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SlowdiveSlowdive's First New Album In 22 Years
The world has finally caught up with Slowdive. A band whose reach goes far beyond just influencing music is back, with their first new album in 22 years.
The album is called Slowdive - self-titled in an echo of their debut EP from 1990 - and is remarkably direct.
We were always ambitious, says frontman Neil Halstead. Not in terms of trying to sell records, but in terms of making interesting records. Maybe, if you try and make interesting records, they're still interesting in a few years' time.
Now, in 2017, the record is ready and first single from which, Star Roving, shot to the top of the Billboard Trending 140 Chart.
There's a different energy about it, says drummer Simon Scott. It took ages to get back together and write songs and for it to click in the studio, but this album doesn't feel like a bolt-on - it's got an energy that's as vibrant as Souvlaki and Just for a Day. It feels very relevant to now.1. Slomo
2. Star Roving
3. Don't Know Why
4. Sugar For The Pill
5. Everyone Knows
6. No Longer Making Time
7. Go Get It
8. Falling Ashes$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music on Vinyl now rereleases this classic album on 180-grams audiophile vinyl
The English shoegaze band Slowdive formed in 1989 and primarily consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar), Christian Savill (guitar) and the band's primary songwriter Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar).
'Souvlaki' is Slowdive's second studio album, originally released in 1993. The album contains synthesizer contributions from Brian Eno on 'Sing' (which he co-wrote) and 'Here She Comes'. The band named the album after a skit performed by the Jerky Boys, an American comedy duo that recorded prank phone calls.
2. Machine Gun
3. 40 Days
5. Here She Come
1. Souvlaki Space Station
2. When The Sun Hits
4. Melon Yellow
5. Dagger$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jesu / Sun Kil MoonMark Kozelek and Justin Broadrick will release their debut collaboration, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, through Caldo Verde Records. The album also features guests Will Oldham aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, members of Low, Rachel Goswell of Slowdive and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.LP 1
1. Good Morning My Love
3. A Song of Shadows
4. Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor
6. Father's Day
1. America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger
4. Beautiful You$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SomersaultThe long-awaited return of Brooklyn's Beach Fossils, Somersault showcases a band in bloom. Charting into new musical territory with a refined songwriting style, it's an album that captures flashes of life in New York grounded in personal experience.
As the band's first release on Dustin Payseur's new label Bayonet Records, which he co-owns with wife Kate Garcia - the group made the most of their newfound independence, investing ample time in expanding its range both musically and lyrically. While Payseur handled the bulk of the songwriting duties in the past, Somersault is a true collaboration between the founding member and bandmates, Jack Doyle Smith and Tommy Davidson.
Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics. Orchestral pop gem Saint Ivy shines with plucked strings, buoyant basslines and a propulsive, wayward, guitar. Tangerine, a driving, tightly wound melody, rushes forward and briefly leaves the ground due to the gossamer guest vocals of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell. The cloudy, wistful Social Jetlag, bustling with samples of crowded streets, features the type of candid, off-the-cuff lyrics that make the entire effort immediately illuminating.
Somersault evokes the laid-back mood of a warm, breezy city night, the air crackling with humidity and excitement. These songs pulse and pull, capturing a blend of promise and heartache. It's beautiful and layered, a refined, sweeping creation that threads together numerous styles, textures, and themes into a refreshing, singular vision.1. This Year
3. Saint Ivy
4. May 1st
7. Closer Everywhere
8. Social Jetlag
9. Down The Line
10. Be Nothing
11. That's All For Now$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HyperviewEvery artist bio has its stock narrative: first comes the lengthy Juvenile Period (trial, error, rejection); then, dues having been paid, comes the electrifying Breakthrough (critical praise, general validation), which inaugurates the terminal Mature Period (respect of peers, reliable buying public, steadily diminishing relevance). Those who make it to that third stage, the story goes, might as well get comfortable, for they've achieved Success.
In 2012, Title Fight, a four-piece from Kingston, Pa., then known for a screamingly insistent brand of melodic hardcore, was right on schedule. Having formed in 2003 while its members (bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin) were in middle school, the band had begun in typically wobbly fashion with several pop-punk demos, split singles, and EPs. Then, in the spring of 2011, the Breakthrough had arrived in the form of Shed, their debut long player, a blistering, throat-shedding blend of Gorilla Biscuits, Turning Point, and Jawbreaker that won the heart of every hardcore and punk kid from the Warped Tour to Chaos in Tejas - and of every critic from Alternative Press to NME. When the follow-up LP, Floral Green, unexpectedly appeared a scant 16 months later, it bore some new, high-end influences (Hum, Slowdive, the Sundays) and engendered the reasonable assumption that Title
Fight had landed comfortably in their Mature Period.
