Josh Tillman - The History Of Caves (Original Score)
The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
The Poets of Rhythm - Anthology (1992-2003)
Bowerbirds - Upper Air
THIS JUST IN (VINYL NEWS)
The album covers are weathered, often with marks or writing from previous owners, and the vinyl discs are usually scratched or warped. The character of each copy, distinctly shaped by its history, is told through the physicality of the media.
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Behind the Counter is a film series in which we ask our favourite record shops to pick their top 5 new vinyl releases of the week. This time it's the turn of Los Angeles' Origami Records.
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DJ, producer, certifiable crate-digger and one half of duo Psychemagik, Dan McLewin talks us through his top 10 favourite psychedelic records.
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This will take place between August 22nd and September 22nd, 2013. The purpose of this trip is to document vinyl collectors throughout the U.S. and gather material for the upcoming book project.
THIS WEEK ON THE TURNTABLE
"Northern Lights"Bowerbirds - Upper Air (DOC 018)
Upper Air is the product of months spent away from nature and away from home, touring endlessly with the likes of Bon Iver, Phosphorescent and John Vanderslice and on their own, on both sides of the Atlantic. The fodder for songwriting has changed, and so have the songs. Upper Air moves away from the singular sound and sentiment; each and every song on Upper Air is a journal entry that stands on its own, each a unique, beautiful piece. The arrangements are subtle: acoustic guitars, organ, piano, autoharp, violin, percussion, upright bass and more are used throughout the recording.
Usually though, it is just a few of these instruments delicately supporting Moore's voice, the anchor of every song. Everyone struggles when they try to describe this music, including us, but we'll try: it has the spirit of Richard and Linda Thompson, the currency of Devendra Banhart, the addictively sweet melodicism of Iron & Wine, but it churns with an underlying energy closer to a Beirut or something farther out, more raw, more wild.
The most notable part is this: The songs don't hide behind the instrumentation, the deontological conviction, or, frankly, anything; and that is what makes Upper Air undeniable, simple, and breathtaking.