Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Expanded 40th anniversary edition, featuring newly discovered live tracks and notes from Pentangle bandmate (and Avocet collaborator) Danny Thompson. Bert Jansch was often quoted as saying “I’m not playing for anyone, just myself” and this feels no more apparent than on 1979’s ‘Avocet’, his beautifully meditative paean to British birds. This isn’t to say that Jansch was throwing commercial success to the wind, or was unaware of his audience, more that this album feels like a uniquely personal reflection of him. (The subject of British birds is one that Jansch held close to his heart. Indeed, just preceding this album was his 1978 split 7” single with Shirley Collins – with proceeds in aid of the RSPB.)
For fans of Jansch this is often the album that is singled out as his best work. The freedoms of a post-Pentangle career are much in evidence; folk rock and even trad folk give way to an album that is not only without lyrical accompaniment but really quite orchestral, classical even, in its composition. There are surprises in particular in ‘Lapwing’ (a dirge-like waltz that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nils Frahm album) and ‘Bittern’ (which speaks of Arthur Russell’s more experimental pieces).
Featuring ex-bandmate Danny Thompson, alongside Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, amongst others) with sleeve notes by Jansch aficionado Colin Harper (author of ‘Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues revival’). This new edition also comprises three never-before heard tracks, recorded live in Italy in 1977 with Martin Jenkins (‘Bittern’; ‘Kingfisher’; ‘Avocet’), as well as Danny Thompson’s recollections of the making of ‘Avocet’, recorded by Dave Thompson (Mojo Magazine) in typical style. Remastered by Brian Pyle from original tapes.
released November 15th, 2019

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A frenetic London trio made up of Oli Burslem & Andy Jones (who were born in the black country in the West Midlands& raised in the suburbs) joined by kiwi drummer Elliot Rawson who bangs the drums.

They then moved to London and started selling curiosities in markets, which led to them meeting other musicians (a family table to Spiritualized’s John Coxon, an antique german map to Bill Drummond, a chair to a caribou member, a model ship to a scottish band – not that one – and an antique dildo to a peace associate). they also put on an artwork exhibition with Thurston Moore. in the meantime, songs were written in a basement of a furniture store in east London. it was dark and Yak were born.

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Derby based Pet Crow formed in 2016 and set their stall out from the get go. Groove-laden, surf tinged garage rock to which you can dance.
2017 saw the release of their first LP ‘A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pondlife’. Followed later that year by a 7” single ‘How Are you Wired?’, which found itself in the UK physical charts.
Since the last release Pet Crow have been very busy writing and touring. The resulting record ‘Take The Edge Off’ will be released in February 2020. With debut single ‘What We Doin’?’ released in November 2019.

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Pet Crow are Danielle Ross, Dan Barradell, Sean Kenny, Conor Wallis and Sophie Prosay.
“Off kilter vocals grind against spidery guitar lines whilst a big bastard rhythm section pummel your ear drums in the most glorious way imaginable.

Fuzz is fun. There’s not enough fuzz around in 2019, it’s all reverb this, flanger that. Remember the good old days, when you couldn’t move for fuzz? Everywhere you looked it was fuzz, fuzz, fuzz. Remember that? because False Advertising do.

Their second album ‘Brainfreeze’ is rammed full of frantic grunge pop that’ll have you digging out your plaids and Fender Jaguars in no time. Still, while ‘90s rock is definitely the trio’s main point of reference, there are few moments where they jump out of their comfort zone. ‘You Weren’t In My Dream’ breaks through the fuzz into surreal, almost Lynchian chamber pop, while ‘At The Top’ has more than a hint of early Radiohead, suggesting that, in time, the group could evolve into something quite special.

With ‘Brainfreeze’, False Advertising have started something interesting. It’s not perfect, but then grunge never was about perfection, was it?

Rammed full of frantic grunge pop that’ll have you digging out your plaids and Fender Jaguars in no time.

Band Members
Jen Hingley, Christopher Warr and Josh Sellers

The new album ‘Brainfreeze’ by False Advertising Released on 8th November 2019 via Alcopop!

Warmduscher return. Heavy metals. Disco Peanuts. CCTV in the break room.

A little something to get you through the week. There’s enough to go around. Revenge is a dish best served bold. Melt in the mouth disco basslines on a fragrant bed of feedback. Try it with the boom bap tapenade. Here for a good time, not a long time.

If you made your way out of Whale City with your faculties intact, this one’s for you. Clams Baker, Lightnin’ Jack Everett, Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft and The Witherer have been joined by Quicksand on cutting board and cheese wire and commis chef Cheeks on vibes. They’ve been cooking. Michelin stars. The finest ingredients money can buy: Kool Keith and Iggy Pop. Funk, punk, hip-hop and lounge rock. Love is real.

Band biographer and revered botanist Dr Alan Goldfarb describes the album as “a sample hole through which to taste another universe. A dramatic warning. A gilded aroma. It is a tale of wanton desire and limitless treachery. A tale of disillusionment – the refusal of exploitation.”

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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Band Members
Clams Baker Jr,
Lightnin’ Jack Everett,
Mr. Saltfingers Lovecraft,
Quicksand,
The Witherer Aka Little Whiskers,
Mr. Wulu aka The Shine,
The Clench,
released November 1st, 2019
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The UK-based band composed of Billy Easter on bass, Sarah Datblygu on drums and Rivka Gillieron on vocals and guitar excel in creating atmospheric, erratic sounds with a jaunty disregard for anything mundane. Wetdog count a variety of top notch influences on Frauhaus!, citing Micachu, Syd Barrett and Euros Childs, with legendary graphic novel illustrator Robert Crumb and 1979 cult British horror flick “The Wicker Man” also flagged, the latter’s flashing play between gentle pastoral and darker reveals most evident on the twittering bird song and thick, stop-start chords of “Trees Fall.” Though each of the album’s 14 songs has a disjointed style and rhythm of its own, they bob and weave into each other with a connecting sense of joyful weirdness, darkly irreverent rather than pretentious; menacing at times, but in a deliriously fun way.

