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JEFF GRACE – ‘Meek’s Cutoff (Music From The Motion Picture)’ 10″ £10
Kelly Riechardt has directed several films, An Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, and last year saw the release of Meek’s Cutoff. A slow burning, bleak film following a small group of settlers traveling across the Oregon High Desert with their guide Stephen Meek. What follows is increased paranoia and tension as they start to believe Meek does not the territory he has lead the group in to. The film was released to some fantastic reviews and Michelle Williams recently won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Meek’s Cutoff, My Week With Marilyn and Take This Waltz. This fantastic film’s score was written by Jeff Grace. Grace has scored several films including Ti West’s excellent retro horror ‘House of the Devil’ and Jim Mickles great vampire movie ‘Stake Land’, as well as working as an assistant to Howard Shore’s score for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy. Grace’s soundtrack work is always interesting and defies genre. For Meek’s Cutoff, Grace enhanced the films portrayal of the fear of the unknown stark land the group faces. The sounds composed by Jeff Grace are hypnotic, ambient and minimal, much like the deserted dust lands the characters in the film travel through. The soundtrack blends classical composition with drone and experimental avant garde music. Meek’s Cutoff was one of my favourite soundtracks and films of 2011, and I’m honoured to present it here on 10″ virgin vinyl, in a gorgeous sleeve, including a small insert of liner notes and photographs of the file. Produced in a one-time edition of 250 hand numbered copies.

CENTRAL LIVING – ‘Dune Church’ LP £12
Debut collaborative release from Manuel Padding and Steve Gunn (GHQ). Steve plays guitar with effects and Manuel is on electronics, vocals and percussion. Dune Church comprises of two tracks, The Original Mind Roti being the first with some beautiful playing from Steve which is reminiscent of his solo work and his GHQ collaborations with Marcia Bassett, but layered with Manuel’s electronics, which fluctuate between psychedelic hazes to almost concrete walls of heavy drones at noises at times, it creates something otherworldly. The B side, ‘Stone Canoe’ has rapid cascading plucking merged with whirring electronics, Steve’s playing moves in and out of the blissed out mystic drones already laid down by the duo, haunting vocals creeping in and out. These two 20 minute tracks should be played as loud as possible. Pressed in an edition of 300 on virgin vinyl with donwload code for your choice of high quality digital download format.

GOLDEN CUP – ‘Vagabond’ LP £12
Brand new full length from Golden Cup featuring a new expanded 4 piece. Vagabond features 3 tracks, the opening 15 minute tracks takes up the full A side with wild psychedelic percussion and floating riffs, it’s one hell of a jam. The B side features two shorter pieces, the first which are totally tranced out tribal percussive pieces, it sound nuts. The closing tracks is the perfect blend of the previous two tracks, crazy percussions, hazy guitars, far out flutes. The new expanded line up has pushed Golden Cup to a new level of other-worldly psychedelia. Edition of 250 copies. Cut at 45 rpm for maximum fidelity! Comes with download coupon for your choice of high quality digital download format.

TOM CARTER & ROBERT HORTON – ‘Nyida’ Days CDr £6.5
Following on from previous collaborations between Robert Horton and Charalambides Tom Carter on fine labels such as Important, Preservation and Digitalis, Carter and Horton come back to Blackest Rainbow (both we have previously worked with but not as a duo) for their first duo recording in a while. The 3 tracks result in combinations between outsider improvised trips and swirling head drones created via a wide array of instruments and non-instruments. Carter takes hold of the guitar, ebow and lap steel with Horton’s every growing army of sound making objects described here as boot loops, boot, vortex, cassette player, minidisks, vibrator, computer, sine waves, voice, sex machine, organ, construction and beats to name some… Carter and Horton create a wild sound that is almost deconstructed and rebuilt through the 3 tracks, it sounds great and like no one else… Edition of 200.

UNDERCARRIAGE – ‘Homunculus’ CDr £6.5
Debut disc from the new collaborative project between Nathan Bowles (Black Twig Pickers/Spiral Joy Band) and Lisa Cameron (Venison Whirled). A real odd one this, lots of rattling and scraping of percussive objects creating 3 tracks of abstract improvised surreal sonic explorations. The sound is matched by what I can only describe as the weirdest sleeves I have every had the joy of releasing (and we’ve had some weird ones), but this one is far out, the guy at my local print shop looked baffled when he was printing these for me… Edition of 100 copies in full colour covers with insert.

TRANS/HUMAN – ‘The Wider’ CDr £6.5
CDR made for Trans/Human’s euro tour in May. Trans/Human are the duo of Adam Denton (frequent collaborator with Cam Deas) and Luke Twyman who runs the Audacious Art Experiment label and space in Sheffield. The Wider is a 33 minute blast of weirdo outsider noise rock, pummelling drums, slabs of effects and feedback, horror movie screams and hypnotic rhythmic freak outs. Limited to 70 hand numbered copies featuring cover photograph by Joe Blanchard.

TOM CARTER – ‘Highs In The Low Twenties’ CDr £6.5
New tour disc of solo material from Tom Carter (made for May’s Charalambides UK/EU tour). The first track, ‘Train Kept’, was previously issued on the long out of print split LP with Barn Owl. This is the first time it has been released on CD. The second track, ‘Hurricane Isis’ is a new track recorded by Marcia Bassett in Tilburg, Netherlands in March 2008. ‘Train Kept’ was recorded the month before ‘Hurricane Isis’. Both tracks are absolute raging guitar pieces, similar to Carter’s ‘Shots At Infinity’ CD and LP on Important Records, total blow out electric guitar heaven! Edition of 80 hand numbered copies, packaged in parchment paper covers featuring photography by Sarah Blanchard.


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