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    Earthborn Evolution

    BEYOND CREATION have returned with their highly-anticipated second album 'Earthborn Evolution'. The Montreal-based quartet have evolved into a stunning archetype for the next generation of progressive, technical metal bands. Within their intrepid sense of arrangement, frenetic riffs and sweeping melodies give way to majestic solo passages as world-class songs explode with emotional crescendos. As Elusive Psychological Reverence, The Great Revelation, and the title track suggest, 'Earthborn Evolution' is more than just a technical death metal. It's a testament to the boundless creativity of modern, progressive metal.
    1. Elusive Reverence
    2. Sous La Lueur De L'empereur
    3. Earthborn Evolution
    4. The Great Revelation
    5. Neurotical Transmissions
    6. Abstrait Dialog
    7. The Axiom
    8. L'exorde
    9. Theatrical Delirium
    10. Fundamental Process
    Beyond Creation
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    Colored Sands (Awaiting Repress)

    GORGUTS, long-running Canadian craftsmen of technical death metal have returned! After more than a decade of silence, mastermind Luc Lemay unleashes Colored Sands, a new brand of pestilent fury featuring an all star line-up including John Longstreath (ORIGIN, SKINLESS), Colin Marston (BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS) and Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA).


    Few extreme bands have the pedigree of GORGUTS. During their early days as part of death metal's first wave, they created a legacy of legendary releases including their debut album Considered Dead (1991) and its follow-up Erosion of Sanity (1993). The latter witnessed the Canadians becoming more experimental and technical. After a hiatus of five years, Luc Lemay returned with a new line-up, which released the acclaimed third full-length Obscura (1998). By then GORGUTS had fully transformed into one of the most progressive and influential bands in extreme music, which remained impervious to trends, while expanding and redefining the language of death metal. With a new line-up that left Lemay as the sole original member, another milestone album was released. On From Wisdom to Hate (2001) the Quebecois successfully merged the brutal and more direct approach of their earlier albums with the complex arrangements of Obscura.


    Just as GORGUTS seemed on the verge of making the first decade of the new century their own, the band was hit by business and personal issues and went on hiatus. Their musical legacy continued to inspire and thrive as their native Quebec became a focus for technical death metal with acts such as CRYPTOPSY, NEURAXIS and BEYOND CREATION to name but a few following in their footsteps.


    Now the masters are back to deliver the stunning masterpiece the metal world has been awaiting so long. Brace hard or get swept away by the mind blowing storm of Colored Sands!

    1. Le Toit Du Monde
    2. An Ocean Of Wisdom
    3. Forgotten Arrows
    4. Colored Sands
    5. The Battle Of Chamdo
    6. Enemies Of Compassion
    7. Ember's Voice
    8. Absconders
    9. Reduced To Silence
    Gorguts
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  • Colored Sands (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress) Colored Sands (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Colored Sands (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)

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    GORGUTS, long-running Canadian craftsmen of technical death metal have returned! After more than a decade of silence, mastermind Luc Lemay unleashes Colored Sands, a new brand of pestilent fury featuring an all-star line-up including John Longstreath (ORIGIN, SKINLESS), Colin Marston (BEHOLD THE ARCTOPUS) and Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA).


    Few extreme bands have the pedigree of GORGUTS. During their early days as part of death metal's first wave, they created a legacy of legendary releases including their debut album Considered Dead (1991) and its follow-up Erosion of Sanity (1993). The latter witnessed the Canadians becoming more experimental and technical. After a hiatus of five years, Luc Lemay returned with a new line-up, which released the acclaimed third full-length Obscura (1998). By then GORGUTS had fully transformed into one of the most progressive and influential bands in extreme music, which remained impervious to trends, while expanding and redefining the language of death metal. With a new line-up that left Lemay as the sole original member, another milestone album was released. On From Wisdom to Hate (2001) the Quebecois successfully merged the brutal and more direct approach of their earlier albums with the complex arrangements of Obscura.


    Just as GORGUTS seemed on the verge of making the first decade of the new century their own, the band was hit by business and personal issues and went on hiatus. Their musical legacy continued to inspire and thrive as their native Quebec became a focus for technical death metal with acts such as CRYPTOPSY, NEURAXIS and BEYOND CREATION to name but a few following in their footsteps.


    Now the masters are back to deliver the stunning masterpiece the metal world has been awaiting so long. Brace hard or get swept away by the mind blowing storm of Colored Sands!

    1. Le Toit Du Monde
    2. An Ocean Of Wisdom
    3. Forgotten Arrows
    4. Colored Sands
    5. The Battle Of Chamdo
    6. Enemies Of Compassion
    7. Ember's Voice
    8. Absconders
    9. Reduced To Silence
    Gorguts
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  • Ape School (Discontinued) (On Sale) Ape School (Discontinued) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Ape School (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    Michael Johnson arrived in Philadelphia a swamp-ape from the Florida panhandle to lead music technology studies at a downtown arts university. Instead, he discovered in its hallowed halls the derelict crown-jewel of archaic analog electronics with which he would forge his image of the Ape School. Armed with the Moog Modular synthesizer he helped revive-- just the fourth born and installed by the hands of Robert Moog 40 years earlier in 1965-- Johnson conjures original songs from beyond his prior tenures in Kurt Heasley's Lilys, and Sub Pop's Holopaw, using the Modular to weave lush motorik dreamsound throughout dynamic instrumentation and his distinct croon.


    This second one-man-does-all album by Johnson--the first to use the animistic moniker-- marries primitive songs with incorporeal sound: glamatic pop explorations, navigated by studio light, coalesced over time, wine, fallouts, and Rundgren-style self-control.


    From the resounding onset of Wail to God, to the song's oscillator outro barely two minutes later, the tonal breadth and sonic fluidity of Ape School is clear. A song like Did What I Did flirts with pop sensibility, but coheres in subtle feedback when repetition would normally devolve it to redundance. Elsewhere, as on My Intention and Deathstomp, Johnson commits to full mechanical shredding and focused romps of analog rock glory awash in system buzz. Other, more spacious moments like That's OK, It's Over, and The Underground reveal the songs' subtle instrumental basis, and bare the accidentally clever, eloquent lyrics of his elastic tenor.


    Mixed in Jamaican Brooklyn with Michael Pecchio in a bath of reverb, delay, tape echo, smoke, mirrors, orange juice, and cayenne pepper, Ape School has finally congealed. Upon graduation from Primate U, this album, initially intended for release by co-conspirator Alfred Daedelus Darlington, finds a home at Ninja Tune's Counter Records.


    With a band of student human musicians rescued from the confines of musical education, Ape School has opened its doors to limited faculty enrollment. Composed of previous cohorts in Lilys, Holopaw, Human Television, and beyond, the live Ape School incarnation takes one monkey's primordial creations on summer vacation to civilization. Evidently basted nightly.

    1. Wail To God
    2. That's OK
    3. Did What I Did
    4. My Intention
    5. Be An Encore
    6. It's Over
    7. Caveman Vs. Canary
    8. The Underground
    9. Deathstomp
    10. Floridian Grime
    11. In Time You Are
    12. Rip Together, Rip Apart
    13. No Shame
    Ape School
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  • Comin' Through (Pure Pleasure) Comin' Through (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Comin' Through (Pure Pleasure)

    This is an outstanding example of Funk-Jazz from the Funk Surgeon Eddie Henderson, which is a classic. The funk starts straight away with the exciting "Say You Will", orthodox but compelling, a hunk of funk featuring subtle string machine riff from Ms. Rushen with sterling trumpet solo work from the Surgeon himself. With a slower rhythm, there's a deliberate funk in "Open Eyes", though it is far more controlled and also features a chant vocal from Diane Reeves. A more mellow "Morning Song" follows - penned by featured keyboard maestro, George Cables, - Eddie is right to the fore throughout. Eddie closes side one out via the mid tempo but quite gritty "Movin' On" it takes a little time to settle in, building into something of a climax - and again Eddie's solo work is superlative.



