13 Aug 2008, 15:24 by Hidden_ShoalSlow Dancing Society’s first two albums, The Sound of Lights When Dim and The Slow and Steady Winter, are currently in Tonevendor’s top 10 bestselling CDs. Sankt Otten’s two albums, Monocle’s Outer Sunset and Ghost in the water’s Tooth are also available on CD from Tonevendor, and on CD and mp3 from the HSR Store.
13 Aug 2008, 15:20 by Hidden_ShoalHidden Shoal Recordings today announced the release of the first single to come from the debut solo outing by Monocle’s Rich Bennett. Taken from his upcoming solo debut Music For Underwater Supermarkets, ‘Aisle 8: The Underwater Supermarket’ is a dreamy, intoxicating and alluring ode to memory. While undoubtedly influenced by muzak and lounge jazz, the precise playing, dextrous melodies and flawless execution make the song so much more than an exercise in perfection – this is charming and elegant instrumental music that engages on a level beyond the direct and literal.
‘Aisle 8: The Underwater Supermarket’ is now available from the Hidden Shoal Recordings Store. The single will be available for free download until the 9th of September, when Rich Bennett’s debut mini-album Music for Underwater Supermarkets is released. The mini-album will see both digital and CD release.
30 Jun 2008, 16:08 by Hidden_ShoalThe recent CD release (distributed through Tonevendor) of Wunden gibt es immer wieder, the latest masterwork by German cinematic pop outfit Sankt Otten, has caused quite a stir. The CD is currently Tonevendor’s 7th top selling album and rising. Other wonderful albums on the top selling list include releases by Secret Shine, Fleet Foxes, The Brother Kite, Daysleepers and Auburn Lull to name but a few.
Having already generated a wonderful buzz from its digital release, making a number of Top 10 of 2007 lists and garnering a range of glowing reviews, Wunden Gibt Es Immer Wieder is the follow up to the immensely successful and critically praised Wir koennen ja Freunde bleiben, which is now also available on CD through Tonevendor.
Hidden Shoal Recordings currently have a number of releases available through Tonevendor including Monocle’s Outer Sunset (which was a previous top seller at Tonevendor last month) and Ghost in the water’s Tooth. …
7 May 2008, 03:31 by Hidden_ShoalMonocle’s sublime dream pop masterpiece Outer Sunset (out through Hidden Shoal Recordings) has been selected as a featured cd release by US based distributor Tonevendor. If the best of 2007 lists and glowing reviews aren’t enough then here’s another reminder why this album is so important,
“From the opening strains of ‘Emmanuelle’, Monocle immediately set about wrapping the listener in a blanket of dizzying hypnotic pop. Moving from bossa-fuelled dark night car rides to lush shoegaze-tinged astral rock. Tracks such as ‘Music of Space’, ‘Agent Earle’ and ‘Airphase’ present some of the best newgaze pop you will hear this year, leaving behind the often overbearing austerity of the genre and replacing it with an innate melancholic warmth and energy.”
The album is available now in-stores and online through Tonevendor. If you local music store doesn’t stock it then slap them gently around the face and ask them to order it in through Tonevendor (maybe skip the slapping). …
12 Apr 2008, 15:00 by Hidden_ShoalThanks to the recently announced partnership with the ever wonderful US based distributor Tonevendor Hidden Shoal Recordings is pleased to announce that Monocle’s Outer Sunset is now available on CD through Tonevendor. Outer Sunset has been generating a wonderful buzz since its digital release, making a number of top 10 of 2007 lists, garnering a range of glowing reviews, and receiving extensive US and Australian airplay.
“For dreamy, slightly psychedelic, shoegazing indie pop, look no further… a pensive, stunning new album for Hidden Shoal Recordings… Multi-layered and involving, Outer Sunset manages to be avant-garde and accessible simultaneously, which is no small feat… Monocle has made a dazzling album” – Delusions of Adequacy
The album can be obtained directly from the Tonevendor site via mail order or from the many US and international stores Tonevendor distributes to. If your local store doesn’t have it in stock then make sure to tell them to order it in! For info and…
18 Jan 2008, 08:09 by Hidden_ShoalHaving already generated a wonderful buzz from its digital release, making a number of Top 10 of 2007 lists, garnering a range of glowing reviews, and receiving extensive US and Australian airplay, Hidden Shoal Recordings have now officially released Monocle’s Outer Sunset on CD.
For dreamy, slightly psychedelic, shoegazing indie pop, look no further… a pensive, stunning new album for Hidden Shoal Recordings… Multi-layered and involving, Outer Sunset manages to be avant-garde and accessible simultaneously, which is no small feat… Monocle has made a dazzling album. – Delusions of Adequacy
Monocle’s Outer Sunset is available through Amoeba Music in Los Angeles thanks to an exclusive partnership with HSR. The CD is available in-store as a featured listening post release, as well as via mail order. Outer Sunset is also available at Etherea in New York. For all availability information and full album streaming check out the album in the HSR Store.
21 Dec 2007, 17:25 by Hidden_ShoalThe Australian music label, Hidden Shoal Recordings today announced the release of the free label sampler album Limit of Maps.
Limit of Maps is the third volume in the label’s sampler album series, available for free download from the HSR Store. The album includes a wonderful cross-section of Hidden Shoal’s activity over the second half of 2007, and also features a number of as yet unreleased tracks from upcoming 2008 releases.
Many of the tracks are taken from critically acclaimed albums and EPs, a number of which have ended up on best of 2007 lists. Hidden Shoal Recordings was also recently chosen as one of the Top Ten Favourite Labels of 2007 by Textura magazine.
The contributing artists on Limit of Maps include Sankt Otten, Slow Dancing Society, Iretsu, Bury the Sound, Beautiful Lunar Landscape, Chris Mason, Monocle, Tangled Star, Toby Richardson, Cheekbone, The Retail Sectors, Glassacre, and Jumpel.
The album is available now for free download from the HSR Store.
7 Dec 2007, 18:35 by bootzyhttp://www.sonicfrontiers.net/php/images/bestof07_head2.jpg
SonicFrontiers.net has officially launched it's Best Underground Albums of 2007 contest, a popular vote competition to determine the best underground & independently released albums of the year.
Before the official voting ballot is launched, we need a solid list of nominees. We are currently conducting a special Nomination Phase in our forum, where everyone can nominate up to 5 albums to be considered for the ballot. This phase will last approximately 7-10 days, at the end of which the albums with the most nominations will make it onto the ballot. Restrictions apply, so make sure to read the rules and register here:
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17 Aug 2007, 17:42 by Hidden_ShoalHidden Shoal Recordings are proud to announce the signing of New York indie pop outfit Monocle to its roster of artists. The label will release Monocle’s essential first full length Outer Sunset in late November, 2007.
“Imagine, if you will, the somnambulant bliss of Broadcast mixed up with that distinctive Slint-style bass, the playful bossa of a throwaway Stereolab B-side and, perhaps most strikingly – a great big nod towards the glamorous-yet-underachieving shoegazers Lush” – Vinyl Vulture
A full press release an be found here.