SPOTLIGHT 40

07/10/2019 14:41

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE - (BLACK) VISION BEYOND HORIZON (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

This album is a collaborative effort and even greater than the sum of its parts. The basic riffs and song structures were done by Bob Balch and Gary Arce, but the contributions from Tony Reed, Lisa Alley, Ian Graham, Mario Lalli, Nick Oliveri, Bill Stinson, Per Wiberg and Alain Johannes make this record what it is. This album is a unique gem, manufactured by multiple artists, including different atmospheres: from the melodic stoner mellowness, to faster tempos, to classic heavy sounds, but songwriting is never customary. One can say that Fu Manchu's killer riffing meets the desert psychedelia of Yawning Man. Bob Balch and Gary Arce together give life to an amazing new adventure which sounds fresh and dynamic. The vocal parts are always choral and interesting. There's a variety in the songs which always keeps the listener focused and intrigued about what's next.

BURIED FEATHER - (BLACK) CLOUDBERRY DREAMSHAKE (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Melbourne psych-rock trio Buried Feather return with their highly anticipated third studio album "Cloudberry Dreamshake". Buried Feather have just put the finishing touches on a new record drawing on a love of late 60s British psychedelia. The album is the follow up to 2017's fuzz-rocking "Mind Of The Swarm". Buried Feather have developed a loyal following at home with their hypnotic live performances drawing comparison to Spacemen 3 and Dead Meadow.

DEMONAUTA - (BLACK) PART 2: TEMAUKEL, THE SPIRIT BEFORE TIME (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Very limited to 100 copies on black vinyl in gatefold sleeve. '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 it has a more subdued and progressive style of music compared to their last album. The highly progressive fuzz/stoner rock vibes and the fantastic vocals have quite a dreamy and spaced out effect on certain parts of the album. The album will lead the listener onto a continuous and cinematic journey with a high amount of thrilling moments to impress along the way. This album will only enhance Demonauta's reputation as one of the finest desert/fuzz/stoner rock band that the South American scene has to offer.

DO - ASTRAL DEATH CULT (LP/LAY BARE)

Dö is a riff-praising, cosmos-worshipping trio from Helsinki, Finland. This vicious death cult lead by Big Dog (guitar), Joe E. Deliverance (drums) and Deaf Hank (vox & bass) feeds on dark astral energy and compresses it into what they call "doomer" - a unique northern mix of stoner, doom, sludge, and psychedelic elements with hints of death/black metal. 'Astral Death Cult' is Dö's second LP. Just like the previous productions, drums, guitar and bass for were recorded live to get the genuine trio dynamics on each track. The result is an album that collides earthy northern tones, riffs heavy as a neutron star and lyrics that praise the great cosmic forces.

DRUID - (BLACK) THE SEVEN SCROLLS (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Druid is a mind-expanding experiment that transcends genre in order to create a uniquely introspective and massively heavy rock 'n roll experience. The band presents "The Seven Scrolls", a sonic journey through the end of days tinged with prog rock offerings to the many masters of old school. With musings akin to the styles of Yes and Captain Beyond and sonic experiments reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "middle" era, Druid is reaching out with force to connect with the mystical power that the original psychedelic masters unleashed upon the world in the days of old.

ELECTRIC MOON - CELLAR OVERDOSE (LP/WORST BASSIST)

Reissue of the 'Cellar Space Live Overdose', recorded in Darmstadt in 2011. It was only released within the 'Cellar Space Live Overdose' 2LP in 2012 via Sulatron, limited to 777 copies and as CD-R, limited to 100 copies. Limited to 500 copies on white wax.

IAH - I (LP/BILOCATION)

IAH is an instrumental psych stoner rock band from Argentina who create heavy spaced out sounds. Parts Karma To Burn, Colour Haze and all the other legendary instrumental rock bands. Spacey, post-metal is at its finest when the band lets loose, just as outer space is at its most interesting when one takes a look at the crushing gravitational forces of stars, supernovas, and black holes, and IAH is a band that certainly seems to be perfectly aware of this. Comes on transparent blue vinyl.

IAH - II (BLACK) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

IAH is an instrumental stoner/psych rock band from Argentina that creates heavy spaced-out sounds. Though the sound reveals elements of Karma To Burn, Colour Haze and some other influential instrumental rock bands, IAH brings its own sounds to the table. They are a band that bridges the gap between post-rock, psych, doom and stoner metal grooves then accept no substitute.

