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IntoLionel Williams leaves behind the murkier lo-fi production of his 2012 debut full-length, Lemniscate, for the somnambulant pop of Into. The new album-out July 24th on Chaz Bundick's (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins) Company Records-moves Lionel's Vinyl Williams alias into a more vivid, multi-colored dream world. Unlike the dramatic film scores of his grandfather (famed composer and conductor John Williams), this 25-year-old Los Angeles-based musician's songs are far more introspective, effortlessly blending ambient, electronic, Krautrock, psychedelia and shoegaze influences into a uniquely visceral listening experience that often mirrors the surrealism of his own collage-based visual artwork.
Like staring at the intricate geometry of a nautilus shell through a rippling aqua lens, Into's detailed arrangements shimmer across the stereo field with Williams' breathy, yearning melodies bathed in warm reverb. The gentle, rhythmic percolation of breezy album opener "Gold Lodge" imagines CAN at their most ethereal, as if vying for a release on 4AD Records during the label's halcyon days. Similarly, Cocteau Twins-esque guitars ring above the pulsing kosmische atmosphere of "Hall of Records" and then later, the 10-plus-minute "Xol Rumi" takes a detour across the Autobahn using Neu!'s motorik precision. Elsewhere, the celestial "Greatest Lives" shuffles through a thick, gooey cloud of synths, while instrumental "The Tears of an Inanimate Object" pays tribute to the spiritually minded explorations of Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby, with astral harp strums guiding the light electronic accompaniment.
From the mysterious, nocturnal drive of first single "World Soul" to the gauzy, space-age funk of "Allaz," Vinyl Williams nicely blurs the line between melodicism and experimentation, his impressionistic song-craft being as inviting as it is beguiling. In this modern era of shuffled playlists and musically short attention spans, Into is that rare album created to be listened to uninterrupted from beginning to end, and one that is sure to reveal itself again and again after each successive play.1. Gold Lodge
2. Space Age Utopia
4. World Soul
5. Hall Of Records
6. The Tears Of An Inanimate Object
7. Iguana City
8. Greatest Lives
9. Zero Wonder
10. Axiomatic Mind
12. Plinth Of Uncanny Design
14. Xol Rumi$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VivaViva is the second release from Klaus Dinger's post-Neu! group, La Dusseldorf. Originally released in 1978, Viva is a stunning combination of washed out synthesizers, swirling guitar work and Dinger's trademark motorik rhythms. Featuring the classic Cha, Cha 2000, Viva is another fine effort from one of Krautrock's legends and stands as a testament of just how gloriously ahead of their time the German progressive rock scene of the '70s really was. An essential record.1. Viva
2. White Overalls
6. Cha Cha 2000$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La DusseldorfUpon the breakup of legendary Krautrock duo Neu!, drummer Klaus Dinger formed La DÜsseldorf with his brother Thomas and keyboard player Hans Lampe. This, their self-titled debut, was recorded in 1975 and is a staggering mix of Dinger's trademark motorik rhythms, glammy synths, pulsing organs and urgent guitar work that altogether creates a sound that, at times, predates both punk and post-punk, no small feat. Featuring their European hit single Silver Cloud, La DÜsseldorf's debut record is classic Krautrock on par with the best offerings of Neu!, Kraftwerk and Can.1. DÜsseldorf
2. La DÜsseldorf
3. Silver Cloud
4. Time$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gypsum StringsTheir second release springs from 1960's West coast legends like The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros., The Charlatans, and Moby Grape, adding elements of X, Neu, The Feelies, Mercury Rev, and Fairport Convention. Cutting through the dense arrangements are powerhouse harmonies. Rachel Cox emerges as the Blue Ridge amalgam of Sandy Denny and Linda Ronstadt while Pat Sullivan's gravelly baritone anchors it all in Johnny Cash and John Doe territory. The sextet's trademark killer songwriting chops are in evidence as Gypsum Strings boasts some beautiful ballads that temper the heaviness of other tracks. Look for them on tour in the spring.1.Confidence Man
2.Having Fun Again
4.Living in Sin in the U.S.A.
