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Before The Dawn (Box Set)In March 2014 Kate Bush announced plans to perform 15 shows in London in August and September that year, her first live shows since 1979. The shows sold out so quickly that a further 7 were immediately added, with all shows selling out in 15 minutes. Kate's own website crashed with the demand.
The first night of the shows prompted a complete media frenzy with the Evening Standard declaring that the show was "an extraordinary mix of magical ideas, stunning visuals, attention to detail and remarkable music - she was so obviously, so unambiguously brilliant, it made last night something to tell the grandchildren about."
Later that year the show won the special Editor's award at the highly prestigious London Theatre Awards, the only contemporary music show to do so.LP 1
2. Hounds Of Love
4. Top Of The City
5. Never Be Mine
6. Running Up That Hill
7. King Of The Mountain
1. Astronomer's Call
2. And Dream Of Sheep
3. Under Ice
4. Waking The Witch
5. Watching Them Without Her
6. Watching You Without Me
7. Little Light
8. Jig Of Life
9. Hello Earth
10. The Morning Fog
3. An Architect's Dream
4. The Painter's Link
6. Aerial Tal
7. Somewhere In Between
3. Among Angels
4. Cloudbusting$59.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
So (Awaiting Repress)Half-Speed Remastered And Cut To Lacquers At 33 RPM On Heavyweight LP
Vinyl Cut By Matt Colton At Alchemy Mastering, Mastered By Tony Cousins At Metropolis And Overseen By Peter's Main Sound Engineer Richard Chappell
The first of Peter's studio albums to have a proper title So was a watershed release with its perfect marriage of the artistic and the commercial. The album, produced by Daniel Lanois, features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush and Youssou N'Dour and contains some of Peter's most recognizable and popular songs. Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, on heavyweight LP. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter's main sound engineer Richard Chappell.1. Red Rain
3. Don't Give Up
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37)
8. This Is The Picture (excellent birds)
9. In Your Eyes$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Tales from the Realm of the Queen of PentaclesOne of music's most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Suzanne Vega, has crafted a stunning new collection of songs showcasing her trademark wit and poetic writing, which will be released this winter. Vega's first new studio album in seven years, 'Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' coming out on her own Amanuensis Productions on Feb. 18, 2014,features ten new songs each telling a story that has to do with the material world, the spirit world and how they intersect. "A lot of my older albums, especially the second one, was about being solitary," says Suzanne Vega. "This album has more of a sense of connectivity, there is a different spirit."
Vega spent the past few year writing and performing these new gems on the road, recording portions in Chicago, London, Prague, LA and New York City, and Kyserike Station, an old train station in upstate New York. The album was produced by noted guitarist/producer Gerry Leonard, David Bowie's musical director for over a decade and with whom Vega has worked since 2000, and features her longtime bass player Mike Visceglia and drummer Doug Yowell. Tracking for the album took place mostly at the Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck, and was mixed by Kevin Killen, who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.
'Tales from the Realm taps into Vega's broad range of musical tastes, intertwining Dylan/Stones-inspired guitar-driven songs such as "I Never Wear White" to lush orchestral strings and trumpet flourishes on "There is a Road" to soul-packed background vocals and Vega's masterful classic folk elements.
A longtime fan of hip hop as well, Vega samples the 50 Cent hit song "Candy Shop" for one of the more atmospheric tracks on the album, "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain." This is Suzanne's first sampling effort - although her song "Tom's Diner" has been interpolated countless times in the hip-hop community, she has not sampled anyone else until this album.
For the first time on a studio recording, Suzanne has also assembled an illustrious group of musicians to accompany her including: Gail Ann Dorsey and Zachary Alford (David Bowie) on bass and drums for several tracks-a happy reunion as Suzanne and Zachary attended the same elementary school back in the 70's in New York City; bass player Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel) on "I Never Wear White" and "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain;" drummer Jay Bellerose (T-Bone Burnett); acoustic "wizard" Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) who plays banjo, mandolin, and cymbal throughout the album; Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, B52s) on drums for "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain" and "Laying on of Hands;" Alison Balsom, the virtuoso principal trumpet for the London Chamber Orchestra who is featured on "Road Beyond This One (Horizon) for Vaclav Havel" and background vocals from powerhouse singer Catherine Russell, known for her work with David Bowie and Paul Simon, among others. Lastly, the strings were recorded in the Czech Republic with the Smikov Chamber Orchestra.1. Crack In The Wall
2. Fool's Complaint
3. I Never Wear White
4. Portrait of the Knight of Wands
5. Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain
6. Jacob and the Angel
7. Silver Bridge
8. Song Of the Stoic
9. Laying on of Hands / Stoic 2
10. Horizon (There Is A Road)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FAT-3321xAnna Von Hausswolff
CeremonyIt begins with the sound of a church organ, an arpeggio played on the lower notes, a melody teased out in the higher register, before a snare drum beats out an ominous, stuttering tattoo. Three minutes in, guitars begin to rumble like clouds gathering on the horizon, the melody slowly swelling, threatening to tear the sky apart. This is Anna Von Hausswolff's "Epitaph Of Theodor", and as dramatic, instrumental openings to albums go, it's close to overwhelming. But it's followed by something even more intense: "Deathbed", which growls and resonates sinisterly before shards of metallic thunder shatter the drones and a funereal beat forces the song to lurch forward. Only after some four and a half minutes of this ferocious clamour do we hear a human voice, and it's unleashed with a fierce power, rising and swooping, a vast bird pursuing its prey until the song reaches its final, unexpectedly triumphant climax.
