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Fruits de Mer Records goes to Glastonbury

Fruits de Mer Records will be celebrating its 10th birthday with a one-dayer at the King Arthur pub in Glastonbury on May 12th, with sets by: Tir na nOg, The Honey Pot, Magic Bus, Anton Barbeau, Mark McDowell and Icarus Peel’s Acid Reign.

There’ll also be a Fruits de Mer stall, packed with lots of good vinyl things available for the first time at the birthday gig (and quite possible not after that, depending how sales go), including:

Tir nan Org – a 7” lathe-cut featuring two newly-recorded tracks by Leo and Sonny.

One song is a re-work of ‘Hall Of Mirrors’, a song by Sweeney’s Men from 60s,, the other has lyrics taken from the book ‘Lud-in-the-Mist’, written by Hope Mirrlees in 1926! (cat no. Friends of the Fish 23 – approx. 90 copies are being cut)

Leo provides a little background on each track, and once you’ve read this you’ll be queueing for one of those lathe-cuts, for sure!:

COLUMBINE
“”About a year ago I became captivated by a live 1960s Scottish folk club version of Columbine by a 16 year old, Tarquin Bolton, on Audio Archives Records. After much fruitless Googling, I eventually discovered the lyrics were from a lost classic fantasy novel, Lud-in-the-Mist. It was written by Hope Mirrlees and published in 1926. The song is the tune that the youngsters in the story dance, trance like, after eating a mind altering fruit.”

HALL OF MIRRORS
Hall Of Mirrors is from the second Sweeney’s Men album, The Tracks Of Sweeney from ’69. Their line up then was Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods, and the song is credited to them and Henry McCullough, who played with them briefly in the late 60s. This song is cited as their only foray into psychedelia; they were more known as a trad group. Sonny and I met Johnny on the Holyhead ferry a little while ago. We shared Johnny’s fiery potato cakes and Guinness…and a couple of tunes on the tin whistle, and he mentioned this song as being a seminal Sweeney’s Men song, though it is little known“.

Moonweevil – an LP + CD of new instrumental music from the man behind Cranium Pie (cat no. strange fish eleven – 160 LPs are being pressed)

Cranium Pie are a psychedelic prog band from the UK.
They have various vinyl releases with Fruits de Mer records, as well as appearances on some of the Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble LPs compiled by the Amorphous Androgynous.

Moonweevil is the solo work of Cranium Pie’s keyboard chappie in disguise…

Verticle Tide” is an LP of new recordings by Rob Appleton, who left the UK for Austria a couple of years ago and shows no signs of wanting to come back, so Cranium Pie are no more – at least for the time being. Rob has been working on instrumental library music and “Verticle Tide” is an extension of this work.

In FdM terms, it’s pretty ‘out there’, hence the strangefish catalogue number, but if you’ve heard the Cranium Pie Mechanism tapes, you’re going to love it.

It’s going to be ridiculously-limited, of course; FdM will have 100 copies at the 10th birthday party in Glastonbury on May 12th, with everything left going to the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival in Cardigan. Rob Appleton will have 50 copies – and that’s it

But Rob will also be selling the CD and downloads separately, so all is not lost.

The Honey Pot/Icarus Peel’s Acid Reign – cat no. tiny one – approx. 80 copies are being cut)

A split 5” lathe-cut from two of the bands playing the Fruits de Mer Records birthday gig, that makes up for its lack of size by being housed in a nifty metal tin – PiL eat yours hearts out…

But what about the music? Icarus Peel explains….

SHINING DIAMONDS
This song was written specifically for the Fruits de Mer celebration Concert in Glastonbury in May. It is a reflection on what we have seen and enjoyed at other similar events with the label and elsewhere. There is always a great meeting of old friends and acquaintances, all congregating from the corners of the world to enjoy their shared love of this music and those gatherings.

