11 Oct 2019

Rocket bands appear in '50 Essential ‘Psych’ Albums 2013-2019 by Fragmented Flaneur.'


Nice to see:

Anthroprophh
Centrum
Gnod
Hills
Julie's Haircut
Kuro
Teeth of the Sea 

...in this rundown of 50 Essential ‘Psych’ Albums 2013-2019 by Fragmented Flaneur.

See the full 50 here: Fragmented Flaneur

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10 Oct 2019

The Utopia Strong remix Snapped Ankles 'Rechargeable' track

Recently The Utopia Strong were asked to remix Snapped Ankles track 'Rechargeable', Check out Steve Davis an Co plucking stems off from the bands Rechargeable tree. 

Here is their satanic deconstruction:
 
Bandcamp
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Backseat Mafia review Julie's Haircut live in Manchester

Backseat Mafia review Julie's Haircut live in Manchester:

Julie’s Haircut are an Italian neo-psychedelic offering who have been around for more years than they would care to admit now, having initially formed back in 1994. Their recent allegiance has been to UK based label Rocket Recordings, who today have released their latest offering, their ninth studio album no less, In The Silence Electric.

Tonight they grace one of Manchester’s finest underground, independent venues, The Peer Hat, a setting that is perfect for them. They open with ‘Gathering Light’, probably their most recognised track from 2017’s Invocation and Ritual Dance of My Demon Twin which sprung them to public attention in the UK. With its slow build that intensifies throughout as layers are added, it’s the perfect track to start things off. This is closely followed by ‘The Fire Sermon’ from the same album and the two make an intoxicating atmosphere, laden with intrigue that sets the mood for the rest of the set.....

....Julie’s Haircut have delivered something really special here tonight, in a venue that has suited their sound perfectly. The quality of the songs on the new album shows their development as a band and if they keep putting out performances like that, they’ll soon be playing to much larger crowds.


Read the full review: Backseat Mafia 

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Julie's Haircut interview 'In The Silence Electric' Sleeve Artist Annegret Soltau




With the release of the Julie's Haircut album 'In The Silence Electric' out last week, we are delighted to share a short interview with the amazing German artist Annegret Soltau, who's 1975/76 work 'Selbst (self)' features throughout the sleeve. We are huge fans of her amazing work so was delighted when the bands Nicola Caleffi managed to asked Annegret a few questions.

Here statement about the work:

Annegret
Soltau
Selbst (self) 1975-76
photo overstitchings
Self 1975-76


"These are my first projects using thread in the context of photography. Using gray silk thread, I overstitched self-portraits and created a filigree of threads over my own face. 

I started with a photograph taken during a performance piece, and stitched over the thread in the photo using real thread. The reverse side shows the traces of the work on the front side as a spontaneous haptic drawing, an unconscious by-product of the main piece."

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Nicola Caleffi 
The Selbst series from 1975-76 is one of your early, and most powerful, work. Can you describe the genesis of it?
 

Annegret Soltau  
As a starting point for these photo-stitches, I took photographs of the documentation of my performance “Self” from 1975, in which I wrapped my head with black yarn. I sewed these self-portraits with gray silk thread.

Nicola Caleffi

The series comprises about 30 pictures of yourself with different grades of binding on your own head and body and etching on the printed photos. What is the relationship between the real wiring on the skin, mouth, eyes and hair and the subsequent sewing that you made on the printed work?
 

Annegret Soltau
The photographed thread served as a direction for my over-sewing. From the sensory organs of my eyes and mouth I let the threads flow over my face, extending my eyelashes into new formations that cover my face like a mask. There is a dialogue, an exhange, between the photographed thread of the performance and the real thread, they form a unity in the face, but also an irritation.

Nicola Caleffi
Your work, and Selbst in particular, seems to be constantly balanced between freedom and oppression, even self-coercion, just as, in its peculiar form, Julie's Haircut's music, in its never resolved relationship between looseness and restraint. Do you see art as a form of liberation of the self?
 

Annegret Soltau
For me, these representations are ambivalent. On the one hand they show through the fine threads a sensual touch on the skin, on the other hand also a constriction through the lacing over mouth and eyes up to the blindness and lack of communication. The liberation can only be done by oneself.

