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Screen MemoriesJohn Maus is a truly enigmatic musician. Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, he's fashioned the
frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humor
over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His music is a highly mutable affair, whilst
often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80's drum machines and synth sounds employed,
John's music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied. There's a cinematic quality to
his songs, with pathos conjured through propelling bass-lines, trailing arpeggios and of course his
deeply resonant vocal. Moroder helped map out the territory but Maus is more interested in seeking
cadence through his love of Renaissance polyphony and the experimentation behind post punk. It's
an amalgamation of musical ideas as radical as its intent.
Maus is a "man out of time" trying to make sense of the inhumanity of our world through his
mobilisation of the language of punk rock. His aim is true as he reaches for the seemingly impossible.
It's a want to emerge as part of greater multiplicity, to appear, to become, to connect that powers his
songs and the man himself.
It's now been six years since the widely lauded 2011's 'We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of
Ourselves' appeared like a thunderbolt of maniacal energy and turned everyone's heads. Now
regarded an experimental pop classic, Pitiless Censors was a huge breakthrough for Maus as a
recognised artist and led to a vast reappraisal of his past work. Debut album 2006's Songs and the
masterful follow up 2008's Love Is Real sounded better than ever the second time round for this
groundswell of new followers. After touring Pitiless Censors around the world and pulling together
a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks, Maus then returned to academic pursuits. In 2014, he
was awarded a doctorate in Political Philosophy for his dissertation on communication and control.
Shortly thereafter, he began building his own modular synthesizer, etching the printed circuit boards,
soldering components, and assembling panels, until he had an instrument that matched his vision.
With this prodigious task completed Maus turned his hand back to song writing and began work on
what is now his fourth album proper Screen Memories.
'Screen Memories' was written, recorded, and engineered by Maus over the last few years in his
home in Minnesota, known genially as the Funny Farm. It's a solitary place situated in the corn plains
of rural American Midwest. The landscape is as majestic as it is austere and inevitably some of the
sub-zero winter temperatures creep into the songs as do the buzzing wasps of summer.
Through the whole album Maus has an undeniable talent in grasping the mettle of each song,
reaching within and building up a sincere core, before teasing out the edges in acknowledgement to
the very ridiculousness of its existence. Rather than creating these songs through an enjoyment of the
process Maus considers himself more in the role of someone discovering them buried just beneath
the surface. Perhaps the songs presented here are the ones that mask his real intentions, Freud
pressing record and turning the TV channel to snow. All we can be certain of now though is that John
Maus is back and he sounds gloriously alive. The triumph of the human is upon us and all the false
gods and bad jokes will be the first to fall.1. The Combine
2. Teenage Witch
4. Walls of Silence
5. Find Out
6. Decide Decide
7. Edge of Forever
8. The People Are Missing
10. Sensitive Recollections
11. Over Phantom
12. Bombs Away$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"...a patchwork of diverse musical terrain that ranges from no-wave
electro to Swedish dancehall pop to rambunctious garage rock,
sometimes all within one song." - Portland Mercury
"It's garage rock that sounds like it was recorded at Studio 54 if it
was located in M83." - Paste Magazine
"Wampire come from the John Maus and Ariel Pink school of off-kilter synth pop." - Pitchfork
"Wampire's music is infectious and disarming"
- Consequence of Sound
Like the tantalizing blend of exotic treasures and captivating
sensations its namesake suggests, Bazaar continually offers
listeners a variety of unexpected and alluring sonic flavors over
the course of its nine tracks -- ranging from raucous riffs ("Bad
Attitude") to seductive sax ("Wizard Staff") to charmingly catchy
choruses ("The Amazing Heart Attack").
