World Cup Fever – everyone’s got it! Spain’s out, Gondwana’s late as usual, and Texas is creepin’ on a come up! Let the American futballs fall where they may, that’s what we say. At the end of the match, yer gonna need to blow some steam, up, down, or to the left. So take it easy (or don’t) – we’ve got somethin’ for ya!
Who said Detroit is dead?! Since peacing-out of NYC and his old band, Awesome Color, Motown native Derek Stanton has kept his head down, slowly disseminating new solo work online. To say that Turn To Crime is some next level gamesmanship is putting it mildly. Played, produced, and recorded entirely by our man, TTC is Stanton coming into his own – molding something familiar yet disorienting from the standard garage and classic rock building blocks, layering his subtle guitar heroics and Lou Reed-isms over rhythm tracks that sound built from Can samples. An uncontested highlight around these parts and one to watch for ’14!
Take cover – two soft bombs showing up on satellite over the Pacific! Strawberry Rain does it again here, rolling aside boulders leading to underground rivers unseen by eyes of man or beast. Mar Vista’s Visions of Sodal Ye is about as deep a cut as they come – French private press synth-psych never circulated outside of the duo’s immediate locale. Too dark and animated to be new age, Mar-Vista could be a primitivist interpretation of kosmiche voyagers like Ash Ra Temple, Popol Vuh, or Terry Riley. Super unique and engrossing jams – Sodal Yeah!
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Kelompok Kampungan’s arresting 10″. Containing the overflow from last year’s excellent Mencari Tuhan reissue, the music here bathes in the same magic that made Mencari so special. A progressive folk ensemble from Thailand, Kelompok Kampungan were mostly untrained musicians who made their own instruments in an effort to re-create the sounds and rhythms of nature in their playing. If this all sounds too hippy-dippy, stick with me. A lot of psych/folk/world etc., albums pass through our doors here – this one made us stop in our tracks. 100% unique and amazing.
Classic Morricone soundtrack composed for Dario Argento’s 1970 debut feature, L’uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage). Morricone shows us again why he’s the maestro, marrying more conventional song-forms to the avant-garde arrangements employed in his Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. From creepy, sing-song vocal melodies to hair-raising string blasts, all the trademark Morricone-isms are in full flower here. First ever vinyl release of the original score in stereo, on red vinyl (for a limited time).