SPOTLIGHT 483

21/01/2015 17:37

Welcome to the Spot Light! Have a peek at our new psychedelic, prog, folk, electronic, garage, sludge, doom, drone, noise, and metal records!

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

BOSQUES - EOMAIA RECUERDA (10") (10"/DEEP DISTANCE)

The vinyl-debut for neo-psych, kraut outfit BOSQUES from Argentina. The band formed in 2009 and takes its cues from a love of all things psych, drone and kraut flavoured. This is a beautiful EP, released in an edition of 300 and presented in an embossed sleeve.

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RHODODENDRON - PARIS RENDEZVOUS/THE GRIND (10") (10"/DEEP DISTANCE)

Limited to 300 copies. Having debuted on the label's 'Grasshopper Mind' Record Store Day comp from 2013, Ollie Cherer's Rhododendron project returns with its proper debut release. To quote the band themselves: "Tired of the tango, fed up with fandango? Try magnetic tape, dirty amps, modular synthesizers, improvisation and wild, wild noise. Fuzzed up south coast motorik minimalism with synths, guitars and space echooooooes..." 'Paris Rendezvous' is an improvised soundtrack to Claude Lelouch's 'C'était Un Rendez-vous', performed once at a now infamous warehouse/studio party in St. Leonard's in 2014. Written, recorded and produced by Darren Morris and Oliver Cherer.

SLOWS - 13'56 & 13'05 (10") (10"/DEEP DISTANCE)

Limited to 300 copies. This stunning debut from Slows, a side project for Wire guitarist Matthew Simms, offers two beautiful side-long pieces created on Farfisa matador organ with fx pedals which recall the lush, minimal drones and arrangements of the likes of Terry Riley, JD Emmanuel and 'Dreamweapon' era Spacemen 3. A beautiful record on the eye and ear and limited to a pressing of 300 only.

ANTHROPROPHH - U.F.O. (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

From the 1950's up to the mid 1980s, some of the outlying areas of the UK bore witness to some high strangeness in the form of U.F.O. visitations. Although, save for witness testimony, no recordings of these far-out events were made, here on 'U.F.O.' Anthroprophh (consisting of ex-Heads guitarist Paul Allen along with Big Naturals' Jesse Webb and Gareth Turner) conduct a psychic survey of these sites and relay their findings in the only way they know how. In line with the uncanny nature of these events, 'U.F.O.' sounds like it has been beamed in from another dimension. Expansive disorientating jams of the German variety combine with interplanetary zapped out radiophonic drones and some potent acid damaged guitar playing which have been woven into a heady hypnotic sprawl. All versions come with an OBI spine wrap, insert and download code. Pressing of 500 copies on vinyl.

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CRAANG - TO THE ESTIMATED SIZE OF THE UNIVERSE (BLACK) (LP/PINK TANK)

Craang is a heavy psych trio from Greece. These guys groove around with huge crash cymbals, drone fuzz pedals and lots of jam rockin' stoner psych. This album is a blistering spacey journey consisting of four long jams, heavy yet atmospheric.

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CRANIUM PIE - MECHANISMS (PART 2) (2LP) (LP/FRUITS DE MER)

Pressed on coloured vinyl and limited to 300 copies. So what happens when a brilliant progressive rock band from Wiltshire decides to create a full-blown prog concept album about a fight between civilizations of robots and crayfish? ...They evoke the spirit of the great sixties/seventies record labels - Harvest, Vertigo, Island - as well as bands such as Pink Floyd, Nektar, Frank Zappa, The Nice and Caravan. They cram the album with rippling Hammond organ, searing lead guitar, wild voice-overs and special fx. They even decide to press it exclusively on vinyl, and house it in a gatefold sleeve, for added authenticity. For fans of great '60s/'70s bands such as Nektar, Caravan and The Nice, not to mention mid-period Pink Floyd will love it (although the band also mention Frank Zappa, Arthur Brown, Hawkwind, Gong and Hendrix as influences) but Cranium Pie add their own unique take on classic prog rock to create something new and very special.

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DIVE, THE - Z'OE (LP/SPINALONGA)

The Dive formed back in 2000. Influenced by '70s and '90s rock, city rats and the rancid stench lurking in the atmosphere, their first self-titled album manifested its own, peculiar soundprint... Primal, organic, instinctive, the Dive's second record 'Zo'e' was released in 2013. One year later that half hour-adventure, devoid from rock clichés, finds its way to vinyl.

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PINHAS, RICHARD/TAMAGAWA - SPLIT LP (LP/MAYO)

Split LP, released in an edition of 300 numbered copies on splattered orange/black translucid vinyl, and packaged in silver ink silkscreened cardboard covers with an insert. Richard Pinhas, guitarist from French cult band Heldon, is accompanied by his son Duncan, Oren Ambarchi (SunnO))) and Erick Borelva. Tamagawa plays number of songs that are totaly stripped from subtlety. A suite of audible haikus bring to mind the sound of footsteps in the water... a distant waterfall.

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WESTERLUND, JANNE - MARSHLAND (LP/FULL CONTACT)

On 'Marshland', his second solo album, Janne Westerlund uses mainly banjo and dulcimer to accompany his unpolished and distinctive delivery. In order to emphasize the difference to the bands he plays in -Circle, Plain Ride and Pharaoh Overlord- he keeps the arrangements of his solo songs starkly sparse, using additional elements such as percussion and drums only on a few tracks. Although obviously influenced by American folk and blues, he also draws inspiration from medieval music and Scandinavian melancholic tonality.

YOU'RE SMILING NOW BUT WE'LL ALL TURN INTO DEMONS - POPULATION IV (2LP) (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

After years in the wilderness Portsmouth's biker/psych/drone shamen You're Smiling Now But We'll All Turn Into Demons are back with their first new material in over 5 years. 'Population IV' (named in homage to Randy Holden's seminal amplifier worship LP) is the sound of a band that knows exactly who they are and what they want, and that's to grind our teeth to powder. From the fuzzed out broadside of the revved up opener 'The Sorcerers', through to the desert rock of 'Seya' and the tombstone blues of 'Throne Control', 'Population IV' is the Demons' thundering comeback we all knew that they would return with. Recorded direct to analogue tape, 'Population IV' is a potent swirl of Sabbath strength Hammer House riffs, fuzz rama-lama and apocalyptic blues. Edition of 500 double-LP's on two-colour swirl vinyl with a locked groove bonus on Side A. Also included are an insert and download of not only the LP, but of a specially put together edit of live jams and rehearsal for this release called 'Psychic Driving'.

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

KAIAMBA - MADE IN BRAZIL (LP/GREEN TREE)

Here's an impressive studio album from the Brazilian band/project Kaiamba. Expect dazzling instrumental prog/psych outings featuring long awesome guitar parts and virtuoso keyboard playing. Kaiamba's line up includes guitarist and Gong-member Fabio Golfetti. Includes beautiful 2 page insert with lots of information. 180 gram vinyl!

 

GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH

 

RAUNCH - TOTAL RAUNCH (LP/BREAK-A-WAY)

The Raunch from Ossining, N.Y. were one of the countless mid-'60s groups born into a healthy local garage scene, living the classic story of local bands for two years and then almost forgotten for the last five decades. In the short time of their existence, the Raunch released a legendary 7-inch, made it with one track onto the collectable "Battle Of The Bands" LP on the regionally active Ren-Vell Label and in 1967 recorded another until now unreleased pair of tracks. Both sides of their sole single on Bazaar Records, are good examples of classic '60s garagepunk. 'A Little While Back' is a crude heavy fuzz punker with a blistering guitar solo perfectly backed with 'I Say You're Wrong', a tough n moody song with the classic garage girl-treats-boy-bad lyrics on the flip. While both sides of the 7-inch were group originals written by Sandy Katz, their LP contribution for Ren-Vell was a cover of Paul Revere & The Raiders' 'Hungry', played by the group in their unique "raunchy style" of course. Even more unique is the treatment the boys gave to their unreleased recordings of 'Hey Joe' and 'Tobacco Road'. Again recorded at Ren-Vell in 1967, both covers are unbelievable ultra heavy fuzz killers with a wild brand of slashing and uncompromising guitar playing. Despite losing several battle of the bands contests, their ultimate victory comes in the shape of this one-sided Break-A-Way release. Five tracks with enough excitement and power for two LP sides, all of which are '60s savage garage punk and, once heard, unforgettable.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

 

HOPEAJARVI - HOPEAJARVI (LP/FULL CONTACT)

In their debut full-length album, Hopeajarvi delivers a package of intense, yet sensitive, mental and uncontrollably noisy rock music, yelped, grunted and sermonized in potty-mouthed Finnish. This record percolates Turkka-esque exchange of bodily fl uids and insecure visions and observations about the world you know is there but are afraid to approach. For friends of Radiopuhelimet, Raine Salo, Meat Puppets, post-punk and all that!

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METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

DARK ANGEL - DARKNESS DESCENDS (BLACK) (LP/HIGH ROLLER)

Reissue of an important and influential metal album from 1986, featuring drummer Gene Hoglan who later would play with Death and Testament. Edition on black vinyl, presented in a thick cardboard sleeve with an insert and poster.

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DEADHEADS - THIS IS DEADHEADS FIRST ALBUM (COL) (LP/HIGH ROLLER)

...IT INCLUDES ELECTRIC GUITARS' - The debut album by Swedish metal band Deadheads. Edition on ultra clear vinyl, including a lyric sheet.

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SPACE WITCH - SPACE WITCH (2LP) (LP/HEVISIKE)

Five-piece instrumental doom band SPACE WITCH from Stoke-on-Trent, England, utilise electronic effects alongside a powerful combination of riffs and rhythm. The band was formed in 2007 and has since built a loyal following in the doom/sludge scene. Split across two LP's, one black and one red, the self-titled 'SPACE WITCH' LP comprises two musical movements, 'Worship The Void' and 'The Alchemy Paradox'. Released as a double-LP on 180-gram vinyl, including an A3-sized poster insert.

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SAOR - ROOTS (DIGI) (CD/NORTHERN SILENCE)

6-page digipack, limited to 1000 copies. 'Roots' is the reissue of Saor's exceptional debut album, first released under the former band name through another label and quickly sold out everywhere. Just like 'Aura', the album received fantastic feedback from fans and press alike, and ended up in many "Best of 2013" lists. Saors sound is a blend of styles influenced by Scottish folk, atmospheric black metal and post-rock, using traditional Celtic folk instruments such as tin whistle, bagpipes and bodhran together with the raw power and emotion of black metal and atmospheric elements of post-rock. Lyrically, Saor deals with themes such as Scottish heritage, Highland nature/landscapes and sorrow, influenced by a deep connection to the Scottish Highlands and its culture and history. As well as composing original lyrics, some are derived from the works of famous Scottish poets.

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ROCK/POP/WAVE

 

ADAMS, TALBOT - GREEN GIRL/I LOVE YOU SO (7"/MARKET SQUARE)

His third solo single. Talbot has been in a handful of successful punk and garage bands over the years and this release showcases his own song-writing skills. On this 45 he has created two really great pieces of laid-back indie-psych pop! 'Green Girl', the top side, comes on with a Spector-esque drum beat, making way for a hypnotic two chord pattern. 'I Love You So', the flip, continues in a similar fashion, with the essence being less is more. This is top class flower pop for the 21st century. Talbot manages to fuse influences from The Beach Boys, '60s girl-groups and '80s indie-pop to create a wonderfully cool single.! Limited to 300 copies pressed on black vinyl.

