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  • Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay Quick View

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    Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay

    With a history of releasing singles between albums, the two EPs of Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to their fourth studio album, Victorialand.


    30 years later, they're now being married together on to one piece of vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork.

    1. Pink Orange Red
    2. Ribbed And Veined
    3. Plain Tiger
    4. Sultitan Itan
    5. Great Spangled Fritillary
    6. Melonella
    7. Pale Clouded White
    8. Eggs And Their Shells
    Cocteau Twins
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  • Heaven Or Las Vegas Heaven Or Las Vegas Quick View

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    Heaven Or Las Vegas


    Heavyweight Black Vinyl Cut From HD 96/24 Masters


    Blue Bell Knoll is the fifth album by Cocteau
    Twins. Originally released in 1988 by 4AD in the UK
    and Capitol in the US, Pitchfork listed this album
    as one of the best albums of the 80s. This was the
    band's first full studio album to be released in
    the US via a distribution deal with Capitol. The
    album marked a turning point for the band. Robin
    Guthrie stated ""At first you're just trying to make
    a record, and then you're trying to make a really
    good record. And then you're trying to go further.... Blue Bell Knoll was a really important
    record to me. It really sticks as one of my favorites. Perhaps not because of how it came out,
    although it is quite listenable, but because of the
    experience of making it."  


    Heaven or Las Vegas followed in 1990, and the release was also via 4AD in the UK and Capitol in the
    US. It was the band's last album for 4AD, and was
    their most commercially successful possibly due
    to Elizabeth Fraser's much more intelligible lyrics. Numerous publications declared it one of the
    best albums of the 90s and Pitchfork called it "a
    core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit
    as moving and relevant today as it ever was".


    Both of these albums have been unavailable on
    vinyl for some time. Heaven or Las Vegas has never
    been commercially available in the US on vinyl,
    while Blue Bell Knoll's vinyl via Capitol wasn't
    re-pressed after the initial release, and therefore
    hasn't been available in at least 25 years.

    1. Cherry-coloured Funk
    2. Pitch The Baby
    3. Iceblink Luck
    4. Fifty-fifty Clown
    5. Heaven Or Las Vegas
    6. I Wear Your Ring
    7. Fotzepolitic
    8. Wolf In The Breast
    9. Road, River And Rail
    10. Frou-frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires
    Cocteau Twins
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    The Pink Opaque

    Back in 1986, The Pink Opaque brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins' early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" and "Aikea-Guinea" were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured "Millimillenary," the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. To this day, it remains a great entry point to a wonderful band.
    1. The Spangle Maker
    2. Millimillenary
    3. Wax And Wane (Remixed)
    4. Hitherto
    5. Pearly-Dewdrops (7 Version)
    6. From The Flagstones
    7. Aikea-Guinea
    8. Lorelei
    9. Pepper-Tree
    10. Musette And Drums
    Cocteau Twins
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  • Stars And Topsoil: A Collection 1982-1990 Stars And Topsoil: A Collection 1982-1990 Quick View

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    Stars And Topsoil: A Collection 1982-1990

    Available for the first time on vinyl, the Cocteau Twins retrospective Stars And Topsoil: A Collection 1982-1990 is the first ever collection of the best of their 4AD years. Following their ascent from alternative novices to universally acclaimed artists, Stars and Topsoil is a true testament to one of the most original bands to emerge in the last two decades. Over a career at 4AD that spanned six albums and seven EPs, the Cocteau Twins retained an intriguing uniqueness of style that defied comparison. This chronological collection is a fitting reminder of why the Cocteau Twins are so important, musical visionaries who transcended convention yet achieved massive international success.
    1. Blind Dumb Deaf
    2. Sugar Hiccup
    3. My Love Paramour
    4. Pearly-Dewdrops Drops
    5. Lorelei
    6. Pandora
    7. Aikea-Guinea
    8. Pink Orange Red
    9. Pale Clouded White
    10. Lazy Calm
    11. The Thinner The Air
    12. Orange Appled
    13. Cico Buff
    14. Carolyns Fingers
    15. Fifty-Fifty Clown
    16. Iceblink Luck
    17. Heaven or Las Vegas
    18. Watchlar
    Cocteau Twins
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    Moon

    Born from love, musical empathy, a baby grand piano discovered on Gumtree and an expired visa, Snowbird duo Stephanie Dosen and Simon Raymonde have crafted an album of exquisite melody and mood that radiates the uncanny mystery of the object it's named after: moon.


    Released on Bella Union, the label that Raymonde has run and curated since his former band Cocteau Twins went their individual ways in 1997, moon comprises 11 songs composed between two continents; Raymonde was in London while Dosen was in North Carolina after being based in the capital following her 2007 debut A Lily For The Spectre. Snowbird's album was subsequently crafted via the wonder of technology, and yet moon has one unifying and intimate sound and vision, from gently pulsating, pop-centric trails ("I Heard The Owl Call My Name", "Bears On My Trail") and lingering, luminous ballads ("All Wishes Are Ghosts", "Come To The Woods") to the musical equivalent of floating downstream, bathed
    in silvery light ("Charming Birds From Trees", "In Lovely").


