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Debussy - Nocturnes / Ravel - Daphnes et Chloe (Speakers Corner)
With his Nocturnes, Debussy's vision of music inspired by Nature enters a new sphere. His first multi-part orchestral work the composition was originally conceived for violin but was published as a vocal-symphonic work offers a wealth of subtleties as regards melody and sound coloring, the likes of which had never been heard before in Debussy's oeuvre. Unlike traditional orchestral writing, the woodwinds here provide vitality with a wide spectrum of tonal coloring while the strings unroll a dynamically finely graded carpet of sound. Absolutely innovative is the wordless female chorus in the third movement whose voices combine with the instruments to produce a mysterious tonal concoction.
Debussy's compatriot, Ravel, went to even greater lengths in his Daphnis and Chloe Suites. As the instrumental distribution leads one to suspect full orchestra plus 15 percussion instruments, chorus and wind machine the work is a full-fledged modern-age French choreographic symphony and one of the greatest compositions of its time. It is almost superfluous to mention that a thrilling performance of both works can only be achieved by the very best of symphony orchestras.
Recording: March 1961 at Cass Technical High School Auditorium, Detroit (MI), USA,
by Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: Nuages, Fêtes, Sirènes
2. Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et ChloÉ Suite Nr. 2
3. Claude Debussy: Nocturnes: Nuages (Clouds), Fêtes (Festivals), Sirènes (Sirens)
4. Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and ChloÉ Suite No. 2$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Novena On A NocturnFirst Time On Vinyl
The debut album from The Good Life finds Tim Kasher turning away from the heavier sounds he had become known for with Cursive and achieving a new depth of voice through acoustic instrumentation and more textured soundscapes. Originally released in 2000, this is the first time Novena on a Nocturn has ever appeared on vinyl.1. A Dim Entrance
2. The Moon Red Handed
3. Your Birthday Present
4. An Acquaintance Strikes a Chord
5. Twenty Two
6. What We Fall for When We're Already Down
7. Waiting on Wild Horses
8. The Competition
9. A Golden Exit$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Opus Nocturne (Discontinued)First-ever domestic vinyl release of this absolute classic.1. Intro / The Apperance Of Spirits Of Darkness
2. Sulphur Souls
4. From Subterranean Throne Profound
5. Autumnal Reaper
6. Materialized In Stone
7. Untrodden Paths (Wolves Part II)
8. Opus Nocturne
10. Deme Quaden Thyrane
11. The Sun Has Failed$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (Awaiting Repress)There is no shortage of magical moments on Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, from Side As one-two punch of American West and Oh, Naoko to the heartfelt Waiting on You and the anthemic Put the Days Away. Sun Airway twists their songs with their kaleidoscopic production, lush electronic washes, synthetic textures and pulsing rhythms obscuring the hooks in hazy pop bliss.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Sun Airway is led by songwriter Jon Barthmus, who is joined by fellow sound sculptor Patrick Marsceill. Recorded primarily in Barthmus basement studio over the course of 18 months, the album blends processed sounds, field recordings and timeless vocal melodies into their abstract fractured pop.1. Infinity
2. American West
3. Oh, Naoko
4. Swallowed by the Night
5. Waiting on You
7. Shared Piano
8. Put the Days Away
9. Your Moon
10. Five Years$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ballade Of The Nocturnal Commune (Jazz Poetry SuperJam #2)
7" Vinyl Single Reissued On White Vinyl In A Limited Edition Of 300
Curated, Analogue Mastered And Cut At Gearbox Studio
Two tracks from the same sessions but not featured on the album Banbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues GB1520
Michael Horovitz - vocals & anglo-saxophone
Paul Weller - electric organ & optigan
Graham Coxon - guitar & drums
Damon Albarn - harmonium & Hammond organ$10.99Colored 7 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Doomgrass"Nocturnal Poisoning is a return to first principles: elegantly constructed
instrumental guitar pieces that demonstrate many of the same beguiling
qualities that were so evident throughout his Xasthur output, infused
with the ghost spirit of traditional country / folk sources that is genuinely
surprising and refreshing." - The Quietus1. Slowly Passing Through
2. Prisoners Of Their Own Needs
4. Starstruck By Garbage
5. Bet It All
6. Source Of Survival
7. Fight For Another Life
8. Illusion Of Worth
9. Old Light
10. Closure In Reach
11. Vagrant, Seeker Of Empty Treasures
12. Can't Find The Sky
13. Running Out Of Highways
14. Question The Screen$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Horse StoriesReleased in 1996, this was the band's second album for Touch And Go, and the record that put them on the map, showcasing their languid, nocturnal violin, guitar, and drum whirlwinds.1. 1000 Miles
2. Sue's Last Ride
4. I Remember A Time When Once You Used To Love Me
5. At The Bar
7. Warren's Lament
9. I Knew It Would Come To This$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gargoyle (Awaiting Repress)Early in 2016, Mark was at home in LA, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album when he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. The pair first met in 2008, when Marshall's former band Exit Calm supported Soulsavers, who Mark was singing with at the time. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favour: "I was like, Hey man, I'm getting ready to make a record if you've got anything?'" Mark recalls. "Three days later he sent me *10 things !"
