SPOTLIGHT 32

13/08/2018 09:52

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

39TH & THE NORTONS - MOURNING WALTZ (LP/CROQUE MACADAM)

Under the name 39th & The Nortons, Nick Wheeldon (Os Noctambulos, The Jesus Loves Heroin Band) recorded 'On Trial', his first album in 2012 in his bedroom. If Os Noctambulos brings back the energy and the rawness of Nuggets garage, 39th & The Nortons delivers a refined folk-rock odyssey. As some of his contemporaries (Allah-Las, Olden Yolk), the band aims with 'Mourning Waltz' to capture in his very personal way the essence of the timeless and polished sound of the whole Byrds (Gene Clark, Gram Parsons). With hints of psychedelic rock and garage, this album is a vibrant take on the Cosmic American music as well as a new testimony of Nick Wheeldon's unique songwriting talent. LP limited to 300 copies.

AESTHESYS - ACHROMATA (SILVER/BLUE) (LP/NARSHARDAA)

Aesthesys is an instrumental progressive band hailing from Moscow, Russia. Their melody-driven post-rock music featuring violin and lots of different rare instruments has taken them across the Old World with live shows from Paris to Shanghai. Aesthesys plays beautiful and powerful post-rock with some ambient and progressive sounds. On silver/blue vinyl.

MORNING REIGN - CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT (LP/PERFECT TOY)

It does not happen very often anymore that unreleased music from 50 years ago surfaces. And it's even more unlikely that the songs put on tape are such treasures. But that is exactly what we have here. The Morning Reign was a crowd pleasing band that played throughout the Pacific Northwest during the years between 1966 and 1972. Their journey was peppered with lots of travel, whether they were playing gigs in Crescent City or Aspen, and they also made a gaggle of trips to LA to record, or once, to film a TV appearance. Surprisingly, they have released only four 45rpm singles during their existence although they had recorded enough material for an entire album. However, the songs remained in the can. This is the story of The Morning Reign, a band of young fellas who could have become famous and mentioned in the same breath as The Doors, Eric Burdon & WAR, and all the other music legends of the garage/psychedelic rock era - if their songs had been released back in the day. Dive in and enjoy the sound of Morning Reign, it is truly special. Perfect Toy Records are thrilled to be the label to finally release their work, and sincerely hope that they will finally receive the worldwide appreciation they so richly deserve.

SHERPA - TIGRIS & EUPHRATES (LP/SULATRON)

'Tigris & Euphrates', the long awaited second album by the Italian band Sherpa, is an album born as a concept around the evolution of the human being. All songs are focused on the evolution of human language through the eras and how language has deeply changed the relationship between people, for better or for worst. It's a dark album, slow and crude, but at the same time this album lets light and hope come in; it's a winter path, with low lights and soft volumes. Mastered by Eroc.

 

UFO ÖVER LAPPLAND - UFO ÖVER LAPPLAND (LP/SULATRON)

Debutalbum by this band from Lappland, Umeå to be exact. High up in the Swedish wilderness, under northern lights, white snow and freezing blizzards, during heavy jams, long motorized rhythm sessions and frantic freakouts the UFO över Lappland took shape. Hypnotic tracks full of powerful rhythms, spacey sounds, trancy basslines, and repetetive guitars shift us into trance and outer space! Especially the B-side is completely stoned-rock! Fully hypnotic slow trance spaced out stuff! What else to say? Beam us up! SIDE 1: 1. Keep On Keepin' On Space Truckin' 2. JaEDeJaE SIDE 2: 1. Podzol 2. Nothing That Lives Has... Such Eyes!

ONTALVA, ANGEL -& VESPERO- - SEA ORM LIVENTURE (CD/VMS)

This album contains live performances of Angel Ontalva and Vespero recording during 2017/2018. Includes 3 unpublished tracks. Limited to 200 copies in 4-panel cardboard cover.

