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The Lemonheads’ first record in 10 years!
Covers album – Includes versions of Nick Cave, Yo La Tengo, The Bevis Frond, Eagles and more.
Banana scented scratch & sniff vinyl sleeve!
“The Lemonheads are no strangers to a cover, the grunge-pop heroes perfect the art.” NME
The Lemonheads follow up the critically acclaimed ‘Varshons’ from nearly ten years ago with another eclectic collection of covers. Produced by director Matthew Cullen and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Beastie Boys, Nirvana, The Ramones), their tenth studio album brims with the slowly-matured vocal of Evan Dando as he lures a host of personal faves to his melodic lair. He really has become one of the great expressive singers of our time. What they said about Varshons:
“Gram Parsons, Wire, and GG Allin: You'd be hard pressed to find three more disparate rock acts, yet on ‘Varshons’ they all sound like the Lemonheads - boppy, overcast alt-rock delivered at a fast clip and sung in a whiskey tenor.” Pitchfork
‘Varshons 2’ is a hokey jukebox filled with unique versions of Yo La Tengo, Nick Cave, The Bevis Frond, NRBQ, The Eagles, Paul Westerberg, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams and John Prine.
Like Hank Williams slumped in his car between gigs, strumming and hollering, reasoning and weeping, humming it on over, Evan and his Lemonheads make every tune their own.
Including some obscure beauties like
Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Round Here’,
Natural Child’s ‘Now And Then’,
The Eyes’ raucous ‘TAQN’ and
The GiveGoods’ gorgeous ‘Unfamiliar’ – a tune Dando penned with former Smudge man Tom Morgan.
1. Can’t Forget
2. Settled Down Like Rain
3. Old Man Blank
5. Speed of The Sound of Loneliness
7. Now and Then
9. Round Here
12. Straight to You
13. Take it Easy
Höga Nord Rekords
£18.99Unknown Truths is the debut album from Tony Beardsley (aka Dark Strands). What can be said about this album…for one, it is a body of work that has been crafted as a labour of love with sources of inspiration taken from the late 80’s underground warehouse parties and clubs where no one speed or style of music was played…curve balls as they say, was a good thing.Visit product page →
Ambitious maybe…but the only aim of the album was to actually not to have one. No one genre or concept can be applied, but this is not by design, purely accidental as the music weaves between various electronic strands and rhythm forms. It’s fair to say that his music has not been compromised to follow latest trends or fashion.
It is for everyone, but no one. Its only true purpose is to liberate senses and provide a lasting sonic soundtrack to the modern age.
Release Date: 07/12/2018
Höga Nord Rekords
£6.99Well renowned bass player extraordinaire, Osynlige Mann (URAN GBG, The Exorcist) from Gothenburg releases long awaited new solo material On Höga Nord Rekords.Visit product page →
This 7” contains high voltage material; “Airports” and “Exodus” brings tense seventies synth and early eighties electro to the table.
The A-side “Airports” is a Kraftwerk inspired elegy over the lumpenproletariat of the machines – aeroplanes. ”No sleep for the big machines, no rest for the sad machines”.
The B-side, “Exodus” carries more obvious characteristics from Osynlige Manns other projects and sounds like a more electronic version of URAN GBG! Man and machine can live in peace. But a machine never forgets…
Release Date: 07/12/2018
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The cliché that circulated after the 2016 election foretold a new artistic golden age: Artists would transform their anger and anxiety into era-defining works of dissent in the face of authoritarianism.
Yet Bob Mould calls his new album Sunshine Rock.
It’s not because Mould—whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music—likes the current administration. His decision to “write to the sunshine,” as he describes it, comes from a more personal place – a place found in Berlin, Germany, where he’s spent the majority of the last three years. Here Mould would draw inspiration from the new environments.
“Almost four years ago, I made plans for an extended break,” Mould explains. “I started spending time in Berlin in 2015, found an apartment in 2016, and became a resident in 2017. My time in Berlin has been a life changing experience. The winter days are long and dark, but when the sun comes back, all spirits lift.”
