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Tullycraft - Lost In Light Rotation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrlk82j4NB4 2013 has been a bit quiet on the release front so far for Fika Recordings, but don't panic, we're kicking into gear to bring you loads of exciting new releases over the next few months. First up will be the brand new album from Tullycraft, their first in absolutely ages! We'll be putting out a very limited (100 copies only) handmade cassette version of the album, towards the end of March. Fortuna Pop and Magik Marker Records are handling CD/LP duties in Europe and North America respectively. It's a stunner of an album; just the job to get this year off to a flying start.

So here's the brand new video for the single, Lost In Light Rotation. Enjoy!

Lost In Light Rotation available to pre-order from shop.fikarecordings.com

Fulhäst - Down The Deuce

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Nik used to be one half of Moustache of Insanity. Fulhäst makes some sort of electronic, poppy/punky music, using old Casio keyboards, electric guitars, circuit-bent microphones and Game Boys. His debut EP comes out on Fika Recordings on the 18th of June. You can listen and pre-order the cassette here.

Allo Darlin' - Europe

This is one of the most exciting things Fika Recordings have gotten involved in so far. We've been asked to put out a super limited edition (100 only) cassette version of Allo Darlin's second album, Europe. I'm busy making them at the moment, and it'll be quite some package. Every cassette will be handmade and hand numbered, and will come with a digital download code, a bag of Allo Darjeelin' tea, a recipe for Elizabeth's mum's Sacher Torte, and a very small 16 page artwork and lyric booklet.

You can pre-order the album on cassette from us now - we'll be shipping when the album is released in Europe at the start of May.

The ever reliable Fortuna Pop will be releasing Europe in Europe on CD, LP and digital; while the lovely Slumberland Records will be putting the album out on the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks to them both for asking us to get involved - it is a delight to be involved in releasing what is a mighty fine record.

Fika011: Darren Hayman - Christmas In Haworth

The summer is barely over, the autumn evenings are drawing in and Christmas is on the way... Which makes me rather excited to be able to announce Fika Recording's eleventh release since we started in February this year. In early November we'll be releasing a new 6 track 10" EP from Darren Hayman, Christmas In Haworth. It was recorded last Christmas, amongst the snow in West Yorkshire and sounds utterly beautiful. There'll be just 300 copies, each one coming in a hand screenprinted brown card sleeve, with a digital download code and Darren's choice of Christmas fika (lapsang souchong and Julia's Christmas cake recipe).

It is available to pre-order now here, where you can also stream the entire EP.

We've also got plans for what promises to be a quite exciting December. If you enjoyed Darren's January Songs project, we hope you'll enjoy this soon. We'll be announcing full details later in the autumn.

Fika008: Ed Greene

Blimey, these releases are coming thick and fast. Our eighth cassette release will be from Ed Greene, a 5 piece alt-country band from Sweden. I stumbled upon them through the wilds of the internet and fell in love with the second track on this Fika EP, Love (She Tells Me There's A God Above). These four tracks are all beautiful: from the delicious country drawl on the melodies of the title track and all that optimistic bitterness that I love about "country", to the lush sound of What We Never Were We Will Never Be. And have listened to these tracks extensively over the past few months, Simon Edgreene's voice still has the power to send shivers down my spine. This may not be our most "indiepop" release, but I'm sure you're going to enjoy it...

Pre-order and listen here.

Fika007: Petter Seander

DESTROYER
DESTROYER

If you haven't heard of Petter Seander, you are 1. not interested in swedish pop music or 2. not very observant. While touring with swedish pop stars, DJing at cool clubs, fronting countryish popbands (I haven't stopped listening to this song for three years! It's also my favourite video ever) and writing for hipster magazines, he also managed to produce a solo album last year. It involved recording vocals in someone elses wardrobes and dressing up like a bird in a museum. You should listen to it, it's brilliant.

Anyway. This post is not about the past. It's about the future!

Petter moved from Gothenburg to Stockholm and picked up a drum machine somewhere on the way. While (most presumably) eating hazelnut cookies in his countryside cottage in his new hometown, he created this lovely little EP for us (and for you!). It doesn't involve dressing up like a bird unfortunately, but it involves elderflower tea and dancing with a destroyed heart. Dressed up like anything you'd like.

Pre-order and listen here. You get the cassette when I've folded the sleeves properly.

Fika006: Slottet

Slottet Servants
Slottet Servants

Our releases are coming thick and fast now, with the 6th cassette from Fika Recordings released shortly... which will be a new EP from Sweden's Slottet, called Servants.