Hyperview, Title Fight's third LP, sets those assumptions on their head. Taking the measure of Hyperview's massive leap forward from previous releases is difficult to accomplish with words. The listener is periodically
struck by faint echoes of the familiar (the Floral Greenishly tuneful and driving "Chlorine") and of the canonical (the incantatory downstroke pummel of My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything period, as on "New Vision"; a Scratch Acid bassline jarringly yet winningly resolving itself into a Chapterhouse swirl, as on "Hypernight"), but this is an album that renders futile the exercise of conceiving bands as sums of influences.
Hyperview can only be heard, and loved, as itself.1. Murder Your Memory
5. Your Pain Is Mine Now
6. Rose of Sharon
7. Trace Me Onto You
8. Liar's Love
10. New Vision$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Just For A Day
Music on Vinyl now rereleases this classic album on 180-grams audiophile vinyl
The English shoegaze band Slowdive formed in 1989 and consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar), Christian Savill (guitar) and the band's primary songwriter Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar).
The production on Slowdive's debut commenced shortly after Halstead convinced Alan McGee, head of Creation Records, the band had enough songs written for a full-length album. Slowdive actually did not.
The group hurriedly began writing songs in the studio, experimenting with sounds and cannabis during the process.
This eventually lead to their debut album 'Just for a Day', released in 1991.1. Spanish Air (6:07)
2. Celia's Dream (4:12)
3. Catch The Breeze (4:22)
4. Ballad Of Sister Sue (4:34)
5. Erik's Song (4:28)
1. Waves (5:54)
2. Brighter (3:50)
3. The Sadman (4:47)
4. Primal (5:31)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PygmalionWhen Slowdive disbanded in 1995 music fans widely associated it with the demise of the shoegaze genre. Their last sign of life was Pygmalion and it was, after Just For A Day and Souvlaki a totally different and more abstract album. Where the band attempted to put more song structures in place on Souvlaki, they began to incorporate more elements of ambient electronica on Pygmalion. Which resulted in a more complete album than the two previous albums. Tracks like Blue Skied An' Clear and Crazy For You demonstrate that the songs are still there, somewhere -- they're just buried under more abstract sounds than before.1. Rutti
2. Crazy For You
6. J's Heaven
7. Visions Of La
8. Blue Skied An' Clear
9. All Of Us$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Send Two SunsetsDebut album from Georgian producer. With a musical diet of Durutti Column, Slowdive, Cluster and old Krautrock - influencing the way the guitar is utilized in his music, the instrument plays a prominent role on the LP.1. Abandoned City
5. Send Two Sunsets
7. Let Me Love You
8. Street Talk
9. Blue Distance$20.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fantomas: Le Faux MagistratIn celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade's Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to
the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the ThÉâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.
Fantômas - a master of disguise and symbol of terror - is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favorite with the avantgarde, particularly the surrealists.
Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which was broadcast live on the European ARTE channel) each
bringing their own unique sonic perspective to the other installments in the series.
Written during the course of a few months, Blackshaw drew influences from French impressionist composers, Brazillian guitar music, musique concrete
and the works of other film composer such as David Shire and Pino Donaggio, to create a noirish score that is in turns sinister, quietly profound and
Personally invited by James Blackshaw, experimental musicians Duane Pitre and Simon Scott (also of Slowdive) contributed drums, electronics, synth,
bowed guitar, bass and more to Blackshaw's nylon string guitar and grand piano, with multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson adding violin, vibraphone
and several wind instruments to the 75 minute long work.1. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part One
2. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Two
3. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Three
4. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Four
5. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Five
6. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Six
7. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Seven
8. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Eight
9. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Nine
10. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Ten
11. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Eleven
12. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Twelve
13. Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat, Part Thirteen$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The HousePorches' third record The House is a conscious effort in minimalism and honesty. "Making
Pool"-the band's 2016 breakthrough record, and Domino debut-"I learned how valuable
the spirit of the demos are," says singer Aaron Maine, "so this time I made a point of
capturing a song the day it was conceived." Because of this desire to document immediate
sensations, the record's fourteen tracks offer a series of diaristic vignettes. There are
moments of emerging from fear of ego death ("Leave the House," "By My Side," "Now
The Water"), escaping the corporeal ("Now The Water," "Swimmer"), the terrifying thrill of
young love ("Country," "W Longing"), and parting with the past ("Wobble," "Goodbye").
