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Freeze Puppy
'The Night Attendant' CD
(Egg 80CD)

More balanced and mature than its predecessors, The Night Attendant an album in the old-fashioned sense, conceived as a concept rather than merely a collection of songs. The album tells the story of a gallery attendant who falls asleep on duty: as he dreams, the paintings in his care start to stir, with each song bringing to life a different portrait.

The album was written for Tom’s MA in composition at the University of Southampton, and features a huge cast of musicians. The results are tuneful and unpredictable in equal measure, drawing upon the classic pop song writing tradition (Lennon and McCartney, Brian Wilson / Van Dyke Parks), the exuberance of contemporary jazz (Denys Baptiste, John Hollenbeck) and the radical experimentalism of modern classical composition (Harry Partch, Gyorgy Ligeti).

Listen to The Night Attendant on Last.fm




UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

The One Ensemble
'Oriole' CD
(Egg 79CD)

Bolder and more dynamic than previous albums, it showcases The One Ensemble‘s ability to combine thrilling live playing with compositional elegance, shifting between hard-nosed rhythmic workouts and string miniatures, between wayward waltzes and open-throated song.

Oriole features the core quartet of Shane Connolly (drums and percussion), Peter Nicholson (cello), Daniel Padden (guitar) and Aby Vulliamy (viola and accordion).

The album is released on CD by Pickled Egg, and on vinyl by AltVinyl

The One Ensemble started life as the solo project of Volcano the Bear’s Daniel Padden, but after two albums it became a live band, taking Padden’s experimental folk and expanding it into a fuller, more orchestrated sound. Under Padden's leadership, the ensemble developed a curious and strident brew of Eastern European folk, chamber music, a pinch of Robert Wyatt and some kind of earthy psychedelic primitivism.

Recent albums have included ‘Other Thunders’ "An inspired blend of the ominous and the scuzzy…The One Ensemble goes from strength to strength." (The Wire) and ‘Dummy Jim’ "Daniel Padden and his cohorts have created a kaleidoscopic collision of traditional Anglo-folk, free jazz, drone, and deep-seated eccentricity that sounds like absolutely no one else." (Brainwashed)

Listen to Oriole on Last.fm


oriolemix from Daniel Padden on Vimeo.



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Tattie Toes
'Turnip Famine' CD
(Egg 78CD)


A Basque singer, a Welsh violinist, a bass player from Bolton and a drummer who is also a puppeteer - it could only be Tattie Toes. Meet one of Glasgow's most interesting bands...

Tattie Toes play a kind of made-up (isn’t everything?) basque balkan jazz folk strammash, with a dash of avant garde violin screech, ceilidh stomp and shanty wooze thrown in for (un)measure. Dense, yet brittle; a rhythmic fucking delight; big ballsy gutsy singing from small Basque lady; a clattering Ron Johnson-esque kinetic rattle [to paraphrase Marxbeard]

"Tattie Toes have become one of the UK’s most inspiring underground acts. A ravishing leap into the unknown" [Stewart Smith, The List]

"There's nothing forced about this collision of styles - rather, it sounds like a respectfully edgy update of the centuries old traditional music of an as yet undiscovered Mediterranean island. By turns boisterous, sensuous, explosive and delicate, this is a unique and joyful experience from start to finish" [Matt Evans, Rock-a-rolla]

'Lord Phunkar' (MP3)
'They're Waiting' (MP3)
'Minneto' (MP3)



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Chandeliers
'Dirty Moves' CD
(Egg 77CD)


"Selected from a backlog of practice tapes that span the group’s four-year history, Dirty Moves not only charts the band’s evolution, but also displays their stunning artistic flexibility. Over the course of 33 tracks, we hear Chandeliers digging deep into groove mode, all the while engaging in the sort of open-eared improvisational interplay that fuels the band’s music, as melodic motifs get bounced around and the beat gets taken in unexpected and delightful directions. Over the course of 33 tracks, the group snakes all over the musical map and brilliantly runs through a diverse array of styles. From middle eastern synth-pop to Congotronic clatter, electro and 21st century techno-funk, plus a few slips in cinematic mode and a couple of brief sojourns into celestial realms" [Graham Sanford]

"Electronic fruitiness, flizz and glitch, clang and bleep, repetitive sunshine and instrumental electronica: Dirty Moves is alive with dirty flizz and buzzing fizz, flowing electronica, tunes that go all over the place, never obvious and rather unlike anything these ears have heard before. The pieces are almost like sound bites, sketches, work in progress, no time to resolve how they start or end, kind of works as one piece jumps to the next piece and it all becomes one wholesome flowing whole of thirty-three short interlocking. Post drum’n bass rhythmic adventure, experimental flow, almost glitching, not that obvious though, this is made by an imagination that knows there’s been too much glitching now and it all needs to flow somewhere new and a way that’s just a little different" [Organ Magazine] 'Yaqona' (MP3)
'In the Octagon' (MP3)
'Street Talk' (MP3)

Listen to Dirty Moves on Last.fm



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

The Doozer
'Great Explorers' CD
(Egg 76CD)


Within the bright lights of Mill Road, THE DOOZER makes his home. The city informs the music. The music informs the city. He’s been in the city for a while now, observing movements out of the window, watching and talking, buying and borrowing. Recent excursions include travelling in South East Asia, picking up sounds, turning them around and giving them back and secret shows in the Plain of Bah. Fields recordings as short run giveaways and free downloads have been released via his ‘Exploratory Music Service’. Earlier in the year Kramer produced a 7” single for The Doozer, built for the format, old style.

'Great Explorers' is the culmination of 2 weeks of intense recording, and a good few months of refining and mixing. You’ll find global sounds for homeland pleasures, touching upon our savage civilisation, streetwalkers and wavers, and the oldest carvers. With the tone being of paramount importance, the record was recorded to tape with analogue reverb all the way, assisted by the adhoc creation of spring and reverb chambers. It’s a three-dimensional world with coloured pictorial sound spaces. Look out for the aluminium dome.

"Great Explorers is a travelogue of sorts, a gentle amble through the backstreets of your home town, pointing out and assigning equal weight to the banal and the wonderful - a somnabulant meander thru misplaced memories, connecting random dot-to-dots to make a series of new, unexpected pictures from sheets of blank paper - it's dreamtravel; a softpsych pop.ramble; a quest to complete an imaginary map. This is a fucking little gem of a record. And you should check it out" kidshirt.blogspot.com

Listen to Great Explorers on Last.fm



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

The Big Eyes Family Players
'Warm Room' CD
(Egg 72CD)


‘Warm Room’ is the fourth album from The Big Eyes Family Players, after ‘Do The Musiking’ (Pickled Egg 2006), Donkeysongs (Rusted Rail 2008) and ‘Folk Songs’ - by James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players (Domino 2009). The album was conceived initially as an ‘ode’ to folk music. Those perhaps expecting an album of string-led polkas and klezmer-styled pieces may be a little surprised.

On this occasion, the Players have yet again taken another shape. As ever, led by captain James Green (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, cello, percussion, shahi baja, loops, organ, harp, zither), the album features Ellie Bond on violin, Gemma Green on harmonium, Chris Boyd on drums and Heather Ditch on vocals.

Rather than necessarily being an album of folk material, ‘Warm Room’ is an attempt to dissect the genre, albeit through the Big Eyes filter and focuses in on those individual elements. There are ‘songs’, in the form of the traditional pieces (the despairing ‘False True Love’) and original numbers (the dream-story ‘White Bones’ and bloody Spanish lament ‘Rojo’), but elsewhere the focus is on texture, the landscape and the mood of the traditional folk form, and is reflected in pieces such as the love-song-raga ‘A Lick and A Promise’, the pastoral ecstasy of ‘Galapagos’, the chaotic skip of ‘The Great Pin Dance’ and closer ‘Song for Newborough Warren’ (inspired by the great sand dunes of the nature reserve on Anglesey, Wales).


Listen to Warm Room on Last.fm

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Freeze Puppy
'Animation' CD
(Egg 75CD)


"Tom Wilson, the brains behind it all, creates a world brimming with delightfully flawed characters through whom he tells his stories. It’s easy to imagine these songs, particularly Birth Of A Legend and Among The Rushes, soundtracking some classic freeze-frame children’s animation (as the album title may suggest) akin to Bagpuss or the Magic Roundabout: Something altogether strange, yet beautiful, warm and friendly" The Music Magazine "Three years in the making and clocking in at a moreishly bite-sized 23 minutes, the title of ‘Animation’ fits in more ways than one. Early impressions suggest an almost cartoon energy to Freeze Puppy’s world and the hyperreal, often poignantly flawed characters who inhabit it through Tom’s smart and concise wordplay (guest narrators include lovelorn drink drivers, imaginary friends, abject loners and serial gamblers amongst other skewed societal misshapes...). Yet listen on, and it goes further: As songwriter, producer and lyricist, Wilson works like the consumate stop-frame animator - hunched over his songs like they were tiny audio figurines, chiselling out their strange, fleeting little lifetimes over a series of acutely poised movements, drawing breath from them through colours, textures and melodies that, given half a chance, will pitch camp in your subconscious for what may prove to be decades. At once audaciously complex and eminently digestible, ‘Animation’ is pop created within limits, existing in joyous disregard of them. The very best kind" [John Stevens]

