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Music For Installations (Box Set) (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 4, 2018*
9x Vinyl Box Set
First Time On Vinyl
The legendary Brian Eno is set to release a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased tracks, Music For Installations, through UMG.
The new collection will be available as a 9-LP edition vinyl box set. This is the first time any of the 'Music For Installations' tracks will be available on vinyl.
Musician, producer, visual artist, thinker and activist Brian Eno first came to international prominence in the early 70s as a founding member of Roxy Music, and immediately followed that with a series of critically-praised and influential solo albums. His visionary production work includes albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, while his long list of collaborations includes recordings with John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones and James Blake.
Less widely discussed, though equally notable and arguably even more prolific, are his visual experiments with light and video. These are the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown; they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings and have in recent decades paralleled his musical output.
These highly-acclaimed works have been exhibited all over the globe - from the Venice Biennale and the Marble Palace in St Petersburg to Beijing's Ritan Park and the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Brian Eno said of the collection: "If you think of music as a moving, changing form, and painting as a still form, what I'm trying to do is make very still music and paintings that move. I'm trying to find in both of those forms, the space in between the traditional concept of music and the traditional concept of painting."
Music For Installations is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased tracks, all of which will be available on vinyl for the first time. All of the material was recorded by Eno for use in his installations covering the period from 1986 until the present (and beyond). Over this time he has emerged as the leading exponent of generative music worldwide and is recognized as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time.
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*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1: Music From Installations
2. The Ritan Bells
LP 2: Music From Installations
1. Five Light Paintings
2. Flower Bells
LP 3: 77 Million Paintings
1. 77 Million Paintings - Part 1
2. 77 Million Paintings - Part 2
LP 4: Lightness - Music For The Marble Palace
1. Atmospheric Lightness - Part 1
2. Atmospheric Lightness - Part 2
LP 5: Lightness - Music For The Marble Palace
1. Chamber Lightness - Part 1
2. Chamber Lightness - Part 2
LP 6: I Dormienti
1. I Dormienti - Part 1
2. I Dormienti - Part 2
LP 7: Kite Stories
1. Kites I
2. Kites II
3. Kites III
LP 8: Making Space
1. Needle Click
2. Light Legs
3. Flora and Fauna / Gleise 581d
4. New Moons
6. All The Stars Were Out
7. Hopeful Timean Intersect
8. World Without Wind
9. Delightful Universe (seen from above)
LP 9: Music For Future Installations
1. Unnoticed Planet
3. Sour Evening (Complex Heaven 3)
4. Surbahar Sleeping Music$235.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 9 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Another Green WorldFrom November 1975, 'Another Green World' represents the bridge between Brian's ground-breaking pop career and his early experiments with ambient music. This time around he was ably assisted in the studio by Robert Fripp from King Crimson, Phil Collins and Percy Jones from Brand X and, on viola, The Velvet Underground's John Cale. The album features 5 vocal and 9 instrumental songs including the title track which will be known to many as the theme to the BBC arts programme, 'Arena'.1. Sky Saw
2. Over Fire Island
3. St. Elmo's Fire
4. In Dark Trees
5. The Big Ship
6. I'll Come Running (To Tie Your Shoes)
7. Another Green World
8. Sombre Reptiles
9. Little Fishes
10. Golden Hours
12. Zawinul / Lava
13. Everything Merges With The Night
14. Spirits Drifting$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Before And After ScienceOriginally released on the Polydor label in December 1977, 'Before and After Science' continued to break new ground with sonic experimentation and bold forays into ambient music. Musical contributors include Phil Collins and Percy Jones from Brand X, Jaki Liebezeit from Can, Moebius & Roedelius from Cluster / Harmonia and Robert Wyatt. It features 10 songs including the single 'Kings Lead Hat', which is generally accepted to be Brian's homage to then-emerging Talking Heads.1. No One Receiving
3. Kurt's Rejoinder
4. Energy Fools The Magician
5. Kings Lead Hat
6. Here He Comes
7. Julie With
8. By This River
9. Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
10. Spider And I$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Give My Love To LondonLegendary British singer Marianne Faithfull will celebrate her storied career's 50th anniversary later this fall with the release of Give My Love to London.
