Available for PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 5th of February.
LP ltd to 500, standard weight black vinyl + free CD inside.
“A truckload of singer-songwriterly pleasure, major and minor.” **** MOJO (‘A Family Tree’ album review).
PETE AVES will release 'SEE HOW', his first album in eight years, on 5th February.
‘SEE HOW’ is Pete’s first solo album since 2007’s ‘You, Me and Bill Withers’ (“imagine if Gil Evans and Miles Davis had written for the band in Trumpton.” Uncut Magazine).
‘SEE HOW’ explores the life Pete has lived since then - what it's like to be a divorced, homeless, fifty-year-old father of two with a guitar and a head full of great songs. Pete’s earlier work received much critical acclaim, but ‘SEE HOW’ contains a truthfulness and grit that only a decade of difficult times can produce.
Although the album explores themes of emotional upheaval and life-changing events, which should be familiar to many people Pete’s age, his lyrics always manage a wry smile at life’s vicissitudes. All this is set to seductive melodies melded with lilting arrangements. It’s sophisticated songwriting taking in folk, country and pop, amongst which, in the past, has seen Pete compared to Squeeze and The Beatles, as well as vocally compared to Stephen Duffy and Kevin Rowland at his quiet best.
‘See How’ also features some very fine guitar playing – playing that has seen Pete in high demand as a session guitarist. See How’ also includes a cover of Pharrell's 'Happy'. Aside from his solo output Pete has played guitar with the High Llamas for many years and worked with Lee Hazlewood, Petula Clark, Nick Lowe, Shirley Collins, The Lost Ladies Of Folk and Harry Hill among others. As a songwriter he has always followed his own path.
Tracklisting: 1. Just Like A Song 2. Cold Llamas 3. God Bless The Poor 4. Rien De Rien 5. To His Recumbent Infants 6. Happy 7. Blues For Bob & Cliff 8. Words Idle Words 9. The Complainant 10. Baybee Dayz
Available for PRE-ORDER, shipping on the 26th of February. A PRESSING OF 100 COPIES ONLY!!
Standard Planets have just completed their stunning new collaboration with internationally aclaimed writer and master of Psychogeography Iain Sinclair (Penguin Books).
The Guardian have just premiered the tracks and the EP's being covered by The Quietus and FACT amongst others.
Sinclair can count J.G.Ballard (RIP), Michael Moorcock and Will Self as fans.
Over the last two years Standard Planets have collaborated with the likes of Krautrock legend Harald Grosskopf (Ash RaTempel, Cosmic Jokers, Klaus Schulze, Manuel Gottsching), Disco pioneers Arthur's Landing (Arthur Russell, Dinosaur L/Loose Joints), Nurse With Wound's Colin Potter and Italo Disco iconsBWH/Blackaway (House Of Music), with each single gaining praise from the likes of Q Magazine, SPIN, The Quietus, and FACT.
PLEASE NOTE: Both formats are available for PRE-ORDER with 2 different release dates: 3CD: 20/05/2016 3xLP : 02/09/2016
Tanya Donelly is a singer-songwriter and founding member of three of the most successful bands of the post-punk era.
At the age of 16, she and stepsister Kristin Hersh formed Throwing Muses, which became the first American band ever signed to the influential British label 4AD. Not only did the Muses' dreamy, swirling guitar sound prove highly influential on many of the alternative acts to emerge in their wake, but they also made any number of unprecedented advances into the male-dominated world of underground rock.
Donelly later sidelined with Pixies bassist Kim Deal to form the Breeders, appearing on the debut LP, Pod. She later exited both the Breeders and Throwing Muses to form her own band, Belly.
After issuing a pair of well-received EPs, Belly released their full-length debut, Star -- a superb collection of luminous, fairy tale-like guitar pop songs -- and for the first time in her career, Donelly earned commercial success commensurate to her usual critical accolades.
Not only did the record go gold on the strength of the hit single 'Feed the Tree' but the band even garnered a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Donelly would eventually disband Belly to raise her two daughters. She still found time to write and record music as a solo artist -- Beautysleep, Whiskey Tango Ghosts and This Hungry Life were all exceptional albums and enjoyed critical success.
The Swan Song Series is a collection of songs in which Donelly collaborated with friends, musicians and authors such as Rick Moody, Robyn Hitchcock, John Wesley Harding, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang (Damon + Naomi/Galaxie 500), Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Tom Gorman (Belly), and Claudia Gonson (Magnetic Fields), and explored an impressive range that wasn't always captured on previous albums.
This exclusive collection includes the first 5 self-released digital EP's + 7 brand new, previously unreleased, tracks on a 31 song set.
Tracklisting: 1. Mass Ave 2. Christopher Street 3. Let Fall The Sky 4. Blame The Muse 5. Meteor Shower 6. Still 7. Mary Magdelene In The Great Sky 8. Why So Sad 9. Making Light 10. Miranda (Pacifically) 11. Written_Unread 12. VivaKaraoke 13. Far Away And Hard To See 14. Hidalgo Street 15. Cygnet Song 16. Salt 17. Worry Doll 18. Cape Ann 19. Flying At Night 20. Snow Goose And Me 21. Tu y Yo 22. Lucky Love 23. Oh Me Of Little Faith 24. The End To The Dawn 25. Silver In Your Palm 26. Mr. Swan 27. Send Me Your Next Nightmare 28. Wild Love 29. Storm Blown Bird 30. In Your Name 31. Tooraloo