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Saturday, 9 April 2016

V/A – PAPER LEAVES: A TERRASCOPE CELEBRATION (Ptolomaic Terrascope LP).

Taking on the flame from esteemed 60s/70s publications such as Zig Zag, Terrascope magazine is one of the most well respected, widely read, frequently quoted independent music journals in the world, taking in the finest offerings from the world of Folk, Freakbeat and Psychedelia, to Krautrock, Prog, Punk, Free Jazz, Electronica - and nearly every genre in between. Now celebrating 25 years of publishing this wonderful magazine the album Paper Leaves, a limited edition vinyl only compilation, has been released that reflects the diversity of music Terrascope covers. From old Terrascope favourites Bevis Frond and Nick Nicely to new bands like Dead Sea Apes, Paper Leaves finds space for Krautrock, psychedelic whimsy, Psych Rock, Acid Folk and far out Space Rock in a collection of eight stunning exclusive tracks from artists that Terrascope has championed past and present.

In keeping with Terrascope’s broad minded approach to great music Paper Leaves is a real mixed bag of musical delights. Side one opens with some old school Krautrock/Ambient soundscaping from Black Tempest (Stephen Bradbury) before easing into some beautifully warped psychedelia from Nick Nicely who contributes the elegantly twisted ‘Dance Away’ to the album. The remainder of the side is taken up with some heavyweight Psych Rock from the exceptional Manchester band Dead Sea Apes and the equally brilliant White Hills. Flip the disc and you will find an exclusive track from Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance/Comets on Fire), who has provided an acoustic cover of Wayne Rogers' song ‘Dead and Rising’ from his Constant Displacement LP, and some gorgeous twisted folk from London based Acid Folkies The Left Outsides who have beautifully arranged the traditional tune ‘Young Girl Cut Down In Her Prime’. The prolific and talented Nick Saloman (Bevis Frond) has been there from the beginning as publisher of the now legendary (and highly collectable) Ptolomaic Terrascope and a new track  ‘Back In The Churchyard’ graces this compilation before side two closes with the awesome Bardo Pond chipping in with a brilliant 11 minute slab of show stopping grungy Psychedelia.

Paper Leaves – A Terrascope Celebration is out now and available directly from the Terrascope webstore or from your local Indie retailer (maybe)…………….but hurry as there are only a few left.


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