"A masterpiece!"  [Peter Brewis, Field Music ]

Listen to Animation on Last.fm

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Now
'Oodipoomn' CD
(Egg 74CD)


"Pursuing their offbeat, off-kilter and occasionally off-the-wall mashup of lo-fidelity experimental pop music and uptempo kosmik grooves at the fringes of undergound and overground success, NOW continue to demonstrate the tireless heart of their being is something close to an unsung national treasure. Just like NOW's ever-changing live shows, the gumbo of influences and references which permeate 'Ooodipooomn' suffuse it with an almost naïve joy in its own existence. Adventurous and elliptical more than merely eccentric, 'Ooodipooomn' revolves around the core NOW trio and a parade of guests, buzzing vibrantly through sensational moments where shuddering analogue synth boogie morphs into avant skronk'n'roll before throttling back into hypnotic cello, somnolent beat loops and droning surrender. The six minute trance-inducing motorway chug of 'Hiway Code' seems more like a whole roadtrip thanks to its the sheer busyness, while the spacious sprawl of “Yellow Tent T-shirt” and the brazen churn of 'Ethnik Snack' both coalesce into wildly divergent epics, remoulding the model of jam-band ethnopsychedelia along the way" [Richard Fontenoy, Plan B]

Listen to Oodipoomn on Last.fm

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Zukanican
'The Stumbling Block' CD
(Egg 73CD)


The Stumbling Block is Zukanican’s second album and third release on Pickled Egg Records. Recorded in 2007-8 at The Kif in Liverpool the 8 track album mirrors the band’s live performances perhaps more than their other releases. The album was recorded and mixed by Zukanican and studio trickery has been kept to a minimum; what you hear ‘is was’.

"Like its predecessors it blends krautrock moves with jazz grooves and dub influences, but this one might very well be their best one yet. The opening “Scaling Wax” sets the standard with trumpet hovering over pulsating basslines and keyboard sounds aiming for the sun. It’s never fun to mention the same reference points as the press kit does but this disc does actually sound like it’s influenced by Can as much as Soft Machine and Art Ensemble of Chicago so what can you do?" Mats Gustafsson, The Broken Face

"Among the many influences declared by the last generation of rock musicians, no one is quoted as preposterously as Sun Ra, who inherited a record that was Stockhausen's own in the 70's. This preamble is to say that the joyful Zukanican commune is conversely the legitimate daughter of the bandleader from Saturn, with their rhythmic exuberance, the tone colours of the woodwind, the spacey and ancestral essence of their music. Add to this a little subterranean Can-school kraut pulse, a tip of jazz-rock with early '70s Miles Davis' harmonies and the enthusiasm of some bantering psyche-heads. Why should you do without?" [Rockerilla]

"Tis a groovy sound collage, mon!" [Fake Jazz]

"Theremin battery, skippy keys, s-bending bass, drill pattern drums, siren organ in continuum, other pulses muscling in on the action, a diversion into free-funk with sci-fi white noise cutting across" [Vanity Project]

"Zukanican can safely be categorized as uncategorizeable" [Splendid Magazine]

"free jazz fragments flutter by like psychedelic moths attracted by the fire" [Dream Magazine]

Listen to The Stumbling Block on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Oddfellows Casino
'The Absence of Birds' CD
(Egg 66CD)


Pickled Egg Records are pleased to announce the release of ‘The Absence of Birds’, a four song EP by Oddfellows Casino, combined with a short film by Brighton-based film maker Toby Amies, which features an original soundtrack by Oddfellows Casino.

‘The Absence of Birds’ showcases four new David Bramwell compositions, exuding lush orchestral arrangements with a nod towards late-period Talk Talk, and featuring Oddfellows’ usual eclectic array of guests, including Stereolab's Simon Johns on bass, Giant Leap guitarist and composer Andrew Philips on guitar and percussion, Clearlake's Jason Pegg on organ, and Bevis Frond guitarist Paul Simmons on bass and guitar.

The CD comes complete with a twenty minute film 'The Ballad of Oddfellow', which stars Drako Oho Zarhazar - former Salvador Dali model, actor in films by Andy Warhol and Derek Jarman, and the recent subject of a Radio 4 documentary, ‘The Man Whose Mind Exploded.' This sepia-tinted curio follows the demise of legendary Victorian freakshow host, Ambrose Oddfellow, as drink, tragedy and the advent of picture-houses force him to host phoney seances for the gullible aristocracy of Brighton. But who knows what can happen when dabbling with the forces of darkness... The cast also includes Michael Attree (former world moustache championship holder), Dave Mounfield (portly comedian and nice chap) and the legendary Heidi Heels. The film features an original soundtrack of Oddfellows Casino songs, and was directed by filmmaker and MTV/ Lonely Planet host Toby Amies.

"Bramwell leads the troupe and listener alike on a joyous voyage into the sultry toned sophisticated worlds of his creative muse - a world of vivid tones, caressing tonalities, bespoke down-tempo arrangements, lush with rare vibrancy and romantic incline, peppered with mood, mystery and melody. A treasure, far from the madding crowd, these four tailored treats exude a deft worldly clarity and a sense of timeless etching, fluent in a pop language from another era. A radiating cherry-stone, liltingly immersed in prodding braids of peeping brass arrangements, festooned delightfully with mercurial folds of after-hours grandeur, comprising of driving montages of breathlessly breezy, rustically hued cascades of head-swirling jazz treatments, peppered by lunatic chimes - total seduction if you ask me" [Mark Barton, Losing Today]

"The music is reminiscent of very early Porcupine Tree with a hint of Robert Wyatt - it flows like a meandering English river, decorated with trumpet, brass, piano, and touches of electronica. Bramwell's wistful voice is well suited to this kind of subtle, melodious songwriting, and the EP as a whole is rather lovely. The film relates the sad life of Ambrose Oddfellow, following the accidental killing of his beloved wife. Bramwell's plaintive music accompanies this vision of nostalgia perfectly, and the whole is a memorable work of art" [Ptolemaic Terrascope]

'Take Me Out to Sea'(MP3)

Listen to The Absence of Birds on Last.fm


UK: £8.00


EU: €12.00


US: $15.00

Chandeliers
'The Thrush' CD
(Egg 71CD)


Chandeliers are a Chicago-based quartet that represent a phenomenon of unclassifiable modern music. Comprised of multi-instumentalists from Chicago's blossoming young avant-rock scene, they have created a unique, and live, electronic sound. Adopting the collective spirit of krautrock bands like Can and Faust, the Chandeliers function as a unified whole, with no dominant members. This approach gives the band a more intuitive and unpredictable approach to composing. Chandeliers bring the energy of a super-live party to their cerebral synth interplay.  An obvious reference is Kraftwerk, but with influences ranging from Burmese and Arabic melody, to the sonically dirty rhythmic propulsion of Konono no.1, and the crunked-out psychedelic hip-hop of J-Dilla, Chandeliers always keep the listener on their toes.   The band is comprised of Chris Kalis, Dan Jugle, Harry Brenner, and Scott McGaughey, who collectively are also active members of Chicago groups Bronze, Michael Columbia, Icy Demons, Mandate, and Killer Whales. The sessions for The Thrush were overseen by Bablicon's Diminisher and Blue Hawaii at the Shape Shoppe and at Mahjongg's west-side studio in Chicago. Its nine songs feature guests musicians from Bablicon, Icy Demons, and Mahjongg and includes 3 videos by filmmaker TJ Hellmuth. Believing that colour can exist in harmony with timbre, the Chandeliers pride themselves on their synaesthetic live performances: a non-stop high-energy show, augmented with dual projections of Brakhage-esqe visual rhythm. An album with the flow of a mix-tape, the Thrush is at home bangin' in your trunk or hypnotizing on your headphones

"Chandeliers use a strictly democratic form of collective improvisation to devise their music, which is best described as a kind of live-action electro. But The Thrush is so thumpingly immediate, you would never guess at any kind of committee decision making. The opening 20 seconds of Mr Electric flick between Ed Banger directness and a Kraftwerk-like neon lyricism. The remix of Body Double closes the albumin a furious hustle of Afrobeat drumming and rich Italo disco keyboards. In between, the synths mesh into arpeggios that seem as influenced by the post-punk end of the disco spectrum as Giorgio Moroder" [Sam Davies, The Wire]

"Chandeliers specialise in live action electro, using lush synths, fruity squelch bass and real-time drums to create rettro-futurist nerd-core party anthems - operating out of a parallel universe where the post seventies avant rock scene turned its back on guitars and got hip to the sweaty pulse of Giorgio Moroder instead, mining the same vein as Can's monumental grooves." [Daniel Spicer, Plan B]

"Smooth, squeaky-clean swirls of synth bounce atop glassy percussion that sounds like gamelan from a can. It's pleasing to the ear, like Kraftwerk or Eno" [Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader]

‘The Thrush is a recording of Chandeliers’ intuitive approach to creating songs. Bassist and keyboard player Chris Kalis describes it as “very spontaneous and based on improvisations that the band randomly does,” which is evident in both the live show and, surprisingly, the record as well. I was not expecting the record, which consists of nine songs all less than four minutes save for the closer, to be such an accurate sonic representation. Given that the energy and sheer loudness are difficult to produce on tape, the album is not a bad calling card for an indescribable sound that even the band members decline to attempt: “We’ve always had a hard time describing our sound and not in a pretentious way, but just, like, it’s not contrived. We all have different tastes. Some of us are more electronically inclined, some of us more into eastern music and, obviously, 70’s Kraut Rock. German and Italian electronic music is pretty much right up our alley. When I pressed them to do my job for me, Kalis replied, “Live-played electronic music”’ [Mitchell Bandur, www.livemusicblog.com]

'Mango Tree' (MP3)
'Big League' (MP3)

Listen to The Thrush on Last.fm

Watch the 'Bamboo' video on You Tube
Watch the 'Mr Electric' video on You Tube



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

The Doozer
'Sheet Music' CD
(Egg 69CD)


The Doozer builds. He has previously built stone houses and wooden ships. He is currently building music. Raised around the Fenlands of Cambridgeshire, in the arse end of nowhere, the city drew closer and closer, the lights brighter and the time shorter. The city informs his music. His music informs the city. Songs evolve around watching and talking, buying and borrowing. Characters pass by, situations are imagined, colours are added and the resultant is a forming song.

