Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Scraps
Secret Paradise

Disembraining DM-701

7”
£9.99


Edition of 250 copies 7” on Joel Stern of Australian weirdos Sky Needle’s new private imprint: great side of femme-fronted DIY keyboard psych from Brisbane’s Laura Hill aka Scraps whose recent LP on Bedroom Suck turned a bunch of heads. Hill sings w/the kinda keen appeal that’ll have you pulling out Barbara Manning’s classic Lately I Keep Scissors LP and the early Azalia Snail sides while the arc of her trails runs through Silicon Teen-style ginchy synth, psychedelic 60s Euro pop and the kinda garage euphorics of your favourite Flying Nun. 

Stag
Get Used To It

Disembraining DM-702

7”
£9.99


Edition of 250 copies 7” on Joel Stern of Australian weirdos Sky Needle’s new private imprint: all-female avant garage pop from Brisbane featuring members of Kitchen’s Floor, Greg Boring and Sky Needle who cross hysterical looped/massed vocals with the kinda crudely rendered rock appeal of Kleenex, The Slits, Titmachine et al. Stag had a great release on Breakdance The Dawn and this single ups their game even further with four tracks of amphetamine female that are as strident in their urge to get-it-across yet as inexplicably affecting as the best of The Raincoats.

Amateur Childbirth
Pripyat

Disembraining No Cat

LP
£16.99


New release on Joel Stern of Sky Needle et al’s Australian underground imprint: second LP by Brisbane acoustic pop destroyer Amateur Childbirth aka Ivan Matthew Hicks. Recorded by Joel Stern in his old Grecian home across 2012-2013, Hicks summons the lonesome ghosts of Chris Knox and the Kilgour brothers across a buncha tracks that would transmute The Madcap Laughs into even more paranoid contemporary scenarios, with lyrics that feel like scraps of found text, rejection letters, mysterious reports and self-loathing diary entries. Hicks channels the early Flying Nun singer/songwriter style with considerable aplomb, giving the nod to the cracked visions of the Shimmy Disc roster while digging into new vectors of blurry acoustic drone and edge of the bed heartbreak and confusion. Stern’s recording style is key, with enough haze and distance to situate the goings-on in a parallel universe where the ghost of Tall Dwarfs is the presiding deity and the bedroom the beating heart of the kingdom. Great loner folk-pop power-cried straight to tape, recommended. 

Mattin
Songbook #5

Disembraining #1

LP
£16.99


Stunning new album of deconstructed/overloaded avant rock wildmanisms dedicated to the memory of Lou Reed and Carlos Artiach: Songbook #5 was created in five parts between 7th-8th May 2013 in Melbourne. Part one involved five musicians – Mattin, Joel Stern of Sky Needle, Dean Roberts of Thela/White Winged Moth et al, Alex Cuffe and Andrew McLellan of Greg Boring and Bitter Defeat – who recorded five spontaneous ‘songs’ each in response to five different concepts. Part two consisted of a 25 minute concert in five minute sections structured by five instructions based on the song titles given to members of the audience. Part three saw Mattin recording vocals for the five songs in the form of a ‘singing’ lecture where the audience only heard his vocals as he listened to the backing track on headphones. Part four consisted of superimposing recordings of parts one, two and three to create a 25 minute album consisting of five x five minute songs while part five is the release of the album proper in an edition of 555 copies. This is one of the most rocking and crankily DIY releases from Mattin to date. His vocals orbit the whole shackles-raising school of a Genesis P-Orridge or John Lydon circa PiL while the band come over like a post-Industrial fourth world folk punk orchestra, with ripping fuzz leads, stumpy Moondog-style rhythms, all-out psych/rock blare and moments of weird stunted dialogue that come over like Peter Christopherson’s use of suspect tapes. Can’t think of anyone who combines such a degree of formal rigour w/creative binds and yet who makes rock music that sounds so great that it more than transcends its critical genesis. Another killer from Mattin and the cream of the Oz/NZ underground, highly recommended!

Tralala Blip
Aussie Dream

Disembraining DM-03

LP
£16.99


Magical, confusing, one-off Australian underground blat, courtesy of Joel Stern (Sky Needle et al) and Andrew McLellan's (cured Pink, Soft Power. etc.) private Disembraining imprint: Tralala Blip came together as a project involving differently-abled artists working to create a spontaneous form of droning/hallucinatory electronic pop. The vocals are beautiful, drifting in and out on wisps of F/X and combining oracular broadcasts with muffled, personal asides and implied arcs of melody and harmony. The music is night time 2am ambient, with glitches, slow beats and wonky keyboard runs but it’s the vocals that really make it special, drifting, singing to themselves, caught up in internal reveries. Indeed, Aussie Dream, at points, comes over like a narcotic pop project take on the strategies of Artur Zmijewski’s Singing Lesson. This has been a real slow-burning pleasure this week. I confess that when I first heard it I was totally confused and with the rate of, well, ‘singular’ releases that regularly come through our hands at VT, that’s really saying something. Truly, you never heard such sounds. Highly recommended.