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    The title of their debut comes from its running time. It's an epic record that showcases the talent, range, and ambition of this young group, taking in elements of various genres and making them their own. Sian Alice Group's more classical inclinations show their willingness to tread their own path. Comparisons can be made to Arthur Russell, Angelo Badalamenti, and Steve Reich. The album features contributions from Douglas Hart (Jesus & Mary Chain), John Coxon (Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack), and Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance). Beautiful, lush, dreamy and ethereal, but there's a dark, rainy spookiness at its core that sets it apart from so many experimental groups out there - Vice.

    1. As the Morning Light
    2. Way Down to Heaven
    3. Interlude 7'35'
    4. Kirilov
    5. Contours
    6. Interlude 19'39''
    7. When
    8. Days of Grace III
    9. Sleep
    10. Interlude 36'52''
    11. Murder
    12. Heartless
    13. Interlude 46'52''
    14. Motionless
    15. Larsen B
    16. Complete Affection
    Sian Alice Group
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    Remastered Double LP With 12-Page Booklet

    Includes Liner Notes By Tim Lawrence, Ernie Brooks And Arthur Russell

    All Material Previously Released On The Audika CD Compilation First Thought Best Thought

    Before Disco, and before the transcendent echoes, Arthur wanted to be a composer.

    His journey began in 1972, leaving home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Heading west to Northern California, Arthur studied Indian classical composition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music followed by western orchestral music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, before ending two years later in New York at the Manhattan School of Music.

    Traversing the popular and the serious, Arthur composed "Instrumentals" in 1974, inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura, as Arthur described, "I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music".

    Initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle, "Instrumentals" was in fact only performed in excerpts a handful of times as a work in progress.

    The legendary performances captured live in New York at The Kitchen (1975 and 1978) and Franklin St. Arts Center (1977) feature the cream of that eras downtown new music scene including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Garrett List, Andy Paley, Bill Ruyle, Dave Van Tieghem, and Peter Zummo.

    Pitchfork lauded "Instrumentals" Vol. 1 as a masterpiece and one of Arthur's "greatest achievements". Americana touching on Copeland, Ives, and maybe even Brian Wilson. "Instrumentals" Vol. 2 is a moving, deeply pastoral work performed by the CETA Orchestra and conducted by Julius Eastman.

    Also included are two of Arthur's most elusive compositions, Reach One, and Sketch For "Face Of Helen". Recorded live in 1975 at Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Reach One is a minimal, hypnotic ambient soundscape written and performed for two Fender Rhodes pianos. Sketch For "Face Of Helen" was inspired by Arthur's work with friend and composer Arnold Dreyblatt, recorded with an electronic tone generator, keyboard and ambient recordings of a rumbling tugboat from the Hudson River.

    For this remastered vinyl edition, a key part of Arthur's musical life has been restored. The sparkling, multidimensional results take the listener closer to Arthur's coast-to-coast journey: his iconoclastic determination to combine pop and art music; and his desire to make music that would resonate in the present and, ultimately, across time.

    1. Instrumentals Vol. 1
    2. Instrumentals Vol. 2
    3. Sketch for "Face Of Helen"
    4. Reach One
    Arthur Russell
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  • Awe Owe Awe Owe Quick View

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    Awe Owe

    Drawing from a rich variety of influences from the cradle to his crate digging years, Roberto C. Lange as Helado Negro cites influences such as Funkadelic, DJ Premiere, South American 60's pop, Arthur Russell, Ecuadorean ballad singer Julio Jaramillo, and the production style of Adrian Sherwoods in the early ON-U Sound releases. But when asked about his contemporaries, Lange references all the players on the album, adding the names of visual artists David Ellis and Christian Marclay, two artists who use elements of DJ culture in their work. This is apropos when listening to the record.
    1. Venceremos
    2. Espuma Negra
    3. Dos Sue?os
    4. Dahum
    5. I Wish
    6. Playas
    7. Time Aparts
    8. Awe
    9. Ver a Ver
    10. Santero
    11. Deja
    Helado Negro
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    Calling Out Of Context (Awaiting Repress)

    Calling Out of Context is the critically acclaimed release that started the Arthur Russell renaissance. In 2002 Audika Records entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with the Russell estate to compile and issue previously unreleased and out of print material from Arthur's vast archive. This first album in the Audika catalog features 12 previously unreleased tracks of Buddhist Bubblegum Alt Disco Pop recorded during Arthur's prime years 1985-90 that clearly illuminates his brilliance as one of the most important musicians of the last 25 years.
    1. The Deer In The Forest Part 1
    2. The Platform On The Ocean
    3. You And Me Both
    4. Calling Out Of Context
    5. Arms Around You