    As with side one, side two opens with a Mtume creation - this time, you'll find "Source" a controlled yet irresistibly funky track built around some eerie but effective sound effects as Eddie solos the simple melody. But it's funky! "The Funk Surgeon" lives up to it's name, a very compelling piece of music that is second only to "Say You Will" in terms of uninhibited excitement on the album. "Beyond Forever", another George Cables creation, is the nearest this album comes to the old-style, orthodox jazz of yesteryear. As would be expected, "Connie" is a wistful, gentle little ditty that ends the album on a sentimental note and with Eddie showing his natural ability to play something mellow.



    Musicians:



    • Eddie Henderson (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Patrice Rushen (keyboards, bass, percussion, vocal)

    • Mtume (keyboards, conga, percussion, vocal)

    • Philip Bailey (conga, vocal)

    • Diane Reeves (vocal)

    • Lee Ritenour (guitar)

    • Howard Locksmith King (drums)




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Say You Will
    2. Open Eyes
    3. Morning Song
    4. Movin' On
    5. Source
    6. The Funk Surgeon

    7. Beyond Forever
    8. Connie
    Eddie Henderson
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  • Evil Dead Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress) Evil Dead Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Evil Dead Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress)

    Deluxe 2xLP housed in gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves featuring movie photos


    Transparent Red And Transparent Green Vinyl


    UNSEEN FORCES is proud to present the complete motion picture soundtrack from Fede Alvarez's incendiary 2013 reimagining of cult horror masterpiece the EVIL DEAD. Spanish composer Roque Baños dazzles with a crisp modern orchestral score that bows reverently toward such genre classics as Jerry Goldsmith's The Omen Suite, Anton Webern and Krzysztof Penderecki's creepy string movements from The Exorcist and Joseph LoDuca's beautifully understated atmospherics for Sam Raimi's original creation that launched the grisly Kandarian franchise and revolutionized the contemporary horror film with its startling velocity.


    Anxious purists need not fret. Baños studied music at the Upper Music Conservatory of Murcia and Madrid's Real Conservatorio Superior before graduating from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, but with EVIL DEAD he steps beyond the jazz influences evidenced in his previous scores. Here the maestro eloquently assumes the role of firestarter, conducting like a pyromaniac invoking the destructive majesty of flame - both demonic and cleansing - with smoldering strings and brass building toward total aural incineration. To that end, he cleverly employs a prominent siren motif that at turns suggests a dreadful fire alarm in slow motion, the nostalgia of an amusement park haunted house attraction and a prodigious yawning door somewhere in the deepest chasm of hell. A thoroughly cinematic experience suffused with sweeping overtures and jarring choral crescendos, Baños has created a dark and vital epic for the ages. DLP pressed to 140 gram gore splattered vinyl - with a locked groove for extended terror! - and entombed in a lavish gatefold cover, this gorgeous collection carves through the glut of overblown soundtrack reissues of late like a trusty chainsaw. It is, in a word... Groovy!

    1. I'll Rip Your Soul Out
    2. Don't Say It, Don't Write It, Don't Hear It
    3. Demon Possession (extended)
    4. Get Me Out Of Here
    5. She Tried To Kill Me
    6. He Won't Let You Out
    7. Bloody Kiss
    8. Three Ways Of Saving Her Soul
    9. Natalie Hunting
    10. I'll Do What I Gotta Do (extended)
    11. Come Back To Me
    12. He's Coming
    13. Abominations Rising
    14. The Pendant / Evil Tango
    15. The Evil Dead Main Theme
    16. Come Back To Me (alternate)
    Roque Baños
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  • Rookie Rookie Quick View

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    Rookie


    I'm here to tell you it's definitely a piece of work to get excited about...the entire album is a standout... - Indie Shuffle


    "Equally fuelled by dissonance and shivers as by soaring melodies and handclaps, Rookie wrenches alt.rock from its indie daydream and tosses it into a well-informed blend that make the kids look more like the connoisseur than the novice." - Drum Media


    "It's his voice and those lyrics that are going to lunge The Trouble With Templeton into "something special" territory." - Album of the Week, Herald Sun


    "The deeper you go into this full-length LP, the richer the colour and the detail." **** - Album of the Week, Courier Mail


    Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of acclaimed Australian quintet The Trouble With Templeton whose debut album is titled Rookie.


    Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, a 23-year-old wunderkind who formed the band in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder's emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound.


    Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that's not afraid to affect or surprise. "The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it," says Thomas. "The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we're always shooting for. You don't want to know where a song is going from the first two lines."As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.


    Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like 'intelligent melodic alt-pop' isn't worth the hassle. It's an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. "It's held together by something undefinable," reckons Thomas. "For me it's a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there's something holding it together, and that's us as a band."

    1. Whimpering Child
    2. You are New
    3. Heavy Lifting
    4. Like A Kid
    5. Six Months In A Cast
    6. Climate
    7. I Recorded You
    8. Flowers In Bloom
    9. Secret Pastures
    10. Soldiers
    11. Glue
    12. Lint
    The Trouble With Templeton
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  • The Blue Room Sessions The Blue Room Sessions Quick View

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    The Blue Room Sessions

    Back in January 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting Coupler in our Blue Room. The event came to life when these local acousticians and purveyors of deliberate ambience took the stage. It was twenty minutes of captivating and unhurried techno that sounded bucolic at first, then violent, then crumbling, but always with a deft momentum. You could feel it in your gut and in your skull. Coupler's set was a twenty-minutes mega-moment of song, and we decided the live album needed an accompanying piece. We invited them back to record Side B in October with a full orchestra of nine friends and musicians, and it turned out to be a very special piece exploring the nether-regions where the organic collides with the electronic. However, this wasn't our typical TMR show. We kept it a relatively intimate affair, with the stage in the center of the room, and only sold a handful of tickets to those interested in seeing a recording process become a performance, making this our first installment in The Blue Room Sessions series.


    If you're new to the magic of Coupler, you can think of them as an ''organization'' rather than a band. Ryan Norris' objectives go beyond leading a band - he aims to use Coupler as a vehicle for writing, photography, installation art, film-scoring, etc, and above all this, he aims to collaborate with the creative people around him that inspire him. In the case of this particular performance, the organization core live members, Rodrigo Avendaño, Rollum Haas and Norris, plus a group of auxiliary players: Adam Bednarik, Mark Bond, Matt Glassmeyer, Mia Krout and Ben Marcantel. The icing on the cake was Kelli Shay Hix and her light installation. The performance was tackled from an oblique angle, using group improvisation to reinvent the trajectory as they played. The end result? The birth of a new series, and one of our favorite musical creations to which the Blue Room has ever played host.

    1. Invention 4: Silenzio (Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion)
    2. The Valley of the Elders
    3. Invention 2: Pattern Recognition
    4. Sunles
    Coupler
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  • Sonic Mandala Go: Organic Orchestra Sonic Mandala Go: Organic Orchestra Quick View

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    Sonic Mandala Go: Organic Orchestra

    Adam Rudolph and Go: Organic Orchestra Find the Dynamic, Beautiful Center of Globally Informed, Improvisationally Generated Sound
    A walled city, a map of the world, a spiraling call: a mandala's meaning extends far beyond pattern and line. It does more than represent an ideal or suggest a path. It is reality, laid out in its true form, for us to contemplate. Composer and percussionist Adam Rudolph finds a similar shape of things via sound, enlisting the Go: Organic Orchestra, an ensemble of players who can be assembled anywhere, anytime.








