True Sound by The World of Dust is out today! For his 6th record, the experimental folk artist from Bilthoven once again teamed up with GBV associate Todd Tobias. Tobias provided an upbeat yet dreamy backdrop to Breuer’s lyrics – this time resulting in a concept album about his grandparents. Now available on CD and all streaming services.
The press has been loving it so far: De Subjectivisten: “a compelling, impressive and most wondrously beautiful gem and tribute” 3voor12/Utrecht: “magnificent!” Proglog Afterglow: “intriguing and honest” Here Comes The Flood: “accessible underground music that will be embraced by anyone who is serious about music and has had his share of loss and love”
In some ways a concept album, True Sound charts a very personal exploration of the life and death of Stefan Breuer’s grandparents. The unique overarching narrative that plays out with each song, and the warmth of the delivery, unites the album into a moving and consistent whole. As with The World of Dust’s acclaimed previous album, Samsara, the instrumental elements on True Sound were created by Todd Tobias, who sent them to Breuer to write and sing the lyrics. Tobias’s wonderfully melodic compositions call to mind his work with Robert Pollard, creating a haunting marriage when combined with Breuer’s pure vocal tones, reminiscent of The White Birch’s Ola Flottum.
The mesmerising, drumless opening track ‘Sailing’ introduces Breuer’s grandfather, Jan (whose personal effects are on display in the Museum of Vlaardingen), over insistent, metallic guitar and burbling modulation. First single ‘Goodbye’ has a charming, wistful sway and gorgeous vocal harmonies, which belie its sobering story of Jan’s battle with cancer. Jan’s first wife, who passed away during childbirth, is commemorated on ‘Petronella’s Death’, with its elegant, descending guitar figures. And Breuer’s grandmother is touchingly memorialised on the elegant tempo shift and eerie arpeggios of ‘Nel’s Passing’. Ultimately, True Sound is testament to the liberation that comes from letting go.
Flight Music by Combo Qazam was released at the beginning of the pandemic, May 20, 2020. We decided to keep releasing music, despite the lack of possibilities to properly promote it. Luckily, there were a lot of reviewers & journalists who spent time with the record and wrote lovely words about it. We collected some quotes from these reviews for ya!
Musicmaker: “Well-constructed indie-prog” 3VOOR12: “Wonderful debut!” Everything Is Noise: “An overlooked gem full of dreamy, fantastic art rock tunes!” Louderthanwar: “A great sprawling and very itchy rock record” Here Comes The Flood: “Combo Qazam have come out of the egg as a fully-feathered bird that can fly like a pro” De Subjectivisten: “Music that makes you dream away, music that makes you think and music to just enjoy intensely” Festivalinfo.nl: “A beautiful balance between hypnotic rhythms, loud postpunk and sometimes calm songs” 3voor12 Utrecht: “A balanced release in which the tight and warm atmosphere is sometimes interrupted by a sudden eruption, but it never becomes too experimental” WoNo Magazine: “Combo Qazam is technically proficient and able to write songs that make listening to proficiency worthwhile. An album to invest time and money into.” The Next Gig: “A very successful debut album that feels retro as well as modern” Radioaktiv: “Harmonious and romantic, with great technical experimentation” Mpodia: “Good old underground alternative indie” Timpaan Muziek: “The riffs are cool and the music sounds urgent, modern, while maintaining a nostalgic layer”
Thank you all for taking your time with Flight Music and spreading the word!
Geri van Essen‘s beautiful new folk album Cleaned the Windows is out today on CD and digitally! 🥳 Listen to this record now on Bandcamp, Spotify, or buy the CD to support the artist directly. Here are some useful links for you:
Geri van Essen: “Even though I’ve essentially written another set of laments, I think a there is a jumble of emotions in the production of this album and I’m very happy with that.”
The press has been happy as well: The Next Gig: “an honest folk album, contemporary with a nod to the past” Timpaan Muziek: “ideal for dreaming away in a melancholic mood at night” Here Comes The Flood: “Cleaned the Windows is like a gentle summer breeze – highly enjoyable and reinvigorating”
They also wrote some cool words: “It sounds warped and faded, rippling from another time with lo-fi beauty. There’s a backward ambiance to it, with just the voices, sparse guitar, and the simple crack of the rhythm holding it together like homemade glue. It’s a dreamy song that pulls on those themes of nostalgia. The band work a nice buzzing guitar riff and a catchy whistled melody for a bit of texture as things crackle to a close.”
Pre-orders of the vinyl and cassette are up now too, go to our Bandcamp store.
