Archive for September, 2015

Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Worthless & The Wrong Society

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After an album they were mildly disappointed with, The Wrong Society from Hamburg released a fantastic single last year. It was called “To Be Free”, came out on a small label and was full of angsty and moody 60s garage stylings. Bernie and Kai have done a great job spreading the word about the group and now they have a new single out on Paul Messis’ boutique label Market Square. The new one has “She Destroyed Me” on the a-side, a particularly honest put-down number with plenty of organ. The jangly New England sound of the flip is paired with some evil-sounding fuzz, to make what is probably their best song so far.

Worthless is a weirdo DIY group from Brooklyn, who released an interesting psychedelic album called Keep Sleeping a few years ago on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond (also the home of Heaters). I was less impressed with the new album All My Friends Are Stone that is out now on the same label. It devotes most of its time to the 17-minute closing track and never gets to the high of “We’ve Always Been Here”. However, they also have a single out on Market Square and now we’re talking. The b-side “Softest” will in particular appeal to those who liked the Smoking Trees album from earlier this year – and definitely any fan of the The Fugs.

Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Heaters & The Mantles

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Heaters are back with a second album, out on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond – and the coloured vinyl is almost sold out already. I love my green copy of the non-album single “Mean Green” and while this record is more mellow it’s still bang on psychedelic stuff. Holy Water Pool will keep you dreaming about sunny poolsides a bit longer.

In case you didn’t know, The Mantles have got their act together and recorded another album’s worth of Bay Area goodness. The brilliantly titled All Odds End, is out at the end of the month but you can already check out the nervy “Hate to See You Go” and a couple more on Soundcloud. This actually reminds me of the new Blank Realm record out on Bedroom Suck, which is quickly becoming a favourite of 2015.

Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: Music

Widowspeak | All Yours

Simply love the new Widowspeak album – are Captured Tracks back on track? Check out this  intimate session video, and the one for the lead single track “Girls”. Got to love the album cover too – this is the best the group (duo) has ever been.

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Date: September 30th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Butterscotch Cathedral

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Matt Rendon of The Resonars is back. After having played in bands like Lenguas Largas, The Knockout Pills and Freezing Hands, he’s now started a new studio project called The Butterscotch Cathedral. It picks up where he left off with the latest album Crummy Desert Sound, which I rated top album of that year. The new one is equally ambitious, upping the ante for his experimental side even more. The self-titled concept album is a tribute to baroque pop masterpieces like Odessey and Oracle and perhaps most notably Tommy. Rendon has often mentioned the immense influence of The Who on his music-making, and you can also spot traces of Butterfly-era Hollies on this one. This is a brilliant record with only 3 tracks – the first one doesn’t even have a title. Head over to Trouble in Mind to pick up your copy before the release on Friday – trust me, this is not one you want to listen to on Spotify or the horrible Apple Music.

Date: September 29th, 2015
Cate: graphic design

Night Kaleidoscope

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Here’s the poster for Grant McPhee’s latest film, Night Kaleidoscope.

Date: September 25th, 2015
Cate: graphic design

Smash Bang Pow winter schedule

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I’ve been working on yet a new identity concept for Danish booking agency Smash Bang Pow. Here’s the first fruits of that labour. First off, it is to be used for their winter line-up posters and flyers. The graphic has been created using asdf-sort Processing scripts.

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Date: September 13th, 2015
Cate: graphic design

Design concept for HYMN

During the summer I’ve been working on extending the visual identity for Hymn, which is now one of Sweden’s biggest online magazines for new music. The identity has been broadened to include co-branding, or events presented by Hymn. That could e.g. be a concert where the band takes prominence over the brand. Eventually, the plan is to introduce further colours into the palette. The concept is designed to handle unique band logos or layouts using varying fonts – shown here are Sectra and Haptik Rotalic from Grilli Type, as well as Playtype’s good old Signature. The stroke becomes an active element, shown in the slide below.

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The basic design relies on monochrome photos with burnt out backgrounds.

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In cases where suitable images cannot be found, the follow layout should be used.

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Suggestions for three new secondary colours.

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Date: September 10th, 2015
Cate: new releases

Scully | Don’t Want That

One of the most interesting new bands to appear is ex-Splinters outfit Scully, who just released a split single with La Luz in the LAMC series. This track is brilliant! Free downloads as usual, and check out their demo tape too.

Date: September 10th, 2015
Cate: graphic design, Music

September’s Todo Gira

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We’ll be warming up for Double Sight ’15 in two weeks time, with another Todo Gira. Marcus is also doing the last ever Radio Syd dj set this weekend, so Todo Gira will sadly be the only psychedelic night in Malmö (and Sweden?) after that.

Date: September 10th, 2015
Cate: new releases

The Magnetic Mind | Is Thinking About It

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The Magnetic Mind has been the London band to watch for a while now. And now their debut album is finally out on Rowed Out, and it’s threatening to be the best album of the year. You could hear the brilliant “When the Morning Comes” in the last RECORD TURNOVER podcast, and be sure not to miss them at Double Sight, Glasgow’s and the world’s premier psychedelic weekender.