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Aug 27

VINYL: Excelsis & two from Aurelio Voltaire

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   Various Artists: Excelsis ~ a dark noel (2021 remaster)

CD & LP at Projekt website. CD, LP, Digital & Test pressings at Projekt Bandcamp page. CD now shipping. LP expected shipping in November.

   Aurelio Voltaire: Ooky Spooky (2021 Stereo Mix) and The Devil’s Bris (2020 remaster — 2nd pressing)

Ooky Spooky LP at Projekt website. LP, Digital & Test pressing at Projekt Bandcamp page.

The Devil’s Bris LP at Projekt website. LP, CD & Digital at Projekt Bandcamp page. Expected shipping mid-September.

Various Artists: Excelsis ~ a dark noel (2021 remaster)

LP expected shipping in November. CD now shipping.

LP available in two color variations: • 140-gram Orchid w/Purple & Grey Splatter vinyl, with credit insert. Limited edition of 300. • 140 gram Aqua w/White Splatter vinyl, with credit insert. Limited edition of 300.

• 1995 holiday compilation’s first vinyl release • Remastered by Martin Bowes of Attrition in The Cage, Coventry UK.

Spend the season right with dark holiday classics of untraditional fare. Turn down the lights… it’s a dark noel!

Projekt’s 1995 Holiday compilation is the one that started it all! It’s a dark holiday classic! Spend the holidays in style this year. No more barking dogs or Perry Como for you, uh-uh! While away the frigid hours until the important day with strains of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s crusade “Chanukkah, Oh Chanukkah,” Lycia’s darkly sensual “We Three Kings,” Love Spirals Downwards’ “Welcome Christmas” (from How the Grinch Stole Christmas), or Faith and the Muse’s pagan madrigal “A Winter Wassail.” All graced by our lovely Dark Angel prepared to brighten many a dark holiday night.

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 1995: The Projekt label’s coven of gothic artists does emphasize the night in “Silent Night” and other seasonal songs on this intriguing set. Eerie, trance-like reworkings of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Carol of the Bells” seem to urge deep, Druid thought, not dread. Consider this a good time to go commune with the gargoyle statuary at your local cathedral.

HUH #16: More the work of monks than moshers, the emphasis on spacey, ethereal vocals makes this seem like This Mortal Coil on an eggnog bender, and that’s not a bad thing. The prettiest of the lot, this is a beautiful collection of tracks for trimming the tree or burning your own yule log.

Also available: Remastered CD in 6-panel digipak. LP contains 12 tracks. “What Child Is This?” is CD & digital-only.

Ooky Spooky (2021 Stereo Mix) LP  expected shipping mid-September Aurelio Voltaire’s 5th album from 2007

• LP on 140-gram Magenta w/Black marbled vinyl, includes a full-color lyric sleeve. • First time on LP, edition of 600   • Remixed in 2021 by Aurelio Voltaire & Tom Gardner at Rift Studios, NYC • Mastered by Martin Bowes of Attrition in The Cage, England. • Includes a track from the Cartoon Network movie Billy and Mandy’s Big Boogie Adventure • Includes a duet with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls Carpe Noctem: “…what you might expect to hear while getting drunk at a Mexican restaurant in Transylvania on the Day of the Dead – that is, an inspired and irreverent mix of European folk and Spanish influences, with touches of swing, New Orleans jazz, country, and ska thrown in for good measure.”

Returning to the original joyfully macabre multi-track recordings, Aurelio Voltaire completely remixes his 5th album. Sounding fresh, luscious and ever-so dark and spooky, hidden elements of the original recording are heard for the first time. There’s a warmer string texture and enhanced overall sound.

“It’s a Halloween party in a digipak,” Voltaire comments about Ooky Spooky. The album contains a duet with The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, a track from a Cartoon Network movie (Billy and Mandy’s Big Boogie Adventure) plus his crowd-pleasing songs about zombies, devils and dancing skeletons. In fact necrophilia, cannibalism, the undead, blasphemy, sacrilege and going to hell in a hand basket are just a few of the charming topics covered on Ooky Spooky.

Also available:  CD with original 2007-mix in the 2015 digipak edition.

The Devil’s Bris (2020 remaster — 2nd pressing) LP  expected shipping mid-September Aurelio Voltaire’s 1998 debut

• LP on 140-gram Orange w/Red marble vinyl, includes a full-color lyric insert sleeve. • Second edition of 300 • Meticulously remastered in 2020 from the original mixdown DAT tape by Howard Givens. • Includes “When You’re Evil,” one of his most-loved tracks

Something wicked this way comes: Voltaire. Direct from the underground New York goth scene emerges this strange brew of gypsy violins, driving rhythms, sardonic wit and turn-of-the-century mayhem. Combining beautiful old-world melodies with viciously sarcastic lyrics, The Devil’s Bris is the Three Penny Opera of the twenty-first century. With Wagnerian bravado and Brechtian allure, Voltaire has crafted twelve songs of love, loss, revenge and dismemberment sure to bring a smile to even the darkest of souls.

Also available: 2020 remastered CD digipak edition with 8-page lyric booklet.

Aug 09

Lovesliescrushing at Bandcamp & in the Chicago Reader

Interview with Lovesliescrushing’s Scott Cortez and Melissa Arpin Duimstra in the Chicago Reader.

“Other shoegaze bands—Ride, Slowdive, Sigur Rós—took MBV’s innovations and ran with them, even soared with them. But Lovesliescrushing have always seemed to operate in a parallel universe, making dense, beatless sheets of sound so disorienting you can’t see your shoes—the band’s music is turned inward so completely that the only thing you can gaze at is the inside of your own skull.”

We have a limited edition CD version of 2010’s AVIANIUM, the final copies of girl echo suns veils, and a brand new digipak edition of 2002’s Voirshn at the Projekt Bandcamp page.