Triangulating Nature, volume 7 in our free sampler album series, released to coincide with our sixth birthday celebrations, has just received a lovely review on the German music blog Der Digitale Flaneur. It’s in German, obviously, so to save you the hassle of feeding it through a translator, a pick of the phrases used in the review would be “addiction guaranteed” and “an enchanting kaleidoscope of sounds and styles”. What are you waiting for?!
Archive for May, 2012
Hidden Shoal is excited to announce the official CD release of Medicine Show, the debut solo album by musical experimentalist, Guided By Voices producer and long-time Robert Pollard collaborator Todd Tobias. All CD orders come with an immediate download of the album as well as an exclusive bonus download of the previously un-released Night Above Ground EP.
After years of producing Guided By Voices, playing in Circus Devils with Robert Pollard, and helping to create the music for Pollard’s solo albums, Todd Tobias is striking out on his own with his debut solo album. Defiantly unique and vividly realised, Medicine Show is a multi-faceted instrumental opus, evoking a shadowy steampunk dystopia. By turns nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful, the three-dimensional musical universe that Tobias conjures across 40 minutes is totally addictive. From the dark GBV-esque groove of ‘Night of the Club Foot’, through the gaseous synths of ‘Pre-Dawn Visitation’, evoking a hallucinogen-fuelled walk among a misty moon-lit forest, to the visceral lurch of single ‘Manatoc Enters The City / The Long Fall’, Medicine Show plays out like the soundtrack to a Terry Gilliam movie starring Tom Waits, each song a totally immersive scene, leading inexorably into the next.
“Call an album Medicine Show and some music buffs might expect something very different to this 15 track exercise in edgy atmospherics and controlled noise, but it’s tribute to Todd Tobias’s skill as a producer and arranger that the pace never slackens and that he’s quite effectively produced the audio equivalent of a graphic novel, one that will keep you listening right up until its cataclysmic final moments.” – DOA
Head to the Hidden Shoal Store to purchase the album on CD or in digital format. The CD comes as a limited numbered edition of 200 in a beautiful Stuart Medley designed, 4 panel gatefold with insert. All CD orders come with an immediate download of the album as well as an exclusive bonus download of the previously un-released Night Above Ground EP. Pre-orders have been extremely popular so remaining stock is limited.
Hidden Shoal Recordings is proud to announce the release of Triangulating Nature, volume 7 in their free sampler album series, released as part of the label’s sixth birthday celebrations. The album is available for free download from the Hidden Shoal Store.
Triangulating Nature brings together 14 singles from the last 12 months of Hidden Shoal releases – plus an excerpt from ‘Komo’, one of the two epic tracks on’s In. There’s the dreamy garage pop of [The] Caseworker; the intimate electronica of Elisa Luu; remixes of tracks by and ; glacial ambient from ; the technicolour art-rock of recent signings Wizards of Time – and everything in between. If you need a kaleidoscopic window into what Hidden Shoal has been up to for the last year, look no further.
Since starting up in Perth, Western Australia in 2006, Hidden Shoal has developed an enviable roster of genre-defying global and local recording artists. Over its years the label been chosen as one of Textura magazine’s favourite labels, has been dubbed “This generation’s 4AD” by prominent New York radio host DJ Mojo, and has been described by The Mountain Goats’ frontman John Darnielle as “one of the great wonders of our age”.
With 40+ acts from 10+ different countries, ranging from British ambient artist Antonymes through to American musical experimentalist Todd Tobias and beyond, the committed team at Hidden Shoal continues to play an integral role in promoting exciting new independent music.
Hidden Shoal sent me this single with a note: ‘Good, hey?’ Masters of understatement. This squelching, ‘technicolour art-rock’ ditty has a mess of electronic noise in the foreground and a soul-lifting emotional undertone, reminiscent of Animal Collective but rougher and more spacious. It is jarring and ambitious and also kind of brilliant – epic, spine-tingling, innovative music. Wizards Of Time hail from Phoenix, Arizona and release their debut Will The Soft Curse Plague On? this coming July.