SICK RECORDS: VINYL FIVE FOR MONDAY – 30/03/2015

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Check out this weeks ‘Vinyl Five for Monday 30/03/2015’, The essential vinyl you should own this week, carefully selected by Kenny Murdock from Belfast’s best vinyl record store ‘Sick Records, Belfast‘.

Sick Records Belfast
78 North Street
Belfast, United Kingdom
Tel: 028 9031 9358


 

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell“Carrie & Lowell” was written in response to the death of Stevens’ estranged mother in 2012. Gone are the primitive, experimental electronics of last year’s “Enjoy Your Rabbit”, replaced with dignified, sparse acoustics. It is starkly bleak, yet touching, Stevens’ grief at odds with his love for his step-father (Lowell), a rare constant in his life, the man who introduced him to popular music and co-manager of the Asthmatic Kitty label which has released this album. Overall “Carrie & Lowell” is most like “Seven Swans”, Stevens’ evocative declaration of faith from 2004, but it’s a difficult album to enjoy, so vivid is the hurt. It’s a sad and beautiful world.

 
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Follakzoid – III (Sacred Bones)

Follakzoid – III (Sacred Bones)South American Psych-rock is in rude health. Following recent gems from Fumaca Preta and LA Hell Gang, Follakzoid return with their third album of spaced-out Komische. Over four extended jams Follakzoid take us from the booming torrent of “Electric” through the languid, yet cacophonous “Earth”, it’s chaotic groove helmed by a flawless rhythm section. Closer “Feurzeug” returns us to familiar territory, noisy, insistent percussion driven relentlessly by a single riff, morphing subtly yet always the same. A stunning tour de force.

 
 
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Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)

Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)The muted response to the recent death of John Renbourn made me question if anyone really cares about Folk music in 2015. Renbourn, Davey Graham, John Fahey, John Martyn…. These were the names driving English Folk music in the early 1970s.
Primrose Green has the feel of 1973, a mix of Laurel Canyon Folk and loose, improvised Jazz marking Ryley Walker as a man born out of time. The songs tumble and twist, free-wheeling on Walker’s delicate, mesmerising arrangements, and directed by the impressive backing, provided in this case by touring buddies, Cian Nugent & The Cosmos. Ryley Walker cares about Folk music in 2015. “Primrose Green” ensures that the flame continues to burn bright.

 
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Godspeed You Black Emperor – Asunder Sweet And Other Distress (Constellation)

Godspeed You Black Emperor – Asunder Sweet And Other Distress (Constellation)In 1997, Britain bathed in the glory of cocaine, Brit-pop and New Labour. The Gallaghers and Blair. Tuneless meets clueless. In Canada, a bunch of young anarchist activists were warning us of a darker future. They prophesised society’s demise, hunger on the streets of Western cities and the shattering of communities through fear, greed and paranoia. It sounded glorious. This, their sixth full album, carries on their manifesto without the need for bizarre, spoken-word field recordings. The music is familiar. Dark, driving guitars, lush strings and that propulsive, military snare creating beauty before being strangled and tortured by screeching strings and the drone of feedback to satiate the group’s need for chaos. Godspeed are seers, shamen. The future they glimpsed might just be our present.

 
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Various Artists – . (Soundway)

Various Artists – Highlife On The Move: Selected Ghanaian And Nigerian Recordings From London And Lagos 1954-1966.Highlife On The Move contains the first ever live recordings of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and his band, The Highlife Rakers, recorded in London in 1960. They are the highlight of this, latest, Soundway compilation, telling the story of Highlife’s foundation and development. Highlife originated in West Africa but added the beat influences of London to the Jazz, Mambo and Calypso sounds it encountered, paving the way for the, now-familiar, Afro sound of the 1970s. Compiled by Dr. Markus Coester and containing a 12-page booklet of notes, advert reproductions and rare photographs, this compilation contains some stunning and very rare recordings.

 


Sick Records Belfast
78 North Street
Belfast, United Kingdom
Tel: 028 9031 9358

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