SPOTLIGHT 49

09/12/2019 10:52

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ANNO MUNDI - LAND OF LEGENDS (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

Fourth album by the Italian band that combines influences from '70s prog with the dark and doomy atmospheres of Black Sabbath.

BLACK BOMBAIM & JOAO PAIS FILIPE - DRAGONFLIES WITH BIRDS AND SNAKE O.S.T. (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

This record was born out of an invitation from Curtas of Vila do Conde to Black Bombaim and Joao Pais Filipe to provide the soundtrack of 'Dragonflies With Birds And Snake', a film by Wolfgang Lehmann.

CHARIVARI - DESCENT (LP/WORST BASSIST)

Charivari are a 4 piece from Bath, UK taking influence from post-punk, shoegaze and post-rock genres. Their debut 'Descent' explores themes of warped realities, alienation, and our dissociative, subliminal, disconnect towards our environment and our eventual descent. Charivari are a very talented and powerful, wild psych-noise-indie-postrock band and their live shows are so amazing and wild, but deep and emotional at the same time. In 'Descent' you can hear that they really care for what they do, that they are their music by themselves. Jump into it, let their flow carry your soul. Charivari combine different musical genres to one fitting flow. You can hear the influence of Steve Albini and Sonic Youth and bands like that, but you also get carried away by the psychedelic transcendence they create. Psych fans, noise fans, post-rock fans, kraut fans and punk fans will love this album, as the shoegazers and even the indie fans will surely do.

CONNER, GARY LEE - THE MICRODOT GNOME (LP/VINCEBUS ERUPTUM)

The long awaited FIRST album by Gary Lee Conner, the Screaming Trees guitar player and author, recorded in 2010. Originally only released digitally and on cassette. 11 tracks of totally psychedelic music! First edition of 300 copies on purple vinyl.

CULT OF DOM KELLER - ASCEND! (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Co-release with Little Cloud Records. With 'Ascend!' The Cult Of Dom Keller have reached the apex of their post-apocalyptic, scalp sizzling sonic freak-out vision as they pull you down a visceral black hole that leaves ears ringing and heads reeling. From the dystopian intro the door bursts open into 'Hello Hanging Rope' - a face melt of smog chocked bump and grind that throbs with a demonic menace and carries with it a swagger of Les Rallizes Denudes (think 'Flames Of Ice') - a total head trip. Tracks meld into each other as The Cult Of Dom Keller howl like a beast, bass and drums locked in and revved up, the keyboard wheezes and reels out wailing drones while guitars erupt with frantic head tripping fuzz a rama lama cyclonic riffs. It's very heavy and very far-out. Be sure to double up on your medication before sitting down and listening to 'Ascend!' For fans of Chrome, Les Rallizes Denudes, The Stooges, German Oak and Amon Düül II Comes on marbled vinyl.

JANITORS - DRONE HEAD (2LP) (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Long awaited vinyl re-issue of the long out of print cult neo-psych classic that is 'Drone Head' by The Janitors. Fuelled by folköl and an uncontrollable urge to hiss and make noise the Janitors went into their own studio Psych Grottan and during 2012 gave birth to two EP's, a couple of singles and remixes and a lot of raised eyebrows from audiences and blogs from all over the world. The shamanic psychedelic trance of darkness and drone of the 'The Worker Drone Queen' and 'Head Honcho' EP's ended up on more than a few end of years best offs back in 2012 and since then the cult over this record has grown and grown. The recordings eventually found their way into the hands of Cardinal Fuzz who on the spot decided to release the whole shebang on a glorious 2x12" gatefold vinyl. Also exclusive to this release are the Al Lover remix of 'Death Song' and Strssmnt remix of 'Coming Down' plus a track called 'Nevereverism'. The Janitors give love to noise, monotony and pop songs and mainly consist of two people in love with the darker side of the '80s with heroes like Loop, Spacemen 3 and JAMC. They call it stökpsych or evil shoegaze boogie woogie, you decide for yourself. This reissue of 'Drone Head' is presented in a luxurious 350gsm gloss laminated gatefold sleeve with Side A/B as beer coloured vinyl and side C/D as weed coloured vinyl. Limited to 280 opies.