These three years in Berlin would quite literally shed new light on Mould’s everyday mindset.
“To go from [2011 autobiography] See a Little Light to the last three albums, two of which were informed by loss of each parent, respectively, at some point I had to put a Post-It note on my work station and say, ‘Try to think about good things.’ Otherwise I could really go down a long, dark hole,” he says. “I’m trying to keep things brighter these days as a way to stay alive.”
That makes Sunshine Rock as logical a product of the current climate as any rage-fuelled agit-rock. Variations on the word “sun” appear 27 times in five different songs over the course of the album’s 37 minutes. To hear Mould tell it, the theme developed early.
“Sunshine Rock is one hell of a way to wrap up the busiest decade of my career,” he shares. “The autobiography, the Disney Hall tribute show, reissues of several albums from my catalogue, three current rock band albums, several world tours, and now this new album — I’m humbled and grateful to still be making new music while celebrating my lifetime songbook.”
1. Sunshine Rock
2. What Do You Want Me to Do
3. Sunny Love Song
4. Thirty Dozen Roses
5. The Final Years
6. Irrational Poison
7. I Fought
8. Sin King
9. Lost Faith
10. Camp Sunshine
11. Send Me a Postcard
12 Western Sunset
Tough Love Records
£20.49Release Date: 25/01/2019Visit product page →
TOY have announced details of their new album, Happy In The Hollow, which is released on Friday January 25th 2019. Their fourth album, and their first for new label Tough Lough Records, it’s unquestionably their most direct and propulsive album to date.
Recorded between their own home tape studios and mixed at Dan Carey’s Studio B in South London, the album was entirely produced and mixed by the band.
Having recently released a limited 12” featuring ‘The Willo’ and ‘Energy’, the band have today shared the latest track from the album, ‘Sequence One’.
Talking about the track, Toy say:
‘Sequence One’ is about running through a war zone of post apocalyptic proportions with your significant other. It was one of the first tracks we wrote when we started making Happy In The Hollow. We wrote it on the 5th Of April.
Happy In The Hollow is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on Post Punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom’s gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating.'
The sound has without doubt expanded — and grown more confident — in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves.
“Each song was a blank canvas,” says Maxim. “Producers inevitably develop their own patterns over time, right down to certain drum sounds. We were starting from scratch and it felt very creative as a result. It’s an album we feel deeply connected to”.
Since 2010, Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own.
Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China.
TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Max Oscarnold (synths / modulations), Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).
1. Sequence One
2. Mistake A Stranger
4. Last Warmth Of The Day
5. The Willo
6. Jolt Awake
8. Strangulation Day
9. You Make Me Forget Myself
10. Charlie’s House
11. Move Through The Dark
£21.99(Limited Black and Off White Wax) “I’m Not Good” claims ST 37. Truth be told, the band has never been better and this may very well be the jewel in their psychedelic crown. Weaving imaginative song craft with improvised jamming, the two famed threads have met in perfect bind.Visit product page →
Croaking frogs, chopped up cinematic loops, disturbing druggy cover versions, gentle moments, manic moments, a banjo, hooks more infectious than the plague and all out sensory bliss, it’s fucking brilliant!
This is the culmination of three decades galactic exploration and the portal into this world of wonderment. Buckle up.” (Yoshiwara Collective #1).
After a CD and digital release via Cleopatra Records, a limited cassette edition on Go Johnny Go, the long awaited double vinyl edition is here!
The audio has been remastered, lyrics included and artwork expanded. An exclusive version of “Marina” also replaces “Eroica Horns” making it that little bit more special.
