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
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 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 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.
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.
Bright, beautiful sunny day here in Glasgow’s fading winter. It’s so beautiful that we’re blasting Frankie Rose’s new album to celebrate its arrival into this weird world. We received our copies of Love As Projection this week and it’s so dreamy. This album is without a doubt one of my favourite releases I’ve ever worked on, just peerless pop music that’ll appeal to fans of label regulars Molly Nilsson, Strawberry Switchblade, Patience. It’s a sparkling fantasy of a record, a wonderful statement of intent and euphoric pop music that has been fuelling me these last few months.
We’re currently working to bring Frankie Rose to Europe and the UK soon. In the meantime, Frankie just announced a North American tour with SRSQ. A reminder that in North America you can buy Love As Projection from Slumberland, who we’ve partnered with to release over there.
Night School is so excited to share Anything, the first single from Love As Projection, the new album by Frankie Rose. Resplendent with a glorious pop chorus, layers of textured harmony and a giddy immediacy, Anything is one of the catchiest and endorphin-generating songs you’ll hear this year.
Love As Projection signals Frankie Rose’s emergence into the realm of contemporary electronic pop, a rebirth for one of the most respected songwriters in the underground. Recorded with producer Brandt Gassman and mixed with long-term collaborator Jorge Elbrecht this is the album Frankie Rose has been building up to her entire career.
More than a resurgence, Love As Projection boasts a widescreen scope: a long- form project heavily considered for half of a decade, culminating in the most personal and accessible collection of art-pop that Frankie has ever written. When Rose aims for the pop jugular as in first lead track Anything, the result is unstoppable. A majestic pop song built for radio, it erupts into an irresistible chorus that marries classic epic 80s American pop (think peak Belinda Carlisle) with the cult effervescence of Strawberry Switchblade “It’s like a prom scene in a John Hughes movie. It’s a hopeful song about abandoning fear even if the world is quite literally on fire.. In the end, at least we have each other,” says Rose.
Love As Projection is released on March 10th and is available on:
Amethyst-In-Glass Vinyl LP / CD / Digital on Slumberland in North America
Slovak-Hungarian musician Adela Mede explores the interplay between voice and technology with field recordings. She sings in three languages (Slovak, Hungarian and English). Intimate ambient utterances with themes of spiritual growth accompanied by experimental electronics with a wide scope of influences; from minimalism to folklore. Initially released in early 2022 to universal acclaim on digital and cassette, Night School is extremely excited to share Szabadság on vinyl. Mastered by Rupert Clervaux for vinyl, the clearer format teases out new nuances in the music, revealing a physicality and permanence to Mede’s first masterwork.
“Szabadság is a navigation. This debut by Adela Mede, recorded in her family home on the Slovakian border with Hungary, searches through the personal, familial, cultural, folkloric and geographic of her past and present.
Examining both the vulnerability and determination of her voice – as it leaves the lips, raw, and in the ways it can be transformed with digital processing – the embodied memories of language, of utterance, are explored.
Airy, open sound worlds and tentative strings of improvised naked vocal transform themselves into insistent repetition. Fizzing, sparkling electronics are set against the beautiful grainy depth of field recordings. The locations, these places, are found and lost – home is found and lost – in a dance of fragmented vocal harmonies. Three languages (English, Hungarian, Slovak) weave a song of spring, nature, forgiveness, togetherness and rebirth.”
– words by Lisa Busby
“Ostensibly speaking, Szabadság, the debut album from Adela Mede, is an avant-garde/experimental composition record with a deep interest in voice. Peel back the layers, and it’s also an art-pop record that reaches for the stars.” – Dazed
“The vocals on Szabadság navigate between three languages: Hungarian, Slovak, and English. But the melancholy inflexion in her voice transcends meanings, words, and linguistic systems across any borders.” – The Quietus
“It’s an exploration of what it means to find home across different countries, cities and languages, revelling in the dis/comfort of a life stretched across borders” – The Wire
Night School is on tour with Molly Nilsson this Fall in the USA. Come say hi, get ready.
Oct 4 BROOKLYN, NYC – Market Hotel, with Frankie Rose. Tickets Oct 5 WASHINGTON, DC – DC9 Tickets Oct 7 CLEVELAND, OH – Little Rose Tavern, with Roxanne Starnik and Disintegration. Tickets Oct 10 LOUISVILLE, KY – Art Sanctuary, with Palm Ghosts. Tickets Oct 11 CHICAGO, IL – Thalia Hall, with Club Music and Warm Human. Tickets Oct 12 ROCK ISLAND, IL – Rozz Tox, with Apostille and Bold Little Airwave. Tickets Oct 14 WICHITA, KS – Monikahouse, with Apostille. Oct 16 DENVER, CO – Glob, with Luke Thinnes and Water On The Thirsty Ground. Tickets Oct 18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – International Bar, with Apostille and Angel Magic. Tickets Oct 20 PORTLAND, OR – Dante’s, with Vacant Stares and Laundrette. Tickets Oct 23 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Rickshaw Stop, with Abracadabra. Tickets Oct 25 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Regent Theatre. Tickets Oct 27 SAN DIEGO, CA – Soda Bar, with Trit95. Tickets Oct 31 SAN ANTONIO, TX – Paper Tiger, with Apostille. Tickets Nov 1 McALLEN, TX – Common Space, with Blowup Dollz, Common Girl, Glare. Tickets Nov 2 AUSTIN, TX – The Pink Warehouse, with Urban Heat, Flesh Of Morning. Tickets Nov 5 MEMPHIS, TN – Crosstown Arts. Tickets Nov 6 NASHVILLE, TN – DRKMTTR. Tickets Nov 7 ATLANTA, GA – 529. Tickets Nov 9 RALEIGH, NC – Wicked Witch Nov 10 Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse, with Tonsstartsbandt