mini50 Will Be Here

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We will have cds, vinyl, bags, deals, Now Wakes the Sea in person, possibly cakes.  And we will be drinking beer and making sure we have money to spend as at last years event in Glasgow there was lots we wanted to buy and we had no money.  By we, I mean me.  And that sucked.

Anyways, come join us at the Pleasance, drink too much beer and spend too much money on awesome music from loads of awesome labels.

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Congratulations Matthew Collings

Delighted to say that my friend and partner in Graveyard Tapes, Matthew Collings, will be releasing his new solo album via the awesome Denovali records. ‘Silence is a Rhythm Too’ is a brilliant piece of music.  And to make things even sweeter, Denovali will be re-releasing his debut record ‘Splintered Instruments’.  Both these records will be released on CD and vinyl and will hopefully see Matt finally get the recognition that his work deserves.  Following on from his beautiful ‘Fireworks and the Dead City Radio’ under his Sketches for Albinos moniker.  If you are not familiar with the work of Denovali, then do check them out because they release some superb records and it’s wonderful to see Matt added to their roster.  So a massive congratulations to him.

Old Earth – Small Hours Pre-Order Now Available

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We are very excited to announce that pre-order of the new Old Earth album ‘Small Hours’ is now available from the mini50 records bandcamp page.  This record is Todd Umhoefer’s follow up to the brilliant ‘low place at the Old Place’ and we hope that you will help support the record by getting your pre-order in early.  Obviously all money made from pre-orders helps us get the best product we can and promote it the best we can so we really do need your support with this one and hope that you can spare some pennies to get your hands on something special.  Definitely one for fans of Smog or Mount Eerie.

 

T.E Morris – The Hanging Man.

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Ages ago I wrote about the wonderful debut EP by T.E Morris, front man of Her Name Is Calla.  Since that release, in January 2011, he seems to have been a busy boy releasing music regularly on his bandcamp page.  He’s also been kept busy with his band.  Quite a remarkable level of output if I’m honest, so approaching this new EP entitled ‘The Hanging Man’ I was a little apprehensive.  Surely such a prolific output means that quality is filtered out?  Apparently not.   This is yet again a stunning piece of music from a truly gifted song-writer.  Unlike HNIC where post-rock is the order of the day, Morris approaches his solo stuff with a delicacy and intimacy that some of the best solo song-writers fail to capture.  At times I cannot believe that this is his side project, possibly undertaken for fun in between Calla records.  This is seriously accomplished song-writing delivered in the most beautiful fashion.

I cannot recommend this EP highly enough.  16 odd minutes of pure bliss.  ‘I Love You Satellite is simply stunning.  Please check out T.E Morris here.

Enjoy.

glacis – 22.16.04 EPs Available

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As you all know, I have recently released an EP with Belgian label Soft Corridor under my glacis guise.  Limited to 55 copies there are now only 4 left with Soft Corridor.  However, I have 7 copies myself which you can buy direct from me should you choose.  All you have to do is drop me an e-mail at mini50records@hotmail.co.uk or glacismusic@gmail.com and we will sort out payment through paypal.

It’s been really lovely to work with Julien and Jess of Soft Corridor and to receive the lovely messages and reviews that I have so far.  2013 is shaping up to be a big year for glacis with 2 long players currently being worked on.  I imagine these won’t see the light of day until 2014 but the work is well advanced in one case and just begun in the other.  So we shall see.

In the meantime, if you’d like a copy of 22.16.04 then please get in touch whilst they are still in existance.  And, if you drop me an e-mail at glacismusic@gmail.com I will automatically add you to the mailing list and give you the option of a download of either ‘Lost Again on Waking’ or ‘music from the animation Tohu Va Vohu’….

 

Carlos Cipa

I have Seventeen Seconds blog to thank for this.  Was over there this morning and stumbled upon this.  Having been immersed in Nils Frahm first thing this is the ideal follow up.  Carlos Cipa is a german based composer signed to Denovali – also home to my friend Talvihorros – and is simply stunningly good on piano.  This is really beautiful and continues my Saturday in fine style.  So a massive thanks to Ed for supporting such wonderful music.  Who knew there were other bloggers in Scotland so moved by such beautiful classical work!  Check out more here:

Library Tapes – Sun Peeking Through

In a world where Kurt Cobain made the guitar cool in the 1990s, not many kids were seen to take up piano.  Being a rock star was just not possible sitting down, restricted by the instrument you played.  No, you had to stand, front and centre and you had to be seen and you had to play guitar.  Fortunately, thanks to the likes of Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick and others of this mould, playing the piano doesn’t have to be considered uncool anymore.  In fact, so much of the most interesting music I know and love has been created using a piano.  And nobody does simplistic piano better than David Wenngren better known as Library Tapes.  In fact, he’s probably the artist who originally sucked me into the fascinating world of instrumental, ambient, experimental….whatever you want to call it…music.

‘Sun Peeking Through’ his latest offering under the Library Tapes guise is perhaps a little warmer than some of his earlier work but still has the maudlin feel you would expect from Library Tapes.   But their is definitely optimism shining through this record that has perhaps not always been evident in his earlier work.

Adding to the texture of the record are Danny Norbury (cello), Sarah Kemp (violin) and Julia Kent (cello) and they compliment Wenngren’s piano musings in a subtle and beautiful way.  More acoustic and less glitchy than some of his work this really is another triumph for Library Tapes keeping him firmly at the forefront of his field and making him as vital a musician now as he ever has been.

You can check out Library Tapes new record here.

Enjoy.

Beck Hansen’s Song Reader

Well, Beck has announced his new album.  Here is what he has to say on his website:

In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.

This is not a new idea but it certainly is one that will generate a whole lot of discussion and that, I guess, is the point.

I admit, my initial reaction was ‘why’ but that viewpoint has changed a lot through discussion and reading more about it.  I see a lot of problems with the release but I also see a lot of potential positives – though not directly related to the illegal downloading of music.

Anyways, it’s an interesting piece of work so if you have any thoughts on it don’t hesitate to share them.

 

Fieldhead – A Correction

Great news from Gizeh Records is that the simply outstanding Fieldhead returns on 22 October with his new record ‘A Correction’.  I am a massive Fieldhead fan so am very excited by this news.   You can stream the title track from the album HERE and you should because it’s simply brilliant.  Cannot wait for this record.