CAT no: AMP119DD / AMP119V – a co-release with Howlin Banana, Paris, available digitally and on vinyl.
Ample Play would like to introduce The Soap Opera. Always the different kids of Western France, comprising of members of Sudden Death of Stars and the Spadassins, they consist of a cape crusading poet, a secondhand bookseller, a bespectacled engineer and a level-headed drummer.
The result is great indie pop reminiscent of Arthur Lee‘s Love of the 1960s and the C86 sound of the 80s, with touches of the Brazilian Tropical in places.
The band have known each other as friends for years, hanging out at the same gigs for years and dealing with each other’s eccentricities. This album is like listening to a young Orange Juice, quaint, poetic, slightly sad, yet moving forward and uplifting. Here is a group who aren’t afraid to make hip shaking pop songs either.
Video directed & filmed by Phil Miller.
The best Cumbrian folk music ever made.
Masaki returns to the ample play records village with an instrumental album in hand, inspired by the animal characters of the Grimms tale ‘The Musicians of Bremen’. Bremen Soundtrack is playing in a village hall near you from 14th of July.
Handcrafted, each short track is like a miniature painting, taking you between dale and down stream with a bird’s eye view of what agricultural implements can be turned into instruments. These earth tones result in the best Cumbrian folk music ever made, and it happens to be by a shy multi-instrumentalist from South Japan.
Raise your jugs please, in the mode of the olde tradition, for tomorrow we work the fields.
Side A 1. Donkey’s Fanfare 2. Quiet Dog 3. Cat Command
Side B 4. Niwatori 5. Thief’s Thema 6. Strategy 7. Bansan
Summertime Spotify Playlist. Music Playlist.
An Ample PlayList – Halloween Playlist
Koolkeith Pumpkin Head
Mudhoney – Halloween
The Kinks – Autumn Almanach
The Young Sinclairs – Between the Summer and the Fall
Brigitte Bardot – La Madrague
Marc Bolan – Cat Black
Black Sabbath – Children of the Grave
The Sonics – The Witch
Bewitched TV Theme
Jack Lewis – Library Ghosts
New York Dolls – Frankenstein
Link Wray – Jack The Ripper
Matsuki Ayumu – Ether Rocket No9
Yokan System – Sea Moon
Ramones – Pet Semetary
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
Rodeo Massacre & Cornershop – Zombies The Year of Infection
Witch – Like a Chicken
Suicide – Ghost Riders
R. Dean Taylor – There’s a Ghost in My House
Prince Buster – Ghost Dance
Paula Frazer – Like a Ghost We Met by the Love-Lies Bleeding
Jeffrey Lewis – Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror
Masaki Hanakata – Owl
Cornershop & Izzy Lindqwister – Who’s Gonna Lite It Up
Cornershop – Candyman
Cornershop cover Shirley & Lee:
An upbeat song to celebrate the festive end of year.
‘Let The Good Time Roll’
Release date: 4/12/2015 – CAT No: AMPLA114DD – BUY VIA OUR ONLINE SHOP
Three is the festive number. 3 tracks from Masaki Hanakata, which if you did not get his album earlier in the year, go some way to showing his way out genius.
Masaki is a multi-instrumentalist from Kōchi, Japan. He released his brilliant debut LP ‘Lentment’ on Ample Play in July. Here he is in a festive mood with an instrumental version of ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ with the simple school recorders and some Scottish pipes – indie has never sounded so indie. ‘Tum Tum’ is taken from ‘Lentment’ a song which sounds almost like a nursery rhyme & showcases his sound beautifully. Band the big bass drum. ‘Draw’ is an under a minute instrumental jewel.
Cat # 113DD – Ample Play Records – Release date: 4/12/2015
Tracklist: 1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing 2. Tum Tum 3. Draw
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An AMPLE PLAY RECORDS double A bill: 2 of the best psych bands from the continent, one of the best double bill you will see all year & the perfect antidote for these anti-European feelings. Music wins. SUDDEN DEATH OF STARS & BED RUGS
Ample Play Records was set up in 2009 by avid record collectors Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres from the legendary UK band Cornershop. Over the last three years, they started working with other bands & labels such as Burger Records and Trouble in Mind. Ample Play has been propelled by enthusiastic word of mouth from record buyers & and music lovers of discerning taste.
This series of shows celebrates the label & its roster.
Sudden Death of Stars & Bed Rugs double A bill
06/03/2014 Old Blue Last, London with Ben Ayres DJ
07/03/2014 Doghouse, Halifax with Ben Ayres DJ
08/03/2014 The Ferret, Preston
13/03/2014 Beursschouwburg, Brussels with Ben Ayres DJ
14/03/2014 Espace B, Paris
15/03/2014 1988 Live Club, Rennes
SUDDEN DEATH OF STARS
From medieval city Rennes, Sudden Death of Stars sound like monks playing The Velvet Underground. Formed in 2010, they were complete as a band when they found the only sitarist west of Paris. Appearing at Liverpool Psych Fest next September.
James Endeacott A&R guru says: “garage, Nuggets, mushroom tea and a head full of dreams – heaven.”
New album ‘All Unrevealed Parts of the Unknown’ out 10th March.
Taking their name from the Big Lebowski, Bed Rugs Antwerp are the children of McCartney and Cobain, with a great epic psych sound, filed in the same catalogue as Tame Impala, Deerhunter, or Jagwar Mar.
debut full length album ‘8th Cloud’ out 31 March. They’ve played with Sebadoh, Jacco Gardner and many others.
Christmas comes but once a year which is why we’ve given you two festive tracks in one single, by two bands we’ve been working with this year. We’re giving you two down to earth independent crown heights songs:
A. The Sudden of Stars ‘What is Winter Good For?’ “Brittany has a temperate oceanic climate. The weather in this region makes it too mild for snow to fall, and that is why we often wish for the snowman to come.
AA. Beat Mark ‘Christmas Blossom’ “A Christmas track that follows in the steps of the great tradition of 60s Christmas songs with sleighbells and naïve melodies with voices together on the chorus, like a choir.”
The Smoking Trees I ‘Acetates’ I 6 May 2013
The LA duo took part in the Singhles Club with ‘Merry Go Maggie’ and we’re now pleased to release ‘Acetates’, a slab of sunshiny psychedelia & garage.
“The 21 tracks here encompass folk, psych, sitars, backwards guitar solos, hip hop…weird and brilliantly so.” NME
Bed Rugs I ‘Rapids’ I 13 May 2013
4 young Belgians filed in the same catalogue as Tame Impala, Deerhunter, The Paperhead and The Sufis. Six tracks mixed by Paul Butler (from The Bees, producer for Devendra Banhart & Michael Kiwanuka), who sums it up: ‘this band are on point, the concept of psychedelia rubbing together with glorious song craft was very appealing for us to work on.’
The Sudden Death of Stars I ‘Getting Up, Going Down’ I 10 June 2013
They make us think of Fairport Convention, The Byrds and The Velvet Underground. A surprise treasure chest of an album from the musicale city of Rennes.