Amery Continues as… Amery!

Montreal artist Amery emerges from her previous moniker Alpen Glow with a new single, band and album with Continue As Amery, out May 31st.

Listen to new single Mountain FM here, out today on all major streaming platforms.

The Space Lady’s Other Hits…

The Space Lady
The Space Lady’s Other Hits
(Night School, 2024)

Casual followers of Night School will probably already know how much The Space Lady’s music means to the label’s history and maybe to me personally too. It’s one of the greatest privileges I’ve had to have chanced upon the music of Susan Dietrich Schneider and to have had a hand in spreading the word around the world. That word is “love,” of course.

Back in 2010, when I made “first contact,” the sole recorded output was a CD that The Space Lady waxed in 1990 to sell on the street corners of San Francisco that were her performing home. It contained 16 songs of celestial messaging, absolute humanity, the equivalent of a hug from space itself. What if space wasn’t a massive vacuum, but a universal welcome?

When we prepared The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits in 2013, the first widely available document of her music, we had to make the economic decision to shave off the last 6 songs of Susan’s original CD to make it a single LP. The first pressing of the CD had these songs as a bonus disc and they are available for streaming, but The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits as it was presented in the physical realm was incomplete.

To remedy this, this April we’re pressing the last 6 songs from the 1990 recording session on a companion piece called The Space Lady’s Other Hits. They include live favourite Radar Love, a borderline avant take on Shakin’ All Over and a sparkling original composition called Slapback Boomerang, another live favourite. This 12” Mini LP has been remastered by Mikey Young and sounds incredible. I’m as much of a digital music consumer as anyone but seriously, listening to this music on a record is like hugging that universe back.

The Space Lady’s Other Hits will be available at your local independent record shop this Record Store Day, April 20th. Edition of 500 on clear vinyl.

Yuching Huang introduces The Crystal Hum with Love

The Crystal Hum is the debut vinyl release by Taiwan-based artist Yuching Huang and her first release for Night School. A beguiling dreamscape of crackles, spluttering, love-struck Casios presided over by the the spectral vocal and guitar work of Huang, Yuching sings love songs at the end of this world and the beginning of the next. Recorded during a hiatus from her group Aemong (a duo with artist Henrique Uba) in Berlin, these songs elevate Huang’s unique vocal style and grasp of atmospherics. The Crystal Hum deconstructs balladry, Garage, guitar music and reforms it into a unified ghostly otherworld version of these languages.

The Crystal Hum thrums with buried desire, trails of nocturnal reverb seeping out of apartment windows, diaristic vocal performances and deeply emotive, evocative Western-style strings. Formulated by Yuching Huang after periods of frustration and experimentation, the album is an exercise in minimalism and paring back, with some tracks like JohnJohn featuring little else than an elastic bass, spring reverb trails, an interjecting vocal and swelling, dislocated synths. The effect is spellbinding, the soundtrack to getting lost in the labyrinthine, closed streets of Venice, Taipei, Hong Kong, or mirror versions of them in the imagination.

On opener Fly! Little Black Thing, a subterranean funk bassline roots Huang’s singing, a rudimentary, unreliable beat floundering in whimsy underneath. Demure, dream Dance music, Huang references classic lo fi experimenters Suicide and Arthur Russell as well as Night School label mates The Space Lady and Ela Orleans. In fact, after the release of Aemong’s third album Crimson, Huang credits the direction of The Crystal Hum to being enchanted by The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits, the landmark lo-fi recording made by Susan Dietrich Schneider in 1990. The new, minimalist approach to her sound world reveals and shrouds in equal measure. On the heart-melter Love, a sultry mid-tempo Casio + bass backing drops into the ether with Huang’s vocal swimming in preternatural void before emerging anew, in awe at the world. Every chord change heralds new perspectives, every guitar flurry swells and drips emotion, nothing is wasted and space billows out from between the grooves.

