SPOTLIGHT 1/18

05/01/2018 16:27

SPOTLIGHT  1/18

FROM THE CLEAR SPOT & SHINY BEAST CREW ~BEST WISHES FOR 2018!

Welcome to the first Spot Light of 2018! Check out the latest psychedelic, cosmic, prog, freakbeat, folk, kraut, experimental, jazz, drone, mystical and avant-garde sounds! https://www.shinybeast.nl/blog/

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

HIRVONEN, PAIVI - ALKU - THE BEGINNING (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

The dialogue between violin, voice and bowed lyre and the seamless collaboration between the three: with this instrumentation Pivi Hirvonen creates music that is filled with stories and strong emotions. The inspiration for her distinctive compositions comes from a Finnish tradition, and in her music one can hear the different aspects of what life has to offer us. Pivi's strong voice, skillful fiddling and charismatic performing are brought together in her music in a unique way.

FINCHLEY BOYS - LOST TRIBUTES (LP/ANAZITISI)

A great collection of lost recordings from the late-'60s/early-'70s Illinois band that gained cult status with the killer psych album 'Everlasting Tributes'. 'Lost Tributes' consists of eight previously unreleased heavy psychedelic tracks recorded between 1968 and 1971. The record includes both sides of the band's unissued -but much rumored- single, dating back to 1969, and the 9-minute freakout 'Who Goes There?'. This deluxe LP, issued in a limited run of 300 copies on 180-GRAM VINYL, comes with a fully laminated cover and an 8-page LP-sized booklet full of photos, notes and lyrics. The whole package is protected by a resealable nylon outersleeve.

SPINY NORMEN - SPINY NORMEN (LP/RIDING EASY)

 

BLUES GOES ON - THE BLUES GOES ON (CD/GEARFAB)

 

EXORCIST GBG - II (LP/HÖGA NORD)

On vinyl, this is the excellent second full-length by the dangerous psychedelic band from Sweden, playing far-out funk the way far-out funk should be played! The letters GBG were added to the band's name to put emphasis on the fact that the band hails from Gothenburg!

HIGH RISE - HIGH RISE II (LP/BLACK EDITIONS)

High Rise exploded onto Tokyo's underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man's curve. Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjo and frenetic guitarist Munehiro Narita, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music. Their second album is a defining document of the band and unquestionably one of the greatest albums to emerge from 20th century underground Japan and beyond. With Nanjo's distorted thunder bass and Narita's wildly narrative lead guitar playing, 'High Rise II' is a non-stop tour de force of improvised rock music. Combining elements of garage rock, punk and no wave, the band pushed all levels fully in-the-red and transcended the limits of rock and psychedelia to create a raw, unique expansion of the music. Newly mixed and mastered by Asahito Nanjo in what the band states is the definitive version of their most quintessential recording.

SEVEN THAT SPELLS - OMEGA/THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF KRAUTROCK (LP/SULATRON)

Beyond. Not of this planet. Asymmetrical, atonal, cold, and yet in perfect harmony with itself. Created over a span of three years in collaboration with Mr. Blake Fleming, the drummer extraordinaire behind bands like Laddio Bolocko, The Mars Volta and many more, 'Omega' is brutal and driving, mystical and out of this world. A suitable end to the 'The Death And Resurrection Of Krautrock' trilogy. It's time to abandon this planet and let music speak for itself. Limited to 500 copies.

YURI GAGARIN - YURI GAGARIN (CLEAR) (LP/SULATRON)

Now available on CLEAR VINYL in a limited edition of 500 copies. The self-titled album by the Swedish psychonauts is strongly recommended to fans of trippy, instrumental, melodic, heavy and dirty spacerock, roughly sounding like early Hawkwind or early Monster Magnet. SIDE A: 1. First Orbit (9:09) 2. Sonic Invasion 2910 (7:36) SIDE B: 1. Za Kosmosom (8:34) 2. The Big Rip (10:47)

SHIVAS - TURN ME ON (12"/ANNIBALE)

While it doesn't leave behind the group's 1960s rock iconography -lo-fi, reverberated lead vocals, and bouncy guitar hooks woven together with ohhhing-and-ahhhing vocal harmonies- 'Turn Me On' focuses more attention on the sultry, down-tempo tracks.

KNEI - JUVENTUD DE LA GRAN CIUDAD (LP/NASONI)

Now also available on vinyl. The second album by Knei from La Pampa, Argentina, a band influenced by '70s rock'n'roll, psychedelia and progressive rock. With this album the group celebrates its 10-year existence. For fans of The James Gang, Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan Band, Wolfmother, Pappo's Blues, The Doors or early Grand Funk Railroad.

STUPID COSMONAUT - DIGITALIS (LP/DRONE ROCK)

Formed in 2016 in the north west of England, Stupid Cosmonaut draws inspiration from science fiction and the cosmos to create beautifully haunting visions of a not too distant dystopian future. A vast reach of influences can be found from caustic, electronic hallucinations as chilled as Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze to more organic post rock offerings in the vein of Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky. 'Digitalis' is the second vinyl release on Drone Rock Records. Recorded and mixed over the summer of 2017. Founding members Sam Read and Steve McNamara took the sounds of earlier electronic cassette releases and expanded upon them to create a dystopian future world dependant on synthetic technology operating between the realms of pleasure and a deep unsatisfying anxiety.

TRICKLEBOLT - TRICKLEBOLT (BLACK) (LP/MINSTREL MUSIC)

Get ready for Tricklebolt's very own '70s inspired Hammond rock! Although born way past the glory days of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Tricklebolt will haul you right back to that wonderful era with their own retro sounding songs. Heeps of musicality, stamina and eagerness turn their no-nonsense performance into a roaring rock show that will grab you every time. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

VOX LOW - VOX LOW (LP/BORN BAD)

Vox Low is one of the few bands able to stylishly surf between '60s rockabilly influences, cold, minimal techno from around Cologne or Berlin's Zoologischer Garten Station and Sauerkraut Morricone-rock atmospheres mixed with hypnotic and druggy krautrock. They deliver a record nobody expected anymore, one that captures the spirit of the world in motion, for the attention of a crowd of social rejects who have one knee in the gutter but refuse to surrender to the prevailing cynicism. A dark, poisonous, nihilist and erudite piece of work for those who worship Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' and Gary Numan, who stand in line at the Berghain with their pockets empty but their heads full of ideals.

GARAGE/PUNK/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

SPIES - SPIES (LP/ANAZITISI)

The Spies was the name of a Greek garage-beat band that back in the day, we're talking 1968, released one sole 7-inch. The two rare tracks of that single are now reissued on this cool LP, together with four previously unreleased studio cuts from 1969, and a few live cuts from 1972. Though the sound quality of those live contributions isn't exactly great, they definitely do have historical value. This deluxe LP, issued in a limited run of 350 hand-numbered copies on 180-GRAM VINYL, comes with a fully laminated cover and a 4-page LP-sized insert offering background info and photos. The package is protected by a resealable nylon outersleeve.

SNAILS (GREECE) - DR. ACID (LP/ANAZITISI)

The second full-length by these acclaimed retro garage-punks from Greece offers ten cuts that instantly take you back to the heyday of '60s revivalists s.a. The Lyres, Fuzztones, Chesterfield Kings and Vietnam Veterans. This deluxe LP, issued in a limited run of 300 copies on 180-GRAM COLOURED VINYL, comes with a fully laminated cover and a 2-page LP-sized lyric insert. The whole thing is protected by a resealable nylon outersleeve.

PSICO GALERA - SENZA VIA DE FUGA (7"/LA VIDA ES UN M)

Channeling the attempts that Japanese bands like Bitousha and early Kuro made at aping Motörhead into their own vain image, Psico Galera add a twist, using the frenetic speed of the Italian language almost as an instrument, not entirely unlike the unintentionally Italian futurist tempos of Wretched.