    The eagle-eyed out there will notice the predominance of flora and fauna on moon, starting with the name Snowbird. There's more on "Where Foxes Hide", "We Carry White Mice" and "Heart Of The Woods". But there is one human subject in"Amelia", and others came out to play too, a suitably transatlantic roster of friends: Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and guitarist Ed O'Brien, Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith and two more gifted guitarists in Paul Gregory(Lanterns On The Lake) and Jonathan Wilson.


    If the 11 tracks weren't enough there is a 2nd half of the record!. An album of remixes (one for each 11 tracks) by Michigan's electronic music genius by the name of RxGibbs, who expands, annotates and shines a whole new light on the wonder of Snowbird, adding and subtracting beats, creating otherworldly ambient passages, and building the other half of a distinctly beautiful and passionate whole that gives a whole new meaning to the term"moonstruck" The album cover (above) is by Vaughan Oliver, famed graphic designer known for his distinctive work for 4AD, including many album covers for Cocteau Twins.

    LP1
    1. I Heard The Owl Call My Name
    2. All Wishes Are Ghosts
    3. Charming Birds From Trees
    4. Where Foxes Hide
    5. Amelia
    6. Bears On My Trail
    7. Porcelain
    8. Come To The Woods
    9. We Carry White Mice
    10. In Lovely
    11. Heart Of The Woods


    LP2

    Track by track remix by RX GIBBS

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  • Harold Budd: Remixes Harold Budd: Remixes Quick View

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    Harold Budd: Remixes

    Emerging from the 60s US avant-garde and originally influenced by the likes of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Harold Budd rebelled against the heavily conceptual works of his peers to explore his own artistic path of existential prettiness. His early work caught the ear of Brian Eno, who invited him to England to record his first commercially released work The Pavilion Of Dreams (Obscure - 1978). This working relationship continued over the next decade, producing landmark works such as The Plateaux Of Mirror (EG - 1980) and The Pearl (EG - 1984). He went on to collaborate with other like-minded souls including the Cocteau Twins, John Foxx and Jah Wobble, and release an impressive stream of delicately constructed solo works, many of which have been issued on All Saints.
    1. Mandan (Patten Remix)
    2. Feral (Odd Nosdam Remix)
    3. Dark Star (Personable Remix)
    Harold Budd
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  • Saturdays = Youth Saturdays = Youth Quick View

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    Saturdays = Youth

    Saturdays= Youth is the fifth studio album by M83 produced by Ken Thomas, (Sigur Rós and the Cocteau Twins) with co-production by Ewan Pearson (Tracey Thorn, The Rapture, and Ladytron) and M83's Anthony Gonzalez. The album was originally released on Mute in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim including an 8.5 Best New Music by Pitchfork, and being named album of the year by Urban Outfitters & Drowned in Sound. Kim & Jessie one of the singles off this album, was also placed at #256 on Pitchfork's list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.
    1. You, Appearing
    2. Kim & Jessie
    3. Skin of the Night
    4. Graveyard Girl
    5. Couleurs
    6. Up!
    7. We Own the Sky
    8. Highway of Endless Dreams
    9. Too Late
    10. Dark Moves of Love
    11. Midnight Souls Still Remain
    M83
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  • Blue Bell Knoll Blue Bell Knoll Quick View

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    Blue Bell Knoll


    Heavyweight Black Vinyl Cut From HD 96/24 Masters


    Blue Bell Knoll is the fifth album by Cocteau
    Twins. Originally released in 1988 by 4AD in the UK
    and Capitol in the US, Pitchfork listed this album
    as one of the best albums of the 80s. This was the
    band's first full studio album to be released in
    the US via a distribution deal with Capitol. The
    album marked a turning point for the band. Robin
    Guthrie stated ""At first you're just trying to make
    a record, and then you're trying to make a really
    good record. And then you're trying to go further.... Blue Bell Knoll was a really important
    record to me. It really sticks as one of my favorites. Perhaps not because of how it came out,
    although it is quite listenable, but because of the
    experience of making it."  


    Heaven or Las Vegas followed in 1990, and the release was also via 4AD in the UK and Capitol in the
    US. It was the band's last album for 4AD, and was
    their most commercially successful possibly due
    to Elizabeth Fraser's much more intelligible lyrics. Numerous publications declared it one of the
    best albums of the 90s and Pitchfork called it "a
    core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit
    as moving and relevant today as it ever was".


    Both of these albums have been unavailable on
    vinyl for some time. Heaven or Las Vegas has never
    been commercially available in the US on vinyl,
    while Blue Bell Knoll's vinyl via Capitol wasn't
    re-pressed after the initial release, and therefore
    hasn't been available in at least 25 years.