Pressed on monochrome vinyl, one black LP and white LP to match the artwork in the heavy gatefold sleeve this is the real deal…
1. Down On Us
3. Dirty Little Homewrecker
4. In Crowd
5. Old Ass Silence
6. Girl Like You
9. Magnetic Amphibian Hydrated Gills
10. Feeding Friendzy
11. The Pit Out Back
12. Doppelganger’s Doppelganger
£19.49Limited Edition Of 500. Pressed On Orange Vinyl And Comes With Bonus 45 7" Pressed On Blue Vinyl.Visit product page →
Ogre makes their vinyl debut twice! With the audio now remastered and the artwork revamped for the 12” format, their fourth album of instantly recognisable Doom infected ‘70s Hard Rock is now available in its analogue glory.
As the studio album was too long for a single vinyl without skimping on sound quality, it made sense to house the band’s lively rendition of “Soulless Woman” by the ‘70s Ogre on a bonus single.
On the reverse, the band opted to pay homage to The Bags with their exclusive take on “Naked Lady” which was a favourite of theirs back in the early ‘90s.
1. Shadow Earth
2. Nine Princes In Amber
3. Bad Trip
4. Sons Of Sisyphus
6. White Plum Mountain
7. The Hermit
8. A Soulless Woman
9. Naked Lady
American Laundromat Records
£26.99Release Date: 18/01/2019Visit product page →
Fast on the heels of April 2018’s acclaimed “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” comes Juliana Hatfield’s new self-produced all-originals album “Weird”. Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Sunshine Boys) and Todd Philips (Lemonheads, The Juliana Hatfield Three) each played drums on multiple songs while Hatfield played all of the other instruments (and some additional drums).
Weird is an album about disconnection and discomfort. “I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture,” says Hatfield. “I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day.”
While Hatfield’s songs—melodies and lyrics and structures--are meticulously crafted, her guitar parts are loose and sometimes a little unhinged; first-take expressions of this temperamental uneasiness.
“Personally, I feel like a malfunctioning machine. There’s a screw or two loose. I want my guitar playing to reflect that.”
1. Staying In
2. It's So Weird
4. Everything's For Sale
5. All Right, Yeah
6. Broken Doll
8. Lost Ship
9. Paid To Lie
10. No Meaning
11. Do It To Music
Saturday Night Sunday Morning
£14.99Chris Olley from six by seven and Peter Holmström from The Dandy Warhols return with their second Walls Of Dada album. Walls Of Dada is a transatlantic cold wave project for fans of Cabaret Voltaire, Joy Division, early Cure and Bauhaus.Visit product page →
This album carries on where the first one left off.
3. S.O.B. Damn This Mess
4. Waiting For Something In Life
1. Plastic Bag
3. It’s A Different Life (I’m Living Now)
Extra Tracks - Download Only:
1. Only You Will Know
4. For Better For Worse
5. Silent Night
Tough Love Records
£11.99Nearing a decade old and with a discography reaching deep into double figures across several different labels (Mexican Summer, INSERT others), David Loca’s work under the Part Time moniker really shouldn’t require any introduction.Visit product page →
Nonetheless, the release of what is officially his sixth album, fittingly titled Spell #6, does signal something of a re-birth and provides a compelling entry point for anyone new to Loca’s prolific output. Whereas previous albums were notable for a charming lo-fi production, Spell #6 takes Part Time uptown. "I describe this album as 'my studio album', because it was entirely re-recorded at my drummer Walter Byer's studio, unlike most of my past releases being bedroom experimental pop recordings."
Loca produced the record himself, impressively appropriating a classic 80s pop sound that recalls some of the more grand productions of that era - think Stephen Street’s expressive production on ‘Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me’, Crowded House and The Church’s widescreen interpolation of Paisley Underground jangle, and there's even traces Gerard McMann’s grandiose ‘Cry Little Sister’. In that sense, the record stands as an outlier in Loca’s catalogue, and in doing so sheds the sometimes limiting trappings of bedroom recording.
Though it is Loca’s project, Spell #6 sees him joined by a consistent supporting cast of fellow writers and performers who add a poise and deftness to his vision, most notably Ariel Pink, who makes a guest appearance on lead single, ‘I Can Treat You Better’. Reflecting on the song, Loca states, "I decided to take it lyrically to a place as if i were a man noticing an unhappy lady in her relationship and I'm telling her that he isn't good for her."
A lead single for its obvious earworm qualities, it also functions as an ideal snapshot of the lyrical themes that run through the entire record: romantic gestures and unrequited love, bad decisions on hot nights/hot decisions on bad nights, and unpinning it all, LA. For this is evidently a West Coast record, like a 2018 take on To Live and Die in LA: expansive, grand, and not a little crazy (in love) from the heat.
1. Before You Fall Apart
3. I Can Treat You Better (feat. Ariel Pink)
4. Shattered Love
5. So Far Away
6. Spell #6
7. The Boys That Make Her Cry
8. I Didn’t Know
9. It’s Alright With Me
10. Silent Franchine (MRF)
Release Date: 02/11/2018
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Release Date: 08/02/2019On TUTTI, the music has been updated and enhanced with elements of the original tracks re-recorded and further processed specifically to create a unique stand-alone document, separate to the live performance and installation.
TUTTI is comprised of eight soundscapes: an audio self portrait comprising of manipulated sound recordings from Cosey’s life, music and art: “It’s the only album I’ve made that is an all encompassing statement expressing the totality of my being.
A sense of the past in relation to the present and everything in between.” These eight pieces were originally conceived as the soundtrack to the autobiographical film ‘Harmonic Coumaction’, and performed live in February 2017, part of a series of events that accompanied the COUM Transmissions retrospective which opened Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Later that year, ‘Harmonic Coumaction’ was presented as an audio-visual installation for Cosey Fanni Tutti’s solo exhibition at Cabinet Gallery, London. Cosey Fanni Tutti explains: “Working on the COUM Transmissions exhibition also coincided with writing my autobiography - collating archive material and re engaging with my past.
My work is a continuum, the past feeding the present and vice versa. The album is an interpretation of my past and present, of my understanding the shifting perceptions of how they inform one another. One form creating another through a metamorphic process.”
Recorded at Cosey Fanni Tutti’s studio in Norfolk, the album, as on her debut release, Time To Tell, merges Cosey’s art activities with her exploration of sound: The album’s autobiographical theme is not locked into any specific time or place, the ‘voices’, instruments and sounds together span decades of my life, music and art. In this context my name 'TUTTI’ shifts from its role as a noun to perfectly represent the concept of the album, also acting as sign for me the artist.
TUTTI is Cosey Fanni Tutti’s only solo album release since 1982’s Time To Tell. Time To Tell was recently given its first release on vinyl, on a long awaited official deluxe edition. The interim years between solo releases has seen a blisteringly prolific output as an artist and musician.
Renowned for her art, her work in the sex industry, as co-founder of Industrial music and Throbbing Gristle, and her pioneering electronic music solo and as Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti and Carter Tutti Void, she has created throughout with the motto “my life is my art, my art is my life”.
Cosey’s autobiography ART SEX MUSIC was published to worldwide acclaim by Faber & Faber in 2017, a Japanese edition has just been published with further translations and an audio book to follow.
4. Sophic Ripple
£18.99HøRD is the solo project of Bordeaux-based synthwave producer Sebastien Carl.Visit product page →
Started in 2014, Sebastien has proven himself to be able to gather a cult fan-base around his creation in a short time, collaborating with artists as Hante, Winter Severity Index and Black Bug and performing live in most European countries.
After a first album on Antoni Maiovvi and Vercetti Technicolor's Giallo Disco and an EP on SNTS' own label Sacred Court, his second full-length record is due September 14 on Avant! Records.
Parallels features eight new compositions that further focus HøRD’s distinguishing features: abstract almost liquid synth passages, deep analogue beats, veiled vocals. Uptempo or slow, instrumental or sung, danceable or rarefied it doesn’t really matter as the album as a whole ends up resulting in a strong cinematic appeal.
A soundtrack for a journey away from the present time and into an intimate, maybe even nostalgic dimension.
