SPOTLIGHT 9

05/03/2019 08:36

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New releases by Bronson Recordings, Howlin' Banana Records, Infinite Fog, Kozmik Artifactz, Lion Production, Polytechnic Youth, Van Records and others. There will be a lot of new ambient/electronic/experimental releases, lot's of metal and as always lot's of psych available soon.

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

FROM - 8:00 TO 5:69/CHASE ME UP A RHUBARB TREE (7"/ALONA'S DREAM)

A limited archival vinyl reissue of an ultra-rare late 1966 Chicago garage-punk-fuzz screamer! Only 100 copies of this gem were pressed in 1966 and originals are almost impossible to find today! FROM played local shows and teen dances on the north side of Chicago in the mid-1960s. Their one shot in the studio resulted in two unique cuts of 1960s garage rock. '8:00 To 5:69' is a straight-up ode to the band's late night lifestyle. 'Chase Me Up A Rhubarb Tree' is a break up/put down song with a twist (rhubarbs don't grow on trees!).

BLUE DREAM - VOLUME WON (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Heavy philosophic soul, acid blues and psychedelic space metal! Slipping through the cracks of the midwestern walls of Chicago is a haze of psychedelia, blues-infused riffs, and garage-dwelling metal induced by Blue Dream. Hailing from Chicago, Blue dream is a psychedelic four piece band. Having performed at festivals including Norman music festival, Valley of the Vapors, Psychedelicmania, Blue Dream's memorable blues-infused sounds will transport you to the outer planes of fuzzy rock space. Black vinyl edition.

CARPE DIEM - EN REGARDENT PASSER LE TEMPS (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

Based in Nice, Carpe Diem was a French '70s progressive outfit that also incorporated influences from jazz and classical music into its song writing. Here's a fine vinyl-reissue of the band's debut-LP, originally dating back to 1976. The success of this album brought the group dates with other major French bands like Magma and Ange.

DELUXE, JEAN-EMMANUEL - ROUEN DREAMS (LP/LION PRODUCTION)

The 2019 full-length by author and musician Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe is a psych/weird-pop album that follows the concept of "Hollywood seen through the eyes of a Frenchman who has never been there". If you like to immerse yourself in weird popisms, in sweet and syrupy madness, then roll up for the mystery tour! The LP includes contributions from Sean O'Hagan of the High Llamas, Werner "Zappi" Diemaier (the iconoclastic drummer of the cult Kraurock band Faust) and Kevin Coral, who's known from an army of heady pop mavens.

LAMP OF THE UNIVERSE - ALIGN IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION (LP/SULATRON)

'Align In The Fourth Dimension's songs beamed to us from a parallel time, a hopeful message and statement to the world we live in. Ethereal folk beauty, spaced-out vibes and '60s acid blues ascend in these 40 plus mintues. All songs and instruments by Craig Williamson: guitars, bass, drums, organ, synthesizer, mellotron and sitar. Coverdesign by Lulu Artwork. Limited to 500 copies on 180 gram turquoise vinyl.

LUNAR EFFECT - CALM BEFORE THE CALM (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

The Lunar Effect are a psychedelic rock band from London. The debut full-length album offers great psych-flavoured heavy rock with a tight rhythm section, a breathtaking vocal delivery and a huge arsenal of tasty and deep guitars. A modern take on soulful rock music firmly rooted in the seventies. Limited to 200 copies on orange vinyl.

SPECIAL DELIVERANCE - MYSTIC DANCE (LP/NASONI)

Special Deliverance is a band created by French multi-instrumentalist Arno Boytel, which he started In 2012 (inspired by the Clifford Simak's 'Special Deliverance' sci-fi book). The genre of this music is basically psychedelic merged with progressive blues/space rock and groovy rock (Edgar Broughton Band, Sam Gopal, Traffic, Twink and Pink Fairies, John Mayall and the British Blues Boom etc.). Arno has crafted a really unique sound and he can really wield his guitarwork with serious passion! Originally released digitally only in 2016. Comes on coloured 180 gram vinyl.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

CARAMBOLAGE - CARAMBOLAGE (10") (10"/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Carambolage is a band from Rennes, founded by Remi Peltier and his bandmates from Kaviar Special. Their debut self-titled 10" EP will feature four tracks of French punk reminescent of '80s acts such as Soda Fraise or Starshooter.

