We proudly present the first video from Boduf Songs‘ new album Burnt Up On Re-Entry. With sounds on the album recently described by Pitchfork as “like a mechanical valkyrie diving for your eyeballs”, “a La Brea tarpit of down-tuned doom guitars”, and “a rigor-mortis dance-pop groove”, one can barely begin to imagine what Mat Sweet might conjure up as a visual accompaniment to his audio creation.
And here we have it – a dark vision, a five minute epic, a heart-rending story of alienation and salvation (or is it?) told in stop motion animation. The entire video was crafted by the hand of Mr. Sweet himself.
Burnt Up On Re-Entry is available now on double vinyl and CD.
Bell Gardens bring us another gorgeous cinematic postcard from their debut Full Sundown Assembly. “Nowhere” is a woozy ramble through the Bell Gardens palette of vocal harmonies, slippery guitar and subtle strings.
You can see why Q magazine has called Full Sundown Assembly “beautifully understated, slow and graceful…immaculately conceived.”
All the stairs lead nowhere
Nowhere I’ll ever be found…
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.