In the meantime, Mark had written 'Blue Blue Sea', a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record. "It's almost always how my records start," he explains. "I let the first couple of songs tell me what the next couple should sound like, and it's really the same process when I'm writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are, tell me what the next couple should be. I've always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess."
Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California. Rob's music fitted perfectly with the direction Mark had been pondering: in essence, a more expansive progression from the moody Krautrock-influenced electronica textures of his two previous albums, 'Blues Funeral' and 'Phantom Radio'. Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan Band album. "I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him," Mark deadpans.
The remainder of the album was written, recorded and produced by Lanegan's longtime musical amanuensis Alain Johannes at his 11 AD base in West Hollywood. Everything was done and dusted within a month, unusually fast by Lanegan's recent standards. "I definitely feel like I'm a better songwriting than I was 15 years ago," he says. "I don't know if I'm just kidding myself or what, but it's definitely easier now to make something that is satisfying to me. Maybe I'm just easier on myself these days, but it's definitely not as painful a process, and therefore I feel I'm better at it now. But part of the way that I stay interested in making music is by collaborating with other people. When I see things through somebody else's perspective it's more exciting than if I'm left to my own devices."
While sharing roots with its two predecessors, on Gargoyle there's a significant up-shift in the swaggering power load of such keynote songs as Nocturne and Beehive, while the lyrics' tonal palette is more varied. The album title comes from a lyric in Blue Blue Sea - "Gargoyle perched on gothic spire" - and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation. "I'm most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I've done in the past," says Mark. "So I really like Old Swan, because it's an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I've done before!" He laughs. "Y'know, I haven't played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, 'Wow, I had to listen to it twice - it sounds like he's having a good time '
It's been a long journey traveled, not always easy, but in 2017, at the age of 52, Lanegan's got the look of permanence about him. Like that gargoyle on the gothic spire .1. Deaths Head Tattoo
3. Blue Blue Sea
7. Goodbye To Beauty
8. Drunk On Destruction
9. First Day Of Winter
10. Old Swan$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
In The VinesRay Raposa had nearly finished this follow-up to 2005's First Light's Freeze when he was mugged at gunpoint outside his Brooklyn home. This climaxed a year of depression and nomadic, nocturnal dislocation for him. Appropriately, the album is based on a Hindu fable about being trapped in an inescapable fate, with death and the limitations of our physical lives closing in from all corners. But it isn't all darkness and peril; there's a strange sense of hope and delight in the brief moments of beauty that sustain our lives. Guest appearances by Jana Hunter, Sufjan Stevens, Viking Moses, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Rafter Roberts, Nonhorse (Vanishing Voice), and Nathan Delffs (Shaky Hands).1. Rain Will Come
2. This Is the Early Game
3. Westbound, Blue
4. Strong Animal
6. Fields Crack, The
7. Three Months Paid
8. Night Is When You Can Not See, The
9. Sounded Like a Train, Wasn't a Train
10. And the Swimming$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Leonard Cohen, the most elegant Canadian bard, whispers his way through his 2004 album 'Dear Heather' like a poet quietly musing over his life and loves. The mellow, hushed, and somewhat nocturnal character of the album commands attention through Cohen's deep baritone and Sharon Robinson's clear vocals. It's an intimate album that celebrates lost loves and friendships instead of mourning them, an introspective look on life from a ripe old age (Cohen turned 70 when the album was released). And Music On Vinyl is releasing this quietly powerful album for the first time on vinyl, so you can memorize the songs in time for his European tour later this year!1. Go No More A-Roving
2. Because OF
3. The Letters
5. Morning Glory
6. On That Day
7. Villanelle For Our Time
8. There For You
9. Dear Heather
11. To A Teacher
12. The Faith$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MonomaniaAfter a brief hiatus following the success of third album Halcyon Digest, during which time Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt released their own albums as Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza respectively, a new Deerhunter line-up (with additions of bassist Josh Mckay and guitarist Frankie Broyles) reconvened in January 2013 at Rare Book Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Produced by Nicholas Vernhes and Bradford Cox and recorded in the dead of night, Deerhunter's new longplayer Monomania will be released on 7th May. Monomania finds the group recalling its scrappy punk aesthetic; a perfect nocturnal garage rock album full of the layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds that define them.1. Neon Junkyard
2. Leather Jacket II
3. The Missing
5. Dream Captain
6. Blue Agent
9. Back to the Middle
12. Punk (La Vie AntÉrieure)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LuciferLucifer is the third full-length release from West Coast dub heroes Peaking Lights. The golden duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis continue to crystallize their mesmerizing sound and find new dimensions within. Lucifer also comes at a time of great transition for this married couple and it reflects the possibilities that they have found during this new life era, especially with the birth of their son, Mikko, a guiding light muse for the album.
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY at Gary's Electric studio over the course of a month, Peaking Lights consider Lucifer a nocturnal version of their sound. It's slinkier and full of grooves. To us this record is about play and playfullness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration, says Coyes. Lucifer is also Peaking Lights' most ambitious release to date in terms of its approach and scope.
Through their studio experiments, the duo has managed to link their musical loves ie dub, krautrock, analog electronic dance music, sound collages, pop music, all while maintaining cohesive songs. Lucifer was self-produced and engineered by Al Carlson (Yeasayer, Ford & Lopatin, 0PN). LP is a limited numbered edition with an embossed jacket.1. Moonrise
2. Beautiful Son
3. Live Love
4. Cosmic Tides
5. Midnight (in the Valley of Shadows)
6. LO HI
8. Morning Star$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Isle of Wight Festival 1970Import
White Colored Vinyl
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is a 3 LP live album by The Who, recorded at the Isle of Wight Festival on 29 August 1970, and released by Sony in 1996. The Who were one year and three months into their Tommy tour when they played their second engagement at the Isle of Wight Festival. As in 1969, they played most of their famous rock opera, which by this time was quite familiar to the festival crowd. Huge spotlights bathed the audience of some 600,000 attendees, and as The Who's tour manager John Woolf recalls, attracted every moth and flying nocturnal animal on the island. By August 1970, Pete Townshend was already introducing new songs to the setlist including Water, I Don't Even Know Myself and Naked Eye. These songs, which were being recorded at the time of the festival, were intended for an upcoming project known as Lifehouse. Although Lifehouse was eventually abandoned, the sessions paved the way to the Who's classic album Who's Next. The Who also performed some live staples such as Heaven and Hell, Substitute, My Generation, Magic Bus, I Can't Explain, and the perennial covers of Shakin' All Over and Summertime Blues.LP1
1. Heaven And Hell
2. I can't explain
3. Young Man Blues
4. I Don't Even Know Myself
6. Overture- It's A Boy
2. Amazing Journey
4. Eyesight To The Blind
6. The Acid Queen
7. Pinball Wizard
8. Do You Think It's Alright?
9. Fiddle About
10. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
11. There's A Doctor
12. Go To The Mirror!
13. Smash The Mirror
14. Miracle Cure
15. I'm Free
16. Tommy's Holiday Camp
1. We're Not Gonna Take It
2. Summertime Blues
3. Shakin All Over/Spoonful/ Twist & Shout
4. My Generation
5. Naked Eye
6. Magic Bus$42.99Colored Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
304"Raver 5 pulses and glides with nocturnal
energy and calm beauty."
- Sam Hockley, Fact Mag
"[Lie EP] is full of nostalgic chords and ambiance
but also driven with a defiant force that sinks
heavy to the heart. D Tiberio is someone you
definitely want to keep a watchful eye on."