Today we release Moonchy & Tobias III into the world, the sublime third collaborative album of vocalist Pat Moonchy (Sothiac) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Todd Tobias (GBV, Robert Pollard) under the Moonchy & Tobias banner.
The album is available now on CD and in digital formats via Bandcamp, streaming via Spotify and is available to download or stream at most online stores.
“Musically you have references such as Mi And L’Au, The Caretaker, Cranes, Dead Can Dance and Portishead , although they never quite cover what this pair brings here. In conclusion, you can safely say that you are certainly not dealing with an average combo. What a great, versatile and mesmerizing album!” – De Subjectivisten
Happy release day to ΕΔΩ/EKEI, the new ‘retrofutural masterpiece’ by Greek artist LOGOUT. According to the press, this ‘lovely pop record’ is ‘one of the best psych-pop albums ever released by a Greek artist’. Being sung entirely in his native language Greek, this serves as a gateway to the country’s thriving underground scene.
The album has one foot in the Netherlands and the other one in the country where LOGOUT was born, and it’s a special listen. Dreamy, layered, lo-fi, psychedelic and as always with great melodies and a melancholy vibe throughout. Definitely one of the best albums we heard this year, so we are thrilled to put it out on our label.
ΕΔΩ/EKEI is out today on LP and digital via Tiny Room Records in The Netherlands and B-otherSide Records in Greece. Get your copy in our Bandcamp store:
The press has been super positive about Atmosfere:
Louder Than War: “It’s one of life’s luxuries to inform others about a record that alters your outlook on life; even if the altered state is fleeting. This latest release by Tiny Room […] is one such. Reader, it’s glorious.” Here Comes The Flood: “All tracks are invitations to dream and wonder” De Subjectivisten: “A special and beautiful album, for which comparisons cannot easily be made” Felt That: “Relish the softness and gentless of this humble soundtrack for every day use” The Vinyl District: “Atmosfere is just over too damned quickly”
The second album by psychedelic duo Moonchy & Tobias has been released! ‘Atmosfere’ is more, eh, atmospheric, and subdued than the debut album (that was all over the place – in a good way). This is an album you can play at Sunday breakfast, or during Christmas with your parents. Well, if you (and your parents) are into parallel universes and magic fairies, because it’s still not the kind of folk you might be used to. The childlike voice of Pat Moonchy blends together perfectly with Todd Tobias’ soft strumming and fingerpicking. It’s like Múm did an opera of Linda Perhacs’ songs. In Italian. Gotta love it!
Press: Here Comes The Flood: “All tracks are invitations to dream and wonder” De Subjectivisten: “A special and beautiful album, for which comparisons cannot easily be made” Felt That: “Relish the softness and gentless of this humble soundtrack for every day use”
Toby Goodshank – “untitled” out today! A must-listen if you like antifolk, The Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis, rap, folk, indie rock, acoustic music, humor, vulgarity, and music in general.
We’re super happy with this weird and awesome slab of vinyl. It was released on CD ten years ago, and a few months ago Lousy Moon Records (from Frankfurt) and Toby asked us if we wanted to co-release it with them. Fuck yeah! We have been superfans of Toby’s music for a long time, so here we are. Cool yellow vinyl, an inlay with new artwork and lyrics, and a short tour coming up (with the release show 22 May in De Kromme Haring in Utrecht).
Some cool quotes from the press so far:
De Subjectivisten: “raw, spontaneous and extremely varied”
WoNo Magazine: “not just special, also impressive”
Keys and Chords: “unconventional and timeless”
Mpodia: “wonderfully varied with excellent songs”
Proglog Afterglow: “an intriguing and special album”
For the latest release by American producer/musician Todd Tobias (Massabu Evening Entertainments), we did something special. A mysterious band is credited on the sleeve of the album, Combo Qasam. This band did not exist. A couple of Lost Bear and Rogue Minor band members then decided to bring this band to life and play the songs from the album.
Todd Tobias also wrote a pamphlet, talking about a DIY Fun Movement: get away from your screens and out of prefab discos, and create your own fun. The music and the pamphlet did create a special DIY Fun vibe on the three shows Combo Qasam played, in OCCII (Amsterdam), Worm (Rotterdam) and Studio Patrick (Utrecht). On the last night (the most successful expression of DIY Fun), there was a reviewer of 3voor12/Utrecht who wrote a very thoughtful piece with some beautiful photos. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2pSZaJb.
We also shot video material of the show. Get a sense of what was going on here: