New Herbcraft: Papers.

30 Sep 2010 — Henning Lahmann

Much acclaimed Portland psychedelic folk genius Matthew Lajoie who records his immensely challenging and absorbing experimental music under the moniker Herbcraft returns with a c43 cassette, out now on Woodsist's own Fuck It Tapes (order here, limited to 100). Papers includes material recorded after the release of the wonderful Herbcraft Discovers the Bitter Water Of Agartha (still available on Woodsist), two live recordings of songs from the LP and five brand new songs, perfectly meandering slow guitar explorations into the depths of folk music, informed by his peers' efforts from the 70s till this day.

Herbcraft - Road Version

Herbcraft - Highway Jivers (live)

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Much acclaimed Portland psychedelic folk genius Matthew Lajoie who records his immensely challenging and absorbing experimental music under the moniker Herbcraft returns with a c43 cassette, out now on Woodsist's own Fuck It Tapes (order here, limited to 100). Papers includes material recorded after the release of the wonderful Herbcraft Discovers the Bitter Water Of Agartha (still available on Woodsist), two live recordings of songs from the LP and five brand new songs, perfectly meandering slow guitar explorations into the depths of folk music, informed by his peers' efforts from the 70s till this day.

Herbcraft - Road Version

Herbcraft - Highway Jivers (live)

Andy Shauf

30 Sep 2010 — Tonje Thilesen
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P Is For Panda dropped this lovely video of singer-songwriter Andy Shauf's newest single in my inbox the other day, the track which taken from his latest EP Waiting For The Sun To Leave that was released a couple of days ago. The EP is packed with lovely tunes especially fitted for these cold days of fall. Buy it here.

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P Is For Panda dropped this lovely video of singer-songwriter Andy Shauf's newest single in my inbox the other day, the track which taken from his latest EP Waiting For The Sun To Leave that was released a couple of days ago. The EP is packed with lovely tunes especially fitted for these cold days of fall. Buy it here.

Visions.

30 Sep 2010 — Henning Lahmann

Providence, Rhode Island's Sina Sohrab aka Dream Boat had already slapped us in the face back in July with his anti-surf pop anthem Your Beaches, making our summer a little more creepy. And now, he is about to mug us once more with his anticipated debuting full length Visions, out today on our favourite hauntologists' very own Amdiscs. Listen to the creepy as hell opening track below, the darkest and most twisted ode (?) to NFOP's hometown that I've ever heard. Maybe we should all stay at home tonight.

Dream Boat - Berlin

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Providence, Rhode Island's Sina Sohrab aka Dream Boat had already slapped us in the face back in July with his anti-surf pop anthem Your Beaches, making our summer a little more creepy. And now, he is about to mug us once more with his anticipated debuting full length Visions, out today on our favourite hauntologists' very own Amdiscs. Listen to the creepy as hell opening track below, the darkest and most twisted ode (?) to NFOP's hometown that I've ever heard. Maybe we should all stay at home tonight.

Dream Boat - Berlin

Bedroom Girls.

30 Sep 2010 — Henning Lahmann

I guess now it's about time again to enjoy the brighter sides of life with some cheerful and jangly indie pop from the Garden State. The Delfields, a duo from New Brunswick, New Jersey, are releasing their sophomore album today, September 30. Bedroom Girls deals with the pitfalls of encountering the opposite gender, each of the album's songs apart from the intro being named after "a girl who in one way or another has had a profound influence on a member of the group". No, not what you think. Or maybe. To find out about all the dirty details, buy the album over at the band's tumblr.

The Delfields - Bedroom Girls

The Delfields - Emily

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I guess now it's about time again to enjoy the brighter sides of life with some cheerful and jangly indie pop from the Garden State. The Delfields, a duo from New Brunswick, New Jersey, are releasing their sophomore album today, September 30. Bedroom Girls deals with the pitfalls of encountering the opposite gender, each of the album's songs apart from the intro being named after "a girl who in one way or another has had a profound influence on a member of the group". No, not what you think. Or maybe. To find out about all the dirty details, buy the album over at the band's tumblr.

