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Artist: GARY WAR/PURPLE PILGRIMS
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Split release from two pioneering underground acts who have recently filtered their collective psyches through the overwhelming, hyper-populated screwtopia of Hong Kong. Side one features Gary War returning to wash down the blitzkrieg of 2012s Jareds Lot (SP 020CD/LP) with four new tracks that implode outwardly, suspended from a thread that binds psychic devastation to cosmic inspiration. Furthering his endeavors to drag song structure into the future, the cuts here swirl with refracted melodies layered meticulously upon streams of arpeggiated machine rock and disembodied voices that coalesce into unlikely hooks, all permeated with the feverish emotional content that has graced all of Garys work thus far. A deeper step into a pool of progressive maximal wave and distinctly modern psychedelia. Side two presents Purple Pilgrims (Clementine & Valentine Nixon), a duo of sisters from Christchurch via Hong Kong, with their first release following a haunting, small press lathe cut in 2011. Gary Wars engineering and production opens their sound world into a vast new realm where their songs slowly unfurl and orbit in cycles of melancholy and euphoria. Delicate, hypnotic vocals hover gently above spectral waves of guitar and exotic abstraction as subtle beds of rhythm lockstep in the distance. Separately and collectively, the three tracks work to form a vacuum capable of sucking the listener into reflection upon an endless inner galaxy. The Pilgrims have here distilled the mysterious hybrid of shimmering distortion and je ne sais quoi that have long attracted global purveyors of the N.Z. underground into its absolute purest form. As perfect a soundtrack to observe the latest night transform into the earliest morning as one could ever dream of hearing. 180 gram silver and black vinyl in a limited, silver-foiled sleeve." - Upset the Rhythm.

Artist: NORMIL HAWAIIANS
Title: Return of The Ranters
Format: CD
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $16.00
"Normil Hawaiians have always operated as a collective of musicians rather than a band per se, and for this third album, the group comprised Guy Smith, Simon Marchant, Alun "Wilf" Williams, Noel Blanden, and Jimmy Miller. Recorded at Dave Andersons Foel Studio in Wales (sonic home of Amon Düül II and Hawkwind) in the winter of 1985 and 86, a time and a place triangulated from political, social, and geographical aspects, Return of the Ranters extended their free experiments in compelling arrhythmia and seemingly organized sound, taking a loose trajectory from their previous albums and earlier, more confrontational approach. The release of this album marks the first step in Upset the Rhythms plans to produce expanded reissues of the bands other two epic albums, More Wealth Than Money (1982) and Whats Going On? (1984). It was during the austere years of the post-punk permafrost that Normil Hawaiians third album, Return of the Ranters, was written, recorded, and shelved. The album opens amid vast clouds of atmosphere before the tape-looped violin of "Sianne Dont Work in a Factory" starts to drag the song out of itself and into a sparse yet tender love song, full of hope, exalted synths, and mechanized drum patterns. Acoustic guitars and walls of keyboard drone provide a fitting acre of space for the raw polemics of "Slums Still Stand," while "The Search for Um Gris" follows in full head-down, motorik mode with a miraculously hypnotic drum beat and whirling mood. "The Battle of Stonehenge" is a powerful and emotive recording detailing the bands personal experience of the police ransack of the Peace Convoy on June 1, 1985, and as a result provides the rallying point of album. Beginning bravely as a solitary spun-out voice, the song eventually becomes awash with choruses of guitar and reverberating synth, joined finally by adornments of violin and an entrancingly agile beat. "Mouldwarps Journey" concludes the album with ten minutes of epic improv, drawing on field recordings, murmured vocals, slowly phasing tonal clusters, a miasma of percussion, and wordless rapture. Lucid, candid, politically engaged, rarely metronomic but always humane, tired but still fighting, Normil Hawaiians third album has waited patiently for 30 years." - Upset the Rhythm.

Artist: NORMIL HAWAIIANS
Title: Return Of The Ranters
Format: LP
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
“Limited gatefold LP version. Normil Hawaiians have always operated as a collective of musicians rather than a band per se, and for this third album, the group comprised Guy Smith, Simon Marchant, Alun "Wilf" Williams, Noel Blanden, and Jimmy Miller. Recorded at Dave Andersons Foel Studio in Wales (sonic home of Amon Düül II andHawkwind) in the winter of 1985 and 86, a time and a place triangulated from political, social, and geographical aspects, Return of the Ranters extended their free experiments in compelling arrhythmia and seemingly organized sound, taking a loose trajectory from their previous albums and earlier, more confrontational approach. The release of this album marks the first step in Upset the Rhythms plans to produce expanded reissues of the bands other two epic albums, More Wealth Than Money (1982) and Whats Going On? (1984). It was during the austere years of the post-punk permafrost that Normil Hawaiians third album, Return of the Ranters, was written, recorded, and shelved. The album opens amid vast clouds of atmosphere before the tape-looped violin of "Sianne Dont Work in a Factory" starts to drag the song out of itself and into a sparse yet tender love song, full of hope, exalted synths, and mechanized drum patterns. Acoustic guitars and walls of keyboard drone provide a fitting acre of space for the raw polemics of "Slums Still Stand," while "The Search for Um Gris" follows in full head-down, motorik mode with a miraculously hypnotic drum beat and whirling mood. "The Battle of Stonehenge" is a powerful and emotive recording detailing the bands personal experience of the police ransack of the Peace Convoy on June 1, 1985, and as a result provides the rallying point of album. Beginning bravely as a solitary spun-out voice, the song eventually becomes awash with choruses of guitar and reverberating synth, joined finally by adornments of violin and an entrancingly agile beat. "Mouldwarps Journey" concludes the album with ten minutes of epic improv, drawing on field recordings, murmured vocals, slowly phasing tonal clusters, a miasma of percussion, and wordless rapture. Lucid, candid, politically engaged, rarely metronomic but always humane, tired but still fighting, Normil Hawaiians third album has waited patiently for 30 years.” - Upset The Rhythm.

Artist: PHEROMOANS
Title: Does This Guy Stack Up?
Format: LP
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"The Pheromoans are a six-piece experimental rock band from the South East of England who deal in deadpan DIY music. Wedded to the mundane, surreal reportage of our lives as reflected in the media, their music manages to address the truly restless boredom of everyday life. These are songs from underneath the ergonomic desk, a glimpse through the commuter window, blasted through with brilliant suburban sunshine. Over the last three years, the band have put out a slew of releases, including numerous EPs, 7"s and three albums through labels as diverse as Night People, Convulsive, Sweet Rot, Monofonus Press and their own imprint, Savoury Days. These releases largely focused on a ramshackle, wayward rock ethic, underpinned by lyricist Russell Walkers dry, observational musings. Does This Guy Stack Up? witnesses a slight departure from their sound of old. With the recent addition of keyboard/violin player Dan Bolger to the band, their songs have leaned into a more pop-balanced realm, with the bands experimental tape collage approach sounding more natural than ever. The bass (Christian Butler aka The Octogram), drums (James Hines) and guitars (James Tranmer, Alex Garran) together forge a coherent foundation for Walkers voice to ramble amongst the radiant synth and electronic flourishes. Central to the appeal of The Pheromoans are Russell Walkers insightful, often wonderfully humorous, self-deprecating lyrics that paint a picture of all of us as outsiders. Finding much material in the slow and steady decline of the 21st century and its vain pursuits, Walker isnt afraid to rattle the cage of populist politics. With Does This Guy Stack Up?, The Pheromoans deconstruct a very English sense of ennui and in doing so show us its nonsensical building blocks. This album proves The Pheromoans are at their best when shooting from the sidelines." - Upset the Rhythm. Limited to 750 copies.

