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We are incredibly pleased to announce the release of ‘Lifetime Of Love’, the debut album by Moon Diagrams, the solo recording project of Deerhunter co-founder and drummer Moses John Archuleta. A co-release by Sonic Cathedral (UK/EU) and Geographic North (US/ROW), our version comes on limited-edition double vinyl — one red, one pink — pressed at 45rpm, a CD in a mini LP sleeve, plus a digital version available on all download and streaming services. It’s out on June 30, but pre-order links are below.

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The US/ROW version is available from Geographic North

‘Lifetime Of Love’ was recorded in Georgia (Atlanta and Athens) and New York (Manhattan’s East Village) and gradually pieced together over a ten-year period. It finds Archuleta processing various stages of love, loss and regeneration via forlorn outsider pop, minimal techno and warm, weightless experimentation.

Hymnal opener ‘Playground’ has echoes of Eno and Grouper; lengthy workouts such as ‘The Ghost And The Host’ recall long-lost Harmonia outtakes, or something from one of Warp’s ‘Artificial Intelligence’ compilations; the bitter pill pop of ‘End Of Heartache’ – now premiering on FACT Magazine – has the scratchy guitar of New Order circa ‘Brotherhood’ and the square pegness of ‘Dazzle Ships’-era OMD. Several songs are instrumental, while ‘Bodymaker’ features Sian Ahern (Eaux, Sian Alice Group).

Throughout the album’s eight tracks, Archuleta follows sudden fits of inspiration or moments of chance, letting the unknown happen naturally, while still confining himself to a set of boundaries. Samples were taken from thrift store-sourced LPs, removed from their sleeves and chosen at random to find loops and textures. Elsewhere, he would anonymise digital songs and files, erasing track names and re-recording new versions of the randomised mixes.

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‘Lifetime Of Love’ is actually the result of three extended fugue states, each marked by a specific moment of catharsis. In 2007, between the release of Deerhunter’s breakthrough album ‘Cryptograms’ and 2008’s ‘Microcastle’, Archuleta began his earliest solo experiments. The nascent exploration was enough to free himself and create sounds without inhibition. ‘Bodymaker’ and ‘Nightmoves’ are products of these first recording sessions, capturing Archuleta’s willingness to venture outside of the taut, mesmerising drone-rock of his main band. The chilling, ambient techno of ‘Nightmoves’ perfectly foils and compliments ‘Bodymaker’’s broodingly sullen but sincerely beautiful shuffle into the dark.

Between 2012 and 2015, Archuleta experienced a reset of sorts following the collapse of his marriage (a ten-year relationship). Tours in support of artists including Ariel Pink and James Ferraro led to a rekindled interest in his solo material and he began actively cutting himself off from a number of personal relationships and experimenting with various drugs in order to begin recording again. Locking himself in his practice space, Archuleta would use only the spare instruments he found lying around in recording sessions. This period yielded a disparate mix of sonic sketches, from eerily bucolic choir recordings (‘Playground’), to dusty art-pop (‘Moon Diagrams’) and infectiously jubilant dance pop (‘End Of Heartache’).

For the final period, Archuleta found inspiration following an extended stint in Berlin, after he had decided to fly out of the US on Christmas day, largely estranging himself from his friends and family. While holed up in the Michelberger Hotel, Archuleta fully intended to finish the album. Instead, he remained in a state of relative isolation, haunting the hotel and taking in the city’s dark energy. After three weeks, Archuleta returned home to Atlanta, without having made much headway. Feeling unproductive, depressed and disorientated by jet lag, Archuleta resolved to finish the LP, working in a three-day flurry of productivity that resulted in ‘Blue Ring’, ‘The Ghost And The Host’, ‘Magic Killer’ and the final album edits.

Subtly grandiose and quietly epic, ‘Lifetime Of Love’ really does live up to its title: a hopeful and curious beginning makes way for a morose middle before a bittersweet, optimistic end.

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It’s the Independent Label Market at Old Spitalfields Market in London on Saturday (April 1) and we will have a whole load of exclusives and rarities for sale on the Sonic Cathedral stall, including a brand new 7″ single and a top secret, as-yet-unannounced new release that you can only see by giving us a password. Here’s the full list:

Exclusive, limited-edition red vinyl 7″ single of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s ace ‘The Sound Of All Things’, taken from last year’s acclaimed fourth album, ‘Balance’. It’s the long song where lapping, ambient beauty gives way to a stormy sea of psych-rock, like Moon Duo tripping out with The Orb. According to the band, it’s all inspired by John Cage and the ocean near their home in Ensenada, Baja California. It comes backed with a brand new remix by the wonderful Russian band Gnoomes, who have turned it into an electro-psych monster.