    1. That's Us/Wild Combination
    2. Make 1, 2
    3. Hop On Down
    4. Get Around To It
    5. I Like You!
    6. You Can Make Me Feel Bad
    7. Calling All Kids (Walter Gibbons Remix)

    Arthur Russell
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  • Love Is Overtaking Me (Awaiting Repress) Love Is Overtaking Me (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Love Is Overtaking Me (Awaiting Repress)

    Compiled from over eight hours of material, Love Is Overtaking Me reaches back further to Russell's first compositions from the early '70s, the most rare and, at the same time, arguably the most accessible part, comprising 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased pop, folk, and country songs selected by Audika's Steve Knutson, Ernie Brooks, and Russell's companion, Tom Lee. A number of the songs here feature prominently in the film Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell.
    1. Close My Eyes
    2. Goodbye Old Paint
    3. Maybe She
    4. Oh Fernanda Why
    5. Time Away
    6. Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart
    7. I Couldn't Say It To Your Face
    8. This Time Dad You're Wrong
    9. What It's Like
    10. Eli
    11. Hey! How Does Everybody Know
    12. I Forget And I Can't Tell
    13. Habit Of You
    14. Janine
    15. Big Moon

    16. Your Motion Says

    17. The Letter
    18. Don't Forget About Me
    19. Love Is Overtaking Me
    20. Planted A Thought
    21. Love Comes Back
    Arthur Russell
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    World of Echo (Awaiting Repress)

    Arthur Russell's most extraordinary work, World of Echo is reissued in this remastered vinyl edition by Audika Records. 18 tracks are featured including drumless versions of his disco classics 'Let's Go Swimming,' 'Tree House,' and 'Wax The Van' along with four previously unreleased tracks. Originally released in 1986, World Of Echo is a deeply intimate and meditative work of awe-inspiring grace and remains a timeless work of sublime beauty. Arthur's aim was to achieve what he calls 'the most vivid rhythmic reality,' with just cello, voice, and echoes. Arthur achieved all of this and more on one of the most incredible albums you will ever hear.
    1. Tone Bone Kone
    2. Soon-to-Be Innocent Fun / Let's See
    3. Answers Me
    4. Being It
    5. Place I Know / Kid Like You
    6. She's the Star / I Take This Time
    7. Treehouse
    8. See-Through
    9. Hiding Your Present from You

    1. Wax the Van
    2. All-Boy All-Girl
    3. Lucky Cloud
    4. Tower of Meaning / Rabbit's Ear / Home Away from Home
    5. Let's Go Swimming
    6. The Name of the Next Song
    7. Happy Ending
    8. Canvas Home
    9. Our Last Night Together

    Arthur Russell
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  • Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell Quick View

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    Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

    Master Mix' embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell's work. Living in the East Village from the '70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city's various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work "stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art." Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell's music: "It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula." The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell's boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as "catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time."
    1. Jose Gonzalez - "This Is How We Walk On The Moon"
    2. Lonnie Holley - "Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Interlude)"
    3. Robyn - "Tell You"
    4. Hot Chip - "Go Bang"
    5. Sufjan Stevens - "A Little Lost"
    6. Lonnie Holley - "In The Light Of The Miracle (Interlude)"
    7. Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Sam Amidon, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - "Keeping Up"
    8. Liam Finn, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo - "This Love Is Crying"
    9. Rubblebucket & Nitemoves - "Eli"
    10. The Revival Hour - "Hiding Your Present from You"
    11. Sam Amidon - "Lucky Cloud"
    12. Devendra Banhart - "Losing My Taste For The Night Life"
    13. Phosphorescent - "You Can Make Me Feel Bad"
    14. Blood Orange - "Is It All Over My Face & Tower Of Meaning"
    15. Scissor Sisters - "That's Us/Wild Combination"
    16. VEGA INTL. - "Arm Around You"
    17. Oh Mercy - "Planted A Thought"
    18. Lonnie Holley - "Hop On Down (Interlude)"
    19. Cults - "Being It"
    20. Richard Reed Parry - "Just A Blip"
    21. Glen Hansard - "I Couldn't Say It To Your Face"
    22. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart"
    23. The Autumn Defense - "Oh Fernanda Why"
    24. Alexis Taylor - "Our Last Night Together"
    25. Lonnie Holley - "The Deer In The Forest (Interlude)"
    26. Redding Hunter - "Close My Eyes"
    Various Artists
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  • Second Thoughts (Part 2) Second Thoughts (Part 2) Quick View

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    Second Thoughts (Part 2)

    Blue Colored Vinyl

    Second Thoughts is the second collection of Arthur Russell songs by NYC nudisco band Arthur's Landing mixed by some of today's hottest remixers like Alkalino and Pocketknife. Led by singer/guitarist Steven Hall the band explores Russell's concept of Buddhist Pop from the rare and unreleased gem Lost In Thought which was co-written by Hall and Russell and mixed by legendary producer Bob Blank to the disco classic Tell You Today mixed by Alkalino featuring Peter Gordon on sax!

