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New Label Launched – Two Hands Music

Things got a bit quiet for a while here on S4E, and there’s a little bit for me to catch up on, but this is one of the reasons why.

Two Hands Music is a new, independent label, officially launched this week and run by a good friend of mine in the UK, with me tagging along and generally making a nuisance of myself. So, for the last couple of months, while they do all the hard work, I’ve been doing stuff like that logo up there, taking pictures of their lovely hand-assembled packaging, and constantly sending emails that start with “I had this idea….“, plus other important label-type things, like getting magnets with the logo & slogan printed – which I assume is essential for all music labels who want to be taken seriously, ’cause who doesn’t take magnets seriously, right?

What is actually really important is our first release, announced over on our dedicated blog yesterday. Invisible Elephant’s debut, The Lights Go Out, was one of my favourite releases in 2010, so I couldn’t be happier that our first release is the follow-up, Anomie or Swimming in a Black Sea.

All the relevant info and links can be found by visiting the Two Hands Music website, and if anyone out there would like more info, or a digital copy of the album to review, you can contact us at twohandsmusic[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thanks to anyone who checks it out and/or supports our efforts.

S4E


Inverted Audio / Lefse Records Free Mix

♬Free Music is Nice♬

Lefse Records, home to such artists as Neon Indian, A Grave With No Name, Low Sea, How To Dress Well, Woodsman and more, recently put together a seamless mix currently available for free download exclusively through Inverted Audio,  featuring tracks by artists currently making the play rotation over at Lefse.

Of particular worthy note is that the mix features recent S4E fave Invisible Elephant. (You can find the full tracklist below). Here is the (abridged) quote, which is featured in full over at Inverted Audio , as is an interview with Matt from Lefse Records:

This mix is simply a bunch of tracks Lefse Records is loving right now. The mix starts off with an inspirational Phillip Glass track. Glass is amazing to listen to really loud when you really need to hunker down and finish a tough project. Woodsman are a Lefse artist. They turned this new track which is one of my favourites by them.

Invisible Elephant is an overlooked UK band*, who will no doubt start gaining some steam. Their EP “The Lights Go Out” is truly amazing. Reuben Wilson’s “Were in Love” is an oldie but goodie.

Emily Neveu is the front lady of Calico Horse, who is starting to branch out a bit, and this track is remixed by Waaga’s White Mountains. Shape of Broad Minds is a much slept on Hip Hop group. This track features MF Doom.

Spirituals is a Waaga artist, and this song doesn’t appear on his upcoming record. ‘A Lull’ are a great Chicago band. Lefse put out a Tape Deck Mountain last year, and this is one of the tracks remixed by Arms and Sleepers.

*I do feel it necessary to point out here that Invisible Elephant is in fact a solo project. ;)

Here’s the full tracklist:

1. Phillip Glass: Etolie Polaire (from Analog)
2. Woodsman: I Can’t Move
3. Invisible Elephant: Wind Up Bird
4. Reuben Wilson: We’re in Love
5. Emily Neveu: The Sun (White Mountains remix)
6. Shape of Broad Minds: Lets go (Spaceboogie)
7. Geotic: Time Melts Like Snow Off the Porch
8. Ganglians: My House (demo)
9. Cass Mccombs: Not the Way
10. Safe: Twenty Years On
11. Spirituals: You Would’ve faked It
12. A Lull: Weapons for War
13. Tape Deck Mountain: 80/20 (Arms and Sleepers remix)
14. Burning Spear: One Africa
15. The Coctails: Peel

15 great reasons to click a link and grab some freebies!

S4E


Invisible Elephant – Pre-Order Now Available

Ah, what a difference a day makes!

Pre-orders for The Lights Go Out are being taken now, with a shipping date of May 10th, or nearest to.

The CD is being produced in a limited amount of 50 CDr’s and comes packaged in a recycled chipboard sleeve; each one hand numbered and hand stamped. They look great (checkout the new artwork at the link below),  and for a humble £5.00, you’ll get your money’s worth. The three additional tracks that aren’t available in the downloadable version are:

  • The Lights Go Out and Everybody Disappears
  • Wind-Up Bird (Extended)
  • Marrakesh Street Scene

Order it through the Sonic Reverie Records store!

S4E


Invisible Elephant – CD Release Update

Just a quick update for those who are waiting…

The artwork for the CD release of Invisible Elephant‘s album The Lights Go Out has been decided upon but is being held under wraps, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see for that one. The release date is currently slated for May 10 – which, if all goes according to plan, means not having to wait too much longer!

The release will be in quite limited numbers, so I suggest acting quickly if you want to be able to lay claim to one of them. Those who do will be supplied with a further 3 bonus tracks unavailable any other way, making it a worthwhile purchase indeed.

