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Gathered Leaves - Ptolemaic Terrascope sampler - out now, only 200 on vinyl - Bevis Frond, Hood, Sharron Kraus, Damon & Naomi
|Hood||For A Moment, Lost||0:02:33|
|The Green Pajamas||Emma is Crying||0:05:59|
|Six Organs of Admittance||Lament for Summer||0:04:35|
|Broken Dog||Will There Be Drinks?||0:02:33|
|Total for side 1||0:23:14|
|Damon & Naomi with Kurihara||Eye of the Storm||0:05:01|
|The Bevis Frond||Silver||0:05:03|
|Total for side 2:||0:22:23|
On lovely coloured vinyl and only 200 copies. With Bevis Frond / Green Pajamas / Hood / Sharron Kraus / Damon & Naomi and others. (all prev. unreleased on vinyl) £19.99 inc p&p
Out now: Nick Piunti "Beyond The Static", one of the finest Powerpop albums ever released. Only 250 on vinyl here!
Challenged with following a highly acclaimed album, Nick Piunti didn't overthink the task. He just focused on writing the best songs of his life and trusting an incredible group of musicians to help execute his vision. Beyond The Static manages to be both a consummate power pop album and the distinct work of a seasoned recording artist. If you somehow combined the best qualities of Matthew Sweet, Tom Petty, and Paul Westerberg into one songwriter, Nick Piunti would be the guy. Beyond The Static is a superb effort from a music lifer at the very top of his game. If you're a power pop fan and have yet to discover all the amazing sounds currently coming out of Detroit, stop reading right now and start listening! £18.99 including postage anywhere! (by the way, if you scroll down this page you will find we do still have copies of his amazing "13 In My Head" album!
Out now: DOM MARIANI "HOMESPUN BLUES & GREENS" limited to only 300 copies on blue vinyl. Ex-STEMS, SOMELOVES & DM3
Having forged a career fronting Australian garage rock legends The Stems, as well as respected powerpop combos, The Someloves and DM3, who released 3 critically acclaimed albums throughout the '90s, Mariani used some well earned down time to put together a diverse collection of tracks capturing the influences and sounds which drove him to musical distraction on one long playing platter.
Much like the Someloves sole album "Something Or Other", which gained positive reviews worldwide for its melodic collection of well produced tunes, "Homespun Blues and Greens" follows a similar trajectory in that the songs were pieced together over a period of time utilising different musicians. Released with little fanfare or promotion at the time, it took a road trip in October 2003 from his home in Fremantle in Western Australia with friend and co-writerJeff Baker to Mitch Easter's (R.E.M., Let's Active, Velvet Crush) Fidelitorium Studio in Kernesville, North Carolina to see the album take its final shape.
Referred to as Dom’s lost album, ‘Homespun Blues and Greens’ is a fine collection of songs dealing with personal themes set to a soundtrack of pure power pop melody, sizzling guitars and pop dripping vocals.
It would also be Dom’s last real pop album as he went on to explore other musical genres. We have worked hard on getting this album out on vinyl for over a year now and are incredibly pleased and proud to be working with a legend such as Dom Mariani is! Only 300 copies on blue vinyl - £19.99 including worldwide postage
|THE JUNIPERS - RED BOUQUET FAIR LP|
THE GREEN PAJAMAS - IF YOU KNEW WHAT I DREAMED LP
8x8 - AZALEA'S ROOM LP
PUGWASH - ALMOND TEA LP
Continuing their quest for Psych-Pop perfection, Sugarbush Records return with another quartet of excellent releases that will have you smiling as you groove through your day.
First up the delightful melodic sweetness of The Junipers, whose latest album mixes Beatle-esque harmonies with a warm production and a box full of melodies that drift around you like the scent of a summer meadow. All this is beautifully summed up on ‘Follow Loretta’ a truly beautiful song and an early highlight on this collection. Keeping up the Beatles comparison, ‘Dig Me Up’ is classic UK Psychedelia with plenty of energy, whilst ‘Here Come The Winds’ rounds of side one with a flurry of sitar and a gently swaying heart. Over on side two, ‘Like A Merry Go Round’ has some wonderful strings (possibly a mellotron) and warm chiming guitar, whilst ‘Summer Queen’ has a Beach Boys vibe as it shimmers across the room, the whole collection rounded off perfectly by ‘Say Goodbye’ another glorious slice of melodic Psych that captures your ear. Over 12 songs this album never puts a foot wrong, gonna be a summer favourite methinks.
