Brighton collective and record label Sonic Anhedonic have recently released their 2 debut records.
The first coming from Yndi Halda, Bermuda Ern and SASO drummer Oli Newton via the Pseudonym The Lunchtime Sardine Club. Not only a debut for the newly formed label but Icecapades is also the first solo attempt for Oli. The album has a minimal, Lo-Fi feel and sound with some songs stripped down to an acoustic guitar and vocals with others featuring collaborations with friends.
Recorded using all the space a house has to offer, with friends and neighbours over a year and a half, Icecapades is sonically and lyrically dark yet playful, an album which closely ties its subject matter to its sound.
With an album of short stories (the death of a boxer, the sleepy sickness epidemic of the 1920’s, the mysterious dissapearance of three lighthouse keepers, an old womans embalming, murderous distortion) the lunchtime sardine club presents a cohesive album that begs to be listened to from start to finish. Which you can below or here
The other release is also from a Brighton based musician Steven Stride of Crooked Mountain Crooked Sea and Love Among the Mannequins. His solo effort released this week is more stripped down than the LTSC release and has a DIY character which this writer really enjoys. The self-titled album Chalk is available to listen here
There promises to be some great releases via this label such as Bermuda Ern and Eugene Quell coming 2013/14. Have a download of their sampler here