February 23, 2018

Alberteen: The Son's Room

The Son's Room, a new song by English rhythm & noir band Alberteen popped up briefly on YouTube in January, but as of today it';s officially available through all the usual streaming services. It's their first track without any guitars, going, mainly for analog synths:

This is our first single in two years and it’s been liberating to put down the guitars and embrace analogue synths, flutes, clarinets and samples. We recorded it with Angus Wallace in a valley at Far Heath Studios, home to so much psychedelia, avant garde pop and experimental noise. We feel it rubbed off on us in some small way.This is our first single in two years and it’s been liberating to put down the guitars and embrace analogue synths, flutes, clarinets and samples. We recorded it with Angus Wallace in a valley at Far Heath Studios, home to so much psychedelia, avant garde pop and experimental noise. We feel it rubbed off on us in some small way”

The Foreign Films: The Record Collector

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Bill Majoros has scored an A+ for perseverance as he was putting together his magnum opus, the 3LP concept album The Record Collector. He worked industriously on what might well would become the ultimate indie pop project the early 21st Century. Originally intended as a double album by his project The Foreign Films, and preceded by the pop suite Fall Of The Summer Heart in 2013 (a piece that later would turn out to be the closing piece), the double album grew into a triple. Every now and then he would release a digital side as a single dish of the full course meal. And now it's here, housed in a nice slipcase for the LP's, plus a booklet with a short story that helps explaining the story line.

Majoros grouped his songs into three separate themes, telling a different tale on each album, allowing the listeners to follow the the ups and downs of the characters. The Record Collector is part autobiography and part make belief and dreams. Real adventures and everyday life events are closely examined, dissected and put together again as he saw fit. The narrative point view tends to shifts, with first-person observations giving way to character voices. It might take awhile to understand that the female voices could be belonging to the same person - the evasive and mysterious Emily, who turns up to various occasions, sometimes not even by name, but it slowly becomes clear that she is the axis around which the album rotates. Is she his muse? Changes are that Majoros is familiar with Dante's Beatrice or Orpheus's Eurydice. Well, maybe not that highbrow, but the "boy meets girl and is afraid to loose her" never gets old.

February 22, 2018

Wouter Dewit: Still

photo: Liesbeth Driessen

Belgian artist Wouter Dewit is a classically trained pianist who writes his own material, delivered with a soft yet powerful touch, not unlike the works of Zbigniew Preisner. His album Still is a study in less is more. He chooses his notes carefully, following the adage that the silences between the notes between are as equally important.

While most pianists like to commandeer the spotlight pretty all of the time, he steps back every now and then allowing the other musicians to shine. Still is about silence and taking time to think thinks through. It makes for captivating listening, although he could do with the voices that don't add much to two of the tracks.

Poobah: "Let Me In" back in print

The legendary Poobah album Let Me In will be back in print on 2LP and CD through Ripple Music. It has been considered as a cult acid rock classic and cornerstone for the stoner rock underground. From HCTF's review in 2010 when the album was reissued for the first time :

The album has become a collector's item and playable copies change hands for big bucks. Now the album is "re-unleashed" and expanded with 12 bonus tracks, the majority of which had been recorded live at Gustafson's living room in the Spring of 1973. The best of these outtakes was already cut during the original album recording sessions at Peppermint Productions in Youngstown. Going to Rock City had all the trappings of becoming a major rock anthem and with it short running time, only 2:50, it was tailor made for loud radio rock stations. Just release it as 7 inch and hand it out to jocks who don't give a fuck about play lists. And throw them a curve ball by using the sci-fi weirdness of Aww, Not Now as the b-side.

February 21, 2018

GRDNS: Night Dance

photo: Cam Harrison

English Psych pop trio GRDNS entered the time machine and came back with Night Dance, a luscious single to play loud while enjoying a slight buzz. These guys know how to use echo and e whiff of reverb, delivering punches with velvet gloves. It's the first taste from their EP.