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Victories At Sea
Everything Forever

Everything today has been loose and unstructured. Victories at Sea are the opposite.    They play a crafted take on ’80’s pop music that has dark undertones and the kind of guitars that could be described as sky-scraping.  Opener ‘Bloom’ is typical post punk influenced electronic p...view item »

Rocket Summer

It's easy to forget that tele:funken was once funded by the might of Domino Records but that was over 17 years ago and Tom Fenn is back with previous employers Static Caravan with a new release partly inspired by  Ray Bradbury’s collection of short stories. Recorded on an iPad with lo budget equipment this is a t...view item »

Tubular Brass
Tubular Bells

Well why not: a version of Mike Oldfield’s classic progscape Tubular Bells, re-scored for a twenty-eight piece brass ensemble! The whole album has been treated in this way, but this right here is a 7” edit containing the introduction theme only, to whet the appetite. Limited to 300 copies only! On Static Car...view item »

Inch Time

I initially stuck this one on at the wrong speed and was fully ready to extoll the virtues of its satisfying dubbiness when Ant came over and ruined it all by speeding it up. Well I guess he didn't really since it's still dead tidy with its relaxed grooves, warm synths and gentle clicks. Electronica of this kind can so easily fall into the 'chillou...view item »

Shapeshifter / Bloodlines

"Shapeshifter" is the best Tokolosh song yet with clever lyrics. It kind of reminds me of a Skull Kontrol/Monorchid/Circus Lupus song (lyrically-I guess The Fall, by extension) but with more of electronic/folk feel. I hope they release and LP soon. The artwork for this is also tops. PERFECT....view item »

The R.G. Morrison

The R.G. Morrison is a lad from Totnes (home of the bickering fair!) who as well as singing in this very un-English sounding group, runs a label, a record shop and has a girlfriend...and all by the age of 25. I say un-English as this brand of gentle country-ish acoustic melancholy sounds like it has eme...view item »

Eliza Carthy / Disraeli / Memory Band (Ean Remixes)
Aleppo in the Sun As it Was / Children of the Stones

EAN (of Stick In The Wheel and Various Production) here remixes the new material of folk heroine Eliza Carthy, along with some cuts by Disraeli and Memory Band. The traditional but lively folk sound of Carthy receives an excitin...view item »

Free School
Hudson’s Whistle / French Cousins (Maps re-edit)

Does anyone out there want to feel good? God, I want to. How do you do it? Well my only answer this morning is to drink a large cup of coffee (caffeinated!) and put on this slice of bouncy balearic bliss. It's a big bastard of a tune with squelshing synths picking out a catchy melody whilst drums pound along and unbelievably a straining guitar c...view item »

Noah Howard / Wiggan / Mapp
From Dust We Came... To Dust We Return

Noah Howard, the free jazz saxophone explorer who made the vintage Black Ark album with Arthur Doyle, died in 2010. This interesting new release was put together using previously-unheard solo sax recordings Howard made at home, augmented with electronics and bass from Wiggin...view item »

Static Fruit

Fruits de Mer and Static Caravan are two boutique labels with long-term vision and a deep engagement with their chosen fields of music. Here they share wax for the first time, each putting forward two acts: Art Of The Memory Palace and Cheval Sombre from the Caravan, Jack Ellister and Th...view item »

Distant Correspondent
Shatter/ Badlands

The press blurb explains the way in this record was made; by several people in different parts of the world communicating over the internet. One of them is Edith Frost (Drag City) and another is a lady from Meanwhile Back ...view item »

The Memory Band
A Fair Field

Almost impossible to review a record as delicate as this with a bloody Sleater Kinney live album blasting in the background...but I can but try. Pump up the headphones and pretend I'm harvesting a field and we'll all be ok. The Memory Band's Stephen Cracknell has been ploughing a much more experimental furrow of late and his latest missi...view item »

The Beast System

Back in ‘95 Grantby AKA Dan Grigson, released a five track EP via Bristol-based Cup of Tea label. It was critically acclaimed and lead track Timber became a mainstay at downbeat club nights across the western world. After some remix work for Calexico and Depeche Mode and his track...view item »

Circus Devils

It came as a bit of a surprise to find the new Circus Devils CD on Static Caravan in the old review pile. But then the label is so utterly eclectic that it's not really a surprise at all. I seem to remember hearing their previous album on Ipecac. I must admit I've never been a follower of Guided By Voices/Robert Pollard but I do really like this 'A...view item »

Duke St. Workshop
Hospital / Cyclone Fence

If you've been paying close attention you may remember The Duke St Workshop from that superb CD they brought out last year and sold out almost instantly. The press release says that the A side is "about the safety of a Hospital environment (or any seemingly safe environment) being breached by some external force". It starts out with some barely-...view item »

Dan Haywoods New Hawks
John's Shoes / Superquarry

Folksy winsomeness from a talented singer songwriter who while not penning folk songs is fascinated by ornithology and people watching. The New Hawks have a very traditional sound that has Anglo-Celtic feel and a very interesting take on modern folk music. The title track 'John's Shoes' h...view item »

Stick In The Wheel
Common Ground / Hasp

Hailing from the grime scene, the members of Stick in the Wheel now take their expertise to folk music. Common Ground is driven by a thumping guitar rhythm and pretty yet haunting vocals, whereas Hasp by Stick is fleeting, gentle track about the toils of a horse that was recorded in one take. Limited to 300 pre...view item »

The Yellow Moon Band
Barehed / Reign

On Yellow vinyl (the good people at Static Caravan don't just throw these things together), having never heard these before for some reason I was expecting this to feature Warp like electronics but no its a 1 minute progressive metal jam. Cream, Led Zep type of thing. Not for me. More to my liking is the B side which is much more tuneful slice o...view item »

No Name/ Remind Me

Some most pleasant fragile folk from this Swedish native female artist. On second spin it's slowly getting its hooks into me, a lovely song, sweet voice and tender guitar playing. This should appeal to those of you into Haruko, Vashti Bunyan and all good quality lady folk....view item »

Don’t Say a Word

These guys have a really nice, gentle ,folksy(?) sound. You probably know this. They have vocals that sound luscious and will make many a grown man cry his little arse off. You probably know this. They remind of Tuung or Laura Marling. Here they sound heart meltingly grandiose and very emotional. The songs are well produced and played. You proba...view item »

Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam
Summer Solstice

Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam have got a ridiculously silly name that takes a while to type out but they more than make for it with their unique take on folk-pop. 'Summer Solstice' is a celebration of the best time of guessed it yo, it's SUMMER!! The A-side is the sound of summer coming towards you, chasing you thr...view item »

Hannah Peel
You Call This Your Home / Song for the Sea

This is reasonable lady fronted soulful slightly 60's sounding pop music. Not as bad as Duffy, not up to Saint Etienne standards but probably sitting somewhere between the two. Its nice and safe and does the job with efficiency, I'd like to see a bit more daring with the production (by Tunng's Mike Lindsay incidently), its a bit....well....limp....view item »

Inch Time
Icicles & Snowflakes

That Inch Time CD that came out on Static Caravan was dead good. I don't know if anyone remembers it but it was a winner. Consequently the new 7" single (icicles & Snowflakes) came to me with some anticipation. It's absolutely lovely clicky melodic electronica of the highest order. There's more jungle sounds in there (l...view item »

The Maladies of Bellafontaine
Black Biro / Longsocks

More lady fronted stuff from Static Caravan - the A side is the winner of today's best tune. The vocals are remarkably similar to the lady from The Sundays (ask your grandma) and the tune is a lovely jaunty, quirky thing that recalls Birdie, Broadcast, Misty Dixon. Lovely summery, breezy pop music. The B side is darker and folkier recalling...view item »

Oh Ruin
The Pillow Where Your Head Does Lay/ Ringsend

Oh Ruin is the solo title for acoustic guitar strummer Eoin O'Ruinaigh. Static Caravan certainly know a fine talent when they hear one and these guys are no exception. It's kinda bluesy sounding stuff with hints of traditional Irish music thrown in for good measure. O'Ruinaigh's guitar playing is tastefully hypnotic and the addition of violins a...view item »

Lux Harmonium
The Bones You Break/ Camel Bones

Ah, this is lovely. A couple of pretty little pastoral songs from Lux Harmonium. They've a slight psychedelic edge to them but essentially this is pretty straight folk-type stuff for those who like a good fingerpicker. On 'The Bones You Break' he's got a backing band and it's relatively u...view item »

