Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Itasca
Grace Riders On The Road

No Label No Cat

CD-R
£9.99


Gorgeous privately released acid folk reverie from the solo project of Kayla Cohen in a hand-numbered edition of 300 copies, mastered by Sean McCann: this is a heady slice of lysergic ladies of the canyon, with the feel of tropical microdots that dominated the These Trails and Linda Perhacs sides given a slightly more baroque dream-time feel. Kayla sings in a blasted, lonesome style that is somewhere between Kendra Smith, Judee Sill, Christina Carter and Collie Ryan and her music is thick with atmosphere and mystery. Some of the guitar stylings have the kind of courtly appeal of Current 93 circa Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre but when she gets into more complex vortices of steel strings she comes over like Robbie Basho circa Basho Sings, power-crying into the void with the kind of lost, lamenting style that has caused many a heart to quiver. This one came out of nowhere and knocked us sideways. Recommended. 

Pod Blotz
Radar And Nest

Chocolate Monk Choc-168

CD-R
£5.99


“Oh yeah, this one is a cooker!! Latest strange brain broadcast from Ms Suzy Poling. Reel to reel tape collisions, organ & static make outs, wheezing electronics. All the atmospheric trippy slime & froth you have come to expect from this queeny. Shot the freak.” – DN.

Stiiiffs
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-144

CD-R
£7.99


Another great set of Industrial strength sludge rock and liberated fire music from these Australian wildcards: take a one-note playing heavy metal bassist, a wall of free percussion, the kind of tongue-swallowing vocals of early Butthole Surfers and the cultic confusion of early SPK and let it blurt. Totally great.

Andrew Chalk
Circle Of Days

Faraway Press FP-023

LP
£16.99


Stunning new elaborately assembled handmade LP from legendary UK soundist and big VT fave Andrew Chalk: Circle Of Days consist of a selection of shorter tracks that focus around minimal organ, steel strings and field recordings. The organ tracks are luminous, beautiful, hovering around pools of slowly fluxing drone and with aching, hymnal melodies that come over like a cough syrup take on the English eternities of the Canterbury crew while giving the nod to 20th century minimalists like Steve Reich, Charlemagne Palestine and Tony Conrad. But as with all of Chalk’s work there’s a fragility, a delicate desolate quality that is marked by very particularly nuanced field recordings and subtle, almost music box melodies, combined in a way that works to transport you into a reverie of days past. This feels like one of Chalk’s most instrumentally focussed works and although the delicate, lugubrious melodies on display here may seem a thousand miles from his flesh/metal experiments as Ferial Confine there’s a wounded quality to the sonics, a feel of pained remembrance that links his entire discography, even if now it feels like there is some kind of acceptance and near-resolution. Stately, beautiful, profoundly affecting, no one makes music – or vinyl artefacts! – like Chalk and this is another stunning folk/art masterpiece. Very highly recommended!

English Heretic
The Underworld Service

English Heretic EHCD-09

CD + Book
£12.99


Fantastic new CD/Book set from Andy Sharp’s singular English Heretic project: this is a massively ambitious set with a book that joins the dots between the dream/nightmare as completely divorced from notions of psychological hygiene while riffing on death, the descent into the underworld, Fulcanelli, Kenneth Grant, Malcolm Lowry, Michael Bertriaux, The Asphyx, the head of John The Baptist, The Haunted Shoreline, World In Action, Hiroshima and more. Coming with a full book of essays, notes and a listening guide, the CD represents a major coming together of Sharp’s obsessions and plays out like an uncanny fever dream of Coil re-soundtracking Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds (long a personal fantasy, ha ha), using field recordings, walls of omming Buddhist monks, snippets of classic prog rock and a convulsive, oracular vocal style that comes right out of England’s Hidden Reverse. So much to get your head around here, a truly magickal trip, very highly recommended!

Felix Mace
Boundary Situation

BUFMS BuFMS-51

CD-R
£9.99


Edition of 50 copies solo work from Felix Mace, once of mid-80s BUFMS satellites Serious Problmz: made while Mace was undergoing the early phase of chemotherapy, Boundary Situation presents a series of obsessive ‘chemo-narratives’ using electronics, loops, signal processing, ambient textures and eccentric voices to navigate his newly industrialised synapses, combining jacked rock riffs, hypnotic vocal reveries, the ghost of MRI machines and environmental sound to stunning compositional effect, w/crude OPN-isms married to dread-infused concrete experiments (ala In Menstrual Night, which may be the closest comparison) that feel oddly euphoric, constantly peaking towards the kind of zone that would reconcile the worlds of radio play, bedroom electronics and advanced psycho/biological therapy as a form of self-working. Highly personal, weirdly disturbing, oddly beautiful, another great one-off from BUFMS. Comes with an insert and free BUFMS-stamped gauze pad. Recommended.

Ferial Confine
The Full Use Of Nothing

Siren 021

CD
£14.99


Necessary deluxe CD upgrade for one of the key founding documents of the UK underground: Ferial Confine was the early solo project of Andrew Chalk, who at the time had connections to fellow avant travellers like Ramleh/Broken Flag and The New Blockaders. The Full Use Of Nothing was originally released on cassette by Chalk in the mid-80s and later briefly issued on vinyl. It parallels the early TNB recordings in its use of all electro/acoustic soundings, primarily metal and even the sound of cupboard doors banging in Chalk’s parents’ house while long-term collaborator Darren Tate appears on bowed autoharp (indeed Tate also gave the album its title).
The sound is sensual, textural free noise but with none of the harshness associated with TN, Ramleh or Whitehouse at al. At points the crawling/bubbling tectonics border on a form of metallic eroticism, cushioned by the kind of distant soft drones that Andrew would later amplify and expand on in his solo work. There are sections of forlorn classical piano bisected with dizzying laminal drones that give the music an undeniable feeling of haunted nostalgia, making for some of the most striking – and strikingly melancholy – UK noise music of the age. Very hard to extrapolate from the ‘base’ materials and process involved in its creation to the grandeur and complexity of its final form but this new edition sounds better than ever, allowing you to dive deep into the complex contours of this radical set of DIY compositional beauty. Long a secret influence on the whole of the UK underground, parts of this recording were later plundered by The New Blockaders on 1995’s TNB Est Mort! Comes in a gorgeous hard card slipcase with Japanese obi strip. Highly recommended!

Hasegawa-Shizuo
Lift

Utech URCD-029

CD
£10.99


Major album from this Japanese deep-drone duo that share members with Kito Mizukumi Rouber. Lift is a very minimal performance that seems, once again, to have been recorded outdoors. The piece opens with a series of punctuating clicks before the sound of the environment – wind across the mouth of the microphone, the acoustics of the place – amplifies the feel of a specific acoustic space. Then strafing angel vox tones and what sounds like heavily treated string drones start to push against the initial parameters, creating a claustrophobic form of drone that combines the minute mechanics of its creation with transcendent instrumental settings. Blurring the lines between a site-specific investigation of area sonorities and a ritual working, Lift is another shot out of leftfield from these two.

Henry and Hazel Slaughter
Cranking Sound From Rattling Dry Seasons

American Tapes AM-963

CD-R
£8.99


Limited hand-numbered edition of only 40 copies hand-made CD-R release on American Tapes from John Olson’s amazing ‘mutant techno’ project: this one feels a little slimier and more subterranean than previous Slaughter instalments, with automating ticker-tape rhythms fed through a gloop of room tone into super crude drum machine compositions that come over like Casiotone exotica w/a weird Aphex edge through seriously chopped and screwed beatbox-isms. 

Hiiragi Fukuda
Me And My Marshall Amp

Selection Records SR-004

7”
£8.99


Edition of 300 copies 7” electro Marshall amp worship from Hiiragi Fukuda of Japanese underground group Doronco Gumo: this is another blat from way beyond the long blank from Fukuda, starting out in a great cyborg/street walking cheetah feel, with odd night-time Heldon-style sci-fi creep using fuzz organ before breaking down into some amazing baroque almost White Heaven-style waltzing/forlorn exotica. Great late night apocalyptic Japanese psych, highly recommended.

Hiiragi Fukuda
My Turntable Is Sloow

Selection Records SR-008

LP
£16.99


Necessary edition of 300 copies vinyl upgrade for what was originally a killer cassette on Sloow Tapes from Hiragi Fukuda of Japanese underground group Doronco Gumo: this is more dosed and heavier on the acid folk vibe than Fukuda’s previous Oya Wa Touhoku, Oto Kumori with a great early-70s private/loner edge complete with echo vocals, comedown acoustic guitars and some stinging lead. Aspects of Masaki Batoh’s Ghost From The Darkened Sea but with a more progressive/rock feel alongside some classic Syd Barrett-isms make for a perfect late-night slow burner. Highly recommended!

Katsuyoshi Kou/Satoshi Hironaka
State, State, State

Ftarri #995

CD
£14.99


Bloody-minded set of re-worked drums/guitar/electricity breakdowns from this Japanese underground duo: Kou and Hironaka play pounding drum jams that cross free playing with rock savagery before cutting the jams up with moments of split-second silence that force the logic of the piece into ever more fractured and staggered rhythms, further forcing the potential for breakthrough in the sounds between the sounds ala Kousokuya/Fushitsusha but in a more rigorously analytical context. The guitar is furiously constrained, sometimes sounding like nothing more than the crackle of the jack or the sound of electricity, as tracks open out into overdubbed rock rhythms so that the accumulative effect is as close to hyper-psychedelic minimalism as much as nod-out rock jags or avant tape work. Throw in the sounds of cracked media used as rhythmic referents and you have a confounding and seriously head-fucking set of deep-listening rhythmic experimentation and off-the-scale improvisation. 

Kuupuu
Lumen Tahden

Time-Lag 044

CD
£13.99


CD edition of the new LP from Jonna Karanka aka Kuupuu, a floating member of a bunch of Finnish collectives including Hertta Lussu Assa, The Anaksimandros and Avarus. Kuupuu’s music could vaguely be described as acid-folk but it also takes in the kind of oddball DIY of groups like The Godz, the homemade aesthetic of Chocolate Monk, the ghostly madrigal style of Tara Burke’s Fursaxa etc wile coating the whole deal in a dreamy, out-of-focus forest of pagan percussion, delicate vocals and witchy atmospherics. There’s a soft electronic pulse that runs through the bulk of the new album, flickering like starlight in the background of solo piano conceptions that take off on the minimal repeat-logic of Richard Youngs circa Advent while stringing them with wraiths of ghostly vocals and backwards tape. A classic of bedroom female avant-folk, straight from the heart of the wood. Packaged in a heavy shrunken gatefold sleeve, edition of 1000 copies. Highly recommended.

Matthew P. Hopkins
Economic Frown

No Label No Cat

CD-R + Chapbook
£12.99


Self-released sound works and accompanying text by Matthew P. Hopkins of Half High, Naked On The Vague, Vincent Over The Sink et al in an edition of only 50 copies: the text comes in typed form in a 16 page handmade and hand-lettered chapbook and is designed as an accompaniment to the sonics, with spare, Graham Lambkin-like asides that read like instructions for a happening or just pure text/text experimentation that Hopkins describes as reflecting on “a fatigued existence within such a political climate, whilst also dealing with the exhausting aspects of operating within such a hectic environment as that of the commercial art world; depressed coins, paranoid coins, upset coins, coins with existential problems and so on.” The sonics are totally woozy and bedroom scientific, with low omming vocals cut to the pulse of the breath and accompanied by blats of abstract/oblique sound that mirror the “breakdown of calculators” and monetary fatigue via the heavy traction of close-miked coins spinning endlessly in place. Recommended. 

Odd Nosdam
Le Ambient Mix

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Cassette edition of what was a feted CD-R mix that was passed around via underground heads, with an all-vinyl fade-into-fade-into-fade collection of massively zoned tone float, compiled by Nosdam. Beautifully mixed tracks from Popol Vuh, Stars Of The Lid, Cabaret Voltaire, Cloudead, including exclusive out-takes, alternate versions etc. Plays out great and comes with a full colour hand embossed tape cover in the usual suave SM style. Recommended. 

Orara
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-146

CD-R
£7.99


Great set of electric ritual/blurry drone rock from the Australian trio of Matt Earle (Breakdance/xNoBBQx/Craft Bandits et al), Rory Brown and Adam Sussmann (2779/Emotional About The Rainbow et al): Matt describes this one as sounding “like Miles Davis wit da Skaters in the blue mountains” and that’s pretty spot on, with the kind of expiring brass that illuminated Heathen Earth situated in the kind of drone torrents more commonly associated with the Invasion Of Thunderbolt Pagoda. The ululating percussion is particularly hypnotic as is the smoky production style, with a John Godbert-era Vibracathedral Orchestra feel given that classic edge-of-the-world Breakdance production style. 

Pauline Anna Strom
Trans Millenia Consort

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Another major coup from Sanity Muffin, with an edition of 100 copies reissue of this amazing San Francisco weirdo synth private from 1982: a major rarity, the genesis of Trans Millenia Consort is just as off the map. Strom was suffering from obesity and the on-set of blindness and decided to try to work through her experience using meditative modular synth stylings and electronic treatments. The results are amazing, combining a raw, cracked, vulnerable real people vibe with water sounds, distant eerie keyboards that could almost be a haunted Monopoly Child and that classic Corwood-jams-Zeit appeal of Edmond De Deyster/JD Emmanuel et al. Sad, beautiful, strangely moving, another major excavation by Sanity Muffin, great liners too, very highly recommended!

R. Buckminster Fuller
25 Great Circles

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Excellent collection of 45 minutes of rare and unreleased interviews (!) with legendary American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist. Endlessly fascinating, packaged in the usual classy Sanity Muffin style with four panels of embossed artwork and insert. Recommended. 

RASheed
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-194

CD-R
£6.99


“Cool sidestep militant boogie jams” the label sez, and they ain’t wrong: Rasheed play what sounds like The Velvet Underground’s “Guess I’m Fallin’ In Love” as stomping monochord boogie, dredging Hooker N Heat style scorch for maximum power chord friction and positing the eternal riff as the keys to the goddamn kingdom. Think the whole Numbers Band/Sweet Kelley/Jessie Mae Hemphill continuum re-thunk w/post-BDTD aesthetics and set the controls for the heart of the jam.

Richard Francis/Jason Kahn/Bruce Russell
Dunedin

CMR #27

CD
£10.99


Fantastic all-electric three way that sees Bruce Russell of The Dead C (on analog electronics) joined by Richard Francis on modular synth and computer and Jason Kahn on analog synth, radio and mixing board: recorded live on January 28th 2011 at Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand, this is a single 38 minute improvisation that feels environmental in scale but with a heady synthesized aspect that makes for a ghostly metal machine music. Three distinct voices make for a bafflingly beautiful combination, with odd almost-melodies that feel like the F/X from a 1960s Supermarionation production soundtracked by Joe Meek going up against the kind of massive UFO touchdown aspect of MEV or CCCC and some supremely invasive alarm tones that have all the flesh-penetrating third ear aspect of Bernhard Gunter or Maryanne Amacher. Whenever Bruce is involved there’s always a great non-technical garage band approach to wrassling electricity into caveman submissions and at points this feels like the scientific power trio of your dreams. A great set, highly recommended. 

Robert Scott
The Professor and the Team

Selection Records SR-007

Cassette
£8.99


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!

Sadahiro Yamada
OK To Exist Doing Nothing

Selection Records SR-012

LP
£16.99


Incredible PSF-scale super session from a buncha key Japanese underground weirdos, live at the apex of high in Tokyo in 2004: the drool-worthy line-up features Hiiragi Fukuda on drums, Yuka Ijichi on motorpsycho guitar, Kiyohiro ‘Doronco’ Takada (ex-Les Rallizes Denudes!) on bass and Sadahiro Yamada (owner of the Cho Yamada Dou record store in Kokubunji, Tokyo) leading the charge on guitar and vocals. OK To Exist Doing Nothing marries the kinda brutal head charge of the early Tokyo Flashback sound with classic death-decadent song writing and the kinda extended guitar-think of your favourite Rallizes ‘boot’. Fans of the basement Twisted Village jam ethos, classic Rallizes, Overhang Party et all need this one! Highly recommended!

Scrabbled
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-189

CD-R
£6.99


Debut release for Scrabbled, an Australian underground group that features Conwae Burrell of Extrafoxx, Bek Moore of Clag, Jason Bright, Emily Wade and Mark Spinks: BDTD describe them as playing “quintessential Brisbane pop, girl/boy vocals, more Kitchen’s Floor than Go Betweens” and it’s true that they swing between frail, heartbroken post-Velvets drone pop and moments of scabrous, oiky DIY that give way to chiming minor chord paeans that could almost be the greatest hits of the singer-songwriter wing of Xpressway.

Serious Problmz
369 ½

BUFMS BuFMS-50

CD-R
£9.99


Excellent archival document of this previously undocumented mid-80s USA avant/garage/experimental ensemble in an edition of only 50 copies: Serious Problmz met-up on a weekly basis to record and jam throughout the mid-80s with players such as Lucian Tielens (Idler Arms/Bren’t Lewiis/Glands Of External Secretion et al), Thor Heglund, Felix Mace and Mark Evans taking part. Using traditional and DIY instrumentation – guitars, drum machine, bass, noise makers, typewriters, telephones, electronic machinery – the group offer a mid-80s nightmare basement riposte to the environmental improvisations of Japan’s Group Ongaku, with black, deep drones bisected with usurped documentations of domestic activity and crude non-musical blurt in a way that takes the whole improvising ensemble set-up into zones of American hobbyist excess ala the key LAFMS satellites. Still, there’s an austerity to the work that marks it out as something else other than the more cartoon/manic electro-acoustic post-LAFSM/pre-Chocolate Monk ethos, with an almost classical feel for crud tones and subtle monochord nowheres, almost as if Biota or the Mnemonists hadda been dosed with the early Destroy All Monsters tapes, moving from collage-based DIY psychedelia into inarticulate basement rock with a teen goth edge. But this is fantastic, another shot straight from the mystery zone thanks to BUFMS. Recommended. 

Terror Of The Deep
Death Of The Gideon

Selection Records SR-011

12” EP
£13.99


Debut vinyl from this unbeatable contemporary New Zealand underground unit in an edition of 300 copies: recorded in Wellington in 2011, Death Of The Gideon combines the kind of euphoric Sixties pop moves of The Chills and Able Tasmans with organ-driven garage moods and a weirdo/geeky pop style that should appeal to anyone who has ever wept over The June Brides. Throw in a hint of The Velvets circa “Ocean” and some irresistible pop hooks complete with ginchy three note guitar solos and it’s enough to make you swear off power electronics for life. Highly recommended!

The Sha
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-148

CD-R
£7.99


Great post-Beefheart blunt metal improvisations from a group that can really make the basement wail, Matt Earle (Breakdance/xNoBBQx/Craft Bandits), Christian Durham and Adam Sussmann: this is classic free rock squall, with thudding Kousokuya style base accompanied by some amazing lunar string wrassling that flits between fleet Magic Band-style psych, early Royal Trux basement blues and Sonny Sharrock circa Black Woman. Indeed, this could be the post-Xpressway Last Exit that the underground has been crying out for, massively extended investigations into liberated string violence with enough dunder to float a crate of Black Sabbath albums. Fantastic. 

Warden Burger
Live At Real Bad Music

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-137

CD-R
£7.99


Massively primitive post-Dream Syndicate aggro noise improvisations from this Brisbane (?) group who use strings, keyboards, drums, guitar and vocals to generate grimy Industrial trance monoliths cut-up w/mocking vocals that are somewhere between Graham Lambkin and Basil Kirchin. The drums come straight out of the Walter De Maria/Henry Flynt school of I Don’t Wanna while the strings balance C. Spencer Yeh-styled violence with the hallucinatory high-end of Tony Conrad, John Cale and Takehisa Kosugi. Throw in some MEV styled keyboard miniatures and the sound of throats guzzling solid air and you have a claustrophobic black nightmare take on eternal music that trades Pandit Pran Nath for Mark E. Smith while nailing itself to the floor. Pretty spectacular. 

Jason Kahn
Noema

Editions 003

2xArt Edition LP
£23.99


Stunning 2xLP 180g art edition LP from composer/sound thinker Jason Kahn, with deep connections to the Australian/Breakdance The Dawn underground as well as NZ avant-thought, in a hand-numbered private press edition of only 250 copies, all copies of which are individually hand-painted by Kahn himself: a departure from Kahn’s last celestial big band working and somewhere altogether from his jams with Bruce Russell of The Dead C and Richard Francis, Noema documents a three month stay in Kyoto in Japan in 2012. Across 37 short piece Kahn creates an hallucinatory and very personal sound journal by using field recordings culled from shopping centres, deep haunted pools, subway sirens, conversation, snippets of popular and traditional song, street noise, temple rituals and more, cutting them together in a way that expands on how the sounds of social spaces work their particular magic while riffing on fragments of sound and sight that work as nostalgic jumping-off points for the process of memory. The set comes with extensive liner notes and track-by-track commentary and it works best when read alongside the record, mapping Kahn’s movements and memories of the city via “a rain of nunchuks splintering the hot summer night”, melting in the summer heat, dropping microphones into secret waters and other geomantic workings across his stay. The tracks themselves are deep, laminal constructions that conflate environmental sound and song, the drone of the city asleep at night with minimalist composition and the sound of madmen on the streets with the music of the spheres. A beautiful set, endlessly replayable and a truly magickal transport – very highly recommended!

Le Son De L'Os
Old Sun

New Vague Records NV-001

LP
£16.99


Edition of 300 copies LP with silkscreened sleeves by Alan Sherry of SIWA featuring all-new recordings from this amazing Japanese underground group, whose previous album was on PSF: Le Son De L’Os is the duo of Hasegawa-Shizuo (who also play in Kito Mizukumi Rouber) alongside Masahiro Deguchi. The trio use acoustic guitar, vocals, flutes, pianos, bells and a one string bass to navigate a void of tone that crosses dosed and beautifully mistranslated UK acid folk moves with advanced improvisatory strategies. The music is specifically dilated in a way that comes over like the gentlest of Go Hirano hymns but with a weird acoustic “Sailor’s Life” aspect and the high, wordless vocals really elevate it to a whole other plane of now. If you dig Fairports, Mark Fry, Pentangle et al but you’re sick to death of crappy tribute groups and wanna hear a take on the basic atmosphere that is as informed by contemporary improvisation and psychedelic modes and cut w/a haunting occult aspect then check this out, a magical side that reminds of me of a bunch of weirdo acid folk one-shots from PSF back in the 1990s. Highly recommended. 

Majutsu No Niwa
Frontera

New Vague Records NV-002

2xLP
£26.99


Stunning, deluxe vinyl upgrade for this Japanese psychedelic monster in an edition of 500 copies with a different track listing to the CD edition and a bonus track: massive studio set from guitarist/vocalist Rinji Fukuoka’s post Overhang Party project, with bassist Hiroyuki Kageyama and drummer Shigeki Morohashi joined by guest player Sachiko (Kousokuya et al) on electronics. Frontera sees Fukuoka taking it back to the roots, with a series of atmospheric post-Sweet Sister Ray amplifier meltdowns bookended by the kind of psychedelic speed freak punkers that launched the PSF label, three chords and amphetamine rhythms blow apart by lucid fuzz guitar solos. If your tastes run to mountains of free-singing amplifiers threaded with occult electronics, ethereal angel vox and the kinda fuzz/wah explosions that’d shame The Savage Resurrection then your name might just be me, but either way this is a necessary purchase and sounds amazing on heavy duty vinyl. Massive gatefold sleeve too, highly recommended!

Sun Ra
Mix Tape

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Incredible culling of rare Sun Ra material from impossible to find Saturn jams mostly 1960s-1970s in a hand-coloured by Oakland kids edition of only 100 copies: running the classic Ra gamut from solo synth bloop through full-on sci-fi gospel orchestra, beatbox violence, space chants and wiggy full ensemble horn freak outs, this is pretty much the bomb in terms of unheard Sun Ra and pretty much everyone who has heard it has been blown away. All covers are unique and hand-coloured just like the original Saturn sleeves. Cassette release of the year? We have only secured a very limited supply of these amazing cassettes, so please don’t be disappointed if you miss out. Strictly one per customer. Highly recommended! 

