SPOTLIGHT 10

12/03/2019 08:05

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Two new releases by Space Rock Productions, Sulatron Records released another great Sun Dial album, Devil And The Almighty Blues have their new album ready and you certainly don't want to miss Duel from Texas - great stoner band on Heavy Psych Sounds. See more below.

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

3RD EAR EXPERIENCE WITH DR SPACE - EAR TO SPACE (2LP/BLACK) (LP/SPACE ROCK PRODUCTIONS)

3rd Ear Experience is a California based psychedelic jam band that have been releasing records since 2012. This is their 4th release on Space Rock Productions. 'Ear To Space' was created out of a series of jam sessions. The basic mix was sent to Dr Space, who then jammed along as if he was playing with the band, the files were sent to Robbi, who then mixed, added a few overdubs and the magic was created. For tracks 4 and 5 the opposite happened and Dr Space created the basic tracks and 3rd Ear jammed along. What does it sound like?? Space rock with a cool ethnic or electronic vibe at times. Tracks 1 and 2 are more rocking while the tracks 3, 4 and 5 are more ambient and spaced out trips. Limited to 202 copies on black vinyl.

DEVIL AND THE ALMIGHTY BLUES - TRE (LP/BLUES FOR THE RED SUN)

Third album by Norwegian band The Devil And The Almighty Blues. Their music is slow, heavy, melodic and raw, all without losing the almighty blues out of sight. A new take on blues-based rock, heavy without becoming metal, slow without being doom, bluesy without being straight up and boring.

DR. AWKWARD AND THE SCREWS - GETTING' OUT OF STYLE (LP/SELF RELEASE)

Following a well received EP from 2017, it's now ttime for the debut-LP by a band under the influence of steaming, late-'60s/early '70s blues rock, adding Beefheart-like moves. Genre freaks will love this!

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE - (BLACK) GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO FIND (2LP) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

'Good Planets Are Hard To Find' was Oresund Space Collective's 5th studio album, originally released on CD in 2009 on Transubstans Records and like all of their other studio albums, it was recorded at the Black Tornado Studios (Copenhagen, Denmark). This was the first album to not feature the core members of Mantric Muse and Bland Bladen. KG from the band Siena Root brought in the sitar and a head full of cool ideas that helped to change the chemistry of the cosmic music stew OSC were about to prepare. Tobias (The Carpet Knights) played the killer space guitar once again. PIB and Luz provided a great backline of drums and percussion, while Thomas (Gas Giant) and Jocke (The Carpet Knights) laid down the bass grooves. Mogens and Dr Space did the synth thing creating their own spaces in the sound. The album begins and ends with two fantastic sitar journeys out into another world. Both are extended versions compared to the CD release. The middle is filled with 4 more progressive, classic rock style space jams. Limited to 120 copies on black vinyl.

ORGANIK - ORGANIK (BLACK) (LP/SPACE ROCK PRODUCTIONS)

Organik are a Danish trio featuring Per Brems-Therkelsen on guitars (also making a lot of synth like sounds with effects pedals), Brian Bentzen on bass guitar and Stephan Green on drums/percussion. The spoken words on 'Caged' are performed by a famous Danish rapper MC Einar. On 'Black Desert' the didgeridoo is played by Michael Marienlund. The band play mostly instrumental music with inspiration from stoner and psych and a bit of space rock at times. The tracks are nice long journeys and fans of Monkey3, My Sleeping Karma or Glowsun will probably dig this band. The music can be hypnotic and really sucks you in after a few listens. 'Organik' is their debut album. Limited to 140 copies on black vinyl.

SUN DIAL - RETURN JOURNEY (LP/SULATRON)

In February 1991, armed with a recently recruited full band, Gary Ramon began the follow up sessions to 'Other Way Out'. There were a number of raw, heavier sounding tracks but they were still in keeping with the philosophy of the first album. Sun Dial signed to a new label who wanted a bigger, cleaner production so these songs were unfortunately put on ice. However a limited vinyl release, 'Return Journey' was put out in 1993 on Gary's newly formed label Acme, becoming a firm favourite of the fans. In later years some tracks have resurfaced on EPs and compilations and become essential live standards but for the first time since 1993, Sulatron are reissuing the original 'Return Journey' on 180 gram clear vinyl including original artwork by the legendary Savage Pencil, beautifully packaged and stunningly mastered with the original mixes. Limited to 500 copies!

