....LUKEWARM OFF THE PRESSES... WHENEVER WE COME UP WITH SOMETHING VAGUELY INTERESTING
(AND MORE OFTEN WHEN WE DON'T)
THE GOLD FISH AWARDS
FdM club members have been voting in a set of awards to mark 10 years of my favourite record label. The votes are in and have been counted, but i'm going to stretch things out by anoouncing short-lists first, and winners later.
The shortlist for the 'Favourite Band' category is:
The Chemistry Set
The shortlist for 'Favourite Solo Artist' is:
The shortlist for 'Best Compilation' is:
The Three Seasons
The shortlist for 'Best Album' is...
Tor Peders - 'Brev Från Ederstorp'
Fuchsia - 1st album (special edition)
The Chemistry Set - 'The Endless More And More'
...and the shortlist for 'Best Single' is...
July 'Can I Go Back Again'
The Pretty Things 'The Same Sun'
THE THREE SEASONS VOTED 'BEST COMPILATION'
It was a real-to-head with 'Head Music', but 'The Three Seasons' just edged it
TOR PEDERS 'BREV FRAN EDERSTORP' VOTED 'BEST LP'
It has a close-run thing with the LPs by The Chemistry Set and Fuchsia, but Tor Peder's only album release won out - such a sad background to a wonderful LP
Over 40 different singles were nominated in the most open category of all, but Vibravoid's version of the Iron Butterfly classic - spread across two sides of a 7" - came out on top
more winners soon...
THE EGO RITUAL - NEW EP
The Ego Ritual are going to be playing this year's Dr. Sardonicus festival - but you can get a feel for their music now by checking out their new CD
CLICK HERE for details
"...WISH US LUCK AS YOU WAVE US GOODBYE..."
God only knows what the outcome of Brexit will be, but it's creating some uncertainty over a couple of aspects of our late-April releases - will the pressings from the Netherlands get caught up in UK Customs? will I get hit with a big customs duty hit? I'm hoping for a touch more clarity in the next week or two, so I can confirm prices and a release-date for them.
(ok, maybe not the biggest issue on any politicians' agenda right now, but I just thought I'd mention it)
WHAT A WAY TO SPEND AN AFTERNOON
Listening to the test pressings for all three sets of double LPs that are due out at the end of April. Astralasia's 'A Different Kettle Of Fish' moves from ambient soundscapes to throbbing, Eatern-tinged rock, Moon Goose deliver guitar-led instrumental rock with class, style and energy - can't wait to see them at this summer's festival - and being able to relive some of the highlights of last year's festival on vinyl brings the memories flooding back...from solo acoustic to full-on spacerock, what more could you want!?
ELFIN BOW AND GARY LLOYD ON BBC RADIO
Elfin Bow and Gary Lloyd have been talking to BBC Merseyside's Jenny Lee Summers about their new single 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes'
YOU CAN HEAR THE INTERVIEW HERE...about 30 mins in - it's really worth a listen and includes a live version in the studio of 'The Wisdom' by Elizabeth.
MOON GOOSE JOIN FdM
I'm really pleased to announce that Moon Goose will be releasing their debut album - actually a double LP - on Fruits de Mer, in late April. The title will be 'Source Code' and they've recorded four sides of great instrumental rock exclusively for this release (if you've already heard them through the free 2018 summer festival CD we gave everyone, or from their track on one of last year's members club CDs, you'll know what to expect - thrilling stuff!
SHINDIG REVIEWS OUR SINGLES
...with thanks to reviewer Chris Wheatley...
ELFIN BOW & GARY LLOYD Who Knows Where The Time Goes / The Wisdom ++++
NICK NICELY All Along The Watchtower / The Doors Of Perception +++++
THE CHEMISTRY SET Firefly / Sail Away ++++
"These three single releases mark the end of Fruits de Mer Records’ 10th anniversary year. There is something wonderful about this label, which keeps the multi-coloured ﬂame of psychedelia alive via new releases and covers of classic and obscure ’60s tracks, reinterpreted by modern day artists that love and respect the originals.
First up is Elﬁn Bow, aka Elizabeth Kearney, with 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes’. Tackling any Sandy Denny tune is a brave move, but Kearney pulls it off with aplomb. Backed by The Scottish Session Orchestra, this is a delicate, heartfelt rendition with a beautiful and subtle use of strings. Shiveringly moving. The B-side is a re-imagining of Kearney’s own 'The Wisdom’. Kearney’s voice is embracing and affecting throughout.
Next we have nick nicely with perhaps an even more ambitious project, a reading of Dylan’s 'All Along The Watchtower’. nicely is a musician’s musician, cited as an inﬂuence by Bevis Frond and Amorphous Androgynous among others. Craft over commercialism is what you get and so much the better – 'Watchtower’ is a revelation. Walls of sound, backward reverbs, unexpected drop-outs, cutting guitar and unconventional sonic structures make for a compelling listen, which more than holds its own. B-side 'The Doors Of Perception’ is no less astonishing. A swirling mix of ’80s dance/house vibes and fuzzy psych. Nothing here feels derivative – indeed it sounds like the origin of all these things.
Last to hit the deck we have The Chemistry Set, children of the late ’80s neo-psychedelic movement and FdM veterans. 'Fireﬂy’ is swaggering rock inked upon rainbow paper lanterns and set alight to drift up to the stars. The band display the same impeccable taste and knack for melding genres as the best of Robert Plant’s solo work. Indeed 'Sail Away’, with its Eastern percussion and sitar-like guitar, could comfortably ﬁt on any of the latter-mentioned artist’s albums. It’s astonishing that this band are not more widely known."
MARK BARTON'S SINGLE OF THE YEAR!
Many, many thanks to Mark Barton for making Elfin Bow and Gary Lloyd's new single 'Who Know Where The Time Goes' his record of the year.
If I'd been through anything like what Mark's had to contend with in 2018, I'd have just told everybody to bugger off and leave me alone - so all credit to him for continuing to support new artists and new music throughout the year - here's to better health in 2019, mate As for the single being his top choice, as Mark reviews more records each year than most reviewers put together, it's pretty bloody impressive, I reckon!
CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF MARK'S FESTIVE 50
THE 17th DREAM COUNTDOWN BEGINS
2/3rds of the tickets are already sold and our much-appreciated sponsors Record Collector magazine are about to start their advertising support - better get your tickets sorted!
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SHINDIG's 8th FAVOURITE RECORD LABEL
OK, it's not exactly an Oscar but when you're a Villa supporter you take what you can get and Shindig! magazine has named us as its 8th favourite label of 2018