Latest release: 24 Nov 2023
MILFORD GRAVES / DON PULLEN - 'NOMMO'
SV195 - LP857661008353
The late percussionist Milford Graves was one of the most unique artists the world has ever seen. Born in Jamaica, Queens in 1941, he began his career in the early ’60s as a part of New York’s vibrant Latin jazz scene. His focus quickly turned inward, shifting towards a practice that explored the very nature of self. From his work in the New York Art Quartet and collaborations with Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock and more to his important contributions during NYC’s loft era—he is, simply put, free jazz royalty. In April 1966, the duo of Graves and pianist Don Pullen played at Yale University. As John Corbett writes in the liner notes, “This performance was something of a turning point for Graves. Until then he had been working in other people’s bands or collective ensembles. He was phenomenally busy. In 1965 alone, he recorded with NYAQ (two LPs), Giuseppi Logan Quartet, Paul Bley Quintet and Lowell Davidson Trio, and he made his first recording released under his own name, Percussion Ensemble. Every one of these is important in its own way, but none of them quite anticipate how radical was the music that he and Pullen would unleash that evening in New Haven.” Originally released on the artists’ own Self-Reliance Program label, this legendary one-night performance would be split into two volumes: In Concert At Yale University and Nommo. While rooted in African rhythms, Graves’ music has its own sense of time. As the drummer stated in a 1966 DownBeat interview, “Time was always there, and the time I see is not the same as what man says time is. It works by impulsion
1. P.G. III
2. P.G. IV
3. P.G. V
Second volume of legendary Yale concert by Graves and Pullen
Originally released in 1967 on SRP
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MILFORD GRAVES / DON PULLEN - 'IN CONCERT AT YALE UNIVERSITY'
SV194 - LP857661008346
The late percussionist Milford Graves was one of the most unique artists the world has ever seen. Born in Jamaica, Queens in 1941, he began his career in the early ’60s as a part of New York’s vibrant Latin jazz scene. His focus quickly turned inward, shifting towards a practice that explored the very nature of self. From his work in the New York Art Quartet and collaborations with Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock and more to his important contributions during NYC’s loft era—he is, simply put, free jazz royalty. In April 1966, the duo of Graves and pianist Don Pullen played at Yale University. As John Corbett writes in the liner notes, “This performance was something of a turning point for Graves. Until then he had been working in other people’s bands or collective ensembles. He was phenomenally busy. In 1965 alone, he recorded with NYAQ (two LPs), Giuseppi Logan Quartet, Paul Bley Quintet and Lowell Davidson Trio, and he made his first recording released under his own name, Percussion Ensemble. Every one of these is important in its own way, but none of them quite anticipate how radical was the music that he and Pullen would unleash that evening in New Haven.” Originally released on the artists’ own Self-Reliance Program label, this legendary one-night performance would be split into two volumes: In Concert At Yale University and Nommo. While rooted in African rhythms, Graves’ music has its own sense of time. As the drummer stated in a 1966 DownBeat interview, “Time was always there, and the time I see is not the same as what man says time is. It works by impulsion.”
1. P.G. I
2. P.G. II
First volume of legendary Yale concert by Graves and Pullen
Originally released in 1966 on SRP
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MILFORD GRAVES - 'BABI'
SV196 - LP857661008360
By the early ’70s, Milford Graves had more or less stopped gigging. Having learned his lesson the hard way in multiplenight runs like a legendary Slugs’ residency with Albert Ayler, he knew that the level of energy that he put out during a performance would be difficult to sustain over the long haul. A concert was a kind of absolute ritual for him, after which he would be totally spent, emotionally and physically. Graves rarely left anything on the table. Any musical performance was an opportunity to present an amalgamated version of all the things he had learned. He was an innovator and a teacher at his core, and the concert venue was one of his first classroom settings. In March 1976, Verna Gillis invited Graves to perform on WBAI’s Free Music Store radio show. For the date, he chose to present a trio lineup which he had been occasionally playing— featuring two saxophonists who were dedicated to the drummer’s vision. Hugh Glover is almost exclusively known for his work with Graves, while Arthur Doyle would gain exposure later for an obscure record that he made two years later, Alabama Feeling, which would become a highly collectable item among free jazz enthusiasts. Originally released in 1977, Babi remains one of Graves’ most seminal recordings. The music played by the trio was ecstatic. Extreme energy music, buoyant and joyful. It relied on Graves’ new way of approaching the drum kit, in which he had opened up the bottoms of his skin-slackened toms and eliminated the snare. Graves’ art was always unblemished by commercial interests, and this album is its finest mission statement.
