SPOTLIGHT 46

20/11/2018 08:23

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

CHEMISTRY SET - (COL 1) FIREFLY/SAIL AWAY (+CD) (7"/FRUITS DE MER)

Colour t.b.a. 'Firefly' is a heavy psych-pop 'instant classic', with fuzz guitars set to 11, exceptional bass guitar, 12 string Rickenbacker rhythms, powerhouse drumming, the dirtiest Farfisa you will hear this year, juxtaposing with beautiful ethereal vocals, arabesque swirls, amazing guitar solo and the cherry on the cake - phasing on the outro! You can hear classic elements of old and new psychedelia but with Chemistry Set twists and originality. All of this with the best production that the guys have ever done. 'Sail Away' starts more gently, with 12 string acoustics, cigar box guitar, tablas and Indian percussion but soon begins to incorporate other elements...a 12 string Rickenbacker riff bathed in echo, reverse snare, hand claps, pianos, a sizzling solo and, oh yes, a mellotron with the Brian Jones brass setting at the end. Pure and utter class. Mesmerising, in fact. The CD includes two remixes of The Moody Blues' 'Legend Of A Mind' by Astralasia's Marc Swordfish.

ELFIN BOW & GARY LLOYD - (COL 1) WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES (7"/FRUITS DE MER)

Colour t.b.a. For her first single with Fruits de Mer, Elizabeth Kearney aka Elfin Bow is fulfilling the ambition of a lifetime by recording with an orchestra; she is collaborating with composer and producer, Gary Lloyd, to create a very special single for us. Joining the cannon of musicians who have recorded Sandy Denny's poignant classic, 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes', Elizabeth also reimagines 'The Wisdom' - the first single from her self-titled debut album, for what will be a truly memorable offering on the 40th anniversary year of Sandy's death. Featuring on both songs are the Scottish Session Orchestra, made up of hand-picked principals from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Comes in gatefold sleeve.

NICELY, NICK - (COL 1) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER (7"/FRUITS DE MER)

Colour t.b.a. Nick Nicely is back on vinyl, and back on FdM, with a double A-side: two epic tracks recorded especially for Fruits de Mer, one a reworking of Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower', the other a song called 'The Doors Of Perception'. Nick's electronic wall-of-sound is in full force on both tracks - together, they probably define what modern psychedelia should be all about.

TOUCH (USA/OR) - (COL 1) WE FEEL FINE (7"/FRUITS DE MER)

Colour t.b.a. Fruits de Mer Records' first reissue single. Touch's 1969 album, released on Deram in the UK, is/was a wild, unique mix of US psych-meets-prog with over-the-top vocals, swirling keyboards, searing guitar, crazed studio effects. Apparently Jimi Hendrix called in on the studio sessions and was suitably impressed. So when Cherry Red Records gave FdM the chance to put out a single featuring tracks from their one and only album, there wasn't a moment's hesitation....OH YES! Includes small fold-out poster.

YILDIRIM, DERYA -& GRUP SIMSEK- - OY OY EMINE/KÜRK (7"/BONGO JOE)

A groovy and trippy double-sided 7-inch by Outernational pop-group Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek! After the melancholic, heart-melting 'Nem Kaldi', the quintet delivers a light upbeat piece, 'Oy Oy Emine', a traditional Turkish song interpreted in the spirit of the group: the baglama (Turkish lute) introduces the melody before a warm and dynamic rhythm section kicks in, over which Derya's superb voice jousts with wah-wah guitars and acid synthesizers. 'Oy Oy Emine' is a seduction song anyone in Turkey can sing along to, about a man's mad love for a beautiful woman called Emine. Although many versions have been recorded, not many pop/rock groups have attempted to interpret it (one exception being Elektro Dschungel in the late '80s) and Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek offer a fresh, subtle arrangement that suits their '70s psychedelic sound. Talking psychedelia, 'Kürk' on side B brings us deeper in the band's search for slow, groovy floor-movers with stretched basslines and trippy melodies. The East-West connection Turkish bands had with Western psych-rock back in the day is just as real today with Grup Simsek's various influences, its musicians originating from Turkey, England, France, Italy and Germany. With 'Kürk''s folky theme and hairy groove, Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek prove once again that they are capable of writing original material that gives even more spirit and authenticity to their music.