6.Bury Your Burden
7.If I Was in el Dorado
8.Nite Lights, Dark Days
9.Spanish Fandango$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Roedelius: RemixesHans-Joachim Roedelius is one of the prime movers in the strand of experimental music that emerged from 1970s Germany sometimes referred to as "kosmische music". As a founding member of the highly influential groups Cluster and Harmonia, he was part of a vibrant scene that included Neu!, Kraftwerk and Can. He started releasing solo work in 1978, combining his minimal piano style with electronic production details. In the 1990s he collaborated with Italian musicians Nicola Alesini (saxophone) and Fabio Capanni (guitar) in 'ambient jazz trio' Aquarello,who released three albums, the final installment being issued by All Saints. Whilst overseeing the reissue of a vast archive of seminal albums, Roedelius shows no signs of slowing down as he enters his eighth decade.1. Puente (Peaking Lights Remix)
2. Remember (Hieroglyphic Being Remix)$15.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SimulacrenfieldThe last time we heard from Parlour was in 2005 with their Hives Fives EP. They gave us their first taste of an expanded 7-piece lineup that included founder and original sole member Tim Furnish on guitar, plus another guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, keyboards and drums. It was a wild and exuberant live display, watching and listening to a small army turn a confined space into a boundless playground. And then, nothing for five years; no new recordings and fewer than a dozen live performances. We now realize they werent inactive, they were just scheming.
Simulacrenfield rearranges the vision set forth in previous Parlour releases, utilizing the septet for all its worth. The songs are tighter, heavier, and more melodically complex than ever before, no doubt partly contributed to the addition of Jon Cook (Crain, Rodan) on drums, and Breck Pipes (Cerebellum) on guitar. Furnish, Cook and Pipes, along with longtime Parlour member Steve Good (The Web, Sapat), have a rich and storied musical history, having played in bands together in their hometown of Louisville, KY since the late 1980s. That familiarity and inherent musical dialogue with one another can be heard throughout Simulacrenfield; the rhythm section in a tight pocket while the guitars, keyboards and brass section trade sharp melodies and chugging riffs. Imagine a heavier, more disturbing Neu! with more unexpected twists and turns (and thats just the jumping-off point).1. Destruction Paper
7. Sea of Bubbly Goo$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pyramid Of The SunRecorded throughout 2009 and 2010, Pyramid of the Sun is the most dynamic, melodic and tuneful Maserati album of the bands decade-long career. Retaining the trademark driving momentum that makes the bands live shows so euphoric, Pyramid explores the lighter and darker sides of their sound, anchored by more melodic and varied song structures and exhilarating production.
Mixed with Justin Van Der Volgen (!!!, Out Hud, TBD) and Temporary Residence founder Jeremy deVine (Sonna), Pyramid Of The Sun includes two collaborations with friend and tourmate Steve Moore (Zombi) in the form of the Cluster-meets-Jan Hammer scorcher Theyll No More Suffer From Thirst and the synth-heavy dance epic Oaxaca. Closing the album is the bittersweet Bye MFriend, Goodbye, a motorik summer punk jam that splits the difference between Wipers and Neu!; it also carries the bittersweet distinction of being one of the bands finest songs, and the final track written which was recorded with their legendary drummer Jerry Fuchs, who tragically passed away during the making of this album.1. Who Can Find the Beast?
2. Pyramid of the Sun
3. We Got the System To Fight the System
4. Theyll No More Suffer From Thirst
6. Theyll No More Suffer From Hunger
8. Bye MFriend, Goodbye$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boxed In"This album will enhance your life Oli Bayston, the main guy behind [Boxed In], is an impressive songwriter and his
piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds." - NME
"[Boxed In] hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to
it again and again." - The Line of Best Fit
"Oli Bayston's transition from go-to producer to dazzling solo artist is complete." - DIY Mag
Boxed In is London, England-based songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for
The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe
and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project.
