(Mie Music - 009) LP $15.00
Built around layered percussion and Youngs’s vocals, the asymmetrically patterned underlay is scored for drums, household objects and handheld percussion; at points scything fuzz guitar cuts through and deep synths bubble up out of nowhere before dissipating into solo shakuhachi. “Immersive and free-flowing music,” says Pitchfork. Edition of 500.
(Majora) Used LP $10.00 (Out-of-stock)
An ambitious collaboration from 1996, one of the duo's finest, exploring abstraction, the scary darkness of industrialized ambiance, and elusive spiritual vibes. They get there via otherworldly drones, tinkling floatation, sidereal hisses, hellish moans, cryptic tides, flashing metallic clangor, and organ-like drone.
How The Garden Is
(Harpendon - HP271) LP $20.00 (Out-of-stock)
Campbell and Youngs have recorded together in various forms (most notably A Band and the Durian, Durian LP), but How the Garden Is is their first true collaboration. Recorded over two days in the spring of 2000, this LP is mainly acoustic, hovering in, around, and between Youngs's meditative solo work and the density of Vibracathedral Orchestra ... stripped bare and built up around itself. Edition of 300. Jacket is near-mint with beginning of two-inch split on top edge of jacket; vinyl is mint. Includes 2-inch insert.
I Dream Of Mezzanine / Cloudplanes
(Spring Press - SP11) LP $13.50 (Out-of-stock)
A commanding new exploration of voice and electronics, “with vocals, acoustic guitar, sleigh bells, tape, graphic equalizer, computer and epinette des vosges scored for two sidelong pieces,” marvels our friends at Volcanic Tongue. “The beats are genuinely cracked, stumbling over each other, breaking in and out of rhythm ... while … layers of vocals…, distant, electronically treated moans, and expressionist breath [frame] mantric / hypnotic phrases, almost giving the album the feel of a more pastoral Throbbing Gristle. The second side has a more lunar, psychedelic appeal.” Edition of 300
Makoto Kawabata / Richard Youngs
(VHF - VHF64) Used CD $5.00
Duets by the leader of Acid Mothers Temple and the slightly less available Glasgow librarian in a relaxed yet psychedelic mood. Throughout the five untitled tracks, simple modal melodies are performed on acoustic guitar, autoharp, organ, voice and other instruments rubbing against the swirling production and layers of shifting haze. Youngs’s identifiable voice, guitar and autoharp greet Kawabata’s echo treatments on the first track, while track three reverses the process with Youngs’s minor key picking cutting against Kawabata’s thick, visceral drones. Tracks two, four and five all use a base of fingerpicked guitar melodies, layering organ, synth, tape effects and echo.
(Spring Press - SP20) 10-inch (lathe cut) $20.00
Pruned and interwoven vocals, live percussion, drum machines, organ and electronics that form a disorienting triptych. Monosyllabic motifs become cathartic codes, wildy modulated synths fall in and out of phase until everything is liquid. Another beautiful surprise from this maverick of the underground. Listen to some of it here: https://soundcloud.com/the-spring-press/richard-youngs-luther-side-b. Edition of 70.
(Oblique) Used CD $12.00
The 1998 fifth solo album by the man described by a sensitive romantic at Melody Maker as “grand-meister of contemporary British improv, spiritual son of Eddie Prévost and Maddy Prior; gentle manipulator of English hymn-notics and religious incantations … poet-seducer of souls.” Classical guitar and voice that fans of reclusive sages like Nick Drake, Anne Briggs and Robert Wyatt will appreciate.