OBEDIENCIA - EROSION (LP/LA VIDA ES UN M)

Obediencia's debut album is filled with melancholic damp, anthemic choruses and a powerful vocal melody all hanging amongst fast moving, machinistic drums and buzzsaw guitar work. This brings to mind some Spanish punk of the golden era like demo-era Ultimo Resorte, only having replaced the nods to rock'n'roll via the Pistols with a few guitar lessons from Greg Sage (Wipers). Fans of X, Pink Champagne, Penetration or The Observers will fall in love with this album on first listen.

SIAL - SIAL (LP/LA VIDA ES UN M)

Hailing from Singapore, Sial's blistering abrasive, loud and primitive sounding hardcore encompasses exactly what it is to be Sial (damned in English). Their hardcore takes props from the ferocity of early Disorder output mixed with a singer who without doubt has had The Comes debut album on repeat or even Dirt's early single on Crass. Their rhythm section works relentlessly to create a mix of mid '90s Japanese crasher crust and second wave UK punk creating one of the most powerful records since a long time.

SKIFTANDE ENHETER - MÖRDANDE RUTIN/JAG HAR FÅTT NOG (7"/MARKET SQUARE)

From the back streets of Stockholm, Sweden come a new breed of DIY punks in the form of young four-piece Skiftande Enhenter. 'Mördande Rutin' is a short and spikey piece of primitive punk with scratchy guitars and bubble gum organ, with lyrics full of angst. The B-side 'Jag Har Fått Nog' is some of the snottiest punk in Europe continuing in the same attacking style as the A side. This track however slays all squares in its path, when singer/guitarist Julius lets out one of the most ear-piercing screams committed to record in 2018.

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

HIBAGON - POLYPOSMIC (LP/TAXI DRIVER)

Heavy polyrhythmic duo that channels the energy of the straightforward guitar and drums formula into irregular textures, bringing it back to the listener in geometric and distorted frames.

VARIOUS - MUSIC FOR PUSSYCATS (BLACK) (LP/CACIOCAVALLO)

'BOYD RICE PRESENTS "MUSIC FOR PUSSYCATS"' - Remastered limited edition of 250 copies on black vinyl. A collection of obscure girl group pop courtesy of lifelong aficionado Boyd Rice. Compiled as an attempt to preserve some of the genre's best music, and to share some forgotten songs with the rest of the world. SIDE 1: 1. Debbie Lori Kaye - Iron Cross 2. Diane Ray - Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard 3. Bernadette Castro - Get Rid Of Him 4. Bernadette Caroll - Party Girl 5. Susan Rafey - The Big Hurt 6. Priscilla Paris - My Window 7. Diane Leigh - Day After Lonely Day 8. Priscilla Paris - Help Me SIDE 2: 1. Robbie Winston - Help Me 2. Susan Rafey - Bring Back The Love You Gave Me 3. Lori Burton - Love Was 4. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy - Dark On You Now 5. Bernadette Castro - A Girl In Love Forgives 6. Donna Lynn - Navy Blue 7. Diane Ray - Snow Man 8. Robin Ward - Wonderful Summer

PUNK/HARDCORE

RIK L RIK - THE LOST ALBUM (LP/RADIATION DELUX)

The late great LA punk scene hero Rik L Rik's (F Word, Negative Trend) only solo album is a killer collection of singles, compilation tracks, live recordings and unreleased tracks spanning punk, goth-rock, and new wave. Reissued on LP with exclusive liner notes from Posh Boy label mastermind Robbie Fields himself.

ZEROS - LOST BOYS: 1977-1979 (CD/ONLY FIT FOR TH)

On CD, here are the tracks of this obscure yet classic UK punk band's late '70s singles (a.o. for Small Wonder Records), expanded with previously unheard tracks! This edition is limited to only 200 copies.