CHOCOLAT - TSS TSS (LP/BORN BAD)

In 2006, Jimmy Hunt (then a proverbial punk-troubadour usually found in bars) and Ysael Pepin (bassist for Demons Claws) started to jam here and there in one of the rooms of an apartment located above the late Zoobizarre in Montreal. Brian, Martin, and Dale eventually joined and the quintet recorded their first garage EP in two winter afternoons. They went on to release their first album, Piano lgant, which was met with great acclaim. It featured Beatle- esque melodies, a clearer sound and an addictive chanson side. the band decided to take a break in the middle of 2010 and Jimmy Hunt eventually released his first solo album. Jimmy and Ysael kept contact and kept playing together, laying the foundations of an abstract project named Fantôme. Then, at the end of 2013, during the Holidays, while on a break from the tour promoting his second solo album, Maladie damour, Jimmy Hunt pitched some ideas on his tablet. The few demos he recorded consisted of linear sequences with drawling riffs interspersed with rhythmic breaks and rudimentary electronic effects. Realizing that Chocolat represented the ideal band to play these, Jimmy got the members together and invited his close friend Emmanuel Ethier (Jimmy Hunt, Cour de pirate) to replace Dale who had left for Europe. The guys managed to remotely mix what would become Tss tss, an album recorded between friends, a pop dump of white heat, a discharge of hypnotic rock, and, still under the Grosse Boîte label, an essential tool to hit the roads and travel across Quebec again.

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

DECERF, JEAN-PIERRE - SPACE ODDITIES 1975-1978 (LP/BORN BAD)

From the early '70s to the mid-80s, this self-taught French musician composed about twenty albums of production and library music with generic cover art and titles ('Out Of The Way', 'Magical Ring', 'Keys Of The Future', 'Pulsations', 'More And More', etc.) that evoke interstellar travel. These experimental discs, made with love, humility and rudimentary means, had no other purpose than to accompany other peoples' images. However, now Jean Pierre Decerf is given the credits he deserves: that of an innovator whose rhythmic, synthetic compositions inspired the harbingers of the French Touch (Air comes to mind), not to mention some East Coast rappers.

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EQUINOXIOUS - COSMODROMO (LP/SINCRONICA)

'Cosmódromo' is the debut-LP by Mexican musician Rogelio Serrano. This album is totally based on '70s and '80s electronic music, staying true to the sound created by analogue synthesizers and influenced by a.o. Jean Michel Jarre, Aviador Dro, Klaus Schulze, The Cure, Kraftwerk, The Human League, Martial Canterel and Das Ding, from minimal electro to synth pop or cold wave. 'Cosmodromo' is further inspired by the artistic currents of futurism, science fiction, creationism, and the space program of the Soviet Union. Limited to 320 hand-numbered copies, including a 12"x12" picture insert with biography, lyrics and information. The first 108 copies include a stellar chart.

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AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

HAMA - TORODI (LP/SAHEL SOUNDS)

Futuristic synthesizer interpretations of Tuareg folklore. Pulsing keys, pitch bends, and crashing drum loops combine in a singular sound from underground Niamey based composer Hama. Eclectic convergence of Maghrebi pop, Tuareg guitar, and Detroit techno, transmitting Tuareg guitar into the 21st century. Limited edition of 500 with screenprinted covers.

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

JUNKO/SACHIKO - VASILISA THE BEAUTIFUL (CD/MUSIK ATLACH)

This is the live recorded duo set of Junko, a distinct vocalist and voice performer from 'HIJOKAIDAN', and Sachiko who also utilizes voice to develop her particular sounds. Being so unique as that Junko's one-of-a-kind screaming leaves any unwanted elements what-so-ever, Sachiko applies her voice as a generator with delay and fuzz to fortify the space and resonate that of Junko's. Intermingling noise and drone, their sudden sounds weave and interwine and ultimately integrate.

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