Swedesplease have been exceptionally quick off the mark in spotting this release... here's what they had to say

If everybody could pull off the sound made famous by The Postal Service we would have a lot more pretenders like Owl City. But I guess it’s more difficult than it seems to combine easy beats with soft synths and chilled out vocals. So when I say that Slottet recreates that sound I mean it as at least a back handed compliment. “I Know” and “Agnostics Nightmare” are the closest things to Postal Service outtakes as you’re likely to find. As a fan of that band and that sound I really like these two.

You can pre-order and listen to Servants here. Pre-orders will be shipped in May when the EP is released, and you'll get the a digital download of the tracks straightaway. Go!

Fika005: Amida

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Our next cassette release, Fika005, more about will be from Manchester's indiepop gems Amida. The Spite House Plot is due sometime in May. We'll be previewing tracks from the EP on the website shortly, where you'll be able to pre-order the cassette and get the download immediately for your listening pleasure.

Side A Mid Week Debauchery A Month Of Sundays Black Balloons

Side B Oleander Box Office Poison Victor Spoils

Fika004: Horowitz - The Knitwear Generation EP

Horowitz Cassettes
Horowitz Cassettes

Horowitz and cassettes have a long history. Back in the early 2000s, Pete was a member of Trilemma, a self-professed “glo-fi” outfit headed up by Rob Jones (Venus Beads/Exit Condition). Most of the Trilemma stuff, including their amazing Crowded Wilderness 7” EP on Kitchen Records, was recorded on a Tascam 8-track cassette machine.

At the time, I was playing in a punky new wave band called The Mittens. The Stoke indie scene was and still is microscopic, so it was inevitable we’d get together at some point and start making music. Who else in Stoke understood D.I.Y aesthetics? Only the handful of souls who came along to the one decent night the city had to offer back then – John Owen’s Music Room. At the Talbot Hotel, we saw glitch electronica followed by math-rock, psychedelic pop (Of Montreal before they became Prince-aping sex monkeys were particularly good), jazz, grindcore – the lot. All the bands and artists were united by the common thread of D.I.Y. Amongst the multitude of records bands would be selling, I remember a fair number of cassettes on the merch table. Including my own. Influenced first by Trilemma and then the heady days of the Music Room, I started bashing out as many songs as I could on a 4-track cassette recorder. These were then dubbed onto more cassettes and distributed to whoever would listen.

Fast-forward to 2004 and the first Horowitz EP. 30 cassette copies. We just couldn’t let it lie. I wonder if anyone still has one? If you do, let us know! Anyway, we hope you enjoy this record as much as we enjoyed making it. A lot of love has gone into the Fika recordings project – a passion that mirrors our own love for cassettes – and we think it shows. Tack Tom & Lisa!

The Knitwear Generation

Fittingly, this song was on the first cassette album I ever put together back in (I think) 2002. The lyric probably sounds a bit twee, but I’m sure if you’re able to make out what I’m going on about underneath all the fuzz, you’ll see the humour! I love the chugging rhythm we managed to achieve using a drum preset on a Casio keyboard and some shaker and tambourine overdubs. Crunchy!

Summer Promised Me Too Much

Another old song from the cassette years (see what we’ve done here?) with one or two different words and guitar parts. I’m really proud of this. We were going for a Thames Valley vibe, specifically early Ride. We’ve never used an echo pedal on a Horowitz record but I think it works well, particularly at the end of the song when it really takes off. You might hear more of this sort of thing from us in future.

Play Me Your Song

A little pop song. Couldn’t resist doing some Malkmus guitar bits in the verses (all improvised on the spot, btw.) Went for a snotty vocal delivery and I’m glad – I think it fits well in the noisy chorus. Might do this one live :-)

Fika002: Lost Summer Kitten - Not Another Sad Song

LSK Cassettes
LSK Cassettes

Not another sad song

Believe it or not, but this is actually a serious attempt of writing not-so-deppressive songs. Lost Summer Kitten had been a duo for quite a while, and we wanted to do something more, something still melancolic, but not as quiet as usual. We brought in drums (Lars Diurlin). We brough in cello (Johanna Hydén), accordion (Amanda Nordin) and mandolin (Petter Seander). We tried to make it a bit bigger, a bit louder and a tiny bit faster.

In the end, we realised we didn't like the fast songs. Or the loud ones. So it turned out to be and EP that contains all the things you usually get from Lost Summer Kitten. Just better!

Lost Summer Kitten
Lost Summer Kitten