The legacy of North Carolina’s Ashrae Fax seems destined to be
appreciated in retrospect, in no small part given to the
tremendous power of the group’s 2003 release Static Crash!,
reissued twice from its initial CD-R run before appearing on
Mexican Summer last year. The Goth/ethereal duo of vocalist
Renée Mendoza and producer/guitarist Alex Chesney had built a
long, strange and mostly undocumented legacy prior to that
release, and Never Really Been Into It extends the tale back even
further: ten songs, sketched out in the late ‘90s, most of which
were never completed and remained unheard until now. “This
would’ve been our first full-length,” reflects vocalist Renée
Mendoza, “if we had any idea what we were doing [back then].”
Rescued from a shoebox of ephemera from the band’s earliest
days, when Mendoza and guitarist Alex Chesney drifted out of
high school and into the uncertainties of early adulthood, these
songs were the product of a band whose members had nothing
but time and ambition, influence and desire to transcend their
humble beginnings. Pieced together and re-recorded over a five-month period in 2013 by Renée Mendoza in her home studio,
from mere stems and forgotten takes preserved on decades-old
minidisc recordings, the songs on Never Really Been Into It reflect
disquiet, uncertainty, hope and numbing, absolute beauty, along
teenage obsessions with The Cocteau Twins, The Cure, and
perhaps the Projekt Records roster, refracted through the lens of
latter-day experience – pristine musicianship, gorgeous vocals,
cryogenically frozen until now. Had these songs been properly
released when initially conceived, Ashrae Fax would have no
doubt found themselves in the midst of the upswell of ethereal
pop bands of the ‘90s (The Underflowers, Ultracherry Violet, The
Curtain Society). As such, their moment keeps happening, and
1. Dreamers Tied to Chairs
3. The Big Lie
4. Fits and Starts
6. Hurricanes in a Jar
7. You Make Me Question My Mind (in a thousand words about time)
9. Seconds Chances
10. In Motion
2nd full length album from Canadian artist, Cold Specks.
Recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Toronto’s Revolution Recordings studios, the album was produced by Jim Anderson and mixed by Anderson and Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). Neuroplasticity is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed debut, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion.
1. A Broken Memory
2. Bodies At Bay
3. Old Knives
4. A Quiet Chill
5. Exit Plan
6. Let Loose The Dogs
8. Living Signs
9. A Formal Invitation
10. A Season Of Doubt
FKA twigs is a London-based producer, singer, songwriter, video director, classically trained ballerina, and choreographer. Although Twigs
(as her friends call her) has only officially released 2 EPs to date - one
self-released and one for Young Turks, she has racked up more than 6
million Youtube views for her assorted videos - 2.5 million on the video
for “Water Me” alone.
Currently gracing the covers of both Fader and Dazed magazines, FKA
twigs is one of the most exciting new artists around. She releases her
debut album LP1 via Young Turks - a record that showcases FKA twigs’ acclaimed songwriting and production talents and is
set to be one of the year’s most hotly-anticipated debuts.
News of the album release follows a series of live performances around
the globe (including London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Paris),
all of which sold out within hours of being announced solely via FKA
twigs’ personal Instagram.
2. Lights On
3. Two Weeks
6. Video Girl
9. Give Up
It all started over a year ago with the caption “MINDBLOWING PSYCHEDELIA FROM THAILAND”—the Youtube video that accompanied this headline on the Dangerous Minds Blog was exactly that. Here was a group of Thai
musicians being filmed parading through a remote village hundreds of miles
away from Bangkok playing some of the heaviest Psych known to mankind out
of a crazy homemade soundsystem. Who were these men and how on earth was
this not some unearthed archived footage from the ‘60s or ‘70s?! The Youtube
clip quickly made its rounds amongst music enthusiasts leaving many in the
Western hemisphere to question who this group of contemporary Thai villagers
(loosely named Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band) was.
Six months after that first encounter with Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band, a
Los Angeles music producer named Josh Marcy used Facebook and some unlikely interpreters at his local Thai restaurant to get in contact with the band and
inquire whether they’d be interested in having him travel to their town to record
their music for a global audience. At first the band was naturally suspicious, but
through subsequent interactions the group’s leader and namesake Khun Narin
(also known simply as “Rin”) warmed to the idea of having Marcy come visit.