Classic album by free jazz legend Milford Graves, featuring saxophonists Arthur Doyle and Hugh Glover
Originally released in 1977 on IPS
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CHET SOUNDS - 'CHANGES HAPPEN TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE'
TES034 - LP
The enigmatic Australian artist and producer, Chet Sounds returns with his sophomore album, Changes Happen To Everyone, Everywhere (out October 27th via Third Eye Stimuli). After his contributions to Sydney’s adored psych-folk outfit The Uplifting Bell End on their albums, Super Giant III and IV, Chet Tucker launched his solo project as Chet Sounds in 2021 with the release of his self-titled debut album, which received international praise from New Commute (USA) and Shindig Magazine (UK). Continuing on his sonic journey, Chet’s sophomore album sees the humble artist honing his craft with some of his most melodic compositions, heartfelt storytelling and tasteful production yet. Harking back to 70’s classic rock, folk and psychedelia, Chet takes us through bygone eras and musical flavours conjured in the same universe as modern DIY artists such as Tex Crick, Traffik Island and Frank Maston. Living between his family home in Kurnell, NSW (just south of Sydney) and with stints out in the Northern Territory where Chet works at an Indigenous Art Centre, the two lifestyles and surroundings are stark contrasts and evoke Chet Sounds’ musical ideas and lyrical subjects. As heard on his debut album, Chet’s songs are often themed around the coming-of-age and facing up to various struggles of life; this rings true again on his sophomore album, as Chet explains; “the compositions express changes happening on a personal level both physical and mental. It also encompasses social and environmental change and how it affects an individual, getting through one day to the next.” Chet Sounds’ second album, Changes Happen To Everyone, Everywhere was recorded during 2021 in a shipping container on his family’s property. Similar to modern composers/producers such as Frank Maston, Chet wrote, performed, recorded and mixed everything on the record, aside from two tracks where his friend, Amber Newel plays violin. The 12 track record continues some of the musical styles heard on his 2021 debut album but features a wider array of instrumentation and more complex arrangements, giving this album a 70s orchestral rock sound. Chet says; “I deliberately tried to create an album that featured a stronger sonic cohesion than my previous as well as improving the quality of production and composition.” Blending vintage coloured recording equipment with intricate melodies, genius arrangements and technical brilliance, Chet Sounds’ forthcoming new album Changes Happen To Everyone, Everywhere will win the hearts of any listeners who celebrate the outsiders and underground geniuses in today’s rock music. With throwbacks to some of America’s best rock bands such as The Band, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren, David Axelrod and a slew of others that may come to mind, Chet’s new record merges nostalgia with imagination and takes his listeners on a complete journey that is sure to warm your soul.
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GUIDED BY VOICES - 'NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP'
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This record is massive and amazing. Nowhere To Go But Up is Guided By Voices’ third album of 2023 (and thirtyninth overall) and is a sprawling, wild adventure. With virtually no choruses and just two repeated lyrics in forty minutes, GBV is audacious and unafraid. One of the most fully realized works that Guided By Voices has created, Nowhere To Go But Up showcases an expert rock band at the top of their game. The band is on a roll and unstoppable. Following their monumental 40th Anniversary Celebration in Dayton, Ohio, GBV begins their fifth decade with a bang!
