Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Hamish Kilgour
All Of It And Nothing

Ba Da Bing Records BING-102


Hard to believe that the world has never been graced with a solo album by Hamish Kilgour of New Zealand underground legends The Clean/The Mad Scene before but here it is: All Of It And Nothing is a very intimate, hushed acid-folk masterpiece, almost in the lineage of a Joshua Burkett, with a series of sparse, low-key songs and settings that combine washes of technicolour motorik ala early Clean with the kind of internally implosive gravity of a Skip Spence’s Oar. Indeed, there’s an uncanny 60s west coast comedown feel, almost as if it’s a solo bedroom studio take on The Notorious Byrd Brothers as re-interpreted by a Bob Desper or even a Bill Comeau. Less ‘pop’ and more dark and delicate than David Kilgour’s classic Here Come The Cars, this is one of the most enigmatic and unexpected pitches into the void ever to come out of the Clean mothership. Recommended. 

Robert Scott
The Professor and the Team

Selection Records SR-007


Incredible collection of lo-fi home recordings cut in Dunedin in 1988 from Robert Scott of The Bats/Clean et al: 1988 was the year of The Bats’ The Law Of All Things and these recordings just slightly predate the first Clean LP, Vehicle. The Professor and the Team compiles a buncha zoned dreampop bled straight to tape w/classic proto-Xpressway fidelity, running the gamut of classic acoustic basement folk through brokedown motorik psych and heartbreaking edge-of-the-world DIY euphoria. Necessary, obviously!