New This Week
19th October 2018
Hailing from Brighton and spearheaded by Max Kinghorn-Mills, the Hollow Hand project is a 60's psychedelic journey through beauty, romance and mythology in history and art. Putting the DIY back into DIY, the entire album was recorded at the bottom of a leafy garden, a home-made studio pieced together by three friends.
Sticking very closely to his influences, Max Kinghorn-Mills channels endless 60's psychedelia; Grateful Dead, Syd Barrett, early T-Rex and Donovan all play their part. Hollow Hand’s debut album is a 2018 album inspired by nature, beauty and above all positivity - which let's be honest, we could all do with a little more of.
Limited Orange Vinyl.
TVAM's debut has been long in the pipeline but it appears to be worth the wait. Producer Joe Oxley reappears with his debut album Psychic Data which creates a dark picture of the present. The album is impeccably produced, the sounds layered, interloping and alternately taking centre stage whilst never disappearing from view at any point.
Joe manages to find a sound between industrial synths, psychedelic rock and shoegaze. It's like watching an episode of Black Mirror with John Bancroft on a bad trip; all brutalist, gritty and claustrophobic but ultimately very very alluring.
Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited to 750 copies on orange and black starburst vinyl.
Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed instalment as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece.
Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.
Last Building Burning is the product of eight days with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room, Boris) in Texas studio Sonic Ranch. Clocking in just over half an hour, the eight-song album sees Cloud Nothings capture their onstage appeal with help from Dunn, who Baldi describes as “technically minded without relying on technology to perfect the live sound.” In that, Last Building Burning is a return to Cloud Nothing’s sharpest form - the unhinged, feverish, guitar-heavy sound that they explode with onstage - without their early angst. “It’s not an angry record,” says Baldi. “It’s a very joyous thing for me. And it feels so nice to scream again, especially when you know people in the crowd will be screaming along back at you.”
Rough Trade's Top 20 New Releases This Week:
1. Hollow Hand - Star Chamber
2. TVAM - Psychic Data
3. John Carpenter - Halloween: OST
4. Cloud Nothings - Last Building Burning
5. Will Oldham - Songs Of Love And Horror
6. Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel
7. Yoko Ono - Warzone
8. Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics
9. Willie J Healey - 666 Kill
10. Small Faces - Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake: 50th Anniversary
11. Hairband - Hairband
12. Graham Massey and Umut Caglar performed with Paddy Steer - Kicked From The Stars
13. Lights On Moscow - Aorta Songs: Part 1
14. Insecure Men - Karaoke for One: Vol 1
15. Low - The Great Destroyer
16. Lee Scratch Perry - The Black Album
17. Taken By Trees - Yellow to Blue
18. The Cult - Pure Cult: The Singles 1984 - 1985
19. Various - Damaged Goods 1988-2018
20. Dinosaur Jr - Ear Bleeding Country: The Best Of