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Shifting Sands - Zoe / Run
Shifting Sands
Zoe / Run
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Occultation)
8,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
After touring the US West Coast supporting David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights, Mike McLeod booked time at Manny’s Estudio International in East L.A. “Far less glamorous than it sounds” says Mike. Joining the sessions was guest guitarist Steven Schayer, an LA-based musician who’d played in The Chills’ early 90’s Soft Bomb era, and he brought a different flavour, complementing The Shifting Sands’ independent DIY no. 8 wire approach. Producer Manny Nieto, who's worked with Steve Albini, The Breeders and Los Lobos, recorded the band on a Neotek console to 2” tape, mixing to ¼", then the songs were mastered back home by Tex Houston. The 7” vinyl format completes the analogue approach Whereas previous albums featured fuzzy guitars and synthesisers, this session involved fewer layers, but greater harmonic breadth. Tom added 8 string bass and Mike used a guitar tuned down an octave. While there are fewer layers of harmonic distortion - a characteristic component of the Shifting Sands sound - there's still plenty of harmonic complexity, only done differently. These songs reflect a special moment in time, in the sweltering heat of L.A., while the band were far from their busy normal lives and able to spend time fully-focused on making music, in a vastly different environment to their base at Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, in their home town of Dunedin.
Élan Vital - Shadow Self
Élan Vital
Shadow Self
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Occultation)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Here's an intriguing delivery from a trio that formed inDunedin, New Zealand. Featuring keyboards, synths, drummachines, bass and vocals, the sound showcases influences fromorgan driven '60s garage-psych as well as contemporary Europeansynth-pop dance music. In the end we get feedback-strafedsoundtrack instrumentals for imaginary dystopian sci-fi films, blooming into upliftingly gloomy melodic dream-pop.
John Howard - Across The Door Sill
John Howard
Across The Door Sill
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Occultation)
15,99 €* 19,99 € -20%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
When John Howard’s 1975 album Kid In A Big World was reissued to wide acclaim in 2003, it marked his return to writing and recording after twenty years of silence. Since then John has recorded new material for various labels, including his much-admired 2005 release, As I Was Saying and the internationally-feted 2015 album John Howard & The Night Mail. He has now settled comfortably with Occultation for what will hopefully be a long-term residency. Recorded over a twelve-month period, Across The Door Sill features many-layered pianos and vocals. Whereas John Howard & The Night Mail was a “band album”, Door Sill is very much a solo work. With five brand-new songs investigating the process of dreams and how one can imagine crossing previously-unseen thresholds, embarking on new adventures and challenges, through differing timelines, the album was inspired by 13th Century poet Rumi’s Quatrains and is viewed by John as his most challenging release yet. One can hear the influence of John’s own songwriter heroes - Laura Nyro and Roy Harper in particular - with its long-form, languidly organic compositions and eschewal of the usual verse/chorus/middle-eight song structure. “An album that will take a few listens, I think,” says John.
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