Ben Patterson
A Fluxus Elegy

Alga Marghen Plana-P 17VocSon061

LP
£12.99


New limited one-sided LP from this modern composer presents an elegy to Fluxus by encoding the names of various key players (including John Lennon. LaMonte Young, Yoshi Wada, Yasunao Tone, Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, Philip Corner, Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Henry Flynt, Joseph Beuys, Henning Christiansen et al) in the form of International Morse dots and dashes which were 'performed' on a keyboard with a voice-pattern setting going through a loop unit and a mixer and straight to cassette. Front cover reproduces the original score. Edition limited to 345 copies.

Charlemagne Palestine
Sound 1

Alga Marghen Plana-P alga-026

one-sided LP
£14.99


Limited edition of 500 copies LP from legendary minimalist composer, pianist and artists Charlemagne Palestine. Less than 200 copies of this LP were ever put on sale, with 350 of them offered to the audience who attended a Palestine performance. Sound 1 represents the apex of Palestine’s experiments with oscillators as universal drone generators and features 16 machines played at full volume and subtly tweaked to generate gorgeous, complex blooms of clashing tone, ghost patterns, hypnagogic shadows and subtle orchestral movements. Palestine talks of the piece as a 3-dimensional sculptural canvas in mid-air, likening the sound to the humming of gargantuan Tibetan bees. It’s a mesmerising piece, one that fully occupies and takes over whatever space it’s played in, a classic slice of minimal electronic psychedelia in the tradition of La Monte Young, Coil’s Time Machines and the recent Eleh LPs. Recommended.

Charlemagne Palestine
Two Electronic Sonorities

Alga Marghen Alga-038

LP
£16.99


Stunning archival unearthing of late-60s/early-70s electronic works from minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine in an edition of 380 copies: recorded as experiments towards his ‘lost’ masterpiece L’Avventura, inspired by the Antonioni film of the same name, these pieces feature dense, overlapping settings for filtered sine tone generators and variously manipulated tape-works. The first side features a 1970 composition that is one of the wildest and heaviest recordings of Palestine’s career, with Industrial strength monoliths consisting of constantly shifting and elementally powerful steel tone drones pitched against each other in great hurricanes of sound. Commissioned as a dance piece for Gus Soloman, it’s one of Palestine’s most radically organic electronic environments. The second side features more love-level electro-drone works, with overlapping oscillators generating time-killing fluctuations. A massively heavy side from Palestine, with a set of recordings that create a spectacular vision of the future. 

John Duncan
The Nazca Transmissions

Alga Marghen Plana-ZCA

LP
£14.99


“On Christmas Eve, 2004, John Duncan received a mysterious email from an archaeologist working at the site of the Nazca Lines in Peru. He claimed to have discovered, and over time recorded, a variety of sounds actually generated by the enigmatic lines themselves. Familiar with Duncan’s “Infrasound-Tidal”, composed from source recordings taken from tides, seismic activity and barometric data from the Australian coastline, he suggested to Duncan the composition of a piece with these sources. All of the sources were modified in the studio of John Duncan, some radically, to bring out an unsettling, haunting quality. In mid-June 2005, the glorious 5-track piece was finally ready. John Duncan sent several messages to the archaeologist, none of them ever answered or returned. A hard disk crash effectively destroyed all of the email correspondence between them. What remains are the notes he sent that ostensibly describe the details of sites and times for the source recordings. Those notes have been reproduced on the insert included in this edition, also presenting John Duncan liner notes. First pressing limited to 380 copies, with embossed total-black cover, insert and full-color inner sleeve with wonderful space images of the Nazca Lines.” – AM. 

Michel Vogel
Ronde Matutinale a Amillis Berenice

Alga Marghen Planam-19

LP
£14.99


Edition of 270 copies LP from artist and sound sculptor Michel Vogel, using brushes and sticks on a series of prepared gongs and self-built instruments to create a tone field with a Zen clarity somewhat akin to some of Harry Bertoia’s singing sculptures or even the more minimal/percussive Mirror sides: "PLANAM proudly presents the second LP by the artist and sound sculptor Michel Vogel. Born in 1941 in Strasbourg, France, Michel Vogel artistic activities start in 1960 when, as a painter under the materic influences of Antoni Tapies and Jean Dubuffet, his mineral and sound experimentations built a universe influenced by free jazz, extra-European music and Olivier Messiaen. His researches develop with new sculptures and the creation of his own resonating metal instruments. His friends of the minimalist group, and specially the Fluxus artists, supported and pushed him to carry on his acoustics explorations while his sonic creations get closer to the music of John Cage, Philip Corner, Morton Feldman and Giacinto Scelsi. After the deep cosmo night music of “Une petite music de nuit” (Vogel first LP) PLANAM decided to issue two more early-morning oriented realizations, or “Ronde mattinale à Amillis” and “Berenice”. These alfa-wave improvisations for ‘prepared’ gongs and self-built metal instruments, selected in direct collaboration with the artist, will make you enter into luminous sonic dimensions." - AM

Big Blood
Unlikely Mothers

Blackest Rainbow Recordings BRR-271

2xLP
£24.99


Stunning/sprawling new double LP from the heart of the New Weird Maine: Big Blood have connections to major VT faves Village Of Spaces and they have a similar circular, occult vibe, with ovum’s influence resulting in amazing minimal endless jams led by bass guitar that moves between Velvets-style two note hypnosis and almost King Crimson Red-era fuzz/dunt, lunar six string and the striking, otherworldly vocals of Colleen Kinsella.
Kinsella’s vocals are dizzying, narcotic, getting into all sorts of liminal Meredith Monk/Key style experimental zones before melting into dream-date Kate Bush fronts Parson Sound nirvana. Indeed, think of a Scandinavian drone group filtered via the Paisely Underground stylings of a David Roback and Kendra Smith for the kind of magickal rural glam that this amazing trio are capable of channelling. Aspects of the Heather Leigh/Scorces cultus are given repeating nod-out rock logic re-thinks, as voice and guitar blur into each other and strikingly original song-writing and phrasing get all the way out on waves of repeating Kraut/trance bliss. Unlikely Mothers is a massive double LP set that is organised in such a way that its end links to its beginning, meaning that its one of the few double LPs in recent memory that you pretty much have to re-spin as soon as you get to the end of the fourth side. Same kind of real deal/communal sub-underground vibe to this as classic Village Of Spaces but with a more trance rock feel and less Manson Family Jams. Easy to see why Michael Gira picked up on this group for Swans’ The Seer set, as they build arcing emotional crescendos from endlessly repeating monolithic drone forms in a way that relates to the contemporary Swans live sound but with a mainline much deeper underground. Totally blown away by this, incredible vibe, totally original in its conception, one of the hands-down records of 2014. Strikingly packaged too. Highest possible recommendation!

Asa Irons
Knife Gift Debt

Turned Word Records TRDWD-30

LP
£17.99


Beautiful set of loner folk beauty from this stone mason, carpenter and elemental folk spirit: Irons will be perhaps best known for his collaborations with Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder as well as his kinship with Maine-zone weirdos like Big Blood and Village Of Spaces and here he enlists members of Big Blood alongside Micha Blue Smaldone, Tom K and Janane Tripp to revisit his back catalogue, with lush, dramatically zoned readings of his loose, earthy folk songs that are heady with a ton of dark romance. Deep-throated and fleet death ballads and choruses of levitating chorale vocals illuminate stark tracks that touch on aspects of Townes Van Zandt’s death blues w/arrangements that are truly spectacular, marrying the circular, slowly-building grandeur of Village Of Spaces with an old world grace and a mythic, eternal quality. Fantastic and highly recommended!

Bernard C.
Lieu Magique

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Limited edition of 100 copies reissue of a classic weirdo French abstract electronic side from 1985: Bernard C. is possibly best known for his work on the Illusion Production label alongside close collaborators DDAA (IVG comp, anyone?). Like DDAA, Bernard C. fuses the kind of surreal avant gardisms that approach Nurse With Wound/Jac Berrocal along with a zoned, minimalist aspect that is directly comparable to Kosmische ritualists like Yatha Sidhra, Annexus Quam et al, with melancholy, DIY dub-damaged keyboard lines over reeds, ticker-tape percussion and up-close rasping/automaton vocals. Lieu Magique complies the original 1985 LP of the same name alongside plus two bonus cuts from his 1980 “Socialist Realism” 7”. This beautifully assembled set features all-new artwork on a three panel fold-out cover. A major uncovering, beautifully rendered. Highly recommended. 

Ilan Mimaroglu
Wings Of The Delirious Demon And Other Electronic Works

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 100 copies fully official reissue of this amazing 1972 private press side from Turkish composer and musician Ilan Mimaroglu: Mimaroglu studied at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music centre in the Sixties, working with everyone from Edgar Varese to Jean Debuffet. Wings Of The Delirious Demon was released on his own Finnadar Records, a massive rarity, and it is mostly concerned with weirdo manipulations and reprocessing of clarinet sounds through synth filters, generating strange flesh/metal concepts that combine grainy electronic details with a feel for the breath and lungs of humans. Alongside these there are explosive moments of electro-acoustic collage and swooning synth sweeps, generating a feel for deep electro-mystery that is somewhere between Lol Coxhill’s late-70s/early-80s experimental works like Digswell Duets and Pipe while touching on alien aspects of Ingram Marshall, Nurse With Wound and even Borbetomagus, given an alternately austere and playful 20th century classical rendering. A major cassette reissue, highly recommended.

Invocation Of Magnetic Spirits
Vol.1

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 130 copies “remixed and repurposed to resurface” collection of eerie found tapes featuring recordings of the wild, esoteric rituals of the New Mount Zion cult: reputedly discovered on the streets of West Oakland in 2009, these recordings have been re-wired using loops, static and processes of aural degradation by R. Brundage of Starlite Coffins with endless progressions of distorted liturgical organs that sound like Hermann Nitsch beaming in from Saturn while manic preachers vibrate fire sermons over the top and arching, almost Matthew Bower-scale drones explode from the tape hiss like live, time-coded spectra. An amazing melange of crude black gospel and harsh, rainbow electronics. Recommended. 

Phipps Pt.
Kiss You So Many Times You Can’t Count My Love

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 100 copies cassette from this female folk/psych spirit: playing guitar, singing and drawing luminous single notes of starlit electricity from distant steel strings, Phipps Pt. combines the awkwardly personal song structures of the Jandek/Nancy sides with the kind of slowly exhaled folk/psych magic of Christina Carter and the heavenly exotica of a Linda Perhacs. Phipps sings through chorales of multi-tracked/reverb damaged vocals while she plays fractured chords and percussive harmonics, ala a more gentle volk take on Derek Bailey. Melting song structures, free-floating steel strings, many, many breaths... this is a beauty. Recommended. 

Starlite Coffins
Eruptionem

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 140 copies set of “utterly primeval tape-speed sorcery and analog phantasmal death-drone” from this Californian unit dedicated to desiccated chorale work: Eruptionem uses ancient sounding synths, arcs of bleary feedback, doomy processionals and the holy sound of singing shortwave to generate the kind of atmosphere that would cross Hildegard of Bingen with the NWW/Current 93 masterpiece In Menstrual Night, Technical Space Composer Crew’s Cannaxis and the tape work of Billy Basinski. Think of a tape-worn, iron clad modern religious music that uses low fidelity as a form of mournful memorial of distant times and spaces, with snippets of early music gathering rust in great pools of galactic drone and almost Suspiria-esque balletic slow-motion violence. Kind of a gothic monochrome counterpoint to Ian William Craig’s recent A Turn Of Breath LP, this is fantastic and comes in three colour offset J cards, hand numbered and hand stamped. Highly recommended. 

THX133
s/t

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Edition of 100 copies reissue of an obscure cassette, privately released in 1980 by Steve Whitford & Co in NYC: dense stratas of guitar, buried drum machine, weirdo synth tectonics, think Demo Moe remixed for oblique/maximal Pinakotheka-scale electro damage. 

Torture Corpse
Invocation Of Nirrti

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Limited hand-numbered/hand-stamped set from Holland’s Robert Kroos aka Torture Corpse: Nirrti is the goddess who punishes sinners and presides over misery and destruction and here Kroos uses degraded guitar violence, industrial beatbox tattoos and violent drone works in a way that parallels the work of Japanese noise ritualists like Dissecting Table, Grim et al.