While these themes possibly paint The House in a dark light, the record is marked by an
excitement at the prospect of self-discovery, and commitment to the process of getting
Though Aaron largely composes on his own, The House features contributions by Alexander
Giannascoli ((Sandy) Alex G), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Maya Laner (True Blue, Porches),
Kaya Wilkins (Okay Kaya), Bryndon Cook (Starchild & the New Romantic), Cameron Wisch
(Cende, Porches), Jason Arce, Bea1991, and his own father, Peter Maine. As with Pool, Aaron
brought his recorded work to Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, TV on the Radio), who
then mixed The House at his Sunset Sound studio.1. Leave The House
2. Find Me
4. Now The Water
6. By My Side
12. W Longing
14. Anything U Want$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brave Murder Day (Out of Stock)Originally released in 1996, second album Brave Murder Day is a true classic.
The primitive structures and melodies give this album an unparalleled trance-like quality, by taking an early Paradise Lost influence (mixed with others such as Kent and Slowdive) and forming a completely unique sound and atmosphere.
The majority of the vocal duties were carried out in his signature death-growl style by Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, while Jonas Renkse delivered the clean vocal passages, that he is known for today, on the ethereal track, Day (also showing their broad influence by acts such as The Cure). Jonas also played drums on the album.
Brave Murder Day was recorded at Unisound, Sweden, in July 1996, and was engineered by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Marduk, Dark Funeral, Dissection & among many others).1. Brave
6. Endtime$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Caveman (Out Of Stock)On Their self-titled sophomore album, Caveman strech thier legs in a number of different, albeit cohesive, directions.
Caveman-a five-man vibe collective from NYC-released their first album in 2011. As first albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and expansive. Initially self-released and later snatched up by Fat Possum for re-release in early 2012, the record brims over with four-part harmonies, crystalline guitar lines, and tracks that see-sawed between echoey lullaby ("A Country's King of Dreams") to shoegaze-by-way-of classic-FM-radio sprawl ("Old Friend"). The album quickly elevated Caveman from local band to watch to a sizable touring draw and formidable live act, as evidenced by stints on the road with the likes of The War on Drugs, White Rabbits and Built to Spill. Despite being the work of a brand new band, CoCo Beware displayed a kind of Zen-like ease. It was the sound a five friends settling into a nice groove; the music that happens when, for whatever reason, a lot of seemingly disparate elements finally fall into place.
"We all went up to Jimmy's grandmother's place in New Hampshire," says singer Matthew Iwanusa. "That's where the new record kind of started. It was literally the attic of her barn, lit up by Christmas lights. We'd all sit in this one room together and one by one we'd all go into the bathroom and record ourselves making the most psycho noises possible. It actually felt kind of like a weird breakthrough. We were all confident and comfortable enough with each other to try out these experiments, which extended itself into the making of the new record which is really just an evolution of this vibe that we'd been cultivating for long time."
With that, the guys holed up in Brooklyn's Rumpus Room to start recording in earnest with Nick Stumpf (who produced the band's debut album) and Albert Di Fiore behind the controls. The album is a kind of sonic microcosm-a series of emotional yet tough mini-narratives operating within the same quixotic musical universe.
As a result, the guitars on Caveman are bigger and more expansive, the rhythm section is tighter and more adventurous, the keyboards more opaque and pronounced. Like a marriage between Tangerine Dream, late period Slowdive, and Lindsey Buckingham, tracks like their new single "In the City" and "Ankles" boast synth lines that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic, while "Pricey" and "Never Want to Know" overflow with guitar sounds that could have miraculously floated off an old Cure album. It should be noted that James Carbonetti, the band's primary guitar player, also happens to be one of the most highly regarded guitar makers in New York City.
And while Caveman's music could certainly operate on the level of dreamy soundscape and still be excellent, the depth of feeling in front man Matthew Iwanusa's lyrics helps weave the songs deeply into your memory. When Iwanusa sings Where's the time to waste on someone else's life? on "Where's the Time," it's hard not to read between the lines. Wonder and regret seem to fuel the record in almost equal measure.1. Strange to Suffer
2. In the City
3. Shut You Down
4. Where's the Time
6. Over My Head
9. I See You
10. I Never Want to Know
11. The Big Push$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock