Not Not Fun Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
As soon as I got word of a new Les Halles record being up for pre-order a soothing ray of Spring sunshine radiated behind me and I knew everything would be okay. Not Not Fun have the pleasure of issuing Zephyr, another collection of ambient vitamins that Baptiste Martin chose to record on computer this time; the instrumentation remains, with fujara flutes, panpipes and chimes, but the production rings out a synthetic screen glow that reminds me of sitting comfortably in front of an old family PC.
Downbeat sounds from what sounds like a snowed-in St. Petersburg, what X.Y.R has made here is a record of pop music obscured in ambience. His keyboard works sound muted, even untouced here, as if the keys are serving themselves from an attic corner -- with its foggy beats and low-key melodies, his music sounds like a lovely, recently rediscovered antique.
- Vinyl LP (NNF340LP)
- Limited edition
Heavy Winged / Taiga Remains
Ye olde synths. Yesteryear is distilled in the nostalgia electronic inclinations of Jonas Reinhardt. Solo work Mask Of The Maker mixes the komische end of krautrock with beaming ambient work. These compositions are based on atmospherics that could be considered both warm and robotic, echoing a time when this kind of music was an exciting academic prospect.
- Vinyl LP (NNF280)
- In stock and ready to ship
Crystal Dorval, the woman behind White Poppy and a great name, went to a farm in Vancouver for nine months on her own to write Natural Phenomena. I’ve heard of bands having more fun writing an album but White Poppy’s mix of glistening synth and layered vocal humming isn’t meant to be fun. It is, as the LP title suggests, something which feels natural, something that envelops you in those layers of beautiful and strange sound and takes you away with it. It’s bizarre and hazy but with some very coherent instrumentation running through its core which drives everything forward nicely.
'Ride to Die' is the fourth record from psychedelic rock trio Daughters of the Sun, based in Minneapolis formally but only brought together to make music rarely. 'Ride to Die' proves that the band have gotten exponentially heavier and more ridiculous with every release, this time employing overwhelming percussion and ominous synth.
Werewolves on Wheels
Ride to Die
Lonely at the Top
Reigns of Iron
Infinite Body/ No Age
Les Halles is the project of self-described ‘excoticist’ Baptiste Martin, who works to transport himself and the listener to far-off orientalist realms that may never have existed. Transient uses recordings of South American flutes as the backbone of these 8 tracks, looping, echoing and treating the sounds to form new-agey ambient vibes. LP on Not Not Fun.
Matt Hill, aka Umberto, is a man deeply in love with the giallo sound, his every musical move ready to soundtrack some 80’s slasher horror flick (he did produce a live score for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so he knows what he is doing). Alienation is his latest, which also includes some slightly different styles and some poetry-inspired vocals. Out on Not Not Fun.
This is a lot. Rangers are playing with about five different types of guitar fire on 'Reconsider Lounge', which is actually kind of an inadvertently excellent title for this record: it offers an alternative universe where dreadfully distorted psych rock and fuming garage rock could serve as elevator music and smooth waiting room jazz. It's filthy and deranged but kind of sweet and lovely. The fuzz doctor will see you now.
Recorded in Madrid via Berlin -- and Norwich -- Avrokosm moves Antoni Maiovvi away from the dancefloor and into outer space. Following on from The Hook and Pull Gang collaboration with Umberto, Maiovvi has more than proven his worth as a creator of pulsating atmosphere. Out on vinyl 12” from Not Not Fun.
Cuticle's techno is sliced into as many pieces as is humanely possible, creating tunes that metamorphose over their course, stuttering in and out with flourishes of silence and ambient haze. 'Mind Holding Pattern' has hints of a dated krautrock aesthetic as well as signs of Jason Urick's influence, while retaining a propulsive rhythm you'd only find in the world of Cuticle.
Not Not Fun delve further into new-age weird-loner America with this evocative LP from Swanox. Duskrunner marks the first vinyl transmission for Anthony Orion, and contains more heady, heavy, abstracted vibes. Only 299 copies pressed of this blissful Californian detritus exist. Sounds like another indispensable slab from this essential label.
It's protocol to call it "industrial-strength" when you're talking about industrial work these days, but Noah Anthony makes crackly sounds that sound wonderfully fractured, as if he'd hunted down scraps and pieced them together the best he could. 'Finding The Floor' takes cues from pulsating genres with serious micro-aggressive tactics, from techno to dub at their most extreme and polarising.
Vibrations from distant galaxies, transformed into earthly sounds by Skeppet. Phase 3 is the debut full length from the Swedes. Full of cosmic synthesisers, stratospheric harmonies and all sorts of lasers, guitars and other stuff. It's all very open and reassuring, one to certainly float you out of your january despair. Out on 12" vinyl from Not Not Fun.
- Vinyl LP (NNF283)
- £14.99 £7.50 (saving: £7.49)
- In stock and ready to ship
Family Underground/ Quintana Roo
- Vinyl LP (NNF208)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
Mythical Beast / Pocahaunted
Heavy Winged/ Blues Control
Christina Carter/ Pocahaunted
High Wolf/ The Savage Young Taterbug
Psychic Reality/ Sex Worker
Wet Hair/ Peaking Lights
Ex Cocaine/ Yellow Swans
Cloudland Canyon/ Mythical Beast
LA Vampires / Zola Jesus