Soft Hearted Scientists

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.

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

The Ladybug Transistor

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,

Faris Nourallah

December 28th, 2006

Near The Sun. The Best Songs Of Faris Nourallah
VÖ: 16.02.2007
Label: Green Ufos
Vertrieb: Hausmusik

The idea of Near The Sun. The Best Songs Of Faris Nourallah, the fourth official album by FARIS NOURALLAH, occurred to Green Ufos in 2003, when, after listening to “Problematico” we really begun to appreciate all the different facets of him as an artist. As firm fans of FARIS following the Nourallah Brothers debut album, we felt that he could become much more popular if people were more aware of his great pop songs, so we decided to work in an album that reflected his more accessible and brighter side. It might seem kind of crazy, a Spanish little label releasing worldwide a compilation by an underground American artist, but it was our bet. FARIS and Western Vinyl people were surprised and excited about the record, they loved both the songs selection and their sequence, and Spanish artist José Luis Ágreda (“Cosecha Rosa”, First Prize in Festival Internacional del Cómic de Barcelona 2001) was in charge of the artwork of this refined digipack.

FARIS himself tells his story in a very (tele)graphic way:

I was born on January 9, in 1969 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
My father was a Syrian émigré accounting major, my mother an art student.
I was raised in El Paso, Texas, on the border of Mexico.
I was drawn to music from the day that I was born.
My father was very strict.
I liked school until the age of 12.
I had a lot of problems with “authority” figures.
I learned to play music with my brother when we were teenagers.
I loved The Clash.
I fell in love.
I fell out of love.
I went to Denton, Texas to form a band with my brother.
I went to college for a week.
I fell in love.
I played all across America in a band with my brother.
My love left me.
I got married.
I started to write and record songs.
I quit the band.
I got divorced.
I stopped going places.
I recorded all of my records at home, alone.
I have never played music with anyone besides my brother.
I have never performed any of my music in public.
I drive my dead Grandfathers old car when I go to my mothers.
I go other places only in song.

I write songs on my dead Uncles piano.
I smoke too much.
I am an avid book reader, but rarely listen to music.
I make music the way an author writes a book.
I live for the next chapter.

In 2002 FARIS NOURALLAH took the break-up of the Nourallah Brothers as an opportunity to release his first solo record “I love Faris”. Critics from magazines such as Mojo found the record to be “warm touching, and once heard near impossible to live without.” Less than a year later he had released his sophomore solo record “Probematico”. Again critics and fans were pleased drawing comparisons to Ray Davies, Eric Matthews, and Plush. With each song pop hooks fall like candy from a heart-shaped piñata – each new melody a sticky sweet guilty pleasure. You’ll find no pretense or sense of self-consciousness, just of some of the most sincere and addictively catchy pop songs you’ve heard in a long while. Had NOURALLAH’s songs arrived 20 years ago, you’d likely know his name as well as you know Elvis Costello or Ray Davies; he’s that good.

So here is the happiest and most pop moments of FARIS NOURALLAH. It has not been easy … FARIS has a touch of sadness even when he smiles … We are very proud of Near The Sun. The Best Songs Of Faris Nourallah and we sincerely hope you will enjoy it.

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Denise Mayer
65388 Bärstadt