‘Illumination’ the long-awaited new LP by Kevin Purdy has finally arrived on our shores. This beautiful 140gm vinyl lovely is loud and very good-looking. Kevin has stripped back his multi-layered production style, creating an album of deep and rich textural sound voyages. Focusing on his Ebo guitar and synth work, often heard floating around on Tooth and Purdy releases, Kevin has created a wonderous collection of ambient, minimal dub and improvised works. This is essentially a Kevin Purdy solo LP, excepting the last track, ‘Cloud Shadows on Hill’ which features a vocal performance by the legendary Amanda Stewart (Poet, performer: Machines For Making Sense, Metalog, etc).
You can order the LP here or through Bandcamp, where you can alternatively download the album if you wish.You can also get yourself a copy of ‘Illumination’ in Sydney at Title Music, Egg Records and Red Eye Records, in Melbourne it’s available at Round and Round Records in Brunswick. There will be stock in other states soon. All LPs come with a free download card and a specially made sticker.
‘Illumination’ the latest album by Kevin Purdy has just left the King Willy Sound mastering lab and is sounding damn fine.
This album has Purdy stripping back his sound to its minimal essence, focusing on creating a series of beautifully dark ambient landscapes. As this album is somewhat of a departure from his previous Purdy releases, he will be using his full name.
Illumination will be out early 2012 (alien invasion or apocalypse withstanding), as a limited vinyl LP release, which will also contain a download code for Bandcamp .
Purdy and his wonderful 5 peice band are returning to the Red Rattler in Marrickville for another night of musical wonders on Saturday 21st of May. After searching high and low for other suitable venues in Sydney, apart from the RR, for gigs, we decided “Bugger It” let’s just just stay where the love is. So Purdy is returning to the Red Rattler, with support by Melodie Nelson, plus the eminent Sir Robbo on the decks. This is definitely one show to put in your diary.
And just a reminder that the Purdy and Tooth catalogue is now up on Bandcamp. Which is great as it means you can now download the albums at a much nicer price than iTunes and co. in any format you wish. You can also buy CDs direct from there or by clicking on the Buy Now button on this page.
We will be putting some nice rarities from the Soft Records vaults up on BandCamp in the very near future.
Check out the newly created Pictures and Reviews pages that have been added to this blog.
The ‘Deviant Nature’ launch at the Red Rattler was an extraordinarily beautiful night, with Purdy and his band joyfully re-interpreting the album, delighting the delightful audience with handfuls of sonic bliss. Sir Robbo and Lars Chresta supplied perfect DJ sets to compliment the night, with pulsings of the Velvets, Stereolab, Krautrock and pure pop rockin’ the happy listeners. Much thanks to the Red Rattler for providing the perfect venue.
Unfortunately our second gig fot the year at Raval has been cancelled. We’ll update you with future gig info as it comes to hand.
The Purdy album catalogue is now available for download on Band Camp, including his 1st solo album ‘Kevolution’, which has been unavailable for around 8 years. These are all available as full wave files, down to mini MP3 things.
2011 has begun beautifully for us here at Soft Records. Following on from the boon of having Deviant Nature, Album Of The Week on FBi and 2SER, the album has been a Top 20, a Top Pick, it’s been playlisted and highly praised from radio around the country.
4ZZZ had this to say: “Having already been made feature album across a number of stations I thought we better pay more attention to the strangely psychedelic sounds floating out of Kevin Purdy’s corner of the world. Unsurprisingly it was well worth the effort. From cute slices of psych-pop to full blown prog epics, Deviant Nature is intricately detailed and lushly executed. In a time where a lot of mind-bending music gets put out, and a lot of it is very good, Purdy is some of the best”
Tim Ritchie announced on his program Sound Quality, “I’m pleased to say, this is a winner, I think it’s a winner record”
Paul Gough of Radio National’s Quiet Space and FBi’s Paul’s Playlunch voted the album #2 in his Top 20 for 2010.
On top of that Purdy has appeared on the Sound Lab on Triple J and the Night Air Live, with Brent Clough on Radio National, as well as a recieving fine review in Spectrum by Bernard Zuel, and it’s only been out for a matter of weeks.
Coming up we have the Deviant Nature Album Launch at the Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, on the 18th of February.
This gig features a 5 piece band plus guests, reproducing a live version of the album plus sets by DJ mates Sir Robbo and Lars Cresta.
The door fee will be $18 / $15
Purdy will be appearing on FBi with Stephen Ferris and 2SER on the Band Next Door the week before the show, tune in for giveaways.
And even more news, a second show for the year will be at Raval, at the Macquarie Hotel, Wentworth Ave Surry Hills on wednesday the 23rd of March.
The Purdy band with be accompanied by a performance by the Maple Trail, plus DJ buddies.
Just a reminder that Deviant Nature (SOFT007) is available to buy direct via paypal on this blog, as well as through Waterfront Records, Red Eye and Missing Link.
You can also buy the album in Sydney from Red Eye Records, Title, So Music, Egg Records and Repressed Records, In Melbourne you can go to Missing Link and Greville St Records.
The album and tracks can be downloaded through iTunes, Amazon and many other suppliers.
Purdy (the band) is performing live for the 1st time in 5 years at Red Rattler, 6 Faversham Street Marrickville, on the 18th of February. The Purdy band will consist of several musician buddies who feature on ‘Deviant Nature’, Alex Crowfoot (ollo), Christian Houllemare (Happy Hate Me Nots / New Christs), Rory Toomey (Metabass n Breath / Simon Carter) and singer songwriter Donna Amini. The launch will also feature cameos by guest artists such as Niveen Abdelatty on trumpet and more, to be confirmed. There will also be a host of DJ buddies, including Sir Robbo and Lars Cresta, plus suprises to make it a great night. Hoping to see you there
Our album of the week is the 3rd album from Sydney producer Purdy, titled Deviant Nature. Produced and recorded by Purdy, he delivers cinematic, downbeat, electronic pop, this time with vocals from Ollo’s Alex Crowfoot and singer/ songwriter Donna Amini. Sure, he made us wait 5 years since his last album Fairytale Insurance but when you make soundtracks this good to movies that don’t exist we’ll forgive the delay and welcome Purdy back with open arms…..as our Album of the Week on FBi.