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The Left Outsides - The Shape Of The Things To Come

by Cardinal Fuzz Shop

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    Cardinal Fuzz and Feeding Tube Records are proud to bring to you a Re-Issue of The Left Outsides LP - “The Shape Of Things To Come”. Originally released in 2015 on the Dawn Bird label on vinyl and on CD via Xemu, with the Vinyl edition been long out of print and hard to find.
    The Left Outsides, Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton are a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico’s icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn.  The Shape of Things to Come is mixed by Martin Noble of British Sea Power and Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis. Thirteen tracks with a new direction but also a common thread that goes back to The Left Outsides haunted, fragile 2008 debut album, And Colours In Between, their live album of the same year, Live At The Drop Out, and their experimental soundtrack for Gus Alvarez’s film Stand & Deliver in 2009. 
    The songs include modern-day murder ballads, 60s beat psychedelia and outsider folk, with music and lyrics inspired by memories, dreams and Gregorian chants. 
    The Shape of Things to Come sees the Left Outsides expand and deepen their sound with textured layers and experimental guitar creating an unnerving off-kilter edge. 
    Before The Left Outsides, Mark and Alison were members of the psych folk group The Eighteenth Day of May. Previous to this, Alison was also in John Peel favourites Saloon and Mark in acid expressionists Of Arrowe Hill. 
    Since forming, The Left Outsides have gathered fans far and wide, playing across the UK, France, Germany and in the USA on their own, and supporting kindred spirits. In May of this year, they will support Robyn Hitchcock on tour in the UK to help promote their forthcoming new LP - ‘All That Remains’. 

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    UK TOUR 2018
    14 April - The Eagle, Salford
    Supporting Robyn Hitchcock -
    22nd - Hull ( FRüIT)
    23rd - Liverpool (Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room)
    24th - Glasgow (Òran Mór) 25th - Sheffield (The HUBS, Sheffield) 29th - Newton Abbott (Kinkerswell Parish Church) 30th - Southampton (The Brook)

    They’ve recorded radio sessions for Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone and Tom Robinson’s BBC6 Music show and, in 2015 they were Pete Paphides’ first ever  guests to perform on his new radio show for Soho Radio. The band have frequently appeared playing their songs at the book readings of acclaimed author Tom Cox.  


    “Woozily narcotic of tempo and bathed in reverb, minor chord-heavy songs…glide by in a melancholy swoon....there's a bewitching aura of moonlight dappled languor”
    Mojo (****)

    “Packed with atmospheric, gentle psychedelic folk…this is a delicate and sublime mix of swooning melodies and haunting, intelligent arrangements”
    Shindig! (****)

    “Quite frankly an astonishing accomplishment and easily stands already as a high musical watermark of 2015.....This is an album of rare quality, immediacy and maturity; quite simply The Left Outsides are arguably one of these island’s most crucial current folk outfits and one which is both assertively and effectively spearheading the taking forward of both the psyche and wyrd aspects of this genre.....Rarely does an album appear that feels as much like a fully formed classic recording that is assured of its place in the hearts of listeners twenty years from now”
    The Active Listener

    “It’s dark yet playful; “quintessentially English” yet worldly and well- travelled as if part acid folk with hints of portentous balladry and filmic imagery as viewed through a gypsy campfire and all thoroughly delightful”
    Terrascope (album of the month)

    "Its ethereal folk and dreamy psychedelic songs have the power to hypnotise. Heartfelt, introspective Englishness has never sounded so good".

    "‘The Shape Of Things To Come’ is a more complex album than you may give it credit for on first listen. Gentle ballads paint pictures of a summer days but as the album unfolds, there comes with it a sense of foreboding. As each song develops it reveals an elaborate web of musical flourishes that lift it above their often over twee contemporaries."
    Optical Sounds

    "That Cotton’s viola is a lead player throughout much of the conspiracy is no surprise – there are few instruments that share its left field shadow, no matter who happens to be wielding it. But draw it out of the same kind of corners that John Cale used to inhabit on Nico’s early albums, and you welcome in the Left Outsides, firmly in the knowledge that they won’t be leaving again".
    Goldmine Mag

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Left Outsides - The Shape Of The Things To Come via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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released February 26, 2018


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