Looking to 2021…
We are also getting ready to announce the new album from The Chills as well as an astonishing debut album from Californian songwriter Marina Allen and brand new music from the highly-praised Lucy Gooch. We also have the second edition of Modern Studies‘ sublime two-part EP series and much more.
Rats On Rafts
‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths’
Out 29th January
A psyche-fuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms,
digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed.
Out 12th February
More tumultuous than its predecessor, ‘private LIFE’ knocks hard. The evolution of Virginia Wing’s sound continues to build on the broad creative flow of the last album whilst being another audacious contribution to contemporary pop.
Out 26th February
New album from Bardo Pond guitarists’ side project.‘Celestial Scuzz’ is a monumental sound piece created from hours of jam sessions and crafted into a cohesive mind-blowing trip – featuring their take on Brian Eno’s ‘Big Ship’.
Out 5th March 2021
The most genuine version of Jane Weaver, complete with day-glo pop sensibilities, wit, kindness, humour and glamour.
Still prevalent are the cosmic sounds,‘Flock’ is a natural rebellion to the recent releases
which sees her decidedly move away from conceptual roots in favour of writing pop music.
And also to come…
Her voice surfs many musical tangents morphing from Karen Carpenter’s gentle reverence to Laura Nyro’s soulful grit, moving through the phases like some possessed Dada performance artist before throwing in a melody from Joni at her jazziest or the close harmonies of the lamented Roches when they flipped out with Robert Fripp.
Lucy Gooch’s music is a beautiful ethereal fog; like hearing a subliminal echo of Kate Bush on a fading tape loop, masked by an internal wall of sound that vibrates with the hum of everyday life. Imagine The Cocteau Twins’ dream pop, cautiously overlapping Cluster’s trippy nuances; cast a thought of Eno and Julie London after cocktails.
Split into two parts but arriving separately, Modern Studies first EP ‘Life Flows In Endless Song’ is diaphanous, adorned with the expansive sound of their recent releases.
“We shook off our usual song structures in favour of something repetitive, slow and heavy; life flows in endless song.” Modern Studies
Taking us out of the year, new single ‘You’re Immortal’ from The Chills is an uplifting and provocative encounter told in the grand baroque pop manner of Love’s ‘Forever Changes’ with a gorgeous Chills-approved melody line that harks back to the band’s greatest hits.