Fruits de Mer Records - Psychedelia, Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Acid-Folk, R&B, Spacerock and Vinyl Heaven

some nice things people have said about FdM...

"Idiosyncratic, retrovisionary, stinking of winkles: this is the psychedelic style of Fruits de Mer"Ian McCann,
Record Collector
"Remember Island, Charisma...think FdM"
Geoff Barton, Classic Rock
"Most records on this tie-dyed revival label shoot out of our stockroom quicker than a VW Camper running on kerosene"
Norman Records
"Fruits de Mer are in danger of becoming a UK national treasure" Terrascope
"A national treasure"Shindig!
"This is what 7"'s should be all about" Record Collector
"A joy - one of the great labels that comes along now and then, that you can tell is a labour a love - a thing we should cherish"
Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio
"a spirited garden shed operation...a bastion for all things psych, and all things vinyl; home of the brilliantly esoteric" Mojo
"the ever-awesome Fruits de Mer Records"Pete Jackson, Dandelion Radio
"truly remarkable...one of that select handful of modern labels who really do seem to remember what it was like to be a record collector back in the sixties and seventies"Goldmine
"is there a label around today that comes close to Fruits De Mer for consistently high quality releases? If so I've yet to come across it"
Harmonic Distortion
"the UK's boutique label par excellence"Grahame Bent, Kaleidoscope

FdM interview by editor Ian McCann in the laest issue
...how the label started, how we find bands and they find us, why things get a bit out-of-hand at times, who I'd love to have on the label, why some shops ignore us, the FdM club, favourite releases...

...or how about a clip from our next release....

FdM has had some wild moments on ebay....

'WE COME BEARING GIFTS' 2009 MEMBERS CASSETTE SOLD FOR $350

FdM's 'A PHASE WE'RE GOING THROUGH' SOLD FOR £290 ON EBAY! here

'A PHASE WE'VE BEEN THROUGH' 2010 MEMBERS CD SOLD FOR £180 here

the SUMMER 2013 FdM
ALL-DAYER GOODIE BAG SOLD FOR £599! here

The 2014 Crabstock USA goodie-bag sold for £360 and the Crabstock On Ice goodie-bag for £293

A BLACK VINYL COPY OF THE TOR PEDERS LP SOLD FOR £95 here

MOST RECENTLY, A 2014 PROMO CD SOLD FOR OVER £150 here one for £100+ here another for £230+ here and one more for £220+ here

moments away from ebay...

Record Collector launched its new Modern Collectibles series in 2013 with 'Plankton', an LP of early FdM tracks...
...and ran a four-page feature on the label in summer 2015
Goldmine told the story of Fruits de Mer ("truly remarkable...one of the crucial record labels of the past few years" - the bribe clearly worked) here

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'SIDE EFFECTS' - A 4LP BOX-SET - 48" OF AUGUST MADNESS

"DAMN, that is one hell of a batch of covers", Jerry Kranitz, aural innovations
"more great progressive curios from Fruits de Mer - home of the brilliantly esoteric", Phil Alexander, editor - Mojo

The idea of eight side-long tracks might be bordering on the ridiculous
but the music contained in those eight grooves is pretty bloody amazing....

Sendelica.....The Bevis Frond.....Arcade Messiah.....The Luck Of Eden Hall......Superfjord.....
The Soft Bombs.....Wreaths(USA).....Julie's Haircut
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Yes...The Byrds...Pink Floyd...Aphrodite's Child...Electric Sandwich...
Miles Davis...Gordon Lightfoot...Donna Summer
(but not necessarily in that order)
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The Bevis Frond...Astralasia...Schnauser...Sendelica...Soft Hearted Scientists...The Luck Of Eden Hall...Earthling Society...Magic Bus...Crystal Jacqueline and The Honey Pot...Jack Ellister...The Telephones and more
The 13th DREAM OF Dr. SARDONICUS
FRUITS de MER RECORDS FESTIVAL of PSYCHEDELIA
August 7-9, The Cellar Bar, Cardigan
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on sale early September

STEPPING STONE
Vibravoid

Vibravoid
'Stepping Stone'

Germany's finest are back - with a surprisingly down-to-earth EP that would be dominating the airwaves in another dimension, featuring new versions of classic 60s songs, two of the three tracks being new and exclusive to FdM
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on sale early September

49 CIGARS
nick nicely

nick nicely
'49 Cigars'

a bone fide UK psych cult hero - indeed, one of FdM's own 'League Of Psychedelic Gentlemen' - gives us the OK to re-release the weirdly-wonderful '49 cigars', then gives us an exclusive live version, and then gives us two more tracks to make an unmissable EP
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on sale early September