    1. Dumbo Dumbo (Standard Planets Mix)
    2. Lost In Thought (Drop Out Orchestra Mix)
    3. Change My Life (Hugoy Mix)
    4. Planted A Thought (Andrew Clarke Mix)
    5. It's A Boy (Cooked Audio Mix)
    6. List Of Boys (Pocketknife Mix)
    7. Tell You today (Pocketknife Mix)
    8. Planted A Thought (Alkalino Mix)
    Arthur's Landing
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    Second Thoughts (Part 1)

    Green Colored Vinyl

    Second Thoughts is the second collection of Arthur Russell songs by NYC nudisco band Arthur's Landing mixed by some of today's hottest remixers like Alkalino and Pocketknife. Led by singer/guitarist Steven Hall the band explores Russell's concept of Buddhist Pop from the rare and unreleased gem Lost In Thought which was co-written by Hall and Russell and mixed by legendary producer Bob Blank to the disco classic Tell You Today mixed by Alkalino featuring Peter Gordon on sax!

    1. Planted A Thought (Moplen Mix)
    2. Lost in Thought (Bob Blank Mix)
    3. Change My Life (Virgin Magnetic Material Mix)
    4. Dumbo Dumbo (Pocketknife Mix)
    5. It's A Boy (Alkalino Mix)
    6. Tell You Today feat. Peter Gordon (Alkalino Mix)
    7. List Of Boys (Alkalino Mix)
    Arthur's Landing
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    Star Destroyer

    On their debut full-length, this NY-based quintet have demonstrated their penchant for the electro organic; seamlessly blending the sharp and gentle, like a chain gang draped in organza. Think Can or Faust all mashed up with the personal disco of Arthur Russell. Think of the electric organ of Terry Riley's Shri Camel, slowly morphing and perpetually in motion, but remaining in step with a guitar-less and Moroder-charged Sparks. And think of a more composed Dead C, where Michael Morley sings about Big Thunder Mountain while holding a beach ball in one hand and fending off the digital shards of musique concr?te humming around his ears with the other.
    1. Komad
    2. Rainbows
    3. Milan
    4. Scotty
    5. Sheath-Wet
    6. Vesna
    Alex Delivery
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    Fear Fun

    Father John Misty is the nom-de-plume of Josh Tillman, who has been releasing solo albums since 2003 and who recently left Seattle's Fleet Foxes after playing drums from 2008-2011. Fear Fun consists of such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, and Physical Graffiti, often within the same song. Tillman's voice has never been better, while the music maintains a dark, mysterious yet playful quality. Fear Fun is Father John Misty's Sub Pop debut and was produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes).
    1. Funtimes in Babylon
    2. Nancy From Now On
    3. Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings
    4. I'm Writing a Novel
    5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
    6. Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2
    7. Only Son of the Ladiesman
    8. This Is Sally Hatchet
    9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
    10. Now I'm Learning to Love the War
    11. Tee Pees 1-12
    12. Everyman Needs a Companion
    Father John Misty
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    The Sleeping Bag Sessions

    Whether it's Hip Hop, it's face pointed reverentially to the Old School, or House stealing Disco riffs by the truck load,
    people are increasingly intrigued by back-in-the-day. And common to both the aforementioned scenes and much more
    is one person, Arthur Russell, a man some regard as the best songwriter of the 20th century.

    In 1981 Arthur set up Sleeping Bag Records with Will Socolov. The first release was the album "24-24 Music" as
    Dinosaur L. If you're wondering about the name it would appear Arthur would often use the names of extinct or
    near-extinct animals. On one production credit he's "Killer Whale, whilst the logo for Sleeping Bag is a Koala bear! Will
    remembers how they came up with the name for their label.

    "We were joking about names, and James Brown was on with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and I was sleeping in a
    sleeping bag in my apartment and I kind of made a joke about that, and Arthur said that was a great idea for the name
    of the company!"

    The line up was pretty much the same as the Loose Joints sessions, (which boasted the Ingram Brothers rhythm
    section) and a similar stream-of-conscience approach was taken with the recording itself. Russell arranged the beats
    so there'd be a change every 24 bars (hence the title) and the band would have to improvise the songs over the top. He
    also made sure he went into the studio when there was a full moon! The album is again very experimental, and makes
    occasional uneasy listening but the same magic is very much in evidence.

