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The Slowest Lift
The Slowest Lift

The Slowest Lift is, I am pleased to announce, the sweet team-up of Todmorden’s finest Sophie Cooper and Vibracathedral Orchestra / Piss Superstition man Julian Bradley. Both are excellent at handling linear, semi-abstract and fully messed-up sounds, and this debut album of theirs is a strange and wonderful trip to take. Vinyl release from VHF.
  • Vinyl LP (VHF144)

Wingtip Sloat
Purge & Swell / The Lost Decade

Who remembers Wingtip Sloat from the 90s? Well I certainly do. Their slash and burn, lop sided lo-fi sat somewhere in the minefield between Pavement and Truman's Water making them regulars on the John Peel show. Well, now they are back with not only a brand new album but a 31 track bonus disc of what they've been up to in between times.  
  • Vinyl LP (VHF143)

Flying Saucer Attack
In Search Of Spaces

Unlike their comparatively peaceful recordings, the live Flying Saucer Attack were a racket of trebly guitars and visceral improvised semi-compositions ensuring that live attempts were often a mess/inspired often at the same time. This live document is a rare chance to hear the beast in action and for this special 2LP vinyl edition comes with a bonus Jim O'Rourke re-work of some of the material. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (VHF145)

Jack Rose
Raag Manifestos

VHF have just launched a crucial series of reissues of the music of Jack Rose, a major voice in experimental acoustic guitar music, both on his own and as a member of Pelt. Raag Manifestos was a 2004 limited edition tour release containing some of his fiercest explorations of the 12-string. What a delight to have this in print on vinyl again.

Jack Rose
Opium Musick

VHF have just launched a crucial series of reissues of the music of Jack Rose, a major voice in experimental acoustic guitar music, both on his own and as a member of Pelt. 2003’s Opium Musick features Rose holding forth on 12-string and 6-string guitar, as well as a lap guitar. As with all his work, there is a deep engagement with ragtime and blues history at work here. LP reissue.
  • Vinyl LP (VHF142)

Jack Rose
Red Horse, White Mule

VHF have just launched a crucial series of reissues of the music of Jack Rose, a major voice in experimental acoustic guitar music, both on his own and as a member of Pelt. Red Horse, White Mule is his 2002 debut album as a solo artist. It pairs a series of shorter pieces with a colossally deep raga that fills up a whole side of the vinyl. What a beautiful talent.
  • Vinyl LP (VHF141)

Aethenor
Hazel

Aethenor is the ever-unusual combination of two members of Ulver, big Sunn O))) guitar-drone man Stephen O’Malley and London’s free-jazz drummer supreme Steve Noble. This album, sourced from 2010 live recordings, finds the players meeting each other in the middle for remarkable, highly-atmospheric, and more or less unclassifiable music. Hazel is out on the ever-solid VHF label.
  • CD (VHF140CD)

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Rec Blast Motorbike

Hurrah! This is, I believe, the first ‘proper label’ album from Vibracathedral Orchestra since they pulled back all the members of the ‘classic’ line-up: Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley. If you’ve seen any of those guys play, solo or together, you’ll know why Rec Blast Motorbike is so exciting. On VHF.

Kawabata Makoto
Astro Love and Infinite Kisses

Psychedelic drone wonder from Kawabata Makoto on his latest release Astro Love & Infinite Kisses, his first following a period of quiet. A showcase of his work with Acid Mothers Temple, this record from VHF is available on double vinyl and features a fantastic 41 minute epic track Dos Nurages, with hallucinogenic guitar, finger picking. Shiver inducing.

Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack's debut was one of those records that pointed the way forward in terms of how albums could be comprised and sequence. Half blurry pop songs, half wandering instrumentals, it contains two tributes to the then totally obscure Popul Vuh and an unlikely cover of Suede's 'The Drowners'. It's notable how twee the pop songs are sounding now but back then they were dead scary. The mystique that surrounded the band had a lot do to with this...a perfectly executed shoegaze/noise concept.     

Black Sun Roof
Feral


Richard Youngs
No Fans Compendium

Who likes Richard Youngs? I'm told that it's Richard Youngs fans, who have dealt with a lot of sound experiments in their time: beyond the sometimes sprawling, sometimes internalised folk music, they've listened to D-beat and minimal, plus some tape stuff. All of it's good, in its way, and No Fans Compendium suggests there are a lot of people after a lot of different Youngs vibes: this 7-disc bundle of joy issues very limited pressings: 20th Century Jams, 21st Century Jams, Live In Salford, Somerland/No Home Like Place, Three Handed Star/Garden of Stones, plus an extra two discs called Harpenden! and Thought Plane. No fans? Many.

Astral Social Club
Fountain Transmitter Medications

Prolific sonic madcap Neil Campbell has his best shirt on and is having a great time in his garden. I'd say that you picked the worse side of your face, Neil. On his latest release on VHF records, he spits out more ecstatic electronic whirls, squeaks and bleeps which defy the suburban topiary vibe of the cover. Oh, and there's a 20 minute long track on side 2 - medications indeed.

H. Usui
Sings The Blues

Sitting along the shore of the grey lonesome North Sea, you can almost see H. Usui on a Persian carpet with all his instruments, slowly plucking at the banjo in a soulful manner. Why is this record called Sings the Blues? It is a sad, introverted album, without the familiar sounds of the blues. Yet nonetheless, it can provide a comparable comfort.

Jesse Sparhawk / Eric Carbonara
Tributes & Diatribes


Jesse Sparhawk / Eric Carbonara
Sixty Strings


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Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham Smith
20 Years


Vibracathedral Orchestra
The Secret Base


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Vibracathedral Orchestra
Wisdom Thunderbolt

Mid-period Vibracathedral Orchesta album on the trusty VHF Records. Featuring pieces culled, as usual, from the midst of lengthy jams, Wisdom Thunderbolt surfs some pretty tasty sound-waves. Chris Corsano and Skullflower’s Matthew Bower join the fray for a track each too. You always need more Vibracathedral in your life.

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Joka Baya


Vibracathedral Orchestra
Smoke Song

Part of a trio of albums recorded by a slightly stripped down form of the Vibracathedral Orchestra, Smoke Song finds the group in rather a percussive mood. Two long tracks and one short one, moving from calmly tranced out to wildly tranced out. All good. Vinyl LP release, out courtesy of the wonderful VHF.

Kawabata Makoto
Inui


Astral Social Club
Octuplex


The Black Twig Pickers
Hobo Handshake


Kawabata Makoto / Richard Youngs
Kawabata Makoto / Richard Youngs


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Kawabata Makoto
Inui 4


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  • Ilk
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Vibracathedral Orchestra
The Queen Of Guess