I just noticed that the Shelflife blog is a year old today! Wow, time sure flies when you’re not posting regularly (ha!)… Anyway, I hope everyone has enjoyed our posts over the last year. It’s been so much fun sharing the music we love.
So let’s start “year two” with a preview of a song that Laura and I have been working on called “Let’s Go”. It’s another exclusive track that will appear on her “Songs From Dreams” release, which is very close to being completed (another month I’d say). Laura wants you to know the mix is still “rough” and not mastered, but to me, the song is so darn good none of that matters. Enjoy it and here’s to another year!
Listen to Laura Watling “Let’s Go” (rough mix):
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Today we’re pleased to announce the official North American release of “It Hertz!,” the debut album from Brighton’s synthpop heroes Katsen. From the moment I heard “Chequered Flag” and “Where Nobody Can Find Us,” I was instantly in love. Katsen’s sound reminds me at times of a casio-driven version of Section 25’s “From The Hip” or the upbeat moments of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “Architecture & Morality” re-recorded by Altered Images. And unlike many modern synthpop groups today, they don’t hide behind their electronics. They simply know how to write really fantastic pop songs and it shows on “It Hertz!”
The UK version of the album was released to rave reviews last month by Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation. Our version has a slightly different track order and instead of The Pixies cover “Cactus”, we have their version of Black Box Recorder’s “Start As You Mean To Go On.” It’s pressed in a 6 panel digipack with amazing (and mind-blowing) cat collage artwork done by singer Donna Grimaldi (and modeled alongside our own cat, Xabi, below. He’s a Katsen fan!).
Listen to “Where Nobody Can Find Us”:
Watch some videos:
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Gasp! “July – October edition”? It’s been that long. Oops. I suck. I’m hoping to get with it and start posting on a regular basis again (although I say that every time). We’ll see… I’ve been getting heaps of great new records (even on my “budget”). Here’s some that I’ve been listening to quite a bit.
Sail A Whale – Find Me A Boy 7″ – Fastcut Records
The Golden Dawn – No Reason Why 7″ – Heaven Records
V/A – The Garage Pop EP cd-r – Please Rain Fall Records
Epic45 – In All The Empty Houses cd – Make Mine Music
Lake Heartbeat – Trust In Numbers cd – Service
Maribel – Aesthetics cd – Quince Records
The Depreciation Guild – In Her Gentle Jaws lp/cd – Kanine Records / Fastcut Records
Sally Shapiro – My Guilty Pleasure lp/cd – Paperbag Records
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