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Monday, 25 February 2008

MURCOF - Cosmos, The Leaf Label
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MURCOF

Cosmos

The Leaf Label

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BAY59CD

It's safe to say that Mexican ex-pat Fernando Corona started a whole movement of classically-influenced electronic music when he dropped his incredible debut album 'Martes' back in 2002. With clipped and perfectly manipulated glitchy beats to rival anything emerging from the Mille Plateaux or Raster Noton stables and the kind of strings you'd expect to hear on a Kieslowski movie, Corona introduced many electronic music fans to the sounds of orchestral bliss and a subgenre was born. Before long we heard the textural explorations of Marsen Jules, the Badalamenti-inspired hum of Deaf Center and the post-clas… Read more
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MURCOF - Cosmos, The Leaf Label

Thursday, 21 February 2008

GARY NUMAN + TUBEWAY ARMY - Replicas Redux (Expanded 2008 Tour Edition), Beggars Banquet
Almost thirty years on since its original release Gary Numan & Tubeway Army's landmark Replicas album gets a double disc deluxe reissue treatment timed to coincide with Numan's imminent touring of the album. Replicas was the first British album to really find commercial success with synthesizer-based music, charting at the top slot in the UK album charts while single 'Are 'Friends' Electric?' was a number one hit single. While Kraftwerk were pioneering exclusively electronic music, Numan and co. were integrating synthesis into an already established rock… Read more
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GARY NUMAN + TUBEWAY ARMY - Replicas Redux (Expanded 2008 Tour Edition), Beggars Banquet
THE AUTUMN DEFENSE - The Autumn Defense, Broken Horse

THE AUTUMN DEFENSE

The Autumn Defense

Broken Horse

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: BKH-CD013

A group comprised of Wilco band members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, The Autumn Defense are openly besotted with old-fashioned soft rock, which is hardly the sort of thing most bands would find themselves boasting about, but these guys know how to make MOR sound appealing. On the Paul Simon styled opener 'Canyon Arrow' you might find yourself thinking you are actually listening to Wilco, the combination of Stirratt and Sansone's voices oddly making for a decent approximation of Jeff Tweedy's. The spectre of Wilco inevitably hovers over the entirety of this record, with that band'… Read more
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THE AUTUMN DEFENSE - The Autumn Defense, Broken Horse

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM - Wave, Lilith

ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM

Wave

Lilith

Format_dot_cdCD // £14.99

EARLY ELECTRONIC / SOUNDTRACKS

Cat. Number: LR143

"By the time this album was released, Antonio Carlos Jobim was already an international superstar. Having recently won a Grammy (1965) for 'The Girl From Ipanema,' by 1967 all the big name stars from up north were breaking down his door to work with the new 'Gershwin of Brazil.' In fact, Jobim had just finished working on an album with Frank Sinatra when he went into the studio to record this album. Recorded in 1967, Wave is actually one of the lesser known masterpieces of Brazilian music, and undoubtedly one of Jobim's greatest. Here Jobim and the great Claus Ogerman lead a top-flight cast on hidden classics like 'Batidinha,' 'Triste' and 'Wave.'"
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ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM - Wave, Lilith

Monday, 18 February 2008

PATRICK WOLF - Wind In The Wires, Tomlab

PATRICK WOLF

Wind In The Wires

Tomlab

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TOM47CD

Back in stock. There's been much written in the press about how Patrick Wolf is more in keeping with what The Libertines are about than the actual rabble of smack urchins comprised of Doherty et al themselves. Don't believe a word of it. Wolf is in fact a purveyor of crisp and dry folktronica which wears its heart firmly on its sleeve and sees him more than willing to give a Marc Almond style vocal performance if the song dictates it. Wolf takes bubbling electronica then turns it into a stew of romanticised, impassioned journeys which dip and rise like a rollercoaster. Album opener and le… Read more
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PATRICK WOLF - Wind In The Wires, Tomlab