HEXXERS - FREAKS WITH THE SAVAGE BEAT (LP/TRASH WAX)

The near legendary Hexxers album, available on vinyl at last. BUT these mixes are the more savage and wilder tracks (different than the CD). Also comes with extra tracks not on the CD. A genre defining album, a truly 'savage' album from start to finish with not a single weak track present. The Sonics meet The Mummies via 'Back From The Grave' and 'Desperate R'n'R'! 'Freaks With The Savage Beat' is the band's first release. There has not been a record this savage since The Sonics and The Stooges!

STACHES - THIS LAKE IS POINTLESS (LP/BONGO JOE)

The Staches is a 10-year relationship. They are not a couple, nor two couples, neither a "quadrouple", but do love each other, and do fight sometimes. Becoming masters and mistresses in the art of managing the goat and the cabbage, they create together songs, or tricky strategies challenging any tags or boxes. Driven by the fear of the Undefined, some have tried to describe their music and confused themselves with designations like punk, post-punk, lo-fi pop, prog rock, garage and lost themselves even more with comparisons with any rock band including at least one woman. Fool that they are. Who the fuck cares. These young dinguses are fun to listen to and fun to watch. Punkt. The Staches are from Geneva, Switzerland, and for obvious reasons, they are now based in Leipzig, Germany. Their LP 'This Lake Is Pointless' was self-recorded at home in their beloved "Proberaum", late at night, when even the toughest metalheads next door were asleep.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

EGGS - EGGS (10") (10"/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Formed by members from other Parisian bands (Bootchy Temple, Joujou Jaguar), EggS releases its debut 10" EP. The four tracks featured here, recorded by Guillaume Siracusa, are a love letter to '80s and '90s indie pop. This will appeal to fans of Sarah Records, Television Personalities or mid-'90s Guided By Voices.

BUNKR - SCHLUSS (LP/DIVISION)

The style is quite difficult to define, but on this album we find a good math rock base, a more angular noise rock sound and the sweet purring of stoner with a touch of psychedelic rock. These guys embody a certain idea of eclecticism, since they confess to adore both techno and JAAAZZZZZ as well as d-beat hardcore... 'Schluss' thus deploys its personality in several distinct parts, and rhythmically it plays with odd times signatures, in addition to the conventional 4/4, to create disturbing and haunting grooves. In the end, this album forms a 45-minute soundscape reminiscent of some of the Impressionist or Pointillist paintings, but that does not really matter, as long as you can shake your head. For fans of Don Caballero, BadBadNotGood, Kyuss, Slint, Closet Disco Queen.

VARIOUS - BC 35 VOLUME TWO (+7") (LP/BRONSON RECORDINGS)

'THE 35 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BC STUDIO' - Recorded live in Gowanus, Brooklyn on January 16-17, 2016. On this second volume the line-up consists of Martin Bisi, Bob Bert, Algis Kizys, Dave W, Andy Hawkins, Skeleton Boy, Stu-Art Gray Spasm, Genevieve Fernworthy, Mark C, Jim Coleman, Rich Hutchins, Marnie Jaffe, Laury Zilmrah, Alyse Lamb, New Old Skull (x-Live Skull), Phil Puleo, Jack Nantz, Jeannie Fry, Oliver Rivera Drew, Diego Ferri, Andrea Havis, Laura Ortman, Brian Viglione, Sxip Shirey, Don Godwin, LAUDS String Ensemble, Dan Kaufman, John Bolinger, Robbie O. Leaver, Paul Wallfisch, Billy Cancel, Dave W, Michael J. Bazini, Greg "Torch" Sgrulloni, Ajda The Turkish Queen, Lorde Buckingham, Sissi Schulmeister, Steve Moses, Andy Hawkins and Rich Hutchins.

