Besides releasing beautiful music, the little elves behind the scenes here at Hidden Shoal are busily working to get label tracks placed in film and tv. Our latest coup sees 9 tracks from the Hidden Shoal catalogue appear on the soundtrack to the US doco 30 Days in May. The film chronicles the days surrounding world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather’s 2012 incarceration with tracks from Hidden Shoal artists Antonymes, Gilded, Slow Dancing Society and Wes Willenbring featuring throughout. The film has been picked up by Showtime in the US and a number of European networks as well.
Hidden Shoal Recordings is proud to announce the official release and digital availability of I Razor, the soundtrack to the no-budget experimental feature film of the same name directed by Todd Tobias. The album comprises challenging, playful, twisted, murky and downright beautiful pieces of music by Todd Tobias and Circus Devils, featuring vocals from Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) as well as instrumental versions of some of the Devil’s existing songs. The album is a cinematic feast within itself, uncompromising, redemptive and always engaging. It weaves lo-fi keyboards through shimmering guitar textures, scatters unsettling rhythms across ethereal synthscapes, and unveils kaleidoscopic new treasures among its 30+ tracks with each listen.
“Wistful, pretty, and melancholy, Pollard lets loose a truly affecting melody with a wonderfully natural delivery. It’s been said over and over again that he makes it look easy — and even after years and years of songwriting, tracks like ‘You First’ indicate that he’s far from reaching a brick wall.” – Pitchfork on Circus Devils Ringworm Interiors
The album is available now in digital formats (Mp3 and FLAC) and on CD through Hidden Shoal. The CD version of the album comes as a limited edition custom package and includes an immediate digital download of the album in FLAC or MP3 format. The I Razor film is also available for order on DVD (including a DVD+CD deal). Head to the Hidden Shoal Store for all the details.
Check out the album and film trailer below to get a taste of the wondrous and challenging sonic and visual feast that is I Razor.
Hidden Shoal Recordings is excited to announce the release of ‘Head In The Sand’ by Craig Hallsworth-led West Australian outfit Tangled Star. The track is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album Let’s Adjourn To The Garden (18th June 2013). The track is available now for free download from the Hidden Shoal Store.
‘Head In The Sand’ streamlines Tangled Star’s inimitable hooks and melodic turns into an immediately addictive and electric slice of slow burn power-pop. The glowing roar of overdriven guitars combined with the song’s endearingly ramshackle sway evokes wide-open roads and cracked sunglasses, with potholes and detours along the way. Craig Hallsworth’s unmistakable vocals and lyrical playfulness, and the incongruous but strangely heartbreaking piano outro, make for classic Tangled Star.
“The rich, gentle roil of sound evidenced on Our Man in Eden Hill, the band’s third overall release, has the same surging, warmly anthemic sound of stellar forebears galore, each sonically different — the Triffids, Died Pretty, perhaps most inevitably the Go-Betweens — but which altogether seem to capture a sense and a style more than might be guessed, something detailed, mournful, and a little crushing even at its strongest…” – All Music Guide on Our Man In Eden Hill
Distilling elements of indie-rock with Craig Hallsworth’s wonderful dust-and-liquor-coated vocals and twisting lyrics, Tangled Star weave their own magic place. Through the music’s exultant shifts and wandering detours the band manages to make once familiar territory foreign and offset. Their wonderfully titled new collection Let’s Adjourn To The Garden is, in typically contrarian fashion, their least bucolic offering yet, blending more driving power-pop flavours into their distinctive soup of song. For the uninitiated, Hallsworth has been a mainstay of the Perth indie scene, fronting seminal Australian 80s swamp rockers The Bamboos and going on to front bands such as The Healers, Outstation, The Slow Beings and now Tangled Star.