And so began the journey of uncovering who these mysterious men from an
obscure blog post actually were.
Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band’s membership is always in rotation and spans
several generations, from high school kids to men well into their 60s. A standard
engagement has the band setting up at the hosting household during the morning rituals, playing several low-key sets from the comfort of plastic lawn chairs
occasionally working in a cover version of a foreign classic (The Cranberries
‘Zombie’ is a recent favorite) while the beer and whiskey flow freely. After a
mid-day banquet, they start up the generator and lead a parade through the community to the local temple, picking up more and more partiers along the way
1. Lam Phu Thai #1
2. Lam Phu Thai #2
3. Lai Sing
4. Sut Sanaen #2
5. Show Wong Khun Narin #1
6. Show Wong Khun Narin #2
7. Show Wong Khun Narin #3
“Presents a desert crawl and barrage of collages that carry
across a free play of images and symbols set in sequence
to the sounds”
In Chrome Cactus, The Young have created
a HUGE sounding, timeless rock album that
reinforces and revitalizes everything that is
great about American Rock Music in 2014.
Taking influence from early ZZ Top, Link Wray,
Lungfish, Dead Moon - Chrome Cactus is a ball
of power and controlled feedback disguised as
ten of the catchiest songs you’ll hear this year.
Chrome Cactus is a far darker version of Austin’s
The Young than ever before. The breezy
optimism of their earlier albums has been
switched out for sinister, creeping dread in both
the lyrics and music.
The rhythm section of drummer Ryan Maloney
and new bassist Lucas Wedow drive a heavy
foundation for guitarists Hans Zimmerman
and Kyle Edwards, who have reached dizzying
new heights. Expertly produced by fellow
sonic assassin Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses,
The Fucking Champs), Chrome Cactus is the
moment where Zimmerman’s vocal delivery
is perfectly matched with the skillful, intuitive
interplay, which at this point is now fully realized.
1. Metal Flake
2. Cry Of Tin
3. Chrome Jamb
4. Moondog First Quarter
5. Apaches Throat
7. Ramona Cruz
8. Dressed In Black
9. Slow Death
10. Blow The Scum Away
— NPR All Songs Considered
“A glimmer of hope.”
—Pitchfork, BEST NEW TRACK
“Redolent harmonies and big hooks.”
Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four
years from the acclaimed supergroup The
New Pornographers, who NPR calls “virtually
peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock.” Additionally, the New Yorker describes
the band’s music as “magnificent and clever”
while Stereogum proclaims, “In recent history,
no group has featured so much formidable
established talent, collaborating on a regular
“This is a celebration record,” in the words
of lead-singer and main songwriter AC
Newman, and that describes it perfectly - massively melodic, joyous pop music helmed
by the soaring vocals of Neko Case, Dan Bejar
(Destroyer) and Newman himself. Not since
“Twin Cinema” has the band sounded so
deliriously, goofily happy. The record boasts
sonic heft and song after song of inventive
arrangements, wry lyrics and driving force.
This is absolutely one of the most fun - yet
deep - albums of 2014.
1. Brill Bruisers
2. Champions Of Red Wine
3. Fantasy Fools
4. War On The East Coast
6. Marching Orders
7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart
8. Born With A Sound
9. Wide Eyes
10. Dancehall Domine
“A symphony of dreamy synths and soaring guitar fuzz gloriously fluctuates between ecstasy and panic... A-”
- Entertainment Weekly
Before the Dawn Heals Us is the third studio album by
M83, the first since departure of founding member Nicolas
Fromageau. The album was originally released on Mute in
2005 and saw the band’s profile continue to rise. Several
tracks were used in high profile sync placements including
“Don’t Save Us From the Flames” in a 2006 Pontiac
commercial and “*” in a 2011 Red Bull advertisement
featuring snowboarder Travis Rice. Key tracks include
“Don’t Save Us From the Flames”, “*” and “Teen Angst.”
M83 has since gone on to release 2011’s Grammy-nominated
double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (which contains
platinum single, “Midnight City”). M83 scored the soundtrack
for the 2013 film, Oblivion (with Tom Cruise), the soundtrack
to French film, You and the Night (the directorial debut of his
brother, Yann Gonzalez), and most recently contributed the
original track, “I Need You” to the 2014 film, Divergent. M83
is currently considered one of the top electronic music artists
in the world.