RE-STONED - STORIES OF THE ASTRAL LIZARD (CD/RUSHUS)

Moscow heavy psych instrumentalists The Re-Stoned intend the lizard as a spirit guide for their outing 'Stories Of The Astral Lizard', which follows quickly behind their late-2017 offering, 'Chronoclasm', and given the ultra-patient desert vibes in the 11-minute opener 'Fractal Panorama', the acoustic-laced folk-prog of 'Mental Print For Free,' the languid meander of 'A Companion From The Outside,' the swirling sprawl of the 16-minute 'Two Astral Projections' and the final cowpoke drift of 'The Heather Carnival,' one might indeed just find a lizard sunning its belly amid all the atmospheric evocations and hallucinatory vibes.

SHERPA - TIGRIS & EUPHRATES (CD/SULATRON)

'Tigris & Euphrates', the long awaited second album by the Italian band Sherpa, is an album born as a concept around the evolution of the human being. All songs are focused on the evolution of human language through the eras and how language has deeply changed the relationship between people, for better or for worst. It's a dark album, slow and crude, but at the same time this album lets light and hope come in; it's a winter path, with low lights and soft volumes. Mastered by Eroc.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

KAISERS - RUFF'N'RARE (10") (10"/SOUNDFLAT)

The Kaisers are a four piece group from Scotland who are hailed as the stomping-est beat group since Rory Storm first wrecked the stage at the Kaiser-Keller. Taking their inspiration from legendary feats of entertainment such as The Big Three, Kingsize Taylor & The Dominoes and The Undertakers, their set consists of breathtaking "cult status" original songs along with re-workings of rhythm & beat favourites and obscurities. Over their 26 year long career the group have been prolific in writing, recording and releasing 6 LPs, a dozen EP's, 4 45rpms as well as appearing on numerous compilations.

FADEAWAYS - TRANSWORLD 60'S PUNK NUGGETS (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

After their raving debut album 'Teenage Hitsville' the wild garagepunk-trio from Tokyo THE FADEAWAYS have a their second vinylic gem to offer: 'Transworld 60's Punk Nuggets' is The Fadeaways playing a selection of their own favourite garagepunk classics and interpreting them in their raw, low-fi, powerful way. Featuring tunes by the Pretty Things, Easybeats, The Mops and The Bunnys.

KING CORNELIUS & THE SILVERBACKS - SWINGING SIMIAN SOUNDS (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

From deep within the jungle comes King Cornelius, tracked, hunted and captured by a sturdy band known as The Silverbacks. Working together, they have combined the sounds of the jungle, the jet set and the space age using tones taken from the surf and the garage. Their debut album 'Swinging Simian Sounds' absolutely catches this sound combination.

LES ENVAHISSEURS - GARAGE MONKEYS (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

After their first 7" 'Do The Fonz!' out on Ave The Sound the Canadian Les Envahisseurs now release their debut album 'Garage Monkeys'. You can expect a combination of partly English, but mainly French male vocals and female (background) vocals harmonising with some wild guitars and keyboards that add up to a fine '60s garagerock with a French Yéyé-touch. High energy and intense personae on stage, intelligent lyrics and a perfect chemistry make the unique sound and presence of Les Envahisseurs which translate directly to their record.

REVOX - IN MONO (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

Recorded and mixed at the all-analog Shirts Off Studio in Bern, this LP will certainly make you dance, unless you got no soul. The Revox are musically oriented towards the mid-sixties - their trademark is raw, fuzzy garage punk with screaming vocals and pure energy.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

MATERIAL GIRLS - LEATHER (LP/EXAG')

The debut-LP by a band from Atlanta, GA, indulging in glam and goth, while maintaining a percussive no wave edge. Summoning the ghosts of CBGB and Andy Warhol, this eight-song record explodes with post-modern sleaze and over the course of 30 minutes.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

BUSINESS - SUBURBAN REBELS (LP/RADIATION)

The debut LP by Oi! legends The Business, originally released in 1983. Formed in South London in 1979 the group started playing Oi! concerts in 1981, opening for the 4-Skins. After that they quickly became one of the bigger groups on the UK Oi! scene. This absolute stone cold Oi! clasic includes the Indie Chart hit singles 'Harry May' and 'Smash The Discos' plus the anthemic 'Loud Proud N Punk'.

