Roy Moller : Playing Songs, No One’s Listening To (Beauty 017)

Comprising ten tracks recorded by Moller at his Singalong Junk home studio, Playing Songs, No One’s Listening To Roy Moller deftly demonstrates why Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, a regular Moller collaborator, describes the Edinburgh-born songwriter as “amazing – blessed with great talent, enthusiasm and concentration: most of all he’s a lot of fun to work with and be around”.

Roy grew up in Leith, before moving to Glasgow in his late teens. In 1994 he joined Meth O.D., playing guitar alongside former Golden Dawn frontman Rob Smith, creating a handful of e.p.s and albums much aired by the late John Peel.
In 2000, Moller became a founder member of instrumental guitar band the Wow Kafe, playing lead guitar on their Who Shall Apologise To The Emperor (described by the NME as “utterly ace”).

Roy Moller’s solo career commenced in 2003 with his Felicite Singles Club 45 Maximum Smile. A prolific songwriter, releasing material with The Company (Moller, Jackson and Astrid’s Gary Thom) Playing Songs.. is Moller’s first album since his acclaimed 2006 debut long-player, Speak When I’m Spoken To and the most vivid evidence yet of what MTV Brazil has described as a “gobsmacking talent for creating catchy melodies..his lyrics are filled with humour and sarcasm, natural elements of his personality.”

The celebratory side of Moller’s love/hate relationship with his adopted city of Glasgow informs opening track Byres Road Saturday which eulogises one of his favourite thoroughfares and the title of a German soft-rock compilation lp he spied in a nearby record store inspires closer Slow Rock Forever.

The freakbeat stylings on offer at revered Glasgow Art School club Divine form the backdrop to Wonder Understand while the Dylanesque Out Of Print draws lyrical inspiration from some of the less picturesque areas of the city.

My Skyscrapers combines shimmering Stax guitar and subaquatic references in which Jacques Costeau makes an appearance;You Did Ask gives a shout out to Alice Coltrane.

If You Knew Where To Look emerged obliquely from Moller’s scoring of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage for a student drama company with a touch of Truffaut thrown in : “In the garden’s a rose, the last one to stand. Took four hundred blows from the side of her hand.”

Downstate Update sees Moller updating his own past, building on an unreleased gem from his Meth O.D. era, taking it in the 21st century beat group direction which also underpins More Fool You. A 1962 book by Scots engine driver Norman McKillop about his travels on the Canadian Pacific Railway (Western Rail Trail) informs Rhythm From The Rails.

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Roy Moller
Playing Songs, No One’s Listening To
Beauty 017
$9.00 CDN
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Playing Songs No One's Listening To - Roy Moller

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Tribute to Television Personalities: Volume 3

“It is an idea that is both bonkers and admirable, as if the label is trying to make up for all the praise and recognition that the band has sadly missed out on over its 30 plus year existence.” Mark Rowlan,

Click here to find out the story so far on our ten volume set. Volume
three coming soon!

All Those Times We Spent Together
A Tribute to the Television Personalities: Vol 3
Beauty 020
$15.00 CDN
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Dot Dash : Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash (Beauty 019)

Dot Dash is a post punk pop band from Washington D.C.

spark>flame>ember>ash is their long-playing debut. It contains 14 songs and was recorded in three afternoons.
If this bio had one of those “RIYL/Recommended If You Like” sections, it might drop names like The Jam, Joy Division and The Byrds…

… Or perhaps it would bring up an apparent appreciation by Dot Dash for the ancient sounds of the Postcard, Whaam and early Creation labels…

But those kinds of judgments can really only be made by you, the listener.
As is often the case, Dot Dash has a whole “they are ex-members of” thing going on:
Guitarist/singer Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett were in punky power poppers Julie Ocean.

Before that, Terry was in a bunch of jangly guitar bands, including The Saturday People, Tree Fort Angst, Glo-Worm, and St. Christopher.

Guitarist Bill Crandall was in the mod/pop band Modest Proposal.

Drummer Danny Ingram began musical life in Dischord-label punks Youth Brigade before moving on to Strange Boutique and, later, U.K. guitar-wranglers Swervedriver.
Dot Dash plays shows, mostly around D.C., but occasionally out of town, whenever they can. In the recent past they’ve opened for Urge Overkill, The Godfathers, The Trash Can Sinatras, and The Capstan Shafts, among others.

So that’s it: 14 songs, recorded expeditiously, and released by The Beautiful Music. You be the judge.

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Dot Dash
Beauty 019
$9.00 CDN
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The Empiricals Never Cease To Impress

After missing countless opportunities to see The Empiricals live, and hearing friends rave about their live shows, and even going to shows where they were the opening act and arriving too late, I finally got to see them live at the opening night of the Ottawa Bluesfest, on Tuesday July 6th, and they were simply unbelievably amazing.

Paul Hogan plays his guitar with the precision of a highly trained brain surgeon (but having a lot more fun, I’m sure) and can create sounds from his guitar that many can only dream of, and bringing back memories of The Ventures meet The Tiki Tones with some Sterophonic Space Sound and Huntington Cads thrown in for good measure.

 The Flaps vs The Empiricals @ Bluefest by blurasis. 