As with their previous full-length Curiosity, Wampire recorded
Bazaar with trusted producer Jacob Portrait (of Unknown Mortal
Orchestra), though this time around the sessions took place at The
Museum, a studio in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, and
were done directly to tape.1. The Amazing Heart Attack
2. Bad Attitude
3. Fly on the Wall
4. Wizard Staff
5. Too Stoned
7. Sticking Out
8. Life of Luxury
9. People of Earth$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HypnophobiaHypnophobia, the brand new album from 'baroque pop' prince and
Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner, casts a majestic
and vibrant psychedelic spell that will hypnotise listeners at the point
dreams and reality meet.
Capturing a true sense of exploration, Hypnophobia combines
Gardner's newfound love of travel with his continued passion for
collecting and playing vintage instruments. A stunning exhibit of lush
instrumental tracks as well as songs that boast lyrics worthy of any
great pop number, the record features a Wurlitzer electric piano that
was purchased on tour, waltzing alongside mellotrons, harpsichords,
an Optigan, and an antique Steinway upright piano sold to Gardner by
a local church.
Akin to the sonic boom of maverick contemporaries John Maus, and
Tame Impala, his is a sound that holds fast next to fellow paisley
performers Syd Barrett and Curt Boettcher, with the airy dynamics of
Stereolab or Simon & Garfunkel. Yet what truly marks Gardner from
his musical ancestors and accomplices is his forward-thinking, hi-tech
approach; "Hypnophobia is the next step into an alternate reality
influenced by the present. I'm so inspired by today's technology that
many things I do were not possible in the past."1. Another You
2. Grey Lanes
4. Find Yourself
5. Face To Face
6. Outside Forever
7. Before The Dawn
9. Make Me See
10. All Over$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stranger Things Vol. 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) (Out Of Stock)Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve
STRANGER THINGS is the breakout Netflix original series set in 1983 Indiana where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the '80s supernatural classics that captivated a generation, STRANGER THINGS stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton. The series is now streaming on Netflix globally.
Formed in 2009, the prolific Austin, TX experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E have released two full-lengths and numerous EPs / singles since their inception, including recent contributions to the soundtrack for the acclaimed indie horror film The Guest. Additionally, two of the group's members recently scored the soundtrack for the first season of STRANGER THINGS, launched this summer on Netflix. S U R V I V E has appeared at esteemed festivals across the US including Moogfest, Levitation Fest, Fun Fun Fun, Beserktown, Day in The Desert, Decibel, etc. and have played alongside acts like Goblin, John Maus, Tame Impala, Lightning Bolt, This Will Destroy You, A Place To Bury Strangers, Max Cooper, and many others; Noisey even called their live show ''transcendental.''
Now, S U R V I V E have completed self recording their second full length via their home studios, which will see a September 30 via Relapse. The synth quartet's sophomore full length and Relapse debut is a dark, sweeping exercise in analog synth mastery. The pulsating, 9-song instrumental release showcases immense diversity between tracks - RR7349's compositions range from grim tom-tom thunder to space-age epics, pairing tense plodding grooves with meditative ambience and driving, rhythmic beats. Inspired by IDM and horror scores alike, RR7349 is simultaneously ominous and hopeful; tense and relaxed; percussive and melodic. A unique addition to the Relapse discography, and unquestionably S U R V I V E's best work to date.
The first season of STRANGER THINGS is available to stream now on Netflix.1. Hopper Sneaks In
2.I Know What I Saw
3. Rolling out the Pool
5. Gearing Up
7. First Kiss
9. Walking Down the Tracks
10. Where's Barb?
11. Speak of the Devil
12. Danger Danger
15. Kids Two
16. Talking to Australia
17. Night of the Seventh
18. See Any Rain?
19. Coffee & Contemplation
20. Inside the Black Room
21. Starts to Rain
22. Eleven Is Gone
23. Time for a 187
24. Something in the House
25. Still Pretty
28. They Found Us
29. Bad Men
30. Spiked Bat
31. Making Contact
32. What Do You Know?
33. It's Not My Boy
34. Something in the Wall
35. Let's Go
36. Leap of Faith
37. In Pursuit
38. Breaking and Entering
39. Stranger Things (Extended)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock