Fascinating Things : Issue 31

Straight into it this time, far too many new things to share, so lots of links and very little in the way of words:

Proggy stuff in a Porcupine Tree style from South Wales. The band is Goldbringer:

Maini, from Sweden, starts off a bit Enya and then oddly goes a bit Sabbath, more Enya and then an AOR solo….. strangely compelling:

The new Kristian Harting album “Summer of Crush” will be featured on this weeks Aural Delights Podcast, here’s video from it:

Ummagma are back with a new release called “Frequency” here is the delightful, but far too short, opening track:

On Friday 13th November 2015, R*E*P*E*A*T Records and Pure Deadly  release THIS IS THE SOUND OF SUGAR TOWN: a 12” vinyl and download album featuring twelve acts from “the UK’s unsung DIY rock capital, Bury St Edmunds”.  All profits go to the towns’ Women’s Refuge. The CD is hopefully winging it’s way to me for airplay – pending that have a gander at Bandcamp:

Righteous Reprobates seem have  picked on the sound of Burnage, which is interesting was they are from London/Kent. This is their first single which is out in early December. Useful to fill the Gallagher shaped hole in your life:

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, Montreal’s premiere purveyors of long-form experimental kraut-funk, will head to Europe for the first time this November. The quartet will bring their idiosyncratic and uncannily cohesive pairing of dizzying conceptual headiness and dancefloor-ready rhythmic precision, sadly they are only playing London and Coventry. Their album “Zubberdust!” was very good indeed.

Mark Corrin‘s new EP is excellent. Stop sitting around listening to Adele and go and get it…..

The Deadline Shakes have re-recorded their excellent tune “Sweeten The Deal” and very good is it to:

From their beginnings, Zrazy have tackled social and political issues head-on through their music from feminism to abortion to gay rights, leading to an outright ban on Ireland’s national radio. Their new single is here and is very good:

And finally, a new one from West Yorkshire’s finest Monster Jaw



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JK Flesh, the alter-ego of dark industrial pioneer Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, Final, Techo-Animal), has just released a new nine-track EP entitled Nothing Is Free via Broadrick’s own Avalanche Recordings. Comprised of a collection of two years worth of material, Nothing Is Free is available through digital means only on a ‘pay as you like’/donations basis. By donating, you will receive a download of the album in 24 bit audio and PDF artwork. Produced by Justin himself, JK Flesh mutates and moulds techno, industrial, drum and bass, dub, and dubstep styles.

Unfathomable Dark Artist ‘Katy Lied’ Release Debut Single upon Announcement of UK Tour dates. Debut Single ‘Black’ is a huge, dramatic, sweeping number, complete with massive hooks and a powerful fearless vocal performance from Katy Lied, immersed in striking production. “We are displaying a false misconception.” From the very first chorus from this debut the tone is set. Her lyrical content dissects the fine line between love and hate, gut-wrenching longing, and true despair and combines them with crunchy guitars, ethereal orchestral accents, and of course, her alluring piano tones.
‘Black’ will be released on Monday 26th October.


Eclectic Danish troubadour Kristian Harting returns with a new twelve song album Summer of Crush, which is to be released via Exile on Mainstream 30 October. Whilst his debut solo LP, 2014’s Float, melded ethereal song-writing deeply inspired by Western lo-fi pop, Mali blues and avant-garde folk, this time round Harting recalibrates towards a more pop-orientated approach, the resulting​ album oscillating between melancholic dreamscapes, swells of articulate outpourings and synth-laden shamanic dance tracks.

Moulettes are a Brighton based British band of Björk, Frank Zappa and Gentle Giant loving Multi instrumentalists that weave in and out of several genres with 3 part harmony female vocals, amplified Cello, distorted Bassoon, Auto-Harp, Guitar, Drums, Bass and Synths into an incomparable Alt.pop/rock/folk Universe. Since the success of ‘Constellations’ (No.7 Indie Charts, Spiral Earth Best Album 2014), Bajian Irish Londoner Raevennan Husbandes has joined the band to play Electric Guitar and Vocals. With this new lineup the band have been writing and recording their 4th album (Release Spring 2016). They will be showcasing more and more new material as they continue on the road, as well as preparing some live collaboration with No1 Artist Nizlopi on tour. On their return from touring in Canada and Europe in early Autumn the band are looking forward to announcing some new special guests in Pop, Prog and Folk for the coming album. The album is a concept album about strange creatures. You can catch them at the Ramsbottom Festival on September 20th.