Various Artists
Pulsating Strings: A Collection Of Psychedelic Asian Guitar Music

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Aces-up collection of rare, exotic and psychedelic guitar music from Asia during the apex of the new music explosion 1960s-1970s in an edition of 100 copies: compiled from the archive of Oakland DJ Bobby Ganush, the set runs from teenage garage band euphoric through raw, lo-fi soul, haunted pop and cranky avant excess from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan and beyond. Features tracks by The Red Stars, Cousen Brothers, The Tones, The Steps, The Hawks, Charlie & The White Cloud Orchestra, Group 123, Apollo Band, Adnan Othman & The Wanderers, The Caterpillars and more. 

Village Of Spaces
Welcome In

Turned Word Records TRDWD-33

CD-R
£12.99


Edition of 100 copies private press CD from the untouchable New Weird Maine duo of Dan Beckman and Amy Moon: Village Of Spaces’ previous album, Alchemy & Trust, was one of VT’s favourite LPs of the last few years and its follow-up, Welcome In, does not disappoint. The duo still play these amazing, circular, folk-hymnal forms that seem elementally arranged or at least set according to the stars, playing out in hypnotic accumulations of strange, stoned strings, aching male/female vocals and that amazing, far-off Maine drug-damaged appeal. Village of Spaces take aspects of psychedelic American fronteirsmanship – Michael Hurley, Harry Smith’s Anthology, John Fahey, Sandy Bull, US Saucer, Cherry Blossoms, MV&EE – and re-configure them as eternal musics, endlessly nodding-out in widescreen vistas of slow, revelatory blooms of tone poetry, mixing unforgettable melodies with trance-inducing arrangements and the sound of their environment. Whereas their free Maine kin Big Blood sounds like they are marrying Scandinavian and Krautrock forms to mint a form of off-grid rural glam, Village Of Spaces sound much more internally combustive, with a brokedown, heart sore sound that is as high and lonesome as anything by Dock Boggs but with a communal feel and a cultic vibe that has as much to do with The Manson Family Jams or a Hillbilly Theatre Of Eternal Music as it does UK acid folk visionaries like Stone Angel, Caedmon, Tony, Caro & John et al. Another incredible, peerless rendering of outside instrumental form and heart lacerating balladry from a group that can truly do no wrong. A timeless modern masterpiece, beautifully packaged in a gatefold digipak with offset printed and hand-stamped artwork by the band. Very highly recommended!

Village Of Spaces
Welcome In

Turned Word Records TRDWD-33

LP
£21.99


Edition of 300 copies private press LP from the untouchable New Weird Maine duo of Dan Beckman and Amy Moon: Village Of Spaces’ previous album, Alchemy & Trust, was one of VT’s favourite LPs of the last few years and its follow-up, Welcome In, does not disappoint. The duo still play these amazing, circular, folk-hymnal forms that seem elementally arranged or at least set according to the stars, playing out in hypnotic accumulations of strange, stoned strings, aching male/female vocals and that amazing, far-off Maine drug-damaged appeal. Village of Spaces take aspects of psychedelic American fronteirsmanship – Michael Hurley, Harry Smith’s Anthology, John Fahey, Sandy Bull, US Saucer, Cherry Blossoms, MV&EE – and re-configure them as eternal musics, endlessly nodding-out in widescreen vistas of spare, slow, revelatory blooms of tone poetry, mixing unforgettable melodies with trance-inducing arrangements and the sound of their environment. Whereas their free Maine kin Big Blood sounds like they are marrying Scandinavian and Krautrock forms to mint a form of off-grid rural glam, Village Of Spaces sound much more internally combustive, with a brokedown, heart sore sound that is as high and lonesome as anything by Dock Boggs but with a communal feel and a cultic vibe that has as much to do with The Manson Family Jams or a Hillbilly Theatre Of Eternal Music as it does UK acid folk visionaries like Stone Angel, Caedmon, Tony, Caro & John et al. Another incredible, peerless rendering of outside instrumental form and heart lacerating balladry from a group that can truly do no wrong. A timeless modern masterpiece, beautifully packaged in a single pocket tip-on gatefold LP featuring hand screenprinted, offset printed and hand-stamped artwork by the band. Very highly recommended!

Warner Jepson
Tullian Beach Bum (Machine Excerpts)

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Massive 90 minute compilation of previously unheard work from this SF-based composer, artist, sculptor... salvaged from tapes that were gifted to a thrift store in the wake of Jepson’s death (!!), Tullian Beach Bum features music made by Jepson on the legendary Buchla synthesizer at his private studio in SF and at Mills College, Oakland. Jepson released one highly desirable LP during his lifetime, 1973’s privately pressed Totentanz, a work that was commissioned by the San Francisco Ballet Company, later collected on 2008’s Totentanz And Other Electronic Works 1958-1973. Tullian Beach Bum looks to be the first in a series of revelatory documents of the rest of Jepson’s expansive work, presenting all-analog compositions that combine accruing minimalist patterns, sci-fi tones, beautifully damaged melodies and the kind of cranky Buchla work that would reconcile austere 20th century electro forms with the ludic, out there a minute stylings of a Sun Ra or early Asmus Tietchens. More please! Highly recommended. 

Waveformless
A Pendulum

Sanity Muffin No Cat

Cassette
£8.99


Solo guise of Oakland based synthesist, sound sculptor and Synth builder Jason Sole: A Pendulum crosses classic flashing analog Kraut moves ala Harmonia/Cluster et al with pulsing minimal techno, contemporary drone and DIY psych but with a deep, subterranean aspect that is extremely immersive. Epic modern minimalism that combines widescreen shots of technicolour with a travelling/endless feel and the kinda monolithic grace of the classic Conrad Schnitzler sides. A stand-out side, recommended. 

Angels In America/Weyes Blood
Split

Northern Spy No Cat

Cassette
£7.99


Hand-numbered edition of 100 copies split cassette from two Baltimore based nada-fi psych ghosts. The Angels side presents three tracks of gorgeous faraway choral chants and haunted spoken vox with a narcoleptic aspect that is extremely pleasing: hazes of boy/girl vocals, choral zones of feedback and bowed drones and subtle/primitive electro rhythms. Aspects of Grouper, Suicide, early No Wave but with a drug-damaged minimalist aspect that is supremely atmospheric. More please. Weyes Blood aka Natalie Mering presents a series of bewitching stripped-down acid/folk w/multi-tracked vocals and a lightly trippy west coast feel. 

Soft Power
If You Come Around

All Day Breakfast Enterprises No Cat

LP
£14.99


New Australian underground jams from a group that features Joel Stern, Andrew McLellan and Josh Watson of Sky Needle, Greg Boring et al alongside Sophia Brous on vocals: primarily assembled from organic electronics and primitive home-burned dub environs, this is a beautifully puzzling release. Brous’s vocals give it the feel of hallucinatory operatic exotica, with visions of irradiated Yma Sumac transmissions over what sounds like a screwed and chopped Cluster w/a 3am Aphex vibe. Some of the music has the fractured, out-of-time avant pop vibe of Greg Boring but fed through the kinda monoliths of non-musicality of a Conrad Schnitzler while Brous holds impenetrable dialogues with herself and worries over body sounds. File alongside weirdo liminal sides by AC Marias, Dome et al and you might find some kind of succour. On coloured vinyl in lurid 12” disco bag sleeves, a real late night slow burner from members of the Breakdance The Dawn cabal. Recommended. 

Agencement
Viosphere + Selected Works 1984-1991

Art Into Life 007

CD Box Set
£21.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Major upgraded reissue of this seminal 1991 album with a ton of extras from Agencement, Hideaki Shimada’s stunning Japanese underground project focussed on the brain-scrambling potential of exactingly processed/multi-layered solo violin improvisations in an edition of 200 copies: Viosphere was Shimada’s third album, released on his own label, and it sounds glorious here. Using violin, 16 channel magnetic tapes, 100M synthesizer and assorted electronics, Shimada builds stunning laminal compositions from a string attack that comes out of Derek Bailey’s playing circa Aida with a feel for fields of electronically dosed atmospherics that is assuredly post-Catch Wave. Viosphere blurs distinctions between tactile hands-on playing and processed electronic composition, with Shimada’s interest in painting resolving itself into the pursuit of endless strangulated textures and barbed wire sonorities that just keep on coming on. The extras here are so much gravy, with an early previously unreleased sketch for Viosphere from 2003, a fantastic heavy-meta duo with Hironari Iwata featuring Iwata on electric guitar and Shimada on amplified autoharp that has a bloodied Kazuo Imai-edge, and a heady unreleased work from 1984 for Casiotone keyboard, magnetic tape and violin that positions itself more emphatically Outside The Dream Syndicate than the Faust/Tony Conrad sessions. Presented in a chunky box with a booklet featuring pictures and English language liners translated by Alan Cummings, this set is the bomb. A massively potent package, highly recommended. 

David Jackman
Edge Of Nothing

Die Stadt DS60

10"
£12.99


Much needed re-release in easy to flip form of some heavy, historically potent work from David Jackman of UK experimental cell Organum. “The Edge Of Nothing” was recorded back in 1983 and was originally available as part of the seminal bargain-bin staple The Elephant Table Album alongside tracks by players like Coil, Chris & Cosey and Nurse With Wound. “The Edge Of Nothing” was the first track Nurse With Wound’s Steve Stapleton heard by Jackman – reputedly hailing it at the time as “a cherry on a pile of vomit” - and was the inspiration for later collaborations. This features new mixes of the original material, which was derived from variously stimulating a cymbal with bows, knuckles, loops etc. The sleeve illustration is an isometric image of a WW1 British machine gun emplacement taken from an original drawing made by a member of 23 Field Company, Royal Engineers in February 1918.

Matricarians
Birdsandburns

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-93

CD-R
£6.99


Limited self-released CD-R from this trio that features Alan Davidson of Aberdeen’s Kitchen Cynics alongside David MacKay on singing bowls, electronics, keyboard, guitar and phonofiddle and Susan Matthews on piano, glockenspiel and thumb piano: Matricarians amplify the dark drone at the heart of traditional and avant folk forms, building rainbows of singing strings and awkward keyboard melodies out of arcs of minor-keyed laments and site-specific recordings. Birdsandburns also features some massively evocative 1960s reel-to-reel recordings uncovered in a charity shop in Huntly in 2012 that come over like another transmission from the Coil entity ELpH. Recommended. 

MV & EE
Alpha Lyrae

Child Of Microtones COM-41

CD-R
£12.99


Limited to only 99 hand-numbered copies art edition CD-R of what is also the historic first ever LP release on one of the premier private press imprints of the era, Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder’s Child Of Microtones: in many ways COM was the first imprint to ever grok to the artistic and documentarian possibilities of the CD-R format, releasing lovingly crafted limited runs back when home burning meant little more than getting smoked up. So it feels nothing short of epochal to be welcoming this gorgeous slice to the catalogue. With a revolving cast of players that includes contributions from Mick Flower, Doc Dunn, Tim Barnes, Rafi Bookstaber, Jeremy Earl and Coot Moon, Alpha Lyre has the feel of an obsessively worked over and long-time coming ‘statement’ and it somehow manages to be the most brain-dazzlingly complex COM to date – something in the way the matrices of strings float and get entangled and the feeling of cosmo-drift between one song and the next, not to mention the kinda higher fractured logic that takes the drug ballad way beyond the reach of simple west coast trips – while amping up the crunch with some of the duo’s most raging full on group work. Indeed, side two’s opener, “Roll On>Mayan Feedback” rivals Lou Reed’s ostrich showcasing on The Legendaly Guitar Tapes as they tear through what sounds like a proto-Kaneko take on “Run Run Run” or “I Can’t Stand It”. “Boo Woe (When It’s All Gone)” presents a tragic scenario that we can all relate to while “Return From The Stars” mines a whole other Albion for some beautiful Canterbury-esque paeans to a smarter stone. “You” comes over like a Moebius strip eternal music take on the most dosed outward bound soft-focus psych, reaching its apex with the epic candyfloss dissolve and expiring space-whisper vocals of “Starchild”, which might just be the most erotic slice of pure floating non-body gnosis of their entire catalogue. Produced in full Spectrasound and strikingly packaged with the usual handmade care, the CD-R edition also boasts an exclusive track, a full jam outro on “Boo Woe” that features Willie Lane, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand Of The Man) and members of Prisma and Visitations. Highly recommended! 