The Dark Sky Singers
The Harrowing

The Dark Sky singers' new single filled me with dread when I cast my eye upon it. It looked proper bleak. Yes I know you can find beauty in bleakness, fuck off and watch American Beauty or Garden State or summat. You know I'm a sensitive guy really. I'm just saying this stuff to mask my own emotional....just kidding! What do you take me for? A b...view item »

Inverted Island

Theres a new (its definitely new right?) 7" on Static Caravan called 'Inverted Island' by something called Obfusc.Oh come on guys who is going to remember that name. you'll never get on Top of the Pops. Thankfully the music is a rather wonderful rhodes piano led dubby electronica which recalls such past luminaries such as Plone, Mercury Progra...view item »

Antelope (Remixes)

Here Static Caravan are treating us to a pair of remixes of the track 'Antelope' from the debut Diagrams mini-LP (Sam Genders from Tuung's new outfit for those late to the party), all pressed into see-through purple vinyl in an edition of 300. These are pretty comprehensive reinventions,...view item »

Erland & The Carnival
Was You Ever See

Erland And The Carnival are a supergroup of sorts featuring a chap called Erland (surprisingly), Simon Tong (from The Verve, The Good The Bad The Queen) and Nick Nock (drummer who's worked with Macca on The Fireman project thing he does). It's pretty crazy sounding psyche pop harking back to the good ole days that were the 60's well before the like...view item »

Shady Bard
From The Ground Up

'From' the Ground Up' is the debut album from Brum melancholists shady bard (so humble they choose lower-case) and it's a rousingly pretty/sad-hued treat from start to finish. Taking its cue from the twinkly songs of Sparklehorse, the earthy simplicity of early Coldplay & the epic, forboding echo of iLiKETRAiNS it embraces autumnal, environm...view item »

The Great Electric

The Great Electric’s own definition of their sound is something like Neu! If they wore Clarks. They could have been joking, but it’s pretty spot on. Somewhat of a supergroup, the band are made up of members of Hefner, J Xave...view item »

The R.G. Morrison
Diamond Valley

Thankfully, the R G Morrison pick up their guitars to deliver an album of complete ease: Diamond Valley. Recorded in May 2012, this work's relaxed sound seems to permeate whichever space it finds itself filling. The Vinyl LP’s artwork is a fitting reproduction of one of J M W Turner’s landscape paintings. &n...view item »

Laura J Martin
Dazzle Days

Good old Static Caravan release this latest album from flute-botherer Laura J Martin. ‘Dazzle Days’ features a list of name-dropping collaborations from Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, Benge on synth a...view item »

The Memory Band
On The Chalk (Our Navigation of the Line of the Downs)

Stephen Cracknell has been making folk inflected acoustronica (sorry!) for quite some time with The Memory Band, The Accidental and others and his records have been pleasant affairs, if at times a little straight laced. I’m pleased to see then that this reco...view item »

The Hollow / TokoHorse

Good ol’ Static Caravan have sent us a new 7” this week from this five-piece Tokolosh, about whom I know nothing. Put the needle on the groove and you’re treated to a soulful downbeat r’n’b ballad with big falsetto vocal harmonies. It’s totally heartfelt and actually q...view item »

Steve Moore
Primitive Neural Pathways/Vaalbara

Right. Busy Lady has just wet her knick-knacks over the list of this chap's expensive synths. His synths are so amazing & sought-after that he probably keeps them in a titanium lined nuclear bunker deep in a forest. Where currently he doodles around and builds authentic homages to Jean Michel-Jarre, the only 70's synth pioneer it's not actua...view item »

Goodnight Lenin
The Wenceslas Square EP

I also missed the 7" this Brum-based gang of folk-botherers threw into the underground musical network recently. It certainly sounds like they peddle an authentic brand of rousing traditional folk rock and flower-power-flecked whimsy. With a neat six tracks to run through it ain't go...view item »

Vision Quest One - Spaceships Over Topanga

Vision Quest. A native American rite of passage, but more importantly a classic eighties high school wrestling drama featuring Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino. You might know it as Crazy For You, since they wanted to cash in on the mint Madonna theme tune in some markets. Topanga. A canyon, but more importantly the girl from Boy Meets World ...view item »

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