BISMUT - SCHWERPUNKT (LP/LAY BARE)

Bismut is a psychedelic desert metal trio hailing from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Formed in 2016, Bismut has already established an explosive live reputation. Bismut arose from intense, experimental jam sessions in the caverns of the Nijmegen underground. Infinite jamming led to an oasis of psychedelic excesses, vicious riffing and heavily drawn-out grooves. 'Schwerpunkt', Bismut's first full-length featuring 4 long gems, is a solid representation of a vast moment in time. All tracks were recorded in one take, with no edits, completely DIY. You'll listen to an extraordinarily honest musical encounter of three people playing, grooving and flowing to become one intuitive audio space vessel. Forty-two minutes of limitless, intertwined compositions to put the listener at ease while being dragged through daily life and all its curiosities.

BLACKBERRIES - DISTURBIA (LP/UNIQUE)

The days in which challenging music could trouble the charts are certainly long gone but there'll always be people into music that is more than just some background noise. There'll also always be people who play music you have to listen to. Blackberries are taking that challenge for quite some time now and while remaining a kind of best kept secret in the German psych and kraut-scene, the world is beginning to take notice. Their energetic and intense live shows earned them a rapidly growing reputation as one of the most fascinating acts around. The experience of hundreds of live shows is all over these nine brilliant songs that still draw on their kraut- and psych-roots but also have a fresh and modern urgency. While the melodic strength still shines bright as one of the key elements, the themes of these new tunes have become considerably darker.

CRYPT TRIP - HAZE COUNTY (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUL)

The nine songs on 'Haze County' make up the band's most focused and organic effort to date. Mixing elements of hard rock, psychedelic, and rural music, each track is unique and has something different to say. Loud Fender amps and a pounding rhythm section immerse you in an enticing groove on some tracks, while dreamy guitars take you away in others. Staying true to a Texas tradition, the album features a special guest, Geoff Queen, on pedal steel, adding an entirely different color to the tonal palette. For fans of The James Gang, Epitaph, The Byrds, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Humble Pie, Allman Brothers Band, Bubble Puppy, Homer, Jericho Jones, Flying Burrito Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead.

DECIBELS - SCENE NOT HERD (LP/SCREAMING APPLE)

The 2018 full-length by the re-activated mod-revivalists ranks right up there with the band's classic LP's 'Create Action' and 'The Big Sounds Of The Decibels', and the collection of early tracks, 'The Bart Thurber Sessions'. If you're into moddish guitar pop in the vein of The Beat, The Romantics, The Jam and The Plimsouls, with flashbacks to the early days of The Who, be sure not to miss out on 'Scene Not Herd'!

DOMBOSHAWA - BEYOND VIBRATIONS (2LP) (LP/DRONE ROCK)

20th release on the UK Drone Rock label. 'Beyond Virations' is over 100 minutes of top rate space rock with Domboshawa's signature blending of improvised mellow, blissed-out tracks with psychedelic freak-outs. "Through vast, open soundscapes, Domboshawa takes you on an interstellar trip that seemingly effortlessly floats further into space with every drone. Slow paced, groove based aviation to explore new lands...buy the ticket, take the ride!" ~Sly Vinyl. A super limited pressing of 250 copies, housed in a gorgeous gatefold sleeve with one LP pressed on orange vinyl and the other on pink vinyl. Order fast!

ELECTRIC RETRO SPECTRUM - SUB URBAN (LP/STOLEN BODY)

Formed in Paris France, described as a sound between two giant fuzz pedals and a rain of reverb, invoking the great '70s stoner in a dark black mass. 'Sub-Urban' was recorded in the Parisian suburbs in the summer of 2017. A mix of musical colors, the band experimented a lot with sounds on stage, bending edges and finding themselves on a dark croisade between '90s noise grunge and the depth of psychedelic music.

MAAT LANDER - SEASONS OF SPACE BOOK #2 (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

The second volume of the 'Seasons Of Space' series. This record continues the story of Maat Lander, the fictional eccentric demiurge, which is bored by traveling in space and now begins to explore the microcosm.

MEGARITUAL - DREAMFEEDER (LP/DIRTY FILTHY)

Megaritual is the solo project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Dale Walker. Having released this in its original format at the end of 2017 this LP now comes with two added exclusive vinyl only tracks ('Noche Oscura' and 'Sky Burial'). As well as this solo project Dale is also the drummer in the band Drug Cult and releases music under the name Sun Of Man. All recorded in his home studio in New South Wales, Australia. Also with re-imagined artwork and limited to 250 copies pressed on random coloured eco vinyl.

