Co-Premiere: Martin Newell, “Gamma Ray Blue”

Among other exciting label news, we just caught wind that Gary War and Taylor Richardson (Infinity Window, Human Teenager, Purple Haze) have lauched their own Brooklyn-based imprint, Fixed Indentity — a “labor of love” dedicated to “next-level psychedelic achievements of the present, past, and future.” Kicking off this initiative, a remastering of British guitarist/songwriter/poet/author Martin Newell‘s 1985 limited-run cassette, Songs For A Fallow Land.

Newell — known alternately as the “Wild Man of Wivenhoe” and “Britain’s busiest wordsmith, tunesmith, and horitcultural assasin”– is a cult legend of sorts. He began his career in the glam-rock band Plod, and released a series of solo tapes during and after his stint as frontman for ’80s pop balladeers The Cleaners From Venus, which Big Troubles big-upped last year in an AZ guest post. Listen below to “Gamma Ray Blue” from this outsider acid-pop masterpiece, which, according to the Fixed Identity website, was recorded in an old stable building during a self-described period of “extreme poverty.” A must for fans of Ariel Pink, John Maus, Gary War (duh), and other contemporary failure-pop masters. (Altered Zones co-premiere)

Martin Newell, “Gamma Ray Blue”

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Words: Daniel Gottlieb & Emilie Friedlander

Martin Newell’s Songs For A Fallow Land will be available via Fixed Identity on February 28th (limited to 500). A Nick Nicely LP is also in the works for March

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