Thursday, 14 February 2008

THE DOUBTFUL GUEST - Acid Sauna, Planet Mu

THE DOUBTFUL GUEST

Acid Sauna

Planet Mu

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

TECHNO / HOUSE

Cat. Number: ZIQ189CD

Libby Floyd is one of the very few female artists to step into the noisy acidic breakcore universe occupied by her Planet Mu cohorts. Having thus far only contributed to compilations, other people's records and released a single 12" of her own (Electrobotz), the Chicago-born, classically trained musician has at last got round to releasing an entire album's worth of material. You'd certainly never know she had a background in opera. Floyd is right up there with the most fearsome producers in contemporary electronica, taking in elements of gabba, hardcore and all manner of other undignified … Read more
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THE DOUBTFUL GUEST - Acid Sauna, Planet Mu
DOMINIQUE GRIMAUD - Les Quatre Directions, Locust
A talent buried within the annals of France's avant-garde scene Dominique Grimaud's work has been seen as a precursor to the more experimental leanings of Stereolab and Colleen. At least that's what the label's saying - they've got some Gall (Gall! Get it?). having been a part of krautrock-inspired psych group Camizole throughout the seventies, Grimaud later graduated to the new wave act Video-Aventures toward the end of the decade. This album comprised of a single extended piece, brings us right up to date, finding Grimaud exploring a range of ramshackle electroacoustic timbres,… Read more
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DOMINIQUE GRIMAUD - Les Quatre Directions, Locust
DURUTTI COLUMN - Fidelity, LTM Recordings

DURUTTI COLUMN

Fidelity

LTM Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: LTMCD2512

Originally released via the legendary Crepescule label in 1996, The Durutti Column's Fidelity is almost exclusively performed by Vini Reilly, with a few supplementary guest vocals by Elli Rudge. In addition to his signature guitar style, the album's sonic makeup owes much to an array of electronics, drum loops and synthesizers. Aside from a few wayward brass sounds in 'For Suzanne', this cocktail of digitally rendered audio and organic sound comes together in a fashion that actually slots into the preoccupations of current musical climes reasonably well, with thin, wispy echo devices coating eve… Read more
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DURUTTI COLUMN - Fidelity, LTM Recordings

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

STEEL AN' SKIN - Reggae Is Here Again, EM Records

STEEL AN' SKIN

Reggae Is Here Again

EM Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.99

WORLD

Cat. Number: EM1075DCD

**Includes documentary DVD by Steve Shaw featuring perceptive commentary from Steel an'Skin's founder Peter Blackman, killer live and rehearsal footage of the band** A comprehensive reissue of Steel An' Skin's output from the late seventies and early eighties, combining the band's debut 12" release Reggae Is Here Once Again, a couple of tracks from their 1984 LP Acid Rain, and one previously unissued piece. Significantly, this edition come as a double disc release, including a DVD featuring Steve Shaw's 34 minute film about the band, made in 1979. As for the music itself, it's a poten… Read more
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STEEL AN' SKIN - Reggae Is Here Again, EM Records
MEGAFAUN - Bury The Square, RADIUM

MEGAFAUN

Bury The Square

RADIUM

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: TOE CD 815

New on Table of the Elements offshoot Radium comes North Carolina's Megafaun, a band whose name evokes the kind of enhanced backwoods folk they dish out. In a similar fashion to fellow mavericks Akron/Family, Megafaun fuse together an eccentric, intelligently spun bluegrass-influenced sound, approached with a psychedelia-prone mindset and loose, jammed-out instrumentation. The beautifully frenetic post-folk of 'Find Your Mark' is lit up by sophisticated group vocal arrangements and soaring instrumental passages, starting the album off on a real high note, only for 'Tired And Troubled' to take t… Read more
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MEGAFAUN - Bury The Square, RADIUM

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

ST VINCENT - Marry Me, Beggars Banquet
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ST VINCENT