    In the project's latest iteration, Rudolph has gathered his longest collaborating group of musicians based in New York, for a series of elegant, diversely textured pieces that form a Sonic Mandala. Following a compositional and conducting approach Rudolph has honed over decades of contemplation, performance, and creation, the group delineates a space where contemporary classical, jazz, and global traditions effortlessly converge. Though Rudolph provides matrix-based scores and a streamlined vocabulary of conducting gestures to guide musicians, ultimately the pieces spring from the intent focus and spontaneous dialogue engendered in the musicians themselves. The beauty lies in the ambiguity, the openness, reflects Rudolph. There's something about playing into the center of the expressive quality of the music, something really intuitive that the musicians bring to it, as they focus on it. It's about being in tune, being completely in the present. You don't think about your musical gesture ahead of time, but serve the moment.
    LP1
    Part One (Invitation)
    Part Two
    Part Three
    Part Four
    Part Five
    Part Six


    LP2
    Part Seven (slow)
    Part Seven (medium)
    Part Seven (fast)
    Part Eight
    Part Nine
    Part Ten
    Part Eleven
    Part Twelve (Universal Mother)

    Adam Rudolph
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  • Chiaroscuro Chiaroscuro Quick View

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    Chiaroscuro

    I BREAK HORSES is the musical project led by Maria LindÉn. From her
    Stockholm base, the Swedish artist delivered an extraordinary debut album
    in the shape of Hearts, released by Bella Union in August 2011. Forward
    two years, and the arrival of an eagerly awaited follow-up, entitled Chiaroscuro, is upon us. The latest chapter in I Break Horses' much celebrated
    songbook is everything fans could wish for and more. In the words of
    LindÉn: My only aim when starting to write this album was to ignore any
    possible second album expectations. The result is a more confident and
    evolved sound with a more dramatic expression.


    The title of Chiaroscuro - meaning light-dark - serves as the perfect
    embodiment of LindÉn's sonic creations, where an atmosphere and mood is
    created that evokes innermost feelings and thoughts residing beyond the
    surface reality of the material world. Affecting ballads such as 'Heart To
    Know' and 'You Burn' are wrapped in fragile beauty. 'Denial' and 'Medicine
    Brush' are sublime synth-pop odysseys whose pulses guide you to new
    horizons. 'Faith' is a dance anthem complete with hypnotic beats, swirling
    synths and the mesmerising looped vocals of LindÉn. I let myself write
    both the happiest songs but also the saddest, and then I put them
    together, states LindÉn. This arrangement of light and dark forms the
    essence of Chiaroscuro.


    'Ascension' is rooted in a gorgeous 80s synth-pop sound, where LindÉn's
    vocals melt into the lush sonic tapestry. The song deals with love and
    forgiveness. An irresistible groove lies at the heart of 'Disclosure' where a
    divine purity is distilled in the intricate array of instrumentation. 'You Burn' is
    perhaps the album's centrepiece, as well as being the opening track, where
    a brooding darkness envelops the surrounding human space. The delicate
    piano chords drift magnificently amidst Linden's searching lyrics. I Break
    Horses are one of those rare bands capable of conjuring up raw emotion
    through a sound that is ultimately something life-affirming.

    1. You Burn
    2. Faith
    3. Ascension
    4. Denial
    5. Berceuse
    6. Medicine Brush
    7. Disclosure
    8. Weigh True Words
    9. Heart To Know

    I Break Horses
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  • I Go Back Home I Go Back Home Quick View

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    I Go Back Home

    When Jimmy Scott died in 2014, dozens of musicians, hundreds of journalists and thousands of fans mourned the passing of a jazz legend. Not only had a link back to the era of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Lionel Hampton been lost, but so had the chance to bring the fame and respect denied to him throughout his long and rich life.