You want to talk about compromises? No. Nor does Anna Von Hausswolff.
These two songs alone represent a quarter of 'Ceremony's sixty minutes, but there are eleven more on an album that confounds and dumbfounds from its start to its end. To those who used Anna Von Hausswolff's debut album, Singing From The Grave, to compare her lazily to Kate Bush, it will come as a brutal shock. The fragile atmospheres of that impressive debut, one that earned her huge acclaim in her native Sweden, have been blasted away, and what's emerged from the wasteland left behind is a dizzying masterpiece that, she proudly states, calls upon, amongst others, Elizabeth Fraser, Jefferson Airplane, PJ Harvey, Earth, Barn Owl, Nick Cave and Diamanda Galás.
Though she now lives in Copenhagen, she grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Her father, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, is a composer and visual artist who's also co-monarch of the kingdoms of Elgaland-Vagaland, so it's perhaps not surprising that she's chosen to pursue a radical direction with her music.
"I didn't just want 'Ceremony' to be a collection of songs," she says. "I wanted it to be like a film, with every single part connected to the other, with shifting moods and settings, but a thread holding all the tracks together. I listen to a lot of film scores, and in many the music is able to move freely without the typical structures that we find in commercial music."
Arguably 'Ceremony's most significant ingredient is the church organ of Gothenburg's vast Annedalkyrkan, whose pipes are featured on the album's striking cover. Employed on nine of the album's thirteen tracks, it also provided von Hausswolff with the excuse to record for five days in the century old building, its cavernous space adding to the record's formidable magnitude. (Work was completed at weekends over several months in producer Filip Leyman's studios.) She found in the organ's sound a link between her own writing and a developing obsession with "drone metal", allowing her to add layers of thick textures to the songs. But - thanks to its inevitable associations with existence and mortality - the organ also suited the themes that lay at the heart of the record, which she defines as "nature and death, or the division of humanity and nature. From the moment we exit the womb, we start our paths towards materialism and destructive behaviour, and these days I feel that the gap between nature and human is growing bigger. I wanted to grasp my inner nature and be unified with nature again. 'Ceremony' is a celebration of life and everything that it contains, especially death, because in death we will be truly one with nature again."
That's not to say that 'Ceremony' is a bleak record, something highlighted by the extraordinary "Harmonica", which sounds like Dead Can Dance channelling a Vashti Bunyan song with arrangements by Ennio Morricone. "It's a song I wrote just after my grandfather passed away," she recalls. "It's about how culture and traditions can travel from generation down to generation, and in this case from him to me by music. Just before he died, he gave me a harmonica and he told me to practise hard and only write about things that are relevant to me. His deathbed inspired me to make 'Ceremony'."
He'd surely be proud of the bold, single-minded consequences of his legacy. Whether it be the placid but grandiose "Ocean", the hymnal "Mountains Crave", the grim, experimentalist "No Body" or the oddly exhilarating "Funeral For My Future Children", 'Ceremony' is a genuinely thrilling, timeless, inventive and even sometimes - in the purest sense of the word - gothic accomplishment.
"This record isn't really about Anna von Hausswolff as a vocalist or as a person," she concludes. "It's about the music and all that it contains. Singing from the Grave was a raw and emotional record that happened fast. I think of it as an impulse. 'Ceremony' is more of a vision: something unfinished and unresolved, a glimpse of the future."1. Epitaph of Theodor
3. Mountains Grave
5. Red Sun
6. Epitaph of Daniel
7. No Body
8. Liturgy of Light
12. Funeral for my Future Children
13. Sun Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-XLR-1918xKirin J Callinan
EmbracismKIRIN J CALLINAN is a guitarist, singer, songwriter & solo
performer born in Australia in the latter half of the 1980s.
KIRIN J CALLINAN is known for his confronting live performances, haunting compositions, wild guitar playing, a
charming presence & charismatic, if a little creepy, onstage banter.
He continues to contribute, or has contributed, his time
& self to records or live performances by artists & bands
such as Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, Lost Animal,
Craig Nichols (The Vines), Mercy Arms, Jonti, Tri-Force,
F.L.R.L., Lost Valentinos, Erik Omen & The Midnight Juggernauts.
