With a new boom of appreciation for long-playing vinyl in full swing, our cozy dark corner of Amoeba Music Hollywood where the Goth /Industrial section lies is seeing lots of great titles come through. We’ve hand-picked some recent wax new releases and reissues and are featuring them in our section this month, so crank up your turntable for some of our highlighted dark wonders.
Sturmpercht Schattenlieder (Ahnstern)
3-sided double-LP in gatefold-cover with etched vinyl on the 4th side. The masters of Pagan Folk are back with their new album Schattenlieder - eine kleine Nachtmusik für Waldteufel und Berggeister
. The album features 20 diverse and unique
songs full of alpine mysticism, heathen legends and tales about strange fairies and pagan rites. Schattenlieder
entrains you into deep forests, arcane mountains and dark chasms and guides you to hidden places in the depth of the central European forests, where hunters meet strange creatures from dusk til dawn. The album varies between gnarled songs about creepy fairies, catchy folk hymns and dark songs dealing with alpine myths, forest tales and hunter sagas. Schattenlieder
is the perfect soundtrack for misty autumn evenings as well as for dark winter nights. The album features a large variety of instruments and sounds -- obscure, strange, folky, psychedelic, but always original and weird, in Sturmpercht's very unique way. Schattenlieder
is completely unpredictable -- each track a standalone, but contributing to the overall ambiance of this new benchmark within the Pagan Folk genre. Not for everyone, but a truly bizarre and wonderful release!
Ruby Throat The Ventriloquist (The Lovers' Will)
The deluxe double vinyl LP edition of the classic
Folk-Noir recording The Ventriloquist
by Ruby Throat. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies in a reverse-board gatefold sleeve and including a full colour insert, this is the first time this gorgeous recording– originally self-released on CD in 2007– has been issued on vinyl by Los Angeles-based label The Lovers' Will Records & Press
! Ruby Throat is a bewitching duo from London, UK and is compromised of vocalist KatieJane Garside
(Daisy Chainsaw, Queenadreena) and guitarist Chris Wittingham
. Garside’s voice is much like The Ventriloquist
’s subject matter – riding on a dark line between the ethereal and the visceral. The album is made up of psychosexual musings, spectral visions, stark murder balladry and other transgressive tales delicately surrounded by the Psychedelic dream-wrap and pastoral strumming of Wittingham. It also holds a high spot on our previously-posted list of the 20 Best Dark Music Albums of The '00's
. Recommended if you like PJ Harvey, Current 93, Mazzy Star, and WIll Oldham.
recording artist and Scotsman Alasdair Roberts'
new album Spoils
is one of the best I've heard all year. It's a lyrically dense, elegant and complex album with trad folk touches. One of its best qualities is its natural ease -- it manages to sound both organic and dense, positively medieval and modern at the same time. Roberts has been creating eloquent, idiosyncratic albums for quite some time, since 1994 to be exact, at first with the band Appendix Out
and then simply under his name for the past 8 years. He was rather famously signed to Drag City after handing Will Oldham
a tape of his music back in 1995, and his musical career has blossomed on since then. Spoils
feels like the culmination of the sound he has cultivated since his first solo album. It is well worth tracking down and listening to repeatedly. My interview with Alasdair follows.
Miss Ess: When and how did you begin writing songs?
At 15 when I saw footage of the Hindenburg disaster on television and heard the pain in the presenter's voice saying, "Oh, the humanity." I then wrote my first proper song called "Autumn."
ME: What records from your youth have stayed with you most strongly?
Early eighties pop singles. "Karma Chameleon" by Boy George
; "Don't Leave Me This Way" by the Communards.
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth.