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Preorder: AMOR’s debut album Sinking Into A Miracle

We are delighted to announce the debut album by Glasgow quartet AMOR. Building on their two 12″s of spaced-out, blissed-in avant-disco, Sinking Into A Miracle takes a bold step into concise compositions that build on the clear-eyed, Aquarian mantras by Richard Youngs flanked by the rhythm section of Michael Francis Duch and Paul Thomson. Luke Fowler’s electronic synthesis adds flourishes and colour to the wide open spaces.

You can preorder direct from Night School, or from your favourite independent record shop. We are pressing a Burnt Orange Indies-only colour, standard black and CD.

11 November 2018

Preorder Molly Nilsson’s new album Twenty Twenty, her most personal and affecting to date


Twenty Twenty
White Vinyl (Ltd 500), Black Vinyl and CD
Available from November 2nd

Nothing is quite like a new Molly Nilsson album, and no Molly Nilsson album is quite like Twenty Twenty. More personal, more introspective and more than ever distilling a full range of emotions into song, Twenty Twenty could be your life.

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“After a cancelled flight I found myself stranded at the Tokyo airport overnight. Between my interrupted bench naps the surroundings found their way into my dreams, particularly the big banners in the departure hall stating: 2020. Not aware that they were announcing upcoming Olympic games, my imagination wandered. 2020, a leap year. The year of the rat, the election. Perfect vision. The year of hindsight. The repetition, the ritual of the superstitious. A spell cast on the approaching future; not yet there, but close enough to be seen with full clarity. The year itself seems to draw a circle around its followers, as to protect anyone who dares enter.

And it all begins on a late-Capitalist night…”

Twenty-Twenty is Molly Nilsson’s 8th album; the latest opus of an artist in a constant state of development and strength. Twenty-Twenty is about emerging from the husk of your old self, about binning the chrysalis and daring to stand up both to power, and also to your own limits. In 2018, we see the climate changing, democracy crumbling, inequality and injustice erupting. 2020 examines the near future, seeking out clarity, reflection, renewal and opportunity. It contains anthems so tall as to induce vertigo, leaving the taste of Euro Dance in your mouth, albeit without a four on the floor beat. Here, the pop auteur is haunted by the late Prince, channelling Courtney Love and Lou Reed, anger and love.

Recorded as ever in her own Lighthouse Studios and co-released with her imprint Dark Skies Association, the record is consistent in strategy and approach to past releases, yet on 2020 Nilsson pushes the limits of what can be said in the scope of a pop song even further. Despite working with used keyboard sounds that evoke memories of a distorted past, the sound is distinctly contemporary. The record drifts between playful punk methods and hi-fi ideas, strikingly clear through the fuzz of a surrounding world painted with reverb.

Rather than gracefully dissecting, 2020 rips apart personal neuroses and insecurities, looking for the roots of issues and the equation that, when solved, will produce the future. “I don’t care if the world is through, every night is new,” 2020 erupts with fist-in-the-air empowerment, a realization that if we’re all alone down here, we can still make it. Every Night Is New is a personal and societal manifesto, a slogan comprising the different layers that make this record Molly Nilsson’s most personal, evocative and emotionally packed in years. First single Serious Flowers is a naked confessional trance hit stripped of its beat. Centred around broken trust and friendship, Nilsson sings over suspenseful synth strings with a vocal delivery so inexact and honest, its vulnerability seems almost unaware of itself. Although very much in the vein of Nilsson’s production style on her recent albums, Days of Dust, accomplishes escape and breaks free from the past. There’s a carpe diem immediacy to this fast-paced Rock Song that belies Nilsson’s near-iconic self-contained delivery: “Like I had just been saved from a burning building of desire, I got back up and I ran right into the fire.” It’s so immediate, and speaks so perfectly about the nature of desire, that you wonder how you’d never thought about it like that before.

The themes on the album are submerged in the inner life, lucidly dreaming with one eye open, fixated on the external world and its growing pains. Nilsson turns inward and seeks answers to questions imposed by physical existence, examining one’s own responsibility in the face of climate change (A Slice of Lemon), the political depression of society (Gun Control), and the struggles with drinking, between euphoria and despair (Blinded by the Night). The serious topics aren’t met with hopelessness; the tone suggests defenceless optimism and a tight grip on desire. This time around, we’re not examining the past with Molly Nilsson, we’re becoming who we want to be. We’re exploring the future, accepting who we are, clear eyed and with perfect vision, near and far sighted alike.

11 September 2018

Sorrow: Under The Yew Possessed

After a long wait, we are delighted to be shipping the official reissue of Sorrow’s neo-folk masterpiece Under The Yew Possessed. Originally released in 1993 by World Serpent, this is an expanded edition with extra sleeve notes and exclusive archive photographs. Following a limited, sold out pressing on Record Store Day Under The Yew Possessed is now available generally.

Under The Yew Possessed is the debut album by Sorrow, a group comprised primarily of Rose McDowall and her then husband Robert Lee. Originally released on World Serpent in 1993, Under The Yew Possessed was a stylistic jump from an artist associated primarily with sparkling pop music and a cult hit in the growing neo-folk movement. Self-recorded by the duo with guest musicians from the hidden reverse of the U.K.’s post industrial landscape, this is the first time this work has been available on vinyl.

17 August 2018

Night School Summer Sale

We’re having a sale. Looking back over the last few years, we’re really proud of everything the label has been involved in so we’d like to offer some choice back catalogue for low prices. Onward and upward…

You can check sale items here.

24 July 2018

Molly Nilsson: 2020

Molly Nilsson’s new album 2020 will be released on October 21st. Even with standards set so high already, we believe it’s her best, most open and emotionally involved album to date.

Serious Flowers is the first track to be unveiled. We don’t care if the world is screwed, every night is new.

9 July 2018

Night School Presents…

Night School Presents
(Poster incoming)
Friday 10 August

LIVE MUSIX:

CADENCE WEAPON

Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Cadence Weapon – aka Rollie Pemberton – makes his Glasgow debut in support of his eponymous record. Since 2005’s Breaking Kayfabe, Cadence Weapon’s productions have sharpened and teased envelopes, brining in leftfield influences as well detouring recognised Hip Hop tropes. Featuring productions by KAYTRANADA, Jacques Greene, FrancisGotHeat, Blue Hawaii, Harrison and more, this record finds Cadence refining his songwriting as he explores themes of individuality, race, technology and existentialism through his expressive lyrics. Live, Cadence Weapon’s brings a fire that threatens the speakers’ integrity.

SEAN NICHOLAS SAVAGE

Arbutus Records’ Quixotic singer is a one-in-a-million performer. Not many singers can sail so close to the edge of consciousness, Savage constantly tests the boundaries of his thumping heart, singing songs that are shorn of pretence, instead full-to-bursting with the adventures of a soul who feels too much and wants to share. Above and beyond the songs’ unfettered abandon, Savage possesses one of the most instantly recognisable falsettos in the underground: a falsetto that can soar with a flying, soulful ecstasy before it swoops down in cracked emotion. You’re never quite the same after an SNS show.

Support from APOSTILLE

12-3am
DJ MOLLY NILSSON and NIGHT SCHOOL FRIENDS
Come round to our house, first hug free.

EVENT HERE

3 July 2018

Free Love

Check out the wild dreaming, beacons of humanity that are Free Love (ex Happy Meals) on The Quietus, with a new video and track here

21 June 2018

AMOR Debut

Happening right now: AMOR are recording their debut album. Stay tuned…

20 June 2018

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