It is well known that the Terrascope has had a long time love for The Green Pajamas and this release can only deepen this love as it contains live in the studio versions of some of their finest moments plus a couple of new songs. With a bright production, the live feel comes shining through, the band displaying plenty of energy right from the start as ‘Claire's Knee’ kicks things off in style, everyone in fine form and ready to rock. Equally good is ‘I Wait By The River’ the tune propelled by a sweetly grooving guitar and augmented by a Theremin or so it seems. With some lovely guitar throughout ‘Jackie’ is another classic tune that epitomises all that is good about the band, whilst ‘Emma Is Crying’ is a slow and beautiful tune laced with nostalgia. Over on side two the fun continues with the title track having some great lyrics and a Power Pop vibe, whilst a stripped down version of ‘Panda’ originally from the brilliant ‘Coffee In Nepal’ is achingly lovely and had to be played twice. This release offers further evidence of the song writing genius of Jeff Kelly and the power of The Green Pajamas, why they are not more well known and loved is a complete mystery to me, maybe we all like it that way.
After the gentle string filled introduction of ‘Ice Wings’ things get much stranger as the title track from 8x8's latest release takes up deep into its psychedelic heart although the melody remains intact, shining out through the lysergic swirl, the tune a future classic. Softer in texture, ‘Laws Of Attraction’ mixes string and acoustic guitar sounding like a lost Moody Blues tune with Beatle harmonies, however it sounds it is another classic that demand attention. Adding a crisp modern production I was expecting ‘I'm A Werewolf, Baby’ to be a garage snarl, instead we get a soaring slice of piano led loveliness that remind me of XTC or 10cc. Ramping up the guitars a bit more, ‘The Tie In’ is a step closer to that garage snarl, although strings and melody soften the effect, the energy remains though. Sounding like a long lost track from those Rubbles compilations, ‘Dr Winklers Hands’ has Harpsichord and a glorious middle eight, whilst ‘Azalea's Dream’ has some dirty guitar lines and an epic feel as it reaches for the stars completing a fantastic voyage to planet Psych Pop. Pressed on red vinyl and with a striking cover this is yet another excellent release from Sugarbush.
Originally released in 1999, ‘Almond Tea’ by Pugwash (not the former drummer of the Man band...) is brimming with sweet melody, the tunes reminding me of ELO mixed with Radiohead, whilst some of the melodies suggest that time when Oasis wrote good songs that crawled under your skin. Opening with ‘Missing The Point’ the listener is immediately drawn into Pugwash's world and you find yourself drumming along to the tune whilst second guessing the lyrics (or maybe that is just me), the song having plenty of energy and a powerful production that allows it to soar from the speakers. Absolutely beautiful, ‘Finer Things In Life’ sounds like a Radiohead ballad, the lyrics catching hold of your heart as the music drift around them with a gentle jangle. With a lovely shuffle ‘Shine On Norvell Jefferson’ could have come straight from the White Album, the McCartney version, whilst ‘Two Wrongs’ could be a lost Brit Pop anthem its swagger tempered by the lovely ‘Getting Me Down Again’, the perfect end to side one. Throughout the album it is the song that is important and you can easily make comparisons, however the whole collection is a lesson in the art of melody and dynamics, the flow of the album perfectly judged with the melancholy beauty of ‘Always Be’ paired with the acoustic strum of ‘Could It Be The Same’ side two slowly getting louder until ‘Obvious’ releases the energy that was building, more Lennon than McCartney and definitely Psychedelic with phased guitar and plenty of attitude. Finally, ‘ Nonsense’ leads us out sounding like (pointless comparison time) like Dodgy covering a lost UK Psych tune, a great tune however your ears hear it completing another great album from Sugarbush, something I seem to be repeating in this review.
With a distinctive style and sound this label continues to come up with the goods and I will raise a glass to that. (Simon Lewis)
THE CAROUSELS - "LOVE CHANGES LIKE THE SEASONS" (SUGARBUSH SB012) new pressing on GREEN VINYL, only 125 pressed!
GREEN PAJAMAS - "IF YOU KNEW WHAT I DREAMED" (SUGARBUSH SB022), limited to 300 copies only on translucent green vinyl. Buy it here!
An amazing album that is finally out on vinyl. This was previously released as a download only album with live-in-the-studio versions of songs from Kelly's solo albums as well as a few of the band's oldies and two new songs. The sound quality is incredible and this pressing sounds particularly dynamic. The stripped-down production, always incredibly powerful, emphasizes the power of Kelly's melodies, making this an album of understated beauty and an absolutely essential addition to our catalogue.
In short, this is a highly collectable and much loved band and we have no reason to assume this very limited pressing will also sell out in a short time. Musically, it is brilliant, a fantastic slice of 60s-tinged English Psychedelic Pop. Although only just released it has "classic" written all over it and will in time be seen and heard as one of the finest British Guitar Psych/Pop albums of all time.SOLD OUT.
SOME NEW REVIEWS from the wonderful PTOLEMAIC TERRASCOPE website! Duncan Maitland, Dowling Poole & Orgone Box
SOME NEW REVIEWS from the wonderful PTOLEMAIC TERRASCOPE website!
8by8 "AZALEAS ROOM" (SUGARBUSH RECORDS SB020) is out now on vinyl - only 300 copies, red vinyl. Free worldwide postage
SUGARBUSH LABEL NEWS & VIEWS, 10TH MARCH 2016.