MOON RA - MOON RA (LP/THE WEIRD BEARD)

On vinyl, here's the sophomore full-length from French psych rockers Moon Ra. The Marseille-based quintet's sound mostly reminds of the early '70s underground scene, with a fair dose of kraut influences and some additional post-punk earthiness thrown in for good measure. Released in a run of only 250 LP's, the first 50 copies come with a free CD of exclusive bonus material. So if you hurry up, that might be rewarded!

TOILING MIDGETS - SEA OF TRANQUILITY (LP/GREEN MONKEY)

The 2019 full-length from the punk-rooted, semi-instrumental psych-band from San Francisco, active for some 40 years already, is now available on vinyl!

WINTER MOON - (BLACK) MAKE REAL MAKE BELIEVE (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

A spoonful of blues, a dash of psych-rock and a whole lot of soul make Winter Moon's unique sound and performance an intoxicating experience. Fronted by the striking vocals of Milly Moon, Winter Moon's melodic journeys are both soulful and playful and the live shows are stunning in their dynamics and energy. For fans of Blues Pills, The Dead Weather, Fleetwood Mac, Black Keys and Alabama Shakes.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

BABY SHAKES - CAUSE A SCENE (LP/LIL' CHEWY)

Baby Shakes' long playing album 'Cause A Scene' is set in searing white-hot guitar riff, tough, danceable junkshop glam inspired melody and rhythmic drive glazed with lush, dreamy three part harmony. The band's fourth full-length album, shows what could easily be a contradiction of influences as diverse as Slade, Rubettes, Ramones, Bangles, Berry and the Beatles with increasing nerve and nuance. Baby Shakes' music and lyrics in particular manage to be brash, fun and forceful yet never compromise a soft innocence.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

RATS ON RAFTS - WHERE IS MY DREAM?/MEGGY (7"/SPAZZ)

Dutch post-punk band Rats On Rafts drop a single on October 19, 2019 during the showcase festival Left Of The Dial in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Rats On Rafts are a band that finds its roots in the energy of post-punk and their hometown Rotterdam. On these grounds the band explores elements such as psychedelic music, punk and pop. 300 copies.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

LINARDOU, ANNA - HETEROTOPIA (LP/UNDERFLOW)

'Heterotopia' is a variety of vocalities from different places and eras, transformed through a contemporary perspective. Vocal idioms of different traditions are blended with electro-acoustics, sampling and free improvisation to create sonic landscapes of undefinable geography. Appalachian bluegrass and throat singing, Lebanese lullabies and prepared piano treatments, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Medieval tunes, extended vocals, electronics, sampling and resynthesis of voice and acoustic instruments are elements that constitute a place where the singing voice crosses the barriers of style and celebrates its multi faceted nature.

SANS CORPS - NNULL (2LP) (LP/UNDERFLOW)

Sans Corps is an experimental team of musicians and artists. The idea is to freely traverse different genres and mindscapes in a process of collective psychic automatism. Everything is improvised live on the spot. No advance planning in structure, form, rhythm, melody or words. No second take. No overdubs. This is a one-off.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

INVUNCHE - II (LP/BABYLON DOOM CULT)

Invunche is a Dutch-Chilean band influenced by primitive punk, black metal and psychedelic rock. Despite the title 'II', this is the band's first full-length release, following a well-received demo. This run is limited to 300 LP's.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

JAY, ABNER - MAN WALKED ON THE MOON (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

Abner Jay is an extraordinary one-man-band with one of the deepest emotive voices ever recorded. "Man Walked On The Moon" features Abner material from two different periods. The songs are incredibly emotional. These mournful tracks were previously released on the Mississippi 10" "Last Ole Minstrel Man" EP from 2011. This LP collects some of Abner's greatest work from across his career, all rare or previously unreleased. The LP comes includes a 20-page booklet with photos and a tribute to Abner Jay written by Jack Teague.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

MAGAM/MOODY ALIEN - ANOTHER/THE FLAME WITHIN (+BOOK) (LP/UNDERFLOW)

