‘III’ is a rich and accomplished album that has seen Bo Ningen evolve musically and illustrates a group with a singular vision, reaching for what they define as ‘pure music’, by turns esoteric and a no holds barred sensory assault.
‘TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER’ ranges from ambient passages, through neo-classical episodes and Detroit techno through to effervescent melodic electronic pop songs. It’s an ambitious work and heralds the arrival of a singular new talent.
Limited 10" Vinyl
CD available now, Vinyl version (remastered by James Plotkin) available soon
Digital Single from album 'The Moths are Real' with 3 bonus live tracks.
Digital only, the 7" vinyl of this release is available exclusively for Record Store Day
Digital and limited edition CDR (100 copies) THE EUROPEAN is back for 2013 with a brand new EP series titled ANTI-PATTERNS. The first in the series is "Waves On Waves / The Fountainhead".
Produced by Jarvis Cocker, recording took place at The Way Studios, The Square, Konk, Fish Factory and St Leonards Church variously between December 2011 and June 2012.
Bright, theatrical pop with a soulful edge.
Recorded live in St Leonard's Church Shoreditch on 24th November 2011. Limited edition silk screen pressed 10" with sleeve designed by Kohhei Matsuda.
Steeped in heartfelt, semi-twee pop that is strikingly well produced...‘Fight Less, Win More’ is a joyous ride through the blessed strain of indie ploughed by US contemporaries like Grandaddy and Atlas Sound...Cherish this one
Big and heavy but still quick on its feet....The tune's aw-shucks silliness is as charming as its earworm of a melody is inescapable.
Devastating noise-rock destruction...You can hear the past in Bo Ningen's wall of sound and massive melodies, but the past re-imagined - from Butoh to Black Sabbath. If Black Sabbath was in Blade Runner.
Pop in a tar-pit – black and sticky but wonderfully pure at heart.
Quite simply, JEFF The Brotherhood are our heros and they should be yours too.
Almost unprecedented in its fearless fusion of 40 years of guitar noise..filters 1970s metal excess through a hardcore punk mesh..an exhilarating album
It's just her voice and a harp... there's a freedom and luxuriant beauty, a subtle glory, in the singing out of harp and her voice as they chase each other round and about the songs narratives.
The European's music is at one level simplistic and melancholic, but at another Break's unusual use of instrumentation and software give it a lingering and mesmerising edge.
The foursomes feral punk/metal approach and hectic tempo changes nod to Jap freak-out combos such as Acid Mothers Temple, Melt-Banana, Boredoms and Boris.
On My Way suggests that if we keep Sanders unhappy and lonesome for the near future we might have a truly great British songwriter to cherish. It really is that good.
Savant genius from reckless London-based trio...In the Court Of... sounds both warmly familiar yet dazzlingly fresh...Some might find their ramshackle rhythms as insubstantial as a dream, others will be too swaddled in bliss to care.
The album dances on the edge of beauty and sadness; Never falling into indulgence...it's the kind of record that stills you, changes the light in the room and makes you remember something from long ago you thought you'd forgotten
The six songs mix up psychedelic heavy pulsing rock and fuzzy pop...The song glimmers with hope and Hollywood romance on the surface, only to stick the dagger in with subtle punches of rhythmic violence.
How is it possible to be giddily miserable? Drenched in echoes of the past, this bounds about like a disco for cynics. Astonishing.
'Car Crash Beauties' is like JG Ballard fronting Elastica and 'Today Is The Day' like L7s 'Pretend We Are Dead' ...'Golden Blue' and 'Holy Disaster' are both ethereal rock waltzes which sound like Leonard Cohen on helium...
...scrappy, rough-edged, utterly charming and wholly beguiling...
She Doesn't Belong To Me' deserves to be number one until the sun explodes and we all die in a big ball of flaming hell...this song really should be prescribed instead of Prozac.
A winking galaxy of jangled wist, sweet, staggered harmonies and a gawky, yearning sense of wonder...
...at the centre of this band beats a heart of pure unadulterated scuzzy art-pop genius kept ticking along by an idealistic,'fuck everything' atttitude to pretty much everything a successful band should be.
Knots' ....'another slice of classic heartbroken rock from the Stolen Recordings shipyard
Now this is true core. Absolute heartland
This debut single - harmonized indie-punk through a cracked psych filter- will be unavoidable. It's not the most sophisticated sound, perhaps, but its played with conviction and, most importantly, an ear for a tune
They switch continually between scribbling punkabilly and utterly stripped down lo-fi, with magical results
David Bowie lists Tap Tap's '100,000 Thoughts' at number 3 in his top ten songs of the moment
The fourth release from stolen recordings (after their fantastic label compilation) comes in the form of this second mini cd from pete and the pirates. each song on this ep has one thing in common: it can't decide whether it should be brash or lush, which...
Folk bits, Byrdsy harmony bits, kraut-rock frug-outs, punk blasts of power and superb pop moments all segued and strewn together carelessly but precisely.
The first track 'On Your Face' is like a more fuzzed and blissed out slowdive whilst 'Black And White' has the same calm and tenderness as Low. A beautiful record from start to finish that deserves a place in your heart and record collection