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RATTLE RELEASE

29 May 2016

On August 5th we’ll be releasing Nottingham drum/voice duo Rattle’s self-titled debut album. In collaboration with our friends at I Own You, the beautifully minimal and hypnotic suite of songs will be appearing on LP (including some limited number on transparent vinyl), CD and digitally, pre-order here. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley, Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Rattle are at once magnetic, monastic and danceable, but don’t take our word for it, check out the first track from the album, ‘Stringer Bell’ now!

VEXX - 'WILD HUNT'

20 May 2016

We are very excited to announce this new record from VEXX, entitled 'Wild Hunt' the LP will be potently chasing all throughout the sky this Autumn! Our pre-order link is up for 'Wild Hunt' now on LP and CD. Showcasing the band utterly consumed in the moment, these six tracks blaze with giddy abandon, raging mere heartbeats away from oblivion.

CHRIS COHEN & COLIN SELF SHOWS

12 May 2016

Very happy to confirm two new shows this morning for Chris Cohen and Colin Self, both shows look set to be brilliant, look out below for the full listing and check our blog for more details and videos!

TERRY HQ OPENS FOR BUSINESS

1 May 2016

TERRY have an album ready, entitled 'Terry HQ', and we're ecstatic to announce its release on July 1st. It collects together ten of the greatest misshapen glam pop tunes Melbourne, Australia has to offer. You can pre-order 'Terry HQ' from our webshop now, whilst you can listen here to the first track, 'Don't Say Sorry', Siri, is death an illusion?

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EARTHEATER

GABRIEL SALOMAN

COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER

Saturday 25 June

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
7:30pm | £9 | Buy tickets

EARTHEATER is Alexandra Drewchin, a New York based musician and artist who seeks on a daily basis to upgrade her mental software. Also known for her shamanic performances fronting Guardian Alien, Eartheater is Drewchin’s unshackled solo vessel, a deliberate distillation of voice, synths, guitar, and electronic production techniques into short-form compositions teeming with crystalline details. At any given moment, an Eartheater composition reads somewhere between a folk song, a musique concrète collage, and a filmic suite fit to soundtrack a cosmic montage that only she can imagine in full detail. Her intricate ballad arrangements rise from standing pools of hi-fidelity synthesis, while her dynamic vocal performances span an untold number of tactics and tonalities. Drewchin builds layered electronic productions possessed of enough detail to constitute stand-alone worlds, each weighted thick with text and texture. October 2015 saw the release of her second album in the same year on Hausu Mountain, ‘RIP Chrysalis’.

GABRIEL SALOMAN is a Vancouver based musician and artist who has been performing experimental, conceptual and freely improvised music for over 15 years. He is best known for his work as half of Yellow Swans and currently composes and performs solo as GMS and Sade Sade. His music investigates temporal abstractions, conceptual sound and gestural noise. There is a parallel concern with sound art as both liberating practice and praxis. In recent performances and recordings Saloman’s music has been composed of percussion, tapes, mixer-feedback, guitar, keyboards, piano and voice. In particular Saloman has explored the use of found sound, field recordings, percussion and processed blank cassettes.

COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER has always been an enigmatic project, marching to the beat of its own tribal drum and operating on the fringes of an already fringe scene—one that finds comfort in sweeping drones, stirring neofolk, field recordings, and pastoral near-silence. This endeavor (the collective effort of Rob Risk, Blaine Todd, and Andrew Weathers) bends noise and feedback to his will, smoothing out harsh edges into something soothing, gentle, and quite lovely; nature infuses every note and every pause, and that the project's latest album, ‘Unhuulda’, has a heavy environmental focus and its five movements sound like a dark forest evening is no coincidence. ‘Unhuulda’ is the latest offering from Common Eider King Eider's own imprint, Caribou People. It comes with a handmade book of poetry, printed with metallic gold ink on blood red 100% recycled paper.

