Chelsea Wolfe covers Rudimentary Peni for Latitudes

Now available for pre-order in our lovely shop is the utterly devine session recently laid down for Latitudes by Chelsea Wolfe and band.  And what a supremely charming bunch of people they were to have as guests.

Chelsea and her band brought a unique personal take to the songs of the one and only Rudimentary Peni for this session, and it’s truly an extraordinary performance that we are delighted to bring to you.

 

Chelsea Wolfe is one of those artists who presents an environment rather than a show or an album – a tangible world to step into. On first being tipped off to her work, it was the marriage of visuals and Continue reading

Bardo Pond grace us with a divine Latitudes session

Yes that’s right,  those legendary space rockers aka Bardo Pond have joined the Latitudes ranks. The psychedelic journey of the Pond all began by two brothers, Michael & John Gibbons, sharing their interest in free-form noise, spreading the enthusiasm to an array of instrumentalists and vocalists. Their sound snowballed taking in musical roots from the realm of jazz and blues structures, not to mention New York’s No Wave movement championed by the likes of James Chance and the Contortions as well as the downtown Knitting Factory scenes. Now after eight acclaimed full-length albums, the band that often dabbles in an eclectic range of side projects have regrouped for another stormer in our very own Southern Studios.

The resulting session, Yntra, is a brilliant distillation of what the band do best into just three epic tracks. From the elaboration of the densest, textural landscapes to moments of pure, ecstatic clarity the sound is still incredibly thick with their battery of guitars and unrelenting Continue reading

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.

Grumbling Fur join us for Latitudes

Grumbling FurWe are delighted to announce the release date for our next Latitudes session, a recording by the very wonderful duo Grumbling Fur.  Featuring two of our favourite people and musicians, Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan.  Both of these gentlemen have graced the series previously – Daniel with his Victorian prog-synth band Miasma And The Carousel Of Headless Horses, and Alexander with Ginnugagap, a solo session, and a guest appearance on a forthcoming set from Bardo Pond.

We have long held a flame for Furrier, the Grumbling Fur album on the icy cool Aurora Borealis label. We quickly invited them for a session – but with little expectation of anything happening in the near future.  This was a group whose members define the word prolific – O’Sullivan himself had at least four bands on the go at the time. Still, we’re nothing if not Continue reading