    1. Blue Bell Knoll
    2. Athol-Brose
    3. Carolyn's Fingers
    4. For Phoebe Still a Baby
    5. The Itchy Glowbo Blow
    6. Cico Buff
    7. Suckling the Mender
    8. Spooning Good Singing Gum
    9. A Kissed Out Red Floatboat
    10. Ella Megalast Burls Forever
    Cocteau Twins
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  • Pretty Hate Machine (2010 Remaster) Pretty Hate Machine (2010 Remaster) Quick View

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    Pretty Hate Machine (2010 Remaster)

    Fans can now revisit the conception of Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor's Null Corporation has teamed up with UMe/The Bicycle Music Company to release Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster on 12/7/2010. After completing the score for David Fincher's The Social Network, Reznor oversaw the digital remastering of Pretty Hate Machine from the newly unearthed original tapes with engineer Tom Baker (whose NIN credits include The Downward Spiral, Broken, The Fragile, With Teeth and Ghosts). This remastered version includes an eleventh track, a cover of Queen's Get Down Make Love, originally the B-side to the Sin single and produced by Al Jourgensen. Rob Sheridan, NIN's longtime art director, has also re-imagined the packaging of Pretty Hate Machine under Reznor's supervision.


    As a young musician in Cleveland, Ohia, Reznor took a job at a local recording studio and employed unused studio time to develop his own material. The nascent album was later recorded with his favorite producers including Flood/Mark Ellis (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey), John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil), Adrian Sherwood (Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire) and Keith LeBlanc (Trackhead). The result was the first Nine Inch Nails album, 1989's Pretty Hate Machine. All songs were written, arranged, programmed and performed by Reznor. The album featured the breakthrough singles Sin, Down In It and Head Like A Hole, and ultimately sold over 3 million copies, reaching Triple Platinum sales status. In the wake of the album's inital underground success, NIN soon developed a reputation as one of the best live acts in rock and jointed the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in 1991. NIN have since sold more than 18 million albums, collected Grammy Awards and headline arenas, amphitheaters and festivals worldwide.


    The Bicycle Music Company acquired the rights to Pretty Hate Machine from a division of Prudential Securities in the spring of 2010. It was Bicycle's intention from the onset to enable Reznor to regain some control of this lost piece of NIN's legacy, resulting in this artist approved 2010 reissue of one of music's most groundbreaking and influential albums. Note: The previous CD version was reissued in 2005 but was not overseen by Reznor and is now out of print.


    Reznor is currently working on new music as a member of the group How To Destroy Angels, continuing his Nine Inch Nails efforts and composing for future film score projects.

    1. Head Like A Hole
    2. Terrible Lie
    3. Down In It
    4. Sanctified
    5. Something I Can Never Have
    6. Kinda I Want To
    7. Sin
    8. That's What I Get
    9. The Only Time
    10.Ringfinger
    11.Get Down Make Love (Bonus Track in 2010 Reissue)
    Nine Inch Nails
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  • I. I. Quick View

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    I.

    Formed in 2008, the group has been host to a number of different musical collaborators, working through a variety of sounds since its inception. In the spring of 2012, inspired by the Trinity Session, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Mazzy Star & the sound of early '60s records like I Love You How You Love Me by the Paris Sisters, they recorded their first proper EP, I., live over the course of a single night in the stairway of a four-story building.
    1. Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby
    2. I'm A Firefighter
    3. Dreaming of You
    4. Starry Eyes
    Cigarettes After Sex
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    Offshore

    Mentored by Daniel Lanois, Daniel Burton has been putting his project-oriented stamp on a variety of records the last ten years and it has all coalesced into this career-defining work. Offshore is one continuous piece, made up of six distinct songs. It's equally beautiful and noisy, composed though loose, akin to the late '80s/early '90s 4AD-laden world of shoegaze wash-rock like Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Mark Hollis, their predecessor Peter Gabriel, or modern day saint William Basinski. In the Lanois/Eno tradition, Burton collected an all-star cast to flesh out his vision with members of Horace Pinker, Olo, Black Mountain, Windsor For The Derby, Unwed Sailor, and Tortoise.
    1.Land of Pale Saints
    2.Deserter
    3.Sans Revival
    4.Return of the Native
    5.Silent Tents
    6.Hymn Beneath the Palisades
    Early Day Miners
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    Velvet Changes

    Phil Jones has been subtly cutting his teeth under the name Dog Bite for years now. After self-releasing his sample-based psych-folk and sitting in the production chair for a few fellow Georgians, he was picked up for a single and an EP on Young Turks. Velvet Changes sees Jones eschewing samples and expanding his palette to incorporate the dreamy aesthetics often associated with vintage 4AD bands like A.R. Kane or Cocteau Twins. The songs tend toward mid-tempo ranges and are clearly entrenched in their atmospherics, but lack nothing in pure pop appeal.
    1. Forever, Until
    2. Supersoaker
    3. No Sharing
    4. Prettiest Pills
    5. You're Not That Great
    6. Holiday Man
    7. Native America
    8. Paper Lungs
    9. Stay Sedated
    10. The Woods and the Fire
    11. My Mary
    Dog Bite
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  • Pretty Hate Machine Pretty Hate Machine Quick View

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    Pretty Hate Machine

    Reissue of Nine Inch Nails' Seminal 1989 album, Pretty Hate Machine on LP in its Original Form


    Unavailable Since a Brief Reissue in 2005


    As a young musician in Cleveland, Ohio, Trent Reznor took a job at a local recording studio and employed unused studio time to develop his own material. The nascent album was later recorded with his favorite producers including Flood/Mark Ellis (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey), John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil), Adrian Sherwood (Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire) and Keith LeBlanc (Tackhead).


