sharp riffs and the fast rhythms of early '80s thrash metal and hc punk.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

SOAP OPERA - READY TO HATCH (LP/HOWLIN BANANA)

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

VARIOUS - THESAURUS, VOL. 2: ROCK/PUNK EN FRANCE... (2LP) (LP/CAMELEON)

'1977-1979' - A compilation featuring 28 tracks of French rock/punk from 1977-1979. Included are recordings of Strychnine, Alarm, Therese Formol, Corail, Mickeynstein, Storlok, Marquis De Sade, A Trois Dans Les WC, Frakture, La Came Aux Damelias, Cafe Mozart, Rotters, Mistral, Rock'n'Roller, Odeurs, Chrys Alice, Electrick Garbage, Bramstocker, Safety, Checkmate, Bondage-T, Privés, Smiler, Cambouis, Robert Karayan, Larry Martin Factory and more. Limited to 500 copies.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

LEGER DES HEILS - IMPERIUM (LP/LICHTERKLANG)

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

ANGANTYR - FORAGT (7"/NORTHERN SILENC)

Here are two exclusive songs that set the stage for Angantyr's sixth album. This is cold, hymnic Northern black metal without compromise. Limited edition of 300 copies on red vinyl.

BIG BAD BRUTE - THE GREAT WHITE (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

Big Bad Brute is a three-piece rock band from the southern plains of Sweden. This trio will leave an emotional skid mark in the hearts of music fans who like heavy riffs, pounding drums and gnarly licks. With one foot in '70s rock, one in '90s alternative and a finger tip in '80s hc, Big Bad Brute creates a truly unique sonic blend.

ELDAMAR - A DARK FORGOTTEN PAST (LP/NORTHERN SILENC)

The 2017 album by this atmospheric black metal/ambient project from Askim, Norway, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, heathenism, elven magic and nature. This edition is limited to 333 copies on clear vinyl.

ALDER GLADE - SPINE OF THE WORLD (CD/NORTHERN SILENC)

Alder Glade is the one-man atmospheric folk/black metal project of multi-instrumentalist Droüyn, hailing from Brisbane, Australia. 'Spine Of The World' is his first official full-length. Weaving in and out of shadow, haunting folk melodies and blistering black metal passages combine to create a gateway to a world only hinted at in previous releases. Recommended for fans of Agalloch, Nechochwen, Addaura, Gallowbraid, Skagos and similar bands. Limited to 500 copies.

ELDAMAR - (DIGI) A DARK FORGOTTEN PAST (CD/NORTHERN SILENC)

The 2017 album by this atmospheric black metal/ambient project from Askim, Norway, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, heathenism, elven magic and nature. Digipack CD version, limited to 999 copies.

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

ENSEMBLE MINISYM - MOONDOG NEW SOUND (LP/BONGO JOE)

"I like to write chamber and choral music, especially for orchestra. But since it is not always easy to have orchestral works performed, the organ is the next best medium to give the composer vast tonal resources...", Moondog wrote in 1978 in the liner notes accompanying the 'Selected Works' album - the confidential American cousin of Moondog in Europe, the first album he recorded in Germany. With 'New Sound', the Minisym Ensemble goes the opposite direction, taking the pieces for organ(s) constituting the 'A New Sound Of An Old Instrument' album (1979) - as well as pieces composed in Europe during the same period - towards a new and singular instrumentation.

DANSER, JOHN -OCTET- - THE DANSER REVOLUTION (LP/EVERLAND JAZZ)

Reissue of US jazz album, originally released by Grapevine in 1977. More info soon.

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

DEAN, SNOOPY - WIGGLE THAT THING (LP/EVERLAND)

Reissue of US funk/soul album, originally released by Blue Candle in 1977. More info soon.

GIFT OF DREAMS - THE GIFT (LP/EVERLAND)

Reissue of US funk/soul album, originally released by Jam Power in 1982. More info soon.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC/AMBIENT/D’N’B/TRIPHOP

BLACK LIGHT ASCENSION - THE AUSTERITY EXHIBITION (LP/HAU RUCK!)

The third album from Black Light Ascension features jagged post punk guitar and darkly sonorous vocals by Andrew Trail and crushingly powerful electronic bass, beats and riffs from Hunter Barr.

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

AKTION (NIGERIA) - CELEBRATION (LP/PMG)

Reissue of Nigerian psychedelic rock/funk album, originally released by Clover Sound in 1977. More info soon.

CROSS, BAAD JOHN - NEW REVOLUTION, CHAPTER ONE (LP/PMG)

Reissue of Nigerian funk/disco/boogie album, originally released by Coconut in 1984. More info soon.

FUNKEES - POINT OF NO RETURN (FRENCH COVER) (LP/PMG)

Reissue of Nigerian psychedelic rock/funk album, originally released by Amba in 1974. This version comes with the French girlie cover. It was released under the title 'Afro Funk Music' by the Soul Posters label, also in 1974. More info soon.

IFUDU, THEADORA - FIRST TIME OUT (LP/PMG)

Reissue of Nigerian funk/soul album, originally released by Theagart Records in 1978. More info soon.

WILLIAMS, MURPHY - SHE IS MY WOMAN (LP/PMG)

Reissue of Nigerian funk/disco/boogie album, originally released by Taretone in 1981. More info soon.

 

 

 

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