    Arthur would continue to be involved in production and mixing duties for the label, but parted company with Socolov
    in 1985. Arthur sadly died of AIDS in 1992 leaving behind many songs; as one obituary put it, it was though he simply
    vanished into his music.

    1. Bonzo Goes To Washington - 5 Minutes (B-B-B Bombing Mix)
    2. Felix - Tiger Stripes (Extended Version)
    3. Felix - You Can't Hold Me Down (Extended Version)
    4. Clandestine Featuring Ned Sublette - Radio Rhythm (S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Extra Cheese Mix)
    5. Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn - Chill Pill (Underwater Mix)
    6. Indian Ocean - School Bell / Tree House (Original 12 Version)
    7. Indian Ocean - Treehouse (Extended Bootleg Edit)
    8. Dinosaur L - Go Bang! (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    9. Bonzo Goes To Washington - 5 Minutes (R-R-R Radio Mix)
    10. Clandestine Featuring Ned Sublette - Radio Rhythm (S-I-G-N-A-L-S-M-A-R-T) (Dub Mix) (Killer Whale)
    Arthur Russell
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    One of the best records of the year. - BBC Music

    LoneLady's (aka Julie Campell) Hinterland (literally ''the country behind'' in German) conjures impressions of decayed Manchester outskirts and reclusive inner landscapes as Campbell continues her fascination with the post-industrial ruinscape. At its core beats an uncomplicated drum machine rhythm and synthetic percussion that recalls fractured memories of minimal wave and even early techno and dance, dynamically spliced through with Campbell's intricate, choppy and propulsive guitar playing. Campbell: "It's channelling Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, Rufus, Prince, Arthur Russell among others. A strange - but nonetheless real - meeting of funk and me from Audenshaw, Manchester." The album is underpinned by an urgent post-punk sensibility, as Campbell describes it - "an inescapably cement-coloured North of England psyche."

    1. Into The Cave
    2. Bunkerpop
    3. Hinterland
    4. Groove It Out
    5. (I Can See) Landscapes
    6. Silvering
    7. Flee!
    8. Red Scrap
    9. Mortar Remembers You
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    Gold Nights

    Female/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler)
    released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant!
    Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length,
    Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three
    thematically connected records which is based on a period of
    three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of
    friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic
    through that loss.

    Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne,
    Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more
    primitive end of 1980's German underground. They embrace their
    love of high fashion, 1980's New York vogue techno and the
    mutant explorations of Whitehouse, Arthur Russell, Craig Leon
    and Gianni Rossi. Gold Nights retains certain elements of their
    beloved debut, but moves in a more sophisticated direction as a
    result of White Hex's vision and with the help of producer Alex
    Akers (Forces-Siberia Records).

    1. Only A Game
    2. Paradise
    3. Sisters
    4. Gold
    5. In The Night
    6. United Colours of KL
    7. Burberry Congo
    8. Battleground
    White Hex
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  • Impersonator Impersonator Quick View

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    With rich vocals atop quiet looped waves of
    white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds,
    Montreal songwriter Devon Welsh aka Majical
    Cloudz, is one of 2013's most unique and
    essential new voices.

    His 2012 Turns Turns Turns EP, an audacious
    distillation of Welsh's ideas that brought his
    vocals to the fore. "Musically, I wanted to try
    saying 'no' to possibilities, and create negative
    space in the songs," he says. "To put the
    emphasis on the voice and lyrics."

    Impersonator brings Welsh's songs into
    even sharper focus; its expressive power and
    swagger belie the extremely minimal music.
    These are intensely lyrical songs about death,
    patience, family, friendship, and desire.
    Welsh cites Elliott Smith and Arthur Russell as
    the two biggest influences on his songwriting.
    While Impersonator sounds like neither, Smith's
    lyricism is evident, as is Russell's ability to distill
    a number of seemingly contradictory stylistic
    ideas into a single focused statement.

    Though they stand stylistically apart from
    other artists in their Montreal scene - which
    includes Grimes, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii, Mac
    DeMarco, and others - Majical Cloudz are proud
    beneficiaries of its camaraderie.

    1. Impersonator
    2. This Is Magic
    3. Childhood's End
    4. I Do Sing For You
    5. Mister
    6. Turns Turns Turns
    7. SilverRings
    8. Illusion
    9. Bugs Don't Buzz
    10. Notebook
    Majical Cloudz
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    Hero Brother

    Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl At Optimal (Germany)

    Comes In Heavyweight Jacket With Black Poly-Lined Audiophile Dust Sleeve, Credit Insert, And Pull-Out Art Poster

    Sarah Neufeld is a violinist and composer based in MontrÉal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre and has performed and recorded with many other groups, including The Luyas, Esmerine and Little Scream.