Artist: RAT COLUMNS
Title: Candle Power
Format: LP
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Rat Columns is the mutable musical project of David West, an artist as prolific as he is diverse in his output. West is the driving force behind the groups Rank/Xerox, Liberation, and Lace Curtain, he was also a member of Total Control, and most recently debuted a solo album proper. Whether its forward-facing punk or turning his hand to crafting sleek prisms of pop, Wests credentials check out. Rat Columns is no exception, always central to his vision and returned to many times since its inception in Perth almost a decade ago. A third album, entitled Candle Power, was recorded in Guildford, Western Australia, with the Perth crew of West, Amber Gempton, Louis Hooper, and Chris Cobilis, Candle Power sees the bands universe of chiming guitar pop explode into new worlds of color and shade. Candle Power tunnels further than ever before down the pop mainline, cutting in with moments of soul, disco, and experimental plots. West is a magpie-like musician, unafraid to assemble songs from a motley collection of influences and ideas. He weaves songs together with a deft hand and an acute grasp for the memorable yet momentary. A drumroll sputters to life kicking off the album with first track "Someone Elses Dream", a bittersweet remonstrance underscored by West and Gemptons shared vocals, vivid keyboards, guitar jangle, and a resolute beat. On "Times No Vessel" West laments against a dreamy guitar refrain thats pure Johnny Marr. "Blinded By The Shadow" marks an about turn for the album, seeing the record start to flex its motorik muscles with a sequenced bassline and rock-solid drumbeat. "Is This Really What Youre Like?" takes on a similar focused shuffle only with a more minimal demeanor. Whilst, "Candle Power II" takes the disco to the other side of the tracks with its shimmering synths, violin drones, and uniform beat. "Northern Soul" chases its own heartbeat through lush, sweeping synths and hushed refrains. "Dream Tonight" concludes the album with its propulsive drum machine, searching keyboard lines, and effusive bassline. Its a tour de force of pristine pop akin to New Order in its ability to capture this mercurial feeling, to listen through the music. Candle Power as an album is enamored with the fleeting, the difference between letting go and moving on." - Upset The Rhythm.

Artist: SAUNA YOUTH
Title: The Bridge
Format: 7"
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
"Clear 7". Limited edition of 500. Irregular punk band Sauna Youth follow their lauded 2015 Distractions album (UTR 071CD/LP) and an appearance on Marc Rileys All Shook Up BBC Music TV show with a 7" containing "The Bridge" (from Distractions) and exclusive track "Blurry Images." Beginning and ending in squalling feedback, "The Bridge" is the song that rings longest in the listeners head when listening to Distractions; brisk, tireless, and smart as a whip. "Blurry Images" pins its drumbeat and bassline down with throbbing keyboard jabs before one of the most unhinged guitar solos the band has yet committed to tape." - Upset the Rhythm.

Artist: SPRAY PAINT
Title: Cussin
Format: 7"
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $10.00
"Spray Paint are a no wave punk outfit from Austin, Texas made up of Chris Stephenson (drums/vocals), Cory Plump (guitar/vocals) and George Dishner (guitar/vocals). Spray Paints buzz-sawing guitars run headlong through labyrinthine tunnels of reverb, chased down by some wildly brain-bashing drums. All three members of Spray Paint sing, too. "Cussin" plays out with some derailed guitars, working up a tone of paranoia amid the thumping rhythms. "Three Thumbs Up" is a disorientating number with the bands trio of vocals calling out the lyrics like a repetitive mantra. "Ask My Old Roomate, Man" makes room for path-leaping sprees of guitar, offset with stormy blasts of distortion." - Upset the Rhythm.

Artist: TERRY
Title: 8 Girls
Format: 7"
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $10.00
“Terrys second seven inch features three new songs that explore themes of patriarchy in politics, mass consumption versus lifestyle choices and the dating scene. "8 Girls" is a pop nugget that references female politicians including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, controversial leader of the One Nation party Pauline Hanson and senators Penny Wong and Jacqui Lambie. Divide Terry into four and you get Al Montfort, Amy Hill, Xanthe Waite, and Zephyr Pavey. Originally released by Aarght! Records. Transparent vinyl housed in a reverse board sleeve; Edition of 400.” - Upset The Rhythm.

Artist: TERRY
Title: Talk About Terry
Format: 7"
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $10.00
“White vinyl. Terry is Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver, etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band), and Zephyr Pavey (East Link, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make noise. Drums, guitars, and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terrys melancholic musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, a conversation with the commonplace. Talk About Terry marks the bands first venture into the recorded domain, collecting three of the greatest misshapen glam pop tunes Melbourne has to offer.” - Upset the Rhythm.

Artist: TERRY
Title: Terry HQ
Format: LP
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
"Includes download code. Love is a highway, but youre not likely to find Terry there anymore. Hes on the train. Terry saw the light, and he put on his sunhat. Ring Ring - "If youre carsick, get outta the car!" Theres only room for one big pug in this doggy daycare. Terrys taken to the night. Thank you nurse, Ill see myself out. LOOK! There he is, peeping through the cracks in your screen. Nuanced. Mercurial. Free. Blowing you a kiss. Marcel Marceau, Shmarshel Shmarsheau! But Terry? How unforgettable. What will you do when the cloud gives way? When the map leads you to a pile of potatoes? We wuz wrong. Hit me with your algorithm stick! Siri, is death an illusion? Siri, am I locked in a prison of my own making? Dont pull that thread kiddo. Siris gone. Talk about truth! But when youre ready for real answers? Talk about Terry. "Their debut single features three doses of shambly Television Personalities/Swell Maps style earworm indie rock." -- Brooklyn Vegan "A nervy throwback to that late-70s era when punk began to mutate in countless directions, matching a deadpan vocal with an incessant chord progression and piling on the sonic chaos. Why would you say sorry for that? they wonder aloud, and certainly theres no need to apologize for keeping this strain of musical antagonism alive." - Stereogum.

Artist: WETDOG
Title: Divine Times
Format: LP
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
"Wetdog are Rivka Gillieron, Sarah Datbylgu, and Billy Easter, three female individuals with an expertise for chasing down melodies across their songs. Previous albums on Angular and Captured Tracks have indicated their interest in the minimal palette of post-punk, and while that remains a glowing core to their coals, Wetdog have also evolved in their approach to making music. In the time since the 2010 release of their second album, Wetdog, formerly based in London, have become a transatlantic project. Separated by an ocean, the trio has had to work harder than ever to rope together their instincts. This commitment to staying in touch with each other as well as in touch with their sound can be heard throughout Divine Times. Keen ideas swirl, each afforded the luxury of time and due process. Contrasts and flights of fancy that sounded haphazard before are now as enmeshed and integral as the bands close-knit mix of venturesome drumbeats, sinewy guitar lines, and bass anchor. Songs like "Message" and "Chocky" almost levitate with exuberance, their overlapping vocals pinned down by the propulsive rhythms; the effect is delirious and pulse-quickening. "Small Talk" makes for dizzying terrain, with a spry cluster of chords and dub-dipped quavering. "Ridgway Crash" echoes a similar music hall sensibility, its keyboard phrase weaving amidst a preset bongo beat, radio static, and eldritch choir. Divine Times is a distinctive album, hatched slowly, long-distance. The bands effortless style of songwriting has been given room to develop, with some of the more measured tracks on the album like "Twilight" and "Jym Fingers" making greater strides over time than the more immediate, danceable material. Tumbling drums, folk-horror backing vocals, and an elastic bassline provide an uncanny setting for guest vocalist Russell Walkers drowsy narrative on "Jockey Slot," with all the makings of a disquieting dream. "Divine Times" starts with an ominous drone and rattling change in pocket drumbeat before Rivkas voice climbs up on a thermal. Divine Times is an uncompromising album; its an assured album thats been waiting for us to catch up. It has everything one would expect from Wetdog -- the characteristic fervor, deadpan humor, falling-to-bits willfulness -- yet Divine Times transcends the bands love of all things disjointed and accidentally happy. Its the sound of a confident band, out on its own limb. Theres no looking down, only soaring upward." - Upset the Rhythm.

Artist: WHARVES, THE
Title: NAZ/My Will
Format: 7"
Label: Upset the Rhythm
Country: UK
Price: $11.00
“Green and gold hand-embossed disco sleeve. Limited edition of 500. Following 2014s brilliant At Bay album on Gringo Records, this 7" is released in advance of The Wharves 2016 album Electa. A Women Make Music grant from the PRS for Music Foundation enabled the band to record with a rebel choir made up of friends and family members. Side A boasts the plaintive yet powerful track "NAZ," which soars for the sky with each vocal climb and guitar trail. "My Will" sounds practically medieval in its quietude, before leaping up like a newly lit bonfire when the rebel choir joins the fray.” - Upset the Rhythm.

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