In the meantime, and if you haven’t yet done so, you can still grab the original album via Bandcamp, well worth the download and highly recommended for fans of shoegaze, post-rock and psychedelia. (I also recommend paying particular attention to You Can Have It All – great stuff, and likely to take you by surprise even if you are paying close attention).

If you need further convincing, take a listen right here to two tracks from the album – Communication (Part II) and Time. (Thanks to dayne815).


Invisible Elephant – The Lights Go Out Limited Edition CD

Anyone out there that has visited this blog more than once may have read a recent post where I mentioned a great album available via Bandcamp – The Lights Go Out by Invisible Elephant; a solo project out of the UK doing awesome things with “guitars n’ stuff” (my full and proper review is available to read on Last.fm).

I am now beyond thrilled to be able to announce that this project will be getting a physical release via Sonic Reverie Records. The artwork for a limited edition CD is currently being produced, with the CD to be available as early as next week and will include a few bonus tracks previously unavailable.

This is great news indeed, and an even better opportunity to show your support for unique and independant artists producing quality music (not to mention getting your hands on those exclusive tracks – having had the honour of hearing a couple of them, I can assure you they’re worth getting hold of).

If you have not already done so, I urge you to check out this album post haste. Full details on the where’s and when’s of the release will be posted as soon as I know them, so you can be first in line to snap up one of the CDs (after me, of course ;)).

Invisible Elephant on Bandcamp.

On MySpace

On Last.fm

Sonic Reverie Records website

On Blogspot

On Bandcamp

On Last.fm

S4E


Of Course Everyone Wants to Know What I’m Listening To

Pillars and Tongues - Lay of Pilgrim Park

I was much quicker on the mark with this one. By which I mean the latest recording of Pillars and Tongues, released back in February.

Called Lay of Pilgrim Park, the release is limited to 500 vinyl pressings (with a complimentary download) and also available to purchase as a download only. With the magic that I thought their Daytrotter session was, as well as the album Protection (album? the four tracks do have a total running time of about 50 mins, but I suppose whether you consider that an album or EP is a minor detail), I had pretty high expectations for the new release, and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed. Pillars and Tongues  have their craft finely tuned, and Lay of Pilgrim Park is the perfect evidence for it.

The LP can be purchased from the Endless Nest store as well as from Midheaven, where the album can also be purchased in digital format.

Autistic Daughters - Uneasy Flowers

I’ve also just developed a keen fondness for Autistic Daughters, a recommendation on the basis of my resurging interest in P&T, as well as a recent liking for Natural Snow Buildings and fellow Kranky label-mates To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie. On that basis, the rec definitely has merit, but Autistic Daughters stand apart as unique. Blending similar elements, Autistic Daughters are mellow, blues-y and downright seductive.  If you consider the three aforementioned artists – and are familiar enough with each of their sound – you may have a decent frame of reference with what to expect from Autistic Daughters. Then you’ll listen to them and they’ll exceed those expectations. I heard two songs from their 2004 release Jealousy and Diamond and immediately sought the quickest way possible to acquire both of their albums.  (The other being 2008′s Uneasy Flowers).

I resorted to purchasing them in digital format, of course, but owing to my preference for hard-copy I’ll be replacing them with CD versions. Possibly obsessive, possibly a pointless exercise, but I think it was worth it just to be able to hear them post-haste. ;)

Invisible Elephant - The Lights Go Out

I also made a nifty discovery on the site Bandcamp, called Invisible Elephant. I went there looking for something new and interesting, and I think I was pretty darn lucky to have found it as subsequent visits have failed to turn up anything to pique my interest. (This may have something to do with the rather non-existent search engine/terms. The only way to refine a search is by genre tag. Depending on the tag, this turns up vast amounts of artists and albums that would take hours to wade through, or only one or two that have picked such an obscure tag the only way to find it is by browsing all tags and picking it if it sounds interesting.  Or if you already know the artist you’re looking for. I find that somewhat annoying and think more options should be made available for casual browsers. But enough about my demands). Invisible Elephant’s album The Lights Go Out is a dreamy blend of post rock, shoegaze, psych and folk, which is more than worth the free download. I’ve rabbited on quite a bit about in various places so I’ll leave it now with a succinct: Grab it here. (That’s an order, not a dare ;)).

Have A Nice Life - Time of Land

Lastly, thanks once again to a recommendation, I was directed to take a peek at Have A Nice Life, currently offering a 4-track EP called Time of Land for free download here. I have it on decent authority that these tracks are much in the same vein as their album; rather, if you like the artist these songs will offer you something a little more, while not something much different. That’s ok with me, as if this EP is a good indication of what the album Deathconsciousness sounds like, I want it. :) (Think: shoegaze, industrial, post-punk, psych… Appetising combo).

S4E


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