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Fuchsia – Fruits de Mer Records special edition reissue 2LP+DVD+24pp A4 Magazine+poster July 30

Described by MOJO magazine as a “long-lost classic”, Fuchsia’s debut LP was released on the Pegasus label in 1970.

It received little publicity at the time, soon disappearing from view as the band broke up and went their separate ways; it was more than 30 years before it became recognized as a great early example of the fusion of progressive and folk rock, with the innovative use of strings.

Unavailable on vinyl for many years(excepting the inevitable poor quality bootlegs), Cherry Red have kindly given Fruits de Mer the rights to reissue the album, bu they’ve gone several steps further than a straight repress – working with the band’s founder Tony Durant, they’ve added a second LP of early demos along with new recordings of previously unreleased songs, including the band’s first 15 minute studio recording – taken from the only-known acetate, attributed at the time to the “Tony Durrant Ensemble” (sic) and the basis for them landing their one-album deal.

Add in a 15 minute DVD in which Tony talks about the album and the intervening 40-odd years, a fold-out poster of the stunning original cover and a 24pp A4 magazine that includes a reprint of Richard Morton Jack’s superb 16pp Flashback mag feature on the band, and you have the making of a rather spedial reissue.

To round off the package, Tony adds new sleeve-notes to a gatefold sleeve, in which he describes each of the bonus tracks – and the whole thing is pressed on 180gm colour vinyl.

The release is timed to coincidence with Fuchsia visiting the UK this summer to play gigs at:

August 3: the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Cardigan

August 9: The Half Moon, London

Tony will be playing many tracks from the original album and is very much open to more gigs, interview, radio sets, while he’s in the UK.

This is Fruits de Mer’s first-ever reissue of an album – and they’ve done their best to make it something special for long-time fans of the band and for everyone discovering Fuchsia for the first time.

A few words from Tony, looking back…

They say, good things come to those who wait…

What a surprise back in about 2003, to hear that our little Fuchsia album had gone on the make a life of its own without me.

Amazing!

My thoughts now…standing on stage, mid song, and drifting off…thing, what amI doing here with this going on around me…those old songs, and new…and all these people digging it!

How fortunate I am to have this beautiful thing, once abandoned, returned to me. The music has obviously connected with quite a few people, which is everything.

And with the 2013 follow up album so well received. I feel very proud that this perhaps unconventional music has actually formed some emotional bonds out there.

It’s obviously struck a chord with quite a few people.

It would have been hard to accept that your contribution to art of this genre stopped in 1971. But good fortune allows me to enthusiastically continue the journey. Thanks everyone!

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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Prog-rock

 

Sendelica – Cromlech Chronicles III (Fruits de Mer Records, July 30)

Sendelica will be back on Fruits de Mer just in time for their 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus summer festival, and with something of a harder edge for this latest installment in their Welsh chronicles. As it’s Part 3, it’ll have a 3D front cover (& 3D glasses) and come as a set of three 10″ records – all just for the hell of it. Pressed on colour vinyl, naturally.

Here’s a little context to the new recordings:

Back in 2006 Sendelica recorded their debut album, “Entering The Rainbow Light“. at Mwnci Studios in the magical landscape of West Wales.

It was to be almost another decade  before the band returned to that studio in what is turning into a regular gathering of like-minded musical souls in search of new musical paths that have become known as the “Cromlech Chronicle” sessions.

An annual two days of simply playing, improvising and recording to see where the musical muse leads the group members. August 2017 saw the regular Sendelica line-up swell its ranks to a six piece band with the addition of a second drummer Gregory Curvey (from The Luck of Eden Hall) and keyboardist Roger Morgan.

After 2016’s recordings of cerebral ambiance (“Cromlech II“) the new line up explored both pastoral pastures in “Teifi Marshes“, “12 Shades Revisited” and “Star Flower Blossom” alongside searing psychedelic prog workouts “Slow Burner“, “BS“, and “Lost Citi of Cardiza“.

The 3×10” set contains:

  1. BS (6:39)
  2. Slow Burner (12:41)
  3. 12 Shades Revisited (10:58)
  4. Teifi Marshes (9:14)
  5. Star Flower Blossom (14:40)
  6. Lost City of Cardiza (8:43)

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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

Lunar Module – Light Years (February 18, 2018)

Lunar Module is the project of Ant Banister (Sounds Like Winter) and Alberto Martinez (Neuropa).

Ant and Alberto have been writing 80’s flavoured SynthPop together on and off for many years, they target their sound very strictly around the New Wave period, the years 79-83, using the authentic instruments and sounds of the time.

Recent events have meant that the two of them are now living in the same city again, and back writing and performing full-time.

Lunar Module have just released a 15 track retrospective album on Bandcamp with old and new tracks and are working on a whole new album due early 2019.