    The result was the first Nine Inch Nails album, 1989's Pretty Hate Machine. All songs were written, arranged, programmed and performed by Reznor. The album features the breakthrough singles Sin, Down In It and Head Like A Hole and ultimately sold over 3 million copies, reaching Triple Platinum sales status.

    1. Head Like A Hole
    2. Terrible Lie
    3. Down In It
    4. Sanctified
    5. Something I Can Never Have
    6. Kinda I Want To
    7. Sin
    8. That's What I Get
    9. The Only Time
    10.Ringfinger
    Nine Inch Nails
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  • Ullages Ullages Quick View

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    Ullages

    "An Echo & the Bunnymen-inspired delay fest with Robert Smith-style vocals, it speaks for itself."


    -FLOOD


    Whilst Eagulls' debut album was a juggernaut of a record, often moving at breakneck speed and intensity, it was also a deeply melodic one and underneath the heady fuzz and gushing charge of the guitars laid a band with just as many pop leanings as they had punk. It's these moments that have been brought to the surface on the new record: dense, deeply textured explorations that recall the shimmering opulence of the Cocteau Twins and the ominous gloom of The Smiths and Disintegration/Pornography-era The Cure. Recorded during long days and nights in a converted Leeds Catholic church with returning producer Matt Peel before the album was sent to London to be mixed by Craig Silvey (Portishead, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, R.E.M), it's as refreshing as it is exhilarating to hear Eagulls' Ullages as they continue to forge a fierce and prominent British voice in the world of music.


    This record is every bit as dazzling as it's predecessor but it comes along with that most rare and treasured quality of being so in a way that feels new, whilst simultaneously remaining in the existing character and tone of the band. Never has the term 'sophomore slump' been kicked so mercilessly to death as by Eagulls on this album.

    1. Heads or Tails
    2. Euphoria
    3. My Life In Rewind
    4. Harpstrings
    5. Velvet
    6. Psalms
    7. Blume
    8. Skipping
    9. Lemontrees
    10. Aisles
    11. White Lie Lullabies
    Eagulls
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    Noctiluca

    Dunes are a mysteriously ethereal and minimal trio from Los Angeles, CA. Appropriating pop and experimental music into a familiar swirl, while retaining a fresh outlook and approach, Dunes inhabit a space of tweaking, twisting, imagining moments and emotions from the past, destined to end up as their future. Stephanie Chan, formerly of Austin, TX bands Finally Punk, and The Carrots plays guitar and sings in Dunes, she creates surreal and dreamy narratives with her lyrics and uniquely beautiful, powerful voice. Mark Greshowak (Talbot Tagara) plays baritone guitar and sometimes bass, weaving melodies back and forth with Stephanie, making lush tones in the process. Kate Hall, played drums in Mika Miko before holding down the rhythmic duties and also singing for Dunes.


    Having released a 12 EP on Mexican Summer, two 7 EP's, one on Los Angeles label Teenage Teerdrops, the other on San Diego's Art Fag and a tape on Ooga Booga, Dunes are primed to release their full length. These undoubtedly great pop songs sink in further as you listen, the perfect blend of three musicians experimenting towards the common goal.


    Featuring 11-tracks, Noctiluca is a well thought out record, moments can bring you to the crafty and whimsical pop of The Cocteau Twins, while staying stripped down to feel as though it may be through the lens of Richard Hell, or as anxious as R. Stevie Moor. Post-punk, post-pop music played and interpreted by three great players who hold nothing back.

    1. Jukebox
    2. Lonely Palm
    3. Vertical Walk
    4. Red Gold
    5. Living Comfortably
    6. Falling
    7. Shadow
    8. Cameron
    9. The Spark
    10. Minnow & The Machine
    11. Tied Together
    Dunes
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    Opium