SONIC BOOM

HAPPY MEALS

Saturday 9 July

OSLO

1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL | Map
6:30pm - 10pm | £10 | Buy tickets

SONIC BOOM is the alias on Pete Kember, who since the early 1980’s has been exploring his unique vision of music and sound through different outputs, working with some crucial musicians (Eddie Prévost, Kevin Shields, Delia Derbyshire, Stereolab, just to name a few) and, mostly in the last few years, applying his touch to amazing pop/rock records from MGMT (“Congratulations”) to Panda Bear (“Tomboy”). His career started in 1983 with Spacemen 3 alongside Jason Pierce, a band that helped define space-rock, shoegaze and drone-rock, recording albums that influenced an incalculable amount of bands up to the present day (and going). American Primitive music, Brian Wilson, Suicide, kraut rock, the British rave scene (the Kember half of “Recurring”) were decisive pieces of artistic information in what regards the band’s sound and Kember was the man behind some of the most iconic songs of the unit, like “Suicide”, “Losing Touch With My Mind” or “Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)”. When they disbanded, Pete Kember started new projects that he's kept progressing in to this day. Spectrum, which is a continuation of the more rock-based work he did in Spacemen 3, and E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research), as the names suggests, is his vehicle for working in more abstract domains, making beautiful and mindblowing mostly-synth-based pieces. In the last two decades he’s also played and collaborated outside of his monikers with a number of artists, including Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine (during their reformation tour in 2009), Britta Philips & Dean Wareham and Sun Araw and most recently worked on Peaking Lights’s remix album (“Lucifer In Dub”). For this show Pete will perform as a duo with guitarist Jason Holt to bring the Sonic Boom hurtling through our ears.

HAPPY MEALS make sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, debut album ’Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the nine minute celestial sashay of 'Crystal Salutation' through the chiming boogie of 'Altered Images' to the blown-out dub-pop of 'The Age Of Love', and the Balearic acid of 'Le Voyage’. Brand new EP, ‘Fruit Juice’ sees Happy Meals sharpened and expanded, taking their tender experimental beginnings and unabashed pop moments into undiscovered realms glowing with possibility, check it out now through Night School Records.

PROTOMARTYR

THE PHEROMOANS

Thursday 14 July

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB | Map
7:30pm | £12.50 | Buy tickets

PROTOMARTYR play a taut, austere rock that's been incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed occasionally by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn't the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges' greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is "stuck between the cracks." If that's the case, though, they aren't alone. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates (guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson) the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's excellent new LP on Hardly Art, 'The Agent Intellect'.

THE PHEROMOANS are a six-piece experimental rock band from the South East of England who deal in a deadpan DIY music. Married to the mundane yet surreal reportage of our lives, their music manages to address the truly restless boredom and absurdity of everyday life. The Pheromoans write songs for the end of the queue, songs that prowl the periphery, songs that stand up on the bus and stare out through the window, blasted through with brilliant sprawling sunshine. Over the last nine years the band have released a slew of records, including numerous EPs, 7"s, mini-albums and LPs through labels as diverse as Night People, Convulsive, Sweet Rot, Monofonus Press, Clan Destine and Upset The Rhythm. These recordings largely focused on a ramshackle, wayward rock ethic, underpinned by lyricist Russell Walker's dry, observational musings that tread an almost diary-like path throughout the songs. Brand new album ‘I’m On Nights’ was just released through Alter and features the band stalking into a world of drum machine clicks, spaced-out keyboard ditties and ennui-soaked rhymes.

DANIEL WAKEFORD

DOG CHOCOLATE

2DECKS

In collaboration with Constant Flux

Saturday 23 July

DIY Space for London

96-101 Ormside Street, South Bermondsey, SE15 1TF | Map
7:30pm | £6 | Buy tickets

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THE OBLIVIANS

DEAF WISH

Wednesday 27 July

Tufnell Park Dome

178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ | Map
7:30pm | £16 | Buy tickets

HEATHER LEIGH

ASIQ NARGILE

Thursday 4 August

The Forge

3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL | Map
7pm | £10 | Buy tickets

HEATHER LEIGH is the daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas and now residing in Scotland. Heather travels the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions. In late 2015, Heather Leigh released her first proper studio album, I Abused Animal on Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg’s Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego labels to widespread acclaim. Renowned as a fearless free improviser, I Abused Animal is a breakthrough work showcasing Leigh’s songwriting prowess, foregrounding her stunning voice and her innovations for the pedal steel guitar. Warmly recorded in a secret location in the English countryside, the album transmutes the power of her captivating live performances to a studio setting, capturing her tactile playing in full clarity while making devastating use of volume and space. Heather Leigh explores themes of abuse, sexual instinct, vulnerability, memory, shadow, fantasy, cruelty and projection across the album’s psychedelic hymnals. At times the intimacy of the recordings makes you feel like she’s singing directly into your ear, playing just for you.

