NEW MUSIC: THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION 'GIVE UP YOUR DREAMS' (UK ONLY)

24/08/15

Since their formation in Wellington in 1997, The Phoenix Foundation has been subject to a raft of success including five critically acclaimed albums and countless nominations and awards. The latest offering, Give Up Your Dreams, is their most contemporary venture and explores a more rhythmically driven and cosmic soundscape.

Co-frontman Samuel Scott explains - “Give Up Your Dreams could sound like a defeat but it represents something quite defiant, joyous and celebratory…It’s a mantra... Read more?

MCCARTHY 'I AM A WALLET' - LEGENDARY 1987 DEBUT LP REISSUE ON OPTIC NERVE

McCarthy | 17/08/15

By the time McCarthy appeared on the NME’s C86 cassette they had already been playing together for a couple of years and released two excellent singles. Their debut “In Purgatory” and the indie masterpiece “Red Sleeping Beauty” (both included on this release). The following year McCarthy released the brilliant “Frans Hals” before unleashing their debut album “I Am A Wallet”
Now recognised as an indiepop masterpiece it has gone on to achieve cult... Read more?

ARAB STRAP

After a career spanning ten years, Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton have decided to wind up a musical partnership that has rightly earned its place in musical folklore. It’s rare nowadays for a band to stake any sort of legitimate claim on originality; with Arab Strap, it’s a claim to which they can feel richly entitled; over the last decade they have pursued a musical vision so singular in its tone and inventive in its execution that they found themselves in a genre almost entirely of their own. For Chemikal Underground, Arab Strap’s decision to dissolve represents something far more... Read »