Available for PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 4th of September.
“Blank Realm are still bent on mixing the diamonds with the rough, and on Grassed Inn that particular swirl is at its most intoxicating.” Pitchfork 8/10
“Balancing the arty with the party to make for a set of danceable, hook-filled songs that bubble and bloom with an almost biological rampancy, shooting out tendrils of strange, snaking melody in every direction like vines enveloping a ruin” Guardian 4*
“A cracking selection of scuzzy, fuzzy psych-rock songs that recall Royal Truax and Sonic Youth” Uncut 8/10
“Blank Realm generate scruffy, VU’s-Sister-Ray-loving grooves, coloured up with blooping synths, and yowling, way-off vocals” Mojo 4*
Blank Realm's transformation across the Australian mystic from sprawling spaced out psychotic punk blues, through the startling maverick pop psychedelia of ‘Go Easy’ to the widely acclaimed ‘Grassed Inn’, continues in its unrelenting quest for that quintessential synergy of chiming pop anthems.
Hook-laden throughout they unleash their wild yet tender new album ‘Illegals In Heaven’ which offers up freaked out reflections on life, love and circumstance. As knowing as the Chills or the Pretenders, loner ballads are as gnarled and world weary as Dylan in a cacophony as bruised as Royal Trux yet with the playfulness of Half Japanese.
Recorded and produced with Lawrence English (head of the Room40 label) on a late night at The Plutonium studio in Brisbane, the album sees them on their first foray into a recording studio. While it wasn’t exactly Abbey Road, it truly captures the chaos and majesty of the band’s formidable live shows.
It would be all too easy to say that ‘Illegals In Heaven’ is their finest work to date, but the simple truth is that Blank Realm have been without peers for a trilogy of albums, so it just might be as Sarah huskily intones, "Gold" too.
Tracklisting: 1. No Views On It 2. River Of Longing 3. Cruel Night 4. Costume Drama 5. Dream Date 6. Flowers In Mind 7. Gold 8. Palace Of Love 9. Too Late Now
Available for PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 11th of September.
Containing all new studio recordings Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti (Chris & Cosey / Throbbing Gristle) and Nik Colk Void (Factory Floor) expand and explore onward from their critically acclaimed 2012 debut album ‘Transverse'.
Featuring their distinctive metallic guitar sound, distorted vocals, resounding bass lines and electro industrial rhythms this music is not for the fainthearted.
The CD and Digital editions feature six tracks.
The vinyl album has five tracks and comes with a free digital download code.
f (x) will be released worldwide by the legendary Industrial Records label (home of Throbbing Gristle since 1976) on 11th September.
Available for PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 4th of September.
Available on Lilac opaque 180 gram vinyl limited to 1,000 units
Magic Castles are a five-piece band from Minneapolis MN.
Their sound has been described as droney psychedelic pop, combining the organ drenched hazy atmospherics of mid/late 60s with sun-drenched west coast folk-rock.
Magic Castles toured with Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2012 and released a beautiful 12″ split single with BJM on Record Store Day spring 2014..
Their 2014 sophomore release “Sky Sounds” (‘A’ Recordings) and successful west coast tours sees the rapidly improving band reaching new heights.
They are now undertaking their first European Tour .“Armed with an endorsement from The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, a Farfisa organ, and enough psychedelic drones to zonk out an entire cast of lava lamp–worshipping retro-delia music fans, Magic Castles tilt toward the windmills of our minds with a style reminiscent of The Massacre, Spacemen 3, and many other hardcore stoner bands.– itunes review
LP Tracklisting Side A: 1. The One 2. Moon Dust 3. Hollow Moon 4. Lost In Space
Side B: 1. See Her Eyes In The Sky 2. She Wore Lilacs In Her Hair 3. Samara 4. See You Shining
CD Tracklisting: 1. The One 2. Moon Dust 3. Hollow Moon 4. Lost In Space 5. See Her Eyes In The Sky 6. She Wore Lilacs In Her Hair 7. Samara 8. See You Shining Magic Castles
European Tour Dates 2015: Aug 29 Valada (PT) – Reverence Festival , Aug 31 Leira (PT) – Bar Alfa (w/ 10 000 Russos / One Unique Signal) , Sept 04 Toulouse (FR) – Psychedelic Revolution Fest , Sept 06 Novara (IT) – Secret Show (info) Sept 09 Avellino (IT) – Godot Art Bistrot , Sept 14 Leipzig (DE) – tba (w/ Lumerians) , Sept 17 Copenhagen (DK) – KB18 Sept 18 Hamburg (DE) – Molotov , Sept 20 Bristol (UK) – Mother’s Ruin , Sept 22 London (UK) – The Old Blue Last (w/ Dreamweapon) Sept 23 Glasgow (UK) – Nice’n’Sleazy , Sept 24 Hull (UK) – Polar Bear (w/ Black Delta Movement) , Sept 25 / 26 Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (UK)
Tor and multi-instrumentalist, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum / Hammers of Misfortune / formerly of Amber Asylum) first got in touch in late 2011. Their exchanges eventually led to a musical collaboration of both like-minded artists joining in to illustrate their unique and personal visions of nature, life and art.During a visit to Lundvall's home in May 2012, Leila wrote a spontaneous track on Tor's Winter Piano entitled Ibis.
Tor recorded and engineered the track along with Leila's vocals. Later that month, Lundvall added various sounds and ambient washes to the mix. A solo version of Ibis, featuring the original piano / vocals but with additional horn, was released on Abdul-Rauf's debut LP Cold and Cloud on Saadi Saati Records in 2013 (Lundvall also designed the sleeve and created the cover art for this LP).
The earlier, collaborative version of Ibis has remained unreleased until now. It was agreed that a 7" was the perfect format.On the reverse, Lundvall has written a new piece entitled Quiet Seaside constructed around Abdul-Rauf's guitar riffs which Lundvall also recorded during her 2012 visit.
The track captures Tor's signature lush keyboard and ambient whirl. The early mix was sent to Leila who worked in her slow-moving brass performance and textured tone scales to make this work as introspective as it is beautiful.