His debut album, ‘Sheet Music’, was recorded mainly on Saturday mornings, bright and early. The songs weren’t complete until the recordings were complete. The spaces always changed. Instruments and voices were layered. Pop music was the aim; pop music isn’t quite the result. Pop music is The Doozer’s music, only filtered through all of the colours and sounds you’ve imagined when walking through the street or down your lane or when your batteries died.

"The Doozer makes angular bedroom psych-pop from guitar, keyboards and drum machines. He insists that he 'builds' music, and it's an apposite word. Sheet Music has a lovely constructed precision underlying its surface awkwardness, with a gift for finding chords or sour melodic twists that initially sound wrong, but turn out right. His counter-intuitive logic and oblique associations put him in a lineage connecting The Incredible String Band, Kevin Ayres and Billy Childish, but most of all another Cambridge alumnus, Syd Barrett. The Doozer has a voice of his own, though, and the quavers and quirks of songs like 'Dogwalking' and 'Burn the Tape' lodge themselves in the brain with strange persistence" [Sam Davies, The Wire]

"The Doozer furrows a path somewhere between the profressive folk styling of Animal Collective and the wide-eyed wonder of early Badly Drawn Boy. Weirdness levels are ramped up to eleven - not least due to some initially jarring chord sequences - and pastoral psychedelia reigns in a not unlovely debut" [James Skinner, Plan B]

'The Light' (MP3)
'Burn the Tape' (MP3)

Listen to Sheet Music on Last.fm

Watch the 'Sheet Music' video on You Tube



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

a.P.A.t.T.
'Black & White Mass' CD
(Egg 68CD)


Now back in stock!

Exploring similar landscapes to Frank Zappa - minus the virtuoso elements - Liverpool-based a.P.A.t.T. are a bewildering and completely original two to seven piece band, utilising all available genres to create a daft and beautiful music. 'Black and White Mass' sets a new standard in home entertainment, featuring some of a.P.A.t.T.'s most accessible compositions to date, whilst still retaining an element of surprise.

"aPAtT are the Willy Wonka of the musical world: part Gene Wilder, part Johnny Depp. And I am Veruca Salt, selfishly cramming every note into my brain as hard as possible, headphones stuck so far down my ear canal I'll have to crawl in to open the lock soon. There is no frequency left unturned, no genre left unwrapped or ignored. A confident, twisted skip through all that is good and fun, like an end-of-century review that leaves out all the crap bits. And so wondrously crafted! Each tinkling, each scrape of a cymbal, each deathly metal blast is crystallised and seemingly separated to ease the aural digestion. Indeed, to labour a lame analogy, they could well be the Heston Blumenthal of the modern music world, boiling down the elements and presenting us with twenty-seven small but exquisitely sensational courses to feast upon. a.P.A.t.T. is deft and skilful; talented and precocious. a.P.A.t.T. is Fun. Fun. Fun!" [Plan B]

"Apatt engage in moments of freeform jazz assaults, light-hearted ritualistic wig flippers, mini progressive operas, music hall oddness, acid dipped shanties, sand dusted serenades, Soviet regality, noire-ish folk standards from the dark side, and white hot sonic meltdowns - the sounds trip out in unrelated fashion, causing you to teeter on the back foot, an impish lucky bag of sorts with the band doling out the occasional curveball just when you are beginning to think you have their measure. 'Black and White Mass' is THE first crucial full length of the year. Somehow I don't reckon it'll be topped in our affections - though be warned, it'll do your f**kin head in" [Mark Barton, Losing Today]

"Oh I don't know, there are no words for this. a.P.A.t.T are so easy to listen to when they really shouldn't be; it should just be a mess. They're a band, don't go thinking this is some wise-ass cut-up studio nerd; a whole gang of them in masks and anti-radiation suits or something like that. Hey look, if you want something challenging, something beautiful, something different, something violent, something soothing, something like you never heard before then this is where you need to go this week" [Sean Organ, organ.com - Eclectic Music Magazine/webzine]

"a.P.A.t.T. are a motherfucking experience. Probably the only UK band i can think of to come up with their vision of the dark, vicious and fuck me, rather scary vision of the ACID PUNK dropped onto us from the visions of Gibby from the Butthole Surfers. We love them. You need to hear this. It's insane" [Alan Mcgee - Creation/Poptones]

'Avajibber' (MP3)
'The Holy Toad' (MP3)

Listen to Black and White Mass on Last.fm

Watch 'The Stars Spell out your Name' video on You Tube
Watch 'And She Wanted to Look at the Swan' video on You Tube


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Suzy Mangion
'The Other Side of the Mountain' CD
(Egg 67CD)


When Suzy Mangion split-up the acclaimed duo George in 2006, she loaded her Yamaha keyboards onto her percussion trolley, and went over the mountain, to see what she could see. And all that she could see was...

... The Other Side Of The Mountain. A solo album of old-fashioned length and unfashionable feeling. Suzy has carried over her distinctively intimate production and melancholic song-writing, which charged the George albums The Magic Lantern (Pickled Egg, 2003) and A Week of Kindness (Pickled Egg, 2005), and created a record even more intense, even more charming. From the gospel-choir reverie of “Evenings at Home” to the stark, primitive folk-frenzy of “Ohio the Homeland”, from 50’s-tinged Italian dream-pop in “Il Mondo è Qui” to the restrained anger of simple piano prayer “The Deliverers of their Country”, Suzy’s songs drift from style to style, but always unified by her trademark haunting vocals and complex harmonies. Suzy pushes herself further vocally on this album than on any of her work to date, and the freedom of working solo has allowed even more experimentation with her sound and songs, a harmonious noise of electronics old and new mixing with the bricolage of beats, banjos and beat-up pianos.

"Suzy Mangion is one of those people who ends up creating a lot of good music without anyone realising it until they look back and go, 'Hey, wait a minute...' [the same could be said the the entire Pickled Egg catalogue - Ed]. Mangion's solo debut works in a spooky psychedelic vein, that for all the use of everything from banjo to harp, relies ultimately on Mangion's lovely vocals. There's more variety and more beauty on here than most other albums are going to show this year" [Ned Raggett, Plan B]

"Suzy Mangion possesses a rich and evocative voice, which she puts to good use on her solo album. Things get serious with the folk dance rhythm of ‘Ohio The Homeland’, a beautiful sung lament full of longing and sadness. On the extremely pretty ‘Many Happy Returns’, the spirit of Karen Carpenter is invoked, the vocal performance quite breathtaking, whilst On ‘The March Past’, a scratchy electronic pulse is overlaid with a droning chord and delicate vocals in the spirit of Vashti Bunyan. Over 40 minutes, this album never puts a foot wrong" [Ptolemaic Terrascope]

"The Other Side of The Mountain burrows even further into Mangion’s nocturnal lo-fi world of skeletal Victorian spookiness, wartime balladry and Appalachian folk, with more defiant obliqueness than ever before" [Delusions of Adequacy]

'Ohio the Homeland' (MP3)
'Il Mondo e Qui' (MP3)

Listen to The Other Side of the Mountain on Last.fm



UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Mass Shivers
'Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy' CD
(Egg 70CD)


Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy is the second record from Chicago-based Mass Shivers, though it’s the first to get an official UK/European release. Don't let anyone fool you, it's a rock album -- are there hints at MC5 or Beefheartian guitar stylings, beats not far from Jaki Liebeziet, spooge from Steven Tyler's 80's heyday? Perhaps; but most importantly, there are RIFFS here-in. Lava-hot face melters and groove shakers. This is driving music, sure to inflate your tyre.

