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Life Of Leisure'
Within And Without
Washed Out is the operational alias for Atlanta, GAs Ernest Greene, and their first full-length, Within and Without will be released via Sub Pop Records. Greene recorded Within and Without with Ben Allen, who, among a great many other things, co-produced Animal Collectives Merriweather Post Pavillion, Gnarls Barkleys St. Elsewhere and Deerhunters Halcyon Digest.
In 2009, Washed Out released two critically-acclaimed EPs; Life of Leisure (Mexican Summer) and High Times (Mirror Universe Tapes). Most recently, the Washed Out song Feel It All Around, from Life of Leisure, was chosen as the theme song for the new and very funny IFC series Portlandia, which features Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney/Sub Pop alum and current Wild Flag member Carrie Brownstein.1. Eyes Be Closed
3. Amor Fati
5. Far Away
7. You and I
8. Within and Without
9. A Dedication$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ParacosmThe music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, and on his second full-length, Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike,
otherworldly atmospheres of his music a huge leap further.
The title refers to a phenomenon in which people create detailed imaginary worlds, and the idea of escaping is all over Paracosm's music and lyrics. Paracosm finds Greene reaching beyond the computers and synths that filled Washed Out's previous recordings, expanding his sonic palette to include over 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the
Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan.
"I've grown as a songwriter to the point where I
want to have more involved arrangements, and that's really hard to do with sampling," says Greene. "These machines were kind of a happy medium: The sounds have a very worn, distressed quality about them, much like an old sample. But they also offer much more flexibility because they're playable."
Following two years on the road in support of
the critically-acclaimed Within And Without, and the lauded Life Of Leisure EP (which can still be heard during Portlandia's opening credits), he and his wife, Blair (who plays in the Washed Out live band), relocated from the big-city hubbub of Atlanta to a house outside Athens, where Greene could shut out the real world in favor of an alternate universe of his own making. Listeners will be immediately struck by Paracosm's seamless melding of organic and synthetic sounds, and its lighter tone. Greene says: "I knew from the beginning I wanted this record to be optimistic, very much a daytime-sounding album. I think the last record felt more nocturnal in some ways. This one I just imagined being outside, surrounded by a beautiful, natural environment."
With its gorgeous execution and uplifting attitude, Paracosm is primed to be this year's summer record. And it promises to do what its name suggests: take listeners to a better world.
Paracosm was recorded at in Atlanta with Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley, Washed Out - Within and Without) at Maze Studios.1. Entrance
2. It All Feels Right
3. Don't Give Up
5. All I Know
6. Great Escape
8. Falling Back
9. All Over Now$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Intoxicating and memorably tuneful - Pitchfork
Gorgeously Weary - The Guardian
An idiosyncratic, deeply individual voice - Clash Magazine
The new album from Tropics, aka 27 year old Chris Ward, looks
outwards, armed with a newfound confidence that foregrounds his
vocal performance and songwriting.
It's a musical progression that mirrors a personal one: the early Tropics
output was all made in the idyllic, if isolated setting of Ward's
grandmother's empty house in the seaside town of Southsea, which
he moved into after graduating from university to focus on writing
and recording. He was alone there - "like, really alone. For days, I had
literally no distractions." Having moved to London in 2013, Ward now
splits his time between the city and the road, having played in
America, Mexico and across Europe throughout the past year with his
live band Keith Vaz and Morgan Hislop.
Tropics' new full-length Rapture is the culmination of this journey. A multi-instrumentalist
from an early age, Ward has always drawn on his musical upbringing
when composing, but this time around he's pushed himself to develop
a fuller sound than ever with the help of Vaz, Hislop and specialist jazz
drummer Gillan McLaughlin. Taking influence from Beach Boys, Max
Roach and Arthur Russell, Ward has crafted an album that fuses his
love of avant-garde percussion, 70s and 80s singer-songwriters such
as Peter Gabriel known for pop-leaning hooks, and deep production
that takes cues from ambient music.