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

VARIOUS - BCG, VOL. 2: PARTICIPE PASSÉ, FRANCE 81/91 (LP/CAMELEON/POUTRE)

This compilation, limited to 500 copies, contains tracks taken from cassettes recorded between 1981 and 1991 with French experimental, industrial and new wave bands. Includes 2 inserts. SIDE 1: 1. Alain Gibertie - La Musique Télépathique (Excerpt 1) 2. Brume - Le Jour Du Cochon - Part 1 3. La Chorale - Saucisson Mécanique 4. Hänzel & Gretzel - DCA Spiel 5. Kosa Nostra - For The Best 6. Geins't Naït - Picnic 7. Costes - C'est Loupé SIDE 2: 1. Camera Obscura - Camera Obscura (Intro) 2. Die Form - Perversion 1 3. Marcel Kanche - Tübingen 4. Le Syndicat - Ritual 5. La Sonorité Jaune - Caresses Intimes 6. Parazite - Rats (Excerpt) 7. Margaret Freeman - C'est Un Piège 8. Achwghâ Ney Wodei - Mais Où Est Donc Passée Ma 9. Alain Gibertie - La Musique Télépathique (Excerpt 2)

ANDREONI, PIER LUIGI -& FRANCESCO PALADINO- - AEOLYCA (BLACK) (LP/SOAVE)

Andreoni and Paladinos' 'Aeolyca' project stands on its own as it intersects the two musicians' already well established partnership in A.T.R.O.X. and The Doubling Riders among other settings, with the sounds generated by Mario Ciccioli's aeolian sculptures. Neither aiming for the organic purity of Harry Bertoia's 'Sonambient' recordings or the complex constructions of Mario Bertoncini's works with aeolian harps, 'Aeolyca' walks a line of resistance in refusing to get with any program.

MUSCI, ROBERTO -& GIOVANNI VENOSTA- - (BLACK) URBAN AND TRIBAL PORTRAITS (LP/SOAVE)

'Urban And Tribal Portraits' is another milestone by Roberto Musci from 1988, a key collaboration with fellow sidereal world traveler Giovanni Venosta, whose essential and amazing debut album Olympic Signals was also recently repressed. While a number of the recordings that comprise this particular work have been (relatively) available --through a ReR anthology that also included tracks from the other Musci/Venosta collaboration, Water Messages on Desert Sand as well as some integrated in the Music From Memory compilation, Tower of Silence, released under Muscis name only-this is indeed the first time one can listen to this fundamental work as it was meant to be heard. Not a minor detail for a work that was obviously conceptually and narratively rigorously conceived by Musci and Venosta.

POPOLI, TIZIANO -& MARCO DALPANE- - SCORIE (+CD) (LP/SOAVE)

Official repress of 'Scorie', Tiziano Popoli and Marco Dalpane's minimal wonder from 1985. Long coveted and hunted by collectors, 'Scorie' falls among the strange and definition resistant artifacts of Italy's remarkable avant-garde music scene of the '70s and '80s. An emblem of sonic diversity rendered through electronic sound, distilling a daunting number of traditions and ideas, while sculpting its own world of creative singularity, standing apart from the rest. Yellow vinyl, including CD.

REINHARDT, JONAS - CONCLAVE SURGE (LP/DEEP DISTANCE)

Following hugely acclaimed releases for labels such as Kranky, Constellation Tatsu, Not Not Fun and Great Pop Supplement, Jesse Reiner's esteemed Jonas Reinhardt returns to the fray with the mighty 'Conclave Surge' LP. The eight tracks contained within open the listener to a new dimension to the Reinhardt oeuvre; expanding deeply on the sonic themes explored in previous albums with a sense of immersive, meditative intent. The sharp sound design of minimal techno, early industrial music's capacity for dramatic shock and awe and the fervent rhythmic experimentation of West African synthesists all weaved their way into Reiner's palette for 'Conclave Surge'. Limited to 300 copies.

OF THE WAND AND THE MOON - (BLACK) TIME'S OUT OF REACH (7"/HEIDRUNAR MYRKR)

The second part of 2016's Yule release 'I Called Your Name'. Kim Larsen is joined once again by Sarah Hepburn on harmonium. Limited to 250 copies on black vinyl.