Huang never reveals more than necessary, making this an in-between love album: the right amount of mystery and darkened mirror shines wanely on The Crystal Hum while remaining fragile and vulnerable in the sweet spots. Turning over in pillowing smoke and night in the dark corners, Huang sings in both Mandarin and English. The songs speak of earthly matters seemingly at the edge of dissipating into nothing. Distorted, beguiling Sambas warble like sweating dancehalls in an imagined Lynchian 60s, as on Thoughts. Closer You, An Illusion warps a classic 60s Girlgroup bassline beloved of the likes of Les Rallizes Denudes into a slight ballad on the edge of the void, held back by the teary-eyed, wistful and enveloping vocal cooed by Huang. Each song feels like a love song dedicated to the bits between worlds, between beats, the negative space between people where desires, feelings and loss hangs in the air, resolute and unresolved. 

Sorrow – Sleep Now Forever

Rose McDowall’s post-Strawberry Switchblade masterpiece.

Sorrow_Sleep Now Forever_One Sheet

Sleep Now Forever is the second and final album released by Sorrow, the post-Strawberry Switchblade group fronted by singer Rose McDowall. Originally released in 1999 and long since deleted it is a cornucopia of pastoral, elegiac folk music, swirling atmospherics, hymnal compositions and above it all the alternating towering and fragile vocal performances of McDowall. Recorded in the late 90s with fellow band member and co-songwriter Robert Lee, Sleep Now Forever is the definitive statement by the now defunct group and Rose McDowall’s most complete long-form work to date.

Sleep Now Forever is released for Record Store Day 2024, April 20th on 2LP (1 Side Etched). Support independent record stores.

J.McFarlane’s Reality Guest makes Whoopee

Guess who’s back? Back again? From out of nowhere – if nowhere is the febrile, warped and twilit imagination of Julia McFarlane – comes Whoopee, the second album by J.McFarlane’s Reality Guest. Whoopee is an esoteric, kaleidoscopic movie in music form directed by Julia McFarlane and co-conspirator Thomas Kernot. Full of life, breakbeats and smokey vignettes on the fragile nature of interpersonal relationships, Whoopee is a stylistic evolution from everything McFarlane has done before. Surreal, beautiful in parts and replete with the aching wisdom McFarlane’s songwriting has always promised, this Reality Guest pulls back the curtain on a whole scene of naked truth.


I’m extremely thrilled to be teaming up with J.McFarlane’s Reality Guest and Felt Sense Records in Australia to drip this weird, affecting, strange as album into the world. 


Releases January 2024 UK Vinyl Edition of 300 / AUS Edition of 200

Frankie Rose: first European tour in 10 years

Extremely excited for Frankie Rose to come to Europe to support her album Love As Projection in February / March 2024.

21/2/2024 UK London The Shacklewell Arms link.dice.fm/r8612127f6a7
22/2/2024 UK Leeds Wharf Chambers https://www.seetickets.com/event/frankie-rose-and-srsq/wharf-chambers/2827541
23/2/2024 UK Glasgow Stereo https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/pop-mutations/
24/2/2024 UK Liverpool IWF Substation
26/2/2024 UK Bristol Dareshack https://hdfst.uk/e98988
28/2/2024 FR Paris Supersonic https://link.dice.fm/Gce67e08904b
29/2/2024 DE Esslingen Komma
1/3/2024 CZ Rožnov Vrátnice
2/3/2024 AT Vienna Replugged Music Club
3/3/2024 HU Budapest A 38 / Small Hall https://www.a38.hu/hu/program/frankie-rose-us
4/3/2024 PL Kraków Klub RE
5/3/2024 PL Warsaw Chmury
6/3/2024 DE Berlin Urban Spree https://www.greyzone-tickets.de/produkte/790
7/3/2024 DK Copenhagen Stengade https://billetto.dk/e/frankie-rose-us-srsq-us-billetter-898310
9/3/2024 DE Hamburg Hafenklang  

Teresa Winter’s Proserpine emerges into different states

Night School is thrilled to present Proserpine, the latest album from Leeds-based musician Teresa Winter. Her first recording for Night School, Proserpine is a spacious meditation on change, transubstantiation and different states of becoming.

