Aural Delights 498

On this show new music from Dominic Carlton Jones, Mount Maxwell, Salem Trials, The Courettes, The Shenandoah Electric Company, Neural Dance and Chris Beyt. I’m focusing on the band Big Thief . There’s also archive tracks from Dave Graney and Kim Salmon

  • Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist – I Am Your Humble Servant (Supermodified Remix) from Supermodified (2010)
    • A remix/remaster/replayed compilation. Dave says “There are ten tracks from “the brother who lived”, 4 tracks from “heroic blues” and 4 previously unreleased songs that were all recorded at either of those sessions. “Its like a souped up hot rodded version of the original songs, with some extra tracks that got lost along the way. We put the songs up on the blocks and re-tuned them, re-sang them, re-strung them , put more drums and percussion and vocals and keys and remixed all of them. Inserted ,bussed , sent, returned, compressed , buzzed, eq’d and coloured all the reverbs and delays and remastered it at the end. Its a new thing. It’s a pop collection with a sleek, dark and sinister , kinda Roxy thread running through it. An album for the times”.
  • Dominic Carlton Jones – Old order new order from They Say We React (2022)
    • The EP is a reaction to a post lockdown world and follows on logically from Dominic’s previous release “Tales From The Lockdown Basement”. Four new tracks focus on the changes that have happened in the world since the last release. All lyrics voice and instruments-DCJ except Bass on Transition and Old order new order by Danny Needham
  • Kim Salmon & The Surrealists – You’re Such A Freak from Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing (1997)
    • One time leader of the much revered swamped-out noise merchants The Scientists and former axegrinder/songwriter for the most brutal (and sometimes beautiful) Beasts Of Bourbon, Kim Salmon has also been doing his own thing since about 1985 with help from his mighty Surrealists. Having released a bunch of classic albums such as Hit Me With The Surreal Feel, Sin Factory, Just Because You Can’t See It Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t There on the very cool Red Eye label, Kim Salmon & The Surrealists jumped aboard the ‘Cow in 1997 to release what many considered to be their best album to date in Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing. Kim has recently revisited the whole album in a live setting thus prompting its extraction from the archive.
  • Mount Maxwell – Only Children from Only Children (2021)
    • A founding member of Vancouver Island’s MMR Collective, and head of the Canadian experimental electronic label Hotham Sound, artist and musician Jamie Tolagson (Mount Maxwell) currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. His music is a unique blend of analog synths and acoustic instrumentation, calling to mind such artists as Boards of Canada, Bruce Langhorne, and Tangerine Dream. A preoccupation with childhood perception, utopian thinking, and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest runs throughout his work, which has been featured in Discorder Magazine, Tabs Out, Cassette Gods, Retromania, Free Form Freakout, Last FM, and NTS Radio.
    • Mount Maxwell continues his run of 1970s themed releases with his fourth album a full length meditation on the perceptual experiences of children born in the wake of the 1960’s cultural revolution. Highly ambivalent in tone, ‘Only Children’ marks a departure from earlier MM releases both in its use of acoustic instruments and in a newfound sense of criticality towards its subject matter; the back-to-the-land optimism of tracks like ‘Nature ID’ in uneasy proximity to the skeptical disquiet of ‘Weird Places’ and ‘Nomad’. A beautiful, emotionally complex examination of the ‘Me’ generation’s dubious decision to treat children like adults, and a haunting continuation of the Mount Maxwell experience.
  • Salem Trials – Sound of Glass from Young and Easily Bored (2022)
    • Recorded during July, 2021 but abandoned and left unmixed and produced until May 2022. Featuring some of the first songs to be recorded, following Andy’s wrist break, and he felt that some of the playing was unsuitable for release so the album was shelved.
  • The Courettes – Daydream from Back In Mono (B-Sides & Outtakes) (2022)
    • 10” Mini LP/CD featuring outtakes and re-recorded B-sides from the ‘Back In Mono’ sessions. Back in Mono, The Courettes´ third album, was critically acclaimed worldwide and made it onto numerous best -of -the-year lists in 2021. Released at atthe end of May, just in time for the band’s UK tour! Described by Mojo as “spit ´n´ snarl garage-meets-Phil Spector pop” Includes three brand new unreleased tracks. – ‘Daydream’, ‘Tough Like That’ and ‘Talking About My Baby’, with a new mix by Wall of Sound aficionado Seiki Sato (Japan) and produced by the Søren Christensen & C.T. Levine. Also included are the three non-album B-sides from the band’s most recent singles. These B-sides have been newly spruced up with extra instrumentation. Making up the eight tracks is the inclusion of a Courettes rarity – ‘So What‘ was previously only available on a split single with The Jackets released on Chaputa Records back in January.
  • The Shenandoah Electric Company – Hot Mess from LP1 (2022)
    • Pax Aeternum presents LP1, the debut recordings from the Maryland-based cinematic alt-rock trio formed by members of Pianos Become The Teeth.
