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The Wild SwanThe Wild Swan was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios with Grammy Award-winner Jacquire King. Recording legend Elton John is the album's Executive Producer.
The Wild Swan opens with Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution, a rock'n'blues celebration of a roll-call of musical, philosophical, literary and polemical insurrectionists. It ends with a dash of uillean pipes and The Wild Swans On The Lake, a stop-you-in-your-tracks breath of Celtic balladry inspired by WB Yeats' The Wild Swans At Coole. Vance's rich voice also gets up close and personal on the hymnal Burden, then digs deep for She Burns, a song and a performance evocative of Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel Of Love. On the ancient-but-modern Be Like You Belong, Vance's soulful rasp weaves through pedal-steel and simple piano chords. Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye is a piano-based, strings-buoyed soul-stirrer, a dignified tribute to, says Vance, various people who I think have been part of a revolution. I'm not talking about Che Guevara or Ghandi or even Russell Brand for that matter - I'm talking about personal revolution. I like that idea constantly revolting against your own parameters.1. Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution
2. Upbeat Feelgood
5. Bangor Town
7. She Burns
8. Be Like You Belong
9. Unlike Any Other
10. Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye
11. Fire It Up (The Silver Spear)
12. The Wild Swans On The Lake$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boy KingWild Beasts have announced their new album Boy King, their most direct and vital collection to date.
Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with
online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed
off". The quartet's ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting
vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an
aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own
psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".
A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop
sensibility of Boy King - Fleming's more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe's
own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band
emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas, TX and producer John Congleton (St.
Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out
the raw power of Boy King.
The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent
that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering
male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came
screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of
prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It's yet another
incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable
soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise.1. Big Cat
2. Tough Guy
3. Alpha Female
4. Get My Bang
5. Celestial Creatures
7. He The Colossus
9. Eat Your Heart Out Adonis
10. Dreamliner$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Like the wild goose that the Portland-based trio are named after, the members of Greylag have all undertaken amazing journeys, migrating as if by homing instinct from different parts of the US, to create a self-titled debut album that s the latest must-have slice of verdant, far-reaching Americana. Greylag is rich in melody, mood and detail with a range that mirrors the distance between their individual birthplaces, creating a personal twist on some timeless musical traditions, embracing electric and acoustic with a sound that s both subtle and forceful.
Meet Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar, originally from West Virginia), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar and other stringed things, keyboards, from Northern California) and Brady Swan (drums, from Texas). The venerated Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins) produced the album at Seattle s Avast! Studio, who clearly knows a sublime enterprising combination of roots and rock music when he hears it.
The name Greylag looks and sounds strong but has developed more meaning for the band - It s a wild goose, from which all domestic geese originate, so it s the first survivor, and it s still wild, and doing things its own way - the lag part refers to it being the last bird to migrate. It sits back and watches. We love the connotation.1. Another
2. Yours To Shake
3. Arms Unknown
6. Burn On
7. Black Sky
8. One Foot
9. Walk the Night$17.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The ScientistsThe Scientists' 1981 wild debut bewildered Perth, Australia's punters with its charging anthems centered on themes of young love and alienation. Obvious in its rebellion yet more pop than punk, the self-titled Pink Album deftly embodied the tough-yet-danceable outsider aura of The Ramones, and its unheard of, feverish clip shook the shores of the geographically confined Swan Coastal Plain of down under. Recorded just as the lineup of guitarist-vocalist Kim Salmon (The Cheap Nasties), drummer James Baker (The Victims) and bassist Ian Sharples were breaking up, the album stands as a testament to the contagious chops of Perth's swelling pool of musical talent, and to the promise of Salmon's unwavering vision that would become one of the most celebrated acts of the Aussie underground.1. Shadows of the Night
3. I'm Looking for You
4. She Says She Loves Me
5. Sorry, Sorry, Sorry
6. That Girl
7. High Noon
8. Teenage Dreamer
9. Another Sunday
10. Walk the Plank
12. Making a Scene
13. It'll Never Happen Again$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Remain In LightRanked 126/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Cut from the Original Analog Masters and Pressed at RTI for Stunning Sound!
Formed in the mid 70s by art school chums David Byrne, Chris Franz, and Tina Weymouth and ex-Modern Lover Jerry Harrison, Talking Heads rose out of the CBGB punk crucible and proved themselves one of the most artistically adventurous and influential bands of all time. Their visionary, polyrhythmic sound fused elements including rock, funk, and punk with diverse world beats, avant-garde minimalism, and pure pop genius.
From their 1977 debut through their Brian Eno and self-produced classics and on to their swan song (1988's Steve Lillywhite-produced Naked), Talking Heads constantly broke creative boundaries while also scoring smart radio hits including "Burning Down The House," "Wild Wild Life," and, from 1980's Remain In Light, the brilliant "Once In A Lifetime."
Considered by many fans and critics alike to be the band's best album, Remain In Light was the third release in the Heads/Eno trilogy and fourth overall. More melodic and funkier sounding than that of its predecessors, the recording finds the band further exploring the African rhythms hinted at on 1979's Fear of Music with the help of a growing personnel that now included Adrian Belew (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keyboards), Steven Scales (percussion) and backing vocalists. As propulsive and essential as ever here on 180 gram vinyl courtesy of Warner Bros. Records!
"On this New Wave watershed, the avant-punk avatars became polyrhythmic pop magicians. David Byrne and Co. combined the thrust of P-Funk, the kinky grooves of Afropop and the studied adventurousness of producer Brian Eno - and they still had a pop hit with 'Once in a Lifetime'." - Rolling StoneThe Great Curve
Crosseyed and Painless
Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
Houses In Motion
Once In A Lifetime
Seen and Not Seen
The Overload$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now