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SISSY SPACE ECHO & THE INVISIBLE COLLABORATORS The Day the Earth Caught Fire 7" (Old Bad Habits Label)
The Day the Earth Caught Fire brings together punk, post-punk and synthpop with apocalyptic sci-fi lyrics, coming across something like a darker, spikier version of 80s/90s sci-fi pop band Stormclouds. The intro to They'll Fix You (They Fix Everything) may lead the listener to expect a more subdued and melancholic number, with its atmospheric soundscaping, mournful wordless vocals and retro synth bleepage, but this soon gives way to a powerful mix of effervescent pop, rock 'n' roll riffs and punk energy. The band effectively juxtapose bleakness with a playful sense of fun. Another winner from the great Old Bad Habits Label! The single is pressed on silver vinyl, with inserts and sticker, and limited to 150 copies, with only a handful remaining at the time of writing. Available at oldbadhabitslabel.bandcamp.com

DREIHASENBILD Verikuu Sulkavan Yli 7" (Wet Barbed Wire)
Second single from Dreihasenbild, the solo project of Stefan Keydel of The Victor Mourning. Verikuu Sulkavan Yli is a jaw-droppingly beautiful composition inspired by the scene depicted on the cover, a blood moon casting dappled light over a Finnish lake. An eerily repeating keyboard melody with a music box-like tone, mournful violin, and vocal sections informed by folk and choral music are combined to create a deeply moving listening experience. Over on the B-side there is After the Madness, a cinematic drone piece simultaneously evoking tension and calm, underlaid with crackly found sounds like boots trudging through snow. A continually recommended artist, whose drone pieces have depth and genuine atmosphere, and whose neoclassical pieces are truly in a league of their own. Available at dreihasenbild.bandcamp.com

PERSONA Old Man, Young Woman lathe cut 7" (Sonido Polifonico)
Ultra-limited lathe cut 7" from Persona, the Sheffield duo of Raquel Vogl and Claire Williams. The four songs here are genuinely sinister, with harrowing lyrics dealing with abuse, stalking, isolation and fear, within a stark musical setting that puts an inventive spin on post-punk and DIY pop. There's the experimental art-pop of Old Man, Young Woman, pairing noisy guitar with eerie riffs that conjure images of clockwork machinery; Chauv with its hypnotic repetitive chug atmospherically overlaid with rattly sound effects and lyrics of terror sung so sweetly; the bleak post-punk of When a Woman Lives Alone; and Beneath My Screen, off-centre lo-fi noisepop that takes me back to my days in the 1990s DIY tapes scene. The single comes with all the extras you'd expect from Sonido Polifonico: two badges and a Bev Seth ceramic crow token with Jackson Pollock-inspired paint splodges in a hand-stamped envelope, a photographic art insert, and a lyric sheet printed on tracing paper, all packaged within a cardboard box. Limited to just 57 copies, only 5 left at the time of writing. Find out more at www.sonidopolifonico.co.uk

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