RICOCHET
Tir na nOg

Tir na nOg
'Ricochet'

to celebrate their first studio album in 40 years ('The Dark Dance'), Tir na nOg return to Fruits de Mer with a new single, featuring a track from their new LP, backed by a previously-unreleased live version of the magical 'Tir na nOg', which they first recorded back in the early 70s
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on sale early September

SEVEN WONDERS
Magic Bus

Magic Bus
'Seven Wonders'

Magic Bus are newcomers to Fruits de Mer, but their take on the classic Canterbury sound makes them naturals. 'Seven Wonders' is taken from their superb new album, while they recorded an exclusive version of 'Eight Miles High' for the b-side - The Byrds Go The Canterbury?
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club members exclusive

MOON WEEVIL

moon weevil
'A Peculiar Accumulation Of Particles'

Back in 2005/6, Cranium Pie's Baking Research Station issued a download-only album by Moon Weevil
It's taken nearly 10 years but Fruits de Mer has been given permission to issue a limited-edition CD version. As with most CDs from FdM, it's not for sale - it will be sent free to FdM club members who order the autumn batch of four 7" singles nice and early.
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another club members exclusive

Me And My Kites

me and my kites
'Is It Real or Is It Made?'

Sweden's Me And My Kites have just confirmed they are going to let me have a batch of advance CDs of their fantastic new album, which will be sent free to FdM club members who are the first to order the September singles direct from me or from Nick Leese at Heyday (I should be getting 300 copies, which ought to be enough for most member orders placed with me or with Heyday). More news soon.
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THE MECHANISMS TAPES
three hours of improvisation, out-takes, intakes and late-night shed jams
from Cranium Pie's secret baking research station
Limited edition double-cassette and equally limited-edition 4CD set
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'13th Dream' festival exclusive

PROMO EIGHT

promo eight

Each day of the '13th Dream' Festival, there'll be a free and exclusive Fruits de Mer-compiled CD. Starting in typically-pointless reverse order, this is CD3 - it will be mostly instrumental tracks and will include contibutions from Astralasia, Earthling Society, Julie's Haircut, Superfjord and White Sails.
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'13th Dream' festival exclusive

PROMO SEVEN

promo seven

Each day of the '13th Dream' Festival, there'll be a free and exclusive Fruits de Mer-compiled CD, each one running to 70+ minutes.
This is CD2, it gets heavier in parts than CD1 and will include tracks by Simones, The Bevis Frond, Sendelica, Red Elektra '69 and Gizmo.
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'13th Dream' festival exclusive

PROMO SIX

promo six

Each day of the festival, there'll be a free Fruits de Mer-compiled CD - this is CD1, mainly acoustic and psych.
It will will run to 20 tracks, including recordings by tracks by Jack Ellister, Alison O'Donnell with Firefay, Soft Hearted Scientists, The Honey Pot, Us and Them, and a bonus track from 1981 by Beau.
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'13th Dream' festival exclusive

crustacean 38 CD

Whatever Happened To The Soft Hearted Scientists

The Scientists will be making a rare live appearance at the '13th Dream', we're celebrating with a limited-run double CD of their wonderful Fruits de Mer retrospective. It'll be on sale for the first time at the gig - at a mad price of £5 - after that, you'll be able to buy copies for a while from the band.
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13th dream festival exclusive

Friends of the Fish 4


we're working on two '345rpm.co.uk' lathe-cut singles - to be pressed in stupidly small quantities (ie only 50 copies for sale, plus a handful for each band) - available only at the 13th Dream Festival, this one features Me and My Kites and Soft Hearted Scientists
(I appreciate it's frustrating for anyone who can't make the festival - and it'll be first-come-first-served even then - but it's the only way I can do something last-minute on vinyl these days - 'normal' production schedules are getting longer by the week). more news soon.
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13th dream festival exclusive

Friends of the Fish 3


This is the second '345rpm.co.uk' lathe-cut single we're working on for the festival again, there will only be 50 copies for sale - and they'll only be available at the event.
This one features two bands you almost certainly won't have heard of before - to be honest, i hadn't until they each got in touch independently, but the tracks seemed to go together really well, so here you'll have:

The Cats Never Sleep - from Switzerland
The Insektlife Cycle - from the Philippines

-two fine examples of instrumental rock, perfect for summer listening on a Welsh beach!

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'13th Dream' festival exclusive

MOMENTARY THREE

momentary three

Sendelica's version of 'The Nile Song' from 'A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl' CD set, plus an exclusive new recording by Astralasia of 'Set The Controls', featuring Sendelica's Pete Bingham on lead guitar - limited to 300 copies, and available for the first time at the '13th Dream' festival. (The first two 'Momentary' vinyl releases will also be on sale in Cardigan)
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FdM gigs special!