The Delfields - Bedroom Girls

The Delfields - Emily

Hype Williams: Pop as They See It.

29 Sep 2010 — Henning Lahmann

I'm not really sure how to start a piece about Hype Williams. Considering all the others who have done write-ups already, there appears to be only one way: We don't know shit about this duo. So I'll simply enumerate the few facts that might be considered assured. Originally hailing from London, Hype Williams have recently relocated to Berlin. They call themselves Roy Blunt/Roy Nnawuchi and Inga Copeland/Karen Glass/Denna Frances Glass, and I will not start trying to figure out which of these aliases are the real ones (if any at all), cause seriously I don't really care. Actually, attempting to find out would probably involve the need to talk to them which is not the easiest task to accomplish (I've tried). For what it's worth, I can't really tell if interviewing either one of them seems like a lot of fun or an outright pain in the ass, something you'd let your smug and complacent intern do in order to harass him.

So suffice it to restate that Hype Williams are "an enigma" (Dummy), "elusive" (Paul Lester, Guardian), mischievous (Fact) and "polluted and lascivious" (Pinglewood), let's get over this eventually and come to the music. In a recent review, The Wire's Joseph Stannard has descibed some of their music as "sweaty, slick and sexy in a slightly soiled and compromised fashion, like unfinished coitus", and that's more or less all it needs to grasp the phenomenon that is this duo. All obvious resemblances to contemporary American hypnagogists aside, Hype Williams' lo-fi and distinctly eclectic approach towards modern pop music is still very unique and among the most amazing stuff you'll come across this year. Their first, rather recently released but already sold out untitled 12 inch (Carnivals) assembles mesmerizing, 80s infused samples and blends them into awesome tunes driven by slowly captivating beats, resulting in an effort I'll simply don't grow tired of listening to. Even more startling is The Throning, the duo's dismantling and sick re-configuring of Sade's classic Sweetest Taboo into a piece that's at the same time laid-back and strangely unsettling, an absorbing and hypnotizing dub beat that will slowly intoxicate and eventually kill you while you lie there watching your own end in full consciousness. The tune has already been floating around for a while (you can stream it below) but has only now finally been put on wax, being the b side of Hype Willams' terrific new and strictly limited 7 inch Do Roids And Kill E'rything (white label). Highly recommended, you better be fast.

The duo has announced two upcoming releases, Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite And Start Gettin' Reel (12", Destijl Records, November 2010) and another untitled 12 inch, put out by Hippos In Tanks early next year (March, probably).

Last, though it is by no means guaranteed that the artists will actually show up in person, if you are in Berlin you have the opportunity to watch Hype Williams perform live, supporting Sun Araw at West Germany on October 26.

Untitled 12" (Carnivals, sold out)













Hype Williams - Untitled (A2)

Hype Williams - Untitled (B3, "Problem Chalice Pt 4")


Do Roids And Kill E'rything 7" (white label, edition of 500; order here or here)













http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F4218531&show_comments=false&auto_play=false&color=ff7700 hype williams - the throning by dennafrances

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I'm not really sure how to start a piece about Hype Williams. Considering all the others who have done write-ups already, there appears to be only one way: We don't know shit about this duo. So I'll simply enumerate the few facts that might be considered assured. Originally hailing from London, Hype Williams have recently relocated to Berlin. They call themselves Roy Blunt/Roy Nnawuchi and Inga Copeland/Karen Glass/Denna Frances Glass, and I will not start trying to figure out which of these aliases are the real ones (if any at all), cause seriously I don't really care. Actually, attempting to find out would probably involve the need to talk to them which is not the easiest task to accomplish (I've tried). For what it's worth, I can't really tell if interviewing either one of them seems like a lot of fun or an outright pain in the ass, something you'd let your smug and complacent intern do in order to harass him.

