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  • Band of Holy Joy 'Easy Listening' - Cargo Records UK

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    It starts with hushed lullaby tones, gentle plucked violins, fragile guitar and the shadow of a bird in flight before exploding into thick saxophones, cavernous drums, fleeting electronics, string swells and troubled souls burning through the night to the sound falling cows in Dalston Kingsland.

    Will These Things See You Right opens Band of Holy Joy’s latest greatest album Easy Listening – a set that finds Johny Brown’s ragamuffin street warriors hit yet another artistic peak – a rejuvenated collective on a relentless mission.

    Away from the complex conceptual conceits of
    How to Kill a Butterfly and the raging Casio trauma of City of Tales, Easy Listeninghas a defiantly old –school manifesto – a beautiful collection of brilliantly sculpted, profoundly resonant, captivating, thrilling, devastating SONGS…

    Tracklisting:
    1. Will These Things See You Right
    2. I Have Travelled The Buses Late At Night
    3. When A Gift Is A Curse
    4. Voyage And Disease,Luck And Mystery
    5. Weird Beautiful Time
    6. There Was A Fall/The Fall
    7. Open The Door To Your Heart
    8. A Train Ride To Another Place
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  • Dolly Dolly 'Antimacassar' - Cargo Records UK

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    Dolly Dolly 'Antimacassar'

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    Dolly (sometimes known as David Yates) is a Berkshire-based spoken-word artist, poet, events curator, radio playwright and belongs in the lineage of British surrealists.

    Antimacassar’s twisted insights were created via a process of cut-ups, automatic writing, and dream diaries channelling the skewed atmospherics of such luminaries as David Gascoyne and Roland Penrose after a collision with the Beats.

    At turns playful, darkly whimsical, disorientating and sharp Dolly Dolly’s words and voices destabilise familiar scenes into overcast alien shapes. Imagine if Tom Baker’s Tardis became a Stone Tape jukebox…

    1. Wattle & Daub (With Position Normal)
    2. Among
    3. Pearls (With Regal Worm)
    4. The Greenman (Wych Yew)
    5. Warp (With Time Attendant)
    6. Tiny Tide (With Language, Timothy!)
    7. Coprtoepose
    8. Fix Death
    9. Something Gathers
    10. Consangish (With Moon Wiring Club)
    11. GONE
    12. Horrible News
    13. Noctambulist
    14. Lace (With Steve Christie)
    15. Storm Bound
    16. Everbecoming
    17. No Stars (Replekz) (With Ekoplekz)
    18. The Queen Is Dead (Long Live The Queen)
    19. SICK
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  • Isobel Ccircle 'Fluttercage' - Cargo Records UK

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    debut album from Matt Bower and April Larson aka Isobel Ccircle~.

    Matt Bower (The Revenant Sea, Wizards Tell Lies) whose influences run the gamut from the Radiophonic Workshop to Pan Sonic via Tom Waits is Yorkshire-based whilst April Larson keeps Snakes and self-releases oneironautic CDr’s from her native Louisiana.
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  • Kemper Norton 'Carn' - Cargo Records UK

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    Carn is the startling new album from Kemper Norton and something we hold to be an entirely unique artistic vision.

    Born of personal experience and “based around two uncanny experiences I had at two different locations – one in Cornwall, one in Sussex…” Carn’s self-defined slurtonic world encompasses drone, glitch, drift, folk song and divine melody.

    These 12 hypnotic investigations occupy a unique emotional landscape where the uncanny melts into a wide-eyed surrender of moment and memory and even those darker shadows are bathed in a sidereal halo of warm light.

    A mixture of traditional and synthetic utilising laptop, harmonium, voice, Casio and found sound Carn is the sound of the children of Coil reaching maturity…

    1. 22.8.99
    2. Velan Dreath 1
    3. Colour The Ocean Pink
    4. My Ath Kar
    5. Dorcus
    6. Velan Dreath 2
    7. Windwept
    8. Nucker Hole 1
    9. Seven Times Around
    10. Tenantry Down Wassail
    11. Farisee
    12. Uncounted

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  • Lata 'Starlings' - Cargo Records UK

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    Lata is Jacob Burns who also plays electronics in Cindytalk. Starlings is his debut release, an electronic album in 9 parts, mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and featuring original artwork by Simon Richardson.

    Starlings is an album born of two excitements, two moments whose physical place shapes the resonances on it. First, Tundla Station, evening: stepping down from thirty-six hours on a train and walking back into the body of the building, feeling the travel that had been hanging so heavily slip off.

    The arches of the place were alive with birds, flicking off the walls and the top of the crowds, delicate bodies who seemed drawn up, in ever more numbers, to the vaulted roof, where they were coming into roost. The host of them were all singing, in a high, pure pitch that was contained and multiplied by the masonry of the station into an incredible noise, loud but not painful. Walking through that station and out again into the night was one of the most exciting aural events of my life. I found out later they were Starlings.