"Mutant blues, motorik rhythmathletics, early Eno whimsy and Stooges grindhouse riffage all rub their oily hips together like a deep-fried harmonic sex coven, and immaculately conceive a troubled but beautiful hot-chrome hybrid, we might just christen 'Captain Beef Can' if we're feeling asinine" [Plan B]

"Mass Shivers' full-length debut is awfully, awfully good. This Chicago trio (which becomes a quartet with a second drummer at live shows) captures the spirit of the best out-rock of the 70s: Can's free-form tribal-Teutonic drums, Beefheart's stomping junkyard riffs and unhinged harmonic imagination, Faust's cerebral jams, Eno's expansive pop palette. In less capable hands, this kind of ambition often results in little more than a self-conscious statement about the band members' LP collections, but Mass Shivers skirt that pitfall with their discipline and devotion to detail. Standouts like 'Womanizing Metal Studs', 'Downwind of Amour', and 'Mossy Nethers' (with guest turns from both members of Michael Columbia) are dense and complex, with meticulously organized, counterintuitive guitar lines, but the substantial vocal melodies and playful backup harmonies make the tunes not only approachable but memorable" [Chicago Reader]

"Together since 2003, the group mapped out a knotty post-punk direction on its 2005 debut full-length, before leaving it all behind for a sound more influenced by its members' shared love of the Stooges, Can and Fela Kuti. With a percussion-heavy twin-guitar attack, Mass Shivers lay on some heaping helpings of classic rock whomp, doing an electrifying job of engaging an audience more used to silently nodding along. The band sport some tightly arranged songs and honest-to-God tuneful vocals, but can still jam out with the best of them" [Time Out, Chicago]

"Barely over 28 minutes long, 'Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy' is a concisely abrupt affair that leaves a lasting impression. Though barely any of the songs on the album exceed three minutes, they all feel epic due to the band's wildly ambitious approach. As their self-titled debut also displayed, Mass Shivers show no hesitation in creating a sound that is both wildly imaginative and hugely enjoyable. 'Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy' is highly accomplished both in terms of songwriting and diversity" [obscuresound.com]

Ecstatic Eyes Glow Glossy is officially released on Monday 17th Sept, but is available now exclusively from Pickled Egg.

'Womanizing Metal Studs' (MP3)
'Mossy Nethers' (MP3)

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Marshmallow Coast
'Say it in Slang' CD
(HHBTM 78CD)


Pickled Egg have a limited supply of 'Say it in Slang', the new album from Marshmallow Coast, now known simply as M Coast. Expanded to a five-piece band, including former collaborator Derek Almstead and new vocalist Emily Growden, the album celebrates the group's shared love of 60's psyche-pop, together with more diverse influences, such as composers Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, and Ravel, the jazz of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Eric Dolphy, and the funk of Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder, not to mention the more abstract pop songs of Brian Eno, The Moles, and Brian Wilson.

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Fulborn Teversham
'Count Herbert II' CD
(Egg 65CD)


Fulborn Teversham are the mindblowing new group of Seb Rochford, the extraordinarily in-demand and prolific drummer/composer, leader of Mercury Music prize nominees Polar Bear, and winner of BBC Jazz award for Rising Star 2004.

Fulborn Teversham pursue a more eclectic, and less overtly jazz direction than Polar Bear, or indeed Rochford’s other acclaimed group, Acoustic Ladyland, incorporating elements of electronica, Henry Cow-style prog and post punk. With clever balancing of cosmic and acoustic sounds, Seb Rochford (drums), Nick Ramm (Nord synthesizer), Pete Wareham (saxophones), and Alice Grant (vocals), set up an intimate and thrilling improvisational punk jazz chamber music for the future.

"Alan Freeman used to play the most extraordinary music on BBC radio in the late 70's, once mixing the Slits with Henry Cow and classic rock cuts. He might have gone big on Fulborn Teversham, as they sound like a cross between these groups in places. Count Herbert II is fascinating and vital collection" [The Wire]

"At times, Count Herbert II suggests a kind of downbeat British Mothers of Invention. Rochford and his F-IRE Collective partners are that original" [The Guardian]

"Since his Mercury Music Prize nomination with Polar Bear in 2005, drummer and composer Seb Rochford has dragged jazz in ever-more diverse, inclusive directions. With his new band, Fulborn Teversham, Rochford sneaks like a cat burglar through generations and genres, stealing and fusing influences along the way. Versatile vocalist Alice Grant is spear-like and edgy one minute — "Off Song" sees her reveal, "There's just one thing that I would like to say / It starts with 'F' and ends in 'Off'" — then sensuous the next, as she entwines with the Pete Wareham's saxophone riffs on glowing laissez-faire masterpiece "Even If". Observing the pop-like discipline of length, "Beach Tune" screams a dishevelled anthem for hair-shaking late-night crazy cats, while the title track pit-fights mellow organ and grinding bass breaks. A punky debut of virtuoso performances, inspired by a madly engaging imagination" [Flavourpill]

Although Pete Warham's F-IRE affiliated jazz/grindcore oufit, Acoustic Ladyland, have got all the media attention, they're a seeminly contrived outfit next to the genuinely playful, unself-conscious prog-skonk of Fulborn Teversham. Their new album, 'Count Herbert II' is a collection of unquanifiable pices which mix jazz's joyous experimentation with alt-rock's love of noisescapes and the tangential noodling of prog. Countless rock bands have been trying to pull off this same trick - of constructing melody from cut-up disonace - for as long as Tom Waits and Sonic Youth have been cool, but Fulborn actually have the chops to make it work" [Eddy Lawrence, Time Out]

'Beachtune' (MP3)
'Count Herbert II' (MP3)

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Dragon or Emperor
'Dragon or Emperor' CD
(Egg 64CD)


Dragon Or Emperor are the awesome two-piece lightning-bolt drum & bass assault of Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear, Songs of Norway) on drums/vocals, and Stewart Brackley (Black Carrot, Songs of Norway) on bass guitar/vocals. Somewhat akin to a geeky Lightning Bolt in charity shop suits loosening up and playing jazz-metal, with additional manic Pere Ubu-style vocalisations, Moore beats absolute hell out of his drumkit, whilst Brackley embarks on daring fretless excursions to the absolute edges of what constitutes a rhythm. An enormous sound that marries their intense mixture of fun and chaos.

"DoE are a bass and drums punk/jazz/metal powerhouse, with a spontaneous feel that frequently threatens to spill over into hysteria. This is partly down to Brackley’s monstrous distended fuzz bass riffs, but has more to do with his wild evocation of what it might sound like if Yamataka Eye found himself trapped inside the body of David Thomas" [The Wire]

"You call it Lightning Bolt. I say I have no conception of what such tight-knit formation drumming mans, and go for older - the James Brown-insired yeh-yeh groove of The Make Up, given a metal makeover. Someone mutters 'math rock', but I flinch, indicate that no way are these frenetic twists and turns, these plum-in-mouth spasm vocals humourless. 'Formerly Volcano the Bear, you know', you smugly remark, 'and Songs of Norway'. I shrug, and rave about the way this enormous, near hallucinogenic duo remind me of prime '76 Pere Ubu, thus indicating my overbearing age once more. Sigh. Fucking seriously mighty" [Everett True, Plan B]

"The thing that sets this collection aside from other Volcano the Bear related releases is the fact that it's immediate, actually engaging to a notional formulaic script of sorts. Note we did say of sorts. Each of these buckled beauties fester and lurch from the grooves as though bitten by some mutated shredded swamp-dragged jazz funk bug, over which Stewart Brackley’s vocals (think Pere Ubu’s David Thomas with DNA traces of Don Van Vliet and Jello Biafra) surge frantically between states of petrified panic, to the eerily grim foreboding death rattle of the chilled-to-the-bone unnatural black carnival of the tribalistic Tom Waits fronting a particularly pensive and doom laden Joy Division. Caustic it may be - but playfully so - at times sounding like some kind of anger management jam, with Moore pounding out a gripping floor rumbling underpin, that's blistered and pummelled in equal measures by Brackley's low slung curdling bass groove, onto which fragments of musical genres past and present are interwoven, cross referenced and dragged screaming from their safe native habits. Just think - how many times will you ever get to hear Zeppelin motifs fused with the Melvins glue wired into a lysergic Hendrix haze, of the like as found looming large on the opening 'Part of me says', or Mark E Smith being out-Falled, as on 'Your Success' - not very often I suspect. In a word stunning" [Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience]

"This album is a deluge of drum and bass chaos coming on like the bastard son of Pere Ubu, Lightning Bolt and (for some reason) Family. Opening with the adrenaline rush of 'Part Of Me Says', the band turn everything up to eleven, fire up the distortion pedal and get down to some serious sonic destruction, the electricity literally crackling in the air. At almost eight minutes 'Slow Toms' allows the duo to slow the pace without losing the intensity, producing a classic piece of slow-burning paranoia, heavy and psychedelic, sounding like the Banshees covering an early Can epic. 'Never Know What To Say' rounds off the album with a glorious bass riff and some vocal posturing that Lux Interior would be proud of, the drums punctuating every word perfectly" [Simon Lewis, The Ptolemaic Terrascope]

'Part of Me Says' (MP3)
'Piano' (MP3)

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Now
'Frisbee Hot Pot' CD
(Egg 62CD)


Now have released numerous home-made CDR recordings, and have contributed tracks to several compilation albums, including Pickled Egg's 2005 sampler, 'Jar'. 'Frisbee Hot Pot' is their debut "proper" album.

"My soul, my ears and my dancing shoes thank Now, who haven’t so much as made an album as created an antidote for musical apathy. This is a band that have played with Damo Suzuki and pulled it off. Yep, that good. And Frisbee Hot Pot is one of those albums that, if art-pop is a term coming back into fashion, would be somewhere between Pollock and Kandinsky – free-flowing yet structured, vivid yet soothing, bold yet with numerous untold hidden depths. Musically it’s all over the shop, of course, yet manages to steer clear of sounding like a mere mesh of disparate influences badly thrust together – seemingly because they not only have a great understanding of the rhythmical heart in everything (all music is dance music, etc), but can apply it to their own restless, driving sound. And as the whole album winds itself slowly to a halt, you know it is a journey colourful, perplexing and astounding enough to warrant many return trips. Inspired and inspiring" [Drowned in Sound]

"Did you ever wish Stereolab would just stop with the wussy leopard-skin lounge exotica and get thoroughly stuck into the krauty riffage? If so, you probably have to hear Frisbee Hot Pot. There are grooves on here so deep that bathospheres have been lost exploring them, so repetitive that they're being considered as a cure for autism. This is no macho endurance test though: just listen to 'Little Bits Inside of You' and its cheeky Human League synth-funk and snooty girl-sneer. Opening track, 'Abominatrx,' is an eleven-minute journey from inept jerk-pop through a squelchy Brazilian robo-party, ending up in some kind of trombone comedy march. Elsewhere there are withered trumpets, fey breathings and heavy, heavy drum breaks. Ritalin pop, perhaps?" [Plan B]

"Sleigh bells shickle like Mr T. in full tilt, and from there, through recorders, cyclical harmonies and synth hum, a locked-in, sweet and tender little groove develops, growing like ivy, capturing all sorts of other instruments and patterns as it spreads in all directions. Not a bad opener, then, and it is one of two 10 minute tracks that fully showcase their artistry and spin. All the other tracks are snippets by comparison, but equally visionary, e.g. ‘Excited Lobo Crown’ has a desert funk twinkle; ‘The In-Case’ clatters like a chainsaw through a back-alley bin; ‘Calanized’ clings onto a spy-drama wubble’; and ‘Pachinko’ is a juddery slink firing off an Atari electro-trickle. This record has free-jazz spirit, elements of twee, a post-rock stubbornness while it often swims with African guitars. A floating, gliding LP that is, nonetheless, perverse in outlook; soaring, dipping and jolting regularly" [The Vanity Project]

'The In-Case' (MP3)
'Ra' (MP3)

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Zukanican
'Horse Republic' CD
(Egg 60CD)


‘Horse Republic’ is the debut full-length album from the Liverpool-based ensemble, and the follow up to 2004's 10", E5number (Egg 51). Zukanican have been described as an unholy hardcore collision between Can, The Soft Machine and Art Ensemble of Chicago.

"The latest album by sonic manipulators Zukanican is a sprawling and dynamic work that builds on the atmosphere created by their "E 5number" EP, taking it one step further to produce a wholly satisfying and genre-defying collection of music that takes in elements of Sun Ra, Rollerball, Funkadelic, and early Gong, mixing all together in an exhilarating musical stew, full of goodness and incredibly tasty. Just as you start thinking "Can it get any Better?", it does, the outstanding "Where Are The Casualties?" distilling the perfect blend of Zukanican magic, including a wonderfully realised change of head space (about 5 minutes in ) that opens up space in the song creating a blissful sound that slowly disperses into nothing" [Ptolemaic Terrascope]

"Areas of free form ectoplasm within shifting structures. Ghostly phosphorescent footsteps lead through darkened corridors of atomized attic space and hoot owl operatics. They want to be trippy; they liquefy the arboretum in return for gracious snakes and apparitions. The opening Bug Hunter is a moody free jazzy thing like an aroused Tower Recordings. Thingyo is tight woozy prog-pop with giddy female vocals sounding like a wailing outtake from latter day Slapp Happy. Trawling for Horses feels like an old Ken Nordine backing band tuning up in a haunted swamp with Moondog until dervishes start to dance generating large dust devils that develop into small tornadoes. Shake Hands is like noir jazz boiled down to pure steam and vaporous mystery" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

"Their experimentally-minded music has a smoother shoe-gaze vibe than you might expect, but with plenty twists to inspire the imagination. For example: ‘Bug Hunter’ gives me, an aeroplane engine in peril; an alarm in the mist; a snake in tiring spasm; an elastic band in constant fluctuation. ‘Thingyo’has a hobby-horse pitter-patter with a Lick Decals weave and skwitch as well as some petrified brass. ‘Trawling For Horses’ has a bean can-rattle, a native ritual shakedown getting closer from the middle distance. ‘Ringa Roga’ projects a scritty-wubble psych submarinal darter, while ‘Vague & Nebulous’ has a metallic, prismic swash. A fascinating band" [The Vanity Project]

'Thingyo' (MP3)
'Leak winks' (MP3)

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The Big Eyes Family Players
'Do the Musiking' CD
(Egg 61CD)


'Do the Musiking' is an album curated and created by Big Eyes captain James Green, along with his co-pilot David Jaycock over the past 3 years. After the last Big Eyes album, 'We Have No Need for Voices...', they decided to call it a day with the 'group' dynamic, and plough their interests into experimenting with classical/folk arrangements and collaborating with artists they admire. The new album, under the moniker 'The Big Eyes Family Players', is a 29-track album, featuring contributions from numerous musical talents including James Yorkston, James William Hindle, Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s), Jeremy Barnes (A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Bablicon) and Suzy Mangion (George, and occasionally Piano Magic).

"This pool of talent allows the songs to really take-off and become fully realised, often taking on a classical persona, no more so than on 'Die Nacht' which is a gorgeous piece of music that makes you listen, and is followed by the brief but lovely 'Shanty For Darty'. An almost hallucinatory feel is conjured up by the drone-folk of 'A Dream Of Fires', which at 3 minutes 20 seconds is one of only three tracks to break the three minute barrier, meaning that the songs pass by like dreams half remembered, something which gives the album a magical feel, the sound of woodlands on a summer day" [The Ptolemaic Terrascope]

"With this 29 song/78 minute album it seems like Big Eyes - now The Big Eyes Family Players - set out to quietly astound and perhaps confound. An album so sprawling, it makes the Beatles 'White Album' sound downright cohesive; but it’s also got something else in common with that album - it’s almost all excellent. Woozy Gypsy laments for sleepwalkers, the perfect theme to a remake of The Third Man, an almost lo-fi gauzy indie-folk pop squeezing sunshine out of eternity through acts of melodic compassion. One track sorta reminds me of Alasdair Roberts. There are some of Cluster's miniature universe theories, and a moment or two reminiscent of Neu, icicle windchimes, and warm cool softspoken intimacy. Lots of old European sorrow, nocturnal jazz grooves, a dash of discordant angst, and some surrealistic lullabies slowly passing like elevated Fahey extrapolations meandering down a glacial riverbed. Some haunted hallucinatory personal folk songs, and an expansive sense of mystery, of something only partially revealed, perhaps glimpsed only in passing" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

'For Cognac' (MP3)
'Die Nacht' (MP3)
'The Printmaker's Dilemmas' (MP3)

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Nalle
'By Chance Upon Waking' CD
(Egg 57CD)


"Everything comes together on Nalle's debut to produce some of the best music I've heard in years. The instrumentation is wonderful and Tuulikki's voice, which falls somewhere between Bjork and Austria's Gustav, are absolute perfection. I can't get over just how amazing this record is. Nalle's debut is easily the best thing I've heard in 2006 thusfar, and I reckon it's going to be hard for anything to come close to it. The highest of recommendations" [ Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis]

"Nalle is the Finnish word for teddy bear or little bear and as this gatefold card cover is adorned with Hanna Tuulikki's exquisite drawings of bears, trees and more, I'm sold on it at once! Nalle play an exotic selection of stringed and percussive instruments in a style that's tinged with hints of North African, Eastern & Northern European musics. You might call this "folk", although that falls short of describing the beguiling noise they make together. Pinning Hanna's voice down in a few words is the hardest part of all... at once she can sound childlike and as though she's a conduit for some ancient force from the depths of a stone-age well! Nalle have something unique to offer. That's a rare thing and this album is one to cherish" [John Cavanagh, BBC Radio Scotland]

"Though this tripped-out trio are based in Glasgow, their sound is quite otherworldly. Vocalist Hanna Tuulikki sounds like Björk’s little sister baked on some kind of pleasant and slightly scary psychedelic pixie dust. She also reminds me a bit of Joanna Newsom, she plays kantele, and flutes. Aby Vulliamy adds viola, and Chris Hladowski, bouzouki, and clarinet. They also make very different music together in Scatter and The One Ensemble of Daniel Padden. Here they make sounds that recall Six Organs of Admittance, Islaja, John Fahey, Faun Fables, and a few others. Has the feel of some sort of magical sacred folk music from several different regions of the world played at once; while being very personal and utterly idiosyncratic" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

"Like crystalline icicles falling to terra firma, Nalle’s music is haphazard but startling and naturally beautiful. Using kantele, flutes, viola, bouzouki and clarinet they perform an elfin, itinerant avant-gypsy-folk. A hint of Stina Nordenstam’s delicateness enwraps Diamanda Galas abrasiveness in Hanna Tuulikki’s haunting, astonishing vocal. Appearing from hedgerows, skipping and singing in England and Finnish, this is often music of long isolation suddenly set free" [The Vanity Project]

"Nalle works their way through a stunning amalgam of folk, psyche, improv and drone. Slow-strumming, madrigal-esque folk mutations, somewhat in the vein of Fursaxa, long notes hanging suspended in the air like mean, mystical old albatrosses. A masterclass in drone, teasing blissful feedback textures from bowed bouzouki, clarinet, and a fine array of pedals" [Ben Haggar, Plan B]