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Fabulously uncompromising, it’s futile to attempt any generic labelling here; Wetdog delight in merging styles, setting keyboard and guitar melodies clashing gloriously against stubborn basslines, beginning songs in one manner only to change all the rules come the chorus. These helter-skelter tactics mean Frauhaus! has a kind of anarchic spontaneity to it, where the ground could shift at any moment. It’s an exciting atmosphere that evokes the tumultuous ethos of The Slits, made even more potent by the darker, Halloween-style motifs of The Need, that cover the corners of their songs with spiderwebs and vampire fangs.

British experimental musician Anna Meredith has released a new album, “Fibs”, via Black Prince Fury . Now that the album is out, we can highlight one of our favorite album tracks that wasn’t already a pre-release single: “Killjoy.” The eagerly anticipated second studio album, Fibs, due for release on 25th October via Moshi Moshi/Black Prince Fury.

Arriving three and a half years on from the release of her Scottish Album of the Year Award-winning debut studio album Varmints, FIBS is 45 minutes of technicolour maximalism, almost perpetual rhythmic reinvention, and boasts a visceral richness and unparalleled accessibility.

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Previously Meredith had shared Fibs’ first single, “Paramour,” via a hypnotic video for the track featuring a Lego train traveling around Meredith and her band as they perform the song. It’s surely one of the best music videos of the year. Then she shared another song from the album, “moonsmoons,” as well as an Augmented Reality app for the song that uses Spatial Audio so that you can place various instrumental parts of the song in various areas in whichever space you are in. Then she shared “Inhale Exhale,” in which she sang the song in a carwash.

FIBS is the follow-up to her acclaimed 2016-released debut album, Varmints. Since then she has kept busy, doing the soundtrack to the Bo Burnham-directed film Eighth Grade and working as a classical composer. And, a press release points out, that she “was recently named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honors list for services to music, making her Anna Meredith MBE.”

Of the album title FIBS, in a previous press release Meredith said fibs are “lies – but nice friendly lies, little stories and constructions and daydreams and narratives that you make for yourself or you tell yourself.”

released October 25th, 2019

Introducing Art School Girlfriend – the most recent signing to Paul Epworth’s record label, Wolf Tone (The Horrors, Glass Animals). The musical project of Margate-based Polly Mackey, Art School Girlfriend was born out of the ashes of Welsh shoegaze outfit Deaf Club. Once the group disbanded in 2014, Polly, who was a founding member of the band, found herself drawn to London’s pirate radio networks and began making experimental electronic music, eventually releasing her debut EP as Art School Girlfriend, ‘Measures’, late last year.

Now preparing for its follow-up, Art School Girlfriend has shared another single Her music is atmospheric and stark in equal measure, exploring themes of lust, queer identity, infatuation and disillusionment

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ILL is a genre-evading band which believes in the power of disobedient noise. With a repertoire of precarious pop songs and frequent improvised departures, ILL revel in the right to be weird, exploring the borders between the funny and the sinister, the personal and the political, the mundane and the surreal.

“Kick Him Out The Disco” is a song about realising that it’s not You, it’s definitely Them. It’s about standing up for yourself and giving your manipulative exes and incompetent overlords a glittered middle finger.
ILL warmly invite you to “Give them the final shove” and tell them to go prorogue themselves!

“Absolutely fantastic.” John Kennedy, Radio X

“Grotty, wild, weird, frenzied music… fiercely political.” – The Guardian

The Band
Harri Shanahan – vocals and keys
Whitney Bluzma – vocals and bass
Fiona Ledgard – drums
Ben Nield – guitar and percussion
Music and lyrics by Harri Shanahan, Whitney Bluzma, Fiona Ledgard, Ben Nield, Tamsin Middleton

releases October 11th, 2019

Bold, weird, wild, wired, sonically luxurious yet never losing touch with its DIY-‘til-I-die roots, Thumb World is a voyage to the outer rings of Pictish Trail’s mind at its darkest, funniest and most inventive – a plugged-in, fuzzed-out, fucked-up contemplation on, as he puts it, “life repeating and gradually degrading, the inevitable cyclical nature of things, and the sense of their ultimately being no escape.”

Expect alien abductions, thumping beats, Trump-haired pigs, paternal panic, astronaut sex, bad acid trips, worse hangovers, lashings of distortion and a lot of anthropomorphic thumbs. “Our opposable thumbs are the things that separate us from most other animals on Earth,” Pictish explains, of the fat digit symbolism, “they are also the things that we use to swipe on screens, to separate ourselves from our normal lives, but which in turn trap us within an artificial reality.”

Produced and mixed by Rob Jones, featuring string arrangements from Kim Moore and drumming from Alex Thomas (Squarepusher, Anna Calvi, Air), Thumb World is Pictish Trail’s most collaborative album to date.

An audio-visual dialogue with Swatpaz, AKA Scottish artist Davey Ferguson – the man behind the Turbo Fantasy series and an entire episode of cult TV phenomenon Adventure Time – furnished Johnny with not just a graphic aesthetic for the album, but even helped him to shape the sound of the finished record. “I sent Davey a work-inprogress mix of the album,” Johnny says, “he came back with sketches in which he had reimagined Thumb World as an 80’s arcade game. Some of the songs are centered around specific visual images, inspired by Davey’s sketches.”

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Due for release on Fire Records on February 21, 2020. Four years in the making, Thumb World is the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Scottish Album of the Year Award public vote winner Future Echoes.

Releases December 20th, 2019