ASSU - ASSU (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Assu has been influenced by traditional Sami Joik. Ulla Pirttijarvi joiks of her relatives and her home villages Utsjoki and Angeli. Olav Torget and Harald Skullerud join on string instruments and percussions. The ensemble draw further inspiration from West African grooves and tradition. They vary their expression from wide atmospheres and quiet moods all they way to more uptempo grooves. The world music scene has long enjoyed their music especially around African and Arabic tradition. This has influenced the choices of instrumentation and has been the basis of their unique sound.

PAUANNE - PAUANNE (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Pagan sounds from the depths of the Finnish forests! Pauanne rediscover the long-lost non-Christian tradition of Finnish folk music. The trio, fronted by Kukka Lehto, has searched through Helsinki's music archives and unearthed exciting material from the early 20th century. Their repertoire includes powerful curses as well as long forgotten shepherd's songs; Pauanne's self-titled debut album is full of surprises. Kukka Lehto (violin, keyboards) and Tero Pennanen (keyboards) are in charge of composition and arrangements. The experienced trio surprises with occasional glimpses of progressive rock, such as in the beautiful 'Susiraja'. Janne Haavisto on drums and percussion provides the rhythm section.

VARIOUS - LOUISVILLE IN THE 60'S (CD/GEAR FAB)

Presented on CD are 18 previously unissued tracks from the Louisville '60s garage and psych scene. These cuts were found in the archives of the city's well known Allen-Martin Studio, after the owners retired and the place closed down in 2006. Among the featured bands are some rather well known names s.a. The Rugbys, The Illusions, The Keyes and The Oxfords, as well as more obscure local heroes including Free Reign, The Premieres, Roc, Doug Cook, Debbie Tuggle, Brothers Pride, Magnificent, Conception and Copperfield Recollection. This is a truly cool collection for any genre fan!

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

HEBOSAGIL - FORTUNA/KEVAT (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Compiling the contents of 'Fortuna' and 'Kevät', two digital-only EPs recorded during the last couple of years, Hebosagil's 2019 vinyl offering is an incandescent leap forward that unapologetically embraces lush beauty and symphonic warmth. The bones of the extended compositions remain heavier than plutonium millstones, but thickset pop hooks, uplifting chord progressions, and crystalline female vocals define the mood as much as radioactive distortion and body-checking rhythms. Hymnal melodies and understated recitations provide an emotional counterbalance to singer Tatu Junno's raw-throated gargle and disturbing lyrical imagery. Currently operating as an expanded three-guitar sextet, Hebosagil has masterfully sussed out the elusive nexus between brute force and luminous grace.

JONATHAN PERSONNE - HISTOIRE NATURELLE (LP/REQUIEM POUR UN TWISTER)

Jonathan Personne is the solo project of Jonathan Robert, also known as the author, singer and composer of Montreal's band Corridor, as well as being known for his psychedelic visual arts and animated video. Inspired by the idea of the potential end of the world, working only with an 8-track recorder, Jonathan Personne assembled a collage of recordings and experimentations, setting the table for a first yet more personal and sensitive album. 'Histoire Naturelle' is driven by weeping guitars, throbbing rhythms and influences of dream pop, spaghetti western rock and jangle pop.

TH DA FREAK - FREAKENSTEIN (LP/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Th Da Freak's third full-length album. Thoineau Palis, originally from Bordeaux, has gained his place in the French indie scene. Inspired by bands from the 1990s, such as Pavement, Superchunk and Sebadoh, he took his time to write songs, and his perfectionism led to a long period of recording and starting all over again. It has been a while that he released an album, but the result has been worth waiting. On transparent green vinyl. Limited edition.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

FRUSTRATION - THE DRAWBACK (7"/BLIND)

Two tracks by Paris's finest post-punk heroes. B/w 'Electric Heat' (The Visitors).