MODERN MINDS - GO (LP/UGLY POP)

This Edmonton outfit formed in January 1979, playing a raw but melodic punk influenced by Buzzcocks and Undertones. Quickly developing a reputation as one of the city's finest underground live groups, they went into the studio to record four tracks, three of which would appear on an excellent 7" EP, 'Theresa's World', in 1980. As was so often the case with tremendous groups of the era, The Modern Minds soon went their separate ways, frontman Moe Berg going on to real commercial success with his next group, The Pursuit Of Happiness. This Ugly Pop LP collects the original EP and eight more unreleased studio tracks, plus deluxe gatefold insert with photos and extensive new liner notes. Go!

MODS - REACTIONS (LP/UGLY POP)

Among cognoscenti of the era, this Toronto unit are known for one of the great lost singles of early Canadian punk. As great as 1978's 'Step Out Tonight' 45 was, however, there was much more where that came from. Filtering the clear inspiration of mid '60s Who and Kinks through the aggressive delivery of such contemporaries as The Jam and The Clash, The Mods honed their attack into an unstoppable rush, hard-edged but melodic, and began working on a planned major label LP that never did materialise. This Ugly Pop LP includes the single and highlights of the aborted album session; hyperbole aside, it's an astonishingly good record, and one of the best Ugly Pop ever released. Printed inner sleeve with new liners and rare pictures inside.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

HIDALGO, JUAN - RROSE SÉLAVY (LP/DISCOS TRANSGEN)

Juan Hidalgo (1927-2018) was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. He studied composition and piano in Spain and later in Paris and Geneva. He moved to Milano in 1956 where he has developed most of his musical career. He collaborated during his career with people like Marchetti, John Cage or Bruno Maderna. 'Rrose Sélavy' is a unique queer-sound-art piece that claims for revision of the role of the gender in the society through the musical language. Juan Hidalgo played a leading role in definitively abandoning the traditional avant-garde musical research -the problem of music as sound- to devote himself to the musical fact as a search for a language that is creative and critical at the same time. Beyond the abstract notion that the language can be a source of indoctrination, words and language play an important role in the social construction of gender. The musical language also marks and generates a very particular type of social body and listening. Precisely, a change in the syntactic form of sounds would trigger a new listening and a new understanding of the world of sound that surrounds us. Silence and noise are not only two opposite poles within music, but also at a social level. One-time vinyl edition of 500 copies with the original inner notes by Daniel Charles and additional notes from Julio Pérez and Eloy Palazón. Originally released on Cramps Records in 1977.

MILESI, PIERO -& DANIEL BACALOV- - LA CAMERA ASTRATTA (LP/SUAVE)

'La Camera Astratta' is the result of the amazing collaboration between Piero Milesi and Daniel Bacalov with the experimental theatre-performance of Studio Azzurro and Giorgio Barberio Corsetti. A presentation of immersion in a dimension devoid of gravity, concerning a soft, ethereal, articulated and perfectly interpenetrated reality. It's an evocative ambient soundtrack, with rhythmic cadences, soft and repetitive, full of airiness; the music expresses the scenic aims and investigates and reproduces their sensations, marking the engendering of silences and melting moments of higher performing tension.

MUSCI, ROBERTO -& GIOVANNI VENOSTA- - A NOISE, A SOUND (2LP) (LP/SUAVE)

The third episode of the alchemical association between Roberto Musci and Giovanni Venosta, reprinted for the first time by Soave Records in an elegant edition in double vinyl in gatefold cover. This work seems to be even more enigmatic than the previous ones. The "plunderphonics" style of the compositional process, significant to allowing a technical experimentalism of inexhaustible variety of materials used (compendium of sounds, harmonies, ethnic timbres) and the infinite possibilities of assembly between non-sense and provocation, still remains.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

LETHVM - THIS FALL SHALL CEASE (LP/DUNK!)

