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Alison Cotton ~ All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre

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“Alison Cotton of avant folk duo The Left Outsides creates a psychedelic pagan folk ritual with her viola, recorder, percussion and ghostly voice on ‘All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre’. Slowing things down to a droning pace, Cotton seems to summon up mystical powers through her eerie Clannad-ish chants on ‘The Bells of St Agnes’. And like Laura Cannell, she finds similar tones of drone within her string music by allowing space for the dragged out notes to echo and buzz on ‘The Last Sense To Leave Us’. Her choral vocal pipes in with a numbing effect, floating upfront and back into the shadows again on the five tracks, which were all improvised… Better than any mindfulness app for cleansing the brainwaves and stilling the souls of the godless for hald an hour or so…” Claire Sawers, The Wire 

© The Left Outsides

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Grup Ses ~ Mimaroğlu Tapes

The Mimaroğlu Tapes mixtape prepared by Grup Ses is a selection of music from the music cassette archive of İlhan and Güngör Mimaroğlu. It helps to keep in mind that some of the cassettes were likely to be gifts or promotional copies given to the couple. The selection was based on the subjects and themes of the documentary “Mimaroğlu”. > www.grupsesbeats.com


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2018 – Best Reissues: Om Kalsoum​ ~ El Hob Kollo أم كلثوم​-​الحب كله (All the love)

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“They call her ’The Rose of the Nile’, ‘The Queen of the Nile’, ‘The Daughter of the Nile’ or even ‘The 4th Pyramid of Egypt’ since she’s known as the greatest Egyptian singer of all times. Om Kalsoum’s mythical life story of a poor peasant girl who grew up to become the face of Egypt is a 20th-century fairytale. Almost half a decade after her death the power of her music and singing is still moving the hearts of millions of people worldwide. 
At the end of her overwhelming career she was introduced to the young but brilliant composer Baligh Hamdy who wrote this 30 minutes lasting monument for her in 1970. In the footsteps of Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the godfather of Egyptian modern music, Baligh Hamdy refreshed the classical Egyptian orchestra sound with the addition of stylish instruments like electric guitar (Omer Khorshid), organ (Hany Mehanna), accordeon and horns that were adapted to the eastern tonal system.”
> Radio Martiko

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2018 – Best Reissues: Henning Christiansen ~ The Executioner

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“First in a series of two releases unveiling the previously unissued soundtracks made for the films of Ursula Reuter Christiansen by her partner and collaborator Henning Christiansen.

The Executioner (Skarpretteren) is Ursula’s first film from 1971 and is now considered one of the most important works of early Danish feminist art. A highly praised recent show at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen highlighted the pertinent themes and ongoing urgency which lies within this bold symbolic work.

The exquisite score is one of the key neo-romantic works in Henning’s far reaching output. A deeply melancholic set of vocal based works which place the listener deep within the tension and despair of Ursula’s themes. This unique vinyl presentation also features nature sounds recorded for the film on the island of Moen along with surprising works that defy anything else in Henning’s output.”Penultimate Press

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