2. Don’t Save Us from the Flames
3. In the Cold I’m Standing
4. Farewell / Goodbye
5. Fields, Shorelines and Hunters
7. I Guess I’m Floating
8. Teen Angst
9. Can’t Stop
11. Let Men Burn Stars
12. Car Chase Terror!
13. Slight Night Shiver
14. A Guitar and a Heart
15. Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun
First gaining notoriety with the LPs Children of Desire’ (2012),
which Pitchfork hailed for its “glistening and emotive, ear-bleeding noise
pop”, and then Totale Nite (2013), which NME likened to “a
cultural jump-start” , Merchandise continue their ascent with their
highly-anticipated new album, After The End out on 4AD.
Drawing from too many places to be classified punk, they’ve certainly
been informed by it’s ethics, earning all they’ve achieved. Still self-recording and producing their music, this time over a six month period
in the house they share in Tampa, After The End is a real achievement in
showing what bands can achieve themselves. The only outside influence
this time came when they enlisted mixing help from Gareth Jones, the
man famed for his work on Depeche Mode’s Berlin Trilogy of ‘Construction Time Again,’ ‘Some Great Reward,’ and ‘Black Celebration,’ and
more recently Interpol, These New Puritans and Grizzly Bear.
3. True Monument
4. Green Lady
5. Life Outside The Mirror
7. Little Killer
8. Looking Glass Waltz
9. After The End
10. Exile And Ego
One of the world’s largest rock bands Avenged Sevenfold presents, Resurrected, a new album experience unlike anything they have ever released.
Avenged Sevenfold has personally curated this back from the dead look at their fan favorite, genre defining, breakthrough album Waking The Fallen. This
rare new release includes 11 never before heard songs, 23 total tracks, new artwork, a never before seen music video for Unholy Confessions, and a 30
minute film featuring the present day band. This is a must own album for any A7X fan!
Lets take a closer look at this brand new content....
Two new songs, including the lead track Waking The Fallen: Resurrected, which had been lost to history before it was discovered buried deep within the
original multi track recordings. Originally intended to make the album as a full song, it was ultimately reworked into a vocal free intro. Later the band drew
inspiration from this lost song’s piano intro, building it out into their hit song Beast And The Harlot off of their next album City Of Evil. This song is a
previously unknown link between two major era’s in the band’s career.
Four never before heard demos recorded by Thrice’s Teppei Teranishi including, Chapter Four, Remenissions, I Won't See You Tonight Part 1, I Won't
See You Tonight Part 2. These early version demos contain alternate lyrics, melodies, and arrangements giving fans a unique and unprecedented behind
the scenes look at the evolution of four of the band’s most popular songs.
Five live versions from some of the band’s earliest shows including Chapter Four (Live In Ventura), Desecrate Through Reverence (Live In Pomona),
Eternal Rest (Live In Pomona), Unholy Confessions (Live In Ventura), Second Heartbeat (Live In Ventura). Very little live material from this era of
Avenged Sevenfold’s career has ever seen the light of day.
A 30 minute documentary featuring brand new interviews from band looking back on the of the lead up, demoing, recording and touring around
the Waking The Fallen album. The 30 minute film includes personal behind the scenes home movies and photos from the band’s earliest days.
The original Unholy Confessions music video, which has never been seen by the public. This first ever Avenged Sevenfold music video has been locked
away with the intention of never being released, but now the band is including this rare video as a tribute to their late drummer The Rev.
Expanded artwork including new photos and illustrations created by the original album artist.
1. Waking The Fallen
2. Unholy Confessions
3. Chapter Four
5. Desecrate Through Reverence
6. Eternal Rest
7. Second Heartbeat
8. Radiant Eclipse
9. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1
10. I Won't See You Tonight Part 2
11. Clairvoyant Disease
12. And All Things Will End
13. Waking The Fallen: Resurrected
14. Second Heartbeat (B-Side)
15. Chapter Four (Demo)
16. Remenissions (Demo)
17. I Won't See You Tonight Part 1 (Demo)
18. I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 (Demo)
19. Intro/Chapter Four (Live In Ventura)
20. Desecrate Through Reverence (Live In Pomona)
21. Eternal Rest (Live In Pomona)
22. Unholy Confessions (Live In Ventura)
23. Second Heartbeat (Live In Ventura)
Producer Frankie Knuckles uses many different dance conceptsto vary the attack on his second album "Welcome To The Real World".The album
including the singles "Whadda U Want (From Me)" and thenumber one dance hit "Too Many Fish”. Featuring vocals Adeva, Welcome ToThe Real World
is a must have for any fan.
