Braids Flourish // Perish Expected 19th August Second album from Montreal art rockers Braids, as a follow up to 2011's Native Speaker, which sees them ditch their guitars for a more electronic-based sound. For fans of The Cocteau Twins, Bjork and Four Tet. The album demonstrates the band’s exploration of dance music, and a more introspective, electronic approach to songwriting. Sonically, the songs are delicate and tight, yet they thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. https://www.facebook.com/braidsmusic Full Time Hobby CD | LP
Bananagun The True Story of Bananagun Hailing from Melbourne, but with a sound stretching from 60s and 70s afrobeat and exotica to Fela Kuti-esque repetition, the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks and the grooves of Os Mutantes, there’s an enticing lost world exoticism to the music of Bananagun. It’s the sort of stuff that could’ve come from a dusty record crate of hidden gems; yet as the punchy, colourfully vibrant pair of singles Do Yeah and Out of Reach have proven over the past 12 months, the band are no revivalists. On debut album The True Story of Bananagun, they make a giant leap forward with their outward-looking blend of global tropicalia. The True Story of Bananagun marks Bananagun’s first full foray into writing and recording as a complete band, having originally germinated in the bedroom ideas and demos of guitarist, vocalist and flautist Nick van Bakel. The multi-instrumentalist grew up on skate videos, absorbing the hip-hop beats that soundtracked them -taking on touchstones like Self Core label founder Mr. Dibbs and other early 90’s turntablists. That love of the groove underpins Bananagun - even if the rhythms now traverse far beyond those fledgling influences. "We didn't want to do what everyone else was doing,” the band’s founder says. “We wanted it to be vibrant, colourful and have depth like the jungle. Like an ode to nature." Full Time Hobby CD | LP
Aidan Knight Aidan Knight Gotta say that I thought 2020 would be a much different world to release a new record into. Not like this, but it's been 4 years since Each Other - Streaming continues to grow in influence, bands are being asked not to simply write and perform but to curate playlists, merchandise, and do their own accounting. Dystopian fiction is selling. And yet, many things haven't dramatically changed - the climate crisis continues to elude politicians, songwriters and performers who labour to create all music still haven’t seized the means of production, and I still enjoy a bowl of cereal now and then. I remember waking up in a tent after playing Glastonbury when Brexit happened in 2016. Loading-in at First Avenue in Minneapolis the night Prince died. Rescuing a hedgehog in Rotterdam after having a panic attack on stage. So many memories filed away at the time. I stopped drinking in 2017, stopped self-sabotaging and started recording new music in our 2 bedroom apartment. We moved in July of 2018 after 9 years there. Predictably, I panicked and thought about scrapping the entire record because I was extremely sad and couldn't tell anyone. Self improvement isn't always linear I suppose. You can falter and yet all's not lost. I'm sure I won't be the last singer-songwriter to mine the depths of their ennui, depression and suffering for lyrics but these 12 songs are also some of the clearest and most shameful memories I have. When you feel horribly exposed but calm singing a line for the first time, you know it's right. Domestic bliss, unrelenting loneliness, death, love, taxing the rich, new life, the splendour of nature, renovating the basement, misunderstanding your parents, gender, body negativity – Y’know, stuff that sells. In short, this is a modern record that borrows from a long history of techniques and songwriters that have inspired me. Every writer loves their newest thing, so it's redundant to say that I'm proud of these songs and think they are my best work yet. So, without further ado, I hope this music finds you healthy and ready to create a better world than it is right now. Full Time Hobby CD | LP
Katie Von Schleicher Consummation "Dinked edition" is on 'clear' vinyl, includes an exclusive bonus 7" and a tote-bag. /300. For avoidance of doubt, the centre is a standard spindle size, and not dinked. Katie Von Schleicher doesn’t hold back. Her music, drenched in layers of warmth and fuzz, mines depression, devotion, power, and anxiety without reserve. But if channeling weighty subject matter is a constant in Von Schleicher’s music, so too is transforming that material into sonic landscapes that defy expectations. On Von Schleicher’s second record, Consummation, she blasts past the lo-fi power ballads of her debut Shitty Hits (2017) with a severe expansion of her sonic palette; its 13 shape-shifting songs depict a deeply personal exploration of trauma. The result is both potent and listenable; strange and familiar; intense and entertaining—and, perhaps most of all, teeming with life. Von Schleicher pulls the listener in from the outset. The synths and drum machines of the album opener “You Remind Me” evoke a room depressurizing, signaling a crossover into unsettling, dream-like territory. Her self-assured voice floats above the fray, her lyrics pointed: “And now I can’t confine my rage.” The following songs vary in genre and tempo, ranging from a pulsating, electronic rocker (“Brutality”) to upbeat and jagged kraut (“Wheel,” “Caged Sleep”) and a melancholic, cosmic ballad (“Gross”). There’s even a brief, haunting crooner of a track (“Strangest Thing”). What they share is lyrical concision, emotional heft, and conscientious production. Consummation is, in part, inspired by an alternate interpretation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. In 2018, Von Schleicher rewatched the seminal film and was struck by its largely unanalyzed subtext of abuse. She knew immediately that this hidden narrative, which spoke to her personal experience, would be the basis of her next album. Full Time Hobby 7" | CD | LP
The Saxophones Eternity Bay The second full length album from husband and wife duo The Saxohones, following on from their 2018 album Songs of The Saxophones. "New Taboo" originated from a playful scenario I imagined in which Alison, my wife and bandmate, decides to leave me for the good life with a man who can provide the finer things (probably a lawyer?). The song was initially conceived as a comic duet between myself and Alison, but I ultimately found the song to be more interesting when I, alone, sang it from Alison's fictionalized perspective. I was listening to a lot of Randy Newman while working on this record, and I think his technique of singing and writing from ethically compromised points of view informed my choice to swap characters. Despite the comic nature of the original concept, I am attempting to seriously investigate the perspective of someone who is shameless in their enjoyment of privilege and looking to disrupt norms merely for the thrill of it. The song also flirts with themes of lust, novelty and estrangement. It's meant to be a hedonistic anthem that also makes people think twice.” Full Time Hobby CD | LP
Tunng Hustle New Tunng single taken from the forthcoming album ‘...And Then We Saw Land’, ‘Hustle’ includes the original and Bloc Party remix, plus exclusive b-side ‘The Source’. This comes on limited edition heavyweight 7” vinyl (500 copies) with some rather nice artwork! www.myspace.com/thisistunng Full Time Hobby 7"
Erland And The Carnival Trouble In Mind Latest single from Erland And The Carnival on Full Time Hobby, who produce folk-tinged, psyched up, fuzzed-out brilliance. www.myspace.com/carnival Full TIme Hobby 7"
White Denim I Start To Run Released 6th 20th July. The funk/punk/blues/afrobeat trio that come off like a party version of Minutemen release this classy little number on 7". A. I Start To Run B. YoYo www.myspace.com/whitedenimmusic Full Time Hobby 7"
White Denim Fits Released 22nd June. The afrobeat party blues-punks release their second full-length, continuing their workaholic nature. 1. Radio Milk How Can You Stand It 2. All Consolation 3. Say What You Want 4. El Hard Attack DCWYW 5. I Start To Run 6. Sex Prayer 7. Mirrored And Reverse 8. Paint Yourself 9. I'd Have It Just The Way We Were 10. Everybody Somebody 11. Regina Holding Hands 12. Syncn www.myspace.com/whitedenimmusic Full Time Hobby CD | LP