    Now, as if sent from some righteous deity, comes I Go Back Home, an album full of life recorded by Jimmy Scott years before his death. Created by German producer Ralf Kemper, Jimmy Scott and with mixes produced by Phil Ramone, no expense was spared in giving Scott the lushest musical backdrops possible, creating an album that, like Scott's inimitable vocal style, comes late but but right on time.


    I Go Back Home manages to replicate that using the finest arrangers writing for the most experienced players, mixed by the most intuitive engineers in the the best studios available. Scott revisited his favourite songs, into which he invested his lived experience, letting the listener feel the story known by far too few.


    The creation of I Go Back Home was the subject of an acclaimed documentary of the same name. It depicts producer Ralf Kemper's drive to work with Jimmy and provide him with the best album he can. The film captures the challenges and sacrifices that lead up to the recording sessions, a document that makes I Go Back Home an even richer record.


    Hounding Jimmy Scott through the most of his recording career was an oppressive recording contract that prevented him from releasing albums. It wasn't until 1992 that Jimmy, aged 63, recorded the first album over which he had creative control, All The Way. Nominated for a Grammy and finally bringing him to the attention of an audience that wasn't entirely comprised of jazz fans and a few lucky passers-by, Scott began touring and regularly releasing albums. It's not until I Go Back Home that Scott was given the budget that allowed him unfettered control over song selection, personnel and orchestration.


    As the album progresses, each song sees another musician or singer join Scott for a fresh interpretation of a beloved song. Long-time collaborators such as Kenny Barron and Joe Pesci, or new, such as actress and singer Reneè Olstead, trumpeter Till Brönner and harmonica player Gregoire Maret. All give Scott the room he needs to slide between phrases, telling his story and living out the world of each song.


    As Jimmy explained: "The lyric is so important to me. I feel if you're singing a song or telling the story in a song it should mean something. That's why I protect what I have in it, because that's where I believe it should go. It should mean something. It should make sense."


    Dave Nathan wrote on AllMusic that Scott's phrasing moves "beyond mere poignancy and close to reverence". This is truer than ever on I Go Back Home. Scott shifts from speak-singing in album-opener (Sometimes I Feel Like a) Motherless Child to lively bossa nova take on I Remember You to full-throated commitment on If I Ever Lost You.


    Expertly interplaying with top tier collaborators I Go Back Home is ultimately a record of collaboration and companionship, and the sound of a singer going out on top. Scott commemorates his highest points, and spars with fresh new talent in a way that suggests that he would have had great albums in him yet. And while we can mourn the decades he didn't record, the tragedies and injustices that never defeated him, I Go Back Home succeeds in capturing the essence of a life that was ultimately triumphant.

    LP 1
    1. Motherless Child FEATURING JOEY DE FRANCESCO
    2. The Nearness of You DUET WITH JOE PESCI
    3. Love Letters
    4. Easy Living DUET WITH OSCAR CASTRO NEVES
    5. Someone To Watch Over Me FEATURING RENEE OLSTEAD
    6. How Deep Is The Ocean FEATURING KENNY BARRON


    LP 2
    1. If I Ever Lost You FEATURING TILL BRÖNNER
    2. For Once In My Life DUET WITH DEE DEE BRIDEWATER
    3. I Remember You FEATURING MONICA MANCINI & ARTURO SANDOVAL
    4. Everybody Is Somebody's Fool FEATURING JAMES MOODY
    5. Folks Who Live On The Hill FEATURING JOE PESCI
    6. Poor Butterfly FEATURING GREGOIRE MARET

    Jimmy Scott
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  • In Spades In Spades Quick View

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    In Spades

    "Cleromancy" isn't a word one normally finds in rock lyrics. Then again, In Spades - the forthcoming album by The Afghan Whigs, from which the new song "Oriole" hails - is defined only by its own mystical inner logic. The term means to divine, in a supernatural manner, a prediction of destiny from the random casting of lots: the throwing of dice, picking a card from a deck. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery.


