Music 2014

Saucer.cc music selections for 2014

March

Lee Paradise (Dan Lee) / Water Palace Kingdom (Pleasence Records + Not Unlike Records, 25 March 2014)
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Art Rock • Canada (Ontario)
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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)
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Electronic • UK (England)
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Vertigotronica dronescapes. These short-film soundtracks saw limited CDR release in 2012.
Kandle / In Flames (Dare To Care Records, 4 March 2014)
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Blues rock • Canada (Québec via B.C.)
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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)
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Blues rock • UK (England)
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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)
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When Nalda Became Punk album cover
Pop • Spain
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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)
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Future Punx album cover
Neue Deutsche Welle • US (New York)
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Future Punx channel The Feelies, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, and X-Mal Deutschland, fabricating fresh synth/dance rock.

February

Nicolas Bernier / Frequencies A/Fragments (Line, 24 February 2014)
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Experimental • Canada (Québec)
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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)
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Industrial/Goth • France
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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)
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Kate Tempest Lonely Daze album cover
Hip-hop • UK (England)
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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)
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Dada Pop • US (Texas)
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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)
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Various (Detective Themes) album cover
Soundtrack • Worldwide
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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)
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Acoustic/Electronic • Belgium
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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)
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Electronic • US (Michigan)
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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)
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Drone • US (Illinois)
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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)
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Rock • UK (England)
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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)
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Punk/Hip-Hop • UK (England)
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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)
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Noise/Industrial • UK (England)
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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)
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Drone/Psychedelic • Belgium
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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)
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Current 93 album cover
Prog/Folk • Ireland via UK (England)
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Current 93 discography on Brainwashed.com
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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)
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Glitch/Psychedelic • US (California)
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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)
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Garage • Canada (Québec)
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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)
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Postpunk • New Zealand
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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)
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Rock • UK (England)
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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)
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Shoegaze/Lo-fi • UK (Scotland)
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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)
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Electronic • Hungary
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review at Awkward Movements
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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)
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Ambient • UK (England)
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Soothing and vertigo inducing juxtaposition of freeway noise, spidery electronic scintillations, and the loveliest of ethereal, Kosmische drone.

January

Ø (Mika Vainio) / Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings, 13 January 2014)
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Electronic • Finland/Germany
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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)
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Drone • UK (England)
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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)
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Electronic • Sweden
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Minimalist/goth industrial pieces for dead dolls with discerning taste. Disarmingly anachronistic.
Bohren & Der Club of Gore / Piano Nights (PIAS, 24 January 2014)
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Ambient/Jazz • Germany
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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)
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Garage • US (California)
Kickstarter campaign (funded)
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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)
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Metal/Noise • US (Illinois)
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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)
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Martial/Experimental • Norway
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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)
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Electronic/Disco • The Netherlands
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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)
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Pop • Germany via Canada (Ontario)
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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)
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Electronic/Abstract/Ambient • UK (England)
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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)
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Electronic/Psychedelic • UK (England)
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Dreamy, hypnagogic, gentle. Expanded, 2014 edition (of the similarly-named March, 2013 release) from Gnod's Marlene Ribeiro.



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