    Neufeld began developing pieces for solo violin in a more formal and focused sense in 2011, though she has made improvisation and solo composition part of her process and practice since first picking up the instrument at a young age. Neufeld counts Bela Bartok, Steve Reich, Iva Bittova and Arthur Russell among the formative influences for her solo work, in tandem with an ear for the textures and sensibilities of contemporary electro-acoustic, avant-folk and indie rock music.

    Neufeld's debut solo album Hero Brother indeed channels all of the above, flowing through shifting atmospheres and oscillating between restrained, stately ambience, emotive Études, and raw kinetic energy. Small touches of wordless vocalisation, harmonium and piano supplant the violin in a few places. The album was recorded in Berlin by pianist and producer Nils Frahm, with Neufeld's performances captured in a number of locations with site-specific acoustics, including an abandoned geodesic dome, an underground parking garage, and the legendary Studio P4 orchestral recording hall at the broadcast complex of the former GDR.

    1. Tower
    2. Hero Brother
    3. Dirt
    4. You Are The Field
    5. Breathing Black Ground
    6. They Live On
    7. Wrong Thought
    8. Right Thought
    9. Sprinter Fire
    10. Forcelessness
    11. Below
    Sarah Neufeld
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    A Walk in the Dark

    So, enter the label's latest LP from Mind Fair's housier alias The Central Executives, whose project could've formed weeks ago, or perhaps be unearthed recordings from a loft party that went a few weeks longer than planned back in '87. But regardless of when it was actually recorded, there's a live-recorded exuberance that's part Arthur Russell, part ACT UP protest, part disco-punk ensemble ironing out the kinks in their act in some Queens basement with black mould spreading all around the ceiling.Golf Channel has called this record "the back street escapism these troubled times demand"- and maybe escapism is the word that encapsulates the timeless anonymity of my favourite Golf Channel offerings. In any case, A Walk in the Dark is an absolute burner of an LP - there's not a single moment on it that doesn't reveal something new with every listen, and for all its retro influences, it's still packed with surprises. It's the gruff bodega owner who starts smiling at you after figuring out that you're queer, but only when no one else is around. It's smoking inside, it's someone's radio blaring out the window, it's Broadway before Disney bought out all the bars - it's New York.
    1. High Roads
    2. Dance Dance Dance
    3. Loveray '79
    4. Waveform Reform
    5. Power Point
    6. Velvet
    7. A Walk In The Dark
    8. Shut Ya Face
    9. I Wanna
    10. Take You Home
    The Central Executives
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  • Bermuda Waterfall (Awaiting Repress) Bermuda Waterfall (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Bermuda Waterfall (Awaiting Repress)

    "The utter rawness and sincerity of his
    performance is absolutely captivating."
    - Pitchfork

    "Montreal's best kept secret (...) sparkles like
    Elliott Smith hopped up on Arthur Russell's
    happy pills."
    - NM

    bermuda waterfall= invisible action, unconscious fertilization, 
    the subconscious master plan continuum 

    Much of the words to Bermuda (which i feel are the center piece) were written
    whilest travelling between one place i loved and another place/people i loved, and
    trying to describe my most potent dreams related to my most potent life experiences.
     there was a feeling of disappointment in communication with the people that i'm
    calling out to connect with through my performances and travels in the last year, a
    feeling of loneliness.

    I had to have faith with the meanings of the poetry because more then ever it was
    lifted from my life often without being understood, only knowing that they were
    events, truths i admired, truthfully complex as anything so haunting can be
    interpreted in so many ways, like any dream funny or sexual, or horrifying. not so
    much knowing the reasons, but just the experiences as mysterious as they are to me.
    i promise that i was as straight forward with the words as possible in describing
    these nuances.   

    Full of yin and yang, and just sitting back and taking a look at my life, something i'm
    happy with, and came naturally in the words of which i intended for the first time
    nothing. i'll have to wait a few years before i understand exactly whats going on in
    the record, in this time in my life, and i'm alright with that, cos i'm into mystery.
    - Sean Nicholas Savage

    1. Boogie Nights
    2. Naturally
    3. The Rat
    4. Heartless
    5. Empire
    6. Hangin On
    7. Bermuda Waterfall
    8. Darkness
    9. Hands Dance
    10. Please Set Me Free
    11. Vampire
    12. Some Things Never Die
    Sean Nicholas Savage
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    Inji is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA Priest. Across its ten audaciously
    imaginative tracks Inji reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying
    the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and wilfully absurd spirit of his previous band,
    the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and

    From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of 'Oino', the maddeningly catchy
    digi-dub single that Dust leaked sample-by-sample on a suitably enigmatic website at the
    turn of the year, to 'Learning To Love', the record's gargantuan, eight minute long proghouse
    centrepiece and 'Occasion', a melting martian Prince come-on, Inji confounds and
    delights in equal measure and at every turn.

