These are the Lps we have in stock (the drop down menu above will give you these options), with a few reviews by Strange Brew Blog's Jason Barnard:
- The Honey Pot - Inside The Whale (LP)
- Mark & The Clouds - Blue Skies Opening (LP)
- Tír na nÓg - Live at The Half Moon (LP,)
- Mordecai Smyth - Sticky Tape & Rust (LP)
- Will Z. - New Start (LP)
Opener Jain Devotion is a melodic, languid delight accented by flute and synth with gentle lyrics. ‘Namo’ comes straight out of the Mike Oldfield, Tubular-Ommadawn playbook but feels new rather than a retread of previous work.
‘Greek Loop’ is in turns beautiful and eerie. The final sections of ‘Jain Devotion’ rounds off the album fittingly adding some electric guitar flourishes.
So given my tastes if you have even a passing interest in the proggier side of things, this is definitely worth exploring.
- Octopus Syng - Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt (LP)
- Beautify Junkyards - The Beast Shouted Love (LP)
- Crystal Jacqueline - Rainflower (LP)
This modern take on 60s/70s influences works well throughout and Jacqueline’s voice consistently enchants the listener. Highlights include the acid-folk tinged ‘Winter Deep / Dress of Winter Lace’ recalling a Gathering The Mushrooms outtake, ‘Daisy Chain’, a war tinged ‘Dandelion Seeds’ plus the sultry psych of ‘Strange Bloom’. The album’s title track ‘Rainflower’ is a memorable acoustic number recalling Nick Drake, with the moody closer ‘Again… Dragonfly’ providing a fitting climax.
Rainflower is released on 25th May as a 180g LP the first 100 of which come with an A5 postcard and scented rainflower petals.
- Icarus Peel - For-get-Me-Not Under Pussy Willow (LP)
- Octopus Syng – Reverberating Garden Number 7 (LP) The whole long player has a retro psych
sound with its’ excellent tracks well worth seeking out. Bringing some
Jefferson Airplane sensibility to its Syd Barrett core is no bad thing
as doomy psych opener, the aptly named ‘Avant-Garden’, attests.
‘You Are The Poem’ and ‘Mirror of Our Memories’ are lovely haunting Barrett-esque psych-folk numbers. Closing with the nine minute finale ‘Listen to the Moths’ the record branches into a proggier direction whilst keeping the group’s psychedelic undertones.