SPOTLIGHT 479

15/12/2014 14:16

Welcome to the Spot Light! Get the latest psychedelic folk, progressive rock, baroque pop, '60s garage, punk rock, new wave, acoustic, experimental, industrial, Latin jazz and more! 

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

AL DOUM & THE FARYDS - AL DOUM & THE FARYDS (LP/NORTON NORTH)

600 numbered copies on clear black splatter vinyl, 180 gram. Reissue of their first album. "This fucking righteously Out There declaration comes on like a lobotomized Xhol Caravan meets Shiva's Tongue meets one of those low low grade reggae recording bands like Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, all jamming-ah on the 100 Fahrenheit obsidian-strewn plains of Southern Sardinia. Yes, it's hot. Throughout these proceedings, therefore, mucho Arabian percussion is shaken and kicked, much soul clapping is embarked upon, and several times repeated Middle Eastern flutensax themes of extreme unmemorability perk up then dwindle with an almightily stoned purposelessness. All quite exquisite. And although arid arid M. Karoli eBow occasionally flames up to provide a vast horizon of cosmick beauty, the Faryds main themes always remain so VU-crunchy and agricultural down at their What bottom end? that even the off kilter lipping of their sub-sub-Madness/Faust-style sax warbler appears sumptuous by discs end. A fuck of a journey, kiddies, you gots to hear these cosmic jokers on repeat in order best to witness the dissolving of your immediate world." (Julian Cope).

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

DENIS - DENIS (LP/MELLOTRON)

Vinyl reissue of a rare as hell LP, originally released in a tiny run of less than 100 copies by the obscure label Baba Cool System. Denis lived in a French hippie community and recorded these songs between '68-'78. The music is stoned psychedelic folk with percussions, guitar, dulcimer and lyrics in English. The music reminds of a.o. Comus, Mark Fry, Subway, T.Rex and Damon, but most of all Bobby Brown.

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EMERAUDE - GEOFFREY (LP/MELLOTRON)

Here's a vinyl reissue of a special LP from 1981. The music was written and recorded by a group of friends and relatives who wanted to make an album for their children. The music is a mixture of progressive rock and folk, under the influence of Pink Floyd and King Crimson. This low profile release was presented in a sleeve with mysterious, dark artwork.

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EVENSONG - EVENSONG (KOR) (LP/MERRY GO ROUND)

Korean import, limited to 500 copies on 180-gram vinyl. The first official release of this album, with sound taken from the original master tapes and adding six bonus tracks. Evensong's self titled album nowadays is a high-prized UK folk-pop artefact, originally released in 1972 to critical acclaim and strong sales. The duo's fragile, harmony-drenched songs are given instrumental muscle by seasoned session players Clem Cattini, B. J. Cole and Herbie Flowers, and ornate string arrangements courtesy of former Spencer Davis Group guitarist Ray Fenwick.

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EDWARDS HAND - RAINSHINE (CD/WOODEN HILL)

The first-ever issue of 'Rainshine', the semi-mythical third and final LP from post-Picadilly Line outfit Edwards Hand, recorded in early 1971 with legendary producer George Martin at the helm. Despite persistent collector-world rumours of a withdrawn or promo-only pressing on the Regal Zonophone label, the album failed to gain any kind of release - until now, that is. As can finally be heard, 'Rainshine' turns out to be a lost early '70s soft rock/baroque pop classic, with a clutch of wonderful songs ably supported by sumptuous vocal harmonies, sympathetic musicianship and some exquisite baroque pop arrangements from George Martin. Taken from the original master tapes, this long-overdue release features a beautiful 12-page booklet with lots of previously unpublished photos as well as the full story behind the LP.

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FOLK/ACID FOLK

 

BLOOM, KATH - PASS THROUGH HERE (LP/CHAPTER)

Kath Bloom is renowned for her '80s private-press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, as well as the signature tune 'Come Here' from the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's film 'Before Sunrise'. Over the last 35 years, she has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional songwriting. Devendra Banhart has called her "one of the most beautiful singers ever", while Pitchfork says "she can snap a heart like a twig". 'Pass Through Here' features a distinctive new sound for Kath, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved. Songs are recorded in just a few takes, vocals are captured raw and honest, but the overall impression is as masterful as it is ramshackle and masterly. 'Pass Through Here' is emotional, uplifting, haunting and heartwarming songwriting from a master of the craft.

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GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

MIXTURE - LONELY FOR YOU BABY (7"/MIXTURE)

A single sided 7-inch on pink vinyl, presented in a picture sleeve in a limited numbered edition of 200 copies! The second release from Chicago's psychedelic soul trio in less than a year! This one finds the band hitting the dance floors of the Northern Soul meccas of Great Britain! As soon as the needle drops on the hot pink vinyl grooves, you'll be sliding across the floor to the heavy dance beat laid down by the queen of thee beat, Ms. Hannah Gray! Midway through, you're smacked by a fuzzed-out slide guitar intro to a Hammond organ solo by Mr. Ellis Clark that would make Georgie Fame twist his ear! Steve Kay has picked up some of the notes left unused by Roy Orbison and blended them with his own singular vocal style certain to make 'Lonely For You Baby' an end of the year chart-topper!