    'Lady's In Trouble With The Law' boasts a lithe, sensual soul chorus about getting arrested
    that feels at once haunted and horny whilst the insectoid instrumental ambience of 'Lorry
    Park', twists and turns and burrows into the brain as creepily as the most classic Aphex
    Twin material. Elsewhere, 'Fabby', another instrumental, juxtaposes a gorgeous, cascading
    piano figure that'd make Benjamin Britten proud with percussion that sounds like the
    clashing of two swords and album closer, the bubbling, aquamarine ballad 'Mountain' finds
    Dust contorting his voice into an impossibly high, androgynous falsetto.

    Throughout all the songs there's a reliance on feeling and intimation as opposed to any one
    lyrical theme, and although the notion of love, its joys and trials, heaviness and absurdity,
    can often be glimpsed, it's in a non-linear way that recalls the disruptive, deliberately
    misleading pop of artists such as David Sylvian, Arthur Russell and David Byrne.

    Just like its genesis story, Inji is a record that poses as many questions as answers. It has
    its own logic, in its own time zone, and for the duration of its forty four minutes the listener
    shares in this too. If it doesn't conform it's because it's not supposed to.

    1. Occasion
    2. Lady's In Trouble With The Law
    3. Gene Washes With New Arm
    4. Oino
    5. Party Zute / Learning To Love
    6. Lorry Park
    7. Night Train
    8. Fabby
    9. A Good Sign
    10. Mountain
    LA Priest
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    People Changes

    Double bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwins forthcoming album People Changes is much like the stark Maine setting which it was created. Of course, his fourth full-length shows welcome markings of his experimental bent from years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, but the serene isolation of 17 million acres of New England forestland make this cabin-born set intimate and sincere.

    Baldwin first penned the songs in 2007, allowing the arrangements to evolve before the final recording in the spring of 2010. A lean ensemble of talented, time-proven friends were enlisted for the studio, some dating back to his New Hampshire childhood, chosen specifically to create the albums earnest live sound.

    Their apt decision to record voice and bass live on most tracks is quickly felt on opener A Little Lost, letting Baldwins softly warbled falsetto hug a heartfelt cover of Arthur Russells sacred love song. Woodwinds flit and pull against contrabass pulses on Weights, then recede to let Baldwins bare performance stir on Real Fakes.

    The full cast of Nats touring ensemble handsomely matches the bold arrangements of Lifted, followed by jagged improvisation on What Is There and a tender rendition of Kurt Weismans Let My Spirit Rise to finish. Charged throughout by lyrics crisp and strong, People Changes is a slice through the void of late nights spent among tall pines.

    People Changes was recorded by Matt Walsh at Florida Keys Studio in New York City in May/June of 2010, mixed by Scott Solter, and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. Guests include Matt Bauder (clarinets), Caley Monahon-Ward (violin), Brett Deschenes (trumpet), Will Glass (drums), Al Mead (guitar) and Jeremy Leclair (alto saxophone). The album follows a split EP with Extra Life (2008, Shatter Your Leaves) on which earlier versions of Weights and Lifted appear, Most Valuable Player (2008), Enter the Winter (2006) and Lights Out EP (2005) on Broken Sparrow Records, and his experimental free jazz debut Solo Contrabass (2003, Peacock Recordings).

    1. A Little Lost

    2. Weights
    3. Real Fakes
    4. The Same Thing
    5. Lifted
    6. What Is There
    7. Let My Spirit Rise
    Nat Baldwin
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    All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson

    Astral Swan's All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson is a collection of stark psychedelic folk from the unfiltered neuroses of Calgary's Matthew Swann. Songs steeped in universal anguish, marveling at the world's knack for enterprise and cannibalism, come across instead as subtle, reassuring lullabies. These are quiet, relatable anthems for the outsider set, balancing gentle melodies on Swann's self-obsession with moral fallibility. On first single "Beginning Of The End", Swann delves into the album's various drug states in his sweetly apprehensive tone, a lowly guitar dancing loosely with intoxicated children, asking: "Who told the kids in the yard that they're mostly dust? Now they just stay drunk. Keep getting more fucked up".

    Equally inspired by serene 60's folk, 80's no-wave alienation, and the insouciance of 90's grunge, Astral Swans' music is spacious yet constrained, hauntingly personal and oddly sincere. The skeletal "Let Their Faces All Blur Out" races softly with the punk rock abandon of early Sonic Youth and Eric's Trip; "What Calms You Down, Freaks Me Out" bears the ominous pleasance of Syd Barrett, Arthur Russell, Nick Drake, and fellow Calgarian Chad VanGaalen. More structured than Swann's Extra Happy Ghost!!! project (produced by VanGaalen), this album's experimental spirit denies the haphazard "singer-songwriter" label that some might attach to Astral Swans.

