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hidden behind walls of sound and tape hiss, parsley sound are convinced they make mainstream pop music. to a large extent, they’re right. to us, the parsley’s music is pop captured at its most impure. it’s infectious, melodic, direct and comes in waves of vivid and spirited emotions. each of the eleven tracks that make up the album are subtle yet immediate and deceptively well-crafted; the warmth is certainly there for all to hear - as the update once said, “you can almost feel the sun on your neck.”
a fascinating new mix prepared by the late broadcast singer trish keenan has emerged.
the sad passing of trish keenan has hit music fans hard. the broadcast singer took ill when touring in australia, and despite being admitted to hospital passed away due to compilations with pneumonia. a stunning vocalist, trish keenan seemed to embody everything which was great about broadcast. the band's mixture of creaking electronics with wyrd folk songwriting seemed otherworldly, with keenan's voice hinting at something intangible.
movietone create beguiling musical statements that draw explicit influence from the coastlines of england. when the band recorded a film as a backdrop to their live shows, it featured band members in home made sea-creature outfits and concluded with one of the group wriggling about in the sand dressed as a starfish while their last, lovely release the blossom filled streets invoked images like "1950s chairs weathered by the salt in the air, rocks and grey and the sand and the yellow and the aquamarine in the ocean.
2007 debut solo album by berlin-based guitarist and composer takeshi nishimoto.
monologue was recorded in a one-day session in a church in berlin, the natural acoustics providing a perfect ground for takeshi's compositions.
white noise is an experimental electronic music band formed in london, england, in 1968 by american-born david vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in physics and electronic engineering. he was initially joined by bbc radiophonic workshop composers delia derbyshire and brian hodgson, who had formerly both been members of electronic music project unit delta plus.
the penguin cafe was founded by arthur jeffes in 2009, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of suede, gorillaz and razorlight, initially to perform his father simon jeffes’ legacy of world renowned penguin cafe orchestra music, ten years after his untimely death in 1997.
formed by bremen dj ralf behrendt in 1982, saâda bonaire was a unique concept band centered around two sultry female vocalists(stefanie lange and claudia hossfeld) who would be joined by dozens of local musicians culled from the local immigration center.
peter gordon and his love of life orchestra are testament to the incredible musical innovations happening in new york city in the late 1970s. those two compositions, underpinned with disco and gilded with noisy guitar bursts, hanging piano chords and saxophone wails, exhibit not only gordon's kaleidoscopic vision as a musician, but his precision as a producer and composer.
blackest ever black is pleased to present the first vinyl edition of the legendary demos recorded in 1981 by weekend - the trio of alison statton, spike williams and simon booth.
1982, brussels: the former au pair for rick wakeman of yes and two of her teenage friends are at the doorstep of les disques du crepuscule, ready to cut an album with gilles martin. living on busking wages and next door to tuxedomoon, their work results in a contemporary bossanova record that would provide a missing link between antonio carlos jobim and kraftwerk.
since his magnificent sakura (2000) and grinning cat (2001) albums the electronic music world has been in thrall to japan’s susumu yokota, a laptop composer whose prolific output of at least one album every year since 1998 is at odds with his compelling creations. when so much of today’s dashed-off ambient music comes off as characterless, indistinguishable and meaningless burble, yokota shows the way. not that he should thank us for calling this hour-long opus ambient.
when snowball was released in 1989, the cover art itself made a statement. released in a plain mauve cover, on 10" vinyl, with the song titles simply printed on the back, the debut album from london's the field mice showed their post-punk roots with artwork so basic as to be boldly provocative.