Random Reviews

Qluster - Haste Tone (Bureau B, from the album Fragen)

From Hans-Joachim Roedelius, who (along with Dieter Moebius and others) brought you Kluster, Cluster and Harmonia, and sound installationist Onnen Bock. Meditative, swelling synths ebb and flo like the tide, punctuated by discreet bells and obscure gurglings, until a beautiful piano and flute duo sails into view. Sublime stuff from a master.

QLUSTER - LIVE PREVIEW 2011 from luma launisch on Vimeo.

Cashier No. 9 - Lost at sea (Bella Union, from the album To the death of fun)

An uplifting wall of 60's sound, with a melancholy vocal in the middle and a lonesome harmonica in the wings, from the Belfast band's David Holmes-produced debut album. Tympani and castanets make up the intriguing supporting cast. There's the glorious whiff of the Brill building about the songwriting too.

And here's the equally great first single from the album, Goldstar, sounding a shade like The Stone Roses taken in hand by Lee Hazlewood.

Playing at the Marquee, Cork, July 1, w/ Bell XI

North Sea Radio Orchestra - I a moon (The Household Mark)

Fantastic medieval pop music for the laptop age, from Craig Fortnam and friends. Say no more, you have to hear this.

*Here's a live recording of NSRO from 2009 at Union Chapel.

North Sea Radio Orchestra - Bagpuss Medley (live) by Arctic Circle Radio

Rozi Plain - Humans (Need No Water Records, single)

Itchy guitar with rolling drums and deceptively cosy female vocals on top. Great stuff from the Bristolian.

*There's also handclapping and cooing on the B-side, End can come, which is always good.

Rozi Plain - Humans by neednowater

The Doomed Bird of Providence - The Fedicia Exine Remixes (Front & Follow)

Essential companion piece to the current Doomed Bird album, Will ever pray, on the same label. I'm becoming increasingly obsessed by the Zoon van snooK mix, a mash-up of guitar and fiddle parts from the original fed through a musique concrete blender with, according to Mr Snook, "added synth revelry". Class.

Fedicia Exine (Zoon van snooK mix) by frontandfollow

John Stammers - John Stammers EP (Wonderful Sound)

Wonderful treatment of The fridge, one of the standout songs from Stammers' self-titled debut earlier in the year, with full band arrangement, including gorgeous steel guitar. Comes with two other remixes of album tracks by labelmates Colorama and The Kramford Look, both as sunny and hazy as each other.


John Stammers - Idle I'm (Colorama Coloured In Remix) by seekmagic


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