    It was in 1996 that Jay-Jay Johanson, a young man from a cold climate, fascinated by the Bristol sound they called trip-hop and Portishead in particular, first tapped delicately on our eardrums. In only a few songs he revealed a family tree that spread its roots far and wide: on one branch Chet Baker and Lee Hazelwood, on the other John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and in between a whole army of jazz or symphonic recordings sampled from everywhere imaginable. Almost 20 years later he has returned with an incredible new album called Opium. It contains the very essence of Johanson's music: an ease with inventing melodies, a voice that gently caresses, and the jacked up, heady rhythms that lift and carry the songs. From the peaceful harmonica opening of Drowsy / Too Young To Say Good Night to the smoke-wreathed love song I Don't Know Much About Loving, via titles with a sporadic and light groove (NDE, Alone Too Long), Opium is a courageous offering. Johanson opens his heart with fearlessness and modesty, gracefully lowering his guard and evoking the questions that torment men of his age: love, solitude, fatherhood, immaturity. The songwriting is unerving, the words have a suppressed poetry. This new Jay-Jay Johanson is the work of a guy who has survived the avalanches, who is no longer looking for answers and is content to sketch out the perspectives in as many songs. Some titles are serious (Harakiri), but others immediately take up the reins casting a more gentle, peaceful light, like Scarecrow, a collaboration with Robin Guthrie that would not have sounded out of place on a Cocteau Twins album, or of the strange positivity of Be Yourself or I Love Him So. The strength of Opium is that it asks questions that don't necessarily have an answer; it offers a collection of songs freed from any certitude but which convince through their modesty, through their precision. In short, Jay-Jay Johanson at his best.
    1. Drowsy / Too Young To Say Good Night
    2. Moonshine
    3. Be Yourself
    4. I Love Him So
    5. NDE
    6. I Don't Know Much About Loving
    7. Scarecrow
    8. I Can Count On You
    9. Alone Too Long
    10. Celebrate The Wonders
    Jay-Jay Johanson
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  • Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do Quick View

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    Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do

    "Flowers' early gigs have shown heaps of promise" - NME


    "A little Jesus And Mary Chain, a lot of Black Tambourine, and one hell of a voice." - DoNYC


    "The trio blasted the stage with their sprawling guitars, booming percussion and epic vocals" - PREFIX MAG (Artist to Watch)


    Often it's the moments of silence that hit you hardest. - This is Fake DIY


    "A radiant, warm and endearingly amateurish talent. THE FADER


    "Steeped in indie lore, in a charming, self-effacing way of translating emotion into sound" CLASH MUSIC


    London based trio Flowers ends their live shows with singer Rachel Kenedy utterly still, accompanying herself on a one string bass guitar, soul laid bare. It is a stark and quiet moment in comparison to what came before, which can be characterized by Sam Ayres blur of kinetic energy on guitar and Jordan Hockley's urgent and precision drumming all performed with a sense of minimalism and brevity. It is this minimalist approach that best characterizes the fourteen deceptively simple pop songs that comprise Flowers debut, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do.


    Produced by Bernard Butler, Flowers' genius is in their ability to convey a remarkable amount of emotion with minimal instrumentation. Rachel possesses one of those beautiful pop voices to die for, with echoes of Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays). Haunting, mesmerizing and intense, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do is an impressive calling cared from a sensational new band.

    1. Young
    2. Forget the Fall
    3. Drag Me Down
    4. Worn Out Shoes
    5. Lonely
    6. Joanna
    7. If I Tell You
    8. Comfort
    9. I Love You
    10. All Over Again
    11. Anna
    12. Be With You
    13. Plastic Jane
    14. Stuck
    Flowers
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    Von

    The heaps of praise during 2000 surrounding 1999's Ágætis Byrjun brought surprisingly little attention to Sigur Rós' first record, released in 1997. Remaining available only through the band's Icelandic label, it took some effort to obtain, but those who did get a copy probably found it to be just as adventurous as Agætis. Though darker and more fractured than the string-laden nooks of the follow-up, it's just as sprawling and outright bombastic. It's remarkable that such a young band would be this experimental at this stage in their lifespan, but the sheer breadth gets to be an albatross. Poking fun at '70s prog rock is just as easy as shooting at cement gargoyles on a suburban rooftop, especially when you're an indie kid or a fan of post-rock. But Sigur Rós makes Yes look like the Minutemen. Whittled down to 40 minutes, Von would be considerably more effective than it already is. As a mood setter, the 10-minute opening track really takes about three minutes to do what it needs, and a few other spots seem to drag on for the sake of sucking time. That doesn't prevent Von from being impressive, veering from Gavin Bryars-style aquatic minimalism to My Bloody Valentine-style dream pop. Varying states of isolationist ambience run throughout, whether evoking unrest or tranquil rest. You can practically envision a stray headboard floating through the Sinking of the Titanic-type passages, and the lush Myrkur comes from a planet where MBV's Kevin Shields and Kitchens of Distinction's Julian Swales are accorded the level or worship that Earth gives to Hendrix and Clapton. And then there's that voice, one of the most distinctly unintelligible voices since the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser. Boy? Girl? One would be hard-pressed to guess without liner notes. Based on pure sound, Von is just as much of a treat as the acclaimed follow-up.


    - Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. Sigur Rós
    2. Dögun
    3. Hún Jörð
    4. Leit að lífi
    5. Myrkur
    6. 18 sekúndur fyrir sólarupprás
    7. Hafssól


    LP 2
    1. Veröld ný og óð
    2. Von
    3. Mistur
    4. Syndir Guðs (Opinberun frelsarans)
    5. Rukrym

    Sigur Ros
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    Never Really Been Into It

    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
    never ends.

    1. Dreamers Tied to Chairs
    2. CHKN
    3. The Big Lie
    4. Fits and Starts
    5. Decaax
    6. Hurricanes in a Jar
    7. You Make Me Question My Mind (in a thousand words about time)
    8. Intexus
    9. Seconds Chances
    10. In Motion
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    Tween

    The word "tween" implies a certain, very specific kind of awkwardness, and
    those implications are rarely positive. But think about it like this: Something
    "tween" is in the process of becoming something else, and there's a very
    specific kind of beauty in that becoming. There's something rewarding in
    recognizing and celebrating it-in meeting it halfway.


