Toy Happy In The Hollow 'Dinked edition' is on transparent vinyl and features exclusive alternative artwork that has been hand numbered + a bonus 7" with two secret tracks. For avoidance of doubt, the centre is a standard spindle size, and not dinked. Indies exclusive LP is on 'behind blue eyes' coloured vinyl. The highly anticipated fourth full length from TOY. Atmospheric, post-punk influenced tunes. If you're into the likes of The Horrors, Wooden Shjips, Spiritualized or Brian Jonestown Massacre then give this a listen. Happy In The Hollow is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on Post Punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom’s gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating.' The sound has without doubt expanded — and grown more confident — in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves. “Each song was a blank canvas,” says Maxim. “Producers inevitably develop their own patterns over time, right down to certain drum sounds. We were starting from scratch and it felt very creative as a result. It’s an album we feel deeply connected to”. Tough Love Records CD | LP
Toy The Willo / Energy A new 12" from Toy, featuring two songs that were recorded and mixed by the band and their first release on their new label Tough Love. ‘The Willo’ is a dreamlike, seven-minute glide, redolent of a forest at sunset and just as pretty, but not without hints of malevolence. Maxim's fingerpicking acoustic melds with electric twang from Dominic, and a whirling organ from Max Oscarnold gives this elegant creation an extra layer of disorientation and depth. “People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries. It generally means something ominous is about to happen", says Tom. Then there is ‘Energy’, which lives up to its name with thunderously metronomic drums from Charlie Salvidge and a ferocious guitar from Dominic O’Dair. The lyrics, culled from a story written by Max about a nighttime ritual, are obscured by the barrage-like forward momentum of the music. Tough Love 12"
The Toy Dolls Nellie The Elephant This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2018. Any remaining stock will be available online from Saturday 28th April, strictly one per customer. Limited to 500 in the UK. Pink vinyl. Reissue of The Toy Dolls' classic, which got to Number One in 1982. Music On Vinyl 7" Out of Stock
Toy & Rose Elinor Dougall The Half Remarkable Question / Ride, Ride [RSD] This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2017. More in stock on Tuesday. We played a night with Rose about a year ago at The Betsy Trottwood in Clerkenwell. The night was a folk night called "Meanwhile Back In The Forest" put on by our friend Will Hodgkinson. We did some Incredible String Band covers and an Anne Briggs cover. As well as a few of our own songs. We had great time doing it and thought it'd be fun to record a few of them at our friends Euan from Young Husband's studio in Greenwich. We did them over a 2 days all in the same room with very few overdubs. Charlie played a little flute at one point. We've all grown up listening to those records so it was really nice to interprete them in our own way and sing with Rose. We recorded these songs over two cold days in January at Euan's studio, Static TV in Greenwich. These are songs all us have always loved, and we performed them a couple of years ago at Will Hodgkinson's folk night at the Betsey Trotwood, so it was great to get them recorded. We did it all pretty much live to tape, which gives the whole thing the natural spontaneity of when we first played them. Anne Briggs is a hero of mine so it was slightly daunting to step into her shoes, so I hope this is a fitting homage to her brilliant music. Vermillion LP Out of Stock
Toy Clear Shot The third album from London's Toy! Diverse retro-pysh-indie-rock! Their most coherent and confident album to date; lushly cinematic, shot through with their most expressive melodies thus far and coated with a ‘sheen’ courtesy of Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), who mixed the album in LA with some of the reverbs and vocal processors used on Purple Rain, across the 10-tracks strands of ideas appear, sink and re-emerge in an almost modal jazz manner. Clear Shot sees TOY working both in bigger colours and more minutely crafted detail, achieving an altogether higher level of artistry than before. Heavenly CD | LP
Toy / Jane Weaver / H Hawkline Fell From The Sun / It's A Drag If we have stock left it will be available online from Saturday 25th April, strictly one per customerLimited edition Record Store Day 7" with new tracks from these two artists! Heavenly 7" Out of Stock