VARIOUS - FRAGMENTS DU MONDE FLOTTANT (LP/BONGO JOE)

Devendra Banhart asked all his close friends to give a demo/unheard track for the compilation 'Fragments Du Monde Flottant'. One time pressing. SIDE 1: 1. Nils Frahm - And Patterns 2. Vashti Bunyan - If I Were 3. Josiah Steinbrick - Fo Barro 4. Tim Presley - Aura Aura 5. King Tuff - Livin On A Star 6. Adam Tullie - Meridian Hawk 7. Arthur Russell - Not Checking Up SIDE 2: 1. Helado Negro - Lentamente 2. Diane Denoir/Eduardo Matteo - Señora Diana La Ví 3. Rodrigo Amarante - That Old Dreams Of Ours 4. Matteah Baim - Blossom 5. Jana Hunter - Raising The Dead

DORELLA, BRUNO - CONCERTO PER CHITARRA SOLITARIA (CD/BRONSON RECORDINGS)

After a twenty year career, this is the first album released by Bruno Dorella under his own name, in complete solitude and in a simple take, with the rudder - firmly in the hands - of a single guitar, to be precise a Japanese Fender Telecaster dating back to the '90s. A unique flow that moves according to the times and resonances of the moment, based on a narrative structure that acts as a canvas to a clever mix of writing and improvisation. 4 parts where the waves lull and push the listener much farther than we would have believed.

KELLY, JEFF - BENEATH THE STARS, ABOVE THE RIVER (CD/GREEN MONKEY)

The influence of Spain and Portugal asserts itself from the opening notes of Jeff Kelly's (The Green Pajamas) album, 'Beneath The Stars, Above The River'. The lead track 'The Initial Kiss' is not a traditional folk song as such, but the rhythm and melody reflect Jeff's fascination with fado music. Spain too, and flamenco notes are woven throughout the album. It isn't solely the music of these countries, but the landscapes and people, the rivers and the wine, the stories and the flavors that are interpreted through Jeff's eyes and songs. The whole album was fully realized after traveling to both countries with his wife Susanne in 2017 and 2018.

VARIOUS - BC 35 VOLUME TWO (CD/BRONSON RECORDINGS)

'THE 35 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BC STUDIO' - Recorded live in Gowanus, Brooklyn on January 16-17, 2016. On this second volume the line-up consists of Martin Bisi, Bob Bert, Algis Kizys, Dave W, Andy Hawkins, Skeleton Boy, Stu-Art Gray Spasm, Genevieve Fernworthy, Mark C, Jim Coleman, Rich Hutchins, Marnie Jaffe, Laury Zilmrah, Alyse Lamb, New Old Skull (x-Live Skull), Phil Puleo, Jack Nantz, Jeannie Fry, Oliver Rivera Drew, Diego Ferri, Andrea Havis, Laura Ortman, Brian Viglione, Sxip Shirey, Don Godwin, LAUDS String Ensemble, Dan Kaufman, John Bolinger, Robbie O. Leaver, Paul Wallfisch, Billy Cancel, Dave W, Michael J. Bazini, Greg "Torch" Sgrulloni, Ajda The Turkish Queen, Lorde Buckingham, Sissi Schulmeister, Steve Moses, Andy Hawkins and Rich Hutchins.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

CURRAN, ALVIN - CANTI ILLUMINATI (LP/BLUME)

Reissue on white vinyl of this rare LP, originally issued by Fore in 1982. Two side-long beautiful piece for voices, synthesizer, tapes and electronics, and one of Curran's best works.

ALGOL - TIMESHIFTER (CD/KSENZA)

It is time to join _Algol_ on a journey through infinite cosmic horizons. Leaving our rigid notion of space and time and ride the cosmic winds. 'Timeshifter' delivers a portion of refined space ambient where subtle old school influences mix with a modern ambient sound.

DAHLIA'S TEAR - HARMONIOUS EUPHONIES FOR SUPERNATURAL... (CD/INFINITE FOG)

...TRAUMAS MESMERISING OUR EXISTENCES IN RADIENT CORPUSCLE GALAXIES' - Dahlia's Tear is a dark ambient project of Anile.D., diverse and innovative musically, based in Sweden. The sound of Dahlia's Tear can be defined as dark ambient with drone raw soundscapes, spatial surreal moods and occasionally industrial, experimental influences combining electric and acoustic sounds. Originally released by Ravenheart Productions in 2005.

DAHLIA'S TEAR - MY ROTTEN SPIRIT OF BLACK (CD/INFINITE FOG)

Dahlia's Tear is a dark ambient project of Anile.D., diverse and innovative musically, based in Sweden. The sound of Dahlia's Tear can be defined as dark ambient with drone raw soundscapes, spatial surreal moods and occasionally industrial, experimental influences combining electric and acoustic sounds. Originally released by Alcor Production in 2007 .

TAMERLAN - INFINIGRAMMATON (CD/STEINKLANG)

This work represents the continuation on of the sonic journey started on the previous album ('Luciferian'), it is also the start of a completely new chapter, bringing together the ethnic sounds of deep Siberian tribes, nomads from the far east, as well as ancient mysticism of the Balkan peninsula, shrouded in the modern extreme music tendencies (dark folk, black metal, and industrial). This symbiose takes Tamerlan's already recognizable death folk sound to a completely new level, making 'Infinigrammaton' the most epic and most ambitious album up to date. Features Cecilia Bjärgö (Arcana, Sophia, Die Blaue Reiter) on vocals.

VALERA HIP - MOUNTAIN OF FUGITIVES (2CD) (CD/INFINITE FOG)

In June 2013, friends from Infinite Fog brought them an album by the man named Valery. More than 30 years ago (after 15 years of wandering), he settled in the distant Altai village - Zamulta and did not leave these places anymore. You cannot get there either by plane or by train, and you can only drive by car in summer and autumn. Valery is engaged in homemaking musical instruments like pipes, harps, flutes; he breeds bees and leads the household, which forms the basis of his life. With his minimal resources, he recorded an album that fell into the label's hands. The recordings united under the name 'Mountain Of Fugitives' turned out to be hypnotic ambient compositions built on drawing lo-fi drones, pipes, harps, nature breathing, field recordings, sounds of the surrounding life and the author's voice, occasionally filling the space with references to ancient Japanese and Chinese poetry like Mèng Hàorán and Matsuo Basho, as well as quotes from the Norwegian writer Hans Burley, or his own verses. Of particular interest is that Valerych himself may not even know what "ambient" is, and in fact, discovered it for himself as the most suitable form for self-expression without regard to any standards. The serenity of nature, the simple tranquility of a secluded lifestyle, the purity of a self-contained existence and the tension of daily physical labor, all here in these sounds, in the originality, naturalness, and softness of the sounds, which literally disarm and necessitate to play the record over and over again. It took 5 years to prepare all the material for publication. In the meantime, the album has grown to a double album with a total duration of more than 150 minutes. Eight long nameless tracks of pure rural ambient music.

VALY, SANDOR -& JULIA HEEGER- - SACRED SONGS (CD/EKTRO)

'HILDEGARD VON BINGEN VARIATIONS' - 'Sacred Songs' brings eery minimalism to meditative drone. Vály and Heéger's monochrome masterpiece of medieval overtones is augmented with brutal feedback noise, while Júlia Heéger's bewitching vocal springs from monophonic sacred music. Superb tension-building.

ZANNI, ADRIANO - RICORDO QUASI TUTTO (CD/BRONSON RECORDINGS)

Adriano Zanni went through photography, electro-acoustic and ambient music. Its said that he "sounds the landscape", but on 'Ricordo Quasi Tutto' all the field recordings are not only a documentation but also a sound memory. Zanni does everything on his own, playing field recordings, analog and digital instruments.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BRUME/WITCH RIPPER - SPLIT 12" (GREEN/BLACK) (LP/DHU RECORDS)

San Francisco's doom trio Brume have teamed up with Seattle's stoner metal misfits Witch Ripper to bring you a split of unforgiving heaviness to ring in the New Year of Heavy. The Witch Ripper edition comes on half black/half green coloured vinyl and is limited to 100 copies.

GREEN LUNG - WOODLAND BITES (GREEN) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

South London-based heavy rock quintet Green Lung release their debut album, after the release of their much acclaimed EP 'Free The Witch'. The overall impression of this young band is summoning up the eccentric spectres of '70s proto-metal, early '80s NWOBHM and '90s stoner rock and dragging those sounds into the 21st Century. For fans of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Devil's Witches. On green vinyl.

GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH - (BLACK) MASTERS OF SPACE AND TIME (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Canadian stoner metal heavyweights Gypsy Chief Goliath's fourth album. The band can be best described as a blend of '70s classic rock/heavy metal with elements of '90s stoner rock and grunge. This album is quite different from previous work as the band seems to be more diverse in song writing and have strayed away from the 'wall of sound' style, in exchange for a much more dynamic story telling rollercoaster. Black vinyl edition.

OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON US - MELTING THE ICE IN THE HEARTS OF MEN (LP/VAN RECORDS)

2019 album by this sludge/doom metal/post-metal/hardcore band from Salzburg.

SINMARA - HVISL STJARNANNA (LP/VAN RECORDS)

Icelandic black metal titans Sinmara return with their highly anticipated sophomore album 'Hvisl Stjarnanna'! Smoke coloured vinyl.

 

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

DISKRET - DISKRET (12"/SALVATION)

Long-time friends and musical collaborators, James Varghese and Ramon Ziegler unintentionally became the ambient electronic duo Diskret. Equipped with synthesizers, drum machines and other wired gadgets, Varghese and Ziegler wandered into the peaks around their native city of Zurich. This EP is the only document of a shared dream, created as if in a trance. It is a result of four days of recording synthesizers, arranging chords, stacking sounds, automating filters and creating beats. Comes on 180 gram black and white marbled coloured vinyl.

GRANCHER, BERNARD - TROUBLANTE TOURNURE (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Killer full length from ace experimental electronic musician Bernard Grancher. Grancher himself began his "career" as a somewhat under the radar, host/director of "mostly forbidden" radio programmes, where in Bernard's own words, he created "incongruous sound collages, that gradually slip towards noisy or disturbing sounds intended to replace the music of others', within its broadcasts". Then, armed with a large accumulation of "machines I found at low prices, with an unknowing of quite how they function" he sought the help of friends Yan Hart-Lemonnier and Eric Lumbleau (from the hugely respected 'Mutant Sounds' blog, and his project Vas Deferens Organazation). Then, having released what he describes as two "rather talkative" LPs by taking again "the concept of it's emissions: Hallucinatory slogans and electro punk", Grancher, then released with ERR.REC, leading in turn to the PY full length here. A fabulous LP hugely recommended to all kraut heads, experimental electronic sound collages, motorik grooves and minimal synth all figure strongly. To use one final quote from Grancher; "Abandon any idea of listening comfort; this record leads you into a dangerous race that will be impossible to jump on". 300 copies on vinyl only.

SLOW ENGINEER - WHERE COMES THE DARK? (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

'Where Comes The Dark?' is the debut full length from shadowy, underground producer The Slow Engineer. An album of sculpted synthsonics and Eldritch electronics originally released on a limited run, blink and you'll miss it cassette which sold out in 24 hrs. Heavy on basslines, with driving rhythms and tweaked synthesisers, it's a record which openly acknowledges it's nod to horror scores and the work of the Radiophonic Workshop whilst pulling off something uniquely and freshly new, with an assembled array of wayward equipment stored at his Analogue Hades base. British horror actor Laurence R. Harvey adds suitably menacing narration in places, and across 10 fabulous tracks this is a richly, deliciously diverse electronic record which comes hugely recommended to fans of John Carpenter, not to mention label mates The Heartwood Institute and Dream Division. A one time pressing of 300, destined to sell out pretty swiftly.

SYNC24 - AMBIENT ARCHIVE (CD/INFINITE FOG)

First time on CD. Sync24 is a solo project by Daniel Segerstad who in 1996 together with Johannes Hedberg founded legendary ambient/downtempo project Carbon Based Lifeforms. Only released as a digital album in 2012, 'Ambient Archive' branded gently psychedelic electronics with slow-moving melodies and soft hypnotic beats. 16 tracks, more than 75 minutes of exclusive tracks recorded during the early years of the project (1996-2002).

 

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