MOTHER UPDUFF - TALES OF TANGLE (2LP) (LP/NASONI)

A collection of six singles, one EP and unreleased tracks from this great Vancouver psych trio featuring Mat Wainright on drums, Erik Mulder on bass, Moog and guitars, and Jeff Collins on vocals, guitars, Mellotron and percussion. Limited to 300 copies on 180 gram orange and blue vinyl with blue inner sleeves in gatefold cover. Includes poster.

MT. MOUNTAIN - GOLDEN RISE (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Third long player for Perth's Mt. Mountain. Their music is both menacing and meditative as tracks play out in harmony/discord and from minimal to maximal over the course of 'Golden Rise'. There are times when the songs are almost gone and just a slow pulse is left, until the spell Is broken and tracks explode into an apocalyptic haze - something that Mt. Mountain excel in as they create explosions in slow motion. Over the last few years Mt. Mountain have become laurelled and revered by those in the know. With 'Golden Rise' that reputation is ready to explode.

VARIOUS - ASTRAL DAZE: PSYCHEDELIC SOUTH AFRICAN ROCK (LP/TAKE IT ACID IS)

'1968-1972' - This collection brings together rarities from well-known artists like Abstract Truth, Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedom's Children, John & Philipa Cooper, McCully Workshop and Hawk, as well as lesser known acts like Buzzard, The Fireflies, The Idiots, Tidal Wave, and The Invaders. Although the South African rock movement of the late sixties and early seventies was not a major commercial success, its participants heralded an exciting new age in South African rock and started a movement aimed at changing the musical tastes of fans in a spectacular way. Stadium concerts became the vehicle for feeding the youth with heavier rock sounds, and behind studio glass were producers like Clive Calder, Billy Forrest, Graham Beggs and Selwyn Miller who acted as change agents to transform conventional pop into heavier 4 to 5 minute songs. The movement's struggle for recognition through airplay remained unanswered and only the true fans of rock knew about their existence. Available on vinyl for the first time, complete with insert and liner notes. SIDE 1: 1. Suck - The Whip 2. The Invaders - Astral III 3. Otis Waygood - Straight Ahead 4. Abstract Truth - My Back Feels Light/What Can You Say 5. Dickie Loader With Freedom's Children - The Eagle Has Landed 6. Buzzard - Blurry Visions 7. The Fireflies - Cathy Come Home SIDE 2: 1. Hawk - Predictions 2. Freedom's Children - Kafkasque 3. Bryan Miller's Destruction - Blue Machines And Dreams 4. John & Philipa Cooper - The Mad Professor 5. Tidal Wave - Morning Light 6. The Idiots - Magic Dragon 7. McCully Workshop - Birds Flying High

VINNUM SABBATHI/CEGVERA - (BLACK) THE GOOD EARTH IS DYING (LP/STOLEN BODY)

On June 2018 Cegvera visited Mexico for the first time and along with Vinnum Sabbathi embarked on a tour across the country which concluded with the recording of this split. This release marks a significative change in the sound of Cegvera, as this is the last record where Aaron Scrupps performs on bass, triggering the evolution of the project into a two-piece doom/post-metal band.

WYLDE TRUFFELS - GO FUZZ YOURSELF (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

Wylde, fuzzed-up garage-punk from Bordeaux, with all the required '60s inspired rawness and a kick-ass frontwoman! This debut-LP contains ace originals as well as covers of songs by The Benders and Sound Explosion. Get it!

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

RETROVISORES - DESMELENE EN EL QUINTO (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Here's a totally cool 7-inch EP from Catalan combo Los Retrovisores. This band is loved and admired for its super enjoyable and ultra catchy contemporary garage-beat sounds, full of fine harmonies, a fuzz guitar where necessary, and here even with a wind section. Expect fine originals and a excellent cover (translated into Spanish) of the song 'Looking For Something Better', originally of Dutch '60s beat-psych legends The Ro-d-ys.

SATELLITERS - NOTHING LEFT TO TELL (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Going strong for some 25 years already, these German '60s punk influenced garage-rockers strike again with two killer tunes on a 7-inch platter. These guys are the real deal, using only vintage equipment, and showcasing all the chops, skills and moods also found in the best '60s garage music!

REEKYS - THE REEKYS (LP/BACHELOR)

Long lost album of the legendary late '90s teen punk sensation from Munich, Germany. 1-2-3-4 Ramones core. These kids made waves when they were actively touring in Europe long time ago. Bachelor unearthed their brilliant recordings from 2005. Why it was never released you asked? They got tired of playing this blend of music, with all those watere down "pop punk" bands, so they started other garage punk bands, and these recordings have been forgotten... UNTIL NOW!

TERRY & LOUIE - ...A THOUSAND GUITARS (LP/BACHELOR)

Debut album from the remains of The Exploding Hearts. Terry Six and King Louie Bankston worked more than two years to make this album as perfect as can be!

TOMBOYS - HERE WE COME! THE TOMBOYS! (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

On vinyl, it's the debut-album by a wonderful, all-female combo from Japan. These Tomboys play their own fun brand of powerpop, enlaced with garage, punk and rock'n'roll elements. Catchy stuff, from start to finish!

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

ACID ATTACK - SUBURBIA'S DREAM/WARSAW (7"/LOVE CHILD)

The seventh release on Love Child Records sees the South Coast's finest Acid Attack on 7" vinyl for the first time with two of the bands most-loved recordings. Formed in 1980 in Southsea, Hants, Acid Attack have proved to be legends of the punk scene of the early '80s and the subject of much interest. Acid Attack were originally in existence for four years in which time they released the 13 track cassette album 'Sulphuric' and contributed the track 'Suburbia's Dream' to the Sane Records 1984 compilation LP 'On the Street'. In terms of era, they fit into what is now known as the UK82 punk scene but they think the sound is not so easy to categorise. They were neither oi or hardcore punk.

CHAOS U.K. - FLOGGIN' THE CORPSE (LP/RADIATION)

On the LP-format, this is an amazing archival release collecting previously unreleased tracks and 10 great live cuts (recorded in 1983) from the important second wave UK punk band, based near Bristol. Essential punk history!

DISCHARGE - WHY? (LP/RADIATION)

Originally dating back to 1981 and now back on vinyl, this EP (often regarded as a mini-LP) may very well be the most legendary release from the über-infuential inventors of D-beat, Discharge! No true punk fan's collection can be taken seriously without 'Why?'.

PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES - LOUD BLARING PUNK ROCK (LP/RADIATION)

The fourth full-length by the UK punk legends, originally released in 1985, sees a reissue on vinyl! This one is the epitome of childish, unrefined and perfect punk rock and roll. With such deep, poetic titles as 'We're Too Drunk', 'Pick Yer Nose (And Eat It)' or 'Beat Up The Mods', you know what you're getting!

RESISTANCE 77 - THOROUGHBRED MEN (LP/RADIATION)

Making its deserved, yet first ever return to vinyl, it's the 1984 full-length by the acclaimed Oi! unit from Nottingham. 'Thoroughbred Men' is a smoking, somewhat obscure piece of UK street punk history!

VINTAGE CROP - NEW AGE (LP/POLAKS)

Second album by raw Australian punk/garage/post punk band. European edition. Limited to 300 copies on blue vinyl. Tip!

BRASSERS - BOOK + 7" (Bk/MAUERSTADTMUSIK)

De Brassers anthology picture book covering the history of the group from 1978-2018. Comes with a limited 7" of live recordings from 1980, recorded at De Sponz, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, 14 november 1980. SIDE 1: 1. Kontrole 2. Rise & Fall SIDE 2: 1. En Toen Was Er Niets Meer 2. ??? (a.k.a. Eruit) Edition of 500 copies.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

BUZZ KULL - NEW KIND OF CROSS (LP/AVANT!)

A mere 18 months after the release of 2017's 'Chroma', Buzz Kull (real name Marc Dwyer), has returned with his sophomore album. Traversing EBM, darkwave and goth sounds with ease, 'New Kind Of Cross' traverses much darker waters than Dwyer's last effort. 'New Kind Of Cross' speaks to the rapid change and tension at play in Dwyer's own life. Marc spends a good portion of each year in a new city every night - and when settled in Sydney, is constantly between jobs. It makes perfect sense that 'New Kind Of Cross' deals explicitly with themes of isolation, introversion and sometimes anger. The music on this record is heavy and unforgiving.

