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R. Elizabeth
Every And All We Voyage On

After debuting on Where To Now? back in 2015 with Season Of Error, R. Elizabeth (Rachael Finney) now delivers a new full-length through Glasgow’s excellent Night School. Every And All We Voyage On slots neatly into a label roster that already includes Molly Nilsson and The Space Lady. This is dreamy, hypnagogic synth-pop with plenty of Hype Williams about it.
  • Vinyl LP (LSSN069)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Night School

J. McFarlane's Reality Guest
Ta Da

J. McFarlane breaks temporarily from Twerps to pursue a solo project. A minimalist construction of keyboards, feather-touch guitars, wind instrumentation and songwriting that can only be summed up by the irritating word 'quirky', Ta Da was originally issued in her native Australia via Hobbies Galore, but now gets a worldwide release on Night School. 

Happy Meals
Fruit Juice

Fruit Juice is a shimmering record of fun-time synth-pop bounce, from Glasgow pop duo Happy  Meals. As well as making the music, the band have also been busily working away on making the actual physical albums: the whole edition of 500 LPs have been hand-painted in a rich marbled style by Happy Meals themselves.

Patience
Dizzy Spells

Patience is the new project from Roxanne Clifford, formerly of indie tunesmiths Veronica Falls. Clifford finds a different backdrop for those melodies here, exploring the world of electronic pop. Dizzy Spells is her debut album. It was made with the help of Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards and Lewis Cook of Free Love and Happy Meals. It was engineered by Misha Hering of Virginia Wing. On Night School.

Ela Orleans
Movies For Ears

Poland-born, Glasgow-based musician Ela Orleans gets a retrospective release on Night School (Julia Holter, The Space Lady). Orleans has always used the phrase ‘movies for ears’ as something between a motto and a tagline, so when it came to naming this album there really was only ever one title in the running. The artist’s lo-fi take on everything from 60’s girl-group to Lynchian dream-pop is an idiosyncratic joy. File Movies For Ears next to Richard Youngs and fellow Night School graduate Molly Nilsson.

Molly Nilsson
History

Molly Nilsson’s excellent 2011 LP History gets a reissue courtesy of Night School (Paper Dollhouse, Rose McDowall). For anyone who didn’t hear History the first time around, all you need to do is imagine a more groove-centric rendering of Zola Jesus’ magisterial synth-Goth sound. ‘City Of Atlantis’ also beats PC Music to the punch by about 3 years.

Molly Nilsson
Follow The Light

Molly Nilsson’s second album Follow The Light was originally released as a CDr in 2010, copies of which are now, of course, extremely scarce. But this slice of Stockholm-via-Berlin pop deserves to be enjoyed widely, which makes this Night School reissue on CD and (for the first time) vinyl) extremely welcome.

Cucina Povera
Zoom

Cucina Povera (who shares her moniker with the 309th best restaurant in Thessaloniki), real name Maria Rossi, is a sound artist and vocalist. Zoom is her very raw document of places and spaces she has found herself in. Using just a Tascam Zoom recorder and a loop pedal, she creates sonic maps which provide an overwhelming sense of being there with her. 

AMOR
Sinking Into A Miracle

Amor are a Glasgow-based dance outfit. Their eclectic line-up bleeds eclecticism into their music, however. The band consist of avant-garde musician Richard Youngs, Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler, Paul Thompson who played drums with Franz Ferdinand and Norwegian minimalist composer Michael Francis Duch. Their debut album, Sinking Into A Miracle, was recorded at Chem 19 in Glasgow, the place where all those Delgados and Arab Strap records were made and produced by Paul Savage and Richard McMaster of Golden Teacher. LP and CD on Night School.
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Molly Nilsson
Twenty Twenty

Eighth album from Molly Nilsson’ the hippest purveyor of urban melancholy via fond-memory synth-pop in quite some time. Twenty Twenty takes a look at the world as it currently, and channels those difficult feels through her keyboards and her distant-sounding vocals and lyrics. Released by Night School.