(the pictures were borrowed from here – )

Mike Dubue, is also an extremely talented musician and multi-instrumentalist, who has quite an ear for music and I’m sure could be big time music composer like Ennio Morricone or Peter Thomas (he has actually done scores for movies and works with the The Mayfair Theatre Orchestra recreating old film soundtracks) and on top of that is a pleasure to watch as he is always on the move.

The Flaps vs The Empiricals @ Bluefest by blurasis.

Phil Bova is quite the exceptional drummer and knows how to fill in the sounds at just the right moment. He is an extremely talented musician who has assisted countless Ottawa bands, through the years, not to mention his ear for capturing just the right sound in the studio (We have our very own Liam Watson).

I have to admit, I know even less about their fourth member, who I think was Daniel Sauve (at least Dan has played with them on earlier shows that I missed) or Damian Sawka (Who also plays in Ukrainia) – but here is a picture and I am sure someone will set me straight. (Sorry!)

The Flaps vs The Empiricals @ Bluefest by blurasis.

The Empiricals are easily one of the most talented bands in Ottawa, and possibly even the Country, and I say this having only seen them perform 2 songs as part of the duel to the finish with The Flaps (The Flaps were also amazing but since this is about The Empiricals, they will need to wait for another post, in the meantime you can pick up The Flaps mighty fine debut on Kelp Records and ask for a copy of Kelp 16 which is also very impressive – sorry I am getting sidetracked – but before I get back on track I should also mention that there is a link to these 2 bands, that goes back some time, to another great Ottawa band Polaris in which both Pat Lawler and Paul Hogan both played in – now back to the program). I realize that instrumental music is not everyone’s cup of tea, but these lads make it interesting and intriguing as they draw on a wide diversity of sounds, whether it’s Oriental soundtracks or Indian spy movies, Joe Meek’s 1960’s surf instrumentals and even beach party B-movies, for their influence they sound quite original and yet strangely familiar at the same time.

The Empiricals are band that I have a great fondness and respect for and in many ways are a band who have helped inspire our very first International POP compilation “Into The Jetstream of Pop” (Beauty 004). When I first heard their self released 4 track CDEP, I loved it so much I wanted to help in some small way to spread the word about them and so after speaking with Paul and Mike it was arranged that their exceptional track “Seven And A Half Stars” would be the intro to that compilation (some of the same band members also appear with the HiLo Trons track which was also on that compilation) and so it all started.

I have wanted for some time to see if they would be interested in releasing more songs on our label and if I could only find some more time, maybe encourage them to release an EP or an album (if Kelp Records is not already doing that), but in the meantime they have agreed and will be featured on our instrumental compilation – The Many Moods Of Beauty, which has been in the works for about 3 or 4 years and is yet to be released (hoping for later this year).

The members of this very talented band have also had links to many Ottawa bands and musicians, which I will not even begin to start mentioning as I don’t know the half of it (Ok ok, maybe I will mention a few The Acorn, Ukrania, Kepler, Boycrusher, The Hammerheads, Clark, Bande Senore, The Holger Schoorl Trio and Polaris which I already mentioned, but the list goes on), but I will also say that several of our releases have featured the talents of Mike Dubue and Phil Bova as they have played on various Nick Danger and Social Icons releases. I should also mention that Phil has done the mastering on almost all our releases.

It is a shame that The Empiricals don’t actually have many releases, if any actually easily available (I know they self-released an 4 track EP and an album “Golden Beat” a few years back, but try and find a copy – I recently got a request to help someone find a copy of their EP, which is now quite rare), and search for information on them and you will not likely find very much. So as you can see I have had their music circling around my world and in my head for many years and they are long overdue to have a proper release of their own so their wonderful sound can spin circles and figure eights in your world.

Songs About the Weather – Armstrong

Songs About the Weather - Armstrong

Songs About the Weather – Armstrong

Can Pop music get any better than this? This is a collection of Perfect Heavenly Pop songs, that would make the ideal soundtrack for this summer……Pop has not sounded like this in years, bringing back the fond memories of Early Aztec Camera or The Pale Fountains, or if you go back further Chad and Jeremy. There are also traces of the Trash Can Sinatras, The Pearlfishers, Prefab Sprout, Lloyd Cole, Swan Dive, The Dream Academy, The Zombies, The Searchers, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and more – what a blend of influences” -Wally.

This is a collection of Perfect Heavenly Pop songs, that would make the ideal soundtrack for this summer, wether it’s laying in the tall grass on a sunny afternoon and “Sunshine Feeling” filling the air or maybe sitting on the edge of the dock, with your feet dangling in the warm, shimmering water listening to “Picture Of The Bay”. Perhaps walking in the warm “Summer Rain” is more your cup of tea then these tunes are certainly ones you will want to absorb.


1 Break It In Two 3:25
2 Sunshine Feeling 3:23
3 Perhaps It’s Time We Said Goodbye 4:01
4 Sway 4:23
5 Picture Of The Bay 4:25
6 Summer Rain 4:56
7 Rainfall 4:15
8 Got To Carry On 3:13
9 Afraid Of The Dark 3:43
10 Drowning In Self Belief 5:09
11 On Gellert Hill 4:27
12 Wonderful World 4:33

Songs About the Weather
Beauty 014 In Stock
$11.00 CDN

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