SPOTLIGHT 498

18/05/2015 17:29

Welcome to the Spot Light! Get your groove on with the latest psychedelia, kraut, space rock, doom, prog, garage, rhythm & blues, stoner, black metal, neo-folk, industrial, experimental, drone, electronics, and Afro-Cuban rhythms!

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

ARENNA - (BLACK) GIVEN TO EMPTINESS (LP/NASONI)

EDITION ON BLACK VINYL. Riding waves of rock, psychedelia, and even pop, 'Given To Emptiness' presents a more mature and versatile Arenna, showcasing an unmatched creative freedom. The spell tuned by the basque quintet is immense, unpredictable and brilliant.

BANDCAMP

CICCADA - (BLACK) THE FINEST OF MIRACLES (LP/MISSING VINYL)

Ciccada is a progressive folk-rock band from Athens, Greece and 'The Finest Of Miracles' is the group's second album. It is a great follow-up to their excellent debut, containing original songs with their usual stunning female vocals. Highly recommended! Edition of 500 copies on 180-gram vinyl, presented in a deluxe thick gatefold paste-on cover.

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ELECTRIC MOON - THEORY OF MIND (2LP) (LP/SULATRON)

'Theory Of Mind' contains impulsive and vibrant acid-rock with all its sonic spectral colours! Recorded in February 2014 at the Kosmodrom in Heidelberg, germany, this release yet again captivates with its excellent live sound, which perfectly renders the relaxed mood of the concert. The music itself is very powerful, cool and trancy psychedelic acidrock at its best. The double-LP comes in a rough (inside-out) cover and is pressed on black high quality vinyl, limited to 1.000 units. The beautiful, magic painting and design is from Lulu Artwork. Mixed by Sula Bassana, mastered by Krautrock legend Eroc.

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MOVEMENTS - FOR SARDINES SPACE IS NO PROBLEM (BLUE) (LP/KOMMUN2)

A limited vinyl version of The Movements' 'For Sardines Space Is No Problem', previously only released on CD, by Sulatron in 2009. This is space rock of the highest calibre from the planet's space rock capital Gothenburg! Limited to 200 copies on blue vinyl.

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OAK - BEYOND OBLIVION (SPLATTER) (LP/ELECTRICITY)

The debut album by Stockholm's OAK, a five piece mixing their own particular blend of doom and psychedelic rock, alternating heavy, swirling, seething riffs with beautifully desolate, and slightly sinister, airy movements. Some will think of Earth or early Isis, but beyond the heaviness and the dark riffs their music is also tinged with something out of our primeval, collective consciousness, perhaps reminiscent of Amon Düül or early King Crimson - as the group adds extra color to their sound with leslie vocals, mellotrons and organs.

BANDCAMP

ZONE SIX - LOVE MONSTER (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

The 2015 studio full-length from Zone Six, entitled 'Love Monster'! Here are four extended mind shredding kraut/psych burners, featuring the band's mesmerising, trademark metronomic bass and drum backdrop to formidable swirling, oscillating synths and guitar freakouts. This is a genuine space monster, both in name and nature! The album comes with beautiful artwork from Lulu and is pressed on coloured wax in an edition of 500 copies.

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

COUNTRY LANE - SUBSTRATUM (LP/MELLOTRON)

A noteworthy reissue of a cool progressive rock album from 1973, recorded by a Swiss 5-piece. Influences seem to include Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Nektar and psych rock rather than ELP or Yes. The album also features adventurous jam moments, a sense of humor (in a Vaudeville sidestep) and English lyrics!

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FOLK/ACID FOLK

 

VARIOUS - NORDIC NOTES, VOL 3 FOLK AUS NORWEGEN (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

A 16-track sampler featuring Norwegian artists Gjermund Larsen, Elin Kaven, Sigrid Moldestad, Eplemoya Songlag, Sarah Jane Summers, Maar, Gammalgrass, Sudan Dudan, Unni Lovlid, Erlend Viken Trio, Torgeir Vassvik, Slagr & Camilla Granlien, Unni Boksasp Ensemble, Majorstuen, Annbjorg Lien and Valkyrien Allstars.

