Manzanera’s solo work has never been short on ambition, and The Sound Of Blue travels far and wide, in both a literal and figurative sense. Produced by Manzanera and mastered by Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson, the album’s an instrumental memoir with one vocal song, a cover of the track, “No Church in the Wild”. Complete this album represent another creative peak in this singular musician’s career.
Remember, there is only now. Following the success of their 2016 album, Rejoice! I’m Dead!, which was a transitional album in the evolution of Gong and was an opportunity to say goodbye to the great Daevid Allen, the current formation of Gong are releasing an album for them. The Universe Also Collapses is the sound of Gong in 2019, as vanguards of 21st century psychedelia; propulsive, mystical and ecstatic.
A Certain Ratio “ACR:BOX” collates everything that fans had been missing from the recent reissue campaign, and compliments that with a selection found after a deep delve into the archive to find all the hidden gems that had been talked about over the years, but never heard, even a few releases the band had forgotten about! Over 20 unreleased tracks, the box set will be available as a signed 7 x coloured vinyl set limited to 1000 copies worldwide, 4 x CD set and Digitally. Release will coincide with a series of tour dates.
The 10 songs on the ‘Space Between’ are not just a bunch of new songs grouped together on an album. They were sewn together conceptually for a complete mental, emotional and physical experience (kind of a Three Lock Box). Inspiration is a beautiful thing and making this album is living proof that when the fire of creativity strikes, the songwriting process doesn’t have to be painful or a struggle. Once I had the overall vision, the lyrics and music began to just flow through me and the songs unfolded like chapters in a book. –Sammy
Los Angeles’s The Dream Syndicate is thrilled to announce ‘These Times,’ their second album of new music since their 2012 reunion nearly thirty years after they first influenced California’s Paisely Underground scene. “When I was writing the songs for the new album I was pretty obsessed with Donuts by J Dilla. I loved the way that he approached record making as a DJ, a crate-digger, a music fan wanting to lay out all of his favorite music, twist and turn the results until he made them into his own.” –Steve Wynn