The very first iterance of the record is the crystal clear vocal that kicks
off 'Blame'. Ward explains that performing live so much caused him to
step outside of his comfort zone: "I used to be a bit dubious about
using my vocal too much, and felt like my strength was in sampling
and playing keys. It's kind of switched now in that I feel a lot more
comfortable just holding a microphone and losing myself." Inspired by
the vocal performances of the likes of Little Dragon and Innovative
Leisure labelmates Rhye, Ward also found a new lease of life in
experimenting with more androgynous vocals.
But even as his sound has greater scope than ever before, Rapture is
still a deeply personal endeavour. The majority of the songs started
life in Ward's home, in front of a piano, before being built on in the
studio. The first half of the record is a chronicle of a whirlwind
relationship: the piano-led title track "Rapture" addresses this theme,
striving for the throes of ecstatic happiness but never quite making it
there. "It's got this feeling of hope and joy, even though it is coming
from a sad place," says Ward. "It's about the struggles in your life to
get to where you want to be." Elsewhere, lyrics such as, "You ran away
just like my luck did" hint at Ward's love for literature and his poetic
touch, something he further explores on the album's second side.
Later, the album grows more ambient and the literary references more
apparent. "Gloria" takes its name from the character of a frustrated
wife in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned. Likewise,
"Torrents of Spring" - also named for a work of 20th century American
fiction - builds to a sax-led climax over two painstaking minutes, and
the penultimate "House of Leaves" is "a really slow-burning ambient
instrumental; it's kind of a nod to the first stuff I made".
Whether filling dance floors or simply filling up your headspace,
Rapture is an intricate and intimate record that presents the many
faces of Tropics in a more revealing light than ever before.1. Blame
6. Perfume Kinship
7. Torrents of Spring
8. Home & Consonance
10. House of Leaves
11. Not Enough$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-INN-0789xHanni El Khatib
Engine-revving dose of filthy, leather-clad blues.
A shit-kicking garage greaser with badass hooks.
Stripped- down garage rock with crunching guitars
and kiss-off cockiness.
This is desert-burned blues rock boosted by punk,
soul and hip-hop
- ROLLING STONE
On his 2011 debut Will The Guns Come Out, Hanni El Khatib tried
something he'd never tried before-making a bedroom-style
recording of his then stripped-to-the-skeleton guitar-and-drums
rock 'n' roll mostly for the sheer joy of making it. For his ferocious
2013 follow-up Head In The Dirt, he tried something new again,
showing up at producer Dan Auerbach's analog-dreamland
Nashville studio with nothing but the clothes on his back and an
But after Head In The Dirt's release and almost a year of relentless
touring, Hanni knew he needed to go past 'unpredictable' all the
way to 'unprecedented.' He needed isolation, time and the chance
to experiment. So after 30 days locked in hand-picked L.A. studio
The Lair, the result is the album Moonlight-the rarest and most
welcome kind of album, made at that perfect point in life where
confidence, experience, and technique unite to help an artist do
anything they want.
That's why it starts with a song that sounds like a Mobb Deep beat
under a Suicide-style synth drone and ends with an
ESG-meets-LCD Soundsystem gone italo-disco song about life and
death. That's why it collides crushing crate-digger drumbeats
that'd be right at home on a Can LP or an Eddie Bo 45 with
bleeding distorto guitar, bent and broken barroom piano and
hallucinatory analog flourishes. (In fact, some smart producer is
going to sample the drums from this album and complete the circle
of life.) And that's also why Moonlight feels like the album he's
always wanted to make: "What would it sound like if RZA got in the
studio with Iggy Pop and Tom Waits?" he asks. "I don't know! That
was my approach on everything."
It's a personal album in the most primal sense, put together in any
way that worked. Iggy Pop and David Bowie did this kind of thing
on The Idiot, the Wu-Tang Clan did it on 36 Chambers and the
Clash did it three times over on Sandinista. And now it's Hanni's
turn, across 11 new lightning-struck songs, each written and
recorded in its own flash of inspiration. It sounds like an album
made by an endless list of collaborators, but really Moonlight was
more like the first do-it-almost-all-yourself music Hanni ever made,
except after six years recording and touring, he'd learned to do so
much more.1. Moonlight
2. Melt Me
3. The Teeth
5. Worship Song (No 2)
8. All Black
10. Dance Hall
11. Two Brothers$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A luscious, elegant, electronic work - Los Angeles Times
Hip-hop instrumentals and electronic sketches;
pristine and prim - FACT
Gorgeously haunted - Pitchfork
We seek the new because of the numbness. If you listen to enough
music, you're familiar with the feeling. Sounds get recycled so often
that they can seem like geometric configurations organized via Wav
files. Trends get time-stamped faster than a triplicate trap hi-hat.
