Archive for December, 2006


Thursday, December 28th, 2006

VÖ: 17.02.2007
Label: My Kung Fu
Vertrieb: rough trade

Welcome inside the brilliant mind of Cassidy Phillips: a solo artist, known as Drone. He makes personal songs, ditties and groovy bassline workouts – sometimes funny, sometimes unsettling – with bleeps, strings, spoken word and the odd clattering beat. Drone is from Kidwelly, West Wales and colourformoney is his first full-length work.

Currently, young Mr Phillips’ favoured tool is a rather ancient piece of sound tracking software into which he crams his many musical ideas. Delightedly a collector and mangler of sounds, he permits the occasional happy accident. Indeed, the music is coated in glorious lo-fi warmth and crackle – the kind that our children raised on digital perfection (so-called), may never know. Unless Drone captures it!

Drone makes the most out of the least.

For proof, check the strings and sweetness of Waterlilies then the unexpected patchwork breakcore rush of Bellydance. Then we have the deliciously creepy Spiderhead, a dub song where squelchy aquatic noises give rise to looping and lolloping vocal refrains. You may wish to sing along.

Telephone is a heartwrenching vocal lament in magnetic eddy currents, while Etherheart is an intriguing autobiographical tale over music box melodies…

Beyond reasonable doubt then, you will find that colourformoney is a very special and rich set of tunes.

But did you suppose I would give away all the surprises that came from the mind of this unique artist? No, sir or madam. Plenty more.

01 Waterlilies | 02 Bellydance | 03 Hopscotch | 04 Spiderhead (Green Man) | 05 Ninny | 06 Telephone | 07 Cutting Teeth | 08 Etherheart | 09 Vintage Pt.i | 10 Vintage Pt.ii | 11 Plink Plink Plink

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Denise Mayer, Schieferstr. 16, 65388 Bärstadt, 0174/1774147, denise@melodycat, www,

Soft Hearted Scientists

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Uncanny Tales from the Everyday Undergrowth
VÖ: 23.02.2007
Label: My Kung Fu
Vertrieb: rough trade

Magic and wonder, mystery and madness. These are the tools of Soft Hearted Scientists’ trade. Formed when Dylan met Nathan and bonded over a love of music and the mystical landscape of their homeland, Wales, the two Scientists set sail for a land of musical delight.

Immediately they drew up a rigorous manifesto, which outlined their aim to create nothing but the most spectacular, heartfelt sounds ““ “like the sound of stars flying from the end of a wand”.

Their singular approach led to the release of three mind-expanding EPs by My Kung Fu recordings. The Wendigo EP, The Bethesda EP and The Midnight Mutinies EP quickly drew a cascade of admiration from far and wide. Prominent plays were forthcoming from Claire Sturgess on XFM and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, as well as specially recorded session tracks for Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.

Compiled, the 12 tracks from the EPs made the Uncanny Tales from the Everyday Undergrowth album, unleashing “a new legal high” in the words of NME. Uncut magazine warned of “melodies that burrow into your brain like a caterpillar”.

As new member Paul became the third Scientist initiated into the manifesto, they voyaged to Green Man Festival, the definitive summer gathering for new-folk heads, sharing a bill with peers Will Oldham, Joanna Newsom and Adem. They stunned a Swedish crowd at their headline gig in Stockholm and supported folk-rock´s elder statesmen, the Incredible String Band plus rising friends like Tunng, Richard James (Gorky’s) and The Eighteenth Day Of May.

Currently working on even more recorded material and playing selected European dates, the Soft Hearted Scientists are set to charm the pants off 2007.

Bitte schickt mir die Belegexemplare zu. Vielen Dank!
Denise Mayer, Schieferstr. 16, 65388 Bärstadt, 0174/1774147, denise@melodycat, www,

The Ladybug Transistor

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Here Comes The Rain EP
VÖ: 02.02.2007
Label: Green Ufos
Vertrieb: Hausmusik

THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR are busy working in the studio on their next full length record which is due in early 2007. In the meantime the band have completed a new EP, Here Comes The Rain for the GREEEN UFOS label.

Released on November 1st, it features four covers of songs originally performed by Grin, Trader Horne, John Cale, and Kevin Ayers. These are the first recordings with the band’s recently enhanced lineup that includes Ben Crum and Kyle Forester (of Great Lakes). The Ladybugs are joined by several special guests throughout, with contributions from: Alicia Vanden Heuvel (Aislers Set) Gus Franklin, Isobel Knowles, Keli Sutherland (Architecture in Helsinki), Jens Lekman, Kevin Barker (Currituck Co) and Paul Niehaus (Calexico, Lambchop).

Here Comes the Rain
Girl on a Swing
Empty Bottles
Everybody’s Missing The Sun

Gary Olson – singing, trumpet,
Ben Crum – guitar
San Fadyl – drums
Kyle Forester – organ, piano
Julia Rydholm – bass

Alicia Vanden Huevel – singing on Here comes the Rain
Kevin Barker – guitar on Girl on a Swing
Isobel Knowles, Gus Franklin and Kellie Sutherland – horns and singing on Everybody’s Missing the Sun
Paul Niehaus – pedal steel on Girl on a Swing
Jens Lekman – additional singing on Here Comes the Rain


1997 Beverly Atonale. (Merge Records / USA)
1999 The Albermale Sound (Merge Records / USA)
2001 Argyle Heir (Merge Records / USA – Pointy Records / UK & Europe)
2003 The Ladybug Transistor (Merge Records / USA – Track & Field Organisation / UK & Europe)

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Denise Mayer, Schieferstr. 16, 65388 Bärstadt, 0174/1774147, denise@melodycat, www,