    On the one hand, In Spades is as quintessentially Afghan Whigs as anything the group has ever done - fulfilling its original mandate to explore the missing link between howling Midwestern punk like Die Kreuzen and HÜsker DÜ, The Temptations' psychedelic soul symphonies, and the expansive hard-rock tapestries of Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the same time, this new record continues to push beyond anything in the Whigs' previous repertoire - another trademark, along with the explosive group dynamic captured on the recording.


    Indeed, the chemistry of the lineup - Dulli, guitarists Dave Rosser and Jon Skibic, drummer Patrick Keeler, multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson, and Whigs co-founder/bassist John Curley - set the tone for In Spades' creation. When it came to follow up the band's triumphant return to recording - Do To the Beast (2014), which was the band's first ever Top 40 album, - the die was cast. "This is the first time since Black Love [the Whigs' 1996 noir masterpiece] that we've done a full-blown band album," Dulli says.


    The joys, sorrows, and upheavals of innocence and experience echo throughout In Spades: it powerfully documents where The Afghan Whigs have been, and where they might go next. For Dulli and Curley, it's a journey that, since their origins as one of the first Sub Pop acts to be signed from outside the label's Pacific Northwest base, has spanned decades. Dulli notes they were barely in their twenties when they first started the band, and yet here they are, fulfilling dreams long held and frequently realized. "Having a break from the Whigs helped me remember what made it so rewarding," Curley says. "Over the course of a lifetime, there are constants, and there's also change. You see who's dropped off the vine - who's going in reverse, and who's still by your side. It's interesting to see where life takes you, and where it doesn't. That's the journey and it hasn't stopped."


    In Spades was recorded at Rick Nelson's studio Marigny Sound in New Orleans, LA.

    1. Birdland
    2. Arabian Heights
    3. Demon In Profile
    4. Toy Automatic
    5. Oriole
    6. Copernicus
    7. The Spell
    8. Light as a Feather
    9. I Got Lost
    10. Into the Floor
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    With these soft spoken words on the simply-titled opening track-"Intro"- M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez introduces us to his sixth record and first double disc album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.


    Dauntlessly singing into the void that was left behind since Saturdays=Youth, Gonzalez suddenly surges with overwhelming emotion as the music mounts an invisible precipice. Historically, he softly eased you into his world, introducing you to the lush and radiant spaces between captivating melodies and intimate lyrics, but not this time. Not on this record.


    Graduating from the fuzzy, fumbling emotional cobwebs and draped ambiance of past records, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming careens past its audience. Brazenly stretching out along the horizon, spilling glittery, golden arms of sound across the landscape, it holds your breath hostage without you even noticing you were missing it. If it seemed that Anthony was basking in the sunshine-drenched days of his youth when he released Saturdays in 2008, then it can be said that in 2011, at the age of 30, he is tempestuously charging towards his future with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.


    Relocating to Los Angeles from Antibes, Gonzalez surrounded himself with players pivotal to completing his childhood dream of a double disc record. Producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp) and guitarist Brad Laner (from 90s band Medicine) had been hugely influential on Anthony growing up and now were central to the new record's creation.


    "In France there is this show on TV where at the end there is a musical guest who plays one or two songs. I remember one night when I was a teenager being at home watching the best of performances and looking at this crazy bass player with a big afro and thinking, 'Wow this guy is so cool.' "And now I am working with him. It's so intense that thinking about it makes me feel weird. But it's weird in a super good way. Same thing with Brad, I was listening to his music when I was first getting into music and now he's on my album."


    Anthony and Justin met backstage in 2009 at Scotland's T In The Park. Later, "he came to me very genuinely stating that 'he was a fan and that he would love to work with me,'" explains Gonzalez. "I love when people do that because I can tell it's coming from the heart. He was sincere and that's the way I like to work with people."