Marry Me

Beggars Banquet

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.49

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: BBQCD254

Back in stock. St. Vincent is the assumed name of one Annie Clark, a multi instrumentalist who's already managed to notch up quite a list of achievements in her career to date. It might have taken her a while to piece together her stunning debut album, but she's hardly been sitting around watching re-runs of Friends, rather she's been busying herself providing backup for none other than Sufjan Stevens and epic robe-wearing psych-sters The Polyphonic Spree. Quite some pedigree then, and it's this experience which she ploughs whole-heartedly into 'Marry Me', an album that's as ambitious and well-imagi… Read more
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ST VINCENT - Marry Me, Beggars Banquet
EARTH - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull, Southern Lord Recordings
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EARTH

The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull

Southern Lord Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SUNN90

BACK IN STOCK. Earth's Hex album, despite transgressing doom genre boundaries, turned out to be something of a touchstone for many artists in the field; its American gothic landscapes were quickly swallowed up as a new fixture in the death ambient vocabulary, and countless records seem to have been made since that have tapped into its stately Western gloom. The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull is a natural progression from Hex, taking the same template of slow, simplistic progressions and low-end riffing whilst adding liberal smatterings of keyboard instrumentation - har… Read more
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EARTH - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull, Southern Lord Recordings

Monday, 11 February 2008

ANTARCTICA TAKES IT! - The Penguin League, How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

ANTARCTICA TAKES IT!

The Penguin League

How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: HDIF003

You'd imagine the prospect of an album recorded directly into the internal microphone of a laptop to be a fairly dismal one: probably some lazy, sketched-out singer-songwriter affair. That's certainly not the case here however. Dylan McKeever's Antarctica Takes It channels an expansive ensemble format in the vein of Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Seabear, or Loney, Dear configuring his sprightly, exuberant songs via strings, brass, accordion, piano and glockenspiel, all captured by that measly laptop mic. You could never reasonably expect this album to sound as good as it does, but someh… Read more
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ANTARCTICA TAKES IT! - The Penguin League, How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
CALIKA - Seedling Mother, Audiobulb Records

CALIKA

Seedling Mother

Audiobulb Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: AB015

Seedling Mother is the follow-up to Simon Kealoha's previous Audiobulb release Small Talk Kills Me, and its Benbecula predecessor, The Bright Spot. While by no means a comprehensive departure from prior works, Seedling Mother finds Calika embracing an almost jazzy compositional looseness, flirting with the kind of live instrumentation and pots-and-pans sampling you might encounter on an early Four Tet outing, or perhaps on an offshoot from the Hood camp, along similar lines to the hip hop melancholy of Bracken or The Declining Winter. Kealoha's compositional skills and production credentials mesh… Read more
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CALIKA - Seedling Mother, Audiobulb Records
GOLDFRAPP - A & E / Clowns (Super 8 Film), Mute
The first single to be lifted from the forthcoming Seventh Tree album sheds the duo's erstwhile preoccupation with glam rock raunch in favour of a more stripped back sound, suggestive of straight-up balladry, albeit with a few electronic augmentations here and there. It might all come a touch too close to the light end of the pop universe for some, but certainly, the 'Tiger Feet'-schtick of old is well and truly out the window. On this format, in addition to the single itself you get the music video to album track 'Clowns', sounding like an unearthed Vashti Bunyan song. The video is suitably archaic looking, all filmed on Super 8.
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GOLDFRAPP - A & E / Clowns (Super 8 Film), Mute

