The fourth instalment of 'Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures' comes, once again, from Smashed Vinyl's spectacular Jess Lynch. This weeks she's gone deep into the cave of tangled wires and broken microphones that is the world of music history and has pulled out old synthesisers, the vocal chords of a folk singer as well as a large pair of Black Lips all ready for the kiss of life.
Utterly crude and entirely provocative. You may recognise them from the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack with their track O Katrina!. They have sleaze, they have guts, they have range. Listening to their debut album, (self titled Black Lips) you can begin to identify their style and tone, which continues to develop and establish itself in a more defined manner in albums such as Good Bad Not Evil from 2007 and Arabia Mountain from 2011. Lead singer, Cole Alexander has a distinctive style in the way he sings, combining The Stooges and The Black Keys in a strange yet appealing way. It's not only their sound which is strange yet appealing, but their rowdy live shows which involve fireworks, vomit and nudity to say the least.
Black Lips are supporting Fat White Family at the O2 Academy Brixton on the 17th of September, grab your tickets here!
She may only have 2 albums to her name (which have over 40 years between them) yet, folk singer-songwriter Linda Perhacs has definitely made a long lasting impression with her work. Unfortunately, her first album Parallelograms failed to take off on its initial release in 1970, so she returned to her previous career as a dental hygienist. However, years later the album was reissued on CD and vinyl and gained new interest, leading to her second album, The Soul of All Natural Things, 2014. Perhacs voice chimes and twirls in a sensationally chilling way in songs such as Dolphin and Call of the River, whilst songs such as Paper Mountain Man and Porcelain Baked-Over Cast-Iron Wedding hold a certain folk-like attitude that artists such as PJ Harvey and Laura Marling also manage to create in their music. Listen and float away.
Say hello to your darkest fantasies. This is the music that monsters, aliens, clowns and ghosts dance to. Founder of White Noise, David Vorhaus, came to the UK from the USA to avoid being drafted. Whilst studying electronics and classical music, he attended a lecture by the group Unit Delta Plus (Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire) which led him on to combining his love of music with his passion in science. Vorhaus then collaborated with Hodgson and Derbyshire to create An Electrical Storm, 1969. Created using Britain's first synthesizer, it appears a dark and electrical dystopia which has been described as "a staple ingredient for lovers of cosmic electronic space-rock".
"I use voices a lot too, but not as conventional vocals. I always use a lot of voices, and if somebody having an orgasm in the background is used as part of one of the waveforms, it makes the sound more interesting, without the listener actually knowing what they're hearing."