The most rare records emerge outside of any clearly delineated orbit.
They're solitary visions that supply their own rhythm and arsenal.
Music that reverberates through heart, brain, and spine. This is Nosaj
Thing's third album, Fated.
"I just tried to escape really, and escape even what's going on in the
music world," says Nosaj Thing, the LA producer born Jason Chung. "It
just felt so suffocating in a way. I just wanted to do my own thing."
It's been six years since Nosaj Thing emerged among the vanguard of
Low End Theory-affiliated producers. His debut Drift created 31st
century tones and chromatic textures so sleek that they inspired
innumerable Soundcloud imitators.
None could match its moody iridescence, faded sadness and funky
swing. Bach collided with Boards of Canada. Spaceships came
equipped with rear view mirrors and a booming system bumping
G-Funk and warped soul. Pitchfork called it "gorgeously haunted."
Resident Advisor said it "exists in its own dimension and feeds off its
own exhaust: full of alien choirs, conquered computers, and refracting
Fated exists in this same alternate dimension, but further out. If
comparisons previously existed with other artists within the LA beat
scene, Nosaj has rendered them baseless. His second album on
Innovative Leisure (after 2013's Home) seeks celestial escape through
"The last record took out so much of me. I just wanted to go back to
simplifying and overthinking so much. It was a battle," Nosaj says.
"The soul of a song, the essence of a song-whatever you want to call
it-should be simple."
By stripping away all but what's really necessary, the sounds harness
an unusual directness. Guest appearances are rare, save for vocals
from Whoarei on "Don't Mind Me," and Chicago rap phenomenon,
Chance the Rapper. The latter gravely spits on "Cold Stares," invoking
terminal fevers, empty beds, devil's whispers, and insomniac fears.
If comparisons crop up, Fated has most in common with records like
Burial's Untrue or Dilla's Donuts. Requiems that canvass the shadowy
hinterlands between life and death, darkness and light, loneliness and
love. Eternal themes re-imagined in ingenious fashion.
"The album name came from all these coincidences that just kept on
happening to me," Nosaj says. "Specific interaction with specific
people in unexpected places. A perpetual feeling of dÉjà vu."
It's foundation rests on that intangible thing that some call fate or
primordial feeling. Numbness receding, old emotions flooding back,
un-tampered visions. Fated is what you can't explain, so it's best to
just listen.1. Sci
2. Don't Mind Me [ft. Whoarei]
5. Cold Stares [ft. Chance the Rapper]
8. Let You
13. Phase IV
14. Light #5
15. 2K$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cribbing as much from Brian Wilson's lyrical topics as they take
from Dick Dale's reverb-soaked guitar tone"
- Noisey / Vic
[The music of the Tijuana Panthers] sounds something like they had
spent an afternoon with Jan and Dean sharing fish tacos with Quentin Tarantino, before laying down some 4-track recordings with The
Cramps in a sunlit garage."
- LA Weekly
the polished punx in vintage pop-snarlers like the Only Ones, the
Real Kids, or Generation X."
Live and on record, the Tijuana Panthers are a great band. You
could say garage, punk or surf while describing their sound, but
they're harder to pin than that. The truth is that they write classic
songs that don't depend on tropes from any genre. They craft perfect
pop and deliver it with energy and immediacy. However, the real
magic of this band is in their weirdness.
Behind their picturesque portraits of daily life is an aching despair.
This subtle contrast creates an eerie tension between the ideal, the
real and the surreal. You suddenly realize they're not the happy-golucky beach boys you tried to pin them as, but more akin to sexually
frustrated soda jerks in a David Lynch film. And this all makes sense
with the fact that they come from Southern California's shadier city
of Long Beach, not exactly the fun in the sun that California dreamers might expect.