As Marianne Faithfull's 20th studio album, Give My Love To London is the latest installment in an outstanding musical career. A characteristically far-reaching and eclectic offering, Give My Love To London is an album of emotional extremes.
Produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, it features an impressive roll call of studio collaborators including Adrian Utley
(Portishead), Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds). Songwriting contributors and co-conspirators - with Faithfull
penning the majority of the lyrics - include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi.
While featuring a stellar supporting cast, it is Marianne Faithfulls voice which proves the main attraction. These are songs sung from the heart and soul
and from the perspective of someone who has seen and done it all. Over a fifty year career, she has proved utterly fearless in her music and everything
else besides. Five decades on, Marianne Faithfull remains a unique and compelling musical figure: adventurous in her life, adventurous in her art.1. Give My Love To London (Marianne Faithfull/Steve Earle)
2. Sparrows Will Sing (Roger Waters)
3. True Lies (Marianne Faithfull/Edward Harcourt - Dimitri Tikovoi)
4. Love More Or Less (Marianne Faithfull/Tom McRae)
5. Late Victorian Holocaust (Nick Cave)
6. The Price Of Love (Donald Everly/Phil Everly)
7. Falling Back (Marianne Faithfull/Anna Calvi)
8. Deep Water (Faithfull - Cave/Cave/Cave)
9. Mother Wolf (Marianne Faithfull/Patrick Leonard)
10. Going Home (Leonard Cohen/Patrick Leonard)
11. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Hoagy Carmichael)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Roxy Music: The Complete Studio AlbumsRoxy Music "The Studio Albums" contains all eight original Roxy studio album in a vinyl LP boxed set. This follows
the successful CD boxset that was released in 2012 through Virgin Records. Included in the box are the bands selftitled
debut album (1972), and For Your Pleasure (1973) both of which feature Brian Eno.
Also included are the albums Stranded (1973), Country Life (1974), Siren (1975), Manifesto (1979), Flesh + Blood
(1980) and Avalon (1982), all with their full iconic cover art.Roxy Music (1972)
1. Re-Make / Re-Model
3. If There Is Something
4. Virginia Plain
5. 2 H.B.
6. The Bob (Medley)
7. Chance Meeting
8. Would You Believe?
9. Sea Breezes
10. Bitters End
For Your Pleasure (1973)
1. Do the Strand
2. Beauty Queen
3. Strictly Confidential
4. Editions of You
5. In Every Dream Home a Heartache
6. The Bogus Man
7. Grey Lagoons
8. For Your Pleasure
1. Street Life
2. Just Like You
6. A Song for Europe
7. Mother of Pearl
Country Life (1974)