MOMENTARY TWO

momentary two

Four covers from the members-only 'A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl' CD set - limited to 300 copies and only available at the FdM gigs. 'Momentary Two' features The Chemistry Set, Claudio Cataldi, Max Kinghorn-Mills and Todd Dillingham & Golly McCry. The first two 'Momentary' vinyl releases were first sold at 'Games for May', with remaining copies available at the summer festival.
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FdM gigs special!

MOMENTARY ONE

momentary one

Three great covers from the members-only 'A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl' CD set - limited to 300 copies, and only available at the 2015 FdM gigs - another reason to buy those tickets. This one features three tracks with female lead vocals - step forward Ilona V, Crystal Jacqueline and Cary Grace.
The first two 'Momentary' vinyl releases were first sold at 'Games for May', with remaining copies available at the summer festival.
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FdM gigs special!

winkle 16 CD

Tor Peders 'Brev Fran Ederstorp'

Breaking with Fruits de Mer's policy of never selling CDs, I agreed with the surviving members of the band that we'd produce a 150-run CD of the album (minus the bonus 7"); I offered my copies for sale at 'Games for May' and the last few will be on sale at the '13th Dream' festival; the band have the other 50 copies. It won't become a habit, but once in while i reckon it's worth puting CD versions of albums together - but you'll be the final judges - if no-one wants them, they won't sell and I'll stop doing them
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'13th Dream' festival exclusive

DOWNING TWO

Mantle Brewery '13th Dream' best bitter

Cardigan's own microbrewery will be producing specially-labelled bottles of its excellent 4.5% best bitter - on sale throughout the festival, and from the brewery itself
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on sale late-August 2015

'SIDE EFFECTS'




4 LP box-set

EIGHT side-long excursions into 60s/70s psychedelia, progressive rock, jazz-rock, krautrock and one or two other places i don't like to mention in mixed company - it makes 'Tales Of Topographic Oceans' seem like a modest little number.
18 months in the making, and taking almost as long to listen to end-to-end; peronally, I blame Sendelica, The Bevis Frond, Arcade Messiah, The Soft Bombs, Wreaths, The Luck Of Eden Hall, Superfjord and Julie's Haircut (and when you find out some of the tracks they are covering on the monumental folly, so will you).
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club members exclusive

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS

yes, it's another members special!

Free with early orders from club members for 'Side Effects', 'From Velvet Visions to Crystal Covers'is the latest in a series of three exclusive FdM members CD mixes from Soft Hearted Scientists, comprising new and old songs, a demo and an instrumental
If you haven't joined the FdM club yet - why not???
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on sale now

POSTCARDS FROM THE DEEP

The Thanes, Icarus Peel, The Loons, Astralasia, The Luck Of Eden Hall and more...

freakbeat, fuzz, krautrock, garage rock, a TV theme...10 flexidiscs, 10 postcards, a poster and a CD - all in a clambox - Fruits de Mer self-destructs, it must be nearly Christmas
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ELAPSED MEMORIES
The Chemistry Set

The Chemistry Set
Elapsed Memories

One of the best psychedelic bands to come out of the UK in the last 25 years are back on FdM with two new songs and a lovely Hendrix cover - this three-tracker oozes class
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on sale now

COLTRANE

Coltrane
Superfjord/Earthling Society

Classic John and Alice Coltrane compositions - together on a 7" - not your usual FdM single. Superfjord and Earthling Society take them (and Fruits de Mer) to new places, and then Astralasia and VHSHead join the party on a bonus 70 minute CD that comes with it
'Coltrane' was voted by FdM's club members their single of the year for 2014 - a wise choice
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US and THEM

           
           
Us and Them
By The Time it Gets Dark

FdM's favourite Scandinavian duo produce a beautifully delicate interpretation of the Sandy Denny song.
Is it acoustic folk? folktronica? I dunno - but i DO know it's just damn lovely - 33rpm
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CRAIG PADILLA
Sonar

Craig Padilla
Sonar

strangefish six!
The man from side one of strangefish one returns with a double LP of classic kosmische/synthesiser sounds that recalls Klaus Schulze and the Sky label - 80+ minutes of inner space music, perfect late-night listening (at least it is at FdM Towers), all previously-unreleased on vinyl or CD; colour vinyl, naturally
Guaranteed horizontal listening pleasure
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FdM T-SHIRTS

play the vinyl, wear the t-shirt
WHO NEEDS PRIMARK?

Right now, there are just a handful of FdM t-shirts left, of various sizes and designs, just waiting to be rushed to a wardrobe near you
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