born in texas, raised in kentucky; david pajo is a musician. his name is not in common parlance, but pajo has been involved in much of the greatest music of the last two decades. he first played out in the early 1980s. he went on to instant infamy with the group slint.
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loaf eye is an album i’ve been working on for the past 2 years since finishing the debut tomemitsu album, m_o_d_e_s in 2013. the overarching theme for most of the songs on loaf eye deals with self exploration. looking inwards and becoming at ease with who i am as a musician and human, rather than the themes of love and loss emphasized on m_o_d_e_s.
north marine drive is the debut album of ben watt. the album was released on cherry red in 1983, prior to watt's success in everything but the girl, and reached number one in the uk indie chart the same year. the tone of the album is reflective and melancholic, reminiscent of some of the more stripped-down work of everything but the girl.
fall of saigon was born in 1981 when florence berthon (vocals), pascal comelade (organ, synthesizer) and thierry den (guitar, vocals) met at a concert in montpellier, france. they chose to the name the project fall of saigon after a song by uk post-punk act this heat. they self-released their debut ep in 1983 citing nico & the velvet underground, suicide and as influences.
orchid tapes is a record label founded in toronto in early 2010 currently based in new york. the overall goal of orchid tapes is to unite and expose a network of like-minded artists from all over the world under a collective-style label. it's our hope that the music and artwork reflected in each release we help to put out breaks free of the established norm, disregards trends, reflects the dedication of it’s creator and provokes a strong emotional resonance within whoever experiences it.
tim ward came of age in the grip of michigan’s mitten. like nearly every other boomer with a guitar, he longed to be a beatle and made further advances in that mission than most.
turns out these seven songs are guyanese-american artist bill russell’s only recordings. bill had 100 vinyl copies pressed up in 1979 on his own bi-russell records label, promoted it modestly and locally, and it went nowhere.
secret boyfriend is ryan martin, a singer, songwriter and noise artist from carrboro, north carolina (a scene that's also home to profligate, lazy magnet and lack). he already has a slew of cassettes and vinyl to his name, including titles on ren schofield's i just live here and his own hot releases. martin's music is a post-hypnagogic expression of the lo-fi rock tradition (as originally pioneered by the likes of jim shepard, peter jefferies, the dead c,)
the marine girls were a post-punk group from hatfield, hertfordshire. the group was formed in 1980, by two sixth form school friends: tracey thorn and gina hartman. originally, thorn just played guitar and hartman was the lead vocalist and percussionist. thorn overcame her shyness and started singing too by the time they started making records. they were later joined by jane fox on bass and her younger sister, alice, on joint vocals and percussion.
susan dietrich, who performs as the space lady, is an outsider musician.
singing and playing a casiotone keyboard and other instruments, dietrich streetcorners in the boston and san francisco areas. she now lives in colorado and as of 2012, has revived her live career playing at the riverwalk and on union street in pueblo, co, and at the ufo museum and research center in roswell, new mexico.
the sound of the fifth benoit pioulard full length is lush and verdant, a temperate rain forest of ear ecstasy that reflects the environment surrounding the artist. a mostly instrumental work, it is an adept melding of song and sound, melody and texture, the intangible and the palpable, that in an abstract sense recalls the more fractured and loose end of the 70's krautrock movement.
algebra suicide was the married couple lydia tomkiw and don hedeker. they formed in chicago in 1982, and their first four song ep, “true romance at the world’s fair”, was self-released that year. it featured a 60′s vox guitar organ, a precursor to the synthesizer guitar, and a multivox rhythm ace drum machine