Thursday, 07 February 2008

VARIOUS / TAPPER ZUKIE - Rootsman Connection, KINGSTON SOUNDS

VARIOUS / TAPPER ZUKIE

Rootsman Connection

KINGSTON SOUNDS

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

DUB / REGGAE

Cat. Number: KSCD014

"During the mid 70s in downtown Kingston Tapper Zukie was establishing himself as named star on the DJ roots circuit and would become a favourite with the UK punk scene. Back home however, Tapper was also getting a name for his production talents, of which this cd showcases 15 cuts. Kingston Sounds have selected some fine cuts from this period with singers such as Horace Andy, Cornell Campbell and Prince Alla, as well as lesser known ones such as Ba Wisdom and Putto Black. Of course no Tapper Zukie collection would be complete without the man himself dropping some lyrics so there's a couple of cuts from the man himself, including a sound clash with Jah Mikey..."
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VARIOUS / TAPPER ZUKIE - Rootsman Connection, KINGSTON SOUNDS
THE MAE-SHI - Hlllyh, Moshi Moshi

THE MAE-SHI

Hlllyh

Moshi Moshi

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: MOSHICD21

If I may appropriate the diction of Terror Twilight-era Stephen Malkmus, this lot need to simmer, simmer, simmer down. Imagine Andrew WK pepping up a Polyphonic Spree collaboration with Akron/Family and you're in the right sort of hyperactive, joycore territory. Frankly, it's exhausting. From hard rocking guitar workouts on the title track to surreal samba hallucinations ('Party Politics') via electropop lunacy ('Young Marks') these guys don't know when to give it a rest. Furthermore, 'Boys In The Attic' is like a smashed-up garage version of '70s stadium rock (presumably that's an Aerosmith Toys In … Read more
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THE MAE-SHI - Hlllyh, Moshi Moshi
VINNY PECULIAR - Goodbye My Angry Friend, PRONOIR

VINNY PECULIAR

Goodbye My Angry Friend

PRONOIR

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: PROCDA007

Manchester resident Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes) has friends in high places. The Smiths' Mike Joyce and Oasis' former rhythm guitarist Paul 'Bonehead Arthurs have both been known to step into his live band. Neither are present for these recordings, but Wilkes nonetheless manages a decent approximation of '70s rock, with a clear Bowie influence. If there is a complaint to be lodged against the album it's likely to be down to the overcooked production, which spends too much time trying out flashy effects when it hasn't quite nailed down the basics. Tracks like 'Kiss Me (I'm A So… Read more
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VINNY PECULIAR - Goodbye My Angry Friend, PRONOIR

Wednesday, 06 February 2008

AIDAN JOHN MOFFAT - I Can Hear Your Heart, Chemikal Underground Records

AIDAN JOHN MOFFAT

I Can Hear Your Heart

Chemikal Underground Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £6.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CHEM101CD

Foulmouthed beat poet Aidan Moffat returns to solo recording, this time not under his Lucky Pierre guise. You'll still find the odd lush orchestral soundscapes here, but the main course is the Ex-Arab Strap frontman's virtuosic expletive-ridden verse. Setting often rather loungey, crackly old vinyl samples against these sex-driven narratives makes for an evocative (if uncomfortable) radiophonic experience, with Moffat's delivery maintaining a startling frankness and intimacy throughout. This album defies convention in formatting terms, to the point where the first track is made u… Read more
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AIDAN JOHN MOFFAT - I Can Hear Your Heart, Chemikal Underground Records

Tuesday, 05 February 2008

KRONOS QUARTET - Terry Riley: The Cusp Of Magic, NONESUCH
The Cusp Of Magic was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet to commemorate the 70th birthday of their longtime friend and collaborator Terry Riley. Frankly, it's a bit mean making someone work so hard on something for their own birthday, but there's clearly a great deal of joy been poured into the composition, with the outwardly quite frivolous use of children's toys and noise-makers on one of the piece's six movements, 'Emily And Alice'. Far from being the sort of irritatingly twee exercise in banal tinkering it might have been, there's a tangible link to fairy tale worlds (ap… Read more
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KRONOS QUARTET - Terry Riley: The Cusp Of Magic, NONESUCH

Monday, 04 February 2008

VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli, Numero Group
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VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP

Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli

Numero Group

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: NUM018

Now all dust from the recent explosion of solo guitar albums has settled somewhat, the Numero Group barge their way into this most saturated of markets with their customarily keen eye for unearthing largely unknown talents. The liner notes go through the motions of presenting a potted history of the form, inevitably paying tribute to John Fahey and the Takoma school, but this is only contextual information, provided to gently introduce newcomers to the format. According to Rob Sevier's introduction, that's the sort of audience this compilation is aimed at: the new an… Read more
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VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli, Numero Group
VARIOUS / MESSTHETICS - Messthetics 104: Diy 1977-1981 South Wales, HYPED TO DEATH
This new instalment in the reliably essential Messthetics series focuses on the DIY scene of South Wales circa 1977-1981, featuring Z-Block bands like Reptile Ranch, What To Wear, The Decadent Few and The Discount Chiefs (whose name might be suggestive of a Kaiser Chiefs tribute band, but there the comparison ends). As with all the Messthetics collections, there's an abundance of great lost bands in here, but fortunately the accompanying booklet goes someway toward making sense of it all, breaking the Welsh DIY movement into localised scenes, providing enoug… Read more
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VARIOUS / MESSTHETICS - Messthetics 104: Diy 1977-1981 South Wales, HYPED TO DEATH
VARIOUS / MESSTHETICS - Messthetics 105: Diy 1977-1981 Scotland, HYPED TO DEATH
The Messthetics series heads north of the border for a helping of Scottish DIY, cultivated from between 1977 and 1981. You'll find established New Wave greats Fire Engines on this disc, both under that name and their original moniker 'Dirty Reds', but there's so much more to be discovered beyond the surface of 'The Sound Of Young Scotland' tag that followed the scene around. Buried alt. pop classics like The Commercials' 'Simon' and Brills' 'Gang Of One' sit alongside poorly recorded oddities like He's Dead Jim's 'Towel On The Radiator/Lampshade', the cheekil… Read more
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VARIOUS / MESSTHETICS - Messthetics 105: Diy 1977-1981 Scotland, HYPED TO DEATH
TEN HORNED BEAST / MARZURAAN - Split, AURORA BOREALIS

TEN HORNED BEAST / MARZURAAN

Split

AURORA BOREALIS

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: ABX021CD

Some fresh auditory malevolence from Aurora Borealis, this time in the form of a split album from North Eastern harbingers of doom TenHornedBeast and Marzuraan. The first piece takes on an elongated, sinister drone, clocking up almost half an hour of distant, echoing string resonance from bowed guitars and cold, steely walls of distortion. The next track is roughly half the length, taking on a more song-like structure, with recognisable instrumentation coming together for a quarter-hour or so of curious shoegazing doom. It's a little like Jesu without the vocals and electronic sounds… Read more
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TEN HORNED BEAST / MARZURAAN - Split, AURORA BOREALIS
RABBIT SEASON - Slow Math, RABBIT

RABBIT SEASON

Slow Math

RABBIT

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: RR001CD

Toronto's Rabbit Season is the trio of Andrew Roy, Jordan Wood and Thom Paulozza, who occupy a similar part of the musical spectrum as fellow not-disco referencers Glass Candy and the DFA, whilst venturing intrepidly into the screwball pop experimentation of the Paw Tracks camp. The band's anything-goes approach calls upon playful electronic beats and cheap synths to fashion deftly economical pop songs, all capped off with a refreshingly human-sounding approach to the vocoder. The end results exude no small amount of charm, maintaining a clearheaded pop understanding, whilst rejigging familiar f… Read more
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RABBIT SEASON - Slow Math, RABBIT