    Tween is a collection of eight songs born, raised, and almost abandoned for
    various reasons during the years between 2011's breakthrough Civilian and
    2014's reinvention-of-sorts, Shriek.


    Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack described these songs as "not emblematic of
    a step forward, but a step sideways in time." In other words, they just didn't
    make sense for album number five-which will happen at some point in the
    future. But just because they didn't belong there doesn't mean they don't
    belong anywhere. To wedge them onto Shriek would've been dishonest; to
    orphan them would've been somewhere on the line between criminal and just
    plain silly.


    Now that your expectations are lowered, let's build them back up, because
    Tween is full of gorgeous Wye Oak songs whose only crime was timing and
    context, made by two people at the height of their game. At first these songs
    sounded too disparate to me to be called an album, but the more Tween sank
    in, the more it made sense: One minute Jenn and Andy are embracing their
    floatiest Cocteau Twins instinct ("If You Should See"), the next they're back
    in Civilian territory a bit ("No Dreaming"), and later they're slinky and
    electronic and gorgeously '80s ("On Luxury").


    The common thread: These are no castaways or cutouts. In fact, pound for
    pound, Tween might actually be more directly accessible than Shriek. It should
    join the pantheon of amazing not-albums of history whose names try to
    downplay how good they actually are, like R.E.M.'s Dead Letter Office, The
    Who's Odds and Sods, maybe even Dinosaur Jr.'s Whatever's Cool With Me.


    Who knows what an album is at this point, anyway? Here's what Jenn and
    Andy had to say: "We rejoice in being free to make what we like and release it
    in a way that feels true, and you are free to enjoy it or dismiss it as it suits you.
    We hope, of course, for the former. But-all gimmicks aside-we created this
    thing with love and are so happy to share it with you, whoever you are."


    -Josh Modell

    1. Out of Nowhere
    2. If You Should See
    3. No Dreaming
    4. Too Right
    5. Better (For Esther)
    6. On Luxury
    7. Trigger Finger
    8. Watching the Waiting
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    Moon Tides

    It's a rare and beautiful thing when a band emerges fully formed, but it makes perfect sense in the case of guitarist Daniel Hindman and keyboardist Sarah Versprille's Pure Bathing Culture. Having backed folk rock revisionist Andy Cabic in Vetiver, the New Yorkers partnered up and moved West in 2011, settling in Portland, Oregon. Building off their past experiences as musical collaborators, in a short time the duo have created a sound that is undeniably their own: soaring synths, chiming keyboards, and shimmering electric guitars move in lockstep with bouncing drum machines. Sarah's crystalline voice floats on top of it all with divine purpose. It's a sound that looks back momentarily for inspiration -- Talk Talk, Prefab Sprout, Cocteau Twins -- but then fixes its gaze firmly on the present.


    Further developing the sound of their acclaimed four song, self-titled 2012 EP, at the start of 2013 they set out to record Moon Tides, their first full length album. Again, they chose to work with producer Richard Swift at his National Freedom studio in rural Cottage Grove, Oregon. Throughout 2012 Swift had called on the duo to help him with other studio projects (Versprille sings on Foxygen's latest LP and Hindman adds his sprawling guitar work to Damien Jurado's excellent Marqopa) which only helped to cement the threesome's musical partnership. For Moon Tides they continued where the previous EP left off, bolstered by Swift's belief in the duo's artistic vision and their unique sound, "From very early on, Richard was the person telling us that what we were hearing and wanting to do musically (which at times could feel a little strange or embarrassing to us) was ok and valid and that we should pursue it."


    Like the earlier sessions for the EP, they worked quickly in the studio and improvised parts around the basic song structures that they'd carefully composed up in Portland. Dan explains, "Pretty much all tracks (vocals and instruments) are all first or very early takes. Richard is kind of a stickler about this and I actually don't go in with a clean, pristine idea of what I'm going to play on guitar or any other instrument for that matter, so there's actually a lot of improvisation as far as performances in the studio go." The results, like the earlier EP, are astounding: the arrangements feel fresh and imaginative, the melodies are unforgettable and the finished songs, most importantly, feel intensely human and deeply spiritual.


    It's this compassion and warmth in Pure Bathing Culture that set them apart. The music is uplifting. It invites self-reflection. It never feels alienating. This, confirms the band, is no accident: "Concepts of spirituality, self actualization, mysticism, new age symbolism and pretty much anything that has to do with humans making sense of why we're all here are all deep, deep muses for us." To that point, even the album title Moon Tides alludes to self-discovery: "We are deeply inspired by the relationship between the moon and the tides. Particularly in the sense that the tides and the ocean are comprised of water and the element water is often associated with human emotion." While these heady themes can be difficult to explore in a pop song, Pure Bathing Culture makes it feel effortless. "Pendulum" is a perfect mid-tempo album opener that pulses and shines. Other standout tracks from the album -- "Dream The Dare", "Twins", "Scotty" and "Golden Girl" -- are slices of reverb-drenched, soulful, danceable electro-pop, that musically and lyrically tap into an introspective worship of the natural and psychic mysteries that surround us. Pure Bathing Culture's debut album Moon Tides is optimistic modern music for souls who seek to explore the infinite.