Released on November 24th, Black vinyl limited to 300. 100 Blue vinyl will be available from Boomkat exclusively.

Marina Zispin: Life & Death – The Five Chandeliers Of The Funereal Exorcisms

Marina Zispin, Life & Death: The Five Chandeliers Of The Funereal Exorcisms is released today, September 1st.

‘Life And Death – The Five Chandeliers Of The Funereal Exorcisms’ pulls back the veil unto a nocturnal
scene populated by shadows, embers burning coldly in the underworld. Marina Zispin is your guide, siren
and protector both. Marina Zispin is the negative space between musicians Bianca Scout and Martyn Reid. Life And Death is the duo’s debut release, five chandeliers of melancholic, vibrant synth pop twinkling in the inky blackness.


Both originally hailing from the North East of England and forming a musical partnership before lockdown, Bianca Scout and Martyn Reid initially worked remotely. Having relocated to South London and Newcastle respectively, Marina Zispin was born in earnest after the duo could begin writing and practising in the same space. Bianca Scout is a celebrated musician and dancer with a number of solo and collaborative works in her discography while Martyn Reid is a mainstay of the UK noise and power electronics scene, most recently with solo project Depletion.

Marina Zispin largely eschews both Scout’s deconstructed approach to song and Reid’s focus on visceral, noise- based productions; the result is a new entity, the underground pop star that exists only in darkened dreams.

Night School Records · Marina Zispin – Life & Death (The Five Chandeliers Of The Funereal Exorcisms)

Apostille: Prisoners Of Love And Hate

APOSTILLE

Prisoners Of Love And Hate

(LSSN087)

Vinyl LP/Digital

Released 22nd September, 2023.

Night School was set up around 12 years ago because my friends and I couldn’t find a platform to care about and release our music. I created the label to release their music and my own and so here is the third Apostille album proper, Prisoners Of Love And Hate, self-released on Night School Records. It’s the best record I’ve ever made, in my opinion. I hope you like it but if you don’t, that’s all ok.

Apostille is my own project, started around the time of the label. I’ve been fortunate to release on several of my favourite underground, DIY labels but ultimately I felt it was best to take full responsibility for this one. It’s a celebration of togetherness, the desires and emotions we’re imprisoned and liberated by. There’s some swearing on it. There are love songs on it. It’s unofficially a survey of almost every “pop” genre I love. Some songs overtly or covertly reference my favourite 90s and 00s dance hits, Meat Loaf, The Cure… Apostille is my attempt to transcribe and share experience, memory and emotions as directly as I can.

Prisoners Of Love And Hate was recorded in Full Ashram Celestial Garden, in Glasgow with Lewis Cook of Free Love.

Saturday Night, Still Breathing is taken from the new Apostille album. Prisoners Of Love And Hate is released in September but you can stream Saturday Night now. It’s a celebration of being together, living in one space with other hearts, thrumming together. I wrote it when we couldn’t do that. I freaking love Whigfield’s Saturday Night, I love Saturday nights in general. The song is as earnest as I can make it, take it at face value. I wanted something to celebrate so I wrote a song to celebrate. 

Saturday Night, Still Breathing video filmed and directed by Harrison Reid
Edited by Holly Allan
Big thanks to Liam at Dundee Rage Rooms.

Helena Celle: If You Can’t Handle You At Your Worst, Then I Don’t Deserve Me At My Best

Helena Celle

If You Can’t Handle You At Your Worst, Then I Don’t Deserve Me At My Best

(Night School, LSSN084)

Shipping now, Helena Celle – aka Glasgow musician Kay Logan – responds to her debut on Night School with a detoured, mangled take on breakbeat Junglism, playful techno and long form techno. Mastered by Rupert Clervaux, the new audio hits deeper and harder while maintaining the fizzy headspace that Helena Celle’s music sits in. Order here.