1. The Thrill of It All
2. Three and Nine
3. All I Want Is You
4. Out of the Blue
5. If It Takes All Night
9. A Really Good Time
10. Prairie Rose
1. Love Is the drug
2. End of The Line
3. Sentimental Fool
5. She Sells
6. Could It Happen To Me?
7. Both Ends Burning
9. Just Another High
3. Angel Eyes
4. Still Falls the Rain
5. Stronger Through the Years
6. Ain't That So
7. My Little Girl
8. Dance Away
9. Cry, Cry, Cry
10. Spin Me Round
Flesh and Blood (1980)
1. In the Midnight Hour
2. Oh Yeah
3. Same Old Scene
4. Flesh and Blood
5. My Only Love
6. Over You
7. Eight Miles High
8. Rain, Rain, Rain
9. No Strange Delight
10. Running Wild
1. More Than This
2. The Space Between
5. While My Heart Is Still Beating
6. The Main Thing
7. Take A Chance With Me
8. To Turn You On
9. True To Life
10. Tara$199.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 8 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Visions of DuneA rare synth classic lovingly reissued, Visions of Dune is French electronic pioneer Bernard Szajner's 1979 concept album based around Frank Herbert's cult Dune Trilogy. Remastered from the original tapes and complimented with a new sleeve reimagined by acclaimed Barcelona-based designer Arnau Pi (Young Turks, DJ Kicks), the reissue also Includes two lost pieces from the original sessions left off because EMI considered them to be "too futuristic"! Fittingly, the release of this alternative soundtrack to Dune coincides with the cinema release of award-winning documentary Jodorowsky's Dune about the failed attempt to adapt the book in the mid-70s by the Chilean director. Often described as the "French Brian Eno", and like his British counterpart he has a parallel career as a successful visual artist. Before he started recording music Z established himself as the mastermind behind innovative lighting production for Gong, Magma, Oliver Messiasen, Stomu Yamashta and The Who. Later he became a pioneer in laser technology and robotics. Bernard has recently returned to making music after a long absence, inspired by the praise of musicians he has inspired such as Detroit techno icon Carl Craig, who cites Szajner's music as being in his "all time top ten".1. Dune
3. Thufir Hawat
5. Bene Gesserit
6. Shaï Hulud
10. Gom Jabbar
12. Kwizatz Haderach$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music From The Films Of R. SwiftINST sounds like Brian Eno and Wendy Carlos had a love child in the 70s and subsequently marooned him/her/it on an Oort Cloud. This largely instrumental electronic project may seem out of character for Richard Swift, with his unmistakable beautiful singing voice, melancholic lyrics, and sophisticated songwriting. With this release, he has resurrected the earliest forms of electronic music, thrown in a few dashes of dub, hip-hop, kraut-rock, and Motown, and created a new hybrid dish. For fans of Re/Search curiosities and other weird, ambient, and electronic headphone arts directed just outside the third eye.1. Ashes
4. Shooting a Rhino Between the Shoulders
5. Plan A & Plan B
6. Theme 5
8. Theme 3
9. Theme 4
10. Clay Young Battles the Man
11. Ghost of Hip-Hop (New Apostles Mix)
12. The Provide Lights$14.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music performed and composed by Robert Fripp & Brian Eno
Brian Eno is usually credited with the claim that everyone who originally bought a Velvet Underground album subsequently formed a band. It's no less valid to suggest that many of those involved in electronic music might not have been but for "No Pussyfooting" and "Evening Star". Indeed few contemporary albums can claim as much lasting influence as "No Pussyfooting" by Fripp & Eno. It's safe to say that for the vast majority of buyers at the time of its initial release in 1973, this was their first exposure to the small world of electronic music. It's equally safe to say it wasn't their last. The equipment used was, by modern standards, primitive. The ideas expressed were, by any standards, enormous. Many went on to have careers based on the possibilities suggested by the album. Fripp & Eno - to their eternal credit - were too busy working as musicians to ever 'milk it' in that sense. One further full album, "Evening Star", was issued in 1975. There were occasional collaborations, but no further recordings under the Fripp & Eno banner until the emergence of "The Equatorial Stars" in late 2004 as a limited edition release via the artists' websites, followed by a full release in 2005 on CD.
However, it was never issued on vinyl, until now.
"The Equatorial Stars" consists of a series of seven soundscapes. The evident care taken in the construction & presentation of the sound world makes the totality of the work so convincing. The textures & atmospheres forming the heart of each track manage to subtly change & alter, while leaving ample space for Robert's guitar solos to emerge from the centre. The album was Fripp & Eno's opportunity to redefine an area of music they helped to launch into the mainstream in the first instance.