1. The Race Is On, The King Is Dead
2. Puncher?s Parade
3. Local Master Airplane
4. How Did He Get Up There?
5. Stabbing At Fractions
6. Love Set
7. We?re Going The Wrong Way In
8. Jack Of Legs
9. For The Home
10. Cruel For Rats
11. Song And Dance
Five decades in, iconic rock band
continues to be audacious and unafraid
with their thirty-ninth album
Virtually no choruses and just two
repeated lyrics, latest is a sprawling,
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BLOODSHOT BILL - 'PSYCHE-O-BILLY'
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From his first self-released album in 2001, through sixteen more, over thirty singles, and collaborations with the likes of King Khan, Mark Sultan, Jon Spencer, Deke Dickerson, and the 188.8.131.52’s, Bloodshot Bill has parlayed his unique blend of rockabilly, R&B, and garage rock into feverishly prolific productions that tap into the very roots of mutant rock’n’roll. As his reputation has grown, Bloodshot Bill has been deemed a rockabilly wildman, a primitive, a seminal punk, a throwback to the wild ’50s, and the deranged spirit of psychobilly madness. His latest album, Psyche-o-Billy, on Goner Records, exudes raw energy and authenticity via a frenzied, stripped down soundscape that defies all rules and descriptions. Written during the COVID-19 pandemic and recorded at Bloodshot Bill’s home studio in Montréal, Québec, Psyche-o-Billy is equal parts joyous, moody, plaintive, searching, and deeply steeped in that old weird America documented via the otherworldly tunes captured on Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music. “My music is for weirdos,” Bloodshot Bill confirms. “I want ‘em to feel good...or bad… Whatever way they wanna feel!” “Like Roy Orbison with a head injury!” —John Waters
2. Tell Me To Go
3. I?m A Ding Dong
4. Say To That
5. You Gotta
6. Tik Tok Love Call
7. Comin? On Strong
8. Yes I Know
9. Won?t Back Down
12. Try Again
13. Guess What
Unique blend of rockabilly, R&B, and
garage rock from deranged spirit of
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DAN HORNE - 'COUNT THE CLOUDS'
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Record producer and electric bassist Dan Horne returns to his Lone Palm a.k.a. Liberty Hair Farm studio in Echo Park, Los Angeles for the vinyl release of his debut full-length studio album, Count The Clouds. Recorded in 2020 - 2021 before his touring schedule kicked back into high gear with Circles Around the Sun and Grateful Shred, Horne unveils Count The Clouds, featuring eight songs with the multiinstrumentalist vibin’ out on all the guitars, drums, pedal steel, and keys. A flashback to mid-1960s psychedelic folk, Count The Clouds includes special guests Ny Oh from Harry Styles’ band, Raze Regal, and Frank LoCrasto. Horne is gaining recognition on the Echo Park scene as a producer at Lone Palm a.k.a. Liberty Hair Farm working with artists Mapache, Chapin Sisters, Pacific Range, AllahLas, and others. On the national live music circuit, he’s a founding member of Circles Around The Sun, the Dead tribute band Grateful Shred (who’s selling out venues all across the country), and a key player with bandleaders Jonathan Wilson, Ben Kweller and Conor Oberst
1. Leave The Light On
2. Dontcha Know
3. Hedgehog?s Song
4. Hedgehog?s Journey
5. Bicycle Rider
7. Hair Farm Blues
8. Ode To The Road
Los Angeles-based record producer and
electric bassist?s debut is a flashback to
mid-1960s psychedelic folk
Features Ny Oh (Harry Styles? band), Raze
Regal, and Frank LoCrasto
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VARIOUS - 'HEAD VOICE ZINE #1'
HEADZINE01 - MAGAZINE