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RISING - FREE MY SOUL TONIGHT (7"/PAISLEY ARCHIVE)

Special limited edition 7-inch, only 250 copies pressed. Once they're gone they're gone! TRACKS: Free My Soul Tonight B/W 'If You Get Me'

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

HOOKER, STEVE - OTIS LIFT ME/TOOTS SHUFFLE (7"/MADHOUSE JUMP)

Strictly limited to 250 copies, packed in non-glossy black cardboard sleeves. Steve's trio expanded into a four piece and with a girl on the harp, sharp as a razor, you get a blastin' dancefloor killer diller with 'Otis Lifts Me'... With a banging beat, hypnotizing bass lines and a guitar like a stampede, Steve belts out a hefty blues-shouter, sounding better than ever before. The B-side delivers pure TWANG!!!

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WEDNESDAY KNIGHTS - WEDNESDAY KNIGHTS (10") (10"/BACK TO BEAT)

Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl. Fuzz, Farfisa and pissed off snotty vocals! Here's the ten-inch debut EP by The Wednesday Knights, containing five songs of wild organ drenched garage punk. Hailing from Bergen, Norway, the band draws inspiration from 60's garage rock, 80's garage-revival, rhythm'n'blues, pub rock and punk energy, and blend it all into their own dark and primitive stew. Those Scandinavians have a dark and twisted mindset, and this is Bergman goes garage punk! The EP contains three rockers, one (relatively) slow and haunting number, and one blistering instrumental. Songs about lost love, mean women and general misery. 

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UBERTOS - WE DO EAT LIONS (LP/BACK TO BEAT)

Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl. Ubertos (Superslut) plays insistent, garage rock with devilish style and has been characterized as "an uncompromisingly beautiful beast that does not go unnoticed, and the front singer as Joan Jett going honky tonkin in Twin Peaks "! The band is finally here with their first album: "We Do Eat Lions" on vinyl, a nasty mix of punk rock, new wave and outlaw country, and a hell of a record! Pay attention to the album sleeve, its a darn good piece of art, made by the renown norwegian tattoo artist and painter, Tomas Bruvik.

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METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

LITTLE CAESAR - AMERICAN DREAM (LP/NIGHT OF THE VINYL DEAD)

For the first time on vinyl in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies in azure vinyl plus lyrics insert. After the remarkable success of their well known 'Name Your Poison' and 'Little Caesar', which gained the band a great success (they signed for Geffen Records!), they survived the grunge-era up till now and this album is a must for fans of heavy rock music! Tracks like 'Holy Roller', 'Hard Rock Hell', 'Own Worst Enemy' and the title track are simply perfect and will stuck in your brain forever.

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PUNK/HC

 

TOILING MIDGETS - A SMALLER LIFE (2LP) (LP/FULL CONTACT)

Curated primarily from high-quality studio sessions engineered by the late Tom Mallon, the double-LP compilation amasses 24 tracks never before pressed on vinyl. These songs span the wiry charge of a 1980 demo to a charred feedback orgy consummated in 2011. As time marches on, the sound evolves and intensifies but stays true to Craig Gray's basic template, drawn when he founded the group as the predominantly instrumental successor to his classic Bay Area punk quartet, Negative Trend. Detours along the way include a pair of outtakes featuring American Music Club vocalist Mark Eitzel, as well as five haunted collaborations with ex-Sleepers frontman Ricky Williams, whose 1992 passing truncated his second and final tenure with the Midgets. As distinctive as they are, however, these singers don't matter too much. The band's undeniable core is the friction generated by guitarists Gray and Paul Hood, in which concise, circular chord progressions fornicate with expressionistic smears. Set against the weighty, shifting rhythms of Mallon and original drummer Tim Mooney (also RIP), the elemental riffs transform into a thing of searing majesty and bruising beauty.

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ROCK/POP/WAVE

 

FABLE DUST - THE MAN WHO CAME OUT OF THE STORM (LP/ZESDE KOLONNE)

Under the moniker Fable Dust, guitarist and composer and filmmaker Niels Duffhues (ex-The Gathering, Enos and Blimey, now member of The Flipside Paradox and Fire Shrine) produces instrumental guitar music. His minimalist compositions have a cinematic quality in which he improvises with the themes and melodies. He is a real sound creator and uses alternate tunings, sound effects, live sampling and field recordings (from India and Vietnam). His music is direct and hypnotic and sounds like a technicolor landscape of sound.

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NOVA, NANCY - AKIRI NON STOP: COMPLETE DERBY RECORDINGS '78-'81 (CD/BEATBALL)

A collection of remastered late '70s-early '80s recordings from the UK's synth wave and avant pop artist. The most notable songs include 'The Force', 'Made In Japan' and 'No No No'. The CD is packaged in a miniature LP-sleeve.