METEOR VORTEX - (BLACK) SPIRALED BEYOND THE REACH (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Meteor Vortex is an instrumental heavy psych/space rock/stoner rock power trio from the city of Kouvola, Finland. Band's influences vary among the field of stoner-, space- and psych-rock, and influences of bands such as Earthless, Hawkwind, Electric Moon and Hidria Spacefolk can be spotted. Overall, the sound is little bit tilted towards the European-style psychedelic rock instead of approaches that are more common in Finland and other Nordic countries when it comes to related genres. It's typical for the band's songs to be of jam-principle, somewhat lengthy, repetitive, evolving, meditative and captivating. Limited to 100 copies on 180 gram vinyl.

MOS GENERATOR - (BLACK) SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTIONS (LP/KOZMIK ARTIFACTZ)

Mos Generator formed during the winter of 2000, in Port Orchard, Washington from the ashes of a ten year off and on collaboration between its original three members, all of whom were long time veterans of road and studio. The need to strip down to the basics of hard rock was apparent from the start and continues to be the foundation for all the band's recent material. For the first time ever Mos Generator releases a complete record of freeform jams. This LP is a sort of conceptual one-off containing four very long tracks.

MYTHOLOGY - THE CASTLE OF CROSSED DESTINIES (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

Nobody knows their real names hidden by pseudonyms. Nobody knows their origins. Nobody knows when this album has been recorded. Only two things are certain: first: this album is an incredible mixture of '70s hard rock, progressive rock with jazzy touches and a mystic atmosphere and second: the name is Mythology.

SALVI, ANGELICA - PHANTONE (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Harp player born in Spain, radiated in Porto for more than 10 year, debuts a memorising approach to the classic instrument.

RUNAWAY TOTEM - MULTIVERSAL MATTER (CD/BLACK WIDOW)

The 2019 conceptual full-length by the Italian prog band, available on CD.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

ARMITAGE SHANKS - LOOK OUT HERE COMES UNCLE JOHN (7"/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

Armitage Shanks swapped their Grammy award winning studio Toe Rag, for the magical ears of Jerry Desmonde and Jim Riley at Medway's mighty Ranscombe Studios, in order to save time and petrol. The fifty tracks recorded that day were then held back awaiting the fifth wave punk revival. But with Uncle Johns running the world, time is tight and the time is right. Six studio albums, thirteen singles, a live LP from The Hope and Anchor and a best of album, there's no brakes on the Armitage Shanks battle bus. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies, side A's thumping 'Look Out Here Comes Uncle John' is the link between Bo Diddley and The Ramones, with side B's 'Because I Care' features the throat tearing genius of Penny Dreadful.

CAESARS PALACE - ROCK DE PUTA MIERDA! (LP/BUSY BEE PRODUCTION)

Caesar's Palace aka The Twelve Caesars aka Caesars travelled the world in search of world dominance for about a decade around the turn of the century. With their unbridled garage pop they turned some heads, rocked out and had a massive hit with the song 'Jerk It Out' used in an Apple commercial. This record collects early releases of Caesars in their infancy when their sound was more primal outpatient garage rawk, but still had those sweet, sweet melodies. '¡Rock De Puta Mierda!' was a 1996 MCD long out of print and never released on vinyl and you'll find it here along with their very first 7" from 1995 as well as a few rare tracks from the early daze when the band wasn't afraid of being sued.