Sorrow
Under The Yew Possessed

Night School have snapped up the re-release rights to Sorrow’s 1993 LP Under The Yew Possessed. A neo-folk outfit centred around husband and wife duo Rose McDowall and Robert Lee, the band serve up some nice ethereal jangles here atop which McDowall coos in a tranquil manner. It’s like a more cerebral version of what PJ Harvey was doing at the time. 

Molly Nilsson
Single

Single contains two entirely exclusive new songs from Molly Nilsson, everyone’s favourite Swedish indie-synth-pop singer. These songs deal head-on with love and its consequences, via Nilsson’s much-loved cool and downbeat sound. Released in a limited edition of 800 7”s, each housed in a lino-block stamped sleeve along with a download card. On Night School.
  • Vinyl 7" (LSSN051)
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  • Limited edition

Cucina Povera
Hilja

Back at it with the sound art, constantly pushing the boundaries of music creation. Cucina Povera (originally from Finland, hence talks/sings in Finnish occasionally), is a Glasgow-based sound artist and Hilja is her latest release. If you're familiar with ASMR, you'll get that tingly hit straight to the back of your neck as soon as she opens her mouth. Available on vinyl LP and released on Night School. First press is limited to 300 copies, and contain hand-screened sleeves. 

Young Guv
2 Sad 2 Funk

The loveable scamps at Glasgow’s Night School (Happy Meals, Julia Holter) have locked down the latest LP from Young Guv. The Canadian artist has about a decade of releases under his belt at this point, but 2 Sad 2 Funk ranks among his best. Channelling Toro Y Moi, Prince, Porches and more, this is a synth-pop album that manages to be simultaneously funny and affecting.

The Space Lady
The Space Lady's Greatest Hits

“Ethereal street musician who plays space music wearing a winged helmet”, says the website. It’s pretty bang on. The Space Lady has been playing her strange electronic music for some thirty to forty years, and now has the Greatest Hits she deserves. Weird, spacey and fun. The vinyl has a download code and the CD comes with a bonus CD.

Prostitutes
Aluminum Garage

Cleveland native James Donadio – also bravely known as Prostitutes – is back with 'Aluminium Garage', a thrilling EP that staggers joyfully between mid-tempo, early electro jams and modern techno. This is a multi-layered record, complete with sub-heavy kicks, blasts of bongo and deliciously warped piano chords. 
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The Modern Institute
The Modern Institute

As I'm too stupid to make head nor tail of the wordy press release but what this appears to be is a "a project which examines the rituals of performance, the signifiers of bourgeois culture and the absurdities inherent in the middle class art gaze". Had a quick listen and yeah it's sound art, basically. Odd spoken word vocals over weird rhythms. 

Happy Meals
Apero

Minimalist disco and sultry synths are the order of the day on Glasgow-dwelling duo Happy Meals's debut album. Boyfriend / girlfriend Lewis Cook and Suzanne Rodden have been making sweet music together since high school. Cook is also a member of Scotland's premier Hawkwind tribute band, trivia fans! On vinyl or CD. Do you want fries with that? 

AMOR
Higher Moment / Amnesia

AMOR is the Glaswegian live disco group that most notably (surprisingly?) features Richard Youngs, with the rest of the outfit being made up of Luke Fowler, Paul Thomson and the double-bass-playing Michael France Duch. Higher Moment / Amnesia is fantastic stuff, with elastic double bass twisting itself around piano, Youngs’ ecstatic vocals, and a dead-on rhythm. 12” on Night School.
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  • Night School

Stacian
Person L

After a number of releases on Moniker, Dania Luck moves her Stacian project over to Night School for the second full length. Mixing coldwave, John Carpenter atmospherics and cold dystopian electronics with a huge sense of digital disconnection, Person L touches on an off-kilter game soundtrack with a Blue Velvet sense of scratching at a surface to reveal what’s beneath.
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Bomber Jackets
Centurion Travel EP


  • Vinyl 7" (LSSN009)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Molly Nilsson
Imaginations

Swedish-born, Berlin-dwelling, world-travelling singer Molly Nilsson is deep into her career now, and she is still feeling melancholy. Imaginations puts her feelings into sweet synth-pop songs that swoon moodily in the way only Molly Nilsson songs can: cool, catchy, nostalgic and distant-eyed. Imaginations is released by Night School.

Ela Orleans
Circles Of Upper and Lower Hell

This is surely the most grandiose and bold statement in the musical career of the Polish born, Glasgow-based musician Ela Orleans. A varied amalgamation of all her previous work is presented as a sprawling double LP which is apparently loosely based on Dante's Inferno. Expect celestial ghostly pop songs, synthy textures and the grandest of grand visions. 

Rose McDowall
Cut With The Cake Knife

Rose McDowall was a member of much-loved indie darlings Strawberry Switchblade, and Cut With A Cake Knife compiles songs that were originally intended for that group's second album. Instead, McDowall recorded them herself over 1988 and 1989. Lovely and bright indie pop from an expert of the form. CD or swirly vinyl on Night School.

CC Dust
CC Dust

CC Dust make good old-fashioned synth-pop, driven by the cold-hearted relentless pulse of a vintage drum machine (the way it should be!). Maryjane Dunphe’s background in punk lends her vocals a strong edge, and musical partner David Jacques has a knack with the low-end grooves. Edition of 300 LPs, on Night School

CC Dust
Shinkansen No. 1 / New Ways

CC Dust are a new band with an old sound, fully embodying the heart and soul of 1980’s synth-pop. Shinkansen No. 1 / New Ways throbs with David Jaques’ melodic basslines and soars with Maryjane Dunphe’s moodily impassioned vocals. They’ve got the synth-pop skills and no mistake. 7” single release on the Night School label.

The Flexibles
Pink Everything

The Flexibles are a fuzzed-up weird-punk trio made up of Andrew Paine, Richard Youngs, and his pre-teen son Sorley Youngs, because why the hell shouldn’t Richard’s son get involved in the family trade? Pink Everything is a sort-of concept album mostly written by Sorley(!), though his father’s vocals are unmistakable. A strange and wonderful band, but should we really be surprised? On Night School.
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  • Night School

Liberation
Liberation

San Francisco based David West has many faces, from his work as guitarist and vocalist for Rank / Xerox and Rat Columns as well as another electronic project Lace Curtain. Liberation is his latest, somewhat theatrical synth pop, and wouldn’t sound amiss with scandinavians such as Det är Jag som är Döden.

Billy Bao
Lagos sessions

Billy Bao’s Lagos Sessions is a furious mash-up of afrobeat, distorted drone and thrashing noise all wrapped up and packaged on CD by Night School. Even that ridiculous description does not do justice to the collision of improv, Nigerian percussion music and DIY noise-punk to be found here. Billy Bao is pushing the limits of noise and drone and it is wonderful.

Liberez
All Tense Now Lax

All Tense Now Lax is a busy, tightly plotted work of tough-to-classify sound, piling up acoustic instruments, snatches of human voice, abstract electronics, field recordings and more, all deftly processed by Liberez main man John Hannon. Things get pretty intense. Released as CD or LP, on the Night School label.

Apostille
Powerless

DIY mainstay and Night School label owner Michael Kasparis takes his industrial strength synth-punk project Apostile to the next logical place by self-releasing his debut full length LP. You may know him as a member of Please or perhaps The Lowest Form but anyone who has stumbled upon his releases for Clan Destine and Goaty Tapes will be aware of the Apostile’s inherent might as a entity within itself, fiercely independent and driven as the man is, you’d expect nothing less from his solo outlet. ‘Powerless’ taps into Kaparis’s chosen field with new insights, giving the de-composted slurry of Suicide-esque trash punk aesthetics a new lease of bewildered life. Kasparis’s intense live performances are a testament too his continued mission to bridge the gap between audience and performer and it’s great to hear some of that energy translate on record, which, if Soundcloud preview ‘Good Man’ is anything to go by, will be immense.
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  • Night School

Paper Dollhouse
Aeonflower

Against a sober yet rich electronic soundscape, Paper Dollhouse’s vocals are not just cardboard cutouts. They stand out like young girls’ imaginations, the dollhouse being just a background. Aeonflower, the group’s second effort, focusses on dyanmic music, and finding the balance between ambient music and noise.