ASIQ NARGILE aka Nargile Mehtiyeva was born in Tbilisi and is now based in the Borcali region of Southern Georgia. She has been playing saz (long-neck lute) and singing since the age of 15. Fluent in Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Russian, Nargile represents the cosmopolitan heritage of old Tbilisi, a city once known as a meeting point for multilingual aşıq bards who would travel through the region serving as conduits for news, ideas, music and culture. A powerful solo performer, her vocal recital of epic folk poetry is by turns ecstatic and deeply expressive, and is interspersed with bursts of virtuosic, highly ornamented saz. Equally comfortable performing moving laments or upbeat folk dances, Nargile is currently the only female aşıq living and performing in the ethnic Azeri region of Georgia, and has been teaching the art to new generations. Thanks to the efforts of The Sayat Nova Project,  a non-profit group aiming to help preserve and promote the diverse musical dialects of the Caucasus, European audiences can now experience the elusive, hypnotic beauty of Nargile’s music for themselves. A recording of her live performance at Cafe OTO will be released soon, following on from a successful UK tour with kindred folk channeller Richard Dawson.

CHRIS COHEN

Monday 5 September

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8pm | £8 | Buy tickets

CHRIS COHEN is a native of Los Angeles currently residing in the farmlands of Vermont. He is the child of a former music business executive and a former Broadway actress. His resumé of prior musical projects is a long one: as a contributing member of The Curtains, Cryptacize, Deerhoof, and Natural Dreamers, he released 10 full-length albums between 2002 and 2008. Along the way, Cohen was also a touring player with White Magic, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti and Danielson, among others, for stints both short and long. All of this culminated in his first release under his own name, and his first for Captured Tracks, 'Overgrown Path'. A singing drummer who writes psychedelic pop music, Cohen also records his own bass, Casio MT65, piano, and guitar. Tracks like “Caller No. 99″ and “Monad” follow idiosyncratic forms, but are still melodic in an unconventional and homegrown way – like the best of Robert Wyatt, Mayo Thompson, Syd Barrett, and Jerry Garcia. 'Overgrown Path' unfolded its delicate and unexpected arrangements around Cohen’s relaxed baritone, unhurriedly revealing the detailed world wrapped up in each song. ‘As If Apart’, the long-awaited sequel to Chris Cohen’s 2012 soft psych garden of unearthly alter-pop, follows on from its predecessor with another bittersweet ensemble of dreamy, complex songs. Pushing the idiosyncrasies of Cohen's melodic and rhythmic approach into even more fractured, shifting spaces, ‘As if Apart’ unsettles lazy pop conventions, upending jaded heads and hearts with an expansive, moody psychedelia.

KATE CARR

THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY

DJ NICK LUSCOMBE

In collaboration with Caught by the River

Thursday 22 September

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8pm | £7 | Buy tickets

KATE CARR has been investigating the intersections between sound, place, and emotionality both as an artist and a curator since 2010. Her work has taken her from the Arctic circle to the borderlands of South Africa, with stops in rural Thailand, fishing villages in Iceland, and rainforests in Mexico, along with extensive explorations of western Europe, Ireland and the British Isles. Her music is an eerie symphony of cracking power lines, cries of water birds and the high pitched wine of nuclear towers, Carr’s recordings trace the temporary wetlands of Marnay-sur-Seine, situated alongside a large nuclear power plant, just after the flooding of the river. New album, ’I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring’ came to fruition last year, when Carr spent a month alone in Marnay, a small town of about 200 people in the champagne district of France, about 120 kilometres east of Paris. The surrounding woodlands provided an astonishing landscape to explore. Full of mud, water, rusting machinery, old boats, logs, and birds, it is a place Carr refers to as “spectacular, eerie and ugly”. In the spring, many of the roads into the town were closed, having been flooded with water up to about chest height and the many dirt tracks through the forest were transformed into fast flowing streams. Determined to document each surrounding sound, Carr procured a rusty bike and spent time slipping, sliding, falling and wading through bogs, ponds, surging streams and flooded fields. “These muddy marshes filled with buzzing electrical towers, corroded machinery, shrieking birds and canals feeding a nuclear complex were like nothing I had ever seen,” she notes. “Water has inundated our language. There is a watery word which can adequately serve for almost every emotional state we can imagine. The happy tinkle of a mountain stream, the drama of stormy seas, murky depths, and turbulent rivers. Water is unknowable and uncontainable – it floods and overflows, forms whirlpools and eddies. It surges, and runs away. Water leaves us to drown, float, sink or swim. It cleanses and redeems; it stagnates and threatens.” ‘I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring’ is released on 26th August via Caught by the River’s Rivertones label. You can pre-order the album now here

THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY collects the sounds of everyday public life throughout London and compiles past accounts to show how the sound environment has changed. The idea for the London Sound Survey formed while Ian Rawes was working as a storeman in the British Library Sound Archive. Older members of staff still referred to their workplace by its former title, the National Sound Archive, so the website's name was a hybrid of that and A Survey of London, the book written by John Stow in 1598. The historical aspects of sound can be as interesting as its present-day manifestations, sometimes more so. Ian made his first London recordings in April 2008 and the site went online just over a year later. Since then it's grown from about 200 recordings to 2,000 and progressed from a hobby almost to a full-time project. Alongside his own efforts he’s been pleased to feature work by Richard Beard, Andre Louis, Stuart Fisher, Felicity Ford, Jonathan Prior and others. Ian gives regular historical talks under the general title of London's Lost Worlds of Sound, presenting and discussing some of the archival recordings featured in the London Sound Survey, whilst certain recordings have also been featured on BBC Radio London, World Service, Resonance FM, and BBC1 London news. Sounds from the site have also been used on Radio 4 and in audiobooks released by BBC Worldwide.

DJ NICK LUSCOMBE is a British radio DJ, having presented various self-selected new music shows since 1999 for the likes of XFM, BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM and BBC World service. His hugely engaging Flowmotion radio show has been broadcast every week on FM radio since 2000. He has also presented BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction since 2010 too.

STEPHEN STEINBRINK

Tuesday 4 October

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7:30pm | £7.50 | Buy tickets

STEPHEN STEINBRINK is a 27 year old songwriter and recording engineer born and raised in the arid desert of Arizona and currently floating around the western USA, dividing his time between the green spaces around Olympia, Washington and the concrete flats of Oakland, California. After more than ten years of touring and secluded home recording, Stephen Steinbrink has cataloged several albums worth of gorgeous melody, quotidian dread and desert blight in his stark, minimal pop. Yet the songs on his latest record Anagrams (Melodic Records), beautiful yet unflinching portraits of addiction and mental illness are captured in his most meticulous and high-fidelity production to date. While one might expect the record to be a final destination, a tidy hi-res culmination of all this journeying, the album's particularly varied styles and sincere lyrical uncertainty portray a search that still continues. Truly engaged with the unintelligible and absurd, Steinbrink is more cultural observer than 21st century busker with his intelligently cool left-of-centre approach to a sincere melody, using pop tropes to convey something deeper. At the same time, it’s his lyrics that mark Steinbrink out as a true punk minstrel trying to how to figure out how to be a person in the world.

UPSILON ACRUX

GUAPO

Friday 7 October

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
7:30pm | £7.50 | Buy tickets

MARISA ANDERSON

LAURA CANNELL

In collaboration with Caught by the River

Tuesday 25 October

The Forge

3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL | Map
7pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

UPCOMING RELEASES

RATTLE

'Rattle'

UTR082 | CD/LP | Pre-order

VEXX

'Wild Hunt'

UTR086 | CD/LP | Pre-order

TERRY

'TERRY HQ'

UTR084 | CD/LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

DEERHOOF

'The Magic'

UTR085 | CD/LP | Pre-order

THE WORLD

'Managerial Material' EP

UTR080 | 7" | Buy

DOG CHOCOLATE

'Snack Fans'

UTR077 | LP | Buy

BAMBOO

'Hexagonal / Diamond Springs'

UTR083 | Digital single | Buy

BAMBOO

'Be Brothers'

UTR081 | Digital single | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH

'The Bridge'

UTR079 | 7" | Buy

THE WHARVES

'Naz / My Will'

UTR078 | 7" | Buy

NORMIL HAWAIIANS

'Return Of The Ranters'

UTR076 | CD / LP | Buy

BAMBOO

'Prince Pansori Priestess'

UTR075 | LP | Buy

TERRY

'Talk About Terry'

UTR074 | 7" | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH / MONOTONY

'Split'

UTR073 | 7" | Buy

PEGA MONSTRO

'Alfarroba'

UTR072 | CD / LP | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH

'Distractions'

UTR071 | CD / LP | Buy

WETDOG

'Divine Times'

UTR070 | CD / LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Buy

VEXX

'Vexx'

UTR068 | CD / LP | Buy