    Secondly, the album is very much about moving to London, after looking forward to it for so many years, and just being overwhelmed by things to do and the places to do them in. The East London Line extension had just opened, and I was up and down this railway all the time, and the spaces of this travel were just incredible to me.

    The brutalist intervention of the new stations, into what is otherwise a very old railway line, brimming with clichés - the dripping tunnel under the river, the elevated section on Victorian arches - helped to fix my ideas of London's special syncretic character. That character very directly fed into the making of the album, and the kinds of sounds and atmospheres used.
    Jacob Burns: London, June 2012

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  • Maria & the Mirrors 'Gemini Enjoy My Life' - Cargo Records UK

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    Collaborating with Mark Rutherford (one half of Kodiak, the Numbers-signed future-flash electronic duo who scored a hit with the celebrated Spreo Superbus earlier this year) Gemini Enjoy My Life is the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Travel Sex EP and significantly up’s the production value of that raw blast whilst simultaneously pushing their noise to the point of rupture. It’s pure bliss-panic, sirens and sub-bass - an extreme carnivalesque collapse that will take your head off.

    Mudchute on the flip is, frankly, fucking terrifying – a possible nervous breakdown in the dancehall, a relentless pulverising captivating explosion of gabba gamelan and banshee anguish. In stark and surprising contrast Vindicatrix turns out a beautifully understated acid-house remix of the A-side as an exclusive download with the 12”.
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  • Michael D Donnelly 'I’ve Come to Love You Forever' - Cargo Records UK

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    Michael D Donnelly 'I’ve Come to Love You Forever'

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    I’ve Come to Love You Forever is the strangely beautiful debut album from Michael D Donnelly (Delicate Awol, Rothko, Elite Barbarian) which melts down early Jah Wobble, Dickie Landry, Archie Shepp, My Bloody Valentine, Stephen Mallinder, Kevin Drumm, Autechre and a host of others to sculpt an addictively original, largely instrumental sound world.

    Utilising bass guitar (deployed in a variety of different modes), synthesiser, cheap kids keyboards, various percussion (cattle bells, thumb piano, glock) drum machine, sampler and found sounds the end result is a haunting slab of rust-coloured brittle cinematic post-rock – a lone British Tortoise rewired for a cybergothic post-Terminator landscape. Sinister, exploratory and spacious with a paradoxically clattering liquid production I’ve Come to Love You Forever sees Donnelly assert himself as a truly distinctive voice.

    Michael D Donnelly played bass with Delicate Awol from 2000 to 2003  before joining the second version of Rothko with founder member Mark Beazley and Tom and Ben Page (now of Rocketnumbernine and also ex of Delicate Awol) until they disbanded in 2010. During this time he also joined Ben Page in Elite Barbarian releasing their debut album on Front & Follow.

    Begun in 2011, the album was recorded in Mile End and mixed by Donnelly and Mark Beazley in Walthamstow with Mark contributing bass to some of the tracks.

    The album will be preceded with a mind-wrecking piece of animation by Scott Byrne of Schema Film for Behind the Laburnum

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  • Shape Worship 'Observances' - Cargo Records UK

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    Shape Worship is the solo project of Ed Gillett and Observances is his official debut release after a couple of tantalising homemade demo EP’s. In his own words, Ed is interested in “the creative use of repetition, open collaboration, the enjoyment of mistakes and sub-bass.”

    Taking broken 2-step beats and early 90’s techno (think of those early Black Dog Production 12’s) Shape Worship exists in a richly expansive dreamscape – warmly haunting and strangely benign. This is a gently maximalist universe where machine rhythms mix with organic texture (glazed bells, strange strings, crackling sticks), hall-of-mirrors vocals and wide-eyed synth melodies.

    Although Shape Worship never loses sight of the dancefloor these are beatific sonic mandalas – complex shifting structures causing temporal dislocation and unravelling emotion - you start here and now you are here and now you are somewhere else. I come back to them over and over again as I never can quite remember what happened the time before and also… this is healing music, a balm that bends the bodybrain whilst protecting it. And if I’m making it sound all too gentle you’ve got me wrong – there’s pure disorientation from start to finish – it’s just you’ll come out a better person for it.
    jonny mugwump

    Tracklisting:
    1. Mzungu
    2. Concentration
    3. Seaglass
    4. Air White Smoke Signal
    5. Quilt
    6. Lavender

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  • The House In The Woods 'Bucolica' - Cargo Records UK

