18 Jun 2021

Land Trance's First Séance LP is released today


“Spectacular debut album.”

The Quietus  (No. 14 Album Of 2020)

“A journey exploring every corner of the experimental music landscape.”
Get Into This

“Conjuring moments of unadulterated transcendence.”
Fruits and Grooves

"A record as dazzlingly cinematic as it is truly exploratory." 

Backseat Mafia

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Last year the band Land Trance, a collaboration between Liverpool-based musicians Andrew P.M Hunt (Dialect) and Benjamin D. Duvall (Ex-Easter Island Head) released their debut album ‘First Séance’ on Forest Swords’ Dense Truth label. The album quickly became one of our albums of the year and was also featured in The Quietus prestigious Top 100 Albums of the Year list at #14.

We felt this was an album that needed to be heard on vinyl (only released digitally up to now) and we were the label who had to do it.

So we are proud to announce that you can pick up this incredible debut album by Land Trance on ltd edition vinyl from your local record shop as from today.

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Working together as Land Trance, the duo utilise spontaneous electro-acoustic improvisation and studio-as-instrument post production to explore the inner and outer reaches of each other’s musical vocabularies. Tracks oscillate between vocal-led ecclesiastical yearning (Transcript, Chilean Miners) and ecstatic assemblages of sound (Beach Mystery, A Raft), always suggesting a palpable sense of geography with an allusive sense of place.

‘First Séance’ elevates deceptively simple materials and means with vivid imagination and bold compositional strategies, transcending the intimate scale of bedroom recording and DIY sound creation. It presents a wholly original set of musical environments, and a compelling document of intuition, friendship and artistic curiosity.

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15 Jun 2021

Backseat Mafia gives Land Trance's First Séance 9/10 review


They say:

INITIALLY released last year through Forest Sword’s Dense Truth label and imminently to be released on the mercurial Rocket Recordings, First Séance is the debut album from Land Trance: a collaborative project borne from the dual, equally ingenious musical gifts of Andrew P.M. Hunt and Benjamin D. Duvall.

Although it is their debut album, the duo’s paths have long been intertwined. The two have long shared rehearsal spaces and band mates – whilst Duvall was delving into percussive ensemble composition as the founder of the acclaimed Ex-Easter Island Head, Hunt was exploring the possibilities of songwriting, synthesis and texture as Dialect and leader of art rock band Outfit.

The album combines electro-acoustic and studio as post-production, utilising zither, drum machine, music box, dictaphone, synthesiser, melodica and more. This vast artistic curiosity is satisfied through metamorphosing, hypnagogic soundscapes; inducing soporific states that never once deviate from their profoundly hypnotic stream. The singular allure of the album lies in the single, unwavering emotion focused through Land Trance’s captivating sonic collage; unlike other artists, whose efforts at doing so prove blander than a bowl of Shreddies, they imbue the record with a soul-stirring, distinctive melancholy. The well of this unquenchable melancholic elixir in fact remains constantly full, even after umpteen listens. This could be because of the duo’s ability to – through each track, in a different but similarly ingenious fashion – splice this emotion into many guises; using myriad instrumentation in myriad ways...

Read the rest here: Backseat Mafia

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10 Jun 2021

Teeth of the Sea & The Utopia Strong joint UK November Tour

We are throughly delighted to share with you that Teeth of the Sea & The Utopia Strong will be heading out for a joint UK tour.

 

November 2021:

Sat 13th - The Carlton Club, Manchester

Sun 14th - The Crescent, York

Mon 15th - Barrow Underground Music Society, Barrow In Furness

Tue 16th - The Cluny, Newcastle

Wed 17th - Stereo, Glasgow

Thur 18th - Strange Brew, Bristol

Fri 19th - Mash, Cambridge

Sat 20th - Lexington, London

These shows are definitely not to be missed!!


Tickets: tbc

 

Keep an eye out for both The Utopia Strong debut & Teeth of Sea's Wraith vinyl re-issue's later in the year

 

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4 Jun 2021

Julie's Haircut to play Off Tune Festival



Info about the festival can be found here: Off Tune

Tickets: Dice FM

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Listen to exclusive Gnoomes mix for Frame


Gnoomes posted this:

"Check out a special mix we made for frame., a community of artists, deejays and creative people based in Florence, Italy!"

Listen here: Soundcloud

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Trebuchet reviews DJINN's Transmission


They say:

Fan’s of band-on-endless-hiatus GOAT needing a world-psyche fix need look no further than DJINN. Whatever magical goose Rocket Recordings has tucked away just seems to produce golden egg after golden egg and along with Berlin’s Glitterbeat show us that there is a rich well of stunning music if you’re willing to dig away from the main road. Nestled between Jazz, 70s fusion, and a healthy dose of exotica DJINN hint at the smoky escapisms of philosophy, sex, and drugs. Taking the cyclical bass magic of GOAT (and the whole name-in-CAPs thing) they’ve let the drummer loose, rounded it out with stoned percussion and some Interzone based wind/brass instrumentation. It works. Lost in Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch (1991) all the tracks have a separate scenic quality and rather than adhering to a singular sound the album grooves from one distinct setting to the next. Despite these pronounced shifts there are subtle consistencies in the mix that bring all the arrangements together in a complimentary way.  While not as primal soul shaking as GOAT this record stands up and Transmission is well worth lighting up and inhaling.

Read the review here:  Trebuchet

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