Boxed In brings together Oli's two greatest musical loves: Krautrock and house music. "The album has a bit of both of
those two things combined," he says, "But the principle focus is always the songs. I'm a slave to the songs and I try to
incorporate my love of specific genres of music into that." Inspired by the motorik rhythms of Can, Cluster and Neu! as
well as house producers, like PÉpÉ Bradock and Theo Parrish, Oli nevertheless emphasizes that the art of pop song writing
is right at the heart of Boxed In.
In the UK Boxed In is already buzzing with "Mystery" on the A List at BBC Radio 6 Music, Rough Trade's selecting the selftitled
debut as their album of the week January 19, and attention from influential press outlets like NME, Uncut, Sunday
Times Culture, The Sun, Clash, and The Line of Best Fit who rated the album 8/10 saying "[Boxed In] hits hard enough in
places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again."1. Mystery
2. Subtle Knife
3. All Your Love Is Gone
5. No Joke
7. False Alarm
8. Foot of the Hill
9. Run Quicker
10. Lo Life (feat. CockNBull Kid)
11. Wild West$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The High FrontierLumerians release The High Frontier on through Partisan Records. The name for the album comes from a term coined by Gerard K. O'Neil in his illustrated 1976 book depicting human colonisation of space. The High Frontier contains Krautrock inspired exploration, Afrobeat's ritualistic rhythms, post-punk guitar noise and cracked-glacÉ synth lines culled from perverse 1970s sci-fi soundtracks.
It's a cacophony of sound in which Lumerians acknowledge the role noise and rhythm has always played in transcendent and ecstatic rituals the world over, from the repetitious drums of tribal animists to the penetrating electronic pulses of neon dance clubs.
The six tracks and 33 minutes that make up The High Frontier were recorded and produced in Lumerians' self-built studio/brewery: a room housed in a converted store-front church in a neighbourhood affectionately referred to as the "Murder Dubbs".
The High Frontier brings back the sound of prog rock that was so familiar in the 70s. Uncut described the album as: "a fruitful collision between Boredoms, Neu! and the Grateful Dead" and they are spot on.
Track one Dogon Genesis could easily fit itself into the 70s with no questions asked. Dogon Genesis is a fantastic first track that prepares the listener for the rest of the album. Dogon Genesis could refer to the Dogon tribe of Mali which gives a good indication of how bonkers the record is.
Title track The High Frontier has a completely different sound to that of Dogon Genesis. It's a slower tempo with more deep, bass tones coming through. The drum beat produces a mesmerising rhythm alongside the swooping synth sounds.
Previously disclosed track, The Bloom follows the same theme as The High Frontier. It's strange and eery. It is probably the most experimental song on the record which introduces lots of sounds and plays with the concepts of prog rock to create a brilliantly atmospheric track. The synth sounds heard at the beginning almost sound like sirens, building a sense of tension and fear into the listener.
Koman Tong breaks the album away from eerie and unnerving and plunges it into summer happiness. Koman Tong is still very experimental but it starts to introduce the idea of world influences into Lumerians' music, the guitar is distorted leading it to sound faintly like a sitar in parts while gongs and bells can be heard in the background. It's the best track on the record by far. There is just so much to catch and involve yourself in that you will instantly become lost in the music - cliched as it may sound.
Smokies Tangle turns the album back to its 70s prog rock style while the last track, Life Without Skin again oozes world influences, foreign vocals and jazz inspired drum beats to create a superb end track. It has a fantastic rhythm and melody and can easily be placed as one of the best songs on The High Frontier. It's also one of the only tracks on the album that uses influences from Lounge - think Bonobo vs prog rock and you're almost there.
