Saucer.cc music selections for 2014
Lee Paradise (Dan Lee) / Water Palace Kingdom (Pleasence Records + Not Unlike Records, 25 March 2014)
Dan Lee of Hooded Fang and Phèdre triangulates Cate Le Bon (retropsychedelia), Suicide (synth drone), and Ariel Pink (art pop) on this solo debut.
Cyclobe / Sulphur-Tarot-Garden (Phantomcode, 24 March 2014)
Vertigotronica dronescapes. These short-film soundtracks saw limited CDR release in 2012.
Kandle / In Flames (Dare To Care Records, 4 March 2014)
Scintillating, pitch black blues rock evoking Led Zeppelin as well as Gemma Ray. Insidious, ineluctable.
Gallon Drunk / The Soul Of The Hour (Clouds Hill, 7 March 2014)
On the knife edge… fervid, audacious, thrilling addition to the Gallon Drunk canon, worthy of its extraordinary stature.
When Nalda Became Punk / Indiepop Or Whatever (Shelflife Records, 4 March 2014)
Pure pop at the critical nexus of naïveté and wisdom… Elena Sestelo & her band deliver brilliant songcraft on this four-track follow-up to last year’s A Farewell To Youth
Future Punx / 999 b/w Livin’ In A Movie single (Dull Tools, 11 March 2014 with original release in alternate form October 2013)
Future Punx channel The Feelies, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, and X-Mal Deutschland, fabricating fresh synth/dance rock.
Nicolas Bernier / Frequencies A/Fragments (Line, 24 February 2014)
A mostly overcast morning on Ganymede as a distant sun fails to move the mercury, skyships drift by, and robotic miners do their doings.
Vox Populi! & Pacific 231 / Cut Chemist Presents: Funk Off (Now Again Records, 24 February 2014 with original limited release 29 October 2013)
Darkness disco in this retrospective collection of underground ’80s tracks. See also Joy Division, Bauhaus, Skinny Puppy, Throbbing Gristle.
Kate Tempest / Lonely Daze single (Big Dada, 24 February 2014)
Ageless poetry, ageless beats. First single from Tempest’s solo debut album slated for late May. She was previously in Sound Of Rum
Beth Israel / Dental Denial (Dull Tools, 26 February 2014)
Trippy, wispy, Dadaist pop, so delicately structured and yet in beautifully… flawed… perfection, more corporeal than music with ten times as many notes. Don’t miss 2013’s self-titled debut
Various / Inner City Beat: Detective Themes, Spy Music And Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1977 (Soul Jazz Records, 24 February 2014)
Instrumental music written for spy movies and cold war television, expertly curated for your auditory pleasure. Utterly brilliant.
Koenraad Ecker / Ill Fares The Land (Digitalis Recordings, 17 February 2014)
Cellos, acoustic percussion, and computers contribute to this dark, abstract masterpiece. Belgian renaissance musician Ecker plays in/as Stray Dogs, Eject The No, muteBoy, Lumisokea, Nieuw Ensemble, Bansuri Collectif, Nagg, and Audio Damage.
Karen Gwyer / New Roof (No Pain In Pop, 17 February 2014)
Filmic, layered electronica… sometimes beats, sometimes flows, sometimes the two together. 3-track EP follow-up to Gwyer’s Saucer.cc 2013 best-of winner, Kiki The Wormhole
Kevin Drumm / Shut In (Editions Mego, 17 February 2014)
Beauty in minimalism. Fathoms of fascination in harmonic manipulation and difference-frequency beating. Mind stopping.
Younghusband / Left Of The Rocks single (Sonic Cathedral, 14 February 2014)
Lush psychedelic rock. New studio track "Gun" plus a fantastic live version of the title track. Side A was on 2013 debut Dromes
Sleaford Mods / Chubbed Up. The Singles Collection. (self released, 14 February 2014)
Harsh street punk poetry rants over high-energy, minimalist beats. Compelling. See also: Ian Dury, John Cooper Clarke, Arab Strap, The Fall.
Stefan Jaworzyn / Drained Of Connotation (Blackest Ever Black, 3 February 2014)
Meditative, primitive intensity. Freshly surfaced first release of 1982 treasure from a member of Whitehouse and Skullflower.
Orphan Fairytale / My Favorite Fairytale (Aguirre, 1 February 2014)
Lo-fi, nursery rhyme dreamscapes or impossible glimpses through the cosmic membrane. OF is Belgian solo artist Eva Van Deuren who plays homemade & toy instruments.
Current 93 / I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (The Spheres, 11 February 2014)
An epic, timeless folk-prog opera featuring David Michael Tibet's impassioned words and voice with an all-star cast (James Blackshaw, Nick Cave, Andrew Liles, John Zorn, many more).
D/P/I / 08.DD.15 (Leaving Records, 10 February 2014)
Unrelenting, soft explosion of convulsive start-stops, thrillingly musical over its manic 32 minutes. Solo project of Alex Gray (in Sun Araw, Deep Magic, DJ Purple Image, Heat Wave, and Dreamcolour).
ππ (PyPy) / Pagan Day (Slovenly Recordings, 11 February 2014)
Brightly-lit psychedelic garage from Montréal in this project from members of CPC Gangbangs, Red Mass, and Duchess Says.
Shoes This High / Straight To Hell (Siltbreeze, 4 February 2014)
Archival, live New Zealand postpunk, curated and released 34 years on in this wonderful collection. Performed at Billy The Club in Wellington, 22 June 1980.
Henry Blacker / Hungry Dogs Will Eat Dirty Pudding (Riot Season, 3 February 2014)
Dirty ass rock'n'roll (as John Cale used to say) inspired by Steve Albini’s (late ’80s band) Rapeman and Felix Pappalardi’s (early ’70s band) Mountain. Sludgy crunch.
Magic Eye / Babylon (Not Not Fun, 4 February 2014)
Trip-hop ballads and ethereal choirs played through thick neon fog in a phosphorescent glass world… and it comes out of the oven as a sort of lo-fi postmodern shoegaze.
Gábor Lázár / ILS (Presto!?, 4 February 2014)
Algorithmic, arhythmic, atonal experiments introspecting one single note over the course of 11 tracks and 40 minutes.
Janek Schaeffer / Lay-By Lullaby (12K, 4 February 2014)
Soothing and vertigo inducing juxtaposition of freeway noise, spidery electronic scintillations, and the loveliest of ethereal, Kosmische drone.
Ø (Mika Vainio) / Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings, 13 January 2014)
Spectacular space/impressionistic music that fucks with the capabilities of hearing (and challenges any tech between the sound files and your brain). Hypnotic, trippy, alien, sometimes ominous.
Ex-Easter Island Head / Large Electric Ensemble (Low Point, 20 January 2014)
A chorus of chords and percussion in arcs of energy and emotion that extend across the four lovely tracks of this remarkable EP.
Grand Mal X / Life EP (Beläten, 31 January 2014)
Minimalist/goth industrial pieces for dead dolls with discerning taste. Disarmingly anachronistic.
Bohren & Der Club of Gore / Piano Nights (PIAS, 24 January 2014)
Enormous, glacial, black light landscapes in this hour-long follow-up to 2008’s Delores. Echoes of Popol Vuh.
Cherry Glazerr / Haxel Princess (Burger Records, 14 January 2014)
Pure rock composed with teenage skin and bone, persuasively arguing for guitars over computers. (2013’s Papa Cremp
album has different versions of half of these songs.)
Indian / From All Purity (Relapse Records, 21 January 2014)
Crushing, cathartic metal brutality with forays into power noise. The video is difficult as it contains some abhorrent misogyny scenes. As a palate cleanser, here's last year’s winners of the International Women Of Courage Awards
N.M.O. / Dominant Akkord (anòmia, January 2014)
Percussive, pattern-based musical structures in conversation with atonal imaginings. (Limited edition cassette version was released in December 2013.)
Elitechnique / Intrusion (II) (Clone Loft Supreme Series, 27 January 2014)
Stylistic nods to early NYC disco, ’80s synthwave, Krautrock, the French duo Air, and Philip Glass… yet all of a piece. Follow-up to the band’s 2012 Intrusion EP.
The Hidden Cameras / Age (Evil Evil, 27 January 2014)
A subtly subversive, glorious, wet gift for this dull world. Utterly danceable. First album in five years from the sometimes-Berlin-based Joel Gibb & Co.
Helm / The Hollow Organ (PAN, 17 January 2014)
Layered and nightmarish cum intricately minimalist and mysterious. Solo project of Luke Younger from the drone duo Birds Of Delay, and owner of the Alter record label.
Negra Branca / NB (Tesla Tapes, 2 January 2014)
Dreamy, hypnagogic, gentle. Expanded, 2014 edition (of the similarly-named March, 2013 release) from Gnod's Marlene Ribeiro.
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