Category Archives: New Releases

Introducing…. Bell Gardens

We are very happy indeed to officially announce the forthcoming release of Bell Gardens’ single Through The Rain in July on Southern Records, to be followed by the full-length album Full Sundown Assembly in September.

Bell Gardens is the love child of Kenneth James Gibson (Furry Things, [a]pendics.shuffle) and Brian McBride (Stars Of The Lid), conceived over many late nights talking and playing for each other the songs that have inspired them over the years. Citing influences such as Jack Nietzsche, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and Dennis Wilson’s solo recordings, both musicians harboured a burning desire to traverse a pop sound that often belies their respective backgrounds in the fields of experimental electronic, techno and minimalist music.

“Through The Rain” is a perfect introduction to the lush world of sound that Bell Gardens have carefully crafted through the use of real instruments and classic recording techniques. It’s a bright, floaty burst of musical sunshine and sweet vocal harmonies, with a deeply embedded vein of mystery and wistfulness.

The b-side of the single is a loping, steel-guitar infused interpretation of the late great Townes Van Zandt’s “Don’t Let The Sunshine Fool Ya”.

Two sides of a seven inch which won’t let you down, no matter what the weather. Grab a piece of Bell Gardens’ rainbow pie.

Order Bell Gardens releases from Southern’s web shop.

Penny Rimbaud’s ‘And Now It Rains’

And Now It RainsIt is a pleasure to announce the second edition of Penny’s deeply profound series of poems from 2005-2007. Published by  Bracketpress in association with Exitstencil Press, this issue comes in a sleek 144 page paperback book completely redesigned with a recently added new introduction from Penny Rimbaud.

“Whereas I might once have believed that the poems in this book represented the universal whole, I now consider them at best to be a description of a journey towards it, cartographic works whose value is in their articulation of process. May your journeys bring you to a deeper self.”
– Penny Rimbaud, Spring 2012

A very limited amount available now in our web shop.

Latitudes Unveils The Haxan Cloak

It is an absolute thrill to announce yet another new Latitudes session peeking behind the veil. Here at Southern, we’d like to welcome Bobby Krlic (aka The Haxan Cloak) to our delightfully fascinating series with his storming half hour of electronica soundscapes. Just coming off the back of his debut album on Aurora Borealis and recent signing to Tri-Angle Records, The Haxan Cloak has quite gracefully berried himself deep into the networks of unsettling electronic music. The name is murmured on a daily basis, his LP played meticulously again and again, and anything left to see is leaving people in a haze of wonder.

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As a personal account, I shamefully only heard of The Haxan Cloak with the news of his imminent Latitudes activity, here at Southern. Soon after was a fleeting greeting, followed by the usual meandering research on the world wide web. But it was going to a live show of Bobby’s, experiencing his aurally aesthetic rumble-scapes into my own ears and eyes that would make the revelatory impact. I found myself standing dead still, staring only at the retina searing strobe. Instantly immersed into some sort of subsonic crescendo, revealing a myriad of texturally rich detail, but never without leaving the space and breadth of the sound behind. I felt like I was alone: hypnotised and humbled by a tangible thrill of musical exploit. As the music faded and came to a close, I fell back into normality, speechless, in a blur of marvel at the overwhelming event.

Then, days later, I was yet again thrown back into blissful gaiety: The Haxan Cloak Latitudes session wafted through the office, soundtracking our very own ‘Koyaanisqatsi’. This release, in essence was Bobby live, but think I like to think of it as ‘The Haxan Cloak 2.0′.

Curiously titled ‘The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water’, the session will be available on 9th July as a limited run of 700 180g white vinyl and 500 CDs, both with Bobby’s original foil-stamped artwork, and all hand numbered.

We also have a special bundle available from our web shop if you act quickly – get a t-shirt and your choice of LP or CD.

Now available for pre-order in our web shop, and if you ask me, I’d get two; one to play to death, the other to resurrect your aural pleasures after the first passes away.

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Now that all six of the original Crass albums have been reissued on CD for the Crassical Collection, we are able to fit together the pieces of the puzzle that make up the Crass symbol from the covers.

The symbol is from a photographer of one of Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud’s old bass drum heads.

And if you like, you can also hang it on your wall, by way of a poster designed by the band’s artist Gee Vaucher.

We’d like to thank Crass fan Alan Jones for suggesting it!

Available for pre-order now in the Southern shop.

Thanks.