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    1. Severton Pathway
    2. Bucolica
    3. Untitled Blacknisss
    4. Sunlight On Rusting Hulk
    5. Dark Lanterns
    6. Favershall
    7. Mountains Of The Sea
    8. Half Glimpsed
    9. The Rain Washed Away
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  • Time Attendant 'Tournaments' - Cargo Records UK

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    After several years of intensive radio and gig improvisation and a string of self-released CDr’s, Exotic Pylon Records is thrilled to present the official debut release from Deptford-based painter and musician Paul Snowdon aka Time Attendant. Available on limited 12” (with an exclusive download that highlights the breadth of Paul’s unique compositional power) or digital, Tournaments was mastered by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and features extensive sleeve notes by Kek-w (Hacker Farm). Ian Hodgson (aka Moon Wiring Club) designed the sleeve from an original painting by Paul and has produced a wonderously trippy video for Wisteria of Albion. jonny mugwump. 

    Excerpts from Medievalism in Modern Electronic Music “I mean, let’s be honest: it didn’t take long - a mere twenty years, thirty at the most; a short hop, skip and a jump in cultural terms - for electronic music to strip-mine itself of its own Futurity and Otherness. But turn your back and wait long enough, and not only does the New become the Old, but the Old eventually reconfigures itself into an Exotic Misremembered New... At points the music rises up: sounds fall into line, march forward like a ragged, half-starved army recruited from local villagers, hinting at some common cause or an unspoken ideal worth dying for…

    But Time Attendant keeps a tight rein on the production, avoids the easy allure of bombast: Grandeur and pomp are suggested rather than fully embraced, so that Tournaments often feels like a proles-eye view of the world - it projects the idea of a better life, a future that has still yet to come into being; gives us glimpses of polished steel lying half-buried beneath the mud. …the pieces on Tournaments are dirty, malnourished and riddled with superstition and disease. Fuck the gleaming spires of Camelot, this is the e-musik equivalent of Don Quixote or John Boorman’s Excalibur... 

    And somehow, incredibly - impossibly - the spectre of Acid House seems to hang over this music like a pall of woodsmoke. Vague, almost indeterminate, but a presence nevertheless. Acid House: ancient, arcane, post-physical now, a half-remembered idea, a Future that somehow got turned into a Past. And then the two of them - the Future and the Past - coming together here, meeting, commingling inside a mixing-desk - inside Time Attendant’s mind – inverting and reinventing themselves as new Pasts, new Futures...

    Tracklisting:
    1. Visored Viscount
    2. Wisteria of Albion
    3. Sanquine Campaigner
    4. Burgundy Pavilion
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  • Time Attendant ‎'Bloodhounds' - Cargo Records UK

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    Haunted soil… Abstract electronic transmissions from A Field in England…

    Set within a landscape of sugar beet factories, deep murky fishing ponds and nettle strewn country lanes, Bloodhounds is a sonic exploration of a childhood spent in the English countryside.

    Time Attendant is Paul Snowdon, a painter and musician recovering from a rural Northern upbringing by eking out a liminal existence across South East London bunkers. Following on from the highly acclaimed Treacherous Orb EP (More Than Human) and from startling contributions on The Outer Church compilation (Front & Follow), Moon Wiring Club’s specially curated Down By The Silver Sea (Gecophonic), and an astonishing set in late 2013 (accompanying the silent film L’inferno (Helios Film version, 1911) at the BFI in London, Exotic Pylon is slobberingly psyched to present Time Attendant’s debut album Bloodhounds which drops on vinyl and digital on July 7th 2014.

    Continuing and expanding upon the strange strain of medieval acid (©Kek-w (Hacker Farm)) first explored on 2012’s debut 12” Tournaments Snowdon has pushed his highly original and peculiar vision into the strangest of corners collaging stuttering sine beats, lost in fog voices, surreal fanfares and sci-fi dub reverb around a minimal but endlessly flexible array of analogue boxes with just a modicum of digital post-production. This is genuinely Radiophonic – an unconscious misuse of equipment to paint inexpressible sound worlds, Snowdon being as influenced by contemporary electronica as he is by the secret history of electronics reared in academic laboratories from the early 20th century and onwards.

    Like unearthing lost Brutalist architecture at a village fete, Time Attendant brings out the paradoxical pains and pleasures from an environment where the concepts of industrial and rural are rendered meaningless. Like the beautifully unique paintings that Snowdon creates Bloodhounds is the pinnacle of his sonic vision thus far – an earthbound sci-fi expose of the mud and stone beneath our feet.

    Side A:
    1. Ermine Fever
    2. Nettle Sting Riddle
    3. Inky's Pitch
    4. Crystal Mascot

    Side B:
    1. Sugar Beet Perfume
    2. Stalking Lines
    3. Flashy Pointer
    4. Fuchsia Circles

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