In the studio, CALLINAN has worked with such individuals
as TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Nick Launay (PIL, Kate
Bush, Lou Reed), Nick Littlemore (Cirque Du Soleil, Elton
John), Francois Tetaz (Wolf Creek), Tony Espie (Robert
Palmer, Cut Copy) & Tony Cohen (Nick Cave & the Bad
Seeds, The Go-Betweens).
He has scored a number of independent films, currently
working alongside Mark Bradshaw on the musical score
of a new Jane Campion television series titled "Top o' the
Lake".1. Le Ruse
2. Time of Songs
3. Hang Them All
6. Say Back Something
7. Demon Apple
9. George Michael
12. The Dirty Dirty$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter, also set for release via Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, et al.) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's Long Time Gone, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.
Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I'd been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I'd been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.
Thus a crumbling eighteenth-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors-a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring-became the home for my work on Shelter, she continues. We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer's end turned to autumn's shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay.
Chaney says of working with Thomas Bartlett, His close affiliation with such a varied and acclaimed group of artists was of enormous importance. His taste and sphere of understanding were as diverse as mine. He prioritized my compositions' meaning and lyricism, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of noisy popularity. I wanted a recording as intimate as the songs and their form. The only other musicians are Thomas and Jordan Hunt, my longtime collaborator who adds strings on select songs. It's just the three of us playing every sound you hear, using our instrumental and compositional craft, and Thomas' musician-producer's ear extraordinaire.
Born in Florence, Italy, Chaney grew up in Oxford, England, in a household whose intellectual and artistic engagement was complemented by an expansive musical soundscape. This included Billie Holiday, Mozart operas, Sandy Denny, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Bert Jansch, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she took in everything the conservatory had to offer. Her curiosity led her further afield, from Ligeti to West African pop, Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O'Hara to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sonic Youth to Sappho, Kate Bush to old-time country music-all while finding her own voice.
The range of artists she's shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs. Most recently she fronted a Grammy-nominated album, The Queen of Hearts, forming a new outfit, Offa Rex, with The Decemberists. The Guardian's review of that album said that Chaney has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight, and fRoots said, Chaney has never sounded better, while the Arts Desk said it was her voice, with its clarity, power and emotional weight, that carries Offa Rex to the heights. The Financial Times added that Chaney's singing makes 'Willie O' Winsbury' one of the best versions ever.1. Shelter
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
6. Colin and Clem
7. O Solitude
8. Long Time Gone
9. Roman Holiday
10. House on a Hill$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-ELE-7036xMarina and The Diamonds
FROOTFroot is the upcoming third studio album by Welsh recording artist Marina Diamandis, professionally known as Marina and the Diamonds.
Welsh by birth, kaleidoscopic by nature, Marina Diamandis is a serial college drop-out who once dressed up as a boy to audition for a reggae boy-band, hoping to amuse the record label into signing her. After further failed auditions (girl bands, musicals), in a fit of ambitious pique, she taught herself piano and created Marina and The Diamonds in 2005 (it's just her, the Diamonds are the audience). She was a MySpace generation D.I.Y powerhouse who hand-made and sold her own CDs to Rough Trade until being signed to Warner Music Group's '679 Recordings' in 2008.
Acclaimed overnight as an intriguing, confrontational and theatrical amalgam of Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, she was nominated in 2010 for both the Brits Critic's Choice Award and the BBC Sound of 2010. She looks back on her early years, now, with some ambivalence. I experimented with my voice a lot, I was young, amateurish and ambitious she decides. I feel different now. My voice is far more controlled and my writing style has matured. For me, it's a real, coherent step-up. I would love to one day be a great artist.1. Happy
3. I'm a Ruin
7. Can't Pin Me Down
9. Better Than That
12. Immortal$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Marry MeSt. Vincent is the moniker of singer/multi-instrumentalist/composer Annie Clark and this is her debut full-length. She's opened for such diverse acts as Television, Jose Gonzalez, and Sufjan Stevens, and she's an inventive and versatile guitarist who has also performed with avant-garde composer Glenn Branca. On this record, she writes cinematic pop epics that feel at times like Paris in the 20s before all the fun ended. Or, conversely, an orchestra of pure modernity - a new American music, informed by jazz, gospel blues, Southern folk music, and classical composition but, in the end, an animal original unto itself. She's been compared to everyone from Bjork to Kate Bush to Jeff Buckley, and her beautiful voice melds perfectly with her intricate guitar work.1. Now, Now
2. Jesus Saves, I Spend
3. Your Lips Are Red
4. Marry Me
5. Paris Is Burning
6. All My Stars Aligned
7. Apocalypse Song, The
8. We Put a Pearl Into the Ground
9. Land Mines
10. Human Racing
11. What Me Worry?$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Peter Gabriel 3Half-Speed Remastered And Cut To Lacquers At 33 RPM On Heavyweight LP
Vinyl Cut By Matt Colton At Alchemy Mastering, Mastered By Tony Cousins At Metropolis And Overseen By Peter's Main Sound Engineer Richard Chappell
Produced by Steve Lillywhite this third album saw Peter change his writing style; now the rhythm came before the melody and the songs were built up on top of the rhythmic sequences. The album delivered a top 5 UK single in Games Without Frontiers and Peter's first overtly political song in the shape of totemic closer Biko. It also features notable contributions from Kate Bush, Paul Weller, Phil Collins and David Rhodes. Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, on heavyweight LP. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter's main sound engineer Richard Chappell. These albums really have never sounded so good! They also look amazing with the gatefold sleeves utilizing imagery from the initial release, sourced and re-scanned from original artwork.1. Intruder
2. No Self Control
4. I Don't Remember
5. Family Snapshot
6. And Through The Wire
7. Games Without Frontiers
8. Not One Of Us
9. Lead A Normal Life
10. Biko$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Modern NatureTHE CHARLATANS:- Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers - release their twelfth album, MODERN NATURE on BMG Chrysalis. The album comes after a brutally difficult year for the band following the death from brain cancer of their old friend and drummer Jon Brookes last year. Rogers says that they were determined to carry on, to honour Brookes' memory - Jon was adamant that there was going to be another Charlatans record, and you have to put that into your own thoughts. The band went into their studio Big Mushroom in January 2014 and as Tim recalls We were aching for the summer when we wrote it. It was freezing and we were trying to write songs that made us happy. " The result is Modern Nature. Featuring eleven new tracks, including the recent limited edition 7" single and 6 Music A List record 'Talking In Tones', the album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead). The album features a cacophony of contributors from their three temporary drummers - Pete Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of DFA's avant-disco group Factory Floor, to Kate Bushs' backing singers Melanie Marshall and Sandra Marvin, strings by Sean O' Hagan and brass courtesy of Dexys' Big Jim Paterson. Q have already described the album as "one the finest of their career."1. Talking In Tones
2. So Oh
3. Come Home Baby
4. Keep Enough
5. Tall Grass
7. Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
8. Need You To Know
9. Lean In
10. Trouble Understanding
11. Lot To Say$26.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Business CasualThis debut is an orchestrated, danceable tantrum. It's flamboyant and deviant, taking you to a steamy jungle filled with sounds of howling animals in heat. Stylistically, Beep Beep draws from traditional art rock elements (XTC, Klaus Nomi, Wire, Kate Bush), while simultaneously exuding present and future genres. The lyrics stand alone as titillating prose, exploring themes of office culture as well as religious, environmental, and sexual deviance.1. I Am The Secretary
2. Oh No!
3. Misuse Their Bodies
4. Giggle Giggle
5. Electronic Wolves
6. Chewy Poison
7. Executive Foilage
8. The Fluorescent Lights
9. Vertical Cougar
10. The Threat Of Nature$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ruler Of The NightMagic Trick is Tim Cohen from the wonder-pop masters the Fresh & Onlys. To call Magic Trick a side, or even a solo project, would be in many ways both right and wrong, for what started as an exercise in music making has evolved, sprouted wings, and taken form as a super group of sorts. Tim, along with Alicia from Aisler's Set, Noelle Cahill, and James Kim bring Tim's vision to life. Ruler of the Night is filled with heart breaking glorious joy and haunting, other planetary sounds. Imagine Kate Bush working with Harry Nilsson and you'd get close to it, but this record would be better than that.1. Ruler of the Night
3. Invisible at Midnight
5. Next to Nothing
7. Angel Dust
9. Same People
10. Weird Memory
11. I Say Your Name$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CarolinaRening the psych-pop nuggets of their debut LP, In
Limbo, TEEN's new Carolina EP is a stepping stone in the
way that all good extended plays are. The band - lead
singer and multi-instrumentalist Teeny Lieberson,
keyboardist Lizzie Lieberson, drummer Katherine
Lieberson (the three are sisters), and bassist Jane
Herships---recorded the ve-song record with producer
Daniel Schlett, who recently worked on DIIV's Oshin, at
Strange Weather studio in Brooklyn.
While In Limbo's songs have many layers and effects,
TEEN intended Carolina to be a more natural affair, with
the band only playing what they could physically perform
in a live setting. Teeny sings in a higher register here,
inspired by Kate Bush and Al Green. "Our music in the
past was so about interweaving melodies, creating
movement by syncopation, and simple chord structures,"
Teeny says. "It felt like the next step forward would be to
take a more simplistic, live approach, play lines in unison
and create a different kind of conversation between the
4. Glass Cage
5. Paradise$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"Hadreas unifies his lyrical and musical ambitions
into the most forthright, ornate, lustrous and 'pop'
moment of his career....sounds like triumph. "
- Pitchfork on "Queen" BEST NEW TRACK
"Mike Hadreas doesn't so much accept the crown
as snatch it out from the air." - DIY
"Immeasurably cathartic.... Perfume Genius has
never sounded this furious and confident."
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume
Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented
his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness,
creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered
empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or
handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas'
quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano,
they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived
on the dark side - scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately,
slowly but surely reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether.
Less self-conscious, and less concerned with
storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a
brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration
of what Hadreas calls "an underlying rage that
has slowly been growing since ten and has just
begun to bubble up". Recorded with Adrian Utley
of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several
tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to
mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush's
The Dreaming or Scott Walker's Tilt, records which
walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and
overt experimentation.1. I Decline
4. No Good
5. My Body
6. Don't Let Them In
9. I'm A Mother
10. Too Bright
11. All Along$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ALMI-CLE-9215xRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of RushPurple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, will release The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush on November 13. Nearly sixty musicians and thirty vocalists transform nine of Rush's greatest hits into even more intricate, soaring orchestral works.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra covers the best-known classics, from Working Man, the self-titled debut album track that launched Rush's career in the U.S. to Subdivisions from Signals, the album that proved electronic rock could reside in the top ten. The band's most successful record, Moving Pictures, is represented by rousing versions of Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta. Special guest guitarists include Steve Rothery of Marillion on Working Man and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden on Red Barchetta. The Windrush Choir provides backing vocals and solos.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, formed in 1946 and based in London, has been called the nation's favorite orchestra. It has had internationally known maestros like Andre Previn and Louis Clark, and has toured the world. The RPO is a best-selling and adventurous recording entity as well. In 1969, it recorded a concerto for Deep Purple, composed by the band's organist Jon Lord. It earned a top ten U.S. single in 1982 with Hooked On Classics. Over the years, RPO has orchestrally arranged Pink Floyd, Oasis, Queen, R.E.M., Madonna and ABBA.
The orchestra was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by BAFTA Award-winning musician and composer Richard Harvey. Harvey performed with the prog rock group Gryphon and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (specializing in mediaeval and Renaissance periods), worked with many folk and rock musicians such as Richard and Linda Thompson, Kate Bush and Sweet. He has toured and recorded with John Williams, and has performed and composed film/TV soundtracks for more than thirty years. The album was produced by James Graydon and Richard Cottle, who also arranged all the music.1. 2112 Overture
2. The Spirit Of Radio
3. Tom Sawyer
4. Red Barchetta (feat. Adrian Smith)
6. Fly By Night
7. Closer To The Heart
9. Working Man (feat. Steve Rothery)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Man & MythMan And Myth, Roy's first studio album in 13 years, isn't just proof
that one of the leading, most erudite and passionate orators of the
British folk rock renaissance hasn't lost an iota of his gifts, but also
timely evidence for anyone who has wondered why so many musical
luminaries have been lining up to praise this enigmatic and legendary singer-songwriter.
In 2011, Harper performed a special show at the Royal Festival Hall
in celebration of his 70th birthday, playing with guests including
Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Wilson and Jimmy Page of Led
Zeppelin-who once penned a tribute called Hats Off To (Roy)
Harper. David Gilmour not only played on record and stage for
Harper, but Pink Floyd engaged him to sing Have A Cigar on the
band's landmark album Wish You Were Here. Fellow collaborator
Kate Bush has called Harper one of the greatest English songwriters while the late John Peel demanded, on his death, that cricket
obsessive Harper's When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease be
played at his funeral. Johnny Marr, meanwhile, has stated that
Harper's 1971 opus Stormcock was intense and beautiful and
Four of the seven tracks that constitute Man And Myth were
recorded with Jonathan Wilson at his studio in Laurel Canyon.
Wilson had been assembling a Harper tribute album and the two
struck up a friendship after meeting backstage at London's Borderline in 2012. Heaven Is Here and The Exile, the album's epic
closing tracks, and January Man were subsequently recorded
back in County Cork.