    Stepping away from his work with producers Ken Thomas and Ewan Pearson on Saturday, Gonzalez freckles his new chapter with signature M83 fingerprints while pushing himself beyond the constricting emotions of a guarded musician. Bored with being frustrated and shy, Anthony is respectful of the precious time given to him and doesn't want to leave behind any regrets, thus thrusting himself into the spotlight vocally. He tests out different ways of singing, ranging from a spectral breathy whisper to a howling scream, and each voice clings to us like a dew-heavy spider web at dawn.


    Fans will recognize band member Morgan Kibby, her vocals flirting with the shadowy places in between verses, leaping off the record in spoken word or blending with an adult choir. Morgan will join Anthony on tour but she was never meant to sing as much on this record as she had on pervious projects. Quenching his desire to work with a different person on each record, Gonzalez added LA-based chanteuse Zola Jesus to the mix for the completion of "Intro." "The song was already written but I really wanted a female vocal on it and I was kind of struggling to find the right person, but then I heard her music and it just made sense."


    Where Saturday=Youth is drenched in lustful exploration and hungry adolescent wonder, Hurry Up is decadently cunning and seductive. "Intro" and "My tears are becoming a sea" eerily croon to you, swirling all of the glitter and growth from the past records into an epic swell, mysteriously and dramatically warning you of the impact you are about to experience. "Midnight City" (disc one) and "OK Pal" (disc two) are humid, adrenaline driven dreams unlike anything we have heard from M83 in the past. "Midnight City" adeptly sweeps you through abandoned concrete streets swimming in broken neon light and aggressively pushing and pulsating to synthetic beats. While "OK Pal" catcalls you to a locker full of mapped out Peter Gabriel-esque echoing lyrics, leaving you stranded in a post-apocalyptic landscape. These journeys are about awakening, craving and conquering. Throughout Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Anthony carries the listener to different countries of sound in his own universe, "We didn't need a story, we didn't need a real world. We just had to keep walking and we became the stories- we became the places." Drifting away from his previous records and reigned in politeness he unleashes all that he has been dreaming of and yearning for. Even when he takes a second to look back on "Echoes of Mine" the velvety, elderly voice of a woman heartbreakingly tells the story of a girl drenched in the shadows of her youth, knowing she has to grow up.


    Grandiose in scale and inspired by Smashing Pumpkin's revered double disc Melancholy & The Infinite Sadness, Anthony has long had the goal to create his own monumental double disc record. "I saw when I was a teenager that I could dig into it [the album]. It was like a treasure. If I were a teenager nowadays I would try to find something as creative as this album. They had so much to say in their songs."


    Impressed with the juxtaposing sun and moon artwork featured on Melancholy, Anthony focuses in on another natural duality: siblings. The cover artwork mirrors this relationship, featuring a photograph of a little boy with a little girl sitting on a bed. The photograph perpetuates the conversation for the two distinct voices we behind each disc, representing two sides of an overall piece that are almost the same. "I want people to listen to it as two different human beings that are connected somehow, but every song on the album has a secret on the other side."


    Soaring and scraping up against the sky while sharing each uncharted frontier with new collaborators is what M83 does best. Gracefully coming into the next decade of his life, Anthony delivers what makes each record sincere, innocent, and full of joy: he gives us his past and his future.


    "I think it is a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being. It's a compilation of all my previous music together. It's a retrospective of myself."

    LP 1
    1. Intro
    2. Midnight City
    3. Reunion
    4. Where The Boats Go
    5. Wait
    6. Raconte moi une histoire
    7. A Train To Pluton
    8. Claudia Lewis
    9. This Bright Flash
    10. When Will You Come Home?
    11. Soon, My Friend


    LP 2
    1. My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
    2. New Map
    3. OK Pal
    4. Another Wave From You
    5. Splendor
    6. Year One, One UFO
    7. Fountains
    8. Steve McQueen
    9. Echoes Of Mine
    10. Klaus I love You
    11. Outro

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