Head Voice is an audio recording zine founded by Donovan Quinn, Ben Chasny, and James Toth that focuses on creative musical pursuits and unorthodox sound production. The zine strives to be of interest to those intrigued by the imaginative ingenuity behind audio recordings, and is tailored from the threads of a thousand conversations between recording musicians concerning the creative, non-technical aspects of sound recording. While the world seems to be overflowing with tips and tricks concerning how-to-do-this and how-to-do-that, Head Voice is more interested in the joy of recording while keeping in mind the primacy of the music. Dogmatic opinions about the “right” and “wrong” ways to create and record music—in both the analog and digital realm—tend to obscure and even dismiss the intuitive approaches that have been utilized to create art since the dawn of recorded time. Such strategies are often as unique, idiosyncratic, and individual as the artists who implement them, and these are the corners Head Voice wishes to explore, with the aim of presenting this shared knowledge as both a resource and inspiration. 6" x 8.25", Black and White, 84 pages. Issue # 1 features interviews and /or articles on: Cheval Sombre Kristen Gallerneaux Matt Valentine Peter Laughner Naomi Yang Jason Quever
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HOT APPLE BAND - 'SO LONG NOODLE HOUSE'
TES035 - LP
Hot Apple Band’s long-awaited debut album, So Long, Noodle House is a collection of 11 tracks recorded between 2019-2022, mostly at Jack Kinder’s home studio in Strathfield, Sydney. Once the pandemic hit, Jack and Lewis Mosley had ample time to give birth to the songs, allowing for this body of work so it could become all that it deserved to be. The resulting album will no doubt please long-time fans, with a number of songs being staples from the band’s live repertoire. So Long, Noodle House is symbolic sign-off on the band’s past and an exciting peek into what’s to come. The record covers broad ground, from 70s imbued alt-country and catchy Beatles-era pop, through to emotive folk and soft rock. Coming-of-age themes run deep in the album, as Jack Kinder's lyrics touch on life changes, friendship, shitty jobs and of course, love. With Kinder's smooth vocals, clever arrangements and gorgeous vintage production, and Lewis Mosley’s unforgettable lead guitar, slide and keyboard performance, Hot Apple Band’s debut has the same charm of some of the best records from the early 1970s, radiating George Harrison, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Harry Nilsson and Fanny in a similar style to modern counterparts such as Drugdealer, Weyes Blood, Daniel Romano and The Lemon Twigs.
"This record is quickly shaping up to be one of my most anticipated for 2023, and a key example of why the year-end lists don?t close until well into December." - Raven Sings The Blues
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MAN... OR ASTRO-MAN? - 'PEEL SESSION 1995'
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Chunklet Industries is proud to announce a breakthrough in broadcasting technology. For the first time, the BBC working hand-in-hand with intergalactic audio pioneers Man…or Astro-Man? present to you seven volumes of their famed U.K. radio sessions. The band’s second session for famed DJ John Peel shows a band in full blossom. That day in March 1995 had Captain Zeno on second guitar and gives a trashier and far more frenetic and less precious sound than earlier sessions. For John Peel, who was one the earliest, most visible and most vocal supporters of the band, five songs were recorded and four tracks are being released on this fourth of seven singles.
#1 Put Your Finger In The Socket
#3 Sferic Waves
#4 Inside The Head Of Mr John Peel
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MAN... OR ASTRO-MAN? - 'RADCLIFFE SESSION 1994'
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Chunklet Industries is proud to announce a breakthrough in broadcasting technology. For the first time, the BBC working hand-in-hand with intergalactic audio pioneers Man…or Astro-Man? present to you seven volumes of their famed U.K. radio sessions. The band’s debut for famed DJ Mark Radcliffe marks the final BBC session with original member Dr. Deleto. Although the band did a complete interview with Mr. Radcliffe, only the four tracks recorded that day in 1994 are presented on this third of seven singles.
