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Richard Holley – Old Year’s Night

“I wanted to write a song that encapsulated the drama of midwinter. I also didn’t have it in me to write a straightforward Christmas song, so I looked at other aspects of the festive season. My mother’s family are from the North East and they have a strong new year’s tradition. They call New Year’s Eve ‘Old Year’s Night’. For a lot of people, it’s a time of reflection- you always think ‘where did the year go to?’ The video is meant to be funny. Everyone has a secret fear of just snapping and doing a Reggie Perrin, or a Basil Fawlty- we all have the potential to do that. I’ve never enjoyed New Year’s Eve and was imagining a man going to a beach on his own on NYE and just getting more and more agitated until eventually he just disappeared into the waves. It was filmed in early December in Brighton. It was 0 degrees and I was staring at the sea thinking ‘I’m gonna have to go in there’. I’m glad I did, though. The sunset was a gift.”

The Webb Brothers – “Are you coming home for Christmas?”

We are absolutely overjoyed to be releasing the first new Webb Brothers track in 5 years! A lush, sparkly piece of harmony-filled pop, ‘Are You Coming Home For Christmas?’ is in our opinion a modern Christmas classic.

The track is available to stream from the Soundcloud window below, and is part of the ‘Christmas Joy in Full Measure’ Various Artists collection of all new Christmas songs we have delighted in assembling this year.

Buy digitally from iTunes worldwide!

CDs are available at:

Piccadilly records

Rough Trade

Norman records 

 

Christmas Joy with Louder Than War

Hand Of Glory release a compilation album of original Christmas songs. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews Christmas Joy In Full Measure.  8.5 / 10

Billing themselves as ‘The World’s Greatest Record Label’ is something to live up to but Hand Of Glory have certainly given it all that they’ve got. Christmas Joy In Full Measure brings together twelve artists, each with an original seasonal song to give one of the most eclectic alternative Xmas albums you’ll probably hear.

Label founder, Mary Epworth, opens with The Wolf And The Woods which celebrates people bringing the outdoors into their homes. It touches Goldfrapp territory circa Red Cherry as its magical bass line is complemented by haunting voices and echoes with a sleigh bell feel. It’s a track that grows listen upon listen and is a fitting beginning.

The obvious Xmas feel continues with a clever song from Young Knives. With no chorus, the song is constructed using several verses performed in various harmonies created a neo-Carol feel describing the modern Xmas.

The feel of the album then takes a dramatic turn as Be A Ghost sees Extradition Order in a Mark E Smith/Mark Stewart guise visits Warrington’s pubs. The Count Of Chateau Noir give another arrangement which is maybe more historic than modern. Several voices take part on Awake Awake, some which are better than others; it’s a toe-tapper and often displays a dark humour.

Papernut Cambridge give us a potted science lesson on 93 Million And One and explain that the reason for snow is something to do with the Earth’s axis in a gentle, wistful track that makes your feet go all toasty.

Two tracks stand out in particular – On Christmas Day by Citizen Helene recounts Beach Boys’ harmonies successfully, and The Webb Brothers contribute the album highlight with a song that has all the feel and emotion of the yuletide songs of the 70s. Think George Harrison with Wizzard and The Glitter Band and you won’t be far off. Are You Coming Home For Christmas? is the first new Webb track for five years and is well worth the wait.

Kiran Leonard questions the concept of Father Christmas via the eyes (and mind) of a young boy whilst going slightly prog, and Aliens Pat skilfully destroys every child’s dream in the twelve seconds of Santa Fell Down The Chimney and the bearded man’s death.

Jon Epworth, Mary’s Canadian cousin, rams good old rock ‘n’ roll down our turkey filled throats with the wonderful Atheist that contains some superb guitars. The Unwritten Christmas Card sees a tale of sadness from The Outdoor Types as they ponder over lost love and the reasons of life. Closing the album with the appropriately named Richard Holley, Old Year’s Night provide an evocative lament recounting the previous year.

If you’re fed up with Xmas already, Christmas Joy In Full Measure may just give you something to look forward to again.

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Christmas Joy in The Sunday Times

Sunday Times

 

 

The idea of Christmas not as a sentiment-soaked season of precision-bomb supermarket ads and ruinous household debt, but as an all but forgotten pre-Christian pagan ritual of ancient mysticism and bracing oddness, is explored on this wonderfully strange album. Standouts include the Count of Chateau Noir’s sinister, Bontempi-driven Awake Awake and Young Knives’ sepulchral Low Carol. Best of all are Aliens Pat’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Santa Fell Down the Chimney (the couplet is completed by “Broke his neck and died”, and that’s it), and the punky thrash of Jon Epworth’s raging, ramshackle Atheist. Alternative doesn’t even come into it.

Christmas Joy in Full Measure OUT NOW!!!