VARIOUS - WILD CHILE! (LP/PINCHE)

Wild '60s rockanrol, twist, garage sounds and beat action from Chile are here collected on one dynamite comp! SIDE 1: 1. Willy Monti & Los Tiburones - Primitiva 2. Los Atomos - No Mientas Mel Espacio 3. Pepe Pato & Los Stereos - Me Transtornas 4. Los Primos - Flamenco A Go-Go 5. The Blue Splendor - Pasos En El Espacio 6. Alan Y Sus Bates - Que Pasa En Mi SIDE 2: 1. Los Caporales - El Twist De La Gorda 2. Los Stereos - Monkey A Go Go 3. Flash Galindez - No Hay En La Playa 4. Los Beat 4 - Dame Un Bananino 5. The Ramblers - Lamento Indio 6. Los Minimas - 1-2-3 Soul 7. Los Diablos Azules - Jugando En La Playa

VARIOUS - FADING YELLOW 17 (CD/FLOWER MACHINE)

Volume 17 of the compilation series which have named an own genre of '60s styled sunshine psych pop called simply 'Fading Yellow'. This time including US and some Canadian 45's from 1965 to 1971. A magical smörgåsbord of songs with that special FY vibe. Among many highlights is the original version of 'Kites' made famous by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, The Rooftop Singers did the original version. Limited edition of 500 copies with 8 page booklet with info about the tracks and pictures. TRACKS: 01. THE AVANT-GARDE - Yellow Beads 02. ALAN LORBER - Congress Alley 03. THE POPPY FAMILY - I'll See You There 04. J.C. COLE - I found me today 05. THE ROOFTOP SINGERS - Kites 06. A SMALL WORLD - I See You 07. SPACE - Radio Song 08. JAMES, JOHN & FRANCOIS - Carolina 09. THE FIFTH ESTATE - Love Is All A Game 10. THE CELTICS - Looking For You 11. THE HOBBITS - Artificial Face 12. THE SURPRISE PACKAGE - The Other Me 13. THE MAGPIES - The Ballad Of Samuel Oscar Beasley 14. THE LOOKING GLASS - Love Is Not Everything 15. THE MARSHMELLOW HIGHWAY - I Don't Wanna Live This Way 16. BUCKY WILKIN - I Wanna Be Free 17. SOUND CARNIVAL - I Wish I Could Tell You 18. THE SWISS MOVEMENT - Inside Of Me 19. THE IN-KEEPERS - The Cobwebs Thread Of Autumn 20. SALT AND PEPPER - In The Morning

SIDEN, HANS - THE BOY IN THE PAISLEY SHIRT (Bk/BUSY BEE PRODUCTION)

180 pages with hundreds of pictures from swinging '60s Gothenburg! Hardbound cover with printing on 130g Amber Graphic paper.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

COLORIDE - STORYBOARD/LADY JANE (7"/ALLEY CLUB)

This single is an absolute belter and if you love mod/indie you're going to want to buy this.

TEMPLE & YOUNG - TEMPLE & YOUNG (LP/BUSY BEE PRODUCTION)

Producer/songwriter/artist Andreas Kleerup (Robyn, Neneh Cherry, Lykke Li, Teddybears Sthlm and others) teams up with Andreas Unge, mean bass player/producer having spent years in Africa working with Oumou Sangaré, Salif Keita, Cheikh Lô, Youssou N'Dour and others. The result is the electronica/kraut manifestation Temple & Young. After a road trip through Europe in an old Volvo packed with an arsenal of old instruments and recording equipment Temple & Young settled in a cottage in a rural village in the French countryside and turned the second floor into a studio where the duo captured the beating heart of an endless summer. While not swimming under the stars the duo mapped out their collective consciousness with driving, mathematical grooves in a land somewhere between '70s Düsseldorf and '90s Manchester that oozes cheap drinks, club nights and love. Temple & Young have made a timeless, hypnotic and mind-expanding space travel, here in a limited vinyl edition.