Ora
Morgendammerung

Die Stadt DS-79

10"
£9.99


"This 10 inch vinyl only release by ORA, a group project which mainly consisted of Andrew Chalk, Colin Potter and Darren Tate - who both later moved on to become MONOS - active between 1991-1998 features two hauntingly atmospheric tracks from their rare "New Movements In G" CDR (150 copies) originally released on Darren Tate's own Gnome Records label in 1998, and were not included on the two Ora retrospective CD compilations "Final" and "After The Rainfall" (both on Colin Potter's own ICR label). For these recordings Ora were: Darren Tate, Colin Potter, Lol Coxhill, Daisuke Suzuki on the A-Side "The Sun Sheds A Golden Tear", and Darren Tate & Colin Potter on the B-Side "The Impregnable". Cover photography by Darren Tate. Inner sleeve artwork by Helen Potter. Cover design by Jonathan Coleclough. Edition of 500 copies in full colour sleeve on clear vinyl." - DS.

Slicing Grandpa
Chaos Midnight

Strain Theory Records No Cat

10"
£10.99


First turned onto this excellent Seattle-based duo by our pals Sparkle Girl and they were right, Slicing Grandpa are an excellent/weird rhythm machine/fuzz/vox/guitars cabal that take the sound of early Chrome and bombard it with downs, F/X and glue until it comes across more like a cough syrup pro-sci-fi take on Big Black. Aspects of this 10” would’ve sat just right on a Subterranean comp or an LAFMS cassette – the vocals sit under a thin storm of gloop while the guitars have a great lubricated, quicksilver feel that speaks of doom, drugs and dislocation like nothing else. Dark, fucked, totally great.

Totally Nang!
#1

Totally Nang #1

Zine
£1.99


Great new ‘old school’ no-digital/cut n paste underground zine from Glasgow: written on a typewriter borrowed from Richard Youngs, Totally Nang features a great candid/revealing interview with Youngs himself as well as a conversation with Finland’s Tsembla and reviews/appreciations of Blood Stereo, Pengo, Nazorani, Public Image Limited and more. 

Antti Tolvi
Taikuri Tali

Ikuisuus iku-040

LP
£17.99


Massive new solo album from Finnish free jazz head Antti Tolvi, best known as a member of Rauhan Orkesteri/Lauhkeat Lampaat et al: following on from his triumphal double LP of psychedelic piano minimalism on Fonal, Taikuri Tali collects a bunch of diverse strategies, with high masses scored for street organs, massively raw, almost Charlie Nothing-esque flute work, dazzling forest folk jams and minimalist DIY visions that could almost be Bo Anders Persson. Indeed, played back to back with Persson’s recent Love Is Here To Stay retrospective it makes for a historically up-ending listen, taking free improvisation into new depths of omming, brain-stilling psychoactivity. Recommended!

Aoki Tomoyuki & Mochizuki Harutaka
s/t

No Label No Cat

CD
£16.99


Privately pressed Japan-only numbered edition of only 200 copies from this mind-blowing new psychedelic Tokyo underground duo: guitarist/vocalist Aoki Tomoyuki is front-man for the hands-down best post-Flashback Tokyo psych unit Up-Tight, while one-time Volcanic Tongue recording artists Harutaka plays saxophone and sings in an emotionally desolate, high-wire style that connects the phantom reed work of a Kaoru Abe or a Masayoshi Urabe with a fraught take on the bleak folk-blues of a Shuji Inaba or a Kan Mikami. This beautifully packaged self-released album marks their debut as a duo and it makes for a thrilling ride. Cutting wild almost Takayanagi/Abe style improvisations with some startling songs, Tomoyuki mainlines his trademark post-Velvets OTT fuzz guitar style into thick beams of endless feedback worship, with the sound of mangled electricity exploding dark, desolate ballads that Harutaka tears apart with an up-close, un-dosed saxophone sound that moves from confrontational implosions to sweet, delicate melodic playing and upper register tone violence. Both Tomoyuki and Harutaka handle the song writing credits as well as vocals, combining the kind of minor chord melancholy of classic PSF-blasted enka with moments of pure tonal eruption, with what sounds like The Legendaly Guitar Amp Tapes put to the service of primo Japanese drug ballads. And when the two fall into the extended improvisations that bookend the folk/punk songs it feels like the next advance in the evolution of one of the most creatively accelerated underground scenes in the world. Fans of La Musica, PSF, the early Takayanagi/Abe duos and the whole Flashback folk/psych/acid sound need to plug this monster in. Very highly recommended!!

Ark
Voyages

Guerssen Records Guess-107

LP
£22.99


Long-time coming reissue of this massively heavy Christian psych legend recorded in 1978 and originally pressed in an edition of only 100 copies: legendary private press/real people psych dealer and Endless Boogie frontman Paul Major lists this as one of his all-time Top Five releases and it fully delivers on the hype with heady organ-driven eschatological hymns that combine the exuberant dooms of D.R. Hooker with the almost obligatory nod to Doors-style psychodrama and greasy biker duds that are a little more, uh, cocaine than gasoline, it is the late 70s after all, giving the whole Xian genre a touch of glitterball that reflects on the wastoid loungeland genius of Jade Stone & Luv as much as raw basement classics like Frolk Haven et al. Great endless/wayward fuzz jams that get all the way out coupled with goofy/inspired ‘F/X’ like wind across deserts and air raid sirens that give the whole deal the kinda epic/creepy Biblical aspect of Father Yod & Ya Ho Wha at their most thunderous. Beautifully presented with all-new liners and a ton of previously unknown info from ‘Lama’ himself, Mr Patrick Lundborg. Highly recommended!

Blues Creation
Demon & Eleven Children

Bamboo BAMLP7001

LP
£14.99


Heavy vinyl edition of the 1971 debut from the new, super-charged Blues Creation, still one of the heaviest stones to come out of the Japanese psychedelic underground: this massive album has enough squeal to please even a guy like John Fothergill, with that classic wailing acid guitar sound wrapped around a buncha monolithic thug punk excess. Track titles like “Atom Bomb Away” and “Sorrow” point to the kind of apocalyptically wasted sonics that await. “Just I Was Born” is the kind of razzing twin string blaster that would reconcile early sludge metal with the kinda levitating fuzz attack of The Savage Resurrection and the stoned 70s shred of the Spectator label. “Sorrow” is even better, with twin metal guitar harmonics and classic galloping rhythms giving way to the kinda power-weeping ballad style of the Far Out or even Blue Oyster Cult circa “Last Days Of May” w/Cream and Zep-isms given that classic turned up to 11 mutant Japanese violence. A killer heavy psych/amplifier worshipping side, highly recommended.

Dark Matter
s/t

Siltbreeze SB-170

LP
£17.99


New album from a group led by Stephen Cogle, best known for his time in legendary New Zealand underground groups like Vacuum, The Victor Dimisich Band and The Terminals: a great, dreamy full-band sound here, with a sound that feels directly linked to the Victor Dimisich recordings, incorporating the always dramatic, romantic feel of Cogle’s vocals with great xpressways of melodic guitar droning and a romantic, apocalyptic atmosphere that is impossible to resist. In a way, Cogle has the personality of a frontman from a different age, a Tom Verlaine, a John Cale or even a more gothic Lawrence circa The Splendour Of Fear as he sings about history coming to an end and the guitars trail off into the chiming motorik eternities of a Velvets or a Clean, those twin poles of NZ garage euphorics. But really, this feels more like a continuation of the trajectory Cogle first locked into with the Dimisich recordings than any kind of new comeback project and it’s a goddamn privilege to pick up the trail. Highly recommended. 

Hamish Kilgour
All Of It And Nothing

Ba Da Bing Records BING-102

LP
£15.99


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. 

Kevin Aprill
Sunset On An Imaginary Beach Of Latent Energy

Del Val DV-11

LP
£33.99


Staggering reissue/rediscovery of what existed only as a single-copy acetate cut in New Jersey in 1971: this discovery was so momentous that it brought the legendary Del Val label out of hibernation after 10 years (they were the first to reissue The Bachs’ sainted Out Of The Bachs in 1992) in order to make it public. It’s a revelation. Aprill was a massively bombed-out American Primitive guitarist with a vision of the sound of the cosmos and this revelatory album combines aching acoustic guitar laments with the most fucked-up drone/sound environments ever to make it out of the real people 1970s void. Aprill and partner Mary Parshelunis use vocals, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and kazoo – albeit kazoo soaked in OTT psychedelic F/X. The first side is epic, three guitar soli excursions that match Fahey’s Days Have Gone By in terms of temporal dislocation w/heady use of F/X. But it’s the b-side that will truly blow your mind. It starts off with an insane improvisation for solo dulcimer before dropping into an almost side-long suite called “On Tour Of The Solar System” that breaks down into three ‘movements’; “Plutonian Airwaves”/Improvization Upon A Traditional Martian Scale/Rocket Waves”. You never heard such sounds: the wailing echoed kazoo is equal parts Cherry Blossoms and Richard Youngs circa New Angloid Sound while the combination of harsh noise, wowing drone work and tactile fuzz-damaged folk/punk brut somehow reconciles the communal improvisatory appeal of Taj Mahal Travellers and CCCC with a homemade UK underground/DIY ethos (think the whole Bower/Campbell/Youngs orbit) and some massively crude would-be-concrete Industrial improvisations. Just incredible. Indeed, Sunset... pretty much encompasses alla the historical strands of the Fahey back catalogue in one goddamn session. The sleeve art is just gravy too, with titles written in pen and a beautiful reproduction of the original sleeve, complete with tears and tape markings. Amazing that at this stage of the game something so completely unparalleled can still be uncovered. Wow – very highly recommended!

Lars-Gunnar Bodin/Bengt Emil Johnson
Semikolon

Paradigm Discs PD-29

LP
£13.99


Numbered edition of 500 copies LP with four page insert that reissues this seminal 1966 text-sound collaboration from two key Swedish sound poets: originally created as a 6 part radio series in 1965 and released in 1966 by Sveriges Radio, Semikolon was the first LP recording by either of these composers, recorded at EMS (Elektron Musik Studion), the newly established studio facility at Swedish Radio. Inspired by the work of Öyvind Fahlström (who was a pioneer of concrete poetry along with the Lettrists and Futurists), the duo began exploring new text based experiments. The only other artist releasing recordings that were exploring a similar territory in Sweden was Åke Hodell who had released two 7” singles.
Access to the facilities and sophisticated electronics at EMS meant that the pair’s concepts were more advanced than their European counterparts w/ a heady radio-play logic that gave way to the first use of the term text-sound composition, a working description that was soon taken up by other Swedish artists like Ake Hodell and Sten Hanson.
Bodin and Johnson went on to inaugurate the Fylkingen festival of text-sound composition which in turn birthed a major series of LPs while they contributed to some of the major publications of the time, such as Revue Ou.
Semikolon is a radical collaboration, using voice, field recordings, the sounds of smashing glass, automatic narration, rasping electronics, body sounds and narrative jump-cuts to create a fractured form of sonic exegesis that combines an austere European experimental feel with a darker Kraut/Industrial aspect that is almost Nurse With Wound-esque at times. There’s also a strange sensual/nostalgic aspect to some of the tracks, with excerpts of sad lounge/country music interrupted by the sounds of industrial machinery and odd, deliberately articulated little girl voices that sound like a child’s first tape experiments. A historically potent release that comes with a bonus 7 minute track not on the original release - highly recommended. 

Maurizio Bianchi
S.F.A.G. 81

Recursion STRANA 001

LP
£16.99


Repro vinyl edition of this legendary side from Maurizio Bianchi, still one of the central Industrial/experimental records to come out of the revolutionary underground tumult of the late-70s/early-80s. Originally issued in 1981 on Sterile Records, Symphony For A Genocide was then re-issued as a completely re-worked piece by Broken Flag entitled S.F.A.G. 81 in January 1983. Excerpted on Vinyl On Demand’s amazing Broken Flag set, this edition represents its first full reissue on vinyl. S.F.A.G. 81 is a harrowing wake for liberal/humanist notions of humanity in the shadow of the Holocaust, with black tunnels of martial, mechanised analog drone, wailing alarm codes, primitive drum machines and conveyor belt rhythms marching inexorably into the heart of darkness. There’s a bleak, orchestral feel to the way that Bianchi totally rubbers the original recording, using a primitive delay unit to further refract and echo the spectral sonics while touching on the kind of talismanic freak zones of Heather Leigh circa Jailhouse Rock. Alongside the TG 24 Hour box, the early Broken Flag catalogue, a buncha the Italian power electronic sides, Nurse With Wound's Chance Meeting and Whitehouse's Dedicated To Peter Kurten, S.F.A.G. 81 remains one of the truly epoch-defining recordings and it still sounds every bit as disturbing and interrogating as it did the first time you ever encountered it. Remastered and fully authorised, beautifully packaged with thick tip-on sleeves and artwork by longtime Bianchi collaborator Siegmar Fricke. One time pressing of 500 copies. Very highly recommended!  

oMMM
Parallel Lines Converge

Alien Jams No Cat

LP
£13.99


Debut release in an edition of 300 copies from this label run by Chloe Frieda of the Alien Jams radio show, dedicated to past>future electronic experimentation: oMMM is the brainchild of Edmund Davie and uses primitive electronics, four-track cassette recorder, tape work, synth and drum machine to generate the kind of lonely lunar satellites that combine the feel of early Asmus Tietchens with classic, spooked bedroom radiophonia and an eerie occult/galactic atmosphere that is somewhere between The Conet Project and Joe Meek’s I Hear A New World. Tracks read like NASA interceptions of punk primitive alien technologies tone-dialling 20th century receptors with squiggles of shortwave, early Industrial wasp soundings, brain-blotting loops and clunky hermetic drones underlining the whole scientific bedroom hobbyist appeal. Unmusical and mind-bendingly crude, this makes for the perfect combination of eccentric analogue experimentation and cold, austere Kluster/Conrad Schnitzler style dead dark space. A great debut, highly recommended.

Our Love Will Destroy The World
Stillborn Plague Angels

Dekorder #30

LP
£14.99


Debut full-length album from Campbell Kneale’s post-Birchville Cat Motel/Black Boned Angel project. Kinda the Sunroof to Birchville’s Skullflower, Our Love Will Destroy The World retains the power/doom backdrop that has defined Kneale’s last few releases but somehow there’s a more free-floating aspect to the sonics that makes it sound more psychedelic and less immediately oppressive. Most of the tracks still work from vertical layers of steel tone but there’s a technicolour aspect to their construction that is much more lucid than the average post-Metal drone doofus. I mean, it’s still gonna shave your head but there’s something more sensual and deeply focussed about Kneale’s new style that is uniquely persuasive.

Patrick Conrad
Gelukkig Als In Het Bijzijn Van Een Vrouw

KRAAK No Cat

LP
£18.99


Unlikely deluxe LP reissue in a hand-numbered run of only 300 copies of what has been described as “one of the very few psychedelic treasures from Belgium”, Patrick Conrad’s stunning 1972 masterpiece: in 1972 Belgian poets Nic van Bruggen and Patrick Conrad founded Pink Poets, a group of mainly artists from Antwerp that “shared a love for quality restaurants and alcohol.” In 1973 Conrad recorded Gelukkig als in het bijzijn van een vrouw with Roland van Campenhout and two session musicians. Originally pressed in a tiny run of only 300 copies, its reputation has become legendary through its combination of weirdo poetry, downer acid folk and full-on Kosmische dreamtone bliss-out.
Conrad reads his poetry through an echo chamber, giving his voice all of the zonked oracular power of a Walter Wegmuller or a Sergius Golowin, who are probably the closest comparisons. The music is amazing, at points touching on totemic downer folk gods such as Bob Desper or Mark Fry covering the soundtrack to Valerie & Her Week Of Wonders with dosed flute, violin and weirdo narration. Then the album totally flips and Conrad takes off on walls of droning F/X that sound like the brainchild of Timothy Leary and Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser as he power-booms his poetry straight down the throat of the void over some blasted wah-wah guitar that feels like it was squoze out of the third eye of Conny Veit. This would’ve sat just *there* alongside Ultra Eczema’s on-going unearthing of counter-cultural Belgium madmanisms and the presentation is stunning, with hand-numbered gatefold sleeves that present extensive liners over pics of opium smokers, an amazing massive fold-out poster and a large 12” booklet. An incredible archival issue, a true one-off that demands to be heard, very highly recommended!

Quasispecies Four
s/t

Art Into Life 010

Art Edition LP
£18.99


Beautifully presented art edition LP in a run of only 250 copies that documents a killer Japanese underground quartet featuring Toshiji Mikawa of Incapacitants/Hijokaidan on electronics, Hideaki Shimada of the amazing Agencement on violin and electronics, Nobuo Yamada (TNB collaborator et al) on metal junk objects and Katsuyoshi Kou on guitar and electronics. This fascinating set spans and reconciles a bunch of disparate approaches, with almost New Blockaders-scale electro/acoustic confusion and a wild/blunt interactive style breaking down into the kind of elemental post-AMM/MEV sound summits of East Bionic Symphonia. Mikawa’s no-stop electro assault comes straight out of the Masayuki Takayanagi school of Mass Projection and the addition of Kou on guitar pushes the whole deal into the kind of bulldozing speed freak zone of Takayanagi’s New Direction Unit while giving the nod to massive table-top sides like Live At Zojoji Hall. Indeed, this comes over like the best melding of psychedelic noise, radical Japanese improvisation and cultic freak this side of Marginal Consort. Beautifully packaged with an obi strip that circles the whole of the jacket and that affixes an insert to the back, this is one of the major Japanese underground vinyl releases of the year – very highly recommended!

Raum
Event Of Your Leaving

Glass, House #003

LP
£23.99


Beautiful new duo set from Liz Harris (Grouper) and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma in a white vinyl edition of 500 copies: described as “a loose set of memories, dreams and imagines interpreting the visual work of Latvian artist Vija Celmins for piano, guitar, keyboard, voice and tapes”, Event Of Your Leaving takes the fuzzy/distant rural psychedelia of Flying Saucer Attack circa In Search Of Spaces and dilates it to the point of embryonic interstellar bliss, with the duo floating out on waves of slow-glissing solar winds while celestial melodies cohere in chains of smeared single notes. Some of the more euphoric passages have that glorious backwards guitar/tremolo wormhole appeal of Isn’t Anything-era My Bloody Valentine but with a smudged tonal palette that goes even deeper into nowhere. Beautifully packaged in a three panel fold-out cover that is an offset print and letter-pressed edition of artwork by Liz Harris, this one won’t be around for long! Limited supply, very highly recommended. 

Sachiko & Rinji Fukuoka
Void

Musik Atlach MACDR-001

CD
£10.99


Stunning new self-released album from the Japanese underground duo of Sachiko (Kousokuya/Overhang Party et al) and Rinji Fukuoka (Overhang Party/Majutsu Ni Niwa et al): recorded in startling hi-fi at Showboat in Tokyo in June of 2011, Void is the perfect name for this mind-blowing wall of relentlessly peaking black hole sound, with Sachiko’s angel vox and heavenly electronics bisected by Fukuoka’s vocals, electronics, bass, percussion and shortwave radio work. Sachiko has a way of generating hugely organic walls of feedback that still scream like sheet metal and here she is on particularly devastating form, building ghostly shapes and witch cries from ectoplasmic electricity that Fukuoka threads with haunted shortwave voices and ghost tones. Soon the whole piece is vibrating like a gridlocked Parson Sound, with Fukuoka’s electric bass pushing the whole thing into full-on nod-out/brain-dunt mode. Another peerless release from two of the leading lights of the contemporary Tokyo psych sound. Highly recommended. 

The Theatre Of Eternal Music
s/t

No Label No Cat

LP
£46.99


Staggering out-of-nowhere/massively limited LP of primo unreleased recordings from the original world-defining line-up of The Theatre Of Eternal Music: La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad and John Cale. Consisting of excerpts from the legendary tapes that the group made across 1963/64 before MacLise’s departure for the east, there are four mind-blowing jams here, all rendered in spectacular fidelity.  La Monte plays sopranino saxophone throughout, with Zazeela on vocal drones, MacLise on hand percussion, Conrad on bowed guitar and Cale on viola. Track 1: “12/1/64 The First Twelve; Sunday Morning Blues. Track 2: 19/10/63 Fifth Day Of The Hammer; Bb Dorian Blues (Excerpt). Track 3: 28/11/63 The Overday (Excerpt). Track 4: 30/10/63 Day Of Hummingbird Night (Excerpt). One of the major archival unearthings of this legendary group and a key/secret Holy Music working. Beautiful pro-printed sleeves with liners by La Monte, incredibly short supply, single copies per customer, please do not be disappointed if you miss out! Highest possible recommendation!

V-3
Live At Bernie’s ‘97

No Label No Cat

LP
£18.99


Massive vinyl unearthing of what was originally released as a limited CD-R in a promo-only run of 100 copies: recorded live at Bernie’s on the same bill as Bassholes and Strapping Fieldhands this devastating live set presents the Photograph Burns-era line-up of V-3 in totally scorching form.
The music of Jim Shepard (Vertical Slit/V-3 et al) exists in a kind of timeless/non-historically specific zone and you could almost juggle the release dates of alla his back catalogue around and it would still make perfect sense. Inspired by UK prog like King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator and Be Bop Deluxe as well as avant garde composition, the whole Velvets/Reed/Cale/Bowie/Rundgren cabal, free jazz etc, Shepard visioned a form of experimental rock that remained radically individual while anticipating developments in the form that weren’t even thought of by most underground players until well into the 1990s. He was a central player in the whole Columbus Ohio Mike Rep/Tommy Jay/Ron House/Nudge Squidfish scene yet there was always something friendless and lonely and combative about his musical persona.
Live At Bernie’s presents a live-in-a-basement rip through some of his best material, with his vocals pushed well up front. We get scabrous versions of tracks like “Your Uncle”, “Son Of Sam”, “Harry”, “Queen Of The Underground” et al that go as deep into the nocturnal American nightmare zone as anything by Simple Saucer, Chrome and White Light/White Heat era Velvet Underground. The fidelity is superb, actually higher than a buncha his ‘official’ albums while packing enough amplifier damage and lo-grade scuzz to take you directly *there*. Shepard remains a shining star in the VT universe, one of the most important and uncompromising voices to come out of the American underground, and this is as fine an epitaph for him as any, classic pre/post-Siltbreeze destructo rock mainlined straight from the source. Paste-on sleeves w/scrawled individually unique art. Love this era, love these songs. Don’t sleep! Highly recommended.

Various Artists
Neu Ist Zeit: Augsburg 1979-84

Randstock Platten RS-03

LP
£21.99


Stunning, fully licensed classic DIY style compilation of amazing 1980s DIY, synth, punk and no wave masterworks from Augsburg, Germany in a limited totally handmade edition of only 200 copies: assembled using no computer technology whatsoever, this is a true labour of love, with a presentation that stays true to how it would have looked had it been released in 1984, using pencil, hand, non-digital camera and a Xerox machine. Sleeves are all recycled LP covers hand-painted with black ink and with one of nine different original photographs mounted on the cover. Back cover is based on a b/w paste-on featuring original/non-seen flyer graphics.
None of the tracks compiled her ever made it to vinyl, being culled mostly from long lost cassette tapes. And what a sound! Maybe best known amongst this incredible micro-scene is the all-female ultra-crude punks Pervers, whose infamous 1985 7” remains one of the holy grails of DIY experimental non. They are represented here by great sounding unreleased original mixes (!) from their 1985 monster.  But there’s more: Stalinorgel (“one of the very first punk bands of Germany, they had two Velvets bootlegs and created their version of swabian punk”), Ameisensaure (“Flipper on 45”), Kalt (“early Neubauten meets Chrome”), Der Zustand (“experimental NDW inspired by their Lower East Side peers”), Schatten Unter Eis (“first track maximal synth bordering on acid house ((in 1983!)), the other track sounds like school boy JOY D fans covering Young Marble Giants”), Kurzschluzz (“synth NDW with fake French lyrics by the duo of Joachim Stender and Nicole Zunker, recorded 10 months earlier than their LÀDVENTURE IMAGINAIRE album”) and Fog (“first track is in the vein of mid period 39 Clocks ((whom they didn`t know)), 2nd track sounds like a teutonic version of Tuxedomoon during their early days in Brussels”).
This is an incredible overview of a massively accelerated underground scene, with post-Krautrock moves imploding into an incredible melange of cold synth, scrappy DIY jams, atonal avant rock refusals and insane no-count energies. Totally legit, perfectly mastered, this is just a goddamn treat and makes for the key DIY release of the year. Simply can’t recommend this incredible labour of love enough, comes with an insert w/a ton of info, highest possible recommendation!! 

Gypsy Treasures
Buried Goods

Not Not Fun NNF-220

Cassette
£5.99


“Being lifelong fans of contextless cassette curveballs, Buried Goods appealed to us instantly. The sole extant document (unreleased till now) of ambiguous mid-2000s Irvine, CA basement raga project Gypsy Treasures, BG sounds like a lost Sublime Frequencies demo as played by a bunch of So-Cal teens obsessed with German Oak. Blown-out faux-modal guitar lines snake and coil under a cavernous reverb chamber while bizarre bunker electronics whirr and oscillate in an opiated haze on a bed of zoned tambo & hand percussion. All four tracks were 4-tracked at home at various times across the mid-2000s (the exception being “Four Horsemen,” which was recorded live back in ’04) with various guest personnel and inner-chemical agendas. Completely awesome and wholly apart from whatever else is/was going on, scene-wise. Pro-dubbed tapes in cases with pitch-shifted regal furniture art/design by video-maker du jour, Megazord. Edition of 100.” – NNF.

Blend 42 From Outer Space
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-202

CD-R
£6.99


Makes sense that in the deeply personal and homemade world of the Breakdance The Dawn Australian underground that somebody would reference Ed Wood, and here it is, the solo project of Marek Rygielski of Perfect Lovers and Old Growth Cola: Matt Earle claims that Perfect Lovers were the reason he moved to Brisbane in the first place, so that gives you an idea of just how ‘out’ Marek’s vision is. This amazing compilation spans work from 2009 to the present day, taking in collaborations with Craft Bandits and Club Sound Witches, intermissions, live shows and the kind of reality-phasing electro-acoustic drone ritual that takes off on the early Angus MacLise/Tony Conrad jams while minting a form of crude eternal music that has as much to do with The New Blockaders as it does Caroliner or even P16.D4 or Tolerance or Charlemagne Palestine or or or. Which is to say that this is top-shelf hands-on DIY basement psych at a whole new apex of high. Another necessary – and completely confounding – release from Breakdance The Dawn.

Dry Mouth
Imm8rtal

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-204

CD-R
£6.99


New duo jams from the bottom of the world duo of Cooper Bowman and Sean McMorrow: BDTD label head Matt Earle describes their jams as “some of the best come down/fuck this I’m not going out at all styles” and that kinda captures the obsessive tape work and primitive homemade dub environs that these two inhabit. Making the kind of subliminal use of voices and looped samples of a Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson, Dry Mouth sink them into throbbing, circular organic drone constructs that seem to pulsate with life, with distant tectonics and almost music box melodies suspended like intergalactic spectra amidst planetary-scale shortwave. Indeed, there is something here that really connects to that most puzzling and oddly charismatic of New Zealand underground recordings, John Pilcher and Marin McKelvey late 60s/early 70s concrete masterwork, A Bun Dance, or even the recordings of Etienne O’Leary from the 1960s. Either way, this makes for a massive trip. 

Dusty Anastassiou
Live At Real Bad

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-199

CD-R
£6.99


Massively crude solo space/folk jams in a desolate Bob Desper/black void style from a guy who turns up in a lot of Australian underground groups like Scrabbled, Thighmaster, Dag et al: recorded at the launch night for the Wonderfuls 7”, this one makes for a perfect companion, with a guitar that sounds as if it might be strung with barbed wire and a voice that floats on deep clouds of fucked up country-tinged remorse and post-Jandek blues. Connecting with the whole BDTD ethos via massively dilated, last man standing singer/songwriter-isms, this makes for one of the most naked and personally revelatory releases in the catalogue.

e24k
Live

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-200

CD-R
£6.99


“Heart attack music” from the solo project of Nicola Morton of Australian underground cells Bad Intentions and Club Sound Witches: using re-jacked electronics, formless noise and sludgy bedroom bass, Nicola performs a crude DIY séance where mutated almost-vocals are narrating some kind of weird cosmo text which is being simultaneously deformed by bombards of insane shortwave and tape destruct, coming over like EVP recordings of a small child being held captive by minds from other realities until the whole deal explodes into the kind of crude beatbox pop that push the techno of Club Sound Witches into the kind of occult stylings of a P.A.R.A w/a more disobedient Silicon Teens>Instant Automatons style. Yeah!

Girls Girls Girls
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-205

CD-R
£6.99


More amazing no-count crude avant rock jams from the Australian trio of Matt Earle (Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx/Breakdance The Dawn et al) on percussion and electronics, Adam Park (Sprot) on bass and Rohan Holiday (Kitten Party/Teen Sex) on guitar: Girls Girls Girls play an extremely dilated form of avant garage that subverts concepts of instrumental ability – even of actually playing – to the point of narcoleptic hands-off string dunt and entropic rhythmic collapse. Matt Earle describes this as their ‘metal’ album, and that makes sense if you can imagine a metal album cut by Kommissar Hjular und Mama Baer circa their amazing Ultra Eczema album.
Indeed at points it sounds like they have turned the Corwood back catalogue inside out and are now playing it backwards, such is the mind-boggling levels of savant-styled improvisatory prowess on display here. Smears of indecipherable vocals come over like an autistic call to prayer while the drums slug it out with Sunny Murray in the car park and the guitars stagger between psychedelic slo-motion surf/punk re-thinks, F/X damaged one-note ‘solos’ and thuggish bloody-minded invented chord patterns. Sublime rock instants way beyond ‘technique’, this is free improvised music that far outstrips anything going in the tepid contemporary ‘improv’ scene in terms of vision and inspired new modes of group-think. If Derek Bailey was alive today I’d rather hear him jam with these guys than with the usual bedwetters. All sounds are innocent!

Midnight Mines
Mother’s Mod Lament

Mystery Plane Tapes MPS-2

Cassette
£6.99


Second cassette from this fantastic London-based duo w/connections to raggedy garage unit Black Time in a private edition of only 50 copies: culling basement recordings from the years 2010-2014, Mother’s Mod Lament comes on like Pussy Galore plays Suicide’s “Love So Lovely” with a room full of sheet metal and brokedown guitars. Imagine Teenage Jesus & the Jerks with broken bottle percussion and a commitment to monochord violence that goes way beyond the long blank. Off mic, stammered, exclamatory vocals over spidery, bass note runs and explosions of almost Richard Rupenus produces The Hospitals barbarity, this is the real sound of contemporary garage punk minus the haircuts and styling. Another killer instalment that will fly out as fast as the first, highly recommended. 

Oren Ambarchi & Eli Keszler
Alps

Dancing Wayang Records DWR-009

LP
£16.99


Inspired new duo work from Oren Ambarchi and percussionist/sound artist Eli Keszler: two massive side-long works, the first of which re-wires the style of AMM circa The Crypt with a tactile feel for drums, feedback and hovering tones that combines the feeling of mass group ritual of Faust’s Rien with crude fists of fast, skittering free jazz and an almost Organum-esque weave of industrial tectonics. The flip is even better, with a blown-out almost Nanjo Asahito-esque torrent of psychedelic rock violence, with peaking guitar crunch and juggernauts of percussion that railroad the whole thing via the early 80s Japan/Minor scene while breaking out and freaking with it in a way that has more to do with Amabarchi’s amazing work with Haino and O’Malley than any kind of art/improv gambit. And it’s all the more jaw-dropping for it. Edition of 500 copies from two big VT faves, recommended!

Scissor/Split
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-198

CD-R
£6.99


BDTD represent the sunshine coast noise posse w/this release: label boss Matt Earle describes them as “a bit of an enigma to me the way they hang out up there in paradise makin all this crazy noise.. blake (scissor) runs analogue ordnance.. makin modular synths and fx ...” The sound is somewhat akin to the post-Hawkwind psychedelic noise torrents of  the whole CCCC/Space Machine/Hiroshi Hasegawa circuit, with UFO touchdown tones, harsh, bleary analogue noise ala Broken Flag, and a warped, rainbow electronics vibe that peaks in waves of buckled euphoric. 

Squiding
s/t

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-197

CD-R
£6.99


New set of “rainy day home brew psych” from Australia: Squiding play undersea avant garage, with a guitar sound that feels as if it is being played with boxing gloves, matching that classic Xpressway/Corpus Hermeticum dead amp sound to a series of endless non-plateaus that take all the way out while remaining focussed on the non-F/X mutated specifics of the instrument ala RST et al. Think a codeine huffing BDTD play Parson Sound and you’re close to the kind of endless, narcotic appeal of these heavily drugged strings. 

Toilet Roll Dolls
Live At Real Bad

Breakdance The Dawn BDTD-203

CD-R
£6.99


Amazing, psychedelic, spectral non wave sound from the Australian underground trio of Max Fowler, Samantha Axiak and Bec Hlodich (Bad Intentions): Matt Earle calls them his “favorite new band of this year.. they set up in the bathroom and play coincidental sounds with heavily amplified percussion and stream of consciousness that goes on forever.. nearly every time I've seen them live someone else sets up and starts playing as if they're not there.” The sound is beautiful, slow motion environmental drones with a domestic Taj Mahal Travellers feel. Indeed, imagine Andrew Chalk using minimal bass dunts, free form angel tone vocals and muzzy field recordings to as part of an improvising ensemble dedicated to post-Eno visions of the sound of right now and you are somewhere close to the punked static drone work of this magical grouping. You could live inside these subliminal recordings all day. Fans of Nijiumu, Mirror, Akio Suzuki, Ora and Brian Eno pretty much need this monster. And what a name!

Oyauchi-Deku Duo
Now’s The Time?

Armageddon Nova AN-R1

LP
£18.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Staggering edition of 250 copies 180g vinyl debut for this legendary Japanese underground free jazz duo, incredibly their first ever official studio recording: we have been working on this release for a while and are super excited to finally launch it. Partnered with Armageddon we’re the exclusive source for this major unearthing outside of Japan. Aishi Oyauchi is a radical alto saxophonist in the tradition of Kaoru Abe and who hails from the same first generation of Japanese free improvisers while Deku is a bassist who comes out of the whole Motoharu Yoshizawa school of radical free improvisation and rigorous sound art and was a student of legendary percussionist Masahiko Togashi. Due to having little interest in documenting their thought the duo have remained unrecorded despite both players being in their 60s and playing out for several decades so this is the first recorded evidence of the kind of ferocious invention these two are capable of and that has attracted regular collaborators to them over the years like PSF recording artist and folk-sprit Kan Mikami and drummer Sabu Toyozumi (who the duo are reconnecting with for a special record launch show in Japan).
This is a studio recording and it is diamond-sharp, allowing you to get all the way inside the players’ uniquely psychedelic and subtly brain-bombing style. Deku really gets into the grain of the strings, drawing thick black overtones and droning harmonics out of cold, silent space. Oyauchi plays soft, breathy tattoos, touching on aspects of Bill Dixon or Donald Ayler before breaking into phantom testifying and odd folk/traditional fragments that would reconcile the screaming, high/lonesome style of the late Kaoru Abe with the love cry of Albert Ayler and the mutant jazz feel of Moondog complete with choruses of small singing bells.
And it’s not all reed torture; there are long sections of soft, intimate exchange that recall the romantic midnight reveries of Frank Lowe and Phillip Wilson’s Out Of Nowhere side and high-wire sections of tense negotiation and silence carving that could almost pass for a post-PSF small-group take on the universal music of the Celestrial Communication Orchestra. Indeed, there’s a genuine ‘out of nowhere’ feel to much of this stunning session, with an advanced approach to form that fully internalises the radical leaps that thinkers like Togashi, Abe, Yoshizawa, Toyozumi and Masayuki Takayanagi made while incorporating moments of extended textural exegesis and an expressive use of stasis and silence that makes most ‘lower case’ improvisers sound like furniture polishers.
This is a signal side, a key missing part of the whole Japanese free music underground finally restored and an amazing document of two players from the furthest margins of the scene who have worked a very particular vision of the potential of free music in a comparative personal and cultural vacuum. We’re proud as hell to be a part of bringing this gorgeous release to light, presented on massively heavy 180g vinyl, 250 copies only and “recorded on 100% full analog”. Not for digital consumption, this is the archival free jazz/Japanese underground release of the year. File it alongside Paul Flaherty, Loren Connors, Jandek, Kaoru Abe and Motoharu Yoshizawa in the section of your record collection reserved for solitary mavericks. Highest possible recommendation!