Experimental, avantgarde, artrock recorded in Granada, Paris, Thessaloniki and in the 14th century church of Sf. Margareta in Medias, Transylvania. Calin Torsan - clarinet, tenor recorder and hulusi, Andrei Kivu - The MIDIcello and effects, Moody Alien - (processed) glockenspiel, vibraphone, windchimes, timpani and trumpet samples, (programmed) drums and double bass, keys, miscellaneous instruments and field recordings, effects & treatments. Featuring Francesco Covarino - drums and percussion on #3 & 6, Kostas Tsoumanis - electric guitar on #2 and Christos Pappas - electric bass guitar on #2. The included book by Moody Alien is a tragicomic, surrealistic play about 2 men -One & Another- in search of the one thing they (think they) don't have an answer for, from which its author drew inspiration for the MAGAM project. Printed on Fedrigoni papers. 50 pages. Language: English.

MOONDOG - ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

A survey of Moondog's earliest recorded works - many of them unreleased until now - through a collaboration by Mississippi Records and Lucia Records. From 1954 to 1962 field recordist Tony Schwartz frequently checked in with Moondog, his favorite street musician. Tony Schwartz made recordings of Moondog's earliest compositions as they were coming into focus. Sometimes these recordings were made right on the street as Moondog busked, sometimes they were made in Schwartz's studio, and sometimes they were made on NYC rooftops. The resulting recordings, many of which had never been released, were deposited at the Library Of Congress as part of the Tony Schwartz Collection in 2006 when Schwartz passed away, and this record was culled straight from these original tapes. Moondog's music is as universal as it gets - part classical music, part Native American, part European folk, and part something completely unique.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

DONALDSON, ERIC - ERIC DONALDSON (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

An acclaimed 1971 Jamaican roots reggae album gets its awaited reissue. SIDE 1: 1. Cherry Oh Baby 2. Miserable Woman 3. Got To Get You Off My Mind 4. Please Let Me Love You 5. Go Away SDIE 2: 1. Love Of The Common People 2. Never On A Sunday 3. Just Can't Happen This Way 4. Build My World 5. The Lion Sleeps

MINOTT, SUGAR - THE LEADER FOR THE PACK (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Produced by Bunny Lee in 1985, this classic album by the popular Jamaican artist (Sugar's first fully synthesized work) is now finally available again as a wonderful reissue.

SHORTY THE PRESIDENT - FIRE FIRE (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

Jamaican deejay Shorty The President may have been one of the more obscure figures to rise from the Kingston sound system scene, but the impact he made on vinyl recordings during the 1970s is no less important and his work remains coveted by reggae connoisseurs. This is a reissue of his 1979 full-length.

TRINITY - DREADLOCKS SATISFACTION (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

A highly regarded LP by one of Jamaica's most popular toasters sees its awaited reissue. 'Dreadlocks Satisfaction' was produced by Bunny Lee for his Jackpot label in 1979. The album places Trinity's witty raps over some of Bunny's most unusual rhythms. Included are alternate, rockers-styled takes on songs known from The Isley Brothers, The Tams, The Sensations and The Heptones. And Trinity also salutes fellow toaster Dillinger on a recut of John Holts 'Linger A While'.

 

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

FRANK & HIS SISTERS - FRANK & HIS SISTERS (LP/MISSISSIPPI)

The world's first collection of gorgeous pop songs from Frank and His Sisters, a family band from Moshi, Tanzania. Formed in the early 1950s by Frank Humplick, Thecla Clara and Maria Regina, the trio recorded and toured throughout East Africa and issued a string of instant classics, capturing fans with their beautifully harmonized singing, clever lyrics, and Frank's stunning guitar work. Imagine the fingerstyle finesse of John Fahey with a pure pop melodicism, combined with the family harmony of groups like The Carter Family, The Roches, and The Beach Boys, set in the golden age of Tanzanian music.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

MESZECSINKA - ALLJ BELE A MELYBE - STAND INTO THE DEEP (LP/CPL-MUSIC)

Meszecsinka, which means "Little Moon" in Bulgarian had their breakthrough through the album 'Awake In A Dream' in 2016, supported by the Armenian-Russian guitarist and producer Karen Arutyunyan. On this album 'Allj Bele A Melybe', Meszecsinka goes deeper and higher into their unique magical world. It is a mix of Inuit throat singing, lullabies, Siberian singing techniques, love songs, mobile phone recordings, and trance moods that resemble ancient rituals.

 

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