SPOTLIGHT 581

17/03/2017 15:38

 

SPOTLIGHT 581
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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

 

EVIL USSES - AMATEUR PRO WRESTLING (LP/STOLEN BODY)

 EVIL USSES - AMATEUR PRO WRESTLING

The Evil Usses' second album is a true collaboration, with each member contributing equally to the writing process. 'Amateur Pro Wrestling' is an album of mutual appreciation of sound as art, working with pastiche, subversion and humour, yet not without sincerity. It is the combined effort of artists who seek not to fit into prescribed boxes but rather to explore the indefinable gaps between genres.

KIKAGAKU MOYO - STONE GARDEN (LP/GURUGURU BRAIN)

'Stone Garden' is a window into Kikagaku Moyo's experimental side. 'Stone Garden' started in a basement studio in Prague with a nearly continuous session over several days and nights. The original concept was influenced by the raw and seemingly endless jams of psychedelic pioneers. The freeform songs that emerged from these sessions were refined over several months at the band's home in Tokyo where each song was sculpted into an uncommon form. Comes on coloured vinyl with poster in gatefold cover with obi.

MOUNTAIN DUST - NINE YEARS (ORANGE) (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACT)

Limited edition of 150 copies on ORANGE VINYL. The amazing debut by the Canadian outfit MOUNTAIN DUST. These seven tracks offer a blast of cymbal crashing, headbanging hard rock laced with doom metal and a sensible dosage of psychedelia. Undeniably rooted in the past, 'Nine Years' nevertheless sounds fresh and modern due to the band's ability to mix styles in a tasteful way. We get the proto-metal influence from Led Zeppelin, the heavy organ sound of The Doors, but also a huge dose of stoner, blues and psychedelic rock.

SONIC DAWN - INTO THE LONG NIGHT (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOU)

The second album by The Sonic Dawn, one of the most remarkable bands to emerge from Denmark's current psychedelic wave. To achieve the dramatic changes of mood and feeling that The Sonic Dawn excels at, the band mixes a wide range of styles, from jazzy sitar pop to heavy acid rock. A pleasant-sounding analogue production makes the album easy to approach. Not to water it down, but rather to pull the unsuspecting listener into the deep. Fans of psychedelic rock, neo-psych, freak beat and classic rock will surely enjoy this record. Edition on BLACK VINYL.

KIKAGAKU MOYO - HOUSE IN THE TALL GRASS (CD/GURUGURU BRAIN)

Repress! 'House In The Tall Grass' introduces us to a more refined Kikagaku Moyo sound, featuring soft vocals, warm sitar and a masterful balance between loud and soft, and chaos and order.

SCHICKERT, GUNTHER/GAM - 1976 (LP/WAH WAH)

Limited to 500 copies and including an insert with photos, here are the 1976 GAM tapes with remastered sounds. On this LP Günther Schickert is joined by Axel Struck and Michael Leske. A powerful trio of mindexpanding krautrock sounds, they recorded their first sessions in 1976, improvising directly to tape in Schickert's basement. These recordings weren't released until 1986, when they appeared on the cassette format. The CD-reissue followed some years later. The sound of '1976' differs a bit to that of the previous effort 'Samtvogel'. Obviously, this is a band effort delivering their guts in a one take session, while on 'Samtvogel' Schickert played all the parts.

POPOL VUH - SEI STILL, WISSE ICH BIN (LP/WAH WAH)

Limited to 500 copies including an insert, this is a reissue of Popol Vuh's 1981 album, originally released on Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication label. 'Sei Still, Wisse Ich Bin' is Popol Vuh's 13th LP. Fricke and Fichelscher worked under the production of Klaus Schulze himself, and were helped for the occasion by Chris Karrer on soprano sax, Renate Knaup on vocals and the Chorensemble der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

FRICKE, FLORIAN - DIE ERDE UND ICH SIND EINS (LP/WAH WAH)

With a title that translates to 'I AM ONE WITH THE EARTH', here is the rare, sought after 1983 LP by Popol Vuh leader Florian Fricke. This wonderful limited edition reissue -only 500 made- comes with the 50-page book that Florian wrote to accompany the release, but that wasn't published back in te day. Essential for the fans!

POPOL VUH - DIE NACHT DER SEELE (TANTRIC SONGS) (LP/WAH WAH)

The 12th album by Popul Vuh, originally released in 1979. The line-up this time around comprised Florian Fricke plus Daniel Fichelscher on guitar, and Djong Yun and Renate Knaup on vocals. There are guest appearances by Alois Gromer on sitar and Susan Goetting on oboe. This LP-reissue comes with reproduced artwork, an insert and bonus tracks, and is limited to 500 copies.

SPACE FARM - SPACE FARM (LP/WAH WAH)

Classic early '70s psychedelic blues-rock from New Zealand. Space Farm formed in 1971 out of the ashes of The Underdogs. When Neil Edwards quit to join Human Instinct, remaining members Harvey Mann -on lead vocals- and Glen Absolum decided to reform under the Space Farm monicker, with the addition of bass player Billy Williams and saxophonist Bob Gillet. Zodiac released this LP in 1972. This fine vinyl-reissue, limited to 500 copies, includes liner notes, two posters and reproduced artwork.

PEFKIN - MURMURATIONS (LP/MORC)

'Murmurations' sounds like a culmination of Pefkin's sound, and pretty much everything Morc Records stands for. You may recognize the bare-boned folk-influences used by e.g. Annelies Monseré or The Iditarod, the gritty experiments of a.o. Drekka and Circle Bros., the drones of Karina ESP, Edgar Wappenhalter's touch of poetry, or the sonic palette of Lichens and Jessica Bailiff: Pefkin covers and masters it all. The album (pressed on high-quality French vinyl) includes a download and comes in a screenprinted sleeve with a lyric sheet designed by Mark Burnett. This edition is limited to just over 100 copies.

BOCQUET, DIDIER - VOYAGE CEREBRAL (LP/WAH WAH)

The extremely spacey 1979 full-length by this notheworhty French electronic artist, originally self-released and influencd by a.o. The Berlin School and other exponents of Germany's Kosmische scene, gets its deserved reissue on vinyl. 'Voyage Cerebral' was Didier Bocquet's second solo-album. Limited edition.

 

POP/ROCK/NOISE

KELLER, NINO - THE HUNT (LP/SING A SONG FIG)

NINO KELLER has been featured in several popular music projects (Les Big Byrd, Caesars, The Slaves, Taken by Trees, Teddy Bears and Hakan Hellstrom, Brothers Lindgren). This is his debut as sole composer and solo artist. And it is a deeply ambitious and impressive instrumental record. It are rather endearing compositions, often piano based, with cinematic, orchestral arrangements.

ACTION BEAT WITH G.W. SOK - THE WORLD IS FUCKED BUT I FEEL FINE (LP/PSYCH.KG)

The 2017 album by these improvisational noise merchants. Limited to 300 copies.

PYTHAGORON TM - PYTHAGORON (LP/WAH WAH)

Limited to 500 copies, here's a vinyl-reissue of a highly rated 1977 electronic oddity from NYC's experimental underground. This bizarre LP apparently was the brainchild of NYC's early media art collective USCO (The Company Of Us), which already pioneered inmersive sound/light environments fusing mysticism and state-of-the-art technology back in the '60s. This truly intriguing period piece comes with original artwork printed on silver cardboard.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

HANGMAN'S CHAIR/GREENMACHINE - SPLIT LP (PINK) (LP/MUSIC FEAR SATA)

Limited edition 300 copies on PINK VINYL. Those Frenchies from HANGMAN'S CHAIR return in order to team up with Japanese stoner veterans GREENMACHINE for a split LP. The HANGMAN'S CHAIR presents two fresh songs with heavy guitar parts and melodic vocals, while GREENMACHINE offers one long track divided in multiple parts. SIDE A: 1. HANGMAN'S CHAIR - Give And Take 2. HANGMAN'S CHAIR - Can't Talk SIDE B: 1. GREENMACHINE - Red Eye (Parts 1-5)

RUST - (BLACK+PATCH) TO THE CONTINUOUS COLD (7"/TO THE DEATH)

 RUST - (BLACK+PATCH) TO THE CONTINUOUS COLD

Limited edition on BLACK VINYL. From the depths of Sweden's soil, RUST created this skull crushing black/nekrothrash 7-inch. This version includes an embroided patch.

MORDANT - DEMONIC SATANIC (BLACK) (LP/TO THE DEATH)

 MORDANT - BACK FROM HELL (BLACK)

Limited edition on BLACK VINYL. MORDANT's third full-length 'Demonic Satanic' once again showcases a masterful combination of speed and black metal. This sounds like Korrozia Metalla meets the Japanese Sabbat, topped off with some of that good old fashioned South American black metal attitude.

NORNIR - URD (CD/NORTHERN SILENC)

German band Nornír performs northern black metal in the best tradition of the Scandinavian bands during the glorious '90s. The band's album 'Urd' is recommended to fans of Gorgoroth, Trelldom, Skogen, (early) Siebenbürgen, Thy Primordial, Dråpsnatt, Sorhin and the like. Issued in Northern Silence Productions' underground series, this CD is limited to 500 copies.

 

HERETOIR - THE CIRCLE (JEWEL) (CD/NORTHERN SILENC) - Also available on CD. 

Heretoir's second album, 'The Circle', deals with the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Interweaving crushing heaviness and atmospheric dreaminess, the album portrays a deeply emotional journey - a life dedicated to the sun and to freedom. Besides the very special cover art by Fursy Teyssier, the album furthermore features guest vocals by none other than Alcest mastermind Stéphane "Neige" Paut, and was mastered by well known sound engineer Lasse Lammert. This is the jewel-case edition.

GAOTH - DYING SEASON'S GLORY (CD/NORTHERN SILENC)

GAOTH is a one-man atmospheric/post black metal project from Ireland. The music encompasses a blend of traditional atmospheric black metal with vast and blistering ambiences to create ethereal, transcendental and timeless moods, intertwined with brief moments of earthy reflection or contemplation. These soundscapes are largely informed and inspired by the seasons, mountains, forests, soil and lakes of Ireland.

GARAGE /BEAT/SURF/PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/THEE EVILTONES - APOCALYPSE PARTY (LP/SONIC BEAT)

A split album on the Portuguese Sonic Beat label featuring the mythic north American punk rock band Electric Frankenstein and UK garage-fuzz rockers Thee Eviltones. Mastered by Kevin Paul (The Horrors, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and with artwork by Darren Merinuk (Estrus, SubPop, Cramps, Monomen), this release is limited to 300 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Thee Eviltones - Stand By For Action 2. Thee Eviltones - Black Death White Lies 3. Thee Eviltones - Gone Bad 4. Thee Eviltones - You Vs Me 5. Thee Eviltones - Ain't Nothing To Do (Dead Boys) SIDE 2: 1. Electric Frankenstein - She's So Gone 2. Electric Frankenstein - Perfect Crime 3. Electric Frankenstein - You Killer 4. Electric Frankenstein - Spit It Out 5. Electric Frankenstein - Satellite (Sex Pistols)

ACME SEWAGE CO. - TORY TOWN (CD/ONLY FIT FOR TH)

 ACME SEWAGE CO. - TORY TOWN

A CD by a glam punk band/two-piece that already started way back in the '77 punk-era. However, Acme Sewege Co. was influenced by The Stooges and New York Dolls rather than The Pistols or The Damned. This album contains recent recordings of songs that were written in the late '70s and early '80s.

VARIOUS - DOWN AT THE NIGHTCLUB, VOL. 1 (LP/DOWN AT THE NIG)

A garage, surfbeat and film noir pastiche on vinyl, featuring screaming guitars, smoking bass, torn vocal chords and sweet organs. That is 'Down At The Nightclub'. On Vol. 1 you will find a collection of the finest Dutch bands currently around, including The Black Marble Selection, The Reaction, Holy Joe & The Alcoholites, The Bunny Bonanzas, The Surfbeat Club, The Miners Of Muzo, The Malbehavers and De Stekkers. This LP version has an additional 12th song by De Stekkers.

FREAK GENES - PLAYTIME (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

Limited edition of 500 LP's including a download code. More info follows.

COCKTAILS - HYPOCHONDRIAC (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

Limited edition of 500 LP's including a download code. More info follows.

SUSHICORNER - KONICHIWOW (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

Limited eition of 500 LP's on 180-gram vinyl. More info follows.

MOURNING AFTER - GET WRONG OFF ME/MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

'Get Wrong Off Me' is a killer garage punk 45 backed with a harmonica ridden blues wailing flip.

AFRO-BEAT

AHEHEHINNOU, VINCENT - BEST WOMAN (LP/ANALOG AFRICA)

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo vocalist Vincent Ahehehinnou's first post-Poly-Rythmo album 'Best Woman' was released on Nigeria's Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector's items. With this reissue on Analog Africa's Dance Edition imprint -newly mastered by Nick Robbins, cut to vinyl by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, and approved by Vincent himself- 'Best Woman' makes a welcome and long-overdue return to turntables around the world. The funk and afrobeat gems on 'Best Woman' are balanced by songs that draw upon Sato, one of the many Vodoun rhythms of Vincent's native Benin.   

 

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