So suffice it to restate that Hype Williams are "an enigma" (Dummy), "elusive" (Paul Lester, Guardian), mischievous (Fact) and "polluted and lascivious" (Pinglewood), let's get over this eventually and come to the music. In a recent review, The Wire's Joseph Stannard has descibed some of their music as "sweaty, slick and sexy in a slightly soiled and compromised fashion, like unfinished coitus", and that's more or less all it needs to grasp the phenomenon that is this duo. All obvious resemblances to contemporary American hypnagogists aside, Hype Williams' lo-fi and distinctly eclectic approach towards modern pop music is still very unique and among the most amazing stuff you'll come across this year. Their first, rather recently released but already sold out untitled 12 inch (Carnivals) assembles mesmerizing, 80s infused samples and blends them into awesome tunes driven by slowly captivating beats, resulting in an effort I'll simply don't grow tired of listening to. Even more startling is The Throning, the duo's dismantling and sick re-configuring of Sade's classic Sweetest Taboo into a piece that's at the same time laid-back and strangely unsettling, an absorbing and hypnotizing dub beat that will slowly intoxicate and eventually kill you while you lie there watching your own end in full consciousness. The tune has already been floating around for a while (you can stream it below) but has only now finally been put on wax, being the b side of Hype Willams' terrific new and strictly limited 7 inch Do Roids And Kill E'rything (white label). Highly recommended, you better be fast.

The duo has announced two upcoming releases, Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite And Start Gettin' Reel (12", Destijl Records, November 2010) and another untitled 12 inch, put out by Hippos In Tanks early next year (March, probably).

Last, though it is by no means guaranteed that the artists will actually show up in person, if you are in Berlin you have the opportunity to watch Hype Williams perform live, supporting Sun Araw at West Germany on October 26.

Untitled 12" (Carnivals, sold out)













Hype Williams - Untitled (A2)

Hype Williams - Untitled (B3, "Problem Chalice Pt 4")


Do Roids And Kill E'rything 7" (white label, edition of 500; order here or here)













http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F4218531&show_comments=false&auto_play=false&color=ff7700 hype williams - the throning by dennafrances

If You Want It.

29 Sep 2010 — Henning Lahmann

Told you this Wednesday would start friendlier than Tuesday ended. Kick off your shoes, relax and head into TV Girl's splendid, sample-based indie pop that's gonna bring the sunshine back, wherever you are. A little Avalanches and a little surf blended into such a nice and easy summer breeze of a tune, If You Want It (You Got It) flows into your head and will remain stuck there all day, I promise. There's an EP coming up, so watch out for more pure joy of this fresh San Diego, California duo coming your way.

TV Girl - If You Want It (You Got It)

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Told you this Wednesday would start friendlier than Tuesday ended. Kick off your shoes, relax and head into TV Girl's splendid, sample-based indie pop that's gonna bring the sunshine back, wherever you are. A little Avalanches and a little surf blended into such a nice and easy summer breeze of a tune, If You Want It (You Got It) flows into your head and will remain stuck there all day, I promise. There's an EP coming up, so watch out for more pure joy of this fresh San Diego, California duo coming your way.

TV Girl - If You Want It (You Got It)

The Sad Song.

29 Sep 2010 — Henning Lahmann

Originally formed as a duo in New Zealand, Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott aka Metal Rouge have moved across the Pacific to relocate in Los Angeles and have since been joined by Caitlin Mitchell on drums. The Sad Song (666) is a terrific quarter hour masterpiece, by all means a challenging yet absolutely rewarding listen. The instrumental rises slowly and quietly into an outright thunderstorm of psychedelic noise, exploring the deep realms of sound while shattering the incidental listener's expectations more than once, though never leaving the path of a mathematically exact pattern to structure the band's experimental aspirations. I highly recommend you give it a try.

Metal Rouge - The Sad Song (666)

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Originally formed as a duo in New Zealand, Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott aka Metal Rouge have moved across the Pacific to relocate in Los Angeles and have since been joined by Caitlin Mitchell on drums. The Sad Song (666) is a terrific quarter hour masterpiece, by all means a challenging yet absolutely rewarding listen. The instrumental rises slowly and quietly into an outright thunderstorm of psychedelic noise, exploring the deep realms of sound while shattering the incidental listener's expectations more than once, though never leaving the path of a mathematically exact pattern to structure the band's experimental aspirations. I highly recommend you give it a try.

Metal Rouge - The Sad Song (666)