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THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282 - 'THESE THINGS REMAIN UNASSIGNED'
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Bulbous Monocle focuses its lens further into the legacy and archives of the Thinking Fellers Union Local 282. These Things Remain Unassigned—a phrase coined by Brian Hageman, one of the band’s musical snake appendages emanating from its Medusa crown—is presented as a double LP (gatefold jacket with a twelve page libretto). It gathers together the band’s singles, compilation tracks, outtakes and never before released gems encompassing the arc of TFUL’s musical corpus. Every track has been surgically remastered by Mark Gergis (Porest / Sublime Frequencies / Mono Pause) with his signature craftsman approach. This collection is an auditory and visual feast. The extensive booklet included features band ephemera, concert flyers, photographs, and commentary about each track from Mark Davies. Beyond the rare singles and unreleased tracks from the TFUL archives, are cover versions from such disparate artists and composers as Ennio Morricone, Krzysztof Komeda, The Residents, The Shaggs, Caroliner Rainbow and Pérez Prado. “…In addition to these compilation one-offs, there were also a few studio recordings that were never quite completed or released. Throw in an alternate mix or two and the handful of singles that came out on various labels over the years, and you end up with what I feel works well as its own body of work, a bunch of adopted oddballs that somehow fit together as a family. I hope youʼll agree with me that these things are now no longer unassigned, but part of a somewhat cohesive whole, stitched together into something mysterious and glistening.” —Mark Davies (2023)
1. 2x4?s 2. Every Day
3. Strange Mail
4. Blank Eyed Devil
5. The Electrocutioner 6. Horrible Hour
7. Selections From ?A Fistful Of Dollars?
8. The Kids Are In The Mud
9. Wally And The Ghost
10. San Remo 11. Ed Sullivan
12. Entoloma 13. Electric Chair
14. Flames Up Yours
15. Outhouse Of The Pryeeeeeee
16. Selections From ?Rosemary?s Baby?
17. Sponge Dilrod 18. Shiny Pig
19. Who Are Parents 20. Broken Bones
Compilation of experimental indie rock
band?s singles, compilation tracks, and
never before released gems from their
entire career (1986-2001)
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ELECTRIC BLOOD - 'TRANSFUSION'
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*BLACK FRIDAY RELEASE 2023* 1978 -2013 Home recordings from founding member of The Bats and OG member of The Clean, Robert Scott's "Family Band", Electric Blood. Record Store Day Black Friday 2023 Exclusive variant Transparent black with blood drops 150g vinyl Wide spine jacket with 2 printed Euro sleeves
Don?t Ring Us
The Ballad of Billy Ball
Have You Seen Marco
Even The Colour Of Her Hair
Boot Your Car
Bonnie Lass O? Fyvie
I Owe You So Much
Nut Brown Maiden
Beef Gang Close
Chocolate Hoarding Wars
The Last Shower
Interfere Wi? Me
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ANNA HILLBURG - 'TIRED GIRLS'
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Tired Girls is the third full-length studio album by Bay Area singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anna Hillburg. Co-produced and recorded with Jason Quever of the Papercuts, the pair created an album for lovers of finely crafted and supremely catchy chamber pop. As always, Hillburg’s voice takes center stage, but for Tired Girls she made a conscious choice to dig deeper into her trumpet skills and make more elaborate horn arrangements than her previous records. Lyrically, Hillburg dives into what it is to be a contemporary woman, and how one perseveres, finds inspiration, creates, loves, and lives. Recorded throughout 2022 at Quever’s studio, the two built dreamy soundscapes with long-time collaborators Logan Kroeber on drums (The Dodos), Josh Miller on bass (Chime School, Extra Classic), and Yea Ming Chen on keys. The entire record has a real “Ladies, trust your gut” feeling, unsurprisingly, as Hillburg says she tends to write songs about “the reality of womanhood and feminism but ya know, why not make that a little ‘dancey’?” As a collection, Tired Girls marks her arrival as an artist who has hit their stride. Each track shows her talent and progression as a songwriter and performer. As a multi-instrumentalist and classically trained trumpet player, Hillburg is a sought-after session and live musician in the vibrant Bay Area music scene, performing regularly with Shannon And The Clams, The Dodos, The Moore Brothers, The Once And Future Band, Will Sprott, Dream Date, Greg Ashley, Shannon Shaw and her All-Star Buddy Band, and more. After writing and recording with her first band, SF power-pop darlings Dream Date, Hillburg set off on her own to record and release her first album, the self-titled 2013 release, Anna Hillburg. Described as “a romantic mix of lounge-inspired rock and avant-folk melodies,” here were the foundations of Hillburg’s signature songwriting style, with elements of baroque pop, catchy hooks, trumpet lines, and whimsical humor that garnered the attention of critics and fans alike. Her second studio album, Really Real, came out in 2018, recorded with Greg Ashley (Gris Gris) and Alicia Vanden Heuvel (The Aislers Set), this pop gem gained even more praise, with writers saying “Hillburg’s writing brings heartfelt lyrics to elegant pop.”