It is also, incidentally, Robert Fripp's personal favourite of his many collaborations with Brian Eno.1. Meissa
7. Terebellum$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)Originally released by Island Records in November 1974, 'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)' picks up stylistically where its trailblazing predecessor 'Here Come The Warm Jets' left off earlier in that same year. Here, a more assured Eno is at the helm, enlisting the help of his friends The Winkies, former Roxy Music band members Phil Manzanera and Andy MacKay, Robert Wyatt from Soft Machine and Phil Collins of Genesis / Brand X.1. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More
2. Back In Judy's Jungle
3. The Fat Lady of Limbourg
4. Mother Whale Eyeless
5. The Great Pretender
6. Third Uncle
7. Put A Straw Under Baby
8. The True Wheel
9. China My China
10. Taking Tiger Mountain$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Here Come The Warm Jets (Awaiting Repress)First released in January 1974, 'Here Come The Warm Jets' was Brian Eno's debut solo release following his departure from Roxy Music. The album draws on both his glam and prog roots but its experimental nature also made it quite unlike anything that'd ever come before. It was also to prove a huge influence on the best of the British punk and post-punk bands that followed it.1. Needles In The Camel's Eye
2. The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch
3. Baby's On Fire
4. Cindy Tells Me
5. Driving Me Backwards
6. On Some Far Away Beach
7. Blank Frank
8. Dead Finks Don't Talk
9. Some Of Them Are Old
10. Here Come The Warm Jets$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The DropIncludes 16 Page Booklet Compiling Photos, Images and Writing by Eno
The Drop continues in the same style as much of his work of the period exploring impressionistic, ambient instrumental soundscapes rather than more conventional songwriting.1. Slip, Dip
2. But If
3. Belgian Drop
5. Block Drop
10. M.C. Organ
14. Dutch Blur
15. Back Clack
16. Dear World
17. Iced World$29.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The ShipHumankind seems to teeter between hubris and paranoia: the hubris of our ever-growing power contrasts with the paranoia that we're permanently and increasingly under threat. At the zenith we realize we have to come down again...we know that we have more than we deserve or can defend, so we become nervous. Somebody, something is going to take it all from us: that is the dread of the wealthy. Paranoia leads to defensiveness, and we all end up in the trenches facing each other across the mud." - Brian Eno The Ship, a new album by Brian Eno, will be released by Warp Records.
The Ship is Eno's first solo record since 2012's Grammy- nominated LUX. Originally conceived from experiments with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics, omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. The result is the very best of Eno, a record without parallel in his catalogue.
The album opens with the 21-minute eponymously titled "The Ship" on which Eno's cyclically sung sea-chant builds in ominous drama, followed by "Fickle Sun", a song in three movements. The first continues where "The Ship" left but with Eno's voice sounding more upfront, determined, even despairing. The album's finale is a Lou Reed penned cover of The Velvet Underground's "I'm Set Free", a band who were famously credited by Eno as the inspiration behind his early music explorations as an art student. Coinciding with The Ship's release, a series of Eno installations will be happening around the world at which you will be able to hear an alternative telling of The Ship in multi-channel 3-dimensional sound installations.1. The Ship
2. Fickle Sun
i. Fickle Sun
ii. The Hour Is Thin
iii. I'm Set Free$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Remain In Light (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 126/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Cut from the Original Analog Masters and Pressed at RTI for Stunning Sound!
Formed in the mid 70s by art school chums David Byrne, Chris Franz, and Tina Weymouth and ex-Modern Lover Jerry Harrison, Talking Heads rose out of the CBGB punk crucible and proved themselves one of the most artistically adventurous and influential bands of all time. Their visionary, polyrhythmic sound fused elements including rock, funk, and punk with diverse world beats, avant-garde minimalism, and pure pop genius.
From their 1977 debut through their Brian Eno and self-produced classics and on to their swan song (1988's Steve Lillywhite-produced Naked), Talking Heads constantly broke creative boundaries while also scoring smart radio hits including "Burning Down The House," "Wild Wild Life," and, from 1980's Remain In Light, the brilliant "Once In A Lifetime."