I am very much looking forward to Willie Dowling of the amazing DOWLING POOLE coming to visit next week. The pressing on vinyl of the new DOWLING POOLE album should be arriving today and Willie is swinging by here in Kent on his way from France to London. He is a tremendous fellow, hugely talented as you all know, and an engaging talker and although our meetings are generally over far too soon it is always a blast to see him. The new album ONE HYDE PARK is on general release in the first week of April this year and my label SUGARBUSH is lucky enough to have been asked to release the vinyl edition once again.
This is limited to only 300 copies, which seems insane as an album should, and in the past would have, be selling thousands of copies. But such is the new age of vinyl, while we hear of a vinyl revival in reality the numbers shifted these days are very low. This does not detract from the fact that some incredible music is being made all the time and around the globe. But, despite all the hype, vinyl is a tiny fraction of the overall numbers of albums sold. Maybe people these days don't, on the whole, have the time to sit and listen to an album. I find the physical aspect of placing the vinyl on the deck after removing from the sleeve an integral part of the listening process, but I and possibly you, are now in a minority. Personally I don't really mind selling 300-500 copies of any album I release but for the artists it would be nice if they could count on bigger sales and therefore more money and exposure. But it is as it is.
Another great find in recent time is LANE STEINBERG, whose 8by8 album "AZALEA'S ROOM" I am releasing in a few weeks. This was an entirely lucky find. I was digging around in my stash of 80s singles a while back and found one I could not remember ever playing. It was by a USA band - WALL OF ORCHIDS - from the late 80s. I played it and it turned out to be a Pop classic of the highest order. Reading the credits on the back cover, the name LANE STEINBERG jumped out and it became clear that he alone was the talent behind this great 7" record. My idea at that moment was to find him via the internet and to ask him if he had any other music in the vaults. So, find him I did in minutes and within a hour or so had played a batch of WALL OF ORCHIDS songs. I had also emailed him and lo and behold he replied the same day! We hatched a plan to issue a retrospective of the WALL OF ORCHIDS recordings. However, he mentioned a current new project, 8by8, which at that point I had filed in mind as a "must listen to at some point" project and put it aside for a while. When I did finally get to listen to the 8by8 albums online I was pretty impressed. So much so that the WALL OF ORCHIDS album was put on hold and we agreed to issue the 8by8 album first. Mainly, because it was so good but also it is where Lane's energies are at the moment. So in a few months you may be one of the lucky 300 or so people who have a chance of owning this great album. With its layers of harmonies and intricate songs it is almost like a BEACH BOYS album for the 21st Century. While retaining a strong 1960s as well as 1980s feel the ideas and music are very much in the now while all the time retaining the sense of melody and arrangement that I like so much and that my releases are geared towards.
5 weeks ago I bumped into THE JUNIPERS' Pete Gough at a London record Fair. it was there that he confirmed the new JUNIPERS album RED BOUQUET FAIR was finally finished and that I would be hearing the album within the week. The boys were true to their word and sent the album over and it is - inevitably - incredible, clever, deep, heartfelt and as good if not better than their legendary PAINT THE GROUND album (currently enjoying good sales on our 2nd pressing). I love this band and the lads who are THE JUNIPERS are a great bunch and very accomplished musicians and writers. The album should set the world on fire but of course it will be only those "in the know" who will get to hear about it while leaving the rest to wallow in the likes of Justin Bieber et al. But that's how it blows. In time, however, as the cream slowly rises to the top you will be the proud owner of what will be considered one of the best even English Psych/pop albums.
The Junipers connection also finally made the great PUGWASH come our way, with an offer to release the ALMOND TEA album on vinyl. I of course jumped at the chance and hopefully the record should be with us within months now. The test pressing sounds amazing and the whole project is a pleasure to be involved with. Well, that is it for this time. Cheers Markus Holler
Rick Corcoran, one man Pop legend, returns to SUGARBUSH RECORDS with a fantastic album of vintage 4 track demos from the early 90's. With many previously unreleased and rare tracks classic this LO-FI LP nevertheless sounds like a lost gem from the late 60's. Guitars jangle and phase, vocals and harmonies flange in and out of range and the songs are some of the best the great man ever wrote. When I say "lo-fi" I am being disingenious actually, the sound (considering the limitations of the 4-track cassette medium) is actually superb, if a little closer to the mid-range than most modern recordings. If you liked his CENTAUR album (now deleted and sold out) you will love this 11 tracks of amazing Pop Confectionary valiantly produced on a vintage 4-track cassette recorder, lo-fi or not - this is Pop Heaven! This is very limited on vinyl and will not be repressed. Get it while you can! Only a few copies left:
1. bastard angel two
2. in the right hands
3. hello wonderland
5. the audition
6. just like a woman should be
2. my reply
4.last ride on the jets
5.hard for me
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