For Wayne Interest, the Panthers team up with producer Richard
Swift. The recordings took place at Swift's studio in Oregon where
the band decidedly took risks in performance and production. The
risks paid off. With Swift's direction and upgrade in fidelity, Wayne
Interest sounds just as compelling in headphones as it would at a
house party in East LA. It also gives the listener a closer look at the
idiosyncrasies of the Tijuana Panthers, only making it clearer that
there's something off about these creeps. Their weirdness, or boldness to be whoever they may be, is what makes this band great. It's
a rare quality. The more you listen to the Tijuana Panthers the more
you wonder about them.1. Four Horsemen
3. Cherry Street
4. Dark Matter
5. Sooner Or Later
9. 7th Seal
10. Everybody's Happy Nowdays
12. Wayne Interest
13. Money Jar
14. Car Crash$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GenerationJoyrides atop a walloping disco beat and furious percussive guitars, headed somewhere between the Rapture, Chic, and Talking Heads, but with a cartoonish giddiness that takes me back to the heyday of Junior Senior and Scissor Sisters. - Stereogum
Rising stars - DJ Mag
On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to
take their influences and create a sound all their own-a beyond-their-years
synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry,
drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration
that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most
danceable social commentary ever. And now that they've found their sound,
De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: "All
of these things that they put us through," sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist
Sean Guerin, "I'm writing it down / I'm writing it down."
They first started writing Generation in the kind of uncommitted
instances that happen so rarely once a new band puts out its first album. Once
Voyage was released, De Lux found themselves playing and interviewing and
touring and remixing-"All fun!" says Sean-but they had to fight to find time
to write. A random Instagram of work-in-progress song "It's A Combination"
was the tipping point, when Sean and co-founder Isaac Franco realized they'd
been rough-drafting for a year: "Let's finish it now," they decided, and that's
the exact moment when Generation officially started.
They returned to the L.A. practice space where they wrote and recorded
Voyage, this time with new instruments-like the little-known but sought-after
synthesizer guitar beloved of King Crimson's Adrian Belew-and new inspirations,
chief among them punk peformance artist Karen Finley, whose 1987
debut album Sean discovered at a Seattle record store simply because it
looked promising. Her infamously uncensored lyrics made him realize there
was more he could sing about, too: "You admire the ambition behind her
saying whatever she wants," he says.
So if Generation is a darker album than Voyage-and it's inherited plenty
of the modern urban anxiety of David Byrne-that's because it's a fearlessly
honest and candid album, too. In fact, call it a millennial documentary. In
Generation's eleven songs, De Lux chart the distance between childhood and
adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration and dream and reality, all with unflinching
autobiographical detail. (And with a secret nod to the Pokemon theme, too.)
Says Sean: "When I write lyrics, I try and be as specific as possible. We think
about if someone listens to us in 30 years: 'Oh, that's what was going on at
The result is a sort of Less Than Zero for the post-Social Network era.
Think of it as a nighttime freeway drive that starts with the propulsive "L.A.
Threshold" and rides the borderline between feel-good rhythm and artfully
sophisticated sentiment. "There's dark moments, but it's still fun," explains
Sean. "The first album was just more innocent." There's new space in De Lux's
sense of rhythm and groove, says Isaac, for Sean to say what he needs to say:
"The song gives him the freedom to be himself."
And so Generation is an album about high highs, low lows and the vast
space in between. "Center of L.U.B" is a roller-skate jam that starts with a
Can-style guitar riff before spinning into an examination of one utility company
employee's ennui-you knew this wasn't going to be a love song,
right?-while "It's A Combination" is a brooding Italo disco track and
unexpected piano piece "Conditions" is like Harry Nilsson or John Lennon
suddenly transplanted to Rough Trade Records. Then there's the alternately
hilarious and harrowing "Oh Man The Future"-a satirical reading on the shape
of things to come, propelled by a bass-and-drum rhythm right off one of ESG's
first EPs-to the desolate-yet-funky "When Your Life Feels Like A Loss," where
De Lux dissect just what happens when "you think you're special/no, you're
not special/you're just an average guy."
