A little update from Paradise...
Thanks to everyone who made it down for audiobooks' album launch party last Friday, we had a blast (and a terrible hangover the next morning)! For those who missed it, or who wanna hang out again, keep an eye on our social media for updates on future events.
More great new releases this week -
Finding my go to record in the shop this week to be the new Bill Ryder-Jones LP, Yawn. Total Red House Painters vibes, perfect for this sudden drop in temperature and greying colour palette. A couple of these tracks could sit very comfortably on Rollercoaster, but that's not to say the album doesn't have character of it's own, in fact the opposite; with Bill having written, performed and produced the LP almost entirely himself, it oozes with his personality. And then there's his voice! Each line feels like a final sigh, like he's got just enough air left in his lungs to get each word out.. Great record.
Very happy to have an all-time favourite of mine on the shelves, Unwound's swan song and absolute masterpiece, Leaves Turn Inside You. Unavailable on vinyl since it's initial release in 2001 (outside of it's inclusion in the Empire boxset), Numero serve up an excellent remaster in a perfectly reproduced sleeve. After 5 incredible studio albums with producer Steve Fisk, Unwound decided to scrap the formula (bored of being the greatest post-hardcore band of all time?!), set up their own recording equipment and take a different, more studio experimentation focused approach. The results are ghostly, suffocating, truly unique. And what other band would have the final song on their final album be a track that they don't even play on, titled 'Who Cares'?? Big big recommendation.
Some great soundtracks this week too! The first ever film score collaboration from two of the greatest partners in the wild wild south, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' The Proposition OST is released on vinyl for the first time, courtesy of Mute.
Jonny Trunk also serves up a first time release with David Shire's amazing minimal score for The Conversation. Billed as the aural counterpart to Antonioni's Blow Up, the soundtrack perfectly underpins a film obsessed with sound. Top tip!
Elsewhere we've got two radical mid-70s free jazz outings on Aguirre, a bonkers and eclectic Fabric live from Kode9 & Burial, plenty of reminders that Italians Do It Better, a chance to hark back to Thee Oh Sees' softer freak folk beginnings or get your noise fix from Guttersnipe and Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal!!
Plenty to look forward to for next week too, including a heavy psych holy grail from Blue Cheer's Randy Holden, another batch of much needed Stereolab reissues and a lovingly put together posthumous final album from the late, great Charles Bradley. RIP.