Antipan
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Pulled Out PULLLP-001

one-sided LP
£10.99


Wild quartet art brut from Australia: two guitars, vocals and bass piloted through a rapidly collapsing universe by a bunch of fists who have done more to upset and bolster traditions of rock freak than anyone else down under, with Matt Earle of Breakdance The Dawn and Sumugan Sivanesan on guitars, Nick Dan (xNoBBQx) on bass and vocals and Anthony Guerra (Black Petal) on drums. Post-Harry Pussy/Shaggs/Guys N Dolls-style disobedient rock brut, highly recommended. Pink vinyl w/insert and etched disc. 

Good Area
Pronunciation

Hanson HN-266

Cassette
£8.99


More amazing noise/improvisation/tape work/domestic ritual from this great basement USA duo: a feel for a little more actual ‘playing’ on this set than on previous outings from Good Area, Pronunciation, at points, almost resembles Derek Bailey’s 1971 Solo Guitar side on Incus, especially the second side, where Bailey attempted to play/eviscerate ‘compositions’ by Misha Mengelberg, Gavin Bryars and Willem Breuker. The guitar rocks full-on feedback while the trumpet almost sounds like Donald Ayler for Chocolate Monk and all the while there are fleets of crude drum machines working pugilistic time and cut-up samples that somehow generate their own complex, overlapping times and structures. Similar in feel to their earlier Dilettante Cassette – if you were lucky enough to score that – with two long tracks of logic defying bedroom blurt ala Shadow Ring/Decayes/Aube et al. Very highly recommended!

Martin Rev
s/t

Superior Viaduct SV-012

LP
£21.99


ONE OF VOLCANIC TONGUE'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR 2013!

Timely reissue of this stone classic, Martin Rev’s debut solo album cut in the wake of the first Suicide album: this is a beautiful record, one that captures the transcendent euphoric pop feel of the second Suicide album, which Rev was working on at the same time, while still mainlining that American nightmare sound of the debut. Like The Ramones, in a way, Suicide tapped into an ultra stripped-down minimalist take on American pop song and in many ways this 1980 record, originally released by Lust/Unlust, represents the apex of that approach, with layers of overdubbed keyboard that generate minimalist fantasias of repeat/melodic bliss while working the man/machine appeal into the kind of trance-inducing sci-fi rituals of Suicide producer Craig Leon’s equally amazing Nommos. Rev’s vocals have little of the hiccuping ‘billy romance of Vega and his ‘oh babys’ come over more like veiled threats than sweet nothings, more Frankie Teardrop than Diamonds, Furcoat, Champagne, especially on the tracks where Rev generates dark vortices of swarming keyboards and ghostly/distant melodies. The set comes with a large insert featuring an interview with Rev conducted by Alan Licht where he reveals that some of the material here dates, in conception at least, to the first Suicide album and tracks like “Nineteen 86” certainly have that classic “Rocket USA” feel. But truly, this feels like a record whose time has come, a dark minimal synth masterpiece with a massively addictive/euphoric edge. Comes with a download too. Highly recommended!

Thought Broadcast
Tribal War

Hierodule Editions 2012

Cassette
£9.99


Privately-released cassette in an edition of only 35 copies from Ravi Binning’s Thought Broadcast project: fantastic, fractured drum machine violence with a mesmerising use of lo-fi psychedelics and grimy machine noise gives this the feel of Come Org era MB or even some of the early Storm Bugs material given a severe Japanese Industrial make-over, with the kind of monomaniacal application of repetitive beat robotics and brokedown F/X that is pure Vanity Records. Tribal War walks the line between organic, miasmic electronics and austere drum-machine minimalism with considerable aplomb. Already completely sold out at source. 

Hakisou
1

Black Petal No Cat

Zine + Lithograph Art Print
£6.99


Limited edition fanzine produced by Black Petal and A Binary Datum featuring art by Joshua Burkett, Matt Earle (Breakdance The Dawn/Craft Bandits/xNoBBQx et al) and Daniel Lebow, photos by Daniel Lebow, photos by Clint Morgan, poetry by Ian-John Hutchinson, a review of the Japanesse curry house run by Pirako and Kageo of Suishou No Fune (!), an interview with Tetuzi Akiyama, a short story by Jienko Kurosato and a review of Takahiro Hirama’s ‘Thr Eat Rhy Thm’ CD-R. Packaged in the usual exquisite Black Petal style, handbound with string with an obi strip and fold-out pages. Each copy comes with an original A4 lithograph by Joshua Burkett. 

Far-Out Fangtooth
Borrowed Time

Siltbreeze SB-162

LP
£16.99


Massive new album from this full-blown contemporary US psych group: if their first Siltbreeze record came over like The Pin Group play Joy Division in Berlin, this new one has more of an F/X saturated aura, with the Pin/Joy Division motorik stance still in place but with a wall of sound approach that touches on The Gun Club circa Mother Juno or Paisley Underground heads like The Rain Parade and Opal. The mix is beautifully smeared, with power chords casting huge shadows over the rhythm section and sudden explosions of ripping wah wah excess. Think of the early Crystal Stilts sides filtered through a smudged, widescreen aesthetic that would marry west coast scale with UK freakbeat doofs. Excellent. Comes with a download. 

Innercity
In Fetal Aura

Upstairs 005

CD-R
£4.99


Limited edition of 200 copies, on Daniel Lopatin/Oneohtrix Point Never’s label. Innercity is Hans Dens, a member of the Dreamtime Tapes Sounds community alongside Lieven Martens/Dolphins Into The Future et al. His sound is based around degraded loops and minimal keyboard sighs, generating oceans of sound that are dense with weird, sub-aquatic life-forms. The main thrust of In Fetal Aura is a recreation of pre-birth states and womblike stasis using repetition, sublimation and disarticulated sound and there’s a grainy complexity to his compositions that is close to William Basinski. “Innercity is the brainchild of Belgium's Hans Dens, a wiz from the Dreamtime think tank who has been prodigiously translating his vision journeys to DAT since 2008... anyone familiar with 666 MINUTES AT BOTTOMS OF BLACK LAKES will understand IN FETAL AURA as a natural outgrowth of his process, refined via the destruction and adaptation of loop based bedroom concrete, kraut and new age towards an auditory dreamsystem language all his own. He's also the barron of nu school Bontempi BT series jammage; the Italian stepchildren of the Casio MT series, imbued with aliased, bit damaged refuse from a time when things were simpler. IN FETAL AURA is a trip; a moving picture of animate life in pre-semiotic states of development. Within that trip Innercity reflects biological diversity in spirit form, beautifully shifting from one amorpha to to the next via repetition and mutation, like spirits basking in the coptic glow of life before consciousness. Don't fear the path to amnesia; an infinite patch wipe.. the incomplete return.” – DL

Joe Morris/Fausto Sierakowski/Nigel Taylor
Part And Parcel

Bug Incision Records BIM-64

CD-R
£8.99


Hand-numbered edition of 123 copies CD-R from the trio of Joe Morris on guitar, Fausto Sierakowski on alto saxophone and Nigel Taylor on trumpet: this is a densely creative set, with the players often moving in a single stream with a tangled smear of non-stop ideas. Imagine a more hyper-active Loren Connors’ Come Night, with Morris playing fast/slow spindly runs and spinning odd circular patterns over which saxophone and trumpet link horns and further extrapolate the brief, barbed architectures, playing classic US free jazz moves but with the kind feel for extrapolated space of the flightiest of UK improvisers. Amazing amount of detail in here, with the players working speed-of-thought transmutations of whole jazz histories – country honk, cool, free – into endlessly whizzing Moebius strips of pure tongue joy. A blazing set from these three, very highly recommended. 

Pekka Airaksinen
One Point Music

No Label No Cat

LP
£13.99


Amazing unlikely limited edition reissue of this legendary obscure private press LP that remains one of the most elusive and highly sought-after recordings ever to escape the Nurse With Wound list. Pekka Airaksinen was a member of the equally elusive Sperm, whose amazing 1970 Shh! LP on O Records recently got the reissue treatment. One Point Music goes even further than that outré side with a series of heavily rhythmic/percussive electro/primitive jams that almost comes over like a Cromagnon take on the afro-futurism of Craig Leon’s Nommos LP. Airaksinen works euphoric cultic magic with the barest of set-ups, with single flashing beats/rhythms illuminated by nothing but cracks of solitary electronics or a sudden woosh of phantom brass. Imagine the original Amon Duul let loose in Saturn studios with Suicide’s set-up circa 1975. The LP has two almost-distinct sides to it, with the first a heavier, more overtly modern/primitive Industrial style with electronics and metal percussion that’s somewhere between early SPK/TG at their most minimally repetitive and some of the more bloody-minded of the Vanity acts, Tolerance et al. But it’s cut up with a killer wild man of the mountains feel that is pure Finish freak folk, albeit more amphetamine than hallucinogen. The second side gets even more kosmische, with a use of crude F/X and a fidelity that is as out there as early-60s Sun Ra complete with cosmo-electronics and wild phasing rhythms and alarm code beats that vibrate the speakers like a more DIY Maryanne Amacher before being overwhelmed by great paeans to fuzz and fury that speak in walls of ululating death-tone. Incredible to think this was released in 1972 (!!?) when there was little parallel for this kind of hermetically personal DIY cosmo-minimalism. Originally issued in a run of only 120 copies, this is the first time it has even been remotely available in its entirety. Highest possible recommendation!

Ragtime Frank
I’m A Rocketship For My Lord

Little Big Chief Records LBCR-013

LP
£16.99


Stunning new avant blues rip up from the Oz underground duo of Ragtime Frank on vocals and guitar and Leighton Craig (Primitive Motion et al) on drums: was hearing comparisons to the Ascension duo of Stefan Jaworzyn and Tony Irving’s classic Five Titles recording and it’s true that the combination of convulsive/collapsing hypno guitar, fully in the red deadtone feedback production overload and scything drums comes over like a blunt post-Bailey boogie session cut by UK thugs but imagine that cut with a one-chord Sister Ray style hillbilly hump that was mainlining the ghost of Reverend B way the fuck past even the reducto distorto hunch of a Tetuzi Akiyama. Ragtime Frank lurches and hee-haws all the way over the top like he’s doing the goddamn crusher over post-Billy Childish no-chord ugh. Craig keeps the whole thing lurching drunk from start to finish, coming over like Abner Jay’s dysfunctional sons jonesing for a reformed Red Transistor. Fuck what The Cramps taught us, it’s time to re-learn the goddamn songbook. Insane and very highly recommended!

The Kitchen Cynics
‘Wooden Bird’... Plus

Les Enfants Du Paradiddle ENF-101

CD-R
£6.99


Limited CD-R from DIY Scottish folk spirit Alan Davidson aka Aberdeen’s Kitchen Cynics: this one compiles Davidson’s haunting/bleak psych classic Wooden Bird, released as an LP in Italy in 2011, with six newly recorded tracks from 2013. Wooden Bird catches the faraway melancholy feel of loner classics like Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Donovan’s A Gift From A Flower To A Garden, Bert Jansch’s Jack Orion, Magic Carpet et al but somehow reconciles Scottish field balladry and folk songs with homemade microdot stylings, drum machines, traditional instrumentation and a very personal, hermetic atmosphere. A major highlight in a sprawling back catalogue, recommended.