SPOTLIGHT 8

24/02/2019 10:48

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New releases by Clostridium Records, Fruits De Mer Records, Future Folklore Records, Who Can You Trust? Records, Sugarbush Records, Necio Records, H42 Records and others. We are excited for the upcoming album by legendary Ax Genrich (Guru Guru) via Clostridium Records! There are three interesting releases coming soon by Fruits De Mer Records; Astralasia and Moon Goose. Also there will soon be three new Future Folklore Records releases in stock, and two by Peruvian Necio Records. Sugarbush Records will release a "lost" album by legendary Help Yourself from the 1970s. And there's also a killer second album by Sweet Chariot being released via Who Can You Trust? Records.

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ASTRALASIA - (COL. 1) A DIFFERENT KETTLE OF FISH (2LP+2CD) (LP/FRUITS DE MER)

Colour T.B.A. Early creators of psychedelic trance, astral dub, experimental techno and ambient dance, Astralasia first got together in 1990 and nearly 30 years on are still lead by Marc Swordfish and still producing great music - live and on record. Marc has delivered two great double albums for Fruits de Mer in 'Oceania' and 'Wind On Water', but he's also provided many remixes and re-imaginings of other bands' tracks over the years - usually on bonus CDs or limited-run special editions releases on the label. Marc and FdM decided to revisit all those tracks and we've come up with a double LP that brings together some of our favourites, including remixes of tracks that were originally recorded for FdM by Sendelica, The Chemistry Set and Superfjord, and one or two things re-worked by Marc specially for this release. It's mainly instrumental, ranges from Eastern-tinged throbbing rock to swirling soundscapes, and it deserves to be heard on vinyl (and on the enclosed CDs). CD 1 - LP SIDE 1: 1. Johnny's Little Brainticket (lounge mix) - based on the tracks that appeared on the Fruits de Mer 2014 Annual and 'Postcards From The Deep' box-set of flexi discs! 2. Sargasso Sea - appeared on 'The 13th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus' festival free compilation CD edited from Astralasia live LP 'Tales From...' (TMOQ/Fungus Records) 3. Love Or Confusion - alternative mix appeared on the special edition of The Chemistry Set's 'Endless More And More' LP CD 1 - LP SIDE 2: 4. Deep Magick, a love supreme - appeared on the Coltrane 7" bonus CD 5. Fountains Of Ambience - appeared on the Chemistry Set 'Fountains Of Neptune' members club free CD CD 2 - LP SIDE 3: 1. Johnny's Little Brainticket in Dub - based on the tracks that appeared on the Fruits de Mer 2014 and 'Postcards From The Deep' box-set 2. Shamanic Waterfall - appeared on the Coltrane 7" bonus CD CD 2 - LP SIDE 4: 3. The Sorcerers Apprentices ambience mix - appeared on the 'The Fruits De Mer Records Guide To The Theme To The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy' bonus CD 4. The Desert - instrumental mix - the vocal version appeared on Astralasia's 'Wind On Water' double LP 5. Timothy Leary Forever (Legend Of A Mind remix) - appeared on a CD with The Chemistry Set's 'Firefly' 7"

GENRICH, AX -& BAND- - OUT OF THE DESERT (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Best known from his days with the classic Kraut rock units Agitation Free and Guru Guru, for this 2019 album Ax Genrich recorded five impressive tracks that are firmly rooted in the late '60s and early '70s. This edition on 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL is limited to 230 copies.

HELP YOURSELF - 5 (LP/SUGARBUSH)

This is a very special release. Legendary and much loved UK band Help Yourself's "lost" album '5' is finally released on vinyl. Remastered and with a redesigned Rick Griffin cover this is one fine album by this great band, with links to Man as well as the latter day Green Ray.

MANDHYLON - NEGRA CIUDAD (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

As one half of the mythical Argentine duo Sandhy & Mandhy, responsible for the 1969 cule-LP 'Para Castukis', Alberto Vanasco Jr. (Mandhy) resumes his musical tale with 12 tracks written between 1968 and 1978. Recorded with the analogue essence and sound of the '70s, using vintage instruments like Farfisa and Hammond organ, and fuzz guitar, the album features Argentine rock legends Nexus as the backing band. 'Negra Ciudad' brings together all of the crucial elements of Argentine rock music, including psychedelia, heavy blues, classic rock and progressive rock. The LP is pressed in a run of only 300 copies, only 100 of which available for distribution. So don't sleep on this one!

MOLIOR SUPERUM - (CLEAR) AS TIME SLOWLY PASSES BY... (LP/H42)

After their debut album in 2013 and two awesome EP's 'Inconclusive Portrait' (2014) and 'Electric Escapism' (2015) things got a bit quieter around Molior Superum. Now they are back, like a phoenix from the ashes with their second longplayer 'As Time Slowley Passes By...' and still energized and passionate about '70s blues-rock with a pinch of stoner! For Fans of Graveyard and Vidunder. Limited to 100 copies on clear/smoky vinyl.

MOON GOOSE - (COL. 1) SOURCE CODE (2LP+CD) (LP/FRUITS DE MER)

Colour T.B.A. Moon Goose play driving, guitar-led instrumental rock. They might be new to vinyl, but they have a great judge of pace across a side of an LP, ringing the changes often enough never to lose your interest, building to a crescendo on side four that leaves you begging for more. Includes CD version. The music of Moon Goose was referred to by Stuart Maconie on BBC 6Musics Freak Zone as Cambrian psychedelia, a reasonable description due to the happy combination of geology and consciousness. There is plenty of Devonian old red sandstone in the music. There is also, if you know where to find it, gneiss (ed: one for all you geologists out there).

SWEET CHARIOT - LEAN INTO THE BREEZE (LP/WHO CAN YOU TRUST?)

'Lean Into The Breeze' is Sweet Chariot's second album, but it's their first for Who Can You Trust? Records. These songs were tracked and mixed on a vintage Tascam 388 analog eight track by producer and recording artist Walker Phillips. Though the band's eponymous debut flirted with '70s inspired California country rock, this album finds the foursome dialing down the Gram Parsons and turning up Graham Parker. 'Lean Into The Breeze' is still rooted in rustic tones, but the songwriting comes from a more modern take on British pub rock, jangly guitar pop and hard throttled boogie jams. Influenced by such bygone bands as Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grease Band, The Byrds and Big Star, Sweet Chariot also found themselves inspired by Teenage Fanclub, GospelbeacH, Shannon And The Clams, Endless Boogie, and Chris Robinson, who along with Isaiah Mitchell, jumped up on stage with the band in 2018. Sweet Chariot has also shared stages with NRBQ, Mother Hips, The Flamin' Groovies, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Jesse Dayton, Beachwood Sparks, Allah-Las and the late, great Pegi Young. Sweet Chariot comprises singer/guitarist Eric Shea (Hot Lunch, Mover) and Planes Of Satori drummer Chris Labreche - both from the bygone band Parchman Farm. They also landed bass player Doran Shelley, a former member of The Cramps and Nik Turner's Hawkwind. Ride The Blinds' frontman Chris Guthridge completes the band with shared singing duties and top-shelf lead guitar playing.

VARIOUS - THE SIXTEENTH DREAM OF DR. SARDONICUS (COL. 1) (LP/FRUITS DE MER)

'LIVE' - 2LP+2CD. Colour 1 T.B.A. Welcome to 'The Sixteenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus' - a record (well, two actually) of the 2018 gathering of the friends and extended family of Fruits de Mer Records and Sendelica at a festival held every summer in the Cellar Bar in Cardigan. 2018 saw artists descend the steps to the cellar from as far afield as Australia, Finland, Spain and Belgium to perform everything from solo acoustic sets through classic psychedelia and electronica to full-on spacerock. CD 1 - LP SIDE 1: 1. Elfin Bow - Who Know Where The Time Goes 2. Elfin Bow - Grimshaw And The Finger Claw 3. I Am Voyager 1 - Songbird 4. Stay - Old Man 5. Stay - Rock'n'Roll Woman CD 1 - LP SIDE 2: 6. Consterdine - A Spell For Leonard 7. Fellowship Of Hallucinatory Voyagers - Moonlight Moorings 8. The Alain Pire Experience - Drifting South CD 2 - LP SIDE 3: 1. Sendelica - BS 2. Sendelica - Maggot Brain CD 2 - LP SIDE 4: 3. The Fertility Cult - Cosmic Kaishakunin 4. Nik Turner's New Space Ritual - Steppenwolf 5. Nik Turner's New Space Ritual - Walking Backwards

ATON FIVE - SOLARSTALGIA (CD/R.A.I.G.)

Formed in 2014 in Moscow, Aton Five is a four-piece instrumental band with a fresh perspective on various progressive rock, classic rock, and psychedelic rock trends of the '70s. This CD release of their first full-length album 'Solarstalgia' is supplemented with two live bonus tracks that were originally on the digital only mini-album 'Live At Mars'. All music was written and performed by Daniil Bosak (keyboards, synths), Alexander Seleznev (guitars, percussion), Dmitry Smirnov (drums), and Mikhail Zenkov (bass, percussion) with guest appearance of Anton Ablov (organ). Recommended for connoisseurs of melodic and nuanced instrumental heavy prog rock with vigorous and virtuosic electric guitar-vs-organ duels, enchanting soloing, fuzzed out riffs, hypnotic basslines, driving drums, and spicy sci-fi psychedelic fleur.

DEMONAUTA - PART 2: TENAUKEL, THE SPIRIT BEFORE TIME (CD/NECIO RECORDS)

'Temaukel, The Spirit Before Time' is the direct follow-up to Demonauta's 2016 album 'Tierra Del Fuego'. The album carries on the heavy psychedelic fuzz the band created on that celebrated album, though 'Temaukel, The Spirit Before Time' has a more subdued and progressive style of music compared to their last album. The album also feels way more personal as well.

GREEN DESERT TREE - PROGRESSIVE WORLDS (CD/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Here's an interesting debut-album by a band from Berlin that blends progressive '70s atmospheres with elements of jazz, classical music and film score vibes. The CD comes in a miniature LP-sleeve and includes a 12-page booklet.

LA IGLESIA ATOMICA - GRAN MURO DE COMA (CD/CLOSTRIDIUM)

The legendary heavy psych/stoner rock band that pioneered the '90s rock en Espanol movement in Puerto Rico, La Iglesia Atomica (The Atomic Church), returns after 20 years of absence. Before Californian bands like Kyuss, Sleep and Avid King, these guys defined the sub-genre between 1991 and 1995.

PYTHAGORAS - LIVE AT PULCHRI (CD/CORRELATED MUSIC)

'Live At Pulchri' is Pythagoras' first offering since much-missed drummer Bob de Jong passed away in 2011, shortly after the release of the band's magnus opus 'The Correlated ABC'. In this live registration of an impromptu concert performed at an exhibition by Dutch painter and sculptor Ilja Walraven, Pythagoras' only surviving founding member René de Haan teams up with ABC guest musicians percussionist Joshua Samson and bass veteran Peter "Peer" Wassenaar plus beats magician Rob Bothof playing his custom-built electronics. The result is unique and entrancing, the typical Pythagoras sound labelled as 'progressive electronic', created by De Haan's sentimental Mellotron and dreamy ambient passages, blending amazingly well with the compelling rhythms and patterns provided by Bothof, Wassenaar and Samson. Makes you think of cats? Capricious, mischievous and fascinating, the concert (79:00 minutes!) forms an imaginative counterpart to the art of Ilja Walraven, as exemplified by the charming cat portraits adorning the CD's excellent artwork.

UNDERGROUND PARTIES - WILL DEATH LET US SCREAM LIKE NOW? (CD/NECIO RECORDS)

The Underground Parties is a Peruvian band whose sound combines dark psychedelia with post-punk, noise rock, kraut and minimalism that together generate almost imaginary melodies and atmospheres.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

PARSNIP/SHIFTERS - HIP BLISTER (12"/FUTURE FOLKLORE)

Two of modern Melbourne's finest, paired together on one split LP! Parsnip's technicolor mod-pop has a wide-eyed wonder similar to the Television Personalities and their Whaam! Records cohort, delivered in a freewheeling rush of warbling organ and sugar-spun harmonies. On the flip, the Shifters offer up three brilliant tracks of their own, skirting the shaky line between wiry post-punk repetition and off-kilter pop scrawl.

HORSEBITES - SHADOWS (LP/FUTURE FOLKLORE)

First album by Lyon-based garage/shoegaze/psych band the Horsebites. Limited to 300 copies. Co-release with Dangerhouse Skylab.

U-BAHN - U-BAHN (LP/FUTURE FOLKLORE)

First album by this Devo-esque synth punk band from Melbourne. Limited to 500 copies. Includes download code.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ROBINSON, EUGENE S. -& PHILIPPE PETIT- - CHAPEL IN THE PINES (FR) (LP/JELODANTI)

Special hand-made edition on Jelodanti (France), limited to 100 copies. Randomly inserted copies on black, blue or blue with black splatter vinyl. 'Chapel In The Pines' is a collaborative work by Oxbow front man Eugene Robinson and master of sonic architecture Philippe Petit. The album also features Percy Howard on additional vocals and Chris Haskett (Rollins Band) providing guitar work. The five pieces here are built around brooding spoken word, accompanied by a range of electronics, guitars, percussion, piano and metallic sounds molded into suitable backdrops.

NEW BLOCKADERS - LIVE AT SONIC CITY (+DVD) (CD/COLD SPRING)

'Live At Sonic City' includes an audio/visual document of TNB's last ever live performance which took place at the Thurston Moore-curated Sonic City festival in Kortrijk, Belgium in 2017. Fans of noise music will need no introduction to the work of TNB. Ron Lessard, of legendary US Noise label RRRecords, once stated, "I'd give the nod to TNB as being the first truly devoted noise artists". TNB served as a major influence on legendary noise pioneers such as Merzbow and their influence on the current crop of popular crossover noise artists such as Wolf Eyes is immeasurable. TNB's performance at Sonic City can best be described as a noise symphony: metal-bashing and grinding, hammering, eviscerating microphone feedback, torrents of glorious mangle and harsh electronics all skilfully blended with a collage of manifold sounds and dynamics. Far from being a typical noise show, TNB's performance (if it can be described as such) contained elements of absurdist theatre and performance art, although I'm sure TNB would be loathe to be described as such. A magnificent display of The Art Of Noise, TNB as defiant as ever in their total rejection of everything.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

COMPRESSORHEAD - PARTY MACHINE (LP/SHOWBOTS)

First album by Compressorhead, the world's most metal band! Compressorhead is a project of Berlin-based artist Frank Barnes and collaborators Markus Kolb and Stock Plum consisting of a robot band that plays on real electric and acoustic instruments. The robots are made from recycled parts and are controlled via a MIDI sequencer. The group is notable for featuring real-life brothers and former NoMeansNo rhythm section members John and Rob Wright. Both Wright brothers sing and perform as multi-instrumentalists on this album. Recorded March 2016 at the Robocross Rockshop, Berlin in collaboration with Geezers Palace Studio.

ASPHODELUS - STYGIAN DREAMS (CD/TERROR FROM HELL)

"Stygian Dreams" contains seven songs of gothic doom/death metal of the gloomiest kind. The Finnish trio's influences comprises early Katatonia, Anathema, My Dying Bride and Tiamat influences, yet keeping a distinctive feature in their sound.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - TWISTED TALES FROM THE VINYL WASTELANDS 4 (LP/BE! SHARP)

'HIPPIE IN A BLUNDER' - This fourth volume collects a further eighteen ultrarare hillbilly 45rpm 7-inch sides, originally recorded for long-lost independent record labels. Limited to 500 copies. Introduction and liner notes by Mack Stevens. Short story by Avery Powell. Artwork and hand-lettering by Olaf Jens. SIDE 1: 1. Johnny Buckett - Hippie In A Blunder 2. Guy Drake - The Marching Hippies 3. Smokey Harless - Place For Them Called Hell 4. Red River Dave - The California Hippie Murders 5. Bud Freeman - Because Of LSD 6. Wendell Austin & The Country Swingers - LSD 7. Sam & Annie Taylor - Marijuana Grave 8. Vic Woodard & Claudia - Hippie Yippie 9. Jimmie Ray - Pushers SIDE 2: 1. Johnny Price - Marijuana, The Devil Flower 2. Buck Jones - A Box Of Grass 3. Bobby Roberts - The Hippies Next Door 4. Buck Ritchey - The Slave 5. Ken Myers - The Needle 6. Harry Snyder - The Needle 7. Bill Woods - The Story Of Susie 8. Arkie Blue & The Blue Cowboys - Too Many Pills 9. Keith Herrick - I'm Not Gonna Be A Hippie Anymore

 

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