- April Lanier, Okay Future
304 is D Tiberio's ode to his mother's home.
The address is both personal and anonymous,
Providing an entry point into the bleak emotional
spectrum of daily existence and its anomalies.
Partial to concepts of imperfection, many tracks
include lo-fi audio clips sampled from YouTube,
television and other non-musical sounds that may
normally go unnoticed in our surroundings.
The textures are burnt and the rhythms disrupted,
yet each track is constructed to achieve an
"Raver 5" has caught the attention of both critics
and fans for its mature, multi-genre production.
"Let Her" and "Gone," featuring Natasha Agrama,
pair sultry female vocals with heavy, atmospheric
The sonic creation of an introspective observer,
304 carries with it a shift in perspective of what
may contribute to an essential sensory escape.1. Pinecone
2. Raver 5
3. Let Her
5. Purple Hi-Chew
8. Make It All Everything
10. Cathi's Song
11. Rubbers$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
NoctilucenceNoctilucence is a new 12 recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California,
and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name
given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording
we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the
vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the shadow,
entrance to the realm not controlled by the light of day, or the logic of reason. It's about
confronting nocturnal terrors and all of those things that go bump in the night.
Understanding that the ancient archetypes which watch over us don't flinch, and stand firm
across the spell of time. On Along The Way we sought the Macrobes for guidance, and on
Noctilucence we see them taking real shape. Opening with a mantra to the perpetual
regeneration of the spirit of love, crying out for new levels of confidence and consciousness to
emerge from the human race, Noctilucence is a deep stare into the infinite eye of the
shimmering night sky of the future, and all it holds in its gaze.
- Mark McGuire, 20141. Freedom of Spirit
2. Earth Grid (Activation)
4. Entity (Presence)
5. Astral Protection$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Empty Estate'Empty Estate' is the follow-up EP to the critically acclaimed "Nocturne",
which received several year-end accolades including album of the year
in Under The Radar and iTunes. The 7-song EP was recorded in Brooklyn
at Gary's Electric by Al Carlson in January.1 The Body In Rainfall
2 Ocean Repeating (Big-eyed Girl)
3 On Guyot
5 Data World
6 A Dancing Shell
7 Hachiko$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This World Is Not EnoughSince 2010, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (Iceage, Vår) has used the Marching
Church moniker to a variety of musical ends, both live and recorded. However,
the project as it exists on This World Is Not Enough wasn't born until November
2013. With a live performance looming and no real idea what the set would be,
Rønnenfelt found a new vision for the band while daydreaming at a gig at the
venue where Marching Church was set to perform. "What I pictured was me in a
comfortable armchair, adorned in a golden robe, leading a band while a girl kept
pouring me champagne when I required it," Rønnenfelt explained. "This raised
the question, 'What sort of music would go along with this picture?'"
Rønnenfelt discovered the answer to that question with a lineup rounded out by
Kristian Emdal and Anton Rothstein of Lower, Cæcilie Trier (Choir of Young
Believers), Bo H. Hansen (Hand of Dust, Sexdrome) and Frederikke Hoffmeier
(Puce Mary). Under Rønnenfelt's leadership, the group composed some music,
rehearsed twice, and played their show. It was decided that night that this incarnation
of Marching Church would make a record.
This World Is Not Enough was influenced at first by obscure works like David
Maranha's experimental drone-rock saga Antarctica, and eventually by soul
bandleaders like James Brown and Sam Cooke. "The whole month of writing
and rehearsing and the one week we had in the studio was truly an explosion
of ideas," Rønnenfelt said. "Improvisation, something I have never worked with
before, was crucial in the making of this album, considering the loose nature
of the writing on some of these songs. The album works because of the band's
incredible ability of breathing life into these, at times, very simple ideas and
The eight tracks that made the final cut are, in Rønnenfelt's words, "songs of
nocturnal longing, preposterous self-obsession and cockeyed etiquette," and they
are an exemplary statement of the songwriter's extraordinary growth since the
birth of Iceage.1. Living in Doubt
2. King of Song
3. Hungry for Love
4. Your Father's Eyes
5. Calling Out a Name
6. Every Child (Portrait of Wellman Braud)
7. Up a Hill
8. Dark End of the Street$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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
Scream Above The SoundsTwenty years after their debut 'Word Gets Around' and six #1 albums later, Stereophonics are set to release their new album 'Scream Above The Sounds' on Parlophone Records.