    • They have been writing their first record over the last five years. What started as an idea of making raw, heavy music began shifting into something more nuanced. Throughout the writing, Wes Young and Michael York had the idea of a band that felt fluid. Something that would ebb and flow with different collaborators and people to focus on the process of thinking and creating differently. They wrote and recorded sketches over the first few years – yet, in the middle of a session one afternoon – they lost everything. Most of the last two years were gone in an instant.
    • Taking this as an opportunity, they took the remains they could find (a single .wav file of a guitar here, a bounce of roughmixdrumsonly_ver11.mp3 there) and started thinking about how they could take these pieces and form something else out of them. Using the only remains they had left of their previous recorded output as the foundation to build something new on, they began writing a different record along with drummer David Haik. Something that felt a bit more chaotic and volatile. Something angular that felt enveloping and beautiful yet somehow still digital and cold. There was no “studio,” only spaces that provided a backdrop to record whenever they could be it a hotel room, a late 1800s warehouse in which there was a vacant recording studio, or in the mountains in Virginia during a particularly bad cold snap. However, the home of the record is in the woods of Bayse, Virginia where the music and vision both came to fruition in a 1970’s ski resort house.
    • The album was recorded by its members, David Haik, Michael York, and Wes Young, mixed by York who handled the cover art, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege
  • Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (2022)
    • Big Thief is an American indie rock band with folk roots based in Brooklyn, New York. Its members are Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar, backing vocals), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums). Their fifth studio album was released as a double album through 4AD on February 11, 2022. Produced by drummer James Krivchenia, the album features 20 songs which were recorded over five months in five different locations across the United States.
  • Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist – Are We Goin’ Too Fast for Love? (Supermodified Remix) from Supermodified (2010)
  • Dominic Carlton Jones – Man made of corruption from They Say We React (2022)
  • Kim Salmon & The Surrealists – Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing from Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing (1997)
  • Mount Maxwell – Infinite Regress from Only Children (2021)
  • Salem Trials – Plain Sailing from Young and Easily Bored (2022)
  • The Courettes – Tough Like That from Back In Mono (B-Sides & Outtakes) (2022)
  • The Courettes – Talking About My Baby from Back In Mono (B-Sides & Outtakes) (2022)
  • The Shenandoah Electric Company – N.Howard St from LP1 (2022)
  • Big Thief – Wolf from Two Hands (2019)
    • Their fourth studio album,released on October 11, 2019. The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas, shortly after the recording of the previous album U.F.O.F. and is billed as its “Earth twin”. The album’s lead single “Not” was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
  • Dominic Carlton Jones – Monkey House Fly from They Say We React (2022)
  • Kim Salmon & The Surrealists – Put Your Trust In Me from Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing (1997)
  • Mount Maxwell – Spong from The People’s Forest (2021)
    • His fifth album ‘The People’s Forest’ is packed with micro-earworm moments, nourishing synths and playful crunchy percussion. It’s got a skyward gaze and nostalgia for futures never realized, packing a kind of childlike optimism inside an arpeggio-laden, hermetically sealed little sound world. When the loose, hip-hop fuelled drums kick in over warm synthesizer pads, you’ll probably feel the same warm sense of familiarity I picked up. Music for fans of Boards of Canada, sure, but Mount Maxwell has a wide open pastoral landscape andidentity all its own.
  • Salem Trials – Transient Luminous Events from Young and Easily Bored (2022)
  • The Shenandoah Electric Company – Basye from LP1 (2022)
  • Big Thief – Black Diamonds from Live at The Bunker Studio (2021)
    • The bulk of these recordings are culled from 2019’s widely praised Two Hands and U.F.O.F., additionally including ‘Black Diamonds’ from their earlier album Capacity.
  • Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist – I’m Seein’ Demons (Supermodified Remix) from Supermodified (2010)
  • Neural Dance – Ungrateful Subject from Ungrateful Subject (2022)
    • Neil returns with a topical new single
  • Chris Beyt – A Cold Open from New Roots (2022)
    • A blend of modern jazz and electronic compositions. With this latest project, Chris Beyt found a comfortable workflow combining live performances with electronic composition and post-production effects. By handling composition, performance, and audio engineering himself, he was able to freely compose and improvise at every level of production. This release marks Chris Beyt’s third release as a leader, and second also functioning recording/ mixing/ mastering engineer

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