The Seven Twenty

The Seven Twenty are a Cambridge based indie rock band comprising James Burling (singer, songwriter, guitarist), Stewart Harris (bassist, backing vocals) and Helen Robertson (drums).

By any measure, The Seven Twenty had a great 2015. They released their gorgeous debut LP and had a fantastic album launch party at the wonderful Cambridge venue, The Portland Arms. The band gigged extensively in support of the LP towards the end of the year and are scheduled to appear at Relevant Vinyl Shop and Cafe in Cambridge on the 23rd January. Check their facebook for more details of this and other upcoming gigs.

Despite only appearing in November, the LP made number one in the Stagger Indie best of the year chart. It also made the top five in Dave Hammond’s best of the year show on Cambridge 105.

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Both the LP and single “Haiku” are available in phsical digital formats from the CiS bandcamp page at https://theseventwenty.bandcamp.com/

The record is also available from Norman Records and Relevant.

Leaning Forward: A Castles In Space Christmas Present.

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Available for two weeks only, CiS have pulled together a wonderful array of past, present and future artists for a free download album, “Leaning Forward”.  It sounds amazing and I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the lovely people who have helped to build the label in it’s first year.

People who have subscribed to the mailing list will get a handmade super limited edition CDr as a thank you for their support.

We have some amazing things coming in 2016, so please stay tuned.

Free download available from the bandcamp site here:

https://castlesinspace.bandcamp.com/music

Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year,

colin @ castlesinspace. com

“a bravery much like classic labels like Factory or Rough Trade”

http://louderthanwar.com/news-castles-space-release-three-great-new-titles/

It’s been a busy month…

Listen/buy here. https://castlesinspace.bandcamp.com/

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You won’t believe what we have coming next year. Can I say “lifetime ambition achieved?”

The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook

The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook. Vinyl LP and Digital Download.

Released by Castles in Space: Midnight 27/11/2015.

Available from the Castles in Space bandcamp site: https://garycook.bandcamp.com/

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Barrow-in-Furness is a small insular working class Northern town situated at the end of the longest cul- de-sac in Britain. To go South, you need to head North. You don’t travel through Barrow, your journey ends there. That’s what makes the town and it’s people so unique.

During the mid 80’s, if you had been in a pub in Barrow and a guy with a mop of raven black hair was playing guitar with some backing tapes, that would have been Gary Cook. The thriving Barrow music scene during this period was a remote outstop of weird indie, electronic, psyche, alt-pop, post punk, indie and rock. Gary Cook was at the very heart of all of it. He was Jade Angel, Tripwire, Barbiehead. He was always hiding behind a new name to catch people out.

Gary was a catalyst and a key member of many Barrow bands in a highly inventive and competitive scene. All of these endlessly rotating bands and their swapping-in-and-out musicians had one thing in common, everyone loved and respected Gary. He was talented. He drew, painted, sang, played guitar, bass and keyboards. He worked primitive drumboxes, wrote fantastic, observational lyrics and created a lot of wonderful, bittersweet music. He was sampling and recycling on the most threadbare, begged and borrowed equipment at the dawn of the technology becoming available.

This record has been compiled from an archive of cassettes left behind by Gary. Unheard outside of one of the remotest places in England and even then, not by many people and not for 30 years. A year in the making, putting together the record has been a joy, a headache and a heartbreak. There were many versions of some songs in various states of completion and sometimes just one, single, fleeting version of others. A haphazard jumble of multitudinous sketches and riffs. A constant, continuous tumble of output. He was prolific. This is what he did. Trying to pick the best versions and highest quality recordings has been tough and there’s more than enough material for another, alternative LP.

What we are left with is a brilliant set of lo-fi analogue electronic, guitar indie-goth-pop. Gary writes and plays everything and it’s a joy to hear his brilliant, observational songs. Sometimes camp, sometimes funny, often devastatingly honest and confessional. Always fabulous.

Gary died in Barrow, May 2006 from complications relating to a burst ulcer. He was 41 years old.