2. Welcome to the Real World
3. Too Many Fish
4. Love Can Change It
5. Keep It Real
6. You're Number One (in my Book)
7. Passion & Pain
8. What am I Missin'
9. Whadda U Want (From Me)
10. Tell Me Why
Beyond The Mix is the debut album from Frankie Knuckles. Released on Virgin Records, the album features the tracks "seminal work" and "The Whistle
Song", which was the first of four number ones on the US dance chart. Knuckles played an important role in developing and popularizing house music in
Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Knuckles was often known as "The
Godfather of House Music.
2. Rain Falls
3. The Whistle Song
4. It's Hard Sometimes
6. Party At My House
7. Right Thing
9. Sold On Love
10. Soon I Will Be Done
Lauded as "the most exciting band of 2014" via Front Magazine, UK's THE HELL have been raising eyebrows and
wrecking havoc in the hardcore scene with the release of their critically acclaimed and despised debut album "You're
Listening to The Hell". Love them or hate them, THE HELL are here to stay as they've signed a worldwide deal with
PROSTHETIC RECORDS to release their sophomore offering "Groovehammer."
Featuring “big riffs, memorable hooks and enough shout-along moments to guarantee pandemonium at any gig,”(Metal
Hammer) "Groovehammer" was self-recorded, mixed and mastered at Titan Studios in Watford, UK and features thirteen
venomous, in-your-face hardcore anthems. The band will proceed to decimate audiences at several of the year's top
European festivals including Sonisphere, Copenhell & Hevy Fest!
1. Take Me Out
2. New Jacks, Old Jacks
4. Everybody Dies
5. Bangers & Mosh
6. We Love Dicks
7. Deal With It
8. Check This Out
9. Speed Shit Up 2
10. We Handle Shit
13. I’ll Snap Your Fucking Head Clean Off
Previously Unreleased Bob Dylan FM Radio Broadcast From 1976 Featuring Joan Baez Duet
This recording captures Bob Dylan live at the Fort Collins Stadium in Colorado on May 23rd 1976, on the penultimate date of the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Review.
Playing alongside Dylan were Mick Ronson, T Bone Burnett, Steven Soles and David Mansfield all on various guitars - although T Bone also handled keyboard duties - with Rob Stoner on bass, Howard Wyeth on drums and Scarlet Rivera on violin. Joan Baez was on-board too of course and the four cuts (Blowin In The Wind, Railroad Boy, the unrecorded Woody Guthrie number, Deportee, and I Pity The Poor Immigrant) on which she duets with Bob are amongst the shows highlights.
1. A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
2. Blowin In The Wind
3. Railroad Boy
5. I Pity The Poor Immigrant
6. Shelter From The Storm
7. Maggies Farm
8. One Too Many Morning
10. Idiot Wind
“LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it's about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone's life the way it changed yours,” says D’Agostino. “It's about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That's the contradiction at the heart of LOSE... You're disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else ‘wake up wanting to listen to records’.”And indeed, the band, rounded out by bassist Matthew Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Andrew Dole, alongside producer John Agnello, do little wallowing. This is a raucous affair, an Irish Wake, ultimately rooted in nothing less than a celebration of just being alive.“I think this one is obviously more accessible than Why There Are Mountains or Lenses Alien,” says D’Agostino, referring to the band’s first two LPs, their debut having been awarded Pitchfork’s coveted Best New Music. “The first two had a lot more stop and start,” he continues. “This one has a ton of momentum. It's got fluidity and grace. I think I gave the lyrics more room to breathe, so you can kind of follow what's going on.”
4. Place Names
5. Child Bride
9. 2 Hip Soul
Black Wine is a punk rock trio from New Brunswick, New Jersey. With Yell Boss Black Wine have made another start-to-finish gem. Yell Boss is dense with walls of towering guitars and a rhythm section that can rattle skyscrapers. And big hooks too. Yell Boss has a sound that would pop off the radio, and it’s all Black Wine. No auto tuning. No pitch shifting.