Working from the template of doom and sludge, Belgium's Lethvm infinitely increases the brutality with which they press their considerable weight upon the ears of listeners by introducing a raw immediacy that does not typically present itself within those genres. As their moniker suggests, Lethvm seeks to embrace the destructive possibilities of music, continually building soundscapes only to burn them down in increasingly spectacular fashion. Listeners will find traces of powerviolence within 'This Fall Shall Cease's seven tracks, an important distinction which informs the extremity of the album's varying emotional peaks.

RESPIRE - DÉNOUEMENT (LP/NARSHARDAA)

Respire is an six-piece band from Toronto, Canada, who plays orchestral post-black metal with epic post-hardcore and screamo. This is the second full-lenght record. 'Dénouement' is an 8 song, 37 minute collection written and recorded in a year marred by the toils of addiction.

TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING - NO TETHER (2LP) (LP/DUNK!)

Following their staggeringly epic 2015 effort 'Yield To Despair', Perth, Australia's Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving found themselves facing a question that will ultimately leap upon anyone who strives to be a serious artist (or professional, regardless of field). Rather than being content with material which had already proven to be both dense and rewarding, how could they continue to challenge themselves, to challenge the very idea of what it is they had set forth to accomplish as a collective? The ultimate answer became to cut through the bramble of their own compositions in search of individual ideas, and to dive deeper into the concept of a single riff or even a drone, to fully explore it, de-construct, rebuild, and go places they never would have expected. These sessions ultimately came together to form 'No Tether', an album whose title truly represents the material within. What listeners will hear on this record is what happens when artists eliminate their boundaries in the pursuit of discovery; this is the soundtrack to cutting the cord of expectation. The result is a bold work of art that acts both as an experiment and a statement.

WOLFSBLOOD (SWEDEN) - VOMIT & LICE (LP/TROGLODYTE)

'Vomit & Lice' is a full ten song album with hard hitting riffs that was recorded at Studio Motion in Malmö. It's fast, furious and ranges from hardcore punk and metal to dark melodic rock, without any musical limits. The songs simply reflects the band members' history and influences within the punk and metal scene over the years. Wolfsblood is a female fronted 5-piece band that started up late 2012. After a break and some changes in the line up they are now ready to take it to the next level.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

LEE, BYRON -& THE DRAGONAIRES- - COME FLY WITH LEE (CD/GO! BOP!)

Released in 1962, 'Come Fly With Lee' is Byron Lee & The Dragonaires' first long player, a classic piece of Jamaican ska that has been unavailable for ages.

MAYTALS - NEVER GROW OLD (CD/GO! BOP!)

This 1962/63 recorded album is an aural illustration of the euphoric ska spirit and the promising mood that occurred in Jamaica those days. Who is familiar with the band's later releases will also hear some rocksteady elements on this early recording, which are still far away of reggae hits like '54-46 Was My Number'. A joyful recording to ska your sorrows away! Includes 4 bonus tracks.

MORGAN, DERRICK - FORWARD MARCH! (CD/GO! BOP!)

Derrick Morgan's debut album 'Forward March!' is another smasher from early '60s Jamaica. Better known for his later much compiled hits like his classic 'The Conqueror', Derrick Morgan started with the sound of the day, which could not be any other than ska.

VARIOUS - JUMP JAMAICA WAY (CD/GO! BOP!)

'Jump Jamaica Way' features the hottest bands of the early '60s ska scene on the jolly isle. Among them The Maytals, Tommy McCook and Don Drummond to create joyful rhythms. TRACKS: 01. The Maytals - Four Seasons 02. Don Drummond - Green Island 03. The Maytals - 6th & 7th Books 04. Don Drummond - Looking Through The Windows 05. Harris Seaton - Tell Me 06. Roy Willis - It's Raining 07. Lester Stirling Group - Out Of Nowhere 08. The Charmers - Long Walk Home 09. Alton & Eddy - Yours 10. Winston Stewart - I Don't Know 11. Roland Alphonso & Group - Down Beat Special 12. Tommy McCook - Patricia

 

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