Nicola Caleffi
What is the role of art and the artist today? Do you see any difference between today and the past, in terms of artistic freedom?

Annegret Soltau
As an artist I do not play any role, I work authentically by “incorporating” myself and my body into my art. That's how I see myself and my work: as a symbiosis of life and art. During my studies in the 60s and 70s, we fought againts the traditional forms of society, it was a break from given expectations. Awareness is what we need now if we do not want to lose the achievements of our generation.


For further reading: Annegret Soltau
  
Julie's Haircut album 'In The Silence Electric' is out now on LP/CD/DL Available worldwide on Rocket Recordings: 

In The Silence Electric

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9 Oct 2019

GIGsoup review Julie's Haircut live in Chester

GIGsoup review Julie's Haircut live in Chester, they say:
 

Fairly well known in their home country of Italy, the Sassuolo-formed Julie’s Haircut have been releasing music for the best part of 25 years now. However, many here in the UK probably only encountered them after the release of 2017’s Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin on Rocket Recordings, arguably Britain’s best psychedelic label.

During their first decade together they performed a mix of garage and indie rock, but collaborations with the likes of Damo Suzuki, Sonic Boom and then Philip Corner inspired more experimentation. Since then they’ve evolved to become one of Europe’s top psychedelic krautrock bands, also incorporating elements of prog, post rock and jazz into their sound.

On the eve of the release of their ninth full length album In The Silence Electric, the Northern Italian outfit stopped by The Live Rooms in Chester for their first ever performance in the city. It was part of a seven date UK tour that also included dates in Leicester and Newcastle before they headed back for a tour of their homeland.....

.......Despite missing the trippy sax of Laura Agnusdei on a few tracks, it was a fantastic performance from a band who have been at their creative peak in recent years. They will certainly have gone back to Northern Italy with many more fans than they had when they arrived here and will always be welcome to stop by Chester when they embark on any future UK tours.
 

Read the full review here: GIGsoup Music

(Photo & review by Daniel Kirby)
 

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Simone Maries spins Julie's Haircut on Soho Radio

Amazing DJ & Primal Scream bass player Simone Maries was kind enough to play some Julie's Haircut on her Soho Radio show.

check it out here:  Simone Maries Naked Lunch 

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Sentireascoltare review Julie's Haircut 'In The Silence Electric'

Sentireascoltare review Julie's Haircut 'In The Silence Electric'

This is what they had to say (rough translation):
 

Julie's Haircut continues on the path taken by more than a few records, and certified by the landing on Rocket, a label that seems to have capitalised the best Italian underground more fixed with psychedelia "material" and detonating, for the previous 'Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon' Twin.

In 'In The Silence Electric' the situation does not change; the composition is always a unique flow that expands like a river delta to incorporate motorik, acid psychedelia, kraut portions, nuances of free jazz, sensations from an imaginary soundtrack and an idea of ​​compositional freedom that is increasingly present.

We were talking about the route, however, given that by moving back to Our Secret Ceremony, the cosmic dimension - both latently kosmische and more specifically cosmic, spatial, lost in the immensity of the universe - has gradually become a constituent part of the Julie's sound to which it is from which are then sprouted leaves and branches always of the same material formed.

The mega trip of Darlings Of The Sun, for example, with its ethno-space expanses, or the polyrhythmic one of Pharoah's Dance, no men omen in terms of size and references, but also the stasis of In Return and even the Sorcerer's hypnotic motorik suicide style tells of an infinite regeneration, of a musical blob in continuous definition that feeds on elements and inputs always from the same "humus" generated, but from time to time rethought, reworked, redefined.

Nothing new under the sun of the psych more or less ethno, more or less cosmic, more or less kraut, but a survey conducted with balance and parsimony, attention and ability towards a sound world that is increasingly personal and internalized by the sextet.

It is no coincidence that they speak of "sound of psychic liberation from the shackles of oppression and of the everyday" in the press and it is no coincidence that the artwork of the German avant-garde artist Annegret Soltau was chosen for the cover image,

self-empowered and self-liberated by a kind of live mummification intended to reflect on communication, on its deprivation, on its reacquisition; which is easily ascribable to so much music, presumably new and actually mummified on itself.

Read the full review here: Sentireascoltare


(The above artwork is part of the Julie's Haircut album packaging & by wonderful Annegret Soltau)
 

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8 Oct 2019

PETBRICK reveal video for new single featuring Mixhell's Laima Leyton 




PETBRICK - the duo comprising Wayne Adams (Big Lad/Death Pedals/Johnny Broke) and Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulwax/Mixhell), are releasing their debut album 'I' via Rocket on 25 October and you can watch the video to their latest single, 'Coming', featuring the vocal talents of Mixhell's Laima Leyton above.

Preorder  'I' on ltd editin vinyl and CD here: Bandcamp

And for USA and Canadian fans, the PETBRICK album is being released via the great Closed Casket Activities label.

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The video for 'Coming' is made by the multi-award winning Brazilian director, writer, producer and editor Dante Vescio. The theme of the video is a direct response to the current fascist let government in Brazil (represented by the pig in the video) and the fightback that is needed to quash this regime. A concept that can be related to throughout the world right now.

PETBRICK's forthcoming album 'I' is packed with electronic experimentation, hardcore attitude, dystopian dread and in-the-red dementia. These all collide and collude to form a uniquely invigorating assault that mixes the intensity of Ministry and the synapse-shredding mischief of Aphex Twin yet lodged firmly in the here and now.

The duo are taking the PETBRICK noise around the country and can be seen playing at:

28 Oct / UK / Huddersfield / The Parish
29 Oct / UK / Sheffield / Record Junkee
30 Oct / UK / Manchester / Soup Kitchen
31 Oct / UK / Bristol / Exchange
01 Nov / UK / Cardiff / Clwb Ifor Bach
02 Nov / UK / London / Shacklewell Arms
06 Nov / CZ / Prague / Underdogs
08 Nov / BE / Antwerp / Het Bos    
09 Nov / NL / Utrecht  / Le Guess Who? Festival  





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Music Traks review Julie's Haircut 'In The Silence Electric'

JULIE'S HAIRCUT TRACK FOR TRACK 

It starts from Anticipation of the Night, a very electric but nocturnal (obvious) and more walked than a run track, which somehow brings to mind the atmospheres of the American alternative, like Yo La Tengo. 

Emerald Kiss abandons the magical atmosphere of the previous song to immerse itself in a much less rarefied air. Indeed there are particles of rock, not even too micro, and heavily charged skies. 

But if the tension then drops a bit at a certain point, Until the Lights Go Out thinks to make it go up immediately, with some dark wave aftertaste in the path. 

Return to the hypnotic and nocturnal with Lord Help Me Find The Way, which travels in concentric circles. 

The alternation of rhythms continues with the fast and very accelerated Sorcerer, already presented as a single. Not that this is skimped on the hypnotic / psychedelic side, indeed. 

More evocative are the climates of Darlings of the Sun, electronic but also very insinuating, with desert drums ready to offer their own rhythms. But there is not always the sun. 

And in fact here comes In Return, journey into darkness, with echoes and reverberations and distant voices and threats that flutter. 

The Pharaoh Dreams of the drums: in Pharaoh's Dream there are tribal percussions. 

The lock returns to the magic and the ambiguous, with the meandering For the Seven Lakes

Julie's Haircut is a truly remarkable disc, which produces nine tracks characterized by conceptual and sound compactness, cloaked in enchanting charm. The band is mature and can now literally do whatever it wants.

Read the full piece: Musictraks

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Fuzzy Sun reviews Julie's Haircut's In the Silence Electric


They say:

Julie’s Haircut is an Italian band that has been around for quite some time. They have been giving us fuzz and psych since the beginning. Now it is time for their new album that is called ‘In The Silence Electric’.

I’ve been following the band for a while now and have listened to most of their music. Their new album got me hooked, the fuzz, psych and trance on this album is more intense, the tracks have more dept and its very, and I mean very, hypnotic.

‘Until The Lights go out’ is by far my favourite track and this is the band at their best. A bass line so good the water runs out of my mouth, vocals yearn and morn over the fuzz. A track of epic hypnotic proportions.

‘In the Silence Electric’ is in part an experimental album and in part an psychedelic and highly hypnotic rock album and together this is a complete success.

See the piece here: Fuzzy Sun

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