On September 8th, Esben and the Witch release their third album, A New Nature, their first on their own Nostromo Records. They are clearly stoked at the results as they let us have a listen early and we're really into it. It's was recorded by the "well-worn, expert hands" of Steve Albini at his Chicago Electrical Audio studio and sounds like a band doing exactly what they want to. You can read more about the record, listen to a bit and pre-order it here.
We're especially psyched to invite the band to Totnes to come and play live for us at Drift (September 10th) and, whilst they were browsing our racks, they put together eight records to get you in the mood for their new LP. Good picks, good vibes. Bleak vibes.
Slint - Spiderland A record truly worthy of its acclaim. Innovative, intense, intriguing. The opening guitar in 'Washer' in particular is, simply put, heartbreaking. A true classic.
Only Lovers Left Alive - OST I saw this at the cinema and the soundtrack really blew me away. The image of Tilda Swinton sashaying down a cobbled street in Algiers, eastern sounding guitars jangling exotically over the top of a bass pulse really hooked me in. Jim Jarmusch can play guitar.
SWANS - To Be Kind We continue to be astounded by the output of this band. From first hearing the pure filthy funkiness of 'A Little God In My Hands' to the epic psychedelic prog of 'Bring The Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture' they just keep on getting better and better. Rather than merely pushing the boundaries, Gira's kicking the shit out of them.
The Body - I Shall Die Here A unabashedly dark, claustrophobic record that sounds like the worst moments of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Meshing metal and techno and creating a writhing, demented beast in the process. Half terrible machine, half terrible monster.
Thee Silver Mt.Zion - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything I think this is one of the best LPs yet from the Mt.Zion projects. Heavy, melodic, uplifting. 'What We Loved Was Not Enough' being the real highlight. A beautiful drunken waltz of a song that makes me want to swing my glass and punch my fists in the air as the apocalypse descends!
Forest Swords - Engravings An almost mystical dubstep/dance record that creates its own world entirely. It's strange slow wooziness dotted with weird percussive clicks and chimes where distant vocals feel like lost sound-bites of ancient rituals.
Sunn 0)) + Ulver - Terrestials A surprisingly beautiful record that whilst still touching upon the doomy drone expected of Sunn O)) it feels slightly more ethereal and dreamy, perhaps due to the brass and string sections that float throughout, nodding to the more avant-garde, stoner side of jazz. Imagine Alice Coltrane meets Earth.
Russian Circles - Memorial A really strong post-rock record really but a bit more brutal, a bit more metal. The drums on this record are so muscular, showcased in particular on '1777'. Where searing guitars scratch their way through melancholic atmospherics for that ever satisfying, expertly executed crescendo.
* Slint's 1991 album, Spiderland, remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram...
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TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE 1990s - SPIN 100 BEST ALBUMS - NME 100 GREATEST ALBUMS 1985-2005 - PITCHFORK.COM
I first heard Slint before they were called that, but the difference between them and their contemporaries was already in concrete. From the outset they made music to suit themselves, not an audience, and their dogged pur- suit of the sound of their imagination is still utterly unique. Tendrils of continuity between the doom of heavy metal, the drama of modernist classical music, and the rude musk of punk may not be apparent at first glance, but they glow like a web when illuminated by the fire of Slint's muse. Nobody thinks about their music, or music itself, like Slint. Love this fucking band. - Steve Albini, 2014
´Žè1.breadcrumb Trail (remastered) 2.nosferatu Man (remastered) 3.don, Aman (remastered) 4.washer (remastered) 5.for Dinner... (remastered) 6.good Morning, Captain (remastered) 7.Nosferatu Man (basement Practice) 8.Washer (basement Practice) 9.Good Morning, Captain (demo) 10.Pam (rough Mix, Spiderland Outtake) 11.Glenn (Spiderland Outtake) 12.Todd's Song (post-Spiderland Song In Progress) 13.Brian's Song (post-Spiderland Demo) 14.Cortez The Killer (live Chicago 1989) 15.Washer (4 Track Vocal Demo) 16.Nosferatu Man (4 Track Vocal Demo) 17.Pam (4 Track Vocal Demo) 18.Good Morning, Captain (Evanston Riff Tape) 19.Nosferatu Man (Evanston Riff Tape) 20.Pam (Evanston Riff Tape)
LP includes DVD, 12 Page Photo Book and Download Coupon for Full Album and 14 Bonus Tracks.
20 Page Photo Booklet and Download Coupon for 14 Bonus Tracks.