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The Silver Field
Nice new thing on Tim Burgess’ O Genesis (Richard Youngs, Daniel O’Sullivan) here. The Silver Field is the project of one Coral Rose and the various instruments/bits of recording equipment that she’s collected down the years. On Rooms, Rose spools out a brand of dreamy, pastoral post-punk pitched somewhere between Durutti Column and Panda Bear. She’s got a beautiful voice too - it wouldn’t be a stretch to say she sounds like Joni Mitchell.
Hell yeah bilingual rock music! Average Sex are a London based five-piece whose songs are sung in French and English. On Melodie EP, their second, they rock hard and melodious. Their riffs are as catchy as their choruses, and all four songs have energy in spades. Released and produced by perpetual indie lad Tim Burgess.
Nearly a decade ago The Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess got together with Ladyhawke, Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine, Martin Duffy of Primal Scream, Josh Heyward of The Horrors and Stefan Halperin of The Klaxons to fight the post-christmas, pre-New Year lull by recording some songs. The album, As I Was Now, appeared on Record Store Day 2018. This single, Inspired Again is lifted from the album and features a cover of Suicide’s Cheree on the b-side. 7” single, limited to 300 copies on O Genesis.
- Vinyl 7" (OGEN133)
- Limited edition
A tiny treat from pop janglers Horsebeach and their maybe friends The Pheromoans, both well-liked for their kindly indie pop musics. The dreaming nostalgia musings of Horsebeach come via "Alone" while the Pheromoans do two tracks at a comparatively frenzied pace. All in all, a sweet and swell pairing.
- Vinyl 7" (OGEN74)
- In stock and ready to ship
A split single in good old fashioned style: 2 no-nonsense post-punk outfits jostling together on vinyl. Duo Beds In Parks contains ex-members of History Of Apple Pie and Hatcham Social, and Cabbage are young fellas from Manchester. All know their way around a noise-pop tune. I’m A Warhol / Dinner Lady is pressed to 7” vinyl and released by O Genesis.
Who would you recruit if you were putting a band together? Me I'd go for Phil Collins (drums), Nick Beggs (bass), Robert Fripp (guitar), Viv Savage (keys) and Elton John (triangle). Tim Burgess went for some lesser names because these were the names he'd already recruited for his band to play on his latest album. Sadly due to our Twitter spat I wasn't considered but little does he know I play a mean cor anglais. His loss. Anyway this was apparently recorded in 2008 which I find hard to believe as Ladyhawke is on it and she was surely about ten at the time.
Richard Youngs started recording Belief (which really is his 140-somethingth album) by capturing field recordings and turning them into programmed beats. I say ‘field recordings’ but it seems he may not have left his house - radio interference, extractor fan, old cymbal etc. What began as an art project turned into a proper album when his friend Daniel O’Sullivan of Grumbling Fur passed the recordings on to Tim Burgess. An excited Burgess couldn’t wait to put them out on his O Genesis label. Uncategorisable and compelling. Comedian Stewart Lee counts himself among Richard Youngs fans.
'Ugly Strangers' is a wonderfully up front indie rock track that has a unapologetic directness. The band's depiction of getting by in London should be wonderfully familiar, like the infectious and comforting propulsion and rhythm patterns of the song. Fun, honest songwriting from a promising new group.
Daniel O’Sullivan, of Grumbling Fur, Ulver and Aethenor (and that’s not all!), is in solo mode on VELD, but that doesn’t mean he has limited himself to a single approach. VELD is an album of pop songs, but electroacoustic abstractions keep lapping at the edges of the song structures. Released on O Genesis.
Ah now this is going to be a sad one now that Mr Marks has passed away. This is a recording of the former ganja smuggler turned writer reading some Dylan Thomas poetry in his deep Welsh baritone. Originally released on Tim Burgess's O Genesis imprint as a limited edition Record Store Day release and now more widely available.
Tim Burgess & Peter Gordon
When he's making his hair into one amazing gigantic yellow ball, Tim Burgess is still busy with the music making. Following on from his collaboration with New York composer Peter Gordon he's drafted in some of his showbiz pals to remix. JD Twitch, Sonic Boom, David Cunningham and lady friend Nik Void are all here.
Peter Gordon has a long history of working with the likes of Arthur Russell and other remarkable New York types, and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans obviously jumped at the chance to collaborate with him. Their Same Language, Different Worlds is Russell-esque future funk record, with contributions from Nik Void (Factory Floor) and Peter Zummo! On O Genesis.