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SING LEAF - 'REMOTE MOTEL'
TAR109 - LP5052442023326
“Out here it's like all these towns around here were once gold towns. So when the goldrush hit, they were booming way back in the day in the 1800s. Everyone was here, they're all there's mines everywhere. They dug them up and then, as soon as the mines went dry, everybody left. So that’s when the towns died off. So because of that when you go driving you encounter old buildings, banks and stuff that have just been empty for like 150 years. Lots of open graveyards, big empty mines and things like that. So the weight of the 19th century kind of hangs over everything here". All Songs Written, Produced, Recorded & Mixed by David Como
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TERESA WINTER - 'PROSERPINE'
LSSN086 - LP5060446127971
Circular patterns morphing through time, loop and ritual form the fabric of Proserpine, the latest work by Leeds-based musician, Teresa Winter. Recorded from a summer to a winter through 2021 and 2022, Proserpine is Winter’s most cohesive, focused music to date: confidently revelling in space, fixating on isolated sounds and giving way to satisfying, swirling waves of vocal and electronic buzz. Proserpine is Teresa Winter’s debut recording for Glasgow-based label, Night School. On Proserpine, musical patterns revolve and intersect with each other, transmogrifying the music’s narrative. Over-arching themes emerge: continual change, elusiveness. Insubstantiality emerges into concrete reality in the form of recognisable field recordings: the purring of a pet cat, the hum of a live cable. The loops and patterns are sometimes just out of sight, the click and whirl on Child Of Nature is the backdrop to hymnal vocalisations by Winter, who intones spell-like text in conversation with herself. On opener Circles, Winter’s vocal is pre-linguistic, detached syllables falling into flowing streams, before Plume’s field recordings seem to juxtapose nocturnal and diurnal wildlife. "You said I was a Flower Of The Mountain" sings Winter, as James Joyce's Molly Bloom does but the carpe diem desire in Ulysses is dissipated here, spread out by gauzy, droning organs. Here desire is blown up and out, changed into something undefinable but no less powerful. Change is at the heart of the album. The Roman goddess Proserpine, herself a reimagined version of the earlier Greek goddess Persephone, is always between: between summer and winter, the land of the living and the underworld, constantly emerging into new states of being. It’s a fitting metaphor for Winter’s work. Like an Apple feels like it soundtracks this in-between state, long, trailing reverb smudging synth keys and Winter’s achingly beautiful vocal performance. The effect is stirring but flitting in and out of perception, sometimes Winter’s presence feels of this world, of musical instruments and practises and at others it feels like the music is about to phase into a different plane, a different universe. While Proserpine references the myths and cults of the classical, pre-Christian era, Winter’s restless preoccupation with the mechanics of religion informs the album in other ways. Ritual is present through out, either in the mantra-like vocalisations or even the private rituals we are invited to witness: on Fireworks the listener eave drops into the protagonist's private bonfire. On the stunning Lamento, layers of Choral vocal interlock in celestial patterns that recall catholic mass: it’s an overt effect that simulates the ecstasy of religious fervour and also reminds the listener of the use of vocal that runs through Proserpine. Winter’s vocals often echo with the euphoria of obliteration, of disintegrating in an awful bliss. It’s an effect achieved with finality by the closer New Water as the piece begins with voice before burning up in the atmosphere of elegiac violins and enveloping undertows of whirring synth patterns and ghostly pads. Proserpine is forever turning, changing, always elusive and quietly revelator
03. Flower Of The Mountain
04. Blood Moon Myrtle
05. Like An Apple
07. Child Of Nature
09. New Water