We are thrilled to be working with Stacian, aka Oakland cold wave / analog electronic producer Dania Luck. Person L is the 2nd Stacian release and is an all-encompassing, technoid dystopia that skewers ingrained power structures and seeps into the listener’s headspace. 8 tracks that document a cracked mirror image of our world
We are very excited to announce the latest recordings by Rose McDowall. Our Twisted Love E.P. is the most contemporary recorded document by Rose McDowall and marks her return to touring and recording.
Recorded with her long-serving band, it continues her exploration of psychedelic folk forms and, particularly in the near 9 minute title track, showcases her minimalist, affecting songwriting to shimmering effect.
Limited to 500 on Black Vinyl, 12: Ep. With Insert and Download Card
Peek-a-boo! An artist in her songwriting prime, hyperactive with the possibilities of the world despite the global zeitgeist forever shifting, Molly Nilsson sent us 2 new songs around the same time as the tracks for her new album Imaginations that were incredible pop tunes on their own right, yet just too long to fit on Imaginations. Like much else in Molly’s career, we decided to break the mould, not follow album-release protocol, and surprise you all with this double AA a mere fortnight before Imaginations hits the shelves.
About Somebodyseems to be about somebody, or maybe even somebody’s body, about desire too, perhaps. How else to interpret the line “Babe I want to party with you every night, and have a hard-on for the rest of my life?” But this is a Molly Nilsson song, and this is Empowering Content. Over a rousing, even anthemic, verse/chorus one-two, a soaring synth-string hook that rides the handclaps beautifully, we‘re soon left wondering whether our beloved narrator is really focusing on the “other” at all. Love lets you down: treat it mean, keep it keen, and remember if you can’t love yourself how the hell are you gonna love some one else?
On the flip, Quit (In Time), is a classic minor-key Nilsson elegy to obsession and addiction, sounding almost close to an early 80s Springsteen love-story. Here we imagine Nilsson at the piano, her heart a resounding bell for all longing. If About Somebody is the tumultuous onset of an affair, here we’re hopelessly drawn to the flame, unable to leave alone that which causes the sweetest pain. It’s a universal theme, the longing for something we shouldn’t have, and Nilsson seems to elucidate the feeling with a precise, razor-sharp lyrical nous that fans will instantly recognise.
Single is about the self and the other; about navigating the love of others that tries to trip us up. But it’s also about you. Single is because you’re worth it.
Molly Nilsson is now our well-established soulmate, sister and fairy godmother. In 2015, Molly Nilsson’s Zenith broke new ground for her, fast becoming her biggest selling album to date, winning her new acolytes. For us, Molly Nilsson is beyond other songwriters and singers. A lyricist so nuanced and honed that each epithet speaks directly to the heart, removed from the humdrum of everyday life and industry.
For an artist who has so successfully created her own environment and gradually let others in, her 8th studio album Imaginations sees Nilsson directly engaging with her surroundings, engendering change and allowing love in. Imaginations dreams big, recasting storming, stadium-sized pop into the internal language of the solo auteur. Imaginations is not escapism, it’s a kaleidoscope and an alternative view, an agent of change.
On Imaginations Molly is recasting her interior monologue as a prism through which to see the world, a means to live differently and to reject the status quo. We can Think Pink, change our destiny together. This is an optimism about the future when we need it the most. “New boys, new girls.. give me your smile and I’ll give you mine” Clearly, we are living through a transformation but with alchemists like Molly Nilsson, we’re never alone in the process.
In June 2016, Night School issued a short-run cassette of Helena Celle‘s debut album If I Can’t Handle Me At My Best, Then You Don’t Deserve You At Your Worst. A fierce, inquisitive mind active in Glasgow’s underground culture, Helena Celle – aka Kay Logan – recorded her debut using faltering machinery recorded live and loud to consumer dictaphones. The results are rich, emotive and out of this world. We’re proud to announce that the album is now available on vinyl. Photos courtesy of Bleep.
We’re excited to announce a new single from Patience, a follow up to her debut The Church. Patience – aka Roxanne Clifford – recorded The Pressure in Glasgow with engineer Lewis Cook. It’s available on limited edition 7″, Risographed with download code and digital formats.
Roxanne filmed this sun-blanched video for The Pressure in Los Angeles with Jess Scott.
We are extremely proud to welcome Ela Orleans to Night School. Orleans is a long-term friend of the label and we are very happy to be working with her.
June sees the release of the 7th full-length album by Ela Orleans on Night School, entitled Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell. The result of two years’ of experience, Circles… is Orleans’ masterpiece: a long-form, avant-pop work that draws on experimental practises and classic pop songwriting. Featuring guest vocalists Stephen McRobbie and Katrina Mitchell of The Pastels and mastering by Jon Brooks and Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell is available on double vinyl, CD and digital formats.
The Flexibles announce their debut full length LP on Night School, entitled Pink Everything. The Flexibles are a trio comprised of Sorley Youngs (guitar/vox), his father Richard (electronics) and Andrew Paine (bass).
Pink Everything is a concept album about an alternative universe, a mirror-image of our own where the imagination paints in utopian brushstrokes. Sorley Youngs’ lyrics are rolling poems, oblique views of planet earth that dare to imagine an alternative.
Back in the mists of 2014, we stumbled across a duo who were just starting out making music together – a synergistic, cosmic love module brewing in a corner of Glasgow. After their debut Apéro, the group toured the world, expanded their sound and practice, grew in confidence and now unveil Fruit Juice, a 25 minute Extended Player that goes further out and in than Apéro
Fruit Juice comes with an exclusive fanzine prepared by Happy Meals called Tomorrow’s Cookbook. Every sleeve on the 12″ is individually hand-marbled, no sleeve is the same.