Danger Island is the debut solo album from singer-songwriter MOLE. It has been five years in the making, the album includes a stack of new songs – ballads, boogaloos, big band numbers, torch songs, tone poems – as well as a handful of his older songs that never got a fair shake in the studio. Danger Island’s 21 tracks are in turns glittery, earthy and ethereal, pushing MOLE’s characteristically genre-defying songs in directions barely hinted at in his previous work.
Replete with rich, intricate string and brass arrangements, tuned percussion, and an array of beautifully understated guest performances, the album is a kaleidoscopic jumble of experiments, fantasies and miniature symphonies. Danger Island is being released in a deluxe double LP edition, in a lovely gatefold sleeve with lyric booklet and download card included, as well as a single-CD edition in a six-panel digifile.
A lot of very brilliant people worked on the Danger Island record, including just about everyone from MOLE’s previous bands, Marseille Figs and the Jupiter Band. Its roster of guests includes people from Pumarosa, The Rails, The Pretenders, Down I Go, the Pogues, Field Music, Gallon Drunk, Cinematic Orchestra, Rum Buffalo, Fine Print, Small Hours and Kidnap Alice. It also features extensive contributions from pianist Louis Vause (Madness, Graham Coxon) and double bass legend John Edwards.
Perhaps best described as glammy folk-rock, Danger Island shows a range of influences incorporating everything from Girl Groups, Power-Pop and Punk to Al Green, Carl Orff and Charles Mingus. MOLE’s work shows a stubborn disregard for musical boundaries and has drawn frequent comparisons to Violent Femmes, The Kinks, Wilco, Tom Waits, T. Rex, Townes Van Zandt and Roy Harper. MOLE is the solo project of Californian-born singer, songwriter and visual artist J. Maizlish Mole.
For the last fifteen years, he has been based in London, New York and Berlin. playing in dive bars, speakeasies, concert halls and every other conceivable kind of venue with his various bands. He has been releasing solo work as MOLE since 2015’s Tar Baby EP. He was one of the originators and co-hosts of The Jupiter Club, a fondly remembered live music night held monthly at the legendary George Tavern in East London (2012–2014), as well as co-leading the Jupiter’s ever-expanding house band.
He fronted the experimental folk-punk band Marseille Figs for a decade or so, formed while he and his bandmates were in art school together in London. They released two albums and toured extensively. He is also an accomplished visual artist who produces detailed, hand-drawn maps based on journeys he’s taken through remote and far-flung places.
Tracklisting: 1: Tar Baby 2: Annie Get Your Gun 3: I Been Hurt 4: Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone 5: A Broken Heart Can Still Keep Time 6: My Suicide 7: I Love London 8: Keep Me Moving On 9: Uncle Billy’s One True Love 10: Fireflies 11: Sick Old River 12: Everybody Must Crawl 13: The Grave Grass 14: Playing Possum 15: My Good Looks 16: I’m Not Sorry Now 17: She’s the One 18: Easy Jean 19: Blue Nova 20: Swan Song 21: It’s Been
SUDDEN INFANT is a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band based in Berlin. Their 2014 album "Wölfli’s Nightmare“ on Voodoo Rhythm Records was produced by Roli Mosimann (Swans, The Young Gods, Wiseblood) and was very well received by critics and audiences.
In the past Sudden Infant toured with Sleaford Mods and played alongside Wolf Eyes, Ben Frost, Merzbow, Derek Bailey, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore and many others.
The brand new 2018 album „Buddhist Nihilism“ coming in August on Harbinger Sound (Harbinger189) will consolidate the bands ability for bizarre and intense compositions full of left field humor, powerful rhythms and twisted structures. Brilliantly mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert (Radian) in his Vienna studio.
"Buddhist Nihilism, the new Sudden Infant album is a real fistful of sturm und drang, a real departure for the band. The new record leaves some of the noise and industrial elements behind and sees the band streamlining its approach. The barebones, minimal throb recalls fellow travelers The Ex and Suicide, with your somewhat unstable downstairs neighbor screaming at the daily horrors flashing on the television screen.“ - Daniel Blumin / WFMU
"Sudden Infant go all the way. Nothing is held back." - Keith Moline / The Wire
"One of Europe's finest Noise provocateurs!" - Matthew Kosloff / Skyscraper Magazine
"Fucking awesome band! I was lucky enough to witness their set live at 100 Club. Killer!" - Steve Crittall / The Godfathers
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Rationality 2. Hong Kong Nursery 3. In This Moment 4. Maybe You’re Right 5. 228 6. Tourists
Side B: 7. Puppet Master 8. 100 Word Mantra 9. George Clooney 10. Brownsville Texas 11. French Douche 12. Somniphobia II
Sulo Karlsson is well known as the frontman of Swedish glam boogie rockers Diamond Dogs and lead singer in the UK Punk supergroup The Crunch, that features members from The Clash, Sham 69 & Cockney Rejects.
But he’s also probably the most productive and creative singer/songwriter in modern time. He has been writing and releasing 5 albums (yep, 5) per year since 2008 for himself and other artists in almost any genre. Punk, Pop, Soul, Country and Rock n Roll it doesn’t matter, Sulo is literally everywhere!
If last years gifted Rock n Roll album ‘Sulo’s Full English’, contained 19 tracks with guest performances from Chris Spedding, Wilko Johnson, Robert Wyatt etc was impressive, Sulo has managed to top that. This double deal is a songwriter at the top of his game.
‘Night Shift’ is a dark, melancholy almost acoustic ride into the depths of the soul. With naked, strong and sometimes painful lyrics on a bed of blue coloured melodies, Sulo manages to create a new musical landscape. He says “It’s a musical diary of the things that keeps you awake at night, a study of the darkness within”.
‘Brilliant Outsiders’ is Sulo’s most ambitious work so far. Together with producer Kevin Porée he has written and recorded 13 country duets. It all started with the song ‘Constant Reminder’, written and recorded at Berry Street studio in London before recording the vocals with duet partner Maria McKee in LA. Then followed a musical journey around the world, London, Stockholm, Los Angeles, Nashville, Florida and more.
The line-up of duet partners is extraordinary with Janis Ian, Terry Reid, Bellamy Brothers, Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee’s sister), Paul Young and more. Backed up by the UK’s finest Country band Los Pacaminos including Jamie Moses (Queen, Tom Jones Band), Hamish Stuart (Average White band, Paul McCartney etc).
The two albums together are an amazing collection of songs. 27 tracks with such high-quality music and lyrics that you can’t help wonder how it’s possible. A double album for the lonely nights, early mornings and the long drive home.
Tracklisting: Nightshift: 1. End Of Me 2. All Shapes Of Loneliness 3. Time To Alight 4. Nightshift 5. I Swear To God I Don’t Believe 6. I Keep Running Into Your Arms 7. Hit Me Where It Hurts 8. This Burden Is Forever 9. Hard To Go Easy 10. Still Sleeping With The Lights On 11. Recollection Of You 12. Lord Have Mercy on my Baby Tonight 13. If The Lights Return 14. Roaming Bird
Brilliant Outsiders: 1. Brilliant Outsiders 2. Early Morning Light 3. Curse Of The Ring 4. Bring Down The Angels 5. God-Damned Jesus 6. The Girl With The Rainbow Eyes 7. Redemption’s At Hand 8. When The Work Is Done 9. Constant Reminder 10. Your Precious Heart 11. Love Is For The Broken Hearted 12. Good Enough 13. A Song For Every Train