Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Michael Morley
The Pavilion Of Fools

Gallerie Desford Vogel FSS 7s

CD
£9.99


Solo guitar/electronics record from Michael Morley of The Dead C, released by a New Zealand gallery and originally intended as a soundtrack piece. Moves from the sound of blood pulsing in your ears through classic saw-tooth Dead C riffing and Industrial machine noise. Another good one.

The Dead C
The Damned

Starlight Furniture Company #21

CD
£8.99


2004 album from The Dead C that works to consolidate the kinda brut rock song destruction of ‘classic’ Trapdoor era with the kinda extended gunned-up machine noise of Tusk. Great, wasted performance by Morley, while Russell and Yeats stagger through the wreckage. Every release is, of course, mandatory.

Peter Jefferies
The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World

De Stijl IND123

CD
£13.99


Necessary CD edition of this all-time classic New Zealand underground side, originally released in 1990 on Bruce Russell’s legendary Xpressway label: Jefferies was a member of This Kind Of Punishment and this is one of the all-time great weirdo singer-songwriter albums, with a backing band that includes all three members of The Dead C – Bruce Russell, Michael Morley and Robbie Yeats – as well as Alastair Galbraith, Kathy Bull, Robbie Muir , David Mitchell and Nigel Taylor. Jefferies channels the revenant forms of Syd Barrett and Kevin Ayers, all filtered through that amazing subterranean/basement distance that defines the best of the Xpressway sides. His song-writing is just heartrendingly beautiful, power crying over lilting repeat-piano minimalism and disembodied backing vocals, singing unaccompanied acapella tracks that have all of the alien power of Jandek and playing amazing damaged downer guitar dirges that marry the brokedown form of The Dead C to classic psychedelic songforms. Truly, an all-time desert island discs and one of the most magical moments in the Xpressway back catalogue finally available again on vinyl. Comes with a download code. No one does the sound of lonesome like Jefferies. Can’t recommend this masterpiece enough!

Gate/Tom Carter
Split

Carbon Records CR-208

7"
£10.99


Killer US tour split 7” from Tom Carter of Charalambides and Gate aka Michael Morley of The Dead C in a hand-numbered edition of 313 copies: Tom’s side is a beauty, with an alternately triumphal/melancholy electric guitar march that weaves post-Sharrock steel string logic into webs of dissolving tone joy that are then Eno-ised for maximum bliss potential. The Gate side is phenomenally heavy, with Morley playing gravity-mashing sludge power chords in a Blue Cheer-play-Outside feel but with a whip-cracking drum machine ploughing through the spectra-thick fuzz. When Morley’s classic narcoleptic vocals drool all over the top the accumulative effect is reality dissolving. No one can sing the edge of the world blues like Michael Morley. In two colour silkscreened Stumptown kraft sleeves with a free download, highly recommended. 

Pelt Part Wild Gate
Hung On Sunday

Mie Music MIE-023

LP
£13.99


Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies LP that documents a big-band underground supergroup tackling traditional gamelan: Pelt Part Wild Gate features Mike Gangloff, Pat Best, Nathan Bowles and Tycho-Shea Gangloff from Pelt, Michael Morley of Gate/The Dead C et al and Pascal Nichols and Kelly Jones aka Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides. The music is startling, taking off on traditional gamelan but taking it somewhere else entirely. The ensemble move through various zones, generating a rapture of distant thunder that features melodies within melodies, blooming organically, as the sound of gongs, singing bowls and metallaphones chime in soft heavenly choruses. Indeed, the music bears a distinct similarity to both the sound of Pelt – specifically the Empty Bell Ringing In The Sky era – and Part Wild Horses Mane, with that spacious, yet massively zoned ‘Holy Mountain’ feel that Pascal and Kelly always bring to the proceedings. And although they’re certainly reverent, there’s no overly precious feel, with the band pushing out into crude punk-primitive klang as much as sensuous fourth world ritual. The recording is beautifully rendered too, taking you deep into the infinite bell tones and songs within songs of the gamelan ritual. A major meeting of minds, immediately sold out at source, highly recommended.