'Sunne Song' (MP3)
'Iron's Oath' (MP3)
'New Roots' (MP3)

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Farina
'Allotments' CD
(Egg 58CD)


"This is even more of a finely-wrought pop marvel than its predecessor. If you could only buy one record this year, this one, with all its concentrated pop intelligence, would be a perfect candidate" [popnews.com]

"Highly ambitious, inventive and resolutely articulated, with flourishes worthy of Love’s Forever Changes, or Burt Bacharach in the day. Ultra-tender wistful empathic balladry weeps and gushes like a fountain; sprightly melancholic folk rock rings out like a new morning teeming with bright possibilities. Now swollen to a quartet, all of whom can sing and harmonize. Augmenting the more standard instrumentation of guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums, with the less expected autoharp, fluegelhorn, and more. Though Mark Brend (only one of the singing songwriters of Farina) is quite knowledgeable on the subject of great underknown bards of the 60’s (he’s written a good book about the subject), he and his fellows have so thoroughly absorbed their influences that it all feel fresh and quite organically their own. Ignore this at your own peril" George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

"This is a brave record, which explores vocal harmonies and unusual tempi, adding jazz elements to refined pop songwriting ("The Pearl"), flirting with both classical music and classic pop, intense and substantial as something by the Montgolfier Brothers without the same indefinable pain ("Sleep"), adventurous and decadent bordering on prog ("Don't Look Down"), perfectly balanced pop in the English tradition using a harpsichord ("Never Any Good") or Spanish guitar and vocal harmonies ("B-Side"). And, believe me, in a day and age when the most adventurous thing anyone ever seems to do is to imitate "Pet Sounds" for the hundredth time, this is not to be sniffed at" [indiepop.it]

"Fariña blend an obvious love for late 60s / early 70s singer-songwriters with left-field 80s indie and the early electronic experimentalism of the Silver Apples and the BBC Radiophonic Orchestra" [Future Music]

"Fariña have picked up ideas from a few of those master songwriters whom the mere mention of seals friendships - people like David Ackles and Tim Hardin, but also The Chills and The Go Betweens. Fariña are cheerfully looking after the little mausoleum of refined, melancholic pop style. With two albums and a handful of singles in ten years, Fariña can allow themselves to take care over the interior design, with a whole host of arrangements, precious instruments and celestial choirs worthy of the likes of Brian Wilson or Arthur Lee" [Les Inrockuptibles]

"Farina's sound has expanded on Allotments. I was surprised to see this, as it is a very cohesive record and doesn't sound at all "bitty". The twin shadows of late '60's British pop of the Andrew Loog Oldham school and the American Paisley underground of the '80's loom large here. There's a melancholic trumpet singing out like a latterday Herb Alpert on Forever Changes and plenty of vocal harmonies, not to mention a pretty interesting set of lyrics. Catch this album now - it could well be one the years finest classic pop sounds and one you'll get more from each time you play it" [John Cavanagh, BBC Radio Scotland/Melody Bar]

'Allotments' is available now,in a limited edition 6 page digipack CD.

'Island of Hotels' (MP3)
'Nothing Seems to Last' (MP3)
'She Radiates' (MP3)

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George
'A Week of Kindness' CD
(Egg 56CD)


'A Week of Kindness' is the second album from the Manchester musical magpies. Their haunting anachronistic sound, heard in 2003’s resoundingly successful debut album 'The Magic Lantern', resurfaces from its own very distinctive musical world. George’s adventures in bricolage gather strength in their new record, a coherent miscellany of bric-à-brac electronics and clockwork melody. It proffers to the listener the saddest, prettiest songs about early surgical cinema, living in memory or a fearful search for joy, that they will hear for a long time. The old-style "partners in chime" [Sleazenation] wish to sing their hearts out to you!

"There’s a massive tension in their music, starkly minimal with something nasty threatening to emerge, like a shattered wine glass in a costume drama dinner party. Nervous keyboards played like a school assembly recital; gentle but jagged rhythmic guitar strumming; strong, wavering voice like a mean-drunk Sandy Denny echoing around the big, dark hall. I can imagine all of their songs taking place in a microcosm of some phantasmagorical stately home; first a song for looking out from the upstairs balcony on some doomed frosty morning, then they add some pre-recorded voodoo drumming to evoke some guilt-fuelled Dionysian tryst in the spring-blooming garden. Maybe D.H. Lawrence had nightmares like this sometimes..." [Ben Haggar, Plan B]

'The New and Better Heart' (MP3)
'My Fear Keeps God a Hiding' (MP3)
'Week of Wonders' (MP3)
'Joy Could be Here' (MP3)

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Various Artists
'Jar' 2xCD
(Egg 50CD)


More than 2 1/2 hours of music, including rare and exclusive tracks from Bablicon, Daniel Johnston, George, Need New Body, Scatter, The Evolution Control Committee, Volcano the Bear, Farina, The Go! Team, Big Eyes, Pop-Off Tuesday and many more.

Click here for a full tracklisting, with MP3 samples, and further reviews.

"In a nearly a decade of writing, there are few labels which have nourished me so consistently, from Ptolemaic Terrascope to BANG, Careless Talk to Plan B, and all bleary 3am service stations in between. My enthusiasm unfailingly gets a shot in the arm, my cynicism at what passes for culture kept at bay. In a world without John Peel, we need Pickled Egg more than ever, and Pickled Egg needs Us" [Steve Hanson - Ptolemaic Terrascope, Bang, Careless Talk, Plan B]

"Pickled Egg is God's record label" [Jimmy Possession - Robots and Electronic Brains, Careless Talk]

"What has always amazed me about Pickled Egg's releases, is their schizophrenic diversity, which is only matched by the consistent excellence and shared warmth and wit; the wide range of material and artists, unified only by their shared human sweetness" [George Parsons - Dream Magazine]

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Oddfellows Casino
'Winter Creatures' CD
(Egg 54CD)


Written and recorded in collaboration with Stereolab's Simon Johns, Oddfellows Casino’s 2nd album mixes elements of psychedelia, the dark folk sounds of the Wickerman, dirty electronica and early Soft Machine, all held together by Johns' punchy drum and bass playing, Emma Pepper and Alistair Strachan's melodic horns, and Bramwell's tender voice and accomplished song-writing.

"As you'd expect from the ever deliciously eclectic Pickled Egg label, the 2nd album from Brighton's Oddfellows Casino is firmly out of sync with current trends, being instead a delicate pastoral exploration of the countryside, coloured with brass and sweet vocals, reminiscent of Soft Machine-era Robert Wyatt. Notes linger. Tunes ache. Lyrics tease, like a cornucopia of found sound and jumble sale psychedelia" [Everett True, Plan B]

'Cool Water'(MP3)
'Camping on the Moon' (MP3)
'The Night we saw a Badger'(MP3)
'Rabbit County'(MP3)

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Scatter
'Surprising Sing Stupendous Love' CD
(Egg 52CD)


A large Glaswegian ensemble with a somewhat fluid membership, Scatter create music to spite those who classify sound into genres. There’s a lot of brass instrumentation (over some fairly swinging rhythms), but you wouldn’t call them jazz; there is a proliferation of voices and acoustic instruments, though you wouldn’t call them folk; but there are flourishes of stranger sounds - electronics, vocal babbling, and odd percussion - as well as ethnic/rock leanings. At their core Scatter are a glowing ball of musical energy; the clatter of various instruments are layered to create their dialogue.

"Where most free music is partisan and dogmatic, happy to play to the gallery and perpetuate internally inscribed dialogues, Scatter effortlessly reconcile freedom and composition. Instead of compromising their output, the group's tactics bolster the character of their aesthetic cross-readings. 'National Magick' moves from watery flutes and a limber motorikpulese to a rembetika-inspired melody head, the group locking their instruments in formation. This combination of jazz-derived flexibility and bowdlerised traditional music comes on like the Sun Ra Archestra tackling the Sun City Girls' classic 'Torch of the Mystics' set. Scatter's brass players slur like a drunken Albert Ayler on 'Orbling', and make like brash, bolshy big bands storming uninvited into 'Make the Time'. Rejecting the party lines that dominate improvised music discourse, while simultaneously enlivening their songs by treating them as compliant forms, Scatter's music has a joyous emotional heft, that avoids the desiccated cliches restraining so much improvisation and composition" [Jon Dale, The Wire]

'Urban Conurban' (MP3)
'National Magick' (MP3)

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Big Eyes
'We Have No Need for Voices when Our Hearts Can Sing' CD
(Egg 49CD)


Perhaps the most musically varied of all their releases, ‘WHNNFVWOHCS’ sees Big Eyes loosening their belts somewhat, with a collection of full-on chamber pieces, country mules, polkas and plainsongs. There are the precise baroque arrangements of ‘Spidersong’ and ‘On Twigs’, the American folk of ‘David’s Lovesong’ and ‘At Claydon Point’, the graceful string fugues of ‘Podsley’s Lullaby’ and ‘A Second Heavy Heart’, and the atonal meanderings of ‘Wash Me Upstream’ and ‘Drunken Ghost Dance’. The album also includes a collaboration with the multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards (ex-Tindersticks, Gallon Drunk), in the form of ‘Bugle Junior’, on which he plays flugelhorns.

