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Album of the Day: White Hills – Glitter Glamour Atrocity

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Originally released in 2007, White Hills second album Glitter Glamour Atrocity was a limited release affair of about 500 copies and has long since become something of a collectors item for fans. It is with fortuitous timing and a capitalisation on the current cult success of the band that they finally get round to remastering it and releasing it properly. And let’s be thankful for that because as it stands, this is an album which really deserves a wider audience and now we can bask in the full glory of one of their more overtly political works.

White Hills - GGA

Straddling the music of Heads on Fire and Abstractions & Mutations (the songs all originate from the same sessions), there is a much rawer feel about these tracks and the message being delivered is one loud and clear. This is music from a band who were right at the centre of the horrific attacks on 9/11 and felt the full impact of the Bush administration for what it was. Strange then that this message still feels highly relevant, like nothing much has really changed. More of a warning than a threat now, it’s all the more powerful for it given recent world events.

So how about the music? Well, after a subdued intro from Air Waves we are thrust straight into the tumultuous garage rock of Under Skin Or By Name, a song which has formed a staple part of the live set since first release and has taken a life of it’s own with its inclusion in Jim JarmuschOnly Lovers Left Alive. Here it sounds like the fires of hell are burning and the threat of attack is imminent. It’s The Stooges for the 21st Century and threatens to implode at any moment.

Respite is offered as White Hills then take their time to explore more inner sounds as they encapsulate a more spacier feeling than before. The dull throb of Spirit of Exile is one of the best songs here and strips there sound right back to the bare minimum with a paean to free thinking and free speech being trod on by heavier forces. White Hills have never come so near to making a song so bluntly political, apart from maybe later on in this album.

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Album of the Day: Oozing Wound – Retrash

Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Echoes And Dust: Are you a fellow with a lot of hair on your head and / or face? Do the following things make your heavy heart lift with joy: mosh-pits, fast drums, devil horns, Jägermeister, Metalocalypse, fuzzy bunnies, rainbows? If the answer is a cookie-monster-growled “Y[örrrrrrrrr]ES” […]

Album of the Day: White Hills – So You Are…So You’ll Be

Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Soundblab: White Hills have been on a seemingly never-ending roll for the last few years, releasing album-after-album of explosive modern psychedelia. 2011s HP-1 was a sprawling, monolithic masterpiece, while last year’s Frying on This Rock was a technicolour blast of motorik beats and driving psych-rock. So You […]

Album of the Day: Kandodo – k2o

Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The 405 Reviews: Raised in the warm heart of Africa, Bristolian Simon Price – famous for being the guitarist of psych titans, The Heads – is set to release his second full-length effort under his kandodo sobriquet (named after an 80s Malawian supermarket). He regards his instrumental sounds […]

Kandodo Premieres New Video

Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Here’s July 28th taken from k2o, the second Kandodo album, which will be out on 19 August via Thrill Jockey. Named after a Malawian supermarket from the 1980′s, a rival to the mighty ptc but more of the people, Kandodo is Simon Price of The Heads.

Album of the Day: Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me

Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: Who will lay claim to You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me, the second proper album from Chicago sound art project Wrekmeister Harmonies? During its sole, 38-minute track, the dozen-member ensemble led by J.R. Robinson builds from asymptotic silence into space-age electroacoustic drone, and from browbeating […]

Album of the day: Barn Owl – V

Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Barn Owl, have, over the process of a few albums, mutated from an organically spiritual drone machine, beloved of more contemplative weedians, into something which could be called ‘dark ambient’ although that label might be fraught with associations of formless, pointless background music. For […]

Album of the day: Arbouretum – Coming Out of the Fog

Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Dusted Magazine: Dave Heumann’s Arbouretum is arguably the best of the millennial classic rock bands, a guitar-fuzzed powerhouse that follows Neil Young’s trampled trail, bending folk and country into surreal shapes through the sheer force of volume and distortion. Coming Out of the Fog is Arbouretum’s fifth […]

Album of the day: Eternal Tapestry – A World Out Of Time

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Praise for Eternal Tapestry‘s A World Out Of Time from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We may have mentioned it before, but it seems like Thrill Jockey is quickly establishing itself as an indie powerhouse. Not that they weren’t already, but recently, they’ve been taking on band after amazing band, loads of […]

Album of the day: Evan Caminiti – Dreamless Sleep

Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from BBC Music: As slow-motion psych maestros Barn Owl, San Franciscans Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras craft sounds akin to a Martian spaghetti western, noxious vapours snaking alien-like around desolate desert twangs. Vibes are generally ominous, recalling the doom-laden Americana of the increasingly Ennio Morricone-obsessed Earth, or even […]

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