Their 10th studio album, 'Scream Above The Sounds' follows 'Keep The Village Alive' which went straight to #1 when it was released in 2015 - their sixth chart-topper after 'Performance and Cocktails' (1999), 'Just Enough Education To Perform' (2001) 'You Gotta Go There To Come Back' (2003), 'Language. Sex. Violence. Other?' (2005) and 'Pull The Pin' (2007).
Stereophonics consists of founding members Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar) and Richard Jones (bass) along with Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums). Long-term keyboardist Tony Kirkham joins the band for live shows.
Kelly said of the songwriting process that he began to write "big, anthemic songs that are rallying against those anxious feelings that have flooded through cities. Every song offers a sense of release," he says. "Even when there's nostalgia, fear or anxiety, they're still all offering hope and room to manoeuvre."
The first single 'All In One Night' represents the band's affection for the melancholy. Set to a consistent mid-paced rhythm which evokes a nocturnal motorway drive, it finds the narrator's life taking a dramatic turn as night brightens to day. Influenced by the Sebastian Schipper film 'Victoria', it's a song that had an unusual genesis - Kelly started it when the band had an unscheduled day's stay in China before he finished it back home in London. Even the atmospheric call of the chorus was fortuitous, being an adaptation of a vocal exercise he was using.
'Scream Above The Sounds' was primarily recorded in the band's HQ in west London with a further session at RAK Studios. Created with the help of regular collaborator Jim Lowe, it's an album in which creative sonic touches add to the band's emphasis on songwriting and melody.1. Caught By The Wind
2. Taking A Tumble
3. What's All The Fuss About?
5. All In One Night
6. Chances Are
7. Before Anyone Knew Our Name
8. Would You Believe?
9. Cryin' In Your Beer
10. Boy On A Bike
11. Elevators$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Floodland (Awaiting Repress)Goth-Rock Milestone Defined by Majestic Soundscapes and Ethereal Melodies
Meat Loaf Producer Jim Steinman and New York Choral Society Among Collaborators on Vast-Reaching LP
Lush, Huge, Balanced: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
1987 Effort Includes Insurmountably Influential Opus The Corrosion
The Sisters of Mercy emerged from a brief hiatus and lineup overhaul in spectacularly grand fashion on Floodland, an epic album that stands as the groups commercial breakthrough as well as one of the periods monumental productions. Having witnessed his bandmates leave, singer Andrew Eldritch recruited bassist Patricia Morrison, utilized a groundbreaking drum machine, and hooked up with Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman to attain a glorious, bombastic, and irrepressible marriage of gothic rock and sumptuous balladry.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP improves the records splendid dynamic contrasts, low-end thrust, expansive dimensionality, and moody atmospherics. Steinmans unforgettable sonic contributions finally receive proper due in the form of towering choruses and operatic heft. The groups signature epic The Corrosion, described by Eldritch as a narrative about power in the face of misery, sounds downright staggering, with an awe-inspiring performance by the New York Chorale Society and blooming classicism.
Throughout, the Sisters of Mercy traverse myriad styles in breaking down goth-rock conventions. As on the bands noisier debut First and Last and Always, also available on Silver Series LP, brooding emotions, nocturnal episodes, and dim sentiments gloss over the songwriting. Yet there's a colossal amplification of evocative spirituality, delicate accents and anthemic riffs that combine with funky drum-machine beats and visceral tension to yield music that dares listeners not to dance and/or lift their hands skyward.
Rhythms play as large a role as the leaders trademark stentorian vocals, with thundering grooves and crashing percussion illuminating incisive lyrics and industrial-tinted scenery. Whether felt via the dramatic waves of Lucretia My Reflection, balladic sweep of 1959, or charging protest of Dominion/Mother Russia, Floodland is a touchstone, topped off by iconic cover art that fits in with todays vampire-obsessed society as well as it did upon release in 1987.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Dominion/Mother Russia
2. Flood I
3. Lucretia My Reflection
5. This Corrosion
6. Flood II
7. Driven Like the Snow
8. Never Land (A Fragment)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
June GloomBig Deal might have become synonymous with the structurally sparse yet emotionally stinging guitar pop as showcased on their critically acclaimed debut "Lights Out", but get ready for a dramatic expansion of sound with their latest album "June Gloom". The London based duo of Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe, aka Big Deal, are set to release the new album on Mute in Summer 2013.
Last year's thunderous teaser 'teradactol' track, with its monstrous riffs and galloping drums was no red herring: on "June Gloom" Underwood and Costelloe flesh out their delicate, nocturnal tones with the help of a full band. Drums and bass take their sound to deeper, darker and more intoxicating heights, courtesy of producer Rory Attwell (Veronica Falls, PAWS, Male Bonding).
As a result, the 11 other tracks here are an exploration of the newfound confidence of 'teradactol', with a refinement and bold directness in singing and songwriting. Here, you'll find a re-imagination of the golden age of alternative-rock; crunching grunge pop anthems sitting neatly alongside shimmering love songs aching with weariness and longing. If Big Deal's earlier tracks felt emotionally lacerating, this new body of work is noisy, boisterous, with a more than assured melodic hook.
This evolution is made defiantly clear in the opener 'golden light', which deliberately wrongfoots the listener by opening with some sweetly strummed chords and interlocking vocals before building to a rousing climax. Similarly, 'dream machines' crests on a jagged undertow of pounding drums, and the sinister 'pillow' gradually opens up to become something vast, scorched and desolate. The pair infuse the volume with their own inimitable, off-kilter take on angst-ridden emotional terrain; on the aptly titled 'pristine', they sing, "darkness wash over me, I let it in, it let me be", while on the otherwise upbeat 'call and i'll come' Costelloe plaintively asks, "What if no one else compares/ what if no one else cares?".
It all reaches a beautiful crescendo with the finale 'close your eyes', which explodes from an almost unbearably intimate confessional ("I won't ask why/ if it was love/ we let it die") into a coruscating maelstrom that is as indelibly affecting as it is thrilling. With "June Gloom", Big Deal have expanded their sonic palette for sure, but they have certainly lost none of their potency.1 golden light
2 swapping spit
3 in your car
4 dream machines
5 call and i'll come
9 catch up
10 little dipper
12 close your eyes$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ParacosmThe music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, and on his second full-length, Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike,
otherworldly atmospheres of his music a huge leap further.
The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds, and the idea of escaping is all over Paracosm's music and lyrics. Paracosm finds Greene reaching beyond the computers and synths that filled Washed Out's previous recordings, expanding his sonic palette to include over 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the
Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan.
"I've grown as a songwriter to the point where I
want to have more involved arrangements, and that's really hard to do with sampling," says Greene. "These machines were kind of a happy medium: The sounds have a very worn, distressed quality about them, much like an old sample. But they also offer much more flexibility because they're playable."
Following two years on the road in support of
the critically-acclaimed Within And Without, and the lauded Life Of Leisure EP (which can still be heard during Portlandia's opening credits), he and his wife, Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band), relocated from the big-city hubbub of Atlanta to a house outside Athens, where Greene could shut out the real world in favor of an alternate universe of his own making. Listeners will be immediately struck by Paracosm's seamless melding of organic and synthetic sounds, and its lighter tone. Greene says: "I knew from the beginning I wanted this record to be optimistic, very much a daytime-sounding album. I think the last record felt more nocturnal in some ways. This one I just imagined being outside, surrounded by a beautiful, natural environment."
With its gorgeous execution and uplifting attitude, Paracosm is primed to be this year's summer record. And it promises to do what its name suggests: take listeners to a better world.
Paracosm was recorded at in Atlanta with Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out - Within and Without) at Maze Studios.1. Entrance
2. It All Feels Right
3. Don't Give Up
5. All I Know
6. Great Escape
8. Falling Back
9. All Over Now$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic, Brooklyn's
Glass Ghost offers dance-friendly art pop.
- TIME OUT NEW YORK
...that irresistible, disjointed mix of pop hooks and
...an affecting, gently aspirated bedtime piece...In
tune and percussion it struck me as the nocturnal
cousin to Merriweather Post Pavilion's Guys Eyes.
...a fractured bit of art-pop featuring...intoned
falsetto over some spare production and airy beats.