The High Frontier is a mesmerizing account of weirdness and oddity that will leave you wanting to hear more. Each track has so many layers to it that you really will become immersed in this record. It's 33 minutes of experiments, fusion of genres and rule-breaking in the music world. A triumph.
- Rocking Republic1. Burning Mirrors
2. Black Tusk
3. Shortwave Fields
4. Atlanta Brook
6. Calalini Rises
8. Melting Space
9. Gaussian Castles$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Period of Review (1975-1983)
Expert Mastering By Greg Davis, Liner Notes By K. Leimer And Dave Segal
Double LP Packaging Features Unique Reverse Flap Exterior, Full Color Eurosleeves, &
For the third installment in RVNG Intl.'s archival series, the tape is wound back to 1970s
Seattle, home place of ambient music savant K. Leimer. A Period of Review (Original
Recordings: 1975-1983) unearths unreleased portions of Leimer's vast archives and
highlights the work of a self-taught visionary whose use of generative compositions ferried
his music to infinite resonance.
Kerry Leimer was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He was raised in Chicago before his family
permanently settled in Seattle in 1967. Kerry's teenage interests and artistic experiments
blossomed from the seductively strange tendrils of Dadaism and Surrealism. In the early 70s,
Leimer found musical parallels to these visual movements by studying import copies of NME
and Melody Maker and inquiring with local record store clerks about the exotic descriptions
he read of Can, Neu! and Faust-innovators who were bringing the wild dictates of 60s art-discourse into music
The tape-manipulated serenity Leimer experienced with Cluster's II was a key revelation.
Leimer realized the potential to compose with minimal training and scoured pawnshops
for cheap instruments and recording equipment to transpose his wayward musical instincts.
Leimer's sound palette and composition soon refined and heightened with the accessibility of
dynamic equipment such as the Micromoog and TEAC multi-track tape machines.
Synchronously, the Terry Riley indebted loop-based compositions of Robert Fripp and
Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting inspired Leimer to form recursive musical passages of bare
timbre and melody that would become hallmarks of his sound. "The loop provided an
instant structure-a sort of fatalism," recollects Leimer in A Period of Review's liner notes. "The
participation of the tape machine in shaping and extending the music was a key to setting
self-deterministic systems in motion and held a clear relationship to my interests in fine art."
The underground music scene of Seattle/Olympia in late 70s was small but seeded.
The vestiges of prog rock pompously pummeled the few clubs and record shops before
punk and New Wave became the rage. Leimer sought to support a growing community of
experimental composers by launching the Palace of Lights record label in 1979 with his wife
Dorothy Cross (this was years prior to the birth of regional titans K Records and Sub Pop).
Leimer rarely performed live, averting the litmus of instant appreciation for his solitary
studio pursuits. Tellingly, the "K." that abbreviated Leimer's first name was a nod to Kafka's
doomed pariah Josef K (from The Trial and The Castle). This gives a sense of the reclusive
and literary realm Leimer was fond of working in. Despite his reticence, Leimer's debut 1980
album Closed System Potentials would reach a receptive audience, and eventually sell more
than 3,000 copies thanks in part to Cross's persistent advocation to independent distributors
A Period of Review focuses on unheard material outside of the work Leimer offered on
Palace of Lights, though even that music could be considered relatively "unheard." The thirty
tracks of A Period of Review may have remained a mystery on moldy reels until now, but
Leimer's entire catalog of generative music remains pristine in its absolute power.