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

APOPTYGMA BERZERK - SDGXXV (2LP/CLEAR) (NOR) (LP/TATRA)

Hot on the heels of the 'Soli Deo Gloria' 25th Anniversary Reissue Edition, comes a completely reworked album with all 'SDG' songs in different versions by special guest artists/mixers on every track! The vinyl edition contains 16 of the 18 tracks.

DEATH IN JUNE - ESSENCE! (BLACK) (LP/NER)

Repress on black vinyl, limited to 500 copies. Now presented in a plain matt finished jacket but still with black foil-blocking. Includes three special postcards and glossy inner sleeve with lyrics. After eight years, here's another Death In June album! Echoes of the past ring with echoes of The Now. The War Chimes are over and the Slave Bells have been rung. Death In June releases its ESSENCE! Hooded crosses for the bullet hearted.

RANALDO/JARMUSCH/URSELLI/PANDI - RANALDO/JARMUSCH/URSELLI/PANDI (LP/TROST)

New York based producer and engineer Marc Urselli had the idea to bring people together who had never met before and let that meeting of minds create beautiful soundscapes. Film director and musician Jim Jarmusch, Sonic Youth co-founder and guitarist Lee Ranaldo shared space with versatile drummer Balázs Pándi (projects with Keiji Haino, Venetian Snares, Merzbow) for a night session at Urselli's EastSide Sound studio in downtown NY. These are the unfiltered results. Absorbing instrumental patterns of cinematic sounds and improvised rhythms. No overdubs, no editing. All was recorded live and analog, produced and mixed by Marc Urselli. The front/back coverfotos were taken by photographer William Semeraro in Norway. That is why Marc Urselli gave all the songs titles inspired by Norwegian mythology. Lee Ranaldo - guitar, pedals, bells, Jim Jarmusch - guitar, pedals, mini-synthesizer, Marc Urselli - bass, laptop, Balázs Pándi - drums.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

DUEL - VALLEY OF SHADOWS (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

Texas occult rockers DUEL conjure up another heavy dose of tripped out old school doom metal with their third full length 'Valley Of Shadows'. More blood splattered tales of black magic, sex, ancient curses and devils on the streets. Eight epic and infectious rippers showing a wider range of the bands song writing abilities from psychedelic heavy metal anthems to Thin Lizzy esque dueling guitars to full blast Motörhead shredding. Their deepest cuts yet, recorded over a period of winter months by DUEL guitarist Jeff Henson at the infamous Red Nova Ranch studio, located in the desert wastelands of Texas just outside of Austin, TX. You can feel the all night smoked out, mushroom fueled sessions with each tune. What could be the bands best collaboration to date, a rock solid album from start to finish.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

CUMBIA COSMONAUTS & THE RADIO AFRICA BAND - CUMBIA COSMONAUTS & THE RADIO AFRICA BAND (LP/HAWAII BONSAI)

The long-awaited second album by sonic explorers Cumbia Cosmonauts. It is an Afro-futurist soundtrack for the dancefloor, in which the Cumbia Cosmonauts' distinct take on cumbia and tropical bass meets the ancient musical traditions of the West African griots. This album was four years in the making, capturing the sound of synthesizers, kora, animal skin percussion and drum machines forged over a series of acclaimed live performances. The music was co-composed with three Melbourne-based West African master musicians -Lamine Sonko, Amadou Kalissa and Olugbade Okunade- coming together as The Radio Africa Band. The vocals in English, Wolof, Yoruba and Spanish express life in contemporary Melbourne and Australia as we hear, feel, and live it.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

DOBRANOTCH - MERCEDES KOLO (CD/CPL-MUSIC)

The band Dobranotch was set up in 1998 in France where a group of musical friends from St. Petersburg was driven by wanderlust and the love of fresh musical experiences. After some years of travels the band came back to St. Petersburg to create a new lineup and new sound. Dobranotch performs Jewish, Gypsy and Balkan traditional music, drawing on deep knowledge of traditions, rich experience in traveling and interacting with traditional musicians from different countries. The band's repertoire also includes Russian songs of the golden age of brass bands.

 

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