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Recent Volar Press

So we've had some very kind folks cover some of our recent and upcoming releases in the past weeks, and we thought we'd take the chance to collect those here in one place.

First off, among our slate of upcoming releases, we've got Vol. 2 of the Strange Mutations 7" box set, ft. new records by Lenz, Fine Steps, Cosmonauts, and Teenage Burritos, whose "Danya" 7" you can read about over at Lo-Pie.  Fuzz Drench has a little post about the Cosmonauts 7" here.  More on this set soon enough, we assure you.  (Check out Vol. 1, ft. new 7"s by Eat Skull, Beaters, Audacity/Big Eyes, Stalins of Sound, and Far Corners here)

Lo-Pie's take on "Danya":
by on Mar 27, 2013

Teenage Burritos // Danya 7″
Volar Records
3.7/5 Pies
Recommended Track: Danya
Teenage Burritos is a band whose name confuses the hell out of me. Is it referring to teenagers who eat burritos or the types of burritos that teenagers prefer to eat or just really fucking old burritos? I say this because I’m equally confused about the tracks “Danya” and “Kamikaze”, off of the forthcoming 7” “Danya” (Volar Records).
My confusion comes not because of any inaccessibility on their end–it’s pretty straightforward stuff–or whether or not I like it (I really do). I think this single befuddles me because I’m not sure why I like it so much. There’s really nothing new going on here, but it’s absolutely infectious. The hooks are wonderful. It’s got the right amount of energy, well above the vocal and melodic detachment of similar sounds. It’s like they’re doing the same thing that many other bands have, but the particular configuration of these familiar elements adds up to something different. The guitar licks (deedle, deedle) are fun. The songs are about stuff The Okmoniks might have agreed with.
In the end, I need to stop thinking about this and just listen to it over and over and over again. It’s pretty great, logic be damned.

Everybody Taste also covers the original version of the great b-side to the TB 7", "Kamikaze", which you can find on their OOP s/t cassette on Burger Records.  The newly recorded version features additional backing vox and synth by our buddy Andreas of the great Swedish band Holograms.

Via Everybody Taste:
"Fantastically named San Diego band Teenage Burritos—who already have an out-of-print cassette via Burger Records—are set to put out their first 7" on Volar Records featuring A-side "Danya" and my current obsession, "Kamikaze," on the flip side. A frisky guitar line, snappy drumming, and an instantaneously addictive vocal lead dose this charismatic recorded-in-the-garage-fidelity nugget with a classic unglued from time sort of quality that has me hitting play over and over again. Dig into the tune below, and look out for the forthcoming wax from Volar as well as a future full-length due out on Burger/Volar."

The Unexcused also has some nice things to say about "Kamikaze" along with the proper recording of the track.

Via The Unexcused:
"I hereby dub the Teenage Burritos new track “Kamikaze” the official song of Spring 2013. While the Boston weather stubbornly sticks with a motif of Winter I’m looking forward with eyes set on baseball, cheap beer, & backyard cookouts. So by the power now vested in Teenage Burritos and their absolutely stellar new song “Kamikaze” – I politely say piss off Old Man Winter, your time has come.
“Kamikaze” will be available soon via 7″ through one of my favorite labels, Volar Records. Like them on FaceBook for further updates."

Impose Magazine is streaming the Soft Riot - No Longer Stranger LP here.  You can read what they have to say below.  (Soundcloud/Bandcamp/Digital Store)

By Alex Pitta » Getting strange with Soft Riot.

"Soft Riot is an appropriate name for this London based musical act. Deeply ominous and fervently brooding, Soft Riot's new LP No Longer Stranger is an electronic tour de force. Jack Duckworth, former Vancouverite and mastermind behind Soft Riot, is no rookie when it comes to compelling electronic music. No Longer Stranger is being released through San Diego's Volar Records and is available for purchase on the Volar Records site.

No Longer Stranger is a pulsing electronic black hole filled with riveting synths and walloping drums and bass. It could be the soundtrack to a fine mugging in a dimly lit Eastern European brick alley with neon graffiti and rats galore or perhaps, a delicious maggot, worm, and blood feast with Corey Feldman and Jason Patric in a dreary cave surrounded by bleach blonde mullets and feather earrings. No Longer Stranger is a dark musical surge you can't afford to miss.

Our friends at the great 20 Jazz Funk Greats also had some pretty interesting things to say about No Longer Stranger and share the track "A Simulation" (which I'm in the process of planning out a video for):

"In Faith of Our Fathers, Philip K. Dick imagines a conventionally nightmarish post-war Communist global order.  Then he introduces drugs.  Our hero, Chien, being fed anti-hallucinogens by a cabal of dissidents, is able to see God.  Who seems intent of fucking with him.

At the inception of all this, sitting at home, Chien freaks the fuck out watching their Glorious Leader via a form broadcast into his living room.  Suppressing the ambient hallucinogens in the water supply for the first time, the Leader is replaced by a metallic simulation.   All whirring, pointing squawking and generally upsetting the veneer of order in Chien’s proto-dissident life.

Soft Riot‘s attempt at capturing this moment via of the medium of EBM works eerily well.

A grand processional march for our Leader/Simulacrum’s TV show.  Clipped synths tower over some gated drums, though these synths sound slightly unfinished.  Decaying in a way that makes them the disconcerting, aural equivalent of  the Ryugyong Hotel*: looming and out of place.  This slight off-ness extends all the way through to Jack Duckworth’s words, which hang over the silences as well as the skittering drum machine."

Electronic Rumors also has some kind words about the album:

"Recently released, No Longer Stranger is the new record from London based Minimal Synth artist Soft Riot. No Longer Stranger was originally conceived at an EP, but expanded into an eight track mini-album for this release and serves as an interim before Soft Riot's next album proper, Fiction Prediction, due in a couple of months.

No Longer Stranger is a collection of moody, atmospheric tracks, driven by vintage machine beats and warbling arpeggios. Combining late 70s synthesizer cinema music (the kind of stuff in horror and Sci-Fi movies in the years just before the music the SynthWave scene adores kicked off) and the  metronome sparsity of early Cabaret Voltaire, with a little whispered Soft Cell sleaze, Soft Riot deliver something, not to make you move on the dancefloor, but to soundtrack your walk home after the club has shut, through dark city streets. Pulsating analog basses and white noise snares provide the basis for haunting, glowing melodies and Soft Riot’s enigmatic growl, from the Numanoid Your Secret Light Shines At Night to the acid nightmare SynthPop of Your Strange New Career via the dystopian psychedelic of Tragic Magic, No Longer Stranger isn’t always comfortable listening, but ultimately rewarding. Check out A Simulation, the album’s one dance tune, that works a little early Skinny Puppy and a hint of Electro Boogie into the mix."

Also, I Die You Die showed some love for Soft Riot's "