'David's Love Song' (MP3)
'Bugle Junior' (MP3)
'Podsley's Lullaby' (MP3)

Download We Have No Need For Voices When Our Hearts Can Sing from eMusic

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

James Green
'Tempers' CD
(Early Winter Recordings EWR1)


Delicate and gentle as a passing breeze, the first solo record from James Green is a graceful assemblage of instrumental sketches that will appeal to all who appreciate the plaintive beauty of the classical guitar. Those familiar with Big Eyes' discography will recognise James' unmistakeable grasp for simple, affecting melody, here presented with an honest, confessional simplicity, which commands attention. All pieces are first or second take and are either solo guitar or two tracks maximum. By consciously limiting himself to this instrument and these techniques, James has developed a sound that might complement the New Folk troubadours currently emerging from the US such as Jack Rose or Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), but with a lightness of touch almost absent in any of those guitarists' work. Let it be said that this is closer to the work of Mick Turner (Dirty Three), John Williams, Bert Jansch, Eric Satie or Debussy than Fahey, Kottke, Basho or other names so often paraded but rarely equalled. Packaged in a tasteful hand-printed slip case and limited to 250 copies, this release serves a beautiful companion piece to the most recent Big Eyes album 'We have no need for voices when our hearts can sing'.

Track 2 (MP3)


UK: £6.85

   

EU: €11.50

   

US: $14.50

   

The Broken Blackbird Ensemble
'Gadzooks!' CD
(Early Winter Recordings EWR2)


‘Gadzooks!’ is the first album by new 6-piece experimental group ‘The Broken Blackbird Ensemble’. It features James and David from Big Eyes, but there the comparison ends. TBBE feature players previously and currently immersed in noise/sound experimentation, klezmer, folk, classical and acid-rock, but this, their first album, contain nothing that could be specifically classified under any of these ‘categories’.

The album was recorded and improvised in one day (in September 2004), with some tracks from the vaguest principle, others conceived from scratch. Theirs is the sound of creaking wood, gothic ragas, horrored drones, a choir of pipes and oh-so hushed melody. Is’ free-folk’ the right term? Who knows, but there is definitely some music common ground between the ‘New Weird America’ artists and TBBE.

Bambino (MP3)


UK: £6.85

   

EU: €11.50

   

US: $14.50

   

Need New Body
'UFO' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 48CD)


Unlike cheap romance novels and simple arithmetic, Need New Body's complicated sounds can't simply be summed up. The Philadelphia group, risen from the ruins of cult art-rock band Bent Leg Fatima, makes deranged, ferociously eclectic music where the wheels always seem about to come off - and that's meant as a compliment. They're not just unpredictable - there's an element of danger to the band's experiments with genre and free noise. The band's sound is a musical gumbo, exploring all sorts of rhythm - funk, dub, jazz - and roasting it with the sharp punk tongue.

'Show Me Your Heart' (MP3)
'Hot Stuff' (MP3)
'Popfest' (MP3)


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Icy Demons

'Fight Back' CD
(Cloud Recordings)

Icy Demons is a new band featuring bass player/producer Griffin Rodriquez (Bablicon, Need New Body), drummer Chris Powell (Need New Body), and Chicago instrumentalists Dave McDonnell (Bablicon), Dave Moyland & Matt Schneider. An epic journey into the nether regions of pop music, hallucinatory chamber jazz, and mid-70s German-style electronics, the rich / warm sound of the upright bass is perfectly captured within the exquisite orchestrations featuring layered woodwinds, occasional vocals, and complex percussion patterns. Pickled Egg have a limited number of these CDs for sale. The artwork includes a full-colour fold out poster.

"Fight Back is one of the most astounding and creative discs of 2004, defying predictable structures, sounding effortlessly formless while meticulously constructing its own internal language. The mood is transcendentally psychedelic. The rhythms set the vibe, off-kilter and varying throughout. The music is intrinsically rhythmic - swinging, even - though it never merely grooves. There is always a sense of movement, of progression, of being led logically from one idea to the next, guiding the listener through some very mysterious sonic forest of wondrous exotica" [Jesse Jarnow, Signal to Noise]

Temporarily out of stock.


'Icy Demons' (MP3)
'Bitter Moon'(MP3)


George
'The Magic Lantern' CD
(Egg 47CD)


Debut album from the Manchester duo of Michael Varty & Suzy Mangion. Theirs is a strange kind of music, not easily described: odd without flagrantness, more a result of old props and sleight-of-hand than special effects and attention seeking. It is the kind of music made by people who’ve been friends since school, and still use the same pre-teen electronics and percussion trolley to make old-fashioned adult music. While still students, George released two 7”’s; ‘The Summer of Stars’ on Earworm, and the acclaimed ‘As Houses’ EP on Bad Jazz. In addition, Suzy lent her vocals to Piano Magic’s 2001 album on 4AD, ‘Writers Without Homes’, contributing two tracks which have been described by many as the album’s highlights.

'The Track Through the Woods' (MP3)
'Sacamento' (MP3)
'Do You Know a Music?' (MP3)

Download The Magic Lantern from eMusic
Listen to The Magic Lantern on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

George
'All Good Things' CD EP
(Lejos 002)


We have a limited number of the new George EP, 'All Good things', released on the Spanish label, Lejos. MP3s will go up soon, but if you liked 'The Magic Lantern', you'll certainly dig this.

'Wait' (MP3)

UK: £5.00


EU: €8.00


US: $10.00

Butchy Fuego
'Butchy Fuego' CD
(Egg 44CD)


"This Chicago experimentalist encapsulates a manifesto with his 'Changing the Public's Image of the American Optician'. It splits from its polite Francis Jeffes- esque quartet halfway through, and heads into the nuthouse canteen, all rattling pans and drool. There's a schizoid attitude to composition, much like Transelement's first single, coupled with a production close to clasic Faust. 'Hot Balls' has the sort of distorted Rhodes sound that Bablicon created for 'In a Different City'. In fact, Diminisher and Blu Hawaii guest on the album, so those Soft Machine and Volcano the Bear influences are never far away. 'The Paleontologist' sounds like early Pavement, but 'Music for Sarah's Film' makes a messy dub out of some trumpet riffs, clicks and screaming. It's when this montage works that the album really shines: the Dada tradition is clearly where his sympathies lie" [Steve Hanson, Careless Talk]

'Changing the Public's Image of the American Optician' (MP3)
'Music for Sarah's Film' (MP3)

Download Butchy Fuego from eMusic
Listen to Butchy Fuego on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Pop-Off Tuesday
'Pop Ahoy!' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 40CD)


Second full-length album from the Osaka based experimental pop duo. As the title suggests, this is a more immediate and 'pop' album than it's predecessor, but is no less "mindbendingly wild or colourfully psychedelically delicious" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]. The music is a seamless and sublime fusion of dub, krautrock, triphop, 60's pop and electronica. Beautiful songs, sung beautifully by a Japanese Liz Frazer fighting the language barrier. The backing track is an audio compendium that includes snatches of cop-film funk, twangs, acid bleeps, whistles and bells. No-one else makes records this way. No-one else sounds like Pop Off Tuesday.

'Helicopter' (MP3)
'Sapo' (MP3)
'6/8 Sutra' (MP3)
'Galaxie' (MP3)

Download Pop Ahoy! from eMusic
Listen to Pop Ahoy! on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Oddfellows Casino
'Yellow Bellied Wonderland' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 39CD)


Debut album from Brighton-based Oddfellows Casino, fronted by author and former Shimmydisc collaborator, David Bramwell. Packed to the hilt with to-die-for tunes, the album lurches from Hammond-drenched pop to haunting electronica, blaring horns, wispy flutes, Eastern-sounding string arrangements, and stripped down acoustic pop songs. “It's not often that an album comes along that leaves you lost for words. If you adore subtleties and things out of step with the current consensus, then 'Yellow Bellied Wonderland' will re-affirm your faith that truly classic songwriters exist out there somewhere” [Mark Barton, Losing Today].