Lunar Module will be touring in central Europe during October with the band Fabels.

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Posted by on May 19, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Dirtmusic ‎– Bu Bir Ruya (Glitterbeat 28 January 2018)

There are so many artists and so many releases around us that I am missing lots of them. Luckily enough, I didn’t miss this one…

Dirtmusic is the project that Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts) and Hugo Race (Bad Seeds) founded in 2007.

Their fifth full length album Bu Bir Ruya (“This is a Dream” in Turkish) was recorded in Istanbul and came out in January.

Here they work as a trio with Turkish musician Murat Ertel from the psychedelic Turkish group Baba Zula.

The title of the album describes perfectly the whole thing.

With the opening track, Bi De Sen Soyle, starts a journey into a dreamworld of Eastern psychedelia.

Seven tracks of slow, mesmerizing rhythms, and guiding wispers, ethnic, electronic, and folk merged.

I have a special place in my collection, where I keep some my favorite “different” albums shuch as:
Bill Laswell ‎– Hashisheen : The End Of Law, Hector Zazou ‎– Sahara Blue, Brian Eno – David Byrne ‎– My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, David Sylvian – Gone to Earth, Bob Marley ‎– Dreams Of Freedom (Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub) and this is where I’ll put Dirtmusic ‎– Bu Bir Ruya.

Thanks guys, you gave us an excellent album.

Dirtmusic are hitting the road in a few weeks.

17.05. – BG – Sofia – Mixtape 5 / A-Side
18.05. – RS – Belgrade – Kulturni Centar Grad (w/ Igralom)
19.05. – RS – Novi Sad – Novosadsko Pozorište
21.05. – CR – Zagreb – Močvara
24.05. – SI – Piran – Druga Godba Festival
01.06. – MK – Skopje – OFFest
28.06. – PL – Lublin – Different Sounds
30.06 – IT – Florence – San Salvi
01.07 – IT – Pescara – IndieRocket Festival
18.07 – CZ – Ostrava – Colours of Ostrava

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Electronic, Psychedelic

 

Magic Shoppe – Triangulum Australe (Vinyl edition, Little Cloud Records 2018)

Magic Shoppe’s four song EP Triangulum Australe was originally released “digital only” back in 2012. One of the group’s more obscure records, it has never been available on vinyl…. until now! Little Cloud Records is beyond stoked to finally get this dark, reverberated gem pressed on vinyl.

The EP’s opener, Trip Inside This House displays an overpowering psychedelic atmosphere – it’s heavy and swallows the song in one sweeping bite, but at the same time it offers an unsettling quality that drives the song into menacing oblivion. Josiah Webb weaves catchy vocal hooks through the mystifying haze, which eventually becomes the pattern of the EP.

Shangri-La in Reverse is another snapshot of this troubling psych sound, driven by a sweltering haze and a creepy, slithering beat that drags underneath. Webb’s fuzzed-out vocals are masked by a thick veil of quivering reverb, which already has to cut through that smokey guitar haze to make it to your ears. This track just goes to show the heavily characteristic nature this music has with its broad range of effects, which always makes for an immersing listening session. This is some hypnotizing psych rock.

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Posted by on April 13, 2018 in Psychedelic

 

Blackout Radio exclusive Interview with author and Bauhaus co-founder Kevin Haskins

The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas goes on air as follows:

The show is aired as follows:
Mad Wasp Radio [UK] – Saturday 8AM – Sunday 11PM – Tuesday 9AM
Wicked Spins Radio [UK]-Thursdays 7PM – 9PM
KOWS 92,5FM [CA-USA]- Tuesday 10PM-12 Midnight
Fasching Web Radio [CANADA]- Wednesdays from 5 – 7PM

Playlist

01 Soft Science – Undone
02. The Lost End – Self Control
03. Squeeze – Innocence In Paradise
04. The Fall – Brillo De Facto
05. Serpent Power – Golden Dawn
06. Ministry – Public Image
07. SPC ECO – Incomplete
08. Bauhaus – god in an alcove (flexi version)
09. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)
10. Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
11. Love & Rockets – So Alive
12. Love & Rockets – Mirror People ’88
13. Tones On Tail – Lions
14. Bauhaus – Passion of Lovers
15. Bauhaus – In the Flat Field
16. Schubert – Trio in E Flat, Op. 100 (Excerpt)
17. Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
18. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
19. Love & Rockets – Sweet Lover Hangover
20. Bauhaus – Kick in the Eye 2
21. Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
22. Bauhaus – Dark Entries (Live At Coachella)
23. New Zero God – Shadow Of Wealth
24. Seatemples – The Burning World
25. Savage Cut with Leyla Josephine – Andy From Finance
26. Dsease – Selfist Darky Tender
27. Permanent Clear Light – One in Five

 
 

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