MZ.412 - SVARTMYRKR (LP/COLD SPRING)

Swedish behemoths MZ.412 return with their first full-length album in 12 years, once again asserting their dominion as the true Kings of Black Industrial. 'Svartmyrkr' is a massive tour de force that reinvents the classic sound of MZ.412 whilst retaining their trademark malevolent harshness. This album is dedicated to the true hell of the north -Helheim- and the giant goddess that rules it, Hel. From blackened ritual incantations, to bleak yet beautiful dark ambient arrangements, to harsh bombastic orchestrations, this album exceeds all expectations. MZ 412 blur the lines between music, magick and reality. The earth trembles... the mountains quake... all light is vanquished. The Swedish overlords darken the hearts and extinguish the souls of all who bear witness to 'Svartmyrkr'.

GOBERT, GILLES - CHAMBER ELECTRONIC MUSIC (CD/SUB ROSA)

A subtle mix of electronic composition and contemporary touches. Gilles Gobert composes and play electronic/mixed music with different groups like the laptop duo [KNAPP], the LAPS ensemble or individual instrumentalists (Nao Momitani, Véronique Delcambre) and is part of the SMOG organization staff (www.smogmusic.org). He also realized several projects with the visual artist Inger Elisabeth Gleditsch. Currently he's a professor of electronic composition and mixed music at the Royal Academy of Music of Liège and lecturer-assistant at the Royal Academy of Music of Mons (Arts2).

NULL, K.K. - RESURRECTION IN PARTICLES (CD/4IB)

This is K.K. Null's homage to Z'EV (1951-2017) for his soul and musical legacy. Basic structure was composed at Prima Natura studio with some materials from their previous collaboration albums 'Artificial Intelligence' and 'Extra Space, Extra Time' and also some recordings Z'EV had left Null, and performed live by KK Null at Plateforme Intermedia (APO33) in Nantes, France on January 26 & 27th, 2018.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

NIGHT GAUNT - THE ROOM (LP/TERROR FROM HELL)

The second full length album by Italian doom metal band Night Gaunt. This album features six tracks made up of monolithic riffs combined with heavily pounding drumming, deeply throbbing bass and epic-styled haunting vocals.

 

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

BOCQUET, DIDIER - ECLIPSE (BLACK) (LP/CAMELEON)

Reissue of extremely rare kosmische/electronic/experimental/ambient album by Didier Bocquet, originally released in 1977 on the Kiosque D'Orphe label. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

ADDERALL CANYONLY - MUSEUM OF FIRE (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOU)

'Museum Of Fire' contains eight tracks of uptempo kraut themed, occasionally whacked out electronica, with sporadic nods to a darker more industrial TG groove in places, aligned with classic late '70s/early '80s minimal synth flourishes. In a nutshell, this one ticks all the boxes for y'r modern day synth nut! This edition is limited to 300 LP's with awesome artwork.

CEARLEY & DWINELL - FAKE TIME (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOU)

'Fake Time' presents three ace electronic tracks utilizing repetition to unnerve and destabilize rather than coddle and sooth.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

ONETTI, LUCIANO - SONNO PROFONDO + FRANCESCA O.S.T. (CD/BLACK WIDOW)

Two fabulous Italian Giallo film scores by Luciano Onetti, presented together on one CD. To begin with, we get the music that accompanied the 1970 movie 'Sonno Profondo'. That work is joined by the score to the more recent flick 'Francesca', which was released in 2015.

 

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

MADASSANE, AHMOUDOU - ZERZURA O.S.T. (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Original soundtrack recording to the film 'Zerzura', the first ever Saharan acid Western, telling the story of a nomad's search for a magic city of gold. "Evoking the desert journey with free form guitar improvisations, the soundtrack is a meditation on the mysteries of the Sahara. Composed by writer and actor Ahmoudou Madassane, the instrumental score takes the familiar Tuareg guitar tradition into new directions, transforming desert blues into ambient soundscapes. Recorded in studio while watching footage from the film, the score was recorded in live and spontaneous takes. Heavily based around the electric guitar, Madassane also plays a handful of other in-studio instrumentation (prepared piano, Moog, Timpani) and is joined by a number of collaborators, including guitarist Marisa Anderson. A prolific and backing artist in a number of groups (Mdou Moctar, Les Filles de Illighadad), Madassane is well versed in Tuareg guitar folk and draws inspiration from this tradition before veering off into uncharted territory. Pieces fluctuate in timing and break free from standard rhythm, moving from melancholic serenity to blurry psychedelic fury. An experimental foray for Tuareg guitar, 'Zerzura' is the first of its kind."

 

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