Another group of Masters students from Type & Media at The Hague’s Royal Academy of Art graduated recently. Check out the 12 new typefaces that are their respective final projects. Perhaps most impressive is Barbara Bigosińska’s Mala, which is designed for maps and complex layering of information. Or the beautiful Curtis, derived from broad nib calligraphy.
Archive for July, 2013
In a few months Record Turnover will be turning 3 years old. After summer I will retire Record Turnover as a club night, to focus on collecting vinyl – mainly 60s beat, garage, psych and northern soul 45s. It will continue as a blog about music/art/design and of course there will be podcasts and reviews of new music. As I will have less time to write extensively, more will happening on the Record Turnover facebook page, and our soundcloud profile. Please follow both!
As a dj I will continue with both the Dance Parlance and the Shadows & Reflections concepts, in various venues. They have proved to be a lot more fun and appreciated.
As of next week, I will be working at e-Types as a graphic designer. I am extremely pleased about this, since I’ve already started to feel at home there and consider it a great place to work and grow in. I am still open to freelance opportunities, but they will be limited to my spare time. Please see e-types.com for more information and contact details, and feel free to follow e-Types on facebook if you want timely updates on our projects.
Finally it’s time for the first proper Shadows & Reflections club night. This is taking place in Malmö on Saturday, together with another club, Ode to Joy. Three dance floors at Moriskan, and we’ll be occupying one of them. It’s usually 100 SEK to get in and me and Lauren will be playing until 3am. Don’t miss this one, and check out our spotify list! Photo by Ilya Bukirev.
Shadows & Reflections
Klubb Ode to Joy @ Moriskan
Messis is back, his new LP Case Closed is available from the reliable State Records. With his new 12 tracks, Paul steps up the songwriting a notch as well as the arrangments. A thick layer of backing vocals, 12-string guitar leads, seething fuzz breaks; it’s all here. The careful listener will also notice hooks and licks lifted from a lifetime of digging through the back room of obscure garage and folk-punk compilations. The obligatory cover version: check, this time he tries his hand at The Five Bucks’ “No Use In Tryin'”. The bitter realism and societal rebellion are still the main lyrical themes, and it doesn’t get any clearer than on what is perhaps my favourite track, “A Matter of Opinion”. It reaches new highs of bittersweet beauty as Messis lays himself bare. Treading the same path, the lamenting “Nickel and Dimes” (hear it below, with a brilliant Byrdsian solo), “Sad How a Love Fades Away” and closing track “Goodbye” would have made for a very bleak record. But although Messis seems to have been through a tough stint, he manages to sound carefree over major sus4-riffs on “It Doesn’t Matter to Me”. This track, which he himself describes as a Euro-beat ballad, makes me think of Sandy Coast, and it’s easy to see why State chose it promote the record with this video. Naturally you also get your fill of five straight-up garagepunk songs on this record. All impeccably produced by Marty and Mole of The Higher State. On the formulaic but efficient freakbeat workout “Sowing Seeds” drummer Mole gets his own time in the limelight, bringing to mind his heyday as bass master in The Embrooks. All in all, Case Closed is a remarkably solid album from a contemporary songwriter – even more so than Messis’ debut The Problem With Me from two years ago.
I’d also like to recommend an upcoming release on Messis’ own record label Market Square. It’s a 45 from Brighton instrumental group The Space Agency. “Bombay Potatoes” and “Purple Power” will have you drooling if you liked Vibrasonic, so check it out here.
State Records have started a new 45 series called Sandgate Sound Acetates, the first being the debut from The Baron Four called “Yes I Do”. The Baron Four take off where Thee Vicars stopped after a tragic death. Don’t miss them live with The Higher State and Italian legends Head & the Hares in London next month.
Label owners The Higher State drop their own contribution to the series with the unwieldily titled “Potentially (Everyone Is Your Enemy)”. The a-side mixes viscous fuzz with a jangly chorus, both sounds that the group is well versed in by now – making it seem like they can churn out new high-standard material at the drop of a hat. “All Ties That Bind” on the flip is a short but sweet affair. And it should be added that the releases in this series are all in mono, with a sleeve/label combination that will have you reminiscing over Hangman’s Daughter 45s in no time.
But The Higher State are also looking ahead, with an upcoming US release, once again on 13 O’Clock. “I Just Pretend” is out in October and features a classic CBS design with a push-out centre. Hear edits from both releases below.