    Set for release on Dan Mangan's Madic Records, these twelve songs lavish in Swann's startlingly sardonic reflections, in his own words, "confronting our strange ways of experiencing personhood, in the moral gorge between ideals and inadequacies". Tracked live in Swann's living room, and later embellished in an old Calgary warehouse with local experimental/improv mainstay Brad Hawkins (Ghostkeeper), All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson is flawed if not for its air of accidental perfection, normalizing existential struggle with rhythm and harmony, a natural marriage of the sweet to the acrid.

    1. There Are Ways To Get What You Want
    2. Beginning Of The End
    3. Let Their Faces All Blur Out
    4. Please Don't Leave Me Strange
    5. What Calms You Down, Freaks Me Out
    6. You Carry A Sickness
    7. Park Street
    8. September
    9. Holly
    10. My Conscience Don't Work In The New World
    11. Attention
    12. Grass Girl
    Astral Swans
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    Apollo Records is proud to present SOL the highly anticipated second album from Los Angeles based producer / composer Eskmo AKA Brendan Angelides. Inspired by our life giving planetary body, SOL is a masterful meditation on human emotional plane as effected by planetary bodies. Angelides has delivered perhaps his strongest musical statement yet. He explains: "My urge was to create an album who's main characters were the Sun, Moon and Earth and how they all play a roll in the perfect simple life of a perfectly imperfect human. Each track within their peak's and valley's plays a specific role in the narrative. My last album was more monotone, sound design focused and emotionally protected. I strove for more on this one. Written, produced and recorded over the course of a year on the Eastside of Los Angeles in his home studio, SOL's epic grandeur bears the traces of Angelides's recent work composing orchestral pieces for live performance with the LA based Echo Society. It weaves in the dulcet tones of a live string ensemble into the many textured layers of some compositions, as well as field recordings from locations across the US: LA, Redwood groves in Northern California, Yosemite and perhaps most memorably, in Costa Rica during a 7 day medicinal retreat. That pivotal retreat as well as a trip to the pyramids and temples of Cairo Egypt, a 10 day silent meditation retreat in the desert of Joshua Tree and a handful of Native American ceremonies shaped the celestial-meets-earth tone of the work. The intimacy and heartfelt qualities of SOL immediately call to mind contemporaries such as Jon Hopkins, Apparat and Matthew Dear as well as the historic likes of early Peter Gabriel, Arthur Russell and Fred Frith amongst others. From the moody cinematic opening of 'SpVce' and exhalting synth melodies of 'Combustion', to the touching delicacy of the watery ballad 'Blue And Grey' to 'Mind Of War''s tromping existential digi-funk, the heartbreaking piano paen of 'Tamara', to the snarling drone saturation of the title track, to the beaming, epic euphoria of 'The Sun Is A Drum' it's clear that this is a record that is a truly cinematic experience.
    1. SpVce
    2. Combustion
    3. Blue and Grey
    4. Mind of War
    5. Tamara
    6. SOL
    7. The Light of One Thousand Furnaces
    8. Feed Fire
    9. The Sun Is a Drum
    10. Can't Taste
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    Black Bubblegum

    Black Bubblegum is the newest LP from Eric Copeland,
    and we are not kidding when we emphasize it sounds like
    nothing he has done in the past. The title of the record
    says it all: chewy, sticky pop that doesn't taste quite like
    any chewy, sticky pop you've had before.

    Recorded at Copeland's old practice space in South
    Williamsburg, Black Bubblegum contains songs with
    more conventional sounds and songwriting than any of
    his previous releases. While there are similarities with
    Copeland's earlier work in the drum patterns, major
    scales and vocals, Black Bubblegum moves away from
    his trademark psychedelic dub towards strange and
    fantastical pop; imagine Arthur Russell going into the
    studio with the Ramones. Wanting to take a more "handson"
    approach to these recordings, Copeland exchanged
    sample-driven tech and hardware for keyboards, guitars
    and effect pedals, creating a new sound that is oddly
    easy to digest despite its rejection of melody in favour of
    discord and dissonance.

    For a long time, Copeland considered this collection of
    songs to be recordings which would never be heard. This
    invariably influenced certain decisions made during the
    creation of Black Bubblegum, blessing Copeland with
    the unique freedom that comes from making music never
    intended to be heard, let alone released.