Release Date: 09/11/2018
£9.99The first track is "Forgotten Graves" (which is exclusive to this release) & the second track is “Tombes Oubliées” with Rike (Friedrike) Bienert providing the vocals which is off the forthcoming self titled BJM album.Visit product page →
With Sara Neidorf on drums, Hakon Adalsteinsson on guitar & Heike Marie Rädeker on bass supporting Anton Newcombe in these sessions that were recorded between December 2017 & January 2018 at Cobra Studios in Berlin .
The band have just completed successful tours of the USA ,Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Europe. "Forgotten Graves" is released in the same month as the world commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the World War 1 (“the war to end all wars”), this war never ended any other war & more forgotten graves are being added every day.
Release Date: 30/11/2018
£26.99Release Date: 23/11/2018Visit product page →
We are OverMoon to announce the 2LP reissue of Current 93’s classic SOFT BLACK STARS.
Originally released in 1998 in a vinyl edition of just 2,000 copies, and on CD, this is the first official vinyl reissue since then.
Remastered by The Bricoleur, this album contains all the released versions of the album’s final track, “Chewing On Shadows”—the original album track, as well as the 2 different versions used on the expanded CD release of 2004.In a full-colour sleeve, reproducing the original paintings by David Tibet, and a 2-sided full-colour insert.
2. Larkspur And Lazarus
3. A Gothic Love Song
5. Soft Black Stars
1. It Is Time, Only Time
2. AntiChrist And BarCodes
3. The Signs In The Stars
4. Whilst The Night Rejoices Profound And Still
5. Moonlight, Or Other Dreams, Or Other Fields
6. Judas As Black Moth
1. Chewing On Shadows I
1. Chewing On Shadows II
2. Chewing On Shadows III
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Originally issued by Ascetic House as a small limited-run cassette release in early 2018, PLYXY’s debut »Gloryland« will now be available on vinyl and digital formats by the Swiss imprint, Hallow Ground. Haunted by the pressing question, »What if?«, the five compositions on »Gloryland« aim to create, in the words of the artist, Ros Knopov, himself, »a hyper-visual audio landscape of a world somebody listening can fall into and drown in.
« The term »nostalgia« originally referred to the longing for a place. The nostalgia that informs »Gloryland« is PLYXY’s longing for his cultural-geographic roots while feeling adrift in an alien environment. Born in Dnepropetrovsk, then the rocket-making capital of the USSR, Knopov immigrated to New York City as a child in 1989.
In »Gloryland,« he dives deep into his uneasy childhood memories and their warped reflections. PLYXY marks the unreliability of his recollections by making it heard - the anthemic qualities of the five pieces are coated in an opaque layer of dream-like textures.
From the elegiac opener, »It Will Be Beautiful,«to the blaring rhythmic noise of »March of Youth,« the greyscale picture painted by »Gloryland« becomes more and more refined below the surface. PLYXY’s search for a past is, however, less a sentimental journey, and more a radical confrontation with the politics of memory and the materials that serve as mnemonic devices.
»Gloryland« draws on field recordings from Knopov’s adopted hometown New York and Soviet films as well as performances from his collection of analog and digital keyboards, with the results filtered and re-textured through the producer’s modular synthesizer setup acting as the final editorial layer in the creative process.
The result is lush and warm throughout, but also demure and distant. While »Gloryland« might thus easily be pigeonholed as a hauntological record, it is one only in the term’s most radical sense. After all, any »what if?« might turn into a »Why not?«
1. It will be beautiful
5. March of Youth
Release Date: 16/11/2018
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After the solo album 'PATHS OF THE ERRANT GAZE' in 2016 Reinier van Houdt returns to Hallow Ground with IGITUR CARBON COPIES - an album based on the unfinished gothic tale IGITUR – a collection of texts that eventually was abandoned by its author Stéphane Mallarmé in 1869.
Connecting with Mallarmé's obsessions about chance and destiny, IGITUR CARBON COPIES is the fragmentation of all the roots that ran under its predecessor PATHS OF THE ERRANT GAZE and brings these to a provisional close: guided by David Tibet's voice reading the reworked text we descend through spheres of deserted anthems, disembodied voices, morse signals, crank calls, corroded tapes, radio statics, stones, while doing counting games.