Liner notes were crafted by Seattle writer David Segal. Top-tier mastering was done by
Greg Davis, who produced the compilation with Palace of Lights artist Robert Carlberg, RVNG
and Kerry Leimer himself, who continues making music to this day.LP 1
2. My Timid Desires
3. From A Common Center
4. Explanation of Terms
5. From One To Ten
7. Bump In The Night
8. (aka accident)
9. Facing East
10. At Daybreak
11. A Spiritual Life
12. Honey To Ashes
13. Stop It!
14. Two Voices
15. Lonely Boy
16. Practical Demonstration
3. Archie's Dub
6. Assemble and Diffuse
7. Eno's Aviary
8. Almost Chinese
9. Agfa / Lupa
10. The Phonic Chasm (feat. Dawn Seago)
13. All Sad Days
14. Porcelain (feat. Nancy Estle)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Neu! 86 (Out Of Stock)Recorded in the mid-'80s but not released until over a decade later, Neu! 86 picks up where the duo left off in 1975, exploring the extremes of both white noise and ambient beauty.1. Intro (Haydn Slo-Mo)
4. Drive (Grundfunken)
5. La Bomba (Stop Apartheid World-Wide!)
7. Wave Mother
8. Paradise Walk
10. Vier 1/2
11. Good Life
13. KD$34.99Vinyl LP Temporarily out of stock
Neu! 75 (Out Of Stock)The third album from the DÜsseldorf band Neu! with co-producer Conny Plank, originally released in 1975. On the A-Side of the album Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother worked as a duo and on the B-Side as a quartet together with the drummers Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe. Features the seminal pro-punk cut Hero.1. Isi
3. Leb Wohl
6. After Eight$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Neu! (Out Of Stock)After the break up with Kraftwerk, Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother started a new project together with producer mastermind Conny Plank (Ultravox, Kraftwerk). Neu's 1972 groundbreaking debut saw the group creating a new kind of rhythm that bridged the gap between rock n roll's syncopation and dance music's four-on-the-floor beats, laying the cornerstone of what would become today's electronic music.1. Hallogallo
4. Im GlÜck
6. Lieber Honig$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Neu! 2 (Out Of Stock)Originally released in 1973, Neu's second release features the unstoppable 11-minute opener Fur Immer and ushered in the concept of the remix with sped-up, slowed down and altered versions of what was initially just 20 minutes of newly recorded material.1. FÜr Immer
4. Lila Engel
5. Neuschnee 78
6. Super 16
9. Super 78
10. Hallo Excentrico
11. Super$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Escape Velocity (Out Of Stock)Escape Velocity sees Zombi return to their roots, using synth and drums to create stirring melodies and moving cadences. Whereas earlier efforts found the band entrenched in Italian horror scores, Escape Velocity finds Zombi continuing their exploration of famed Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder and legendary kraut rock icons Neu and Harmonia. The sweeping synth sequences and pulsing rhythms are sometimes dancey, sometimes reflective, but always hypnotic under the watchful eye of this distinguished duo. Escape Velocity's five ethereal tracks are simply put, celestial music for other worlds.1. Escape Velocity
2. Slow Oscillations
3. Shrunken Heads
5. Time of Troubles$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Sleep Forever (Out Of Stock)Last year Brandon Welchez and Chuck Rowell released their acclaimed debut album, Summer of Hate as Crocodiles. Straddling vast sonic terrains from the jagged guitar stabs of street-strutting lead single Neon Jesus, to throbbing kraut rock, expansive shoegaze and irresistibly danceable disco-punk jams, Summer Of Hate drew comparisons with The Velvet Underground and Primal Scream.
Significantly, it also caught the ear of James Ford, Simian Mobile Disco man and producer of the Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Florence and the Machine amongst others. Together, all three headed into the desert in early 2010 to create Summer Of Hate's psychedelic, hyptonic and anthemic follow-up. An album that would later be christened Sleep Forever.
Raw it may be, but Sleep Forever is still an unmistakingly more refined beast than its predecessor. Drums and organ whirls envelope you on tracks like Mirrors and Sleep Forever, which nod to Ladies and Gentelman era Spiritualized as much as they do Neu! and The Velvet Undergound.1. Mirrors
2. Stoned To Death
3. Hollow Hollow Eyes
4. Girl In Black
5. Sleep Forever
6. Billy Speed
7. Hearts Of Love
8. All My Hate And My Hexes Are For You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock