Hoooooboy, a rather light week for new arrivals around here but next week is gonna be a real doozy so maybe that’s for the best. Loads of great stuff en route but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come in this week, as usual we’re pricing up great used goodies all the time and there’s loads of other sweet things to stick in your ear.
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…..pick of the week…..
N Chambers: Air Example (Love All Day) LP
In tomorrow… Sublime new full length album by Norm Chambers, his second for Love All Day following the 2012 cassette release Blue Grotto, which was issued under his Panabrite moniker. One of the most consistently original & creative composers working in electronic music today, Air Example pulses with all of the lovely melodies and unexpected turns we’ve come to expect of him. The fruit of two years labor, these twelve works represent a disparate group of material that somehow manages to hang together effortlessly, like some mirage shimmering in the distance.
File Under: Electronic, Ambient
Roy Ayers: Silver Vibrations (BBE) LP
BBE Music continues its long and fertile partnership with vibraphone legend and godfather of neo-soul, Roy Ayers, with the first ever reissue of his 1983 album Silver Vibrations. Originally released in the UK only on Uno Melodic Records, Silver Vibrations shares some of its musical DNA with Lots Of Love, Ayers’ US album from the same year. However, Silver Vibrations contains four unique cuts all of its own, plus extended takes of three songs, including the definitive version of iconic song “Chicago.” The rarity of the original pressing has led to eye-watering second-hand prices for this truly brilliant LP. Silver Vibrations was perhaps the last album to retain the sound of Ayers’ organic ‘classic’ period of the latter ’70s and manages to stand up well under its current re-evaluation. “Chicago,” the unedited version of which is exclusive to this LP, received considerable airplay in its time and has barely faded from earshot ever since; its woozy, mysterious vibe and cosmic ruminations from Roy in the second half have certainly endured. The strutting, funky “Good, Good Music” echoes Ayers at his pre-’80s, uptempo disco peak, sporting a grittier edge and an old-school party atmosphere. Title track “Silver Vibrations” was only ever released in the U.K., both on this album and as a single, backed with “Fast Money.” Both “Lots Of Love” and “Keep On Movin'” hark back to previous times and are a pleasant listen without being at all taxing. “Smiling With Our Eyes” is mid-tempo, lilting and jazzy, with a vocal vaguely reminiscent of Stevie Wonder in places. The wistful “D.C. City,” a close companion of Ubiquity’s original recording of “The Third Eye” is, in many ways, quintessentially Roy Ayers. Pressed on heavyweight vinyl LP with original artwork and new sleeve notes written by Sean P., BBE Music is delighted to share this special album with a new generation of fans.
File Under: Electronic, Jazz, Funk
Big Brave: A Gaze Among Them (Southern Lord) LP
Since their inception in 2012, Big Brave has explored terrains of experimental rock with a clear focus on the key principles; space, volume, and raw emotion. The essence of the grroup’s magic has always been the way they balance these dynamics, and particularly how much sheer power comes from the beautifully quiet moments. Their fourth album, A Gaze Among Them features Robin Wattie (vocals, electric guitar, guitar amp, bass amp), Mathieu Ball (electric guitar, guitar amps), and Loel Campbell (drums) with guest appearances from Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion) on Contrabass and Seth Manchester’s synth overdubs. The album was recorded with Seth Manchester at Machine with Magnets in Pawtucket Rhode Island. The beautiful image adorning the cover, created by Wattie, further demonstrates how Big Brave has blossomed. The trio sounds rejuvenated and confident, and A Gaze Among Them is the sound of a band truly honing their craft and feeling totally satisfied with it. Beginning with the question, “How do we take very little and make something bigger than what we actually have?”, Wattie explains further: “The biggest challenge was to not do what is easiest. i.e. what we knew worked for the last albums or what is, for us; easy to write. With A Gaze Among Them, Mathieu and I put ourselves through the ringer – I did not want to do what seemed to me to be a ‘logical next step’ in what we could do musically. I wanted to go back to our original concepts and work from there – space, tension, minimalism, and voice (finding melody and musicality in pieces that consist of one note for longer than ten minutes, for example) were the primary concentrations I wanted to push.” In the process of revisiting their early intentions, Big Brave has boldly evolved, emerging with a thrilling new body of work that is all at once refreshingly new, explosively heavy, dynamically loud, beautifully minimal, carefully repetitive, and utterly cathartic.
File Under: Rock, Post Rock
Dead to a Dying World: Elegy (Profound Lore) LP
Texas based elemental dark metal ensemble Dead To A Dying World have completed work on their poignant new epoch, Elegy. Following up 2015’s ambitious Litany, this latest sees the septet take their creative spirit to a new apotheosis, resulting in the collective’s most focused and moving opus yet. The band craft their vast aural landscape with a flourish consisting of seamless sonic textures guided by apocalyptic dark metal, doom, and epic cinematic post rock, consisting of three monolithic central tracks reinforced by three stirring interval segments. Melodic surges thrive throughout the album’s discourse, whether through the more aggressive post-black metal parts or the more melancholic parts. The dual vocal projection of Mike Yeager and Heidi Moore continues to serve as a defining staple, while the band continue to expand their instrumentation, solidified even more through Eva Vonne’s viola which continues to bridge and become a central element, as well as including outer-sound instruments like expanded experimental percussion, hurdy gurdy, hammond organ / piano, and concert bass. Once again produced by Billy Anderson, this being one of the acclaimed producer’s most riveting productions he’s done in recent times, the band also welcomes back a small cast of guest musicians. Featuring guest appearances by Thor Harris (ex-Swans) on four tracks alone, along with guest vocals by Jarboe (ex-Swans), Dylan Desmond (Bell Witch), and Emil Rapstine (The Angelus), the contributions from the new contingent of guests helps elevate the narrative of Elegy to a new plateau.
File Under: Metal
Riz Ortolani: Perversion Story (Dagored) LP
The original soundtrack recording for this 1969 Italian thriller filmed in San Francisco by cult director Lucio Fulci. The movie has one of the best and most well-known scores written by the mighty Riz Ortolani. Groovy and jazzy and unlike many other Italian soundtracks. Limited edition pink vinyl; Special deluxe gatefold sleeve; Edition of 500.
File Under: OST, Italian
Baroness: The Red Album (Relapse) LP
The Clash: London Calling (Epic) LP
Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monolith of Phobos (ATO) LP
Miles Davis: On The Corner (Music on Vinyl) LP
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (Legacy) LP
Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports (Astralwerks) LP
Funkadelic: s/t (Westbound) LP
Greta Van Fleet: From the Fires (Universal) LP
Billie Holiday: Body and Soul (Verve) LP
Kids See Ghosts: s/t (Universal) LP
Mountain Goats: In League With Dragons (Merge) LP
Charlie Parker: With Strings (Verve) LP
Parliament: Clones of Dr. Funkenstein (Universal) LP
Popol Vuh: Affenstunde (Klimt) LP
Sonny Rollins: Plays for Bird (Down at Dawn) LP
Sonic Youth: Goo (Geffin) LP
Tame Impala: Lonerism (Modular) LP
Cecil Taylor: The Great Paris Concert (ORG) LP
Mike Westbrook: Metropolis (Music on Vinyl) LP