Category Archives: Night Gallery

20jazzfunkgreats best of 2010: Those cracks in time

It was as if, glimpsed from the right angle, all of the attempts at categorisation had but cascaded into one. Moving the three lists back into their proper position temporarily solved this issue but the great list-master remained disturbed. For what could this mean, he thought. What were the semantic implications of this perilous discovery? Were the three lists secretly as one? What would the creators of the lists think of this? A year’s work, carefully separating and categorising reduced, by a tilt of the head, to a universal soup.

Darkstar – North. In the best possible sense, the synth-pop album of the year.

Echo Lake – In Dreams. Metronomic dream-pop for Black Lodge parties.

Echo Lake – In Dreams (posted May 20th)

Future Islands – In Evening Air. The house band for a desert plateau from which you can see only stars.

Future Islands – Inch Of Dust (posted May 13th)

Girl Unit – Wut.  Minimalist mirrorball-Bass. A torch song for the drop.

Girl Unit – Wut (New Post)

Guido – Anidea.  Soundtrack to lone walks through a metropolis you’re falling back in love with.  Until this ends…

Guido – Tantalized (New Post)

Hotel Mexico – Its Twinkle.  Teaching us how to love the guitar overdose once more.  Like falling on psychedelics.

Hotel Mexico- Its Twinkle (posted August 3rd)

James Blackshaw – All is Falling.  An album of serene beauty that performed a feat of alchemy by making travelling back from London at 3AM a pleasurable experience.

James Blackshaw – Part 4 (New Post)

Night Gallery – Constant Struggle.  In a world of (reanimated) Cold-Wave we nuzzle in the warm embrace of an anglo-centric synth-pop…that includes songs about child killers.  What darkness lurks in the heart of synthesisers?

Night Gallery – Real Normal (New Post)

No UFO’s – Soft Coast.  A cascade through the experimental heart of early dance music. A transmission picked up from the desert wastes of a future built on Kaotic Harmonies.

No UFO’s – 00/00/2010 (posted July 1st)

Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal.  Universally praised culmination of an epic journey of minimal synths into the night desert skies –  criss-crossed by star patterns that resemble a patch-chord diagram.  This is what happens when someone wires that up.

Oneohtrix Point Never – Where Does time Go (posted July 1st)

Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In.  “The metronome of this song swings with the circumference of a horizon beheld from high above, where the clouds glow with a tincture which is both the warmth of the sun, and the deep blue of the space above, it makes me wanna cry for everything we have forgotten”. – Florian

Solar Bears- Neon Colony (posted July 12th)

V/A – Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa.  Without a shadow of a doubt the compilation of the year.

Zinja Hlungwani – N’wagezani My Love (New Post)

Bonfire of the Galleries

Featuring : Night Gallery

Night Gallery is Adam Griffin and Aaron ‘Gatekeeper‘ David who together quietly released the album we’d hoped Silver Columns were going to, back in August. But it was late last year that their unnervingly catchy synth-pop track Mary Bell toured the blog circuit just prior to the Cold Wave tsunami breaking over internet-land.

Mary Bell was a 10 year old girl from Newcastle who was convicted of the sadistic murders of two toddlers in 1968. She spent the next twelve years in prison before being released in 1980. She had a daughter who was born in 1984 and who was unaware of her mother’s past until reports tracked down Mary Bell to South Norwood. In 2003, just before her daughter’s 18th birthday she went to court to permanently secure her daughter’s and her own anonymity. She succeeded.

Valis are from Chicago and they’re awesome.

The addition of a thumping Freestyle floor tom and snare track transforms Night Gallery’s original – Wendy Carlos vía some huge Sister Feelings Calls era Simple Minds.  An uptick in tempo, an arpegiated synth running in the background and this is shifted from the source material’s meditation on innocence into a mist wrapped slice of horror.  It’s left to a sweet, disarmingly direct vocal to suggest the children at the centre of the song while Valis inserts a snippet of documentary sound to complicate the shift into something more suited for dancefloors.

Night Gallery – Mary Bell (VALIS Remix)

Not sure there are any plans to release this but Night Gallery’s excellent debut (where you can hear the original, Mary Bell) is out on Rainbow Body Records.

A bit of advance notice for the readers of this blog that reside in Brighton: our lords and masters return to our seaside town as it descends into winter.  Come see them and you get see us dragged from our cellars and thrust in front of the bemused hordes.  This is next Friday.