PHOENIX ROAD - THE MOUNTAINEER (CD/ALLEY CLUB)

Debut album by Cambridge based band Phoenix Road mixing mod, '60s and indie sounds. Featuring From The Jam's Andy Fairclough on keys! Consisting of ten beautifully crafted songs, the album has a distinctive 1960s flavour. You can hear echoes of British legends such as Small Faces, The Kinks and The Beatles, but there is also an edginess reminiscent of The Jam and even hints of early Supergrass can be heard here and there.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

ATTENTAT - PUNKHJÄRTA (LP/BUSY BEE PRODUCTION)

Attentat were pioneers in the first Swedish punk wave in the late 1970s, along with bands like Kriminella Gitarrer, KSMB, Göteborg Sound and Ebba Grön. After more than 40 years on the Swedish rock scene, Attentat has never felt more relevant. With their 2019 album 'Punkhjärta' (Punk Heart) producer Mattias Glavå (Dungen, The Amazing, Ice Age and others) has carved out a cleaner more raw sound but the fighting spirit, energy and sing along refrains remain. Attentat are still set on changing the future without forgetting their past and in 2019 they are better, smarter, stronger and more fun than ever. They have nothing left to prove, but still do. The day our planet is flawless Attentat will quit. But that day seems far away.

VICIOUS VISIONS - RETRODISRESPECT 1980-83 (LP/BUSY BEE PRODUCTION)

Vicious Visions' single 'I Beat You' is a holy grail in punkrock collector circles, not just because of its limited run of only 109 copies but also because it is a MONSTER of a hit. Formed in Halmstad, Vicious Visions soon moved to Berlin and honed their craft in squats in the shadow of the iron wall. They may come from the same little town as Roxette but they sound more Berlin than Halmstad. Where the single was musically defined by the fact that the band at that time didn't have a drummer so they were forced to use a drum machine. 'Retrodisrespective' can broaden the perception of Vicious Visions as it includes both full band recordings as well as ones by the original core duo behind 'I Beat You'. You'll get to enjoy everything from chaotic punk anthems to minimal Suicide-like no wave.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

AURAL RAGE - THE DOCTRINE OF MAYBENESS (3CD) (CD/INFINITE FOG)

'The Doctrine Of Maybeness' by Aural Rage is an anthology of the works of Danny Hyde's Aural rage project, an engineer, programmer, producer, collaborator, remixer and co-conspirator of Coil, Nine Inch Nails, Psychic TV, Depeche Mode, and many others. A 15 year anniversary of musical adventure on 3xCDs with all works together - 'A Nature Of Nonsense', 'Sinsemilla Dreams' and 'Svay Pak' with unreleased bonus tracks. Features guest musicians John Balance and Peter Christopherson aka Coil and Joanna de Seyne.

CHRISTOPHERSON, PETER - TIME MACHINES II (CD/OOO MARKON)

"I have begun to develop and build (with the help of various lone inventors, military technicians, circuit bending specialists, cabinet makers, and antiquarians, dotted around obscure corners of the globe) the musical instruments I plan to use on 'Time Machines II'. Perhaps it should be called 'Time Machines Legacy', or something similar, since it will use technology not invented when we released 'Time Machines'... The last few years have seen me becoming more interested in changing state (legally obviously) not as a route to intoxication, leading to loss of Awareness of the Present Moment, but as a way of opening doors to new visions, capabilities and knowledge." ~Sleazy 2010.

ISHIKAWA/SIDIROKASTRITIS/VAROUTAS/LAMBRAKIS/LINARDOU - THE DEPTHS ABOVE (2CD) (CD/UNDERFLOW)

This excerpt from Alexandros Papadiamantis's novel 'The Rose-tinted Shores' sums up the aesthetic experience of the album 'The Depths Above'. Ko Ishikawa, Nikos Sidirokastritis, Giorgos Varoutas, Harris Lambrakis and Anna Linardou interpret the ecstasy of nature, wandering between ancient memory and imagination. Ancient instruments, such as the Japanese sho and the Middle Eastern ney, a piece of acacia wood and a voice, combined with electroacoustic guitar, electronic sound and live sampling, reflect a poetic contemplation of the human condition between the sea and the depths of the sky. The album was recorded in Athens on January 17, 2019, at the Underflow Record Store and Art Gallery, which was arranged accordingly for the project's audio and video recording needs. The release includes 2 CDs: the first is the recording of the quintet Ishikawa-Sidirokastritis-Varoutas-Lambrakis-Linardou, and the second the recording of the trio Ishikawa-Sidirokastritis-Varoutas. The interior of the 6 panel digipak is decorated with engravings by Dimitris Sidirokastritis.