'Road Movie' (MP3)
'Giant Redwoods' (MP3)
'Put the Bird to Sleep' (MP3)

Download Yellow Bellied Wonderland from eMusic
Listen to Yellow Bellied Wonderland on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Big Eyes
'Love is Gone Mad' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 36CD)


Second full-length album from the Leeds/Sheffield ensemble, explores the theme of love songs in all their many manifestations. Perhaps less experimental than its predecessors, but more visceral. "Big Eyes make music that's perfect to smudge your mascara to: velvety instrumentals streaked with unfurling string glassandos, droplets of Spanish guitar and the tears of a million broken hearts. 'Love Is Gone Mad', comes on like a morphined-up Ennio Morricone, yet charms it's way into the inner ear with a beguiling beauty all it's own" [Amber Cowan, Sleazenation]

'Fast, Loose & Lovely' (MP3)
'Lament for the Lost Ones' (MP3)

Download Love is Gone Mad from eMusic

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Marshmallow Coast
'Ride the Lightning' CD
(Egg 34CD)


"Marshmallow Coast are such a rejuvenation; of folk, jazz and pop music, on a supposedly lo-fi album. Whether it's a groovy piano riff in an early 1920's jazz style, or a composition of jangly acoustic chords, this album breathes fresh air into what after all had become a pretty dull US indie scene. 'Ride The Lightning' simply embraces grandeur by humble means and rates among the year's best albums" [Maarten Schiethart, Pennyblackmusic]

'Chameleon' (MP3)
'So's with Emeralds' (MP3)
'Jebodiah's Restraints' (MP3)


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Bablicon
'A Flat Inside a Fog' CD (also on double LP)
(Egg 31CD)


"Bablicon have somewhat reined in their fractious urges on this latest opus, forging a sound that hints at Van Dyke Parks classicism one minute, Middle Eastern flavoured jazz the next, with Michael Nyman-style contemporary composition in the spaces between. Sprawling, audacious, but always intriguing, 'A Flat Inside a Fog' is the sort of singular meisterwerk that fashion may condemn to cultish obscurity, but upon which posterity is destined to smile benignly." [David Sheppard, Mojo]

'Saumur/Paris/Tea Towels' (MP3)
'Travelling' (MP3)
'Pigeon of Doom' (MP3)

Listen to A Flat inside a Fog on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Need New Body
'Need New Body' CD (also on double LP)
(Egg 30CD)


"From the ashes of Bent Leg Fatima comes Need New Body. Astonishing double album of space jazz / krautrock inventions. This 22 track CD is a vitally weird and engaging work. Tiny babies of Beefheart, Sun Ra and Sun City Girls, squealing in delight and doing mad Busby Berkeley choreography on a layer cake the size of a skyscraper" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

'20$sh' (MP3)
'Tittie Pop' (MP3)
'Gamble On' (MP3)

Listen to Need New Body on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Big Eyes
'Clumsy Music' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 29CD)


Big Eyes first full-length offering takes a darker direction than the debut mini album, 'Big Eyes Songs', treading a peculiar path through modern classical, eastern European traditional music, surf-sleaze, country, noise, experimentation and folk.

"This is a wonderful album, running down a path of great beauty" [Steve Hanson, Ptolemaic Terrascope].

'Threeleftfeet' (MP3)
'Sleep' (MP3)

Download Clumsy Music from eMusic

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Farina
'Three People' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 28CD)


"At last: a band who make frail, sad songs that capture the imagination rather than sending you to sleep. As Mark Brend sings "I've sold my remorse, I haven't repurchased it yet" on 'If She Should Blame Him', before ending with a shoulder-shrugging spot of whistling, you realise how graceful and special Farina are" [Betty Clarke, The Guardian]

"Apparently they do make them like this anymore" [David Sheppard, Q]

"This is one of the finest debut album's I've ever heard, and I suggest you avail yourself of a copy, post haste" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

'Liberty' (MP3)
'Confession TV' (MP3)
'If She Should Blame Him' (MP3)

Download Three People from eMusic

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Gulliver
'The Chocolate Album' download-only album
(Egg 27)


"Like Momus, Gulliver understands that trash can be fun if dressed up and delivered with style" [John Cavanagh, BBC Radio Scotland]

This debut album was originally scheduled for release in 2001, but a lack of funds sadly put this on the back-burner. We're now making this available - for the time being, at least - as a download-only release, though it's possible that it may yet see the light some day on CD.

'Pierre et Marie' (MP3)
'a l'imparfait' (MP3)

Download The Chocolate Album from eMusic

Le Bleu
'Out of... le Bleu' CD
(Egg 25CD)


Debut album from Edinburgh space pop Francophiles. Blame Air and Stereolab. Shades of the Velvet Underground... wrap-around, of course.

"If you rounded up all the foppish Sarah bands from 1986 and told them that the real language to sing about life in was French (however tedious life in a bedsit, failing to get off with girls from the indie disco might be), then told them to tune their fucking guitars and develop an additional dimensions then, with 15 years trying, they might have ended up sounding half as good as Le Bleu" [Jimmy Possession, Robots & Electronic Brains]

'Trop Beau Pour Etre Vrai' (MP3)
'La Vie est Comme un Fleuve' (MP3)

Download Out of...Le Bleu from eMusic

UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Marshmallow Coast
'Seniors & Juniors' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 24CD)


Andy Gonzales (Of Montreal, Music Tapes) weaves a gentle tapestry of incandescent melody and sweeping emotion, these songs exude a fragile beauty and tattered whimsicality, at times reminiscent of the solo works of Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett or Kevin Ayres.

"Throughout its 13 song sprawl, Seniors and Juniors takes in elements of country, pop, jazz and folk, effortlessly blending them into its own unique sound. Upon first listen the album comes off as rather childlike, but subsequent airings allow a fragile beauty and tattered whimsicality to shine through" [Splendidezine]

"This record is preciously out-of-step. Comprised of sparse piano and guitar figures alongside gingerly placed bits of percussion, recorder and clarinet, the songs exude a soothing simplicity and a stark sadness" [CMJ New Music Report]

'Seniors & Juniors' (MP3)
'Little Pythagoras' (MP3)


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Daniel Johnston
'Rejected Unknown' CD (also on double LP)
(Egg 22CD)


First outing in 6 years from the troubled Texas singer-songwriter. Admirers and past collaborators include Kurt Cobain, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Simpson’s creator Matt Groening. Johnston has battled for 20 years with recurrent mental illness, and these songs bear the scars.

"You won’t hear a more poignant, raw and (curiously) humorous album all year. Johnston may not write or sing "properly", but he has heart and instinctive talent in abundance" [Joe Cushley, Mojo]

'Party' (MP3)
'Girl of My Dreams' (MP3)
'Favourite Darling Girl' (MP3)


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Big Eyes
'Big Eyes Songs' CD (also on 10" mini LP)
(Egg 21CD)


Debut release from Leeds/Sheffield-based quartet. Twelve short, achingly beautiful pieces of naïve, classically-influenced music, featuring guitar, accordion, violin, bass and spoken vocals.

"A dozen tracks in less than 19 minutes: starts out with 'Red Tricycle', all hauntinggypsy violin and bouncy folkish mystery. 'The Boo Girl' is like a sadder Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Dog Eared is like a more concise Rachels doing an instrumental Tindersticks. Mostly it's like a series of bittersweetly evocative instrumental sketches in acoustic guitar, violin, accordion, auto-harp and bass. Entirely dreamy and excellent, without trying too hard at all. Maybe next time they could stay a bit longer?" [George Parsons, Dream Magazine]

'Gin Head' (MP3)
'Feathers' (MP3)

Download Big Eyes Songs from eMusic

UK: £6.50


EU: €10.75


US: $14.00

Bablicon
'The Orange Tapered Moon' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 20CD)


Second full-length outing from the Chicago-based trio.

"They're primarily an instrumental outfit that thrives on energetic improvisation - even the Beefheart resemblance, which evokes an image of wide-ranging experimentation, is probably too limiting, as Bablicon dabble in thoroughly modern ambient music and noise textures as well, working their way through a huge library of musical toys with both joy and skill" [Mark Richard-San, Pitchfork Media]

'Silicon)(Bucktown' (MP3)
'An Orange Pumpkin Glowing Moon Ensemble' (MP3)

Listen to The Orange Tapered Moon on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Pop-Off Tuesday
'See My Ghost' CD (also on 10" mini LP)
(Egg 14CD)


Six track mini album, more experimental than the self-titled debut.

"See My Ghost has in effect taken all the best bits from 60s pop, 70s krautrock, 80s synth-pop and 90s electronica and made a timeless collage of sounds that is a pure pleasure to listen to. It's a sound that's most definitely not of this world; I suggest you buy this as soon as you can lay your hands on a copy" [The Satellite]

'Ms Boo Boo's Return' (MP3)
'Wafflehead' (MP3)

Download See My Ghost from eMusic

UK: £6.50


EU: €10.75


US: $14.00

Bablicon
'In a Different City' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 13CD)


Awesome debut album, given instant credibility by the Melody Maker review... "Certainly the worst record ever made". Well, it was never intended for the narrow-minded...

"Bablicon are a besuited Chicago trio who decontruct jazz with a grooviness and inate musicality which beggar's belief" [Joe Cushley, Mojo"]

"A wonderfully deranged slab of free flowing carnival space-jazz. Sporadic vocals, samples, and marching bands waft in and out of the mix, creating a scattershot feel that somehow works like a charm" [Splendidezine]

"When they pick up speed with their deliriously satisfying webs of bass/sax hypnotics, they start to approximate the metallic backbone that Beefheart never had" [David Keenan, The Wire]

'At The Birthday Party' (MP3)
'2 Birds (1 Wing)' (MP3)

Listen to In a Different City on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00

Pop-Off Tuesday
'Pop-Off Tuesday' CD (also on LP)
(Egg 5CD)


Wonderful debut album from the Osaka-based experimental pop duo.

"At their best, the elements come together with an enticing bleakness reminiscent of Nico's Masterpiece, 'The Marble Index'. Highly recommended" [Andy Gill, The Independent]

"Smell the utterly beguiling weirdness inherent within these 12 squabbling, squealing noisescapes, all battered sweet symphonies and industrial surges laced with mischievous intent. Fantastically logic-defying" [Simon Williams, NME]

'Unworldly' (MP3)
'Mad Tea Party' (MP3)
'As Evil Dance' (MP3)

Download Pop-Off Tuesday from eMusic
Listen to Pop-Off Tuesday on Last.fm


UK: £10.00


EU: €15.00


US: $18.00



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