Tuesday, March 17, 2009

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Tim Hecker, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Foreign Exchange, Truth & Soul and more

v/a BRAZIL '70 CD

v/a TRUTH & SOUL Fallin' Off The Reel Vol. 1 CD
v/a TRUTH & SOUL Fallin' Off The Reel Vol. 2 CD
*** "Ah. Trusty label Truth & Soul always seem to outdo themselves with each 7" release but they compiled 'em all onto a single CD anyway. Superb from start to finish, and worth having even if you got the 45s."

BODUF SONGS The Strait Gait CD
*** NOW ON STOCK! Limited edition.

*** "Stronger. Stinkier. Where fiddle and steel contribute their rustic timbre alongside guitars and voices, a thickening thud of low tone rolls beneath, giving the record a bottom that’s fun to watch bounce in new clothes. This intensifies the air and heralds Beware as Bonnie most ambidextrous record to date--even more so than The Letting Go. A listen or two through and you too may conclude that this could also be the great Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy contempo-country record."

*** "Members of El Michels Affair, The Expressions, Menahan Street Band, and others traveled to Puerto Rico and teamed up with Candela Records to record this modern latin soul masterpiece. Incredible work!" On TRUTH & SOUL.

CIRCLE Hollywood CD
*** "This hour-long album takes Circle fans on a different trip yet again. The weighty, lengthy songs cover terrain from the Roundhouse to the Appalachians, and the eight songs also include a three-movement Requiem in all of its unashamed, unabashed prog rock glory and pretense."

D. RIDER Mother Of Curses CD
*** "D. Rider is guitarist/singer Todd Albert Rittmann's new band, founding member of U.S. MAPLE and SINGER (both Drag City). Followers of those bands will recognize the unique mix of deconstruction and reconstruction along with a renewed enthusiasm for the slack and chanted verse."

*** "Phonte of Little Brother and Nicolay bring the follow-up to Connected, and they will surprise people with their remarkably fresh sound. Very little rhyming from Phonte, sung vocals by Muhsinah, Darien Brockington, and Yahzarah, with some guest arrangement by 4Hero's Marc Mac."

TIM HECKER An Imaginary Country CD
*** "Since Harmony in Ultraviolet, Tim has incorporated more pulses into this work and also works with a sound pallete including overdriven mellotron strings and synthesizer. Lless overtly aggressive than previous works, this music backs off from the void of immensity in favor of a terrain of lushness and warmth."

J.ROCC Syndromes 2 CD
*** "Yet another incredible reissue of an incredible classic J.Rocc mix! This time it's "Syndromes 2," and the Funky President showcases a moodier selection this time, but one that is cut and blended in typical mind-blowing fashion."

LABRADFORD Mi Media Naranja CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Cinematic and broad lushscapes from Kranky's most consistent out-of-body sound and space travellers. Primarily instrumental dream epochs to get lost in, with added clouds of strings, electric piano and slide guitar."

LAND OF KUSH Against The Day CD
*** "Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush, modeled on classical orchestras from late Nasser-era Egypt, incorporates some 30 MontrĂ©al players and vocalists, including string, brass, woodwinds, guitar, and percussion sections, in addition to electronics and Shalabi’s oud." On CONSTELLATION.