Man And Myth is incontrovertible proof to everyone of Roy Harper's
persisting brilliance, with many hallmarks of what has singled him
out since his first album 47 heady years ago.1. The Enemy
2. Time Is Temporary
3. January Man
4. The Stranger
5. Cloud Cuckooland
6. Heaven Is Here
7. The Exile$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
O ShudderSix years into Dutch Uncles' flourishing career, the idiosyncratic art-popologists return with new album O Shudder which sees them further distilling and refining their signature sound, marrying rock bombast with classical arrangements, acoustic instrumentation with smart synthetic pop.O Shudder is Dutch Uncles' most direct record to date, the sound of a wildly witty band well and truly finding their stride, whilst lyrically tackling the growing pains of being twentysomething in a generic Northern suburbia; according to hip swivelling front man Duncan Wallis, the album covers themes including "pregnancy, social media, terrorism, divorce, sexual dysfunction, job seeking, health scares, doubt, love".With O Shudder, Dutch Uncles continue their fascinating, wonky ascent which has seen them play enormodomes with emo punk rock behemoths and self confessed Dutch Uncles acolytes Paramore, supporting and being supported by like minded left-field pop adventurers Wild Beasts, Outfit, Field Music, and Everything Everything, have a burger named after them by one of Manchester's premiere eateries and prefigure Future Islands' dance moves meme in their video for 2013 single Flexxin.The album was recorded with long term collaborator Brendan Williams in three locations; at a studio in the heart of the Welsh valleys, above a Salford pub, 'The Kings Arms', (incidentally where C4 comedy Fresh Meat is filmed) and, for the acoustic instruments, in the natural reverb of Salford's Peel Hall. The band were meticulous in tweaking their synth sounds so they'd fit seamlessly with the harp, xylophone, marimba, string and woodwind sounds that populate the record. Sources of inspiration for the record included The Blue Nile, Kate Bush's third album, Never For Ever, Igor Stravinsky, Japan and lyrically John Cooper Clarke, Sparks, Ian Dury and Prefab Sprouts' album From Langley Park to Memphis. All set to o shudder and stun, and induce plenty of hip swivelling, Dutch Uncles have delivered on their youthful potential and, with O Shudder, solved their own particular Rubix's cube, bringing their unclassifiable pop music into clear and precise focus.1. Babymaking
4. Decided Knowledge
5. I Should Have Read
6. In N Out
7. Given Thing
8. Don't Sit Back (Frankie Said)
10. Tidal Weight
11. Be Right Back$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Forget The MantraNightlands is the recording project of Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Dave Hartley. The music he creates in his bedroom is itself a bed of delicate, chiming strings and bubbling synths beneath a blanket of choral vocal arrangements. Its dreamy in the literal sense, the seeds for the album were sown when Hartley began archiving musical ideas that occurred in his sleep with a simple bedside tape recorder. As a result his debut album Forget the Mantra is, in essence, a field recording of Hartleys dreams, a travel journal through pop music and a collection of psych-hymns from the first human lunar colony. The songs sound both huge and intimate, breathy and cavernous like massive echoes of a faraway concert. Its the big, shadow music from just across the lake.
The album deals with themes of anxiety, fear and the limits of concentration. Therein, it mines Hartleys personal history as often as it does influences The Beach Boys, The Traveling Wilburys and Hawkwind. Side A pulses with layers of tom tom drums on wide-open standout slow jam 300 Clouds and nimbly-picked acoustic melodies on Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge), like Crosby, Stills & Nash gone comsic-kraut. The songs roll and gallop then stop to breathe, always exhaling with what sounds like a thousand voices. Through its experimental back half, reminiscent of Bowies Low or Kate Bushs The Ninth Wave from Hounds of Love, full of vocal samples from Hartleys real life, the more pop-leaning front end is given greater context, like a close study of a plants blossom before traveling down through its root architecture.
Hartley, who for years has been a prolific sideman in many Philadelphia ensembles (most notably The War on Drugs), laid these songs to tape on a Tascam 388 iover several months, inviting friends along for feedback and ultimately, some additional tracking.1. Forget the Mantra
2. 300 Clouds
3. Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)
4. God What Have I
5. 'Til I Die
6. Glass Vacuum
7. A Walk in Cheong, 1969
8. WFMS, 1993
9. Longways Homebound, 2010
11. Fly, Neanderthal$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SEC-5310xMusic Go Music
ImpressionsThe Los Angeles trio Music Go Music began humbly, recording songs in their spare time and playing them for friends. A few songs posted online caught the ears of a surprising number of strangers, who implored the band to make a go of it. They eventually, and reluctantly, agreed to this, and before long the show had been officially taken on the road; MGM was being buzzed about, flying back and forth across the the Atlantic, touring around with Glasgow rockers Franz Ferdinand, and performing for the most discerning of music lovers in Moscow, London, LA, and points in between. Their debut album Expressions was a warmly received dance-pop-prog excursion that drew apt comparisons to Abba, Kate Bush, Bonnie Tyler, and Giorgio Moroder. After things settled down and they got back to their workaday lives, they began chipping away at a new record. In the course of several years, one or two songs at a time, 'Impressions' took shape. By now, the world has swayed in ways that seemed unlikely back at the band's dawning. When their first EPs began coming out in 2007, MGM was an anomaly; a real band capable of crafting a steady stream of hook-dense A-sides, who played honest-to-goodness live dance music. This time around, of course, they're sending a record out into a world that has turned just enough to embrace the kind of analog disco that MGM has been making for years. While remaining unambiguously pop, Impressions sees the group's aural sheen and careworn elegance joined to deeper grooves and oblique sonic turns. Never before, though, has an unhinged recounting of love won and lost been so blatantly entertaining. It's an assured, kinetic journey through light and dark, calm and chaos, with nothing less than pop transcendence waiting on the other side.1. Love Is All I Can Hear
3. People All Over The World
4. Tell Me How It Feels
5. Part Of Me
6. Nite After Nite
7. Tuff Turf
8. Never Get Over You
9. Shine Down Forever$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
X-CommunicateSometimes you have to rip it up and start again. It was a tough
call for Dee Dee. Dum Dum Girls was her guise for most of a
decade, an outlet through which she's crafted a resonant,
instantly-identifiable body of work. Over the course of three
albums, four EPs, and an array of singles, Dum Dum Girls
morphed from the girl-group-gone-bad moves of their 2010
debut, I Will Be, to the plush noir-pop of 2014's Too True, a dark
heart burning bright. But as her music evolved, she found that for
many she would be forever refracted through the prism of Dum
Dum Girls' early work: retro-leaning female harmonies, a
backdrop of lo-fi, fuzzed up guitars.