HALF SPACE
The Acid Reign have been put together in answer to all those lovely people who have said they would like to hear more guitar than we get in Honey Pot and Crystal Jacqueline recordings. There also seems to be a dearth of trios now, where are the modern Taste, Cream, Experience, Groundhogs etc…? And once we had come up with the name it had to happen. ‘Half Space’ is a basic bongo freak-out with the potential to maybe be lengthened at some point. Half Space is that condition when one is neither here nor there, slightly missing but nicely phased….

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Posted by on March 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Timothy Dark – Dark Day Afternoon (30 March 2018)

NYC’s Timothy Dark announces ‘Dark Day Afternoon’ EP, previews ‘She Put a Spell on Me’

New York-based artist Timothy Dark has announced his forthcoming EP ‘Dark Day Afternoon’, which is slated for release on March 30. This five-track offering is preceded by the release’s lead single ‘She Put a Spell on Me’. The EP was co-produced by Robb Torres and Timothy Dark for Darkseed Entertainment at Quartier General Studios in Los Angeles.

This release follows Dark’s latest album ‘The Last Days of Dark’, which was produced by longtime collaborator Dan “The Band’ Policar (Sean Paul, Raekwon The Chef). Two of the tracks ‘Unpatriotic’ feat. Stephanie Linn

and ‘The Future’ really made some waves in the face of the realities of Trump’s America.

“Christmas is a hard time for me, as my parents are no longer with me and I don’t know how to celebrate it anymore. So decided I was going to take a trip to LA just to get away. I went into my catalog and picked ‘She Put a Spell on Me’, jumped on the plane, and recorded most of the song in two days. On the third day I knew it needed a female vocal,” explains Timothy Dark.

“My friend Angie Atkinson had just moved to LA, so I called her and asked her what she was doing. She was chillin’ in her PJs so I asked her to come through and sing on the track. She said if I paid her Uber she would do it. By the grace of God, she lived on the same street as Robb’s studio so I saved a lot of money. She came in and knocked it out in about an hour and the rest was history.”

Dark’s expansive artistry encompasses politically charged hip-hop, buttery R&B, grimy rock, street savvy poetry, literature, non-dogmatic spirituality, and singer-songwriter style emotional intimacy. Previously described as “Michael Jackson’s band meets Inspectah Deck of WuTang meets the energy from Queens that made the Ramona’s play fast”, Timothy Dark’s music is rich, diverse and unpredictable.

“The new ‘Dark Day Afternoon’ EP pulls ample inspiration from Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, The Cars and Elvis Presley. I spent years listening to their music, originally for sampling purposes. But I became a fan and couldn’t stop listening and learning from them all,” says Dark.

“Most people don’t know I have written pop songs for years. I just never released many of them because I loved rapping so much. But now that I have a band, it’s time to dig out the pop and alternative songs and let the world hear them. It’s time to let people know that I’m not just a rapper; I’m an all around songwriter. This EP is the beginning of all of that.”

Born in Harlem, Timothy Dark was raised in East Elmhurst, Queens and the South Bronx before the streets were sanitized. He learned how to survive amidst the violence and corruption of hard times New York. One of his most formative moments was his mother boldly placing him onstage during a James Brown concert and the Godfather of Soul shaking his hand. It has become a symbolic gesture on many levels with the feeling like, in that handshake, James Brown transferred an electricity that courses through Timothy to this day.

The emergence of hip-hop as an art form became a way to observe and experience and street life and turn it into something special as a solo artist and as a member of rap crews. He’s opened for Nas, Black Rob, and immersed himself in New York City’s thriving Antifolk scene, collaborating with such talents as Nellie Mckay and Nicole Atkins.

‘Dark Day Afternoon’ will be available on March 30 across digital stores and streaming platforms. Timothy Dark and The Indestructible Characters launch the EP that night at New York’s DROM (85 Avenue A), along with Liz Rees and Miss Represent. Their next show scheduled for April 14 with American Anymen, Crazy and the Brains, Phoebe Blue, Dolltits and Clinical Trials at Search Party Studios (71 Wave Avenue, Staten Island).

CREDITS

Lyrics and vocals by Timothy Dark
Female vocals by Angie Atkinson
Produced by Robb Torres and Timothy Dark for Darkseed Entertainment at Quartier General Studios, LA
Mastered by Ian Sefchick
Cover design by Leslie Walsh of Gifted Creative

LIVE DATES (as Timothy Dark and The Indestructible Characters)
March 30  New York – Album release show at DROM (85 Avenue A) with Liz Rees and Miss Represent
April 14  New York – Search Party Studios (71 Wave Avenue, Staten Island) with American Anymen, Phoebe Blue, Dolltits, Clinical Trials

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Posted by on March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

New Zero God – Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac (MC, Custom Made Music January 2018)

New Zero God have their first U.S. release with the EP “Under the Influence of Captain Pan Ikatac“.

The four track EP gained great reviews and the track “Shadow of Wealth” took 2nd place out of 100 on the list of best tracks for the year 2017 posted by Australian mag Tomatrax.

The album was initially released by the band through Bandcamp in 2017 but American record label Custom Made Music put it out on January 2018 on a completely new format, a cassette, making it the first U.S. release for the Greek band.

The lyrics focus on the impact of modern life on psychological health while music ranges from punk rock to post-punk and industrial.

The release finds New Zero God at the end of a string of gigs with the band paying tribute to the legendary Greek band of the 80’s and 90’s The Flowers of Romance.

 

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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Punish Yourself – Spin the Pig (13 October 2017)

Punish Yourself is a French quartet formed in the 90s.

They are known for their stage theatrics and they describe their style as “Fluo Cyber Punk”.

Having their debut released almost 20 years ago, the band put out in October their 13th album, titled “Spin the Pig”.

Klodia Sparkling took care of the vox loops (she also appears on two albums of the French all star band Le Bal Des Enragés) while drummer/guitar player Xav did a great job on programming. Singer/percussionist VX spits passionately the lyrics and guitarist Pierlox (who seems to be joining VX on the project 1969 Was Fine) adds electric shocks to the whole recording.

Their sound is sometimes flirting with the sound of Killing Joke of the “Pandemonium” era (“There’s No End to This”) but I can also hear influences from Ministry and Nine Inch Nails of the “Head Like a Hole” era (“Lo-cust” and “Blacksunwhitebones”).

And to be honest, how many industrial musicians would write a song without being influenced by at least one of the above mentioned bands?

So, all this reads excellent on my book but my fave track of the album is the “Die-s-i-ray”. And this is cause it could be a track by the Dead Boys or The Lords of the New Church with Steve Bators on amphetamines…

The track “Spin the Pig” is strategically put right after “Backlash” holding back the pace of the album which is slowing down as we move toward the end of the album…

Silver silver” has a nice flavor of 90’s industrial and the album closes with an interesting remix of the “Lo-cust” track.

I am sorry to say that I never heard of Punish Yourself before this album.

But I am lucky that I found them now… (better late than never…).

And be sure that “Spin the Pig”, with its high octane tracks, is serious and dangerous as a nuclear holocaust.

So go for it…HERE

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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New Model Army -Winter

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There is only a handful of bands with the gift of adapting to the constantly changing musical environments but still keeping their unique identity. New Model Army is one of them and have proven that ability during the whole course of their fourteen albums.

“Winter” finds the band from Bradford in unhurried vibes not very different than “Between Dog And Wolf” yet more creepy and powerful as a score for a post-apocalypse film. In the opening track “Beginning” they disembark the mother ship and continue with atmospheric but heavy soundscapes such as “Burn The Castle” or the bowieish “Echo November”. And yes, there’s some good old folk in “Winter” and “Die Trying”. Again, political to the core; New Model Army will spread the militant sparkle till the end of time and beyond. And this is a feature known by their fans and respected by the rest (of the wicked…).

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

METROLAND – Brother (Remixes) EP (Alfa Matrix 2016)

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Brother” is the third and final single from “Things Will Never Sound The Same Again“, the album that Metroland created solely as an In Memoriam for their sadly departed friend, sound engineer and Passenger: Louis Zachert who passed away exactly 1 year ago.

For this new release, Metroland reached out to their fan base and fellow artists with a remix competition, giving them a chance to use music as their personal message. The immense feedback resulted in Metroland having a difficult time choosing between all the entered remixed versions.

The outcome offers you 7 superb and very emotional remixes spread across 2 separate EP’s, each remix created to pay homage and to honor the beloved Passenger L. within a range of dark sounding versions to rock solid 80’s vintage sounds.

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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Perpacity – 9725 (2016)

British-Danish synth pop duo Perpacity tease new LP with smooth lead single ‘9725’

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British-Danish synth pop duo Perpacity are releasing ‘9725‘, the lead single from their forthcoming second album ‘Arise’, Comprised of 14 tracks, it is scheduled for release in early October, the 14 tracks on this release complement each other well and create a special ambience. ‘Eternal ft. Nordik Fire’, a track that brings the Celtic element of a violin-charged melody into electronic territory, is being offered as the b-side.

Perpacity is a duo comprised of Ian Harling and Martin Nyrup, who reside in Bristol (UK) and Copenhagen (Denmark) respectively. Their music exhibits a strong command of melody and texture, characterized by unique dark moving electronic soundscapes and vocals to set your heart alight. This is genuine, unconditional love for synthpop or dance-pop.

Martin Nyrup started to craft music back in the days of the Commodore 64. Progressing to other synth and computer-related instruments and gradually mastering recording technologies, he fairly quickly got involved in writing music for the gaming industry. After moving onto the PC, he worked for various game studios creating music, game effects and conversions for the many soundcards of that era.

It was through involvement in the gaming industry that he met Perpacity vocalist Ian Harling, Originally from the Isle of Man, Ian started playing guitar and writing music at 14, first as part of a country and western duo and then a rock band by the time he was 18. After some time working together, Martin mentioned some instrumental tracks he was working on, not knowing that Ian had been in several bands at that point – Ian said he wanted to try add vocals over one of them. Thus Perpacity was born some eight years ago.

Perpacity released their debut album ‘The Sinner Inclination’ in early 2015, showcasing their back-catalogue of earlier material. Since then, Perpacity have released several well-received singles such as ‘Obscene’, ‘Save Me’ and ‘Volatile Cohesion’.

When we set out to write the new album we agreed to not try to go for a specific mood, theme or atmosphere – that whether a song or a track made the initial cut depended purely on whether we like it and whether it speaks to us. We purposely allowed other genres to influence what came out of each song,” explains Martin Nyrup. “We get a bit blues-ish here and there, and even go a bit Celtic in one track with an amazing collaboration we had with violinist Bethany Borg of Nordik Fire. We like to think there is something for everybody here.”

Martin’s musical influences include Depeche Mode, Yazoo, New Order, and Kraftwerk, differing strikingly from Ian’s, who include numerous Irish bands, both indie and folk, such as Clannad, The Cranberries and Plague Monkeys, as well as Elsiane, and Sarah McLachlan.

One of the reasons that Martin and I work well together is that we don’t have the same tastes in music, often quite the opposite,” says Ian Harling. “The song ‘9725’ was very much like that; it started out as a really gritty instrumental, but every time I listened to it I could hear lyrics and a melody within it. When you work on tracks like that, there’s a feeling that the song is writing itself, and you simply have to help it come out. On the surface it’s a standard love song, but there is also a second level of meaning there.”

The ‘Arise’ LP was mastered by Alexander Kretov from renowned dreampop band Ummagma. As of October 7, ‘Arise’ will be released on CD and digital download via the duo’s Bandcamp, Amazon, and elsewhere. It is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp, with immediate download of ‘9725’ and ‘Eternal ft. Nordik Fire’).

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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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