CD will be released on the 22nd of September Vinyl will be released on the 27th of October
In 2014, nearly three years after her acclaimed debut The Entire City (July 2011, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray), Gazelle Twin re-emerged in full force to stage and screen, gnashing her teeth and armed with pickings from her sophomore full length - UNFLESH - set for worldwide release on 22 September 2014, followed by the artist's first ever Tour in October. February's "bleak banger" (SPIN) single - 'Belly Of The Beast' and the 4-track EP 'Anti Body' in May, conjured intrigue from Dazed & Confused, I-D, Noisey, SPIN, The Fader, XLR8R, Q Mag, Radio 1 and a crop of well-established artists including Grimes, Chelsea Wolfe, Mira Calix and Tom Demac.
In UNFLESH the British artist/composer/producer - known on her ID cards as 'Elizabeth Bernholz' - explores a newfound, adrenalised-Pop style in greater depth - from the bone-chilling, Iggy Pop-inspired 'I Feel Blood', the stark choral lullaby of 'Premonition', to the Prince-meets-Sonic Youth influenced 'GUTS' and 'Still Life'. Far removed from the artist's former dreamscapes, UNFLESH presents a stripped down hyper-colour, hyperreality. Conceived in part, as a means of acting out vengeance on her antagonists (the list of which includes teenhood, recurring dreams, and her own body), Gazelle Twin's startling, electric-blue guise at once embodies the strife of her blighted younger self, and a kind of post-Pagan manifestation with superhuman potential - a concept that bears all the markings of an unwritten, cult Graphic Novel.But UNFLESH is not just an auto-biographical purging. Songs delve as candidly into themes as diverse as the history of European colonisation (I Feel Blood), Euthanasia (Good Death), children raised by animals (Human Touch), to gentle musings on miscarriage (Premonition).
Despite this odd crop of topics, a 2 year exploration into science and medicine - the mutations, mysteries and liberations of the human mind and body - forms the spine of a courageous concept LP. A solo artist through and through, Bernholz rarely works out of her cloistered, digital home studio, but with the additional production and mixing artistry of Benge (one third of Wrangler, one half of John Foxx and The Maths, and internationally renowned analogue synthesiser hero), her new sound - crafted consciously from the analogue sounds of John Carpenter and Prince - is notably strengthened by the addition of museum-piece synthesisers such as the Moog Modular, the Linn-1, Formant Synth and the legendary CS80 - used by Vangelis' to create the soundtrack for Blade Runner.
The LP's artwork (by the artist herself) features a Francis Bacon-inspired digital collage of the grimacing girl in blue, highlighting a clear obsession with the surreal and the visceral and confirming that Bernholz's all-encompassing creative output is every bit as startling as her recent critical acclaim suggests.
Those who acquire the 12" LP or Digipak CD version of the UNFLESH album will encounter typography by Grammy award-winning British design agency, Barnbrook.
We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys is Judson Claiborne's excellent third album, it’s their second to be released by the eclectic La Société Expéditionnaire label, this time in partnership with In Store Recordings.
Fronting the Chicago outfit is Christopher Salveter, who began writing the album after a year of intensive yoga studies. He noticed parallels between the philosophies and practice of yoga, art, and music. Salveter became intrigued by the idea that we do more communicating with our physical selves than with language; that the texture and tonality of our voices and the movements of bodies are often more expressive than written or spoken language. In presenting We Have Not Doors..., the title itself speaks to letting our collective guard down in order to communicate.
Always seeking further inspiration, Salveter studied bottles of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, Kirlian photography, histories of human sexuality, Hawaiian meditation cults, innovations in service animals, humanitarian work stories from Haiti, the strange movements of cats, and the story of a bank robber who lived in a treehouse.
The album was recorded and mixed by Tim Iseler, who has been at the helm of all three Judson Claiborne LPs. Guest musicians include Marketa Irglova of the Swell Season, Angela James, and members of Early Day Miners, Low Skies and Darts & Arrows.
Focusing their always interesting Americana and Indie-Folk arrangements into a fully realized rock outfit, We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys is Judson Claiborne at a their finest creative cadence. The band’s sound at times finds itself descending from the nineties Low Rock lineage of Mark Sandman and Morphine while weaving layers of The Cure’s Disintegration era string synths and Daniel Lanois-esque atmospheric steel guitar. More contemporary comparisons to the band could be The Besnard Lakes, The Cave Singers, Father John Misty, The Heartless Bastards, and Cass McCombs.
‘On Earth As It Is In Heaven’ was Angels’ third album and showcases the band expanding their horizons by taking a more directly melodic hard rock path, but one with hooks and riffs to the fore. Just because the music was harder and edgier, isn’t to say that they had abandoned their progressive roots altogether as Gregg Giuffria’s keyboard work will testify.
Produced by seasoned sound man Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Zeppelin), the songs here display a raw edge that provides guitarist Punky Meadows with a platform to unleash some of his best riffs, whilst vocalist extraordinaire Frank DiMino soars to new operatic heights.
Songs such as ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Cast The First Stone’ and ‘White Lightning’ explode with a sense of urgency that suggests the band were scaling new heights of creativity and feeling all the better for it. Oh, and check out the band’s logo – it reads the same upside down, back to front and in a mirror.
Track listing: 1. Can You Feel It 2. She’s A Mover 3. You’re Not Fooling Me 4. That Magic Touch 5. Big Boy (Let’s Do It Again) 6. White Lightning 7. Telephone Exchange 8. On The Rocks 9. Cast The First Stone 10. Just A Dream
Originally issued in 1976,and produced by British ex-pats Derek Lawrence and Big Jim Sullivan in Los Angeles, the albums contains a clutch of 24 Karat showstoppers, including the epic ‘Feelings’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘Pressure Point’ and ‘The Fortune’, a progressive pomp-rock watershed with all the trimmings you might reasonably expect from such a genre defining band. Absolutely essential.
Track listing: 1. Feelin’ Right 2. The Fortune 3. Anyway You Want It 4. Dr. Ice Mirrors Feelings Pressure Point Chicken Soup Angel Theme