2. Breaking Down
3. No Reason
4. Magnet Time
8. Solar Flare
9. No Time
10. Love Chain
The Ergs! Now classic debut LP is finally available once again for its 10th anniversary with a new vinyl master!
1. First Song Side One
2. A Very Pretty Song
3. Extra Medium
5. Most Violent Rap Group
6. Pray For Rain
7. Saturday Night Crap-O-Rama
8. Running, Jumping, Standing Still
9. It's Never Going To Be The Same Again
10. August 19th
11. Maybe I'm The New Messiah
12. Rod Argent
13. Everything Falls Apart (And More)
14. Vampire Party
15. I Feel Better Tonight
16. 180° Emotional Ollie
Formed in Los Angeles in late 1990 they’ve attracted attention for their energetic. Exciting live performance as well as a rock solid body of studio work. Their rich history is almost legendary in its range & scope.
The CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD unveil their third studio album PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST via Silver Arrow Records. The band--Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals)--will also hit the road in conjunction with the album's release.
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST is a treasure trove of 10 songs--including several the band road-tested over the last few years--that advances the band's kaleidoscopic sound, which is deeply soulful, rootsy and spacey all at once. There's strong songcraft here, with a free-flowing delivery; it is music that is in no hurry to reach its destination but firmly knows where it is going. From the beginning, the CRB set out to do something different from what they had done before, creating their own scene with a musical prowess, cohesive songwriting and a unified commitment to experimentation, both in the studio and on the road (they've performed over 230 shows since forming in 2011).
"The best perspective I have on what's going on in my life--good and bad--is what comes out in the songs," says Chris Robinson. "As you move on in time, you get older, you have relationships. Some of them are good, some fail. Friends. Drugs. Life. Death. People come, people go. Songwriting is a completely different emotional response to your life and to what it means, to in some poetic nature, put it out there."
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST follows the release of the companion albums Big Moon Ritual (June 2012) and The Magic Door (September 2012) plus last year's live quadruple vinyl Betty's S.F. Blends, Vol 1. The group continues to record with producer Thom Monahan, and Robinson wrote all of the songs with Casal, save for two that are Robinson solo compositions ("Tornado," "Jump The Turnstiles").
"We're really going by the electricity and the vibrations that we can sort of tune in to," Robinson recently told Relix magazine (Jan/Feb '14). "There's a psychedelic component to it. That's part of the greasing the wheels of the great cosmic engine, with psychedelic thought and philosophy and action. If you get my drift." He went on to talk about the more rock and roll feel on PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST, and his overall vision for the Brotherhood: "I'm not going to have hit records. I don't write pop songs. But then again, I find a deep need to express myself and how I'm feeling and where I am and where I've been and where I'm going by writing songs. Why change something to make it easier for anyone else, when I think if we stay sincere and keep our energies in a real creative place, then people will wander into our small community, and it maybe would get more popular…to tend that garden is a great responsibility. But I want it to grow." Check out the whole Relix feature here.
Rolling Stone editor David Fricke picked the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD as one of his favorites of 2012, and praised their live performance in New York City, saying "…the singer's acid-country Brotherhood, with ex-Ryan Adams guitarist Neal Casal, were a sublime time onstage and across these two albums, recorded at the same sessions and issued six months apart. The Irving Plaza show was a characteristic live high. In the second set, Robinson steered out of a rattling ‘Tough Mama,' from Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, into the long reverie ‘Girl on the Mountain,' a song from an earlier side trip, New Earth Mud, given fresh air and a new coat of DayGlo paint (1/30/13)."
1. Shore Power
2. About a Stranger
3. Meanwhile In The Gods....
4. Badlands Here We Come
5. Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor
6. Beggar's Moon
7. Wanderer's Lament
9. Jump The Turnstiles
10. Burn Slow
1. Humboldt Windchimes
2. Star Crossed Lonely Sailor
Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.
Allah-Las’ second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.
LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.