Since the release of their debut album Idol Omen in 2009, Glass Ghost's founding members Eliot
Krimsky and Michael Johnson have kept busy. In addition to playing dozens of shows, including
a tour with White Rabbits, Johnson joined Dirty Projectors as their new drummer, Krimsky has
been collaborating with Here We Go Magic on keys, and the duo welcomed two new members to
the group, Tyler Wood on keyboards and percussion, and Aerial East on vocals. Like their debut,
LYFE was produced by Tyler Wood, who also produced Joan As Policewoman's 2014 album The
Classic. For the LYFE recording sessions, the group recruited many of their friends to contribute, including Joan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, and
Christopher Tignor of Slow Six and Wires Under Tension. Pushing their songs to new levels by
working with Brooklyn's musical elite is nothing new for Glass Ghost. They worked with more
than a dozen of their friends from Brooklyn's music community, including Sharon Van Etten
(who in 2011 noted "Eliot Krimsky is one of my favorite writers."), Here We Go Magic's Luke
Temple, and Matt Iwanusa of Caveman, for their debut which was described by the New Yorker
as "elegant compositions of frosted indie pop," and by Time Out New York as "weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic.
On their new album LYFE, Krimsky (who's currently working on his M.A. in Media Studies at The
New School, where he's exploring the convergence of technological mediation, identity and
music) turns his observations of the absurd and mundane into metaphors about living in a
world where every detail about your life is harvested, quantified, and used by marketing companies to manipulate your behavior. Rather than sounding didactic or overly intellectual, the
songs provide windows into the band's internal world, as Krimsky's tender falsetto glides over
the icy landscapes of synths, strings, woodwinds, and regal horns. As the product of Krimsky,
Johnson, and Wood's mutual trust, vision, and relentless attention to every detail, LYFE masterfully blends airy, melancholy, and chilly atmospherics with Glass Ghost's irresistible bottom-heavy grooves and hooky pop sensibilities.1. Life Is For The Living
2. Sound of Money
4. Wait A Second
6. Home For the Holidays
8. American Dollar
9. Hearing The Sound
10. Traveling With You
11. Outro$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ripe Dreams, Pipe DreamsCameron Avery has arrived as a new breed of nocturnal crooner, a train-wreck romantic creating timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. Utilizing his soulful wit, shrewd arrangements, and a deep, husky baritone, Avery harnesses the dark power and humor of artists like Nick Cave, Scott Walker, and Tindersticks to expertly walk the fine line between vulnerable and venerable.
Hailing from the late 2000s-era Perth, Australia, a healthy scene of hard-hitting garage rock bands, including a long stint as the drummer of Pond, Avery found his musical footing while playing with friends but sought the reward of his own outfit. Encouraged by his friend Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to record on his own, Avery started The Growl as his solo project in 2007, making an EP and an album of aggressive, distorted psychedelic rock and roll. When Parker asked him to join Tame Impala as its touring bassist in 2013, Avery jumped at the chance and rose with that band to the top of the psych-rock heap, but all the while remained focused on carving out his singular identity as an artist and following his own muse.
On a break from touring, Avery decided to head to the US to work on his album. He would settle in Los Angeles at the behest of Jonathan Wilson, the Echo Park musician and producer who also encouraged Avery to shine a spotlight on his baritone singing voice, unlike the snarling, obscured vocals of The Growl. It was a lofty idea, but one to which Avery aspired, encouraged by the challenge.
Melancholic machismo is written into the very DNA of Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. From the classical, finger-picked guitar on the opener "A Time and Place" and the orchestral vamping of "Do You Know Me By Heart?" to the bombastic, self-assured swagger of "Dance with Me." He takes an emotive page from the Leonard Cohen songbook-of-longing on "Big Town Girl" just as naturally as he thumbs an aggressive note of Bad Seed strut and Cramps rut on "Watch Me Take It Away." And by the time he purrs that earnest refrain of "Baby, it's you" on the album's closer "C'est Toi," Avery has surely mastered that drunken tightrope dance. Now a resident of New York City, Avery looks to continue his search for the ultimate sensations from a fresh vantage point.1. A Time and Place
2. Do You Know Me By Heart
3. Dance With Me
4. Wasted On Fidelity
5. Big Town Girl
7. The Cry Of Captain Hollywood
8. Watch Me Take It Away
9. An Ever Jarring Moment
10. C'est Toi (extended)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now