We’re going to be announcing a really exciting and incredibly shiny new release next week by one of our favourite bands ever, but you can get hold of a copy beforehand as we will have a few copies hidden out of view, under the counter. You just need to come to the stall, tap your nose and ask ‘what is the magic number?’ For a mere £20 we will let you find out! Here’s a clue.

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We will also have copies of all of our new and recent albums: the last few copies of Spectres’ ‘Condition’ on vinyl, XAM Duo’s self-titled epic, both albums by The Early Years, the new reissue of Neil Halstead’s ‘Palindrome Hunches’ on ochre vinyl, plus a selection of back catalogue LPS, CDs, tapes and T-shirts. We’ve also dug out some rarities – including two copies of the rare as hens’ teeth ‘Psych For Sore Eyes 2’ EP and some Neil Halstead ‘Alison’ 7″s, sadly minus their card sleeves, but still going for big bucks on Discogs.

It’s not just Sonic Cathedral stuff either – we will also be selling vinyl copies of Brooklyn dream-folk trio Wilsen’s excellent forthcoming debut album ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’ on behalf of our good friends at Dalliance Recordings.

Plus, if you’re not bothered about records, there will be Match Attax football cards courtesy of Epic Openings! – he is promising limiteds and shinies from all the recent collections, including both the Premier League and the Champions League.

The stall will be open from 11am and there are lots of fine labels in attendance. The full list, plus a handy map is below.

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It’s analogue bubblebath time! Yes, it’s the second Ambience Chasers night at The Social, London W1 on Tuesday (March 28) and here’s what you can expect…

The first ever solo headline show from Mark Peters – the former songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Engineers. Expect new solo tracks, alongside some reworked old classics, like this beautiful version of Engineers’ ‘Home’.

Special guest DJ Mark Clifford from the legendary Seefeel. Here’s a DJ set from an NTS Radio broadcast last year to give you a taster.

All this – for free! – plus an Ulrich Schnauss / Sonic Cathedral B2B DJ set and, projecting onto the wall by the toilet door, we have Werner Herzog’s ‘Fata Morgana’ and ‘Microcosmos’ by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou. Doors are at 7pm. More info on the Facebook event page.

Screen prints of the incredible poster for the night are now available to buy from the Sonic Cathedral Shop. Each one is hand signed and numbered by the designer, Marc Jones. Buy here.

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Neil Halstead’s classic solo album, ‘Palindrome Hunches’, is once again available on vinyl.

>>> BUY THE REPRESS OF ‘PALINDROME HUNCHES’ <<<

We originally released the Slowdive and Mojave 3 man’s third solo effort in late-2012, and there were only 300 copies pressed for the European market (Neil’s US label Brushfire pressed up another 500 copies). Not surprisingly, it hasn’t been readily available since.

We have now released 300 copies on beautiful transparent ochre vinyl, so grab a copy before they’re just an expensive memory on Discogs yet again. All copies come with a free Bandcamp download. Just in case you need reminding how incredible ‘Palindrome Hunches’ is, here’s the opening track ‘Digging Shelters’ and you can listen to the whole thing on Spotify below.

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When Spectres went on tour following the release of their debut album ‘Dying’ two years ago, they were followed by filmmaker James Hankins, who has also worked with the band on their videos for ‘Where Flies Sleep’ and ‘This Purgatory’, among others.

The results are contained in the candid film, ‘Slug Life’, which is by turns funny, poignant, depressing and often just downright mundane. It’s the perfect depiction of life on the road in the 21st century; a seemingly endless whirl of load-ins and load-outs, badly promoted shows, cheap noodles and bizarre otter stories – plus instores at The Drift Record Shop in Totnes, Pop Recs Ltd in Sunderland and an emotional return to their hometown of Barnstaple in North Devon.

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There will be an exclusive screening of the film at The Betsey Trotwood in London on Wednesday, March 22. Entry is free. Doors are at 7pm, with the screening at 8.30, followed by Sonic Cathedral and Spectres DJs until closing time. There’s more info on the Facebook event page here.

Spectres’ tour continues the following night at Birthdays in London — the full list of dates and ticket links can be found here.

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