1. De Vida Voz
2. Had It All
4. Ferus Gallery
6. Nothing To Hide
7. Buffalo Nickel
8. Follow You Down
10. Yemeni Jade
11. Worship The Sun
12. Better Than Mine
13. No Werewolf
14. Every Girl
This Is My Hand is a journey beyond the composition of
music. “I had this ‘back-to-basics’ moment of reading how
humans were making sounds before we were using
words,” says Shara.
The opening track on This Is My Hand, ‘Pressure,’ is an
invitation. Within seconds of lowering the needle, listeners
hear a sharp, drum-rolled call to attention, courtesy of the
Detroit Party Marching Band. What follows is a Shara - choreographed whirlwind of horns, woodwinds, beats,
xylophones and synths. The ensuing ‘ Before the Words’
(“Before the verse there was the sound”) and the title track
are no less direct in exploring and defining the
fundamentals of not just pop music, but, well, life. “This is
my voice/ this is my heart / this is my choice,” sings Shara.
‘Apparition,’ the final track, is a Tron-like electronic, slow-motion departure from the physical world.
Produced by Shara herself and keyboardist Zac Rae, This
Is My Hand is a bold chapter in the unfurling MBD story.
Its exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort
Shara’s chamber-music aesthetic out of the chamber and
back into the dance hall and rock bar.
2. Before the Words
3. This Is My Hand
4. Lover Killer
5. I Am Not the Bad Guy
6. Looking at the Sun
8. So Easy
Tennessee’s The Lees of Memory consists of Nick Slack and both
John Davis and Brandon Fisher of Superdrag. The upcoming
album, “Sisyphus Says”, is filled with keening melodies and
harmonic colors. The first single, “We Are Siamese” unleashes
the loud and atmospheric sound encompassing the band. Guitar
and drums are layered over with lush organs, synths and pianos,
pedal steel and tanpura, Taurus pedals, and 12-strings, topped
with a veneer of breathy, heart-on-the-sleeve vocals drenched in
reverb. SideOneDummy is excited to release “Sisyphus Says”,
the debut from the eclectic and shoegazing project that is
The Lees of Memory.
1. We Are Siamese
2. Little Fallen Star
3. Open Your Arms
4. Not a Second More
5. Don’t Part Ways
8. Lower Atmosphere
10. One Wave in the Sea
11. (I Want You to) Let it Flow
The Man Upstairs sees psychedelic troubadour Robyn Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, R.E.M.) for one of the most unique outings of his already quite distinctive career. The album – which arrives just one short year after 2013’s acclaimed Love From London – sees the British singer/songwriter musing on mortality, masculinity, and the impossibility of forever via an unexpected intermingling of self-penned originals and “songs I wished I’d written.” Modern standards like The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship” and The Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You” are reimagined as stark and melancholy folk ballads, and then set to powerful effect alongside haunting new songs like the plaintive “Recalling The Truth.” Hitchcock’s 20th solo studio recording – give or take a few outtake, demo, and rarities compilations – The Man Upstairs is a remarkable portrait of an artist raging quietly against the dying of the proverbial light. “Yet another autumnal record,” says Robyn. “Yet another elegiac record. It’s reminiscent of I Often Dream Of Trains—there’s a lot of autumn on that record as well."
1. The Ghost In You
2. San Francisco Patrol
3. To Turn You On
4. Trouble In Your Blood
5. Somebody To Break Your Heart
6. Don’t Look Down
8. Comme Toujours
9. The Crystal Ship
10. Recalling The Truth
Vessel will release his second album through Tri Angle Records.
Many of the sounds on Punish, Honey were made using rustic, homespun instruments—sheets of metal for percussion, flutes crafted from bikes and a handmade guitar. Conceptually, the idea of national identity was central to Vessel while he was recording the LP, with the producer positing the question: "What does 'Englishness' in music really mean?"
Punish, Honey follows Vessel's debut album, Order Of Noise, which came out via Tri Angle in 2012. It was described by Andrew Ryce as "one of the most engaging and gripping techno albums of the year," and came in at number seven in our best albums of 2012 rundown. As part of Young Echo, he also contributed to the Bristol collective's 2013 debut album, Nexus.
- Aaron Coultate (Resident Advisor)
2. Red Sex
3. Drowned In Water And Light
6. Black Leaves And Fallen Branches
7. Kin To Coal
8. Punish, Honey