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EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

COH/DADA 999 - HUNGER/DAVE'S TRIPPING ATTITUDE (7"/NORTON NORTH)

Coil member Ivan Pavlov, alias CoH, presents 'Hunger', a new unreleased version of 'Grief'. On the B-side Dada 999 (in collaboration with Bahntier) impressed with the proto-electro-psychedelic song 'Dave's Tripping Attitude', a pure hallucination in music. Excellent gatefold cover 7"The complete release is dedicaded to both John Everall and Jhonn Balance. Limited to 550 copies in 4 colours.

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DUBACH & VAN HORRIK - FAILING HUMANS FAILING MACHINES (LP/ZESDE KOLONNE)

Performance artist couple Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik produce electro-acoustic music. The A-side of this album consists of a collage of various instruments (abstract sounds) and the B-side is a drone of 20 minutes.

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LEGENDARY PINK DOTS - SYNAESTHESIA (2LP/BLACK) (LP/NORTON NORTH)

600 copies on black vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Once described by Edward Ka-Spel as a companion to 'Chemical Playschool' Volumes 11, 12 & 13, 'Synaesthesia' (S.P.K.R. 2002) is finally being re-released in a limited deluxe double vinyl edition. This simply is a great esoteric and experimental album that's completely original compared to 'All The King's Horses' and 'All The King's Men', the two "song" albums released later that same year. 'Synaesthesia' stands out as a brilliant excursion into ambient abstraction in the 'Premonition 26'/'Premonition 28' sequence. Historically, it is noteworthy for being the first album to feature the quartet line-up of Ka-Spel, the Silverman, Niels van Hoorn and Martijn de Kleer, with Raymond Steeg in the control room. This vinyl edition comes with two bonus tracks on Side D, recorded live in 2004.

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TACTILE FT. JHONN BALANCE - BORDERLANDS (2LP/WHITE) (LP/NORTON NORTH)

'Borderlands' was released in 1999 with John Everall, Teresa Mills (also painter and author of the original cover) and Jhonn Balance (COIL) on the first track, 'Grief' with an original text by William Hope Hodgson over an ominous wave of sound. This album is finally available on double vinyl, including a bonus track, the eight tracks here are pretty typical for Tactile: rumbling/buzzing drone pieces with a personal atmospheric vision so cold and worm at the same time, each individual track does have a certain tonal nature and feel. 'Borderlands' works well as a whole, in fact I believe it is meant to be taken in as one long piece. Developmental drones, slightly higher degree of variations, perfect background for Balance's spoken words. This music seems to be hypnotic and intentionally desolate, somber and emotionally bleak. Gatefold cover.

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MANINKARI - L'OCEAN REVE DANS SA LOISIVETE (CD/THREE:FOUR)

On this release Maninkari continues exploring a weird and dreamlike world. Percussion instruments, especially the bodhran, play melodic or textural figures, whereas stringed instruments become repetitive to a point where they embody the rhythmics.

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 

CIVIL DEFENCE PROGRAMME/SLEEPARCHIVE - SPLIT 12" (12"/SLEEPARCHIVE)

CDP is the project of R. Semsroth and A. Friedrich. The songs where released on very limited cassettes some years ago. The Sleeparchive side contains 3 new tracks + 1 new loop. 'Fifty Fences' was recorded live at Club Josef in Berlin on 15.10.2009. Limited to 300 copies.

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INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

TREPANERINGSRITUALEN - VEIL THE WORLD (CD/COLD SPRING)

Originally released in an edition of just 40 tapes in 2011, this is a CD reissue of 'Veil The World'. Remastered and presented in a 6-panel digipak, T x R x P once again assert themselves as the true masters of Swedish Ritual Industrial. Limited to 1.000 copies only. Anyone who saw the show at SE:UK Industrial Alliance knows this is *essential*!

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SOUNDTRACKS

 

PICCIONI, PIERO - COLPO ROVENTE O.S.T. (CD/BEATBALL)

Including no less than 12 bonus tracks, here's is a remastered reissue of this highly rated Italian soundtrack from 1970. The CD is presented in a miniature LP-sleeve boasting the original artwork.

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TROVAJOLI, ARMANDO - DRAMMA DELLA GELOSIA O.S.T. (CD/BEATBALL)

On compact disc, here's a remastered version (with sound taken from the original tapes) of this fine Italian film score from 1970, with six bonus tracks added. The CD is presented in a digipack and includes a poster.

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LATIN/BRAZILIAN/CUMBIA

 

VARIOUS - HAITI GOES LATIN (2LP) (LP/CELLULOID)

During the seventies, some bands that played Haitian compas integrated salsa and Latin jazz into their repertoire. Cuban music, which was the foundation of New York salsa, itself was based on rhythms from Haiti at the end of 18th century. 'Haiti Goes Latin' presents a selection of these songs. Two pieces of compas, with funky inflections and a troubadour piece, complete the selection. This sensual and elegant music, with its lush instrumental sections, was recorded in New York, Miami and in Haiti's famous Audiotek studio. The selection covers a period spanning 1976 to 1984. Includes an 8-page booklet. 

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