    1. Pendulum
    2. Dream The Dare
    3. Ever Greener
    4. Twins
    5. Only Lonely Lovers
    6. Scotty
    7. Seven to One
    8. Golden Girl
    9. Temples Of The Moon
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    Salome

    Marriages is a new band comprised of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar), Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer) and David Clifford (drums). Their sound is a singularly sensual kind of heavy, dramatic rock, but perhaps the most stark contrast to their other band, Marriages employs vocals in their songs. Their music is also considerably darker and more experimental, drawn from a wide range of styles and ideas. Emma's breathy, understated delivery provides a focal point, the eye of the proverbial storm. A haunting presence, as elusive as it is alluring, her voice is a shore upon which waves of overdriven bass, thunderous drums, and cosmic guitars and synths swell and crash.


    Kitsune is their 6-song debut release, a short introduction of an album whose undeniably epic proportions suggest massive things to come. Recorded with the formidable Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Red Sparowes, Tool) at the controls, Kitsune presents a collection of poignant, emotionally-charged tracks that wriggle free of easy classification. The comparisons are diverse; Cocteau Twins and Zola Jesus would appear to be as influential as Boris and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The songs came together quickly as the band wrote and played their first shows in November of 2011 and wrapped recording in January of 2012.


    Album opener Ride in My Place sets the tone, immediately revealing the undulating, reverb-cloaked darkness at the band's core. Sounding not unlike PJ Harvey fronting an overdriven rendition of Pink Floyd's Echoes, the fittingly-titled song arrives as a fully-formed companion piece for expansive landscapes, perhaps traversing the vastness of the American west. Hardly overstaying its welcome, the track soon gives way to Body of Shade, whose cryptic lyrics suggests a sort of transcendence echoed in the music itself while Clifford's steady backbeat, the tense rhythm and the swirling interplay of synth and cascading guitars recall the finer moments of The Verve's early recordings.


    Opening with a celestial keyboard loop and quickly gaining weight, third track Ten Tiny Fingers builds upon a heavy dirge-like rhythm punctuated by Rundle's vocals, which by now clearly occupy a place among esteemed peers such as Chelsea Wolfe and label mate Lisa Papineau. The song's cryptic, claustrophobic lyrics, contrasted with a loose (but by no means less thunderous) atmosphere and sense of impending collapse bring to mind The Cure, circa Pornography. The next track, Pelt, is born from the decaying remnants of Ten Tiny Fingers. A menacingly hypnotic three-minute meditation on minimalist doom, it serves as the perfect introduction to the distorted, bass-driven hard rock and wailing psychedelia of instrumental track White Shape.


    Seven-minute closer Part the Dark Again is a song whose cinematic scope recalls precisely the kind of grandiosity the Red Sparowes are synonymous with, taken to its logical extreme. The impassioned, struggling-against-the-odds sentiment of the vocals takes things over the top emotionally, culminating in a soaring, melancholic riff that grinds to a halt far earlier than you'd expect. Throughout, Rundle unassumingly steps to the forefront, showcasing her unique talents as a guitarist often overlooked within the Red Sparowes' three guitar onslaught.


    Kitsune is an exciting debut release from a band well aware of their potential, harnessing the skills to fulfill it. Marriages are an expansive, visionary development, a unique combination of elements, a sound signposting the path ahead. Kitsune will be released courtesy of Sargent House.

    1. The Liar
    2. Skin
    3. Santa Sangre
    4. Southern Eye
    5. Binge
    6. Salome
    7. Less Than
    8. Love, Texas
    9. Contender
    Marriages
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    Glider

    Beautiful post-folk ballads a thing of tremendous sonic depth one of the year's best debuts BOOMKAT


    A bold and beautiful album CYCLYC DEFROST


    haunting and atmospheric. THE 405


    ...compelling...it never dissolves after the first listen instead it only acquires new layers, new musical textures. THE GUARDIAN


    It's a ravishing, terrific, gorgeous album-the rare kind that throws its listeners into reverie. PORTLAND MERCURY


    Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy
    that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent
    sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal
    harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich
    dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while
    the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has
    stopped.


    As a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Heather has had the opportunity to
    record and tour with plenty of incredible artists including Horse Feathers, Efterklang,
    and Sharon Van Etten, which has kept her moving house and traveling around
    the world for much of the past decade. She's currently living in Portland, Oregon,
    but it's easy to imagine how her peripatetic lifestyle might diminish her sense of a
    place to call home, while also strengthening her resilience, and her connection to
    the reassuring constants in her life. As she explains Living in so many different
    places has made me able to feel pretty comfortable everywhere. Her uncommon
    sense of ease and grace, despite her hectic life, stems in part from her deeply
    rooted and intertwined musical and familial background.