Considered by many fans and critics alike to be the band's best album, Remain In Light was the third release in the Heads/Eno trilogy and fourth overall. More melodic and funkier sounding than that of its predecessors, the recording finds the band further exploring the African rhythms hinted at on 1979's Fear of Music with the help of a growing personnel that now included Adrian Belew (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keyboards), Steven Scales (percussion) and backing vocalists. As propulsive and essential as ever here on 180 gram vinyl courtesy of Warner Bros. Records!
"On this New Wave watershed, the avant-punk avatars became polyrhythmic pop magicians. David Byrne and Co. combined the thrust of P-Funk, the kinky grooves of Afropop and the studied adventurousness of producer Brian Eno - and they still had a pop hit with 'Once in a Lifetime'." - Rolling StoneThe Great Curve
Crosseyed and Painless
Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
Houses In Motion
Once In A Lifetime
Seen and Not Seen
The Overload$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
FearNearly five years into his solo career, Velvet Underground alum John Cale headed to the studio to reinvent himself yet again in 1974. The result, Fear, became the first of a trio of eclectic albums all released in a period spanning just inside 14 months for Island Records. On this, his fourth solo release and first collaboration with Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno, Cale changes form with every composition.
Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition of Fear is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity to hear Cale's incisive fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black backgrounds-not to mention the intense content within-make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.
A smooth, textured departure from the clamor of the Velvets but a darker, more rage-filled concoction than Cale's 1973 set Paris 1919, Fear amazes with boundless range. Whether he's channeling the sweet, gentle Doctor Jekyll in symphonic ballads like "Emily and Ship of Fools, sharpening his teeth as the demented Mr. Hyde in the graffiti-strewn city-rock anthem "Gun, or thrilling with morbid joy in Fear is a Man's Best Friend," Cale effortlessly metamorphoses from one persona to the next. The whimsical Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy bounces into the earnest, misty You Know Me More than I Know."
In the background, Manzanera's guitar buzzes and stings as Eno sculpts a changing landscape of textures with his synthesizer. Infused with sarcastic or cynical lyrics, sweeping melodies, and a wide-eyed sense of exploration, Fear spins rage into beauty and back again.
Cale is a shapeshifter. Listen to him transform.1. Fear is a Man's Best Friend
2. Buffalo Ballet
5. Ship of Fools
7. The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy
8. You Know More Than I Know
9. Momamma Scuba$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ReflectionReflection is the latest work in a long series. It started (as far as record releases are concerned) with Discreet Music in 1975 ( - or did it start with the first Fripp and Eno album in 1973? Or did it start with the first original piece of music I ever made, at Ipswich Art School in 1965 - recordings of a metal lampshade slowed down to half and quarter speed, all overlaid?)
Anyway, it's the music that I later called 'Ambient'. I don't think I understand what that term stands for anymore - it seems to have swollen to accommodate some quite unexpected bedfellows - but I still use it to distinguish it from pieces of music that have fixed duration and rhythmically connected, locked together elements.
The pedigree of this piece includes Thursday Afternoon, Neroli (whose subtitle is Thinking Music IV) and LUX. I've made a lot of thinking music, but most of it I've kept for myself. Now I notice that people are using some of those earlier records in the way that I use them - as provocative spaces for thinking - so I feel more inclined to make them public.
Pieces like this have another name: they're GENERATIVE. By that I mean they make themselves. My job as a composer is to set in place a group of sounds and phrases, and then some rules which decide what happens to them. I then set the whole system playing and see what it does, adjusting the sounds and the phrases and the rules until I get something I'm happy with. Because those rules are probabilistic ( - often taking the form 'perform operation x, y percent of the time') the piece unfolds differently every time it is activated. What you have here is a recording of one of those unfoldings.1. Reflection$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pure Comedy (Deluxe)Deluxe 2xLPs Are Housed In A Die-Cut Customizable Jacket With 4 Interactive "Background" Dust Sleeves (Four Different Sky Color Schemes To Choose From)
Housed In An Outer Plastic Slipcase.
Includes A Tri-Fold Poster & Holographic Tarot Card
Pure Comedy, Father John Misty's third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released two widely acclaimed albums - Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015) - and the recent "Real Love Baby" single as Father John Misty, and recently contributed to songs by BeyoncÉ, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi.
While we could say a lot about Pure Comedy - including that it is a bold, important album in the tradition of American songwriting greats like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen - we think it's best to let its creator describe it himself. Take it away, Mr. Tillman: Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species' only hope for survival, nding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like "love," "culture," "family," etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species' loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence. Something like that.
Pure Comedy was recorded in 2016 at the legendary United Studios (Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Beck) in Hollywood, CA. It was produced by Father John Misty and Jonathan Wilson, with engineering by Misty's longtime sound-person Trevor Spencer and orchestral arrangements by renowned composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars (known for extensive solo work, and work with Brian Eno, Tom Waits, Derek Bailey).LP 1
1. Pure Comedy
2. Total Entertainment Forever
3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
4. Ballad of the Dying Man
6. Leaving LA
1. A Bigger Paper Bag
2. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
4. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
5. The Memo
6. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
7. In Twenty Years or So$39.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Country LifeRanked 387/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Country Life is Roxy Music's second release after the departure of Brian Eno and it's arguably the highpoint of the band's ouput from that era. The haunting, melancholic The Thrill of It All, the art-rockin' Out of the Blue, the almost-pure '50s rock of If It Takes All Night, the decadent affectations of A Really Good Time and the concluding Prairie Rose, all offer glimpses of alternative rock before the genre even existed. The combination of textures is exhilarating, and the songwriting which draws on elements of R&B, cabaret music and glam rock is among the band's most accomplished. Here on Limited Edition 180 gram Vinyl.1. The Thrill of It All
2. Three and Nine
3. All I Want Is You
4. Out of the Blue
5. If It Takes All Night
6. Bitter Sweet
9. A Really Good Time
10. Prairie Rose$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InsidesJon Hopkins is a musical shape shifter: a composer, pianist and a self-taught studio wizard. He makes big, bold electronic music using walls of synths, twinkling melodies and amorphous bass rumbles. As such his two albums have seen him labeled by the likes of ambient patriarch Brian Eno as an electronic innovator while an impressive sweep of artists from Herbie Hancock to David Holmes, not to mention contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor, lo-fi folkster King Creosote and musical blue bloods Coldplay, have all called upon the 28-year-old Londoner's handiwork as a producer and composer.
On Insides, his Domino debut, Hopkins showcases an intriguing musical aesthetic to brilliant effect. Insides is about juxtaposition: natural, arcane textures welded to pulsing, hypnotic rhythms, beautiful acoustic melodies set against jarring bass. The music is reminiscent of the beautiful melodies and harsh dirty beats of other British artists like Four Tet, Squarepusher, Burial and Aphex Twin. Above all, Insides is an audacious album which boasts a magical aura all of its own.