Thursday, 31 January 2008

BURNING WITCH - Crippled Lucifer, Southern Lord Recordings

BURNING WITCH

Crippled Lucifer

Southern Lord Recordings

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SNN02R

Hold aloft thy BC Rich Warlocks: it's the return of Burning Witch, Stephen O'Malley's other, other band (i.e. neither SunnO))) nor Khanate). The band actually broke up in the late nineties, before founding members O'Malley and Greg Anderson went on to form SunnO))), but before that time they managed to record the Towers and Rift Canyon albums, both of which were included on the original issue of Crippled Lucifer, plus out of print material (namely the tracks 'Communion' and 'The Bleeder' from a Hydra Head-released split CD with Goatsnake, plus Randall Dunn's remix of 'Rift Canyon Dreams')… Read more
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BURNING WITCH - Crippled Lucifer, Southern Lord Recordings
GLORYTELLERS - Glorytellers, Southern

GLORYTELLERS

Glorytellers

Southern

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

FOLK / ROOTS

Cat. Number: 28144-2

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Geoff Farina is the driving force behind Glorytellers, a project that sees the ex-Karate member strumming his way through a delightful collection of jazz-tinged country ballads. There's a definite rustic, pastoral feel to all this, particularly on luscious harmonised numbers like 'Tears Of...', something which has more than a hint of Iron & Wine about it, but there's more to Farina's work than that. 'Anonymous' showcases some pretty exceptional guitar chops, cutting through the otherwise easy-going ditties with a real flair for fluid runs and clean licks. This … Read more
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GLORYTELLERS - Glorytellers, Southern
LUPEN CROOK AND THE MURDERBIRDS - Lupen Crook & The Murderbirds, Tap n Tin
Weirdo folkie Lupen Crook (aka Matthew Pritchard) returns with a new band at his side, The Murderbirds, who presumably at the heart of the thunderous metallic riffsmanship on opener 'Cackle And The Crown'. All the powerchord intensity drops out again for The Number Of Frames though, which recalls the baroque acoustic work of Espers, albeit with Mr. Crook's distinctive nasal whine as its driving force. It's a real love/hate binary with this guy: his success is largely at the mercy of how you feel about the contrived, distorted vocal he delivers, something which… Read more
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LUPEN CROOK AND THE MURDERBIRDS - Lupen Crook & The Murderbirds, Tap n Tin

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

SILVIA FÄSSLER & BILLY ROISZ - Skylla, Editions Mego

SILVIA FÄSSLER & BILLY ROISZ

Skylla

Editions Mego

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

ELECTRONIC

Cat. Number: DeMEGO 001

The first in Editions Mego's new limited edition series 'Demand', this release is a collaboration between Viennese artists Silvia Fässler and Billy Roisz who go head to head with their laptops blazing, summoning up the kind of digitised din that made the Mego label in its original incarnation such an important outlet for cutting edge computer music. Despite sounding challenging and very much a record of the present, there is something about the album that harks back to that old Mego roster, largely because it succeeds at being both experimental and oddly, rather fun too. After a ninete… Read more
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SILVIA FÄSSLER & BILLY ROISZ - Skylla, Editions Mego

Monday, 28 January 2008

ALEC EMPIRE - The Golden Foretaste Of Heaven, EAT YOUR HEART OUT

ALEC EMPIRE

The Golden Foretaste Of Heaven

EAT YOUR HEART OUT

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDUSTRIAL / WAVE / ELECTRO

Cat. Number: EYHOCD001

Alarm bells might go off after reading some of Alec Empire's sleevenotes. Here's a quotation from the Digital Hardcore supremo: "Oh yeah before I forget: this is an indie rock noise record... this is the music that I do in my spare time..." Great. Nothing like a disclaimer to sell a record, Al. All you Atari Teenage Riot fans might be slightly alarmed to discover the Gary Numan-meets-The Strokes tactics of opener 'New Man', but there is something quite appealing about this: Alec's vocal seems to alternate between Iggy Pop-style snarling and the awkward, anglicised intonations … Read more
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ALEC EMPIRE - The Golden Foretaste Of Heaven, EAT YOUR HEART OUT