    Music took root in Heather's life before she was even born, when her parents, both
    musicians, met for the first time at one of her mom's gigs, which her dad was
    attending. The two married and moved to Maine where Heather, second of three
    children, was born at home. When she was 8-years-old the family moved across the
    country to Oregon, and soon after moving, she asked if she could take piano
    lessons, a practice she would continue through high school and into college. In
    elementary school band she learned flute, and later picked up cello and guitar.


    Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road
    provides the backdrop and context for her songs that are often about relationships
    that naturally fade as two people grow apart. I've realized that I really used the
    songs on Glider and the time I put into writing them as a way to pay some attention
    to things I'd been putting off, and to find some clarity around certain events, says
    Heather. Building on what she learned from her first solo effort From the Ground
    (2009), the dynamic structures and emotional complexity of her new songs are
    evidence of how much she's grown as a person and as a songwriter. More confident
    and self-assured than ever, songs like Fall Hard evolve from vulnerable bare piano
    and vocals to hypnotizing swells of vocals reminiscent of Grouper or Cocteau Twins'
    Elizabeth Fraser. Her voice soars in stride with a wall of guitars on Wyoming,
    while Mama Shelter introduces a gentle groove as Heather conjures the sensuality
    of Stevie Nicks. The album closes with the heartbreaking All for a Love, ending
    with the refrain I can see our love is dragging you down. As dark as the sentiment
    can be, Heather always seems to be leaning into the light.

    1. Up In the Pine
    2. Mama Shelter
    3. Fall Hard
    4. Wyoming
    5. The Sentiments
    6. A Call For Distance
    7. Desert
    8. Glider
    9. All For A Love
    Heather Woods Broderick
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    The Evening Visits...And Stays For Years

    Born of the small but vibrant Brisbane punk/new wave scene of the late Seventies, Peter
    Milton Walsh began to cultivate the mysterious, moody myth that would follow him through
    out his career that has taken him around the world. But before setting out abraod, Walsh
    certainly made his mark on the Brisbaine scene. His band, The Apartments, formed in 1978
    and spent the next year playing ample amounts of shows around Brisbaine. With a reputation
    that preceeded him, Walsh was saught out by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan,
    members of one of Brisbaine's most noteworthy bands, The Go-Betweens. Having been
    offered an 8 album deal by Beserkly Records, Forster and McLennon asked Walsh to join
    The Go-Betweens as their fourth member in late 1978. The union was, however, short lived.
    There were personality differences, which led McLennon to famously say "Walsh is night, we
    are day. We're sun, he's rain.".


    After the deal with Beserkly fell through, Walsh returned to The Apartments, leaving The
    Go-Betweens as a three piece. They went on to affectionately write a song for Walsh,
    entitled "Don't Let Him Come Back", which included the line "Here he comes, with his twelve
    o'clock junk...who's that dressed in black? Who's that in his apartment?". Things weren't sour
    between the two bands and The Apartments recorded their first EP, "Return of the Hypnotist"
    on The Go-Between's Able Label. But before the EP was even released, The Apartments
    broke up and Walsh left for New York City. During his time in NYC, Walsh played
    mustic with a number of bands and recorded many songs that would serve as demos for
    future releases for the still defunct Apartments.


    Returning to Australia in 1984, Walsh got the band back together and recorded a few
    singles, including "All You Wanted". All the while the band were also recording demos, which
    led to a record deal with London's legendary Rough Trade Records, prompting Walsh to
    move to London. It was there that he recorded his first proper LP, "The Evening Visits... And
    Stays for Years". The album received strong praise and drew comparisons to a wide range of
    acts such as Cocteau Twins, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. The NME said of the record ""after
    whetting our appetites with last year's classic import single 'All You Wanted' The Apartments
    have stunned us to a reverential silence. This album is a pure heart-wrencher, and should
    only be listened to after dark.".


    Although The Apartments and Walsh continued to tour and record with a variety of line ups,
    it is these early works that provide a definitive look at their sound. Available all together
    for the first time, Captured Tracks are pleased to present "The Evening Visits... And Stays for
    Years" along with "The Return of the Hypnotist", the "All You Wanted" single and a collection
    of demos from "The Evening Visits...". Complete with liner notes by Robert Forster and Walsh
    himself, this increadible collection of Walsh's first seven years of recordings is not to be missed.

    LP1: The Evening Visits... And Stays for Years:
    1. Sunset Hotel
    2. Mr. Somewhere
    3. What's the Morning For?
    4. All the Birthdays
    5. Great Fool
    6. Speechless with Tuesday
    7. Cannot Tell the Days Apart
    8. Lazarus, Lazarus
    9. The Black Road Shines (On Rainy Nights)


    LP2: The Last Look is a Stare:
    1. Help
    2. Nobody Like You
    3. Refugee
    4. All You Wanted
    5. Fever Elsewhere
    6. Sunset Hotel
    7. What's the Morning For?
    8. All the Birthdays (Demo)
    9. Great Fool (Demo)
    10. The Black Road Shines (On Rainy Nights) (Demo)

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