Graveface Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Sweet-summer dream-pop from this neat little California two-piece. Night School follow in the footsteps of bands like Best Coast, taking reverb-heavy 60’s girl-pop melodies and coating them in garage-rock fuzz and distortion. As ever, it's a winning formula, and its been executed with flair on debut full-length Blush. Out on Graveface.
The Stargazer Lilies is a husband-and-wife project: I’ve always thought the cosy warmth of dream-pop suits bands with couples in them especially well, and so it proves here. Although these guys cut their shoegaze with a large dose of old-school psychedelic rock, a mixture that feels a little unusual, even though the two genres share a love for heavily-treated guitars. Door To The Sun is out on Graveface.
The Casket Girls have been mining a particular shaft of slightly weird, darkness-themed pop music for a few years now, and third LP The Night Machines sounds like a band who know just what they are about. Catchy tunes and epic synth-sweep, plus a generally spooky aesthetic. Out on (appropriately enough) the Graveface label.
Des Ark is Aimée Collet Argote, both alone and with her band in tow. But whether acoustic or amplified-punk, she has the same gnarly attitude. Songs on Everything Dies include ‘You Pregnant Motherfucker’, ‘French Fries Are Magical’ and ‘Don Taco and His Hot Sauce Toss’. So she knows how to title a song. On Graveface.
Past and present members of Minneapolis bands like Gayngs, Minneapolis Dub Ensemble, Alpha Consumer and Andrew Bird’s band decided that they weren’t busy enough, so they formed Gramma’s Boyfriend. Perm, their debut, is synth-led pop-punk from the 80’s, and is released by Graveface.
Hospital Ships is the solo project of founder indie rock veteran Jordan Geiger (Shearwater, Minus Story). ‘Oh, Ramona’ is Geiger’s first release as a solo artist featuring bedroom recordings of his carefully composed songs, tenderly played out on gently acoustics and barely audible vocals.
Not Of This Earth was an alien-tastic 1988 film that blended science fiction with doses of horror, starring Traci Lords. With all those elements in place, you can just imagine the kinds of tunes soundtrack composer Chuck Cirino came up with. Very generous doses of 80’s production and a frantic synth-sensibility, on the Graveface label.
A reissue of the out of print vinyl of 2007’s collaborative album between Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Octopus Project, here we have The House of Apples and Eyeballs, a rather majestic record of swooning psychedelia and storytelling shoegaze. Lots of far off synth sounds crash into vocoder distortion and a constant beat but the array of instruments sound pretty impressive. It’s got echoes of something childish and fun, like Bruce Haack or Melody’s Echo Chamber. Something incredibly interesting has been created here.
Edition of 1000 on blue and white splatter vinyl.
Serengeti W/ Tobacco & Advance Base
Be A Man
Alt-country-ish chanteuse Haley Bonar is back with a sixth album of wistful and widescreen singer-songwriter business, ably assisted by a backing band including folks who play with Bon Iver, Tapes 'n Tapes, Alpha Consumer and Andrew Bird. Expect breathy-voiced prettiness with slick Americana arrangements.
Three piece The Casket Girls came about when when electro sound composer Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow) was in one of Savannah’s many squares and happened across sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene under a tree. They were singing improvised prose like songs accompanied by an autoharp Autoharp. Shortly after, the three got together to produce the beautifully crafted, dream like record that is ‘True Love Kills the Fairy Tale’.
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Black Moth Super Rainbow are a experimental psychedelic band from Pennsylvania. Their music has always taken precedence over any image and they hide their real selves behind aliases such as Tobacco (Vocals) and Power Pill Fist (Bass, Atari). Their third album Dandelion Gum was originally released in 2007. The songs are themed around tales that have been passed down through a tradition of family storytelling. Whilst being categorised as an electronic band, that pigeon-holing really doesn’t tell the full story. Their music could be described as being like the weirder end of The Flaming Lips output and therefore, pretty damn good.
Monster Movie/ Dreamend