Here the acoustical spaces are manifold, blended or shifted in a heartbeat, where far and near, up and down are relative, where Riemann's god is pointless and angels are enjoying their space. Here perception is a vice that constantly hallucinates realities.
Reinier van Houdt started experimenting with taperecorders, radio's and objects at a young age. Later he studied piano at the Liszt-Academy in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
He developed a fascination for all matters that defy notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond composition, interpretation and improvisation.
He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; from composing with non-musical sources, from collaborations with composers and musicians, from research in archives or from unorthodox studies of classical music.
He collaborated with artists like Francisco López, Maria de Alvear, Robert Ashley, Luc Ferrari, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Curran, John Cage, Christian Marclay, Walter Marchetti, Charlemagne Palestine and joined the legendary outsider-collective Current 93 in 2012.
2. An Empty Set
3. Midnight Rorschach
4. Leaving The Room
6. Riemann Angels
8. The Numbers
9. Tomb Ectoplasm
Music: Reinier van Houdt
Text: Stéphane Mallarmé/Reinier van Houdt
Voice: David Tibet
Cover art: Ruth Stofer
Release Date: 16/11/2018
8MM / 'a' Recordings
£16.99Re-release of second studio album "Narcotica" via Berlins independent label 8MM Musik and Anton Newcombe's 'A' Recordings.Visit product page →
While staying true to their Nico and Velvet Underground inspired colors, broader timeless inspiration of New Wave, Post Punk, and Shoegaze are accentuated through out the their second full length.
The band present a strong balance between relatively uptempo songs such as "Caught Crow" or "Delete My Ideals" and the atmospheric and psychedelic in tracks "I Will Never" and "Son Of The Ocean".
Narcotica was self produced with the assistance of Anton Newcombe at Studio East in the former Communist East German sound recording complex in Berlin, Germany.
2. Caught Crow
3. Bewitch My Senses
4. Son Of The Ocean
6. Delete My Ideals
7. Secure Existence
8. Street And Exile
10. New Ghandi
11. I Will Never
Release Date: 02/11/2018
8MM / 'a' Recordings
£20.4910th anniversary remastered edition of self-titled debut album.Visit product page →
The story of The Blue Angel Lounge began in the post-industrial town of Hagen in Western Germany in 2006 when Nils Ottensmeyer and Dennis “Mel” Melster, both with abundant talent and little to do, began sculpting soundscapes. The band recorded and self-released their debut self-titled album in 2008, and shortly thereafter caught the attention of 8MM Musik in Berlin.
The band took their name from the club in New York City that in the 1960’s offered Nico (Velvet Underground) her first live performances in America. Nico would remain an underlying influence on the band.
Initially a 6 piece darkly psychedelic outfit, with their second LP “Narcotica” (8MM Musik 2010), they began subtly introducing post-punk elements to their melodic songwriting, and the intensity of Nils O’s vocal began to come to the forefront.
Strangers to the mainstream, but revered by a steadily expanding fanbase around the world, the band have earned the respect of other groups such as Interpol, The Dandy Warhols, and A Place To Bury Strangers and been invited to support them on tour.
Anton Newcombe (founder of The Brian Jonestown Massacre), a fan of the band, assisted with production of “Narcotica”, and in 2012 The Blue Angel Lounge supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre on a tour of the United States, earning rave reviews.
The band played Roskilde Festival in 2013 and been twice invited to the Austin Psych Festival (now called Levitation) in Austin, Texas (2011 and 2012). In November 2012 they supported The Dandy Warhols across England, France, Holland, and Belgium.
1. Looming Solid Massive Steamer
2. Ashes Round The Skull
3. Desert Shore
4. Orange In Green
5. Into Cold Water
6. Hundred Years In Love
7. Die Away As One In Time
8. The God
9. Lsd And The Search For God
10. Rising End
Release Date: 02/11/2018