The record has been wonderfully restored and remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann at Trope, who is responsible for a lot of the Vinyl On Demand remastering.

The LP is released in a never to be repressed edition of 300 on red wax with black and white splatter. It includes a hand numbered insert with extensive sleeve notes, a download code and a signed and numbered fine art print of Gary painted in oils by artist John Duffin.

Digital copies are also available.

Listen to tracks from The Fabulous World Of Gary Cook at:  https://soundcloud.com/castles-in- space-954241171/sets/the-fabulous-world-of-gary

Buy from the Castles in Space bandcamp site: https://garycook.bandcamp.com/

Antoni Maiovvi – Seasons In Hell EP

Antoni Maiovvi. Seasons In Hell EP.

Double Gatefold Vinyl 7” and Digital Download.

Released by Castles in Space: 20/11/2015.

Available from Castles In Space at https://antonimaiovvi-cis.bandcamp.com/

AM7-sleeveAntoni Maiovvi will need no introduction. An originator and innovative leading light in the phenomenal resurgence of interest in Italio, Giallo and dark, sinister disco. He has amassed a huge fanbase and has a fantastic discography stretching back to his first releases in 2008. Currently back in Berlin, Bristolian Anton Maiof makes music that is beautifully dark, yet wonderfully uplifting.

For his final release of 2015. Anton has delivered a beautiful sequence of frosty electronic tracks on the double 7” E.P. release, Seasons In Hell.

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The track listing is:

A1: British Summer

B1: Missing

C1:Russian Winter

D1:Thalassa

IMG_0165Seasons In Hell is pressed up on half green/ half white wax for British Summer and half red/ half white wax for Russian Winter. It comes housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve designed by Graeme Swinton featuring artwork from Danish abstract fine artist Susanne Butcher.

The record has been mastered by Alek Stark at Fundamental Audio and sounds incredibly punchy and detailed.

The EP is released in an edition of 300 with a hand numbered insert. Digital copies are also available.

Listen to tracks and buy direct from Castles In Space at label bandcamp page:

https://antonimaiovvi-cis.bandcamp.com/

You can hear much more of Antoni Maiovvi’s fantastic work, including a wonderful preview from his next album “Will To Powder” at his own Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/antonmaiof

Black Channels – Two Knocks For Yes

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black channels – Two Knocks For Yes

Cassette and digital download. Released 09.10.2015

“In every story of things that go bump in the night, there are two possibilities. One, that it’s a hoax. Two, that there is something going on beyond the grasp of the human mind”.

And so begins ‘Two Knocks for Yes’, black channels’ radiophonic exploration into the poltergeist phenomenon. Mixing real life stories of paranormal activity with otherworldly vibrations and oscillations conjured up on the Buchla Electric Music Box. Following on from their brilliant and well received debut single on Death Waltz Originals, this limited edition cassette continues their preoccupation with other worlds, parallel dimensions and the dark tapestry of the imagination. Chilling accounts of nocturnal visitations and strange activity in the most mundane of suburban surroundings echo in and out of focus alongside electronic manifestations and tape manipulations in this 26 minute experimental radio collage.

Side two features wonderful incidental instrumentals soundtracking true ghost stories which provide essential tools for all paranormal investigators and otherside travellers.

Each tape comes with a free download, and a hand numbered Ghost Spotting Report Form. There’s also an additional stickered form, enabling those working in the field to report their own ghost sightings and visitations.

Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you.

The artwork is by Nick Taylor.

Two Knocks For Yes will be released on cassette/download by Castles in Space on the 9th October in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Be quick though, as these are almost sold out at source. Try the Castles in Space bandcamp for the last copies and digital downloads.

Copies may also still be available here:

Bleep: https://bleep.com/release/64667-black-channels-two-knocks-for-yes

Norman: https://www.normanrecords.com/records/155475-black-channels-two-knocks-for-yes-

Rough Trade: http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/98186

Simon from black channels will be performing Two Knocks For Yes live in a haunted Church in Brighton on the 23rd October. Check the black channels Facebook for more info.

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