The five thing? Five more…. again. Again and again and again (and again). Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five more music things, another five? Already? Alright already? You never answered the question, you never do, why is that? Poor what? Who? Where’s did we put the plot? Dive? Five more pieces of earfood? Shall we do it again? Back to back to back being back to the five musical things thing and the fractured music portal yet again (and again and again) and yeah, we did say all this last week and this is a test and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. It doesn’t really matter if it was a television fizzing and going off and things back then when we first heard of the Window going off and things. and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music, cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Who needs any of this? Who needs it, who needs it…
What do we have today? Here comes the news, the links and the signpsots…
1: Psychic Graveyard – There a new non-album track available as part of a good looking 24 track compilation, find it there via Bandcamp. Meanwhile the band have a new album of their own on the way, the cover is up there, this track here is not part of that new album that’s coming out on Deathbomb any moment now. more on the album and a new track from that album here. Here’s the new non album track.,,
More about that compilation that the Psychic Graveyard track is from – “Destroy//Exist presents its first digital compilation, A Growing Scarcity of Expectation, including some of the finest established and rising acts in underground music. At the time of the release, all tracks were previously unreleased, and some exclusive to this compilation. Post punk, shoegaze, dreampop, darkwave, noise rock and electronica sounds come together to a disparate, yet, cohesive blend which closes in on an almost three-hour total. This compilation’s profits will be donated to Cat Care Society, a small non-profit organization which has been improving the quality of life for homeless, abused, and injured cats for over 30 years.
2: Wings of Desire have a new single to share, and a rather fine video shot on Super 8, can you have a video shot on Super 8? They apparently have a new EP Amun-Ra out on 13th August 2021 via WMD Recordings. This new single Follows the last single ‘Better Late Than Never’ (video here), a song about self-discovery that one is rather good as well
This new one, “filmed in 8mm pre-covid, the video for ‘Choose A Life’ is meant to feel freeing from responsibility and life in general. Somehow that feels even more poignant now”.
Of the track, the duo say: “Choose A Life is about our automated programming which convinced us that once we get ‘there’ we will be happy. That once we’ve acquired the material check list we will be fulfilled, but this is never the case. The song explores finding joy in the smaller moments of the everyday, the mundane, those micro expressions that we take for granted. And realising that you don’t have to bend the world to make your mark. That it’s better to just enjoy it.”
3: Bogdan Raczynski – “Brash, simpleton, passionate, settler. Bjork collaborator, PlayStation soundtrack producer, Rephlex, Warp, Ghostly, Polyend”, . He ‘liked’ something we posted, wechecked him out, liked his style, here’s his Bandcamp, Bogdamn! What did he like? There you go, hadn’t heard of him last week, don’t you just like the wa these things work.?
4: Goat – Sweden’s Goat have announced a new album, Headsoup comes out on 27th August on Rocket Recordings Listen to the brand new single,”Queen of the Underground”, here – “a swaggering psychedelic powerhouse of the very highest order”. As Goat themselves state, “Who says a rock band can’t play funk? Electric guitars can be just as sexy today as when Eddie Hazel funked the shit out of ‘em.”
“Rocket Recordings are excited to announce a new album from the Swedish masked psych-collective, Goat! Headsoup, is a globe trotting acid trip of an album, collecting rarities spanning the band’s career: standalone singles, B-sides and two brand new tracks. It will be released on 27th August 2021 More details via Bandcamp
“When Goat first emerged in 2012, armed with an incendiary debut single “Goatman” and a backstory for the ages – the band’s anonymous members claimed to hail from the remote and cursed village of Korpilombo in northern Sweden, where inhabitants had for centuries been devoted to a form of voodoo introduced by a travelling witch doctor – there was no one else on earth quite like them.
Their mythology enticing, their music full of sinuous grooves and manic explosions of fuzz, Goat were outliers from the very beginning. Their debut album, 2012’s World Music, received an avalanche of acclaim, critics and psych heads left enraptured by its thunderous intensity, conjured from a singular mix of sounds from across the earth.
All the while, Goat’s live performances were fast becoming the stuff of legend. With the members’ identities hidden behind imposing masks, making them look like ancient idols, instrumentalists provided relentless backing as twin high priestess vocalists whipped crowds into ritualistic frenzy. Things got darker and even more hypnotic with 2014’s Commune, and then, just as Goat’s sound was beginning to settle, they turned it on its head completely by mutating into a wondrous cosmic folk outfit for their third studio LP, 2016’s Requiem.
Headsoup is a new compilation that deepens Goat’s legend even further. Collecting non-album material from across their career, standalone singles, B-sides, digital edits and never before heard songs, it’s a record that’s even bigger in its scope than their studio LPs. It’s a globetrotting acid trip of a record, one that moves from the magnificent heavy-psych of their earliest work, like “Goatman” B-side “The Sun And Moon”, to the serene “Requiem”-era alternate take “Union Of Mind And Soul”, to the simmering grooves of their latest material, and a myriad of other detours.
Sometimes dark and heavy, at others joyous and beautiful, like Goat themselves, Headsoup is mysterious and constantly shapeshifting, difficult to properly pin down but constantly enthralling. Jazz-flute solos, pounding Afrobeat rhythms, ferocious desert blues, drifting Ethio-jazz and churning drones are just a fraction of their dazzling mix of influences. This is, as the name of Goat’s first album made clear, World Music in its most complete form, a sound unrestrained by genre boundaries, although the band are anything but lazy appropriators. They approach their forebears with upmost reverence, providing a celebratory cultural cross-pollination.
Headsoup also includes two brand-new tracks, recorded towards the end of 2020, which show that Goat are far from finished evolving. “Fill My Mouth” is a scuzzy psychedelic funk knockout, the sleaziest thing the band have ever recorded and “Queen Of The Underground” is out today!”
5: Chris Liebing -‘Something Half Way’ is taken from the forthcoming album, ‘Another Day, the video is rather beautiful, as is the music, the whole thing is. More here in terms of where to get the album should you wish to. “Chris Liebing has shared the latest track to be taken from his forthcoming album, Another Day, due out on Mute on 19 November 2021″.
“With this album, I wanted to take myself out of it as much as possible,” explains Chris Liebing. After three decades working dancefloors with pummelling techno, Chris Liebing has a formidable reputation as a DJ and is certainly comfortable with being in the spotlight, but for his solo work he has chosen a different avenue.
Another Day sees Liebing once again collaborating with an eclectic mix of artists, including several who were involved with Burn Slow. Miles Cooper Seaton, in one of his last performances following his sad and untimely passing earlier this year, and Polly Scattergood lend vocals to a track each, while Ralf Hildenbeutel returns to produce. Ladan (formerly known as Cold Specks), Tom Adams and Maria Uzor (Sink Ya Teeth) are new collaborators for Liebing.
Despite Liebing very much directing and driving the shape, tone and essence of the album, he ultimately views it as one rooted in collaboration and one more contributor to the album is Mute’s Daniel Miller, “Daniel’s input was just incredible,” he says. “He brought his modular setup in our studio and he added this extra flavour.” This added element, combined with Hildenbeutel’s silky production skills, the eclectic presence of the guest vocalists and Liebing’s intuitive ear for compositions, results in something truly unique”
The new album launched last month with ‘Whispers and Wires’ featuring Ladan (formerly known as Cold Specks), followed by a club remix of the track. The club mix was first in a series by Liebing, some of which were premiered in powerful live stream from the incredible environs of the Teufelsberg, Berlin, part of a new series powered by Beatport in collaboration with Microsoft Surface for Game Changers. .
And while we’re here…
The third of the three recent new mixes, VdGG’s classic 1976 track “Pilgrims” has been re-released with a new stereo mix (by Stephen W Tayler) for 2021. From the upcoming (and massive) VdGG box set being released by Virgin/Universal, “The Charisma Years 1970 – 1978”, more details, lots more details of the release here