Christmas Joy in Full Measure - Various Artists
Christmas Joy in Full Measure – Various Artists

Available to pre-order now at Norman Records, Piccadilly RecordsRough Trade, iTunes and Amazon

Hand Of Glory records asked twelve artists for an original Christmas song. Here are twelve tracks that sum up the many experiences of Christmas, from lush widescreen pop (Webb Brothers), to sparkly Saturnalian disco (Mary Epworth) to dystopian Fall-esque horror (Extradition Order). Other standout tracks include Young Knives’ dark medieval-esque ‘Low Carol’, Kiran Leonard’s sprawling proggy epic ‘Huygens probe’ and Papernut Cambridge’s charming and magical ’93 Million And One’.

Hand Of Glory Presents – Christmas Joy In Full Measure

 

Christmas Joy In Full Measure
Christmas Joy In Full Measure

Available to pre-order now at Norman Records, Piccadilly RecordsRough Trade, iTunes and Amazon

Hand Of Glory records asked twelve artists for an original Christmas song. Here are twelve tracks that sum up the many experiences of Christmas, from lush widescreen pop (Webb Brothers), to sparkly Saturnalian disco (Mary Epworth) to dystopian Fall-esque horror (Extradition Order). Other standout tracks include Young Knives’ dark medieval-esque ‘Low Carol’, Kiran Leonard’s sprawling proggy epic ‘Huygens probe’ and Papernut Cambridge’s charming and magical ’93 Million And One’.

Kiran Leonard – Dear Lincoln on Pitchfork

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15455-kiran-leonard-dear-lincoln/

“In the Bandcamp introduction to “Dear Lincoln”, Kiran Leonard lays out some caveats for prospective listeners: “I was 14 and uneducated, hence my mispronunciation (and pretentious namedropping) of friedrich NEECHsher. i also fucked up lEETmotif. but as far as anyone is concerned, the mistakes are obviously ironic.” His insistence upon irony is the only faintly juvenile thing about this majestic, freakishly savant-ish song; Leonard is now 17, and resides in Oldham, near Manchester, and as a resident thereof, I feel entirely justified in telling you just how dull it is here. Conversely, “Dear Lincoln” is a wondrous, sub-two-minute blast of shambolic, lo-fi piano rambling and smashed cymbal fog that would have been entirely at home on Elephant 6 in its heyday, recalling early of Montreal, Elf Power– and a Joanna Newsom-like way with words and intonation rendered in the wiry voice of a manic teenage boy.

Leonard says the song’s about mental health and the concept of tabula rasa, though it’s hard to follow the lyrics without guidance– he sings as if playing the piano from Big, sprinting up and down the keys while yelping at least one word for every note. There’s so much raw, unadulterated delight here; the way he uses a single word as the join between bars, breaking it over his knee before scurrying into another mad verse, spewing lines like, “the walls of coffin beds begin to topple with flames, scream names,” in some nameless panic. It is without a doubt the most invigorating song I’ve heard all year. One more time: he wrote it when he was 14 years old.”

Laura Snapes, Pitchfork

Downliners Sect – Brite Lights EP, coming soon!

In late 2009 I was having an idle surf of ‘reel to reel’ related items on Ebay when I came across a huge lot of tapes that purported to come from a recording studio in Chingford, all dating from the late fifties to the mid sixties.

With thoughts of the legendary ‘fine recording studio‘ tape hoard in mind, I half jokingly forwarded the link to my similarly obsessed friend, fellow tape nerd and H.O.G co-founder Gary, and thought nothing more of it, until he mailed back to say that he had bid, and won.

Hoping I hadn’t put him onto a duffer, I went to sleep, only to be awoken at 2am by an excited phone-call, and the sounds of what I instantly recognised to be Downliners Sect recordings I’d never heard before coming down the phone.

Do The Dog? Mona? These songs weren’t on any of the original Sect records either of us owned, and the versions of ‘Roll over Beethoven’ and ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ were wildly different to the existing versions.


A couple of emails were sent, and it soon transpired that what Gary had come across amidst the hundreds of self help tapes, children’s choirs and sound effects EPs was a long lost follow up to the legendary ‘nite at great newport street’ EP that had been issued in a tiny run on the contrast sound label in 1964.

After the success of that release, a follow up was recorded with legendary recording pioneer F.C Judd. Sleeves were printed, the tapes were sent to the pressing plant…only for the band to arrive several weeks later to a boarded up building. The plant, label and tape had vanished.

So- contact was made, a deal was struck, and now Hand Of Glory Records  are proud to present, after a mere 46 year delay, the first release of ‘Bright Lites’ by the Downliners Sect!

Brite Lights Big City - Downliners Sect

Will

On sale March 2011! see our big cartel shop to pre-order now or email us for more info.