In other words, Generation isn't a departure. This is De Lux going
deeper, not farther away, and the result is surely the most anthropologically
daring dancefloor album of the year. That might seem difficult to pull off, but
that's why they did it, explains Sean: "At some point we realized creativity is
just limitless," he says. "You can do anything. There might be certain people
who think, 'Oh, you can't do that.' That's when you say, 'Well-I'm doing it!'"1. LA Threshold
3. Living In An Open Place
4. Center of L.U.B.
5. Simba Simba Simba
6. No One Really Cares Who You Are
7. Oh Man The Future
9. When Your Life Feels Like A Loss
10. It's A Combination
11. Someday Now$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
AutomatonGossamer is Evan Reiner-the producer, guitarist, synthesizer scientist and
urban-spelunking field recorder whose full-length debut Automaton dissolves
the genre-breaking electronica of Autechre and Boards of Canada into a
bottomless sea of found sound and ambient atmosphere. It's less an album than
an environment all its own, or a journey into the unexplored. And whether it's
inspiring a trip deep into the discography of Steve Reich or into California's
beautifully desolate Ansel Adams Wilderness, it's that fearless spirit of
exploration that brought Automaton to life.
Reiner grew up in the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock with a father telling war
stories about seeing Black Flag and the Germs play and with a set of cousins
who'd get him started listening to hip-hop. (Especially instrumentals by
iconoclastic producers like Premier, RZA and New York's crushing DITC crew,
Reiner remembers.) As he turned 16, he was playing guitar "religiously," he says,
as well as listening intently to Slayer and Cannibal Corpse on the way to
ferocious hardcore shows on the fringes of Los Angeles.
By the time he graduated high school, he was a hardcore kid with a heavy
grounding in hip-hop who'd developed so tremendously as a guitarist that he
was practicing notoriously formidable Django Reinhardt songs for fun. The
connection might not seem obvious, but it was there nonetheless-these were
three distinct musical forms equally dedicated to passion, individual technique
and total commitment to expression.
He won admission to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where
his first semesters in the fall of 2009 were everything he'd hoped. But the more
he studied, the clearer it became that he'd need to strike out on his own: "So
many professors would tell their students what the right thing to do was in a
creative setting," he says now. "There is no right way."
He'd once used his computer just to help with his composition homework, but
now he was restless. So he began to focus on the potential of electronic music:
"I realized it was like having every component of a band at your fingertips," he
says. "It felt free and genuine with no distractions." He'd begun to make his own
field recordings, too, capturing the sounds of Boston at sunrise and stirring
them into his beat experiments. Intense study of movie sound and foley artistry,
like pouring sand across drum cymbals or using spent shells from a gun range
for percussion, gave him a whole new vocabulary, and he found further
inspiration in artists from Ai Weiwei to Maya Duren to Stanley Kubrick to Delia
Derbyshire-people who blew open the boundaries of their own disciplines.
Then in July 2013, he began to make what would become his first full-length
album as Gossamer. He'd rent an armful of microphones and hike to the tunnels
under Pasadena's eerie Devil's Gate Dam, site of suicides and barely-thwarted
summonings in the tradition of Aleister Crowley. ("The echo is crazy," he says.)
During a month in Japan, he recorded "terrifying trains" and cicadas and the
squeals of a rusting bicycle. He'd record himself smashing trash under a bridge
in downtown L.A., or knocking rebar against rotting wood 8,000 feet above sea
level in California's Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. Then he'd come
home-whether "home" at that particular moment was his own studio, a capsule
hotel in Japan, a friend's place in Boston or a temporary space in New York-and
"make accidents happen," he says, with recorders and samplers and guitar and
(this time) a stable of analog synthesizers.
The result was Gossamer's Automaton, a precise and gentle dreamscape of
experimental electronica, where the ambient atmosphere of Gas drifts across
the fractured beats of Autechre or Boards of Canada. It starts with its own
sunrise on "Thoughtform," where birdsong melts into ghostly vocals and waves
of synthesizer, and then shifts into the haunting "Print," which transplants the
sci-fi sensibilities of Vangelis to some desolate and wild new world. His "Okuma"
is like a Tortoise song that never touches solid ground, while tracks like  and
 recall the Brian Eno of Fourth World, somehow ancient and futuristic at
once. When the crickets start chirping on closer "-;- ", it's a signal that the
day-and the journey-are both coming to an end. It's might be his first album,
but it's also a first step towards something new.