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GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

BARON FOUR - WALKING OUT/CAN'T FIND MY WAY (7"/STATE)

The A-side 'Walking Out' pitches elements of 'Psychotic Reaction' and 'You Don't Love Me' against an all too familiar tale of woe at the hands of a demon temptress! Mike Whittaker's impassioned vocals are matched by a brutal instrumental track, resolutely recorded in the red for maximum impact. Jagged guitars, pounding bass and clattering drums combine to make the biggest and best racket you're likely to hear this year! Over on the flip, things calm down a little (but not too much!) with the moody minor key vibe of 'Can't Find My Way'.

CAVES, LES - LES CAVES (7"/CAMELEON)

Les Caves was a band from Caen in Normandy, France who released this 4-track covers EP in 1965. You get versions of 'You Really Got Me', 'Memphis Tenessee' 'Route 66' (as 'Rood 66') and 'I'm A King Bee'. The original is a very rare collector's item and this official reissue of 300 copies will soon be sought after too.

TRAVEL AGENCY (CHICAGO) - JAILBAIT/HARD TIMES (7"/BREAK-A-WAY)

Reissue of an impossibly rare '67 garagepunk single, recorded by a 4-piece from Chicago and originally out on the local Zordan label. The A-side 'Jailbait' is a true scorcher, which the band's bass player, vocalist and songwriter Bill Gradisher wrote with 'Louie Louie' in mind. This track also appeared on Vol. 7 of the legendary compilation series 'Back From The Grave'. The flip contains the equally exciting trashrocker 'Hard Times'. Back in the day this single -featuring teen sex tinged lyrics!- was the band's sole release, with originals nowadays fetching up to $400. Now here's a new edition, manufactured in a run of 500 copies. The single is presented in a full colour picture sleeve with a coloured insert. Please note: this is NOT the psych-rock group from SF that released an LP on Viva Records.

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

BEATPACK - WHERE THE WATER RUNS DEEP (7"/STATE)

Between 1987 and 1991 The Beatpack terrorised audiences with its distinctive brand of violent rhythm & blues, intense live shows and the members' acres of hair. Fast-forward twenty years and the Pack is back. These two sides are primitive, high-energy, kick-ass R&B at their finest. Any fan of The Pretty Things, Downliners Sect and Clapton-era Yardbirds should cock an ear in this direction IMMEDIATELY!

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METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

BLACKSMOKER - ORIGINS (LP/VOICE OF AZRAM)

Forged by members of ELISION (RIP) and HELLBOUND comes a new beast to life, BLACKSMOKER. 'Origins' is a truly heavy stoner doom album with strong riffs!

BANDCAMP

NAGLFAR - HARVEST (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue on marbled vinyl of a Swedish black metal album, originally released by Century Media in 2007.

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NAGLFAR - PARIAH (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue on marbled vinyl of a Swedish black metal album, originally released by Century Media in 2005.

YOUTUBE

URGEHAL - IKONOKLAST (2LP) (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue on splatter vinyl of a Norwegian black metal album. Originally released on Season Of Mist Underground Activists in 2009.

YOUTUBE

BLACK CAPRICORN - CULT OF BLACK FRIARS (CD/STONE STALLION)

Now also on CD. A straight mixture of classic doom and heavy psych vibes by this Italian band.

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OMINOUS RESURRECTION - OMNISCIENT (CD/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Ominous Resurrection revives the flame of old black metal, conjuring the darkness, mystery, and mysticism that once ruled the genre. 'Omniscient' is a journey into the darkest corners of the human mind; the great gates of hell shall open for the initiated. Omniscient are those who broke the chains of religious dogma, Omniscient are those who received the wisdom of Lucifer, and Omniscient are those who carry the flame of Satan in their hearts! A.M.S.G.

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POTERGEIST - CROCODILE TEARS (CD/G.O.D. RECORDS)

Founded in Athens, Greece in 2004, Potergeist started out as a southern metal band in the vein of Down and C.O.C. After their 2012 album 'Muddy Mermaids' the term "Swamp Metal" was quickly coined by the media as a means to describe Potergeist's dark southern blues sound.

BANDCAMP

 

NEOFOLK/DARK FOLK

 

LARRNAKH - TEN YEARS ONE MOMENT (7"/STEINKLANG)

Released in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the famous Hungarian neo-folk/martial/industrial band Larrnakh, here are two fantastic songs on a super-limited 7-inch. Only 110 copies pressed!