In 2015, she decided to shed her skin, ditching Dee Dee for her
real name, Kristin, and adding Kontrol. It was a spontaneous idea
that resonated. The challenge was to start fresh, go further back
into her relationship to music. Sweep all her loves together into
one genreless experience. "The first music I felt was mine was
classic 80s pop and 90s R&B, from Tiffany, Janet Jackson and
Madonna to TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah," she says. "But for years I
was hellbent on the rock'n'roll thing, revering Joan Jett, Patti
Smith, Chrissie Hynde, -- a rebellion against her classical vocal
training -- but I was like, fuck it, I'm just going to try it all. I'm
going to pretend I'm Kate Bush covering Mariah.
Refocused and inspired, Kristin wrote 62 songs, whittled the list
to ten for X-Communicate, and finished the album with the help
of new producers Kurt Feldman (who had produced her Christmas
single a few years back) and Andrew Miller (who played
guitar on the first Dum Dum Girls album and had joined the band
in its last incarnation).
Arguably the biggest shift, beyond the music itself, is that as
Kristin Kontrol she tells her stories using a sonic palette splashed
with bold pop melodies, her vocals showcasing a range hitherto
unexplored on record. The songs that emerge from Kristin's
universe -- a menagerie of new wave and R&B, European synth
pop, and experimental disco -- are both familiar and unique,
using genre rather than adhering to it, with a distinct nod to the
present. It may be a leap into the unknown, but "little risk means
little reward," as Karen O once counseled her. I feel free. I kind
of excommunicated myself. Even if I have to rebuild my whole
career, I'd rather work hard than feel stagnant. I feel excited
again, and that's priceless.1. Show Me
2. White Street
3. (Don't) Wannabe
5. Skin Shed
6. Drive the Night
7. What is Love
8. Face 2 Face
9. Going thru the Motions
10. Smoke Rings$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bright PhoebusThe First Time This 1972 Masterpiece Has Been Widely Available On LP
Remastered From The Original Tapes
Originally released in 1972, Bright Phoebus combined the incredible songwriting of siblings Lal & Mike from folk revival group The Watersons. Moving on from, but not forgetting their folk roots, the album is a post psychedelic collection of songs recorded in a 'loose & anarchic'fashion in Cecil Sharpe House with a folk-rock super group numbering Richard Thompson,Norma Waterson, Maddy Prior, Martin Carthy & Ashley Hutchings. Its release was greeted with derision and its initial pressing of 2000 LPs has long since fallen out of print. Since then the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere.
Over the course of four decades, the only means of hearing Lal and Mike Waterson's 1972 folk noir masterpiece had been unofficial CDs, cassettes distributed between fans and, in more recent times, YouTube uploads. And yet, despite the relative obscurity of the record being celebrated, 2000 people had packed London's The Barbican to witness live performance sof these songs by an extended family of Watersons, Carthys and kindred musical spirits. Toofolk to be embraced by the rock world, yet not traditional enough for the folk clubs where performing original material was tantamount to heresy, Bright Phoebus has had to wait an awfully long time for its moment of reappraisal. Almost by stealth, however, that moment seems to have arrived. In a Mojo chart of the 50 greatest British eccentric albums of all time, the album sat proudly among household names such as Kate Bush and Pink Floyd. In 2007, Bright Phoebus was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary and Lal was the subject of a tribute concert which was televised by BBC2. With every passing year, its influence on generations of musicians who had yet to be born when it was released grows ever greater.