- Vinyl Double LP (OGEN75LP)
This compilation album is the brother of Tim Burgess’ new book, in which he goes looking for certain records recommended by certain musicians (Iggy Pop) and even certain authors (Ian Rankin). Evidently he found them, as 18 of them, taking in a very broad swathe of genres, are presented here. Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco is released on Burgess’ own O Genesis label.
Gulp are a new Cardiff outfit playing around with spacey psych-pop. New single Search For Your Love is a fun and sparky thing, and comes with a remix by Django Django on the B-side. Search For Your Love is released on O Genesis, the label that Tim Burgess runs. Oh and don’t tell anyone, but we appear to have some signed copies of this...
London buzz-band Tear have signed to Tim Burgess’ label O Genesis for their first ‘mini album’ (that’ll be an EP, then). It’s exactly the sort of music one would expect Tim Burgess’ record label to release - moody, kinda shoegazey rock that sometimes snaps into a very smart ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ impression. You won’t be able to tear yourself away.
Off the bat I’m going to file this one under “unusual”.
Here we have a 7” collaboration between producers Jim Spencer and Dave Tolan, who have worked with Echo & The Bunnymen and New Order among others, and Professor Tim O’Brien, a professor of Astrophysics at Manchester University. You may have seen him on the BBC’s Stargazing Live show. All of this information brings up more questions than answers. Basically, the trio were given access to the sound archives of Jodrell Bank, a British observatory and centre for astrophysics, with the aim of creating a club tune from various sounds from around the universe. It does not disappoint. Included are sounds from Sputnik 1, protons, Pulsar CP1919 an exploded star and the Big Bang, of course.
For fans of Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk and the universe and all it contains.
A 7” moon picture disc.
Unsung hero R. Stevie Moore joins with Tim Burgess’ new label O Genesis for a trio of glorious pop songs on 7” vinyl. Described by Burgess as a ‘best kept secret’, Moore really is something to behold. With a gazillion albums under his formidable belt, I Go Into Your Mind is a fine place to begin your love affair.
A third LP from Londoners Hatcham Social. These busy types have found time away from being Tim Burgess’ backing band to refine their moody indie here. The songs seem to have a troubling preoccupation with guns and drugs, but O Genesis don’t mind, having released this on both cd and vinyl formats.
Featuring members from Guided by Voices, the Decemberists and Jicks, this is clearly submission #2 for “most ungoogleable band name 2015”: EYELIDS OR. Jammed with a fresh batch of distorted old school altrock from Portland, their album 854 is just what you need to warm up your autumn. Open your ears and enjoy!
Tim Burgess gave an instrumental version of The Charlatans song, Emilie to country singer Laura Cantrell. She wrote her own words in response to Burgess’ original lyrics. With the addition of pedal steel played by Son Volt’s Mark Spencer, the beautiful Emanuel was born. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sinkane also recorded a version of Emilie. Both versions are now available on one 7” single.
Continuing his proclivity for the remix album, Charlatans front man and O.Genesis proprietor Tim Burgess is releasing a remix version of his 2014 Record Store Day release ‘Oh Men’. Remixes come from Stephen & Gillian from New Order who have now adopted the moniker The Other Two, alongside The Invisible Conga People and Carter Tutti. If 2013’s sonic mutilation of Burgess’ 2nd LP ‘Oh No I Love You’ is anything to go by (which accomplished the rare feat of surpassing the original) then ‘Oh Men (remixes)’ could well be similarly triumphant.
A holy trinity of excellent artists comes together for 'Theme to A Little Bit Of Powder'. The project originally began as a short story by acclaimed writer Ian Rankin, which caught the eye of Tim Burgess, lead singer of the newly anointed and no-longer-uncool Charlatans, who is releasing a spoken version of the story on his label -- as read by misfit Craig Parkinson. To top it all off, Factory Floor's innovative Nik Colk Void has composed a soundtrack for it. Ambient audiobook, anybody?
Martin Duffy has always been thought of in relation to other bands. From Felt in 1985 through to Primal Scream today, he was always a part of someone else's sum.
Throughout all that time, he worked on ideas of his own but had never played anything to anyone. He joined Tim Burgess's solo band for a tour in 2012 not long after Tim had started his own label, O Genesis. Somewhere near motorway services on the M4, close to Reading they drove past an abandoned car on the hard shoulder that was on fire. It was seen as a very oblique sign that O Genesis should release the first solo material by Martin Duffy
12 inches from the conspicuously highlighted Britpop survivor Tim Burgess, here. Two originals and two remixes over two sides of the black stuff. There’s nothing better than hearing Britpop remixed - something bands who released CD singles in the 90s knew very well. Fortunately Andy Votel and Seahawks are here to scratch that particularly retro itch. O Genesis are to blame.