PAIS FILIPE, JOAO - JOAO PAIS FILIPE (CD/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Joao Pais Filipe is not the kind of musician who talks the talk - better yet, the Porto-based artist, who's also an artisan behind its own and unique drum kit, walked the industrial, jazz and avant-garde walk to the point he found a space yet to be occupied by European scholars and their musical notations. In his one of a kind expression, the percussionist bends musical compositions to the point melodies and harmonies are the outcome of rhythmic relations instead of a tyrannic expression ruling over creation. Filipe designed a new direction in sound, which he calls ethno techno and where he manages constant dualities, between mechanic and organic, loops and repetitions, dancefloor explosions and circular mantras. Playing solo, Joao Pais Filipe takes on electronic dancefloor structures in a quite idiosyncratic way, channeling through his self-designed, handmade percussion kit each layer and idea, imbuing them with non-industrialized imperfections and rustic textures and setting a new path for the genre.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

GOTHIC STONE - HAERETICUS EMPYREUM (LP/BLACK WIDOW)

Blending elements of doom, NWOBHM and hints of seventies dark sound, this album will take you back to the gloomiest roots of heavy metal ('70s Judas Priest and Black Sabbath) and let you follow the left hand path of this music through the rituals of the eighties masters (Angel Witch, Sarcofagus, Mercyful Fate, Candlemass, Manilla Road, Warlord), straight to the crypt of the Italian electric church (Death SS, Paul Chain Violet Theatre, The Black).

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

GUSTAFSSON, MATS - WORN.KISSED. (+BOOK/PUZZLE/BOX) (LP/UNDERFLOW)

'Worn.Kissed.' is inspired by paintings of Edward Jarvis exhibited at the Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery in January-March 2020. Mats Gustafsson: fluteophone, baritone saxophone, flute, electronics. This deluxe box includes 1 LP, an 48 page book (LP size) and a 500 piece puzzle of the Edward Jarvis painting 'The Hypnagogic Puzzle'.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

BERALDO, MARIA - CAVALA (LP/LOVERS & LOLLYPOPS)

Maria Beraldo lives in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and composes the Brazilian musical scene as clarinetist and singer of Arrigo Barnabé's group, as a member of Quartabê, also in touch -recording and playing- with Elza Soares, Negro Leo, Rodrigo Campos, Laura Diaz (Teto Preto), etc. She has received her Bachelor (2009) and Master (2013) degree in music, both from UNICAMP (University of Campinas - Sao Paulo).

VARIOUS - TAIWAN DISCO (LP/ABERRANT)

Presented on this LP is a selection of recordings from Taiwan's disco divas, funky queens and glam ladies, who put many a dancefloor on fire during the '70s and early '80s. Featured artists/acts include Wu Xiu Zhu, Tian Lu Lu, Liu Guan Lin, Zou Juan Juan, Yu San Shan, Chen Lan Li, Wang Xiang Ling and many others.

 

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

AFRODYSSEY ORCHESTRA - UNDER THE SUN (LP/ALTERCAT)

Greece is maybe not the first country that comes to mind when you think of Afrojazz. Afrodyssey Orchestra unexpectedly hit the scene some time ago after the release of 'In The Land Of Aou Tila', their debut album - while that first album was going to the hands of the few lucky ones who managed to discover the band back then, Afrodyssey Orchestra were already booking more studio time in order to start working on further recordings. Three years later, here's 'Under The Sun', with seven compositions that reflect the logical evolution the band has experienced during this time, including some fine-tuning in their line-up. A melange of African polyrhythms, jazz, a scent of the Balkans and a fling with Afrobeat that holds hands with their beginnings - all this devised through the prism of the vast Greek musical universe.

 

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