    When asked to please jot down what influenced this new
    album and sound, Eric replied "glam holes, glitter dreams,
    money troubles, apocalypse paranoia, one hit wonders,
    manifest destiny, my family's westward migration, body
    troubles (was passing kidney stones almost the entire
    time), LGBT disco parties, Jonathan Richman, Missing
    Foundation, Neil Diamond, New Orleans, poverty, getting
    pushed out of another Brooklyn neighbourhood... No
    Beach Boys, no Beatles, no Buddha... More Bad News

    Eric Copeland has been sound clashing at full volume for
    over twenty years, first carving out a named for himself as
    one third of the legendary NY-via-Providence band Black
    Dice. A wildly prolific solo artist, Copeland has played
    shit houses, party palaces and seemingly everything in
    between all over the world.

    A long time Brooklyn, resident, Eric recently relocated
    to where the L Train does not run - Palma de Mallorca,
    Spain. While maintaining a relatively humble and low key
    presence in a highly competitive musical world, he has
    releases a prolific amount of music every year through
    indie labels such as L.I.E.S., Escho (Iceage), PPM (No Age), Paw Tracks (Animal Collective) and DFA.

    1. Kids In A Coma
    2. Rip It
    3. Fuck It Up
    4. Honorable Mentions
    5. Blue Honey
    6. On
    7. Cannibal World
    8. Don't Beat Your Baby
    9. Radio Weapons
    10. Get My Own
    Eric Copeland
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    Intoxicating and memorably tuneful - Pitchfork

    Gorgeously Weary - The Guardian

    An idiosyncratic, deeply individual voice - Clash Magazine

    The new album from Tropics, aka 27 year old Chris Ward, looks
    outwards, armed with a newfound confidence that foregrounds his
    vocal performance and songwriting.

    It's a musical progression that mirrors a personal one: the early Tropics
    output was all made in the idyllic, if isolated setting of Ward's
    grandmother's empty house in the seaside town of Southsea, which
    he moved into after graduating from university to focus on writing
    and recording. He was alone there - "like, really alone. For days, I had
    literally no distractions." Having moved to London in 2013, Ward now
    splits his time between the city and the road, having played in
    America, Mexico and across Europe throughout the past year with his
    live band Keith Vaz and Morgan Hislop.

    Tropics' new full-length Rapture is the culmination of this journey. A multi-instrumentalist
    from an early age, Ward has always drawn on his musical upbringing
    when composing, but this time around he's pushed himself to develop
    a fuller sound than ever with the help of Vaz, Hislop and specialist jazz
    drummer Gillan McLaughlin. Taking influence from Beach Boys, Max
    Roach and Arthur Russell, Ward has crafted an album that fuses his
    love of avant-garde percussion, 70s and 80s singer-songwriters such
    as Peter Gabriel known for pop-leaning hooks, and deep production
    that takes cues from ambient music.

    The very first iterance of the record is the crystal clear vocal that kicks
    off 'Blame'. Ward explains that performing live so much caused him to
    step outside of his comfort zone: "I used to be a bit dubious about
    using my vocal too much, and felt like my strength was in sampling
    and playing keys. It's kind of switched now in that I feel a lot more
    comfortable just holding a microphone and losing myself." Inspired by
    the vocal performances of the likes of Little Dragon and Innovative
    Leisure labelmates Rhye, Ward also found a new lease of life in
    experimenting with more androgynous vocals.

    But even as his sound has greater scope than ever before, Rapture is
    still a deeply personal endeavour. The majority of the songs started
    life in Ward's home, in front of a piano, before being built on in the
    studio. The first half of the record is a chronicle of a whirlwind
    relationship: the piano-led title track "Rapture" addresses this theme,
    striving for the throes of ecstatic happiness but never quite making it
    there. "It's got this feeling of hope and joy, even though it is coming
    from a sad place," says Ward. "It's about the struggles in your life to
    get to where you want to be." Elsewhere, lyrics such as, "You ran away
    just like my luck did" hint at Ward's love for literature and his poetic
    touch, something he further explores on the album's second side.
    Later, the album grows more ambient and the literary references more
    apparent. "Gloria" takes its name from the character of a frustrated
    wife in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned. Likewise,
    "Torrents of Spring" - also named for a work of 20th century American
    fiction - builds to a sax-led climax over two painstaking minutes, and
    the penultimate "House of Leaves" is "a really slow-burning ambient
    instrumental; it's kind of a nod to the first stuff I made".

    Whether filling dance floors or simply filling up your headspace,
    Rapture is an intricate and intimate record that presents the many
    faces of Tropics in a more revealing light than ever before.

    1. Blame
    2. Hunger
    3. Indigo
    4. Kwiat
    5. Rapture
    6. Perfume Kinship
    7. Torrents of Spring
    8. Home & Consonance
    9. Gloria
    10. House of Leaves
    11. Not Enough
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