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Piano Magic
Closure

The neatly box tied closing of twenty years of Piano Magic is almost the total opposite of their sprawling career which has seen the band go through several line ups, a multitude of musical styles whilst flying through several different record labels. 'Closure' though is a dramatic closing statement both grandiose and intimate, both heart-w...view item »

Tullia Benedicta
Anteros

Tullia Benedicta is an Italian musician with something of a shoegaze past. On debut solo album Anteros however, she works with slinking electronics and cold-eyed vocals, exploring kinky sexual themes through the use of obliquely sampled pornography and cloaked lyricism. CD release on Second Language....view item »

Kristina Pulejkova / Glen Johnson
My Heart Has Run Out Of Breath

Wayward ghost goth Glen Johnson, famed for harshing the vibes up with Piano Magic, has taken a different route down the corridor this year. ‘My Heat Has Run Out of Breath’ sees him in collaboration with Kristina Pulejkova, whose interests lie somewhere between artifice and authenticity. This record s...view item »

Silver Servants
Silver Servants

Here's a curious little album on Second Language from a band you may not have heard of, Silver Servants, which actually turns out to be a loose collective of Second Language artists and their buddies, an intimidating cast which includes Mark Fry, Katie English (Isnaj Dui/...view item »

Oliver Cherer
Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts

Old ambient neo-folkster Dollboy here, now trading under his own moniker. Beginning with a piece of faintly dissonant drone-laced forest folk; bewitching and becalming in equal measures with a nuanced choral aspect. Then comes brief instrumental 'Mentmore Waltz' following sharply on its heels, with recorder, acoustic guitar and zither being prom...view item »

Mark Fry
South Wind, Clear Sky

Psych folk troubadour Mark Fry hasn't done much beyond releasing his lightning-in-a-barrel classic 'Dreaming With Alice', which showed a young artist create a quite epic record of beautifully ornamented folk music. In 2008, Fry made something of a Vashti Bunyan move, returning to release his second record 'Shooting The Moon' after years and year...view item »

Littlebow
Pi Magpie

Littlebow’s previous CD on Second Language, ‘The Edge Blown Aerophone’, impressed our Phil and Brian so much a couple of years ago that they bestowed our coveted album of the week trophy on it. This week Katie English (Isnaj Dui, The Owl Service) and Keiron Phela...view item »

Colleen
The Weighing Of The Heart

The most immediately striking thing about Colleen’s new album is the new-found use of vocals. Opener ‘Push The Boat Onto The Sand’ is a gorgeous affair, the vocals joined by beautifully picked nylon strung acoustic guitars culminating in a sound which could be a feminine counterpart to the m...view item »

Directorsound
I Hunt Alone

Sufferers from aulophobia need to be aware that there is a lot of flute work in the opening tracks to this album. Likewise if you also have fear of accordions and carefully plucked acoustic guitars, I’d stand well clear. The album is a series of complex instrumental pieces which waver in and out of focus. ...view item »

Piano Magic
Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet

They say great things come to those who wait. Or in musical terms the more you battle on, the more rewarded you will be. Having pretty much cut any musical career I had short years ago in order to spend more time watching football and eating cakes, I really admire bands like Piano Magic ...view item »

Mark Fry / The A. Lords
I Lived in Trees

Mark Fry is best known for an acid folk album 'Dreaming of Alice' recorded in 1972 but like much of these 'lost' albums dained prominence when the great and good (ie: Jim O Rourke and Kieran Hebden) name checked it as a classic and it received a re-issue on the hip Sundazed imprint. Now 39...view item »

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