Hopkins' talents caught the ears of Brian Eno, who enlisted him to work on his Another Day on Earth album and most recently on Coldplay's Viva la Vida. In fact, Coldplay were so taken with Hopkins' music, the band asked him to rework the track Light Through the Veins (from Insides) to bookend their album. The pairing eventually led to an invitation to Hopkins to join the band on its 2008 USA, European and Japanese tour, both as an opening act and pre-show DJ.1. The Wider Son
5. Colour Eye
6. Light Through The Veins
7. The Low Places
8. Small Memory
9. A Drifting Up
10. Autumn Hill$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mylo XylotoMylo Xyloto (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe) is the fifth full length studio release from Britpop giants, Coldplay. Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno, Mylo Xyloto follows-up 2008s Viva La Vida, which charted at #1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Features the singles Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall and Paradise. This 180-gram vinyl edition also includes a 12 x 36 poster.1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
4. Charlie Brown
5. Us Against The World
7. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
8. Major Minus
10. Princess of China
11. Up In Flames
12. A Hopeful Transmission
13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
14. Up With The Birds$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
House Of Spirits
A more melancholic take on Brian Eno's "Baby's On Fire",
only with dusty country-style vocal harmonies - Pitchfork
Bells of Paonia is a lush and pretty fuzz-guitar drone with
plenty of starry-eyed melody in there - Stereogum
Warm organ tones shine through the fuzz, showing The Fresh &
Onlys at their most earnest and heartfelt. - Consequence of
With surreal nightmares, glistening pop tempered by sinister
undertones and even unsettling experimentalism, The Fresh & Onlys'
fifth album, House of Spirits is the San Francisco quartet's most
focused and most experimental yet. The material gestated during
vocalist Tim Cohen's isolated stay on an Arizonan horse ranch where
he documented dreams in a bedside notebook. The resultant songs are
by turns pristine, feverish, and bizarre, as The Fresh & Onlys returned
to Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco with Phil Manley (Trans Am)
to recast the textures, leaps of logic and evocative character of
Cohen's dreams into songs.1. Home Is Where?
2. Who Let the Devil
3. Bells of Paonia
4. Animal of One
5. I'm Awake
7. April Fools
10. Madness$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Total Strife ForeverThe lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.
Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.
The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.
The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).
With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.
'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.
The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.
Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.
- Robert Whitfield (The 405)1. Glitter Recession
2. Total Strife Forever I
3. Dripping Down
5. Heaven, How Long
6. Total Strife Forever II
7. Looking For Someone
8. Midnight Koto
9. Total Strife Forever III
10. Song For Granular Piano
11. Total Strife Forever IV$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
To The Happy FewEighteen years after they called it quits as a working band, 2013 finds the original members of Medicine reunited and proudly offering a newly recorded LP on Captured Tracks. "To The Happy Few" is the sound of a highly inspired group reclaiming its creative legacy, thoroughly immersed in the practice of mixing harsh noise with obsessive melodic detail and heavily groovy rocking.
Returning is the core trio of lead singer/ chanteuse Beth Thompson, guitarist / vocalist Brad Laner, and drummer Jim Goodall, the same team which created the still vital, influential and controversial LPs "Shot Forth Self Living" (1992) , "The Buried Life" (1993) and "Her Highness" (1995) as well as a stand-out appearance in the 1994 film "The Crow".
As it happens, it's really all the fault of Captured Tracks. In 2012 C/T pulled off the seemingly
impossible and secured the rights to reissue the aforementioned two original Medicine LPs in loving and expanded fashion. This was a rather emotional moment for the original band members. So much so that upon meeting up at Brad's home studio in May 2012 for the first time since 1995 in order to divide up the vinyl goodies and ultra-limited box sets, the trio laid down the basic track for what became the final song on the new LP. Emboldened by the natural ease with which they slipped back into Medicine mode, the trio spent the remainder of the year leisurely recording the new LP and enjoying each other's company far removed from the stress and turmoil of their original early 90's run. The resulting LP is not your parent's Shoegaze record. The sonic palette and the hands, feet and mouths that utilize it may be the same, but the end result more subtly reflects the amassed life experiences and refined aesthetics of three mature artists only just now approaching the peak of their powers.
The members of Medicine stayed quite busy with music in the interim between 1995 and 2012: Jim Goodall recorded and toured with his legendary evil country western band Jon Wayne which had its first LP reissued by Jack White's Third Man label. He also toured as a member of UK noise gods Whitehouse and recorded with Current 93. Beth Thompson made a collaborative album as The Shway and performed with The Furry Things. Brad Laner has released a bunch of solo and collaborative LPs under various names and recorded with the likes of Brian Eno, M83, Caribou and Blinker The Star.