"Automaton is me," Reiner explains. "It's my process. It's a symbol of having
accepted that there is a difference between being alone and being lonely. It's a
coping mechanism for the struggle to realize and balance what I am and am not
in control of in my life. It reminds me of playing Bioshock and watching Blade
Runner at the same time while naked in the jungle on another planet. It makes
me think of watching an old home video of myself and seeing Neptune right
outside my window. The list goes on and on-I could go forever."1. Thoughtform
3. 3d Relief
5. J - Cruise
6. Off World
8. For Sleep$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jessie JonesIn 2013, Jessie Jones gave up her possessions, vanished into the nothingness of farm country, and found herself on interstellar overdrive - far away from her Disneyfied home in Orange County. For three years, she had fronted Burger Records' Feeding People, OC's answer to Black Sabbath. The teenage byproduct of gloomy acid trips and gospel choirs, Feeding People released two albums, got signed to Innovative Leisure in 2011, and played Low End Theory with Radiohead's Thom Yorke . The 19-year-old Jones, with her bluesy growl and whimsical melodies, was being compared to Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster. In 2014, her voice returned to her with primal intent - like the caterwauling echoes of coyotes deep in the Hollywood hills. Earlier this year, Jones began singing with paranormal proto-punk outfit Death Valley Girls, which allowed her to release her demons and find salvation during what Jones describes as the most cosmically ordained project of her life. Reveling in the quantum wobble of her own alternative reality, Jones is now releasing her self-titled debut on Burger Records by channeling the voices in her head; not quite the sanitarium blues of Roky Erickson, but a mÉlange of Jim Morrison mysticism; a more stripped-down MGMT meets early-Grouplove; and Syd Barrett reverie. Under the guidance of producer Bobby Harlow (The Go) and Burger's Studio B, Jones' debut this summer will include guest appearances by drummer Duke Mushroom, violinist Hannah Glass, and Studio B regular King Tuff.1. Sugar Coated
2. Butterfly Knives
3. Make It Spin
4. Prisoner's Cinema
5. Lady La De Da
6. Quicksilver Screen
7. La Loba
9. Twelve Hour Man
10. Mental Illness$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Magic WhipThe new album from Blur, titled The Magic Whip, started life in Hong Kong when the band had an unexpected break in touring in May 2013. It is released by Parlophone Records, 16 years since 13, the band's last record as a four-piece. The recordings for the band's eighth studio album began in Spring 2013 at Avon Studios in Kowloon. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree spent 5 days jamming together and carried on with their live dates while the recordings were put aside and the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Dave resumed his day job as a lawyer and Alex returned home to his farm in Oxfordshire from where he writes a regular farming column in The Telegraph and hosts the annual food and music festival The Big Feastival with Jamie Oliver. Graham, who has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums to date, continued to work on his own material and, in 2014, Damon released his Mercury-nominated debut solo album 'Everyday Robots'.Then, in November last year, Graham revisited the tracks and, drafting in Blur's early producer Stephen Street (Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur), he worked with the band on the material. Damon then added lyrics and the 12 tracks on The Magic Whip is the result.LP 1
1. Lonesome Street
2. New World Towers
3. Go Out
4. Ice Cream Man
5. Thought I Was A Spaceman
6. I Broadcast
1. My Terracotta Heart
2. There Are Too Many Of Us
3. Ghost Ship
5. Ong Ong
6. Mirrorball$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
To The Happy FewEighteen years after they called it quits as a working band, 2013 finds the original members of Medicine reunited and proudly offering a newly recorded LP on Captured Tracks. "To The Happy Few" is the sound of a highly inspired group reclaiming its creative legacy, thoroughly immersed in the practice of mixing harsh noise with obsessive melodic detail and heavily groovy rocking.
Returning is the core trio of lead singer/ chanteuse Beth Thompson, guitarist / vocalist Brad Laner, and drummer Jim Goodall, the same team which created the still vital, influential and controversial LPs "Shot Forth Self Living" (1992) , "The Buried Life" (1993) and "Her Highness" (1995) as well as a stand-out appearance in the 1994 film "The Crow".
As it happens, it's really all the fault of Captured Tracks. In 2012 C/T pulled off the seemingly
impossible and secured the rights to reissue the aforementioned two original Medicine LPs in loving and expanded fashion. This was a rather emotional moment for the original band members. So much so that upon meeting up at Brad's home studio in May 2012 for the first time since 1995 in order to divide up the vinyl goodies and ultra-limited box sets, the trio laid down the basic track for what became the final song on the new LP. Emboldened by the natural ease with which they slipped back into Medicine mode, the trio spent the remainder of the year leisurely recording the new LP and enjoying each other's company far removed from the stress and turmoil of their original early 90's run. The resulting LP is not your parent's Shoegaze record. The sonic palette and the hands, feet and mouths that utilize it may be the same, but the end result more subtly reflects the amassed life experiences and refined aesthetics of three mature artists only just now approaching the peak of their powers.
The members of Medicine stayed quite busy with music in the interim between 1995 and 2012: Jim Goodall recorded and toured with his legendary evil country western band Jon Wayne which had its first LP reissued by Jack White's Third Man label. He also toured as a member of UK noise gods Whitehouse and recorded with Current 93. Beth Thompson made a collaborative album as The Shway and performed with The Furry Things. Brad Laner has released a bunch of solo and collaborative LPs under various names and recorded with the likes of Brian Eno, M83, Caribou and Blinker The Star.
"Long As The Sun," the first single from Medicine, simultaneously references the origins of the band and explodes into brand new territory. An exuberant, belligerently pounding carnival of sound and harmony. A joyful acceptance of something that just simply works. Noise for beauty's sake. You know, Medicine1. Long As The Sun
2. It's Not Enough
3. Burn It
4. Holy Crimes
5. The End Of The Line
6. Butterfly's Out Tonight
7. All You Ne ed To Know
8. Find Me Always
9. Pull The Trigger
10. Daylight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Cargo (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)A New-Wave Touchstone: 1983 Sophomore Album Picks Up on Momentum of Band's Debut
Contains Top 10 Hits "It's A Mistake" and "Overkill"
Spectacular Sonics: Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Men at Work already had an album in the Top Ten when the Australian ensemble released Cargo, which continued the momentum gained by its record-setting debut. As ambitious and even more diversified than its initial salvo, the 1983 effort firmly established the band as new-wave pioneers-a group whose goofy playfulness, sharp hooks, brass accents, and memorable choruses helped define the decade's landscape. Any doubts about Men At Work's quirky sensibility were promptly answered by the iconic cover art gracing this multi-platinum set.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this LP not only brings the artwork back into full-scale glory but also takes the enjoyably melodic pop-rock to new sonic heights courtesy of improved imaging, separation, and balance. Previously obscured details jump to the surface, and leader Colin Hay's unique voice takes on life-like dimensions that hover between the speakers.
While remaining true to the approach that garnered them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Men at Work expands the creative palette on Cargo by giving guitars a more prominent role and increasing the rhythmic textures. With the sweeping ballad "Overkill" and politically savvy cynicism of "It's a Mistake," the band furthered their radio domination and extended their run of Top 10 singles. A third hit, "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive," cracked the Top 30. Well-tailored melodies and whimsical imagination definitely had a place in the public's consciousness, and no group understood this more.
As the final album captured by the original lineup, Cargo remains an indelible piece of the 1980s audio terrain and a reminder of the era's endless fun. Bolstered by lively saxophone solos, self-effacing humor, and instantly catchy refrains, the album is as good as excuse as any to turn on the stereo, sit down, forget your worries, and dance to leisurely pursuits so perfectly captured by this beloved group.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive
3. Settle Down My Boy
4. Upstairs In My House
5. No Sign of Yesterday
6. It's a Mistake
7. High Wire
8. Blue for You
9. I Like To
10. No Restrictions$24.99 $22.49 Save $2.50 (10%)Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now