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

24/08/15

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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 about letting go, worrying less, and enjoying your reality instead of always wanting more."

“a fabulous meld of power pop, electronica and west coast harmony” ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ NME

“still surfing on a wave of mushroom tea” ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭  Q

“songs and melody remain paramount in this irresistible Technicolour world” ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ Mojo

"a funny and infectious record"  ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ Uncut

Domino Publishing controlled OBO NAtive Tongue in UK only


 

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

McCarthy | 17/08/15

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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 status, receiving praise from the likes of Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers) as one of the most important albums of the 80s. Known by todays indie acolytes as the band that spawned Tim Gane and Leititia Sadier (both Domino Publishing) who of course went on to form Stereolab.


It’s a seamless album reminiscent of the Byrds. Wonderful, if slightly twee, jangly guitars  with complex and rarely rhyming lyrics, Malcolm Eden’s strident left wing political views are manifest on I Am A Wallet. Cloaked in pretty guitar and propulsive drums, Eden sets about attacking the pillars of the day, MPs, Prince Charles, Fleet Street, religion, the response to AIDS and on almost every song capitalism. The horrors and inequalities of the capitalist system are laid bare for all the see. The system which enables some to get rich at the expense of others is reviled and attacked.

This limited edition double album set contains the original LP plus 13 bonus tracks taken from their first four singles

Pressed on Red vinyl

Extras include

Bonus LP containing 13 Bonus tracks

20 page 12"x12" full colour  booklet containing all the lyrics and packed full with photos, many previously unpublished. Press clippings and other memorabilia. Introduction by Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers and track by track commentary by Malcolm Eden

First 250 copies will include a reproduction copy of McCarthy's first 7" "In Purgatory"  All three tracks have been remastered from the original master tapes and presented in a wraparound sleeve, just like the incredibly rare "Wall Of Salmon" original.

 

NEW MUSIC: ROISIN MURPHY 'HAIRLESS TOYS' LP (PLAY IT AGAIN SAM)

11/05/15

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Today see's the release of Róisín Murphy's first album in 8 years, the incredible 'Hairless Toys', released on Play It Again Sam Records.

“Queen of reinvention”  9/10  DJ

“Outstanding… a career high”  8/10 Mixmag

“A remarkable comeback”   8/10 NME

“As intimate and provocative as anything Murphy’s put her name to”   8/10  Uncut
“her innovative output makes her rank among the world’s most celebrated musicians”   8/10  Esquire
“A sublime comeback”   ★★★★ Q

“Her most exquisitely produced yet. Pure, evocative elegance”  ★★★★ The Guardian


"Murphy is one of pop's great unpredictable elements"  ★★★★ Independent On Sunday




 

NEW MUSIC: LOWER DENS 'ESCAPE FROM EVIL' (O.B.O. RIBBON MUSIC)

Lower Dens | 31/03/15

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Ribbon Music is pleased to announce the return of Baltimore’s Lower Dens with their third album, 'Escape from Evil'.
 
Lower Dens’ 2010 debut, 'Twin-Hand Movement', was a stunning evolution of guitar brilliance and murky emotiveness, while its 2012 follow-up, 'Nootropics' was a stark, textured paean to experimental bands of the krautrock era. 'Escape from Evil' marks a bold, monumental step forward for the band and the welcome manifestation of Jana Hunter as a singer we’ve never quite seen until now.

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