"Long As The Sun," the first single from Medicine, simultaneously references the origins of the band and explodes into brand new territory. An exuberant, belligerently pounding carnival of sound and harmony. A joyful acceptance of something that just simply works. Noise for beauty's sake. You know, Medicine1. Long As The Sun
2. It's Not Enough
3. Burn It
4. Holy Crimes
5. The End Of The Line
6. Butterfly's Out Tonight
7. All You Ne ed To Know
8. Find Me Always
9. Pull The Trigger
10. Daylight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Slow DazzleIn 1975, mad scientist and Velvet Underground alum John Cale returned to the lab to record another experiment. Slow Dazzle, his fifth solo album and second collaboration with Roxy Music's Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, dissects rock and avant-garde, hacks the limbs off of pop and jazz, and fuses the styles together into a limber, impassioned creation.
Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition of Slow Dazzle is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity to hear Cale's incisive fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black backgrounds-not to mention the emotionally unsettling content within-make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.
Sometimes jaunty and beer-soaked, sometimes maniacally spitting into the microphone about killing his wife's lover, sometimes despairing, sometimes sweet, Cale holds forth with schizophrenic authority. Manzanera's sordid guitar dirges ambidextrously switch to cheerful riffs as Eno's synthesizer rubber-bands its way through sunshine and smoke-machine fog. Chris Thomas, who recorded with the Beatles and engineered albums for Pink Floyd and the Sex Pistols, throws haunted violin and dissonant electric piano into the formula.
Whether he's heaping neon sleaze atop earnest surf harmonies in an ode to the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson (Mr. Wilson), lulling you into a blurred, easy-listening trance (Ski Patrol, I'm Not the Loving Kind), or growling a pre-goth era cover of Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel" with mascara-running intensity, Cale delivers an elastic range of artistry. Ditties like "Dirty Ass Rock 'N' Roll" and "Guts" place psychopath tendencies into the body of a catchy pop song, turn up the electricity, twitch, and grab.
By all means, Cale's experiment was a success. Slow Dazzle is alive.1. Mr. Wilson
2. Taking It All Away
3. Dirty-Ass Rock 'N' Roll
4. Darling I Need You
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Ski Patrol
8. I'm Not The Loving Kind
10. The Jeweller$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Helen of TroyTo his chagrin, John Cale's record label released his unfinished demo tapes while he was busy producing Patti Smith's groundbreaking Horses. But to his surprise, the resulting album, Helen of Troy, is considered the most stylistically cohesive of the eclectic Island Trilogy, the trio of albums Cale recorded for Island Records during the course of 1974-75. Featuring Brian Eno's lithe synthesizer, Phil Collins' expert drumming, and Cale's manic streetwise songwriting, Helen of Troy delivers more sophistication than most final cuts, and cuts deeper in its roughness.
Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition of Helen of Troy is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity to hear Cale's engaging fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black backgrounds-not to mention the moody content within-make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.
From the celestial opening strains of My Maria, which sounds in places like a hymn, to the teeth-gnashing Sudden Death, Cale shows us heaven, hell, and the life in between. Employing a cocktail of wild experimentation, tonal versatility, and range of emotion, Cale's compositions whip from soaring serenades like I Keep a Close Watch to the unhinged, wild-eyed Leaving It Up to You (pulled from the original release due to its reference to the murder of Sharon Tate) to the soulful, surf-derived China Sea. Eno's synthesizer casts love spells and shadows while Chris Spedding's guitar drills bluesy, ragged holes through every composition. A tormented, sinister cover of the Modern Lovers' Pablo Picasso (Cale produced the Lovers' debut) shows what you get when you replace Jonathan Richman's dreamy smile with Cale's bared teeth.
Although we'll never know what the one-time Velvet Underground cohort had in mind for the finished product, with its labyrinthine arrangements, theatrical spontaneity, and primal rawness, Helen of Troy is a gem that's better unpolished.1. My Maria
2. Helen of Troy
3. China Sea
5. Save Us
6. Cable Hogue
7. I Keep A Close Watch
8. Pablo Picasso
9. Leaving It Up to You
10. Baby What You Want Me to Do
11. Sudden Death$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now