This release will be the first time that the album will be widely available. Under the supervision of David Suff (Topic/Fledling) & Mary Waterson (daughter of Lal), the album has been remastered from the original master tapes. It's tempting to say that it was a record ahead of its time, but actually, Bright Phoebus is a record that exists outside of its time. A journey into a world where beauty and hardship are intertwined: a world of pagan sacrifice and stillborn children; a world where fairytale endings are frustrated by the demands of mere survival; where even the visiting magical man passing through the town seems to carry with him a faint air of menace.1. Rubber Band
2. The Scarecrow
3. Fine Horseman
4. Winifer Odd
5. Danny Rose
6. Child Among The Weeds
7. Magical Man
8. Never The Same
9. To Make You Stay
10. Shady Lady
11. Red Wine Promises
12. Bright Phoebus$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lovers KnowAfter touring the world as a member of the Postal Service in 2013, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) took a year to get lost. She drove across the US twice, toured South Africa solo, made her first appearance in London (also solo), and trekked all over Europe with William Faulkner's words ringing in her ears: "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." Finally she found herself in Los Angeles with a suitcase of songs to fill a whole new album. Lovers Know, The Mynabirds' third full-length release, was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter (Black English) and recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It's definitely new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way. Lyrically this is her most personal and confessional work to date, and also her most accessible. Whereas her last album, GENERALS, watched from a wide angle to understand the world at a distance, Lovers Know pulls in close. "There's something about wandering the world over," Laura says, "that makes you realize how similar we all are - everyone searching for something, so often the same thing: love. It may sound trite, but it's true. Love - or the lack of it - is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it's also the thing that can make us sing." Burhenn has released two previous albums as The Mynabirds on Saddle Creek, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both of which were produced by Richard Swift and met by critical acclaim.1. All My Heart
4. Say Something
7. Shake Your Head Yes
10. One Foot
11. Hanged Man
12. Last Time$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WhorlIn April, Simian Mobile Disco trekked out to the Southern California desert, taking with them their new live set up - two modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer. Over a period of three days, they jammed and rehearsed in the desert, culminating in a one off sold out live show at Pappy & Harriet's, Pioneertown, allowing 900 fans to witness part of the recording process.
Those sessions, taped under the desert sky, became the basis for their brand new album / live project "Whorl". Now, after completing mixing and mastering, they are pleased to announce that the final studio album will be released through Anti- Records (Tom Waits, Kate Bush).
SMD's new live system was born out of a desire to challenge themselves - to remove computers altogether, going back to hardware sequencers, and limiting themselves to a suitcase sized rack of modular synth gear each -which both reduces the sound palette but allows much more hands on, real time manipulation - constraining themselves technically, to free themselves up musically.
Jas, on the recording process - "The recordings we did in the studio while we were writing and rehearsing the new material for Whorl were simply live takes - the system we're using has limited ability to save patterns in the sequencer, but nothing like the flexibility of a computer. Live performance and studio composition are essentially now the same process, rather than the common method of writing a track using the computer, and then working out ways to perform it live. We planned not to slavishly limit ourselves just to this performance - when we came to mixdown the album, we used portions of three sessions - the show itself, an extended jam we did in the desert the day before, and a little of our London studio rehearsal. Future live performances of Whorl are currently being planned, with a full list of tour dates to come - each show will be a live recreation of that recording process, so each time "Whorl" will be slightly different.
To reflect the organic, analogue aims of the new musical set up, long time SMD art & video collaborators Jack Featherstone & Hans Lo have built a complimentary bespoke hardware system to create the album's visual aesthetic. The system involves feeding live generated digital content through an oscilloscope, filming the oscilloscope's screen, then further processing the image produced. This system will be used in forthcoming videos and SMD's live shows (it was debuted at Sonar this weekend). The cover image is a still grabbed from one of these oscilloscope jams, capturing a moment of flux in performance.
The accompanying trailer showcases all the elements of the Whorl project, including the desert valley where the rehearsal/jam was recorded, the landscape that inspired the performances, the oscilloscope visuals and the show at Pappy & Harriets. In the coming weeks, further video pieces will explore different elements in more detail. The video is set to a short excerpt of "Tangents".1. Redshift
2. Dandelion Spheres
3. Sun Dogs
4. Hypnick Jerk
6. Z Space
9. Jam Side Up
11. Iron Henge
12. Casiopeia$21.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-0614xRa Ra Riot
The OrchardRa Ra Riots debut full-length, The Rhumb Line, was released in the summer of 2008, and it
brought with it some beautiful and sparkly ruminations on the fragile things in life (namely
life, death and love), much critical praise, and the kind of success thats measured not just
by sales (although 65k US album scans and 130k US track downloads is nothing to sneeze
at these days for a brand-new indie artist) but by appearances on Letterman, Ferguson, and
Conan, plus Lollapalooza, All Points West, and Sasquatch festival plays.
After spending much of the summer and fall of 2009 alternately touring the US with Death
Cab for Cutie, headlining their own packed shows, and retreating to a country property in
upstate New York to write and record, the band announced this summers upcoming arrival of
their new album The Orchard on the eve of a 2010 appearance at the prestigious Coachella
Anticipation is feverish for new music, and the new album is an incredibly self-assured step
for the band, delivering both hook-laden pop jams like first single Boy and the
new-but-familiar-to-live-audiences Too Dramatic and ruminative slow-burns like the Anton
Chekov/Kate Bush-inspired The Orchard and album-closer Keep It Quiet.the orchard
you and i know
do you remember
keep it quiet$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now