OF THE WAND AND THE MOON - THE LONE DESCENT (2LP/GOLD) (LP/HEIDRUNAR MYRKR)

No more happy songs! The highly acclaimed 5th album from Denmark's Of The Wand And The Moon finally available again as limited gold coloured vinyl version. Again Kim Larsen takes another road than the previous albums. This music is '60s influenced, where the love for Lee Hazlewood and Serge Gainsbourg shines through. Still keeping the dark neofolk roots though, 'The Lone Descent' is without doubt the most bleak and melancholic album from Of The Wand And The Moon, and clearly shows Larsen's brilliant talent as a singer/songwriter.

THRILLER - CADILLAC (7"/ANAZITISI MOOD)

Limited to 300 copies on coloured 7-inch vinyl, this debut-release from a red hot Greek rockabilly combo is presented in a fully laminated 4-page poster cover.

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

MOCK THE MANKIND - RUINATION (LP/TAXI DRIVER)

Instrumental atmospheric doom trio from Greece, whose inspiration derives from all the hideous and continuous disasters against any kind of living existence that have a common source: man himself. 'Ruination' was first self-released in 2015 on CD. The LP version is limited to 300 copies on 180 gram red/splatter vinyl and includes a poster.

SONIC WOLVES - BEFORE THE END COMES (LP/TAXI DRIVER)

The sound of Sonic Wolves is an infusion of heavy and dirty rock, with elements of metal and psychedelia permeating each song. These hungry wolves take rock to a louder and nastier level. Limited to 300 copies.

SUMOKEM - THE GUARDIAN OF YOSEMITE (2LP) (LP/CURSED TONGUE)

 

ANTIGONE'S FATE - INSOMNIA (JEWEL) (CD/NORTHERN SILENC)

'Insomnia' can be seen as a conceptual first sign in the life of Antigone's Fate and it is recommended for fans of Gallowbraid, Vallendusk, Agalloch, Nagelfar, Empyrium, Horn and similar bands.

CAMBRIAN - MOBULAR (CD/TAXI DRIVER)

First album for this supergroup formed by Boggio Nattero (Carcharodon) on lap-steel guitar, electric guitar and vox, Fabio Cuomo (Eremite, Mope) on drums and piano and Stefano Parodi (Vanessa Van Basten, Mope, Dead Esther) on bass guitar. A surreal and alienating combination of very slow Hawaiian lap-steel scores and elephantine sludge/doom riffs with compelling blues shades. It's as if Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath were jamming with Earth and Sleep on a Hawaiian beach at sunset.

IDLEGOD - IDLEGOD (CD/TAXI DRIVER)

The debut album by this Italian metal/doom/sludge trio sounds like a heavy, evil and painful jackhammer!

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - HILLBILLIES IN HELL, VOL. 5 (LP/IRON MOUNTAIN A)

This fifth volume of the series offers more devilish torments and temptations, originally issued on obscure 45s and many of which extremely hard to find. The LP is pressed on randomly inserted black and coloured vinyl (666 copies) and presented a deluxe gatefold sleeve including liner notes. Featured artists/bands include Doug Tubb, The Kingsmen, Johnny Horton, Frank Dycus, Arkey Blue, Hank Williams Jr. & The Mike Curb Congregation, Duane Dee, Lonnie Glosson, Wayne Jarrard, a.m.o.

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

BUIO MONDO - HEREDEROS DE LA BESTIA O.S.T. (10") (10"/ONE WAY STATIC)

Buio Mondo's original score to the highly successful documentary covering Alex De La Iglesia's 1995 apocalyptic horror story 'El Dia De La Bestia', issued on 10-inch vinyl and presented with an obi-strip. Only 666 copies were pressed!

HEARTWOOD INSTITUTE - SECRET RITES (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOU)

Hauntronica from the heart of the English Lake District. An unholy collision of Throbbing Gristle style proto industrial, kosmische/kraut grooves and '70s folk horror soundtracks. 'Secret Rites' delves deep into a series of forgotten occult documentaries from the late sixties and early seventies: 'The Power Of The Witch', 'Witchcraft 70' and 'The Legend Of The Witches', and focuses on the superstars of the period, Alex & Maxine Sanders, self appointed King and Queen of the Witches. A hauntological dive into a time when the occult was making inroads into mainstream media, truly the Age of Aquarius. Limited to 300 copies.

 

 

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