BANDCAMP

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

B°TONG - PROSTRATION BEFORE INFINITY (LP/SILKEN TOFU)

LP + download, splattered vinyl in a reverse printed 300gr cardboard sleeve. Limited edition of 300 copies. BºTong is the experimental drone project of Chris Sigdell. His work takes the listener from ambient isolationism and experimental microsounds to a noisy orgy of sounds. He takes samples from television, radio and film, which are then processed with recordings of his voice and others. In a live-situation Chris Sigdell relies on instruments like microphone, metal-sheet, electric toys and kitchen utensils. The sounds made with them are fed and put through various effect-pedals giving him that trademark sound. 'Prostration Before Infinity' was inspired by the vast and still quite unknown space that surrounds us. It tries to capture the unfathomable concept of infinity and the meaninglessness of our endeavours within this finite yet endless universe. It plays with our quest for answers, our search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Maybe what they can hear is only gibberish, the distorted waves of our radio and televison broadcasts. Using digital sounds, samples and recordings from outer space and field recordings, BºTong aims to stimulate the listeners fantasy and help tenter a state of mind where the listener can see. 'Prostration Before Infinity' is a soundtrack for the inner cinema, a journey to the inner eye.

BANDCAMP

IRON FIST OF THE SUN - WE CAN YIELD OUR OWN FOOTSTEPS (LP/COLD SPRING)

In a scene dominated by outsiders, Iron Fist Of The Sun still seems to stand alone. 'We Can Yield Our Own Footsteps' sees IFOTS maintain his exemplary, melancholic, cold industrial, with sinister frequencies and tumultuous, mutilated vocals. The album utilises new recording methods and extraordinary, intoxicating song arcs that will leave the listener still hearing and absorbing the album long after it has been filed away. "Follow no-one... yield your own footsteps". Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.

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VARIOUS - DRONE-MIND//MIND-DRONE, VOL. 4 (LP/DRONE)

This LP-series from Drone Records is dedicated to the Drones of the World, and the Drones of our Minds. A kind of continuation of the (almost legendary) Drone 7-inch series, with artwork based on huge paintings by British artist Pete Greening. This series shows the various sides of today's experimental drone-music. Volume 4 features Kirill Platonkin (emotional power drones of a higher beauty/Russia), Jeremie Mathis (cavernous metal tank drones/France), Iliou Persis (surrealistic drones inspired by the psychology of masks/Portugal) and Roman Kharkovsky (melancholic nightshade drones/Pakistan).

TZII - THE BLACK PILE (CD/SILKEN TOFU)

Limited to 300 copies. Packaged in a 6-panel A5 folder with soft-touch finish. 'The Black Pile' is an intense 37-minute trance, starting of as a slowly progressing meditative soundscape that radically changes into a raw ritualistic inferno fueled by social criticism and discontentment. Without a doubt one of TZII's best recordings, it will leave you bewildered, forcing you to rethink your life and habits, who you are and what you should be. Since 1996 TZII has been spreading his magickal corrosive frequencies all over the world by touring from Europe to Australia, passing by the USA, Canada, Japan and Africa, where he played hundreds of shows, spreading cinematic ambient and raw electronic anger. A mountain of multiple figures...

VIMEO

 

EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

BAKER, AIDAN - SAME RIVE TWICE (7"/DRONE)

A re-edition of one of the most beautiful Drone EP's (both in sound and artwork) This also was the very first vinyl release of Aidan Baker, containing two pieces of shimmering guitar drone harmonics, with titles inspired by literature phrases. Limited to 300 copies on coloured vinyl, with new artwork by Aidan himself.

BANDCAMP

 

AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

LE SAHEL - LA LÉGENDE DE DAKAR (2LP) (LP/CELLULOID)

Senegal, 1970s. At the Club Le Sahel in Dakar, the orchestra of the same name was putting the dancefloor on fire and would share the stage with the many stars visiting: Johnny Pacheco, James Brown, Franco Luambo. They released only one album, in 1975. Time went by. Le Sahel is back together and released a new blazing album in 2015 mixing Afro-Cuban and Senegalese rhythms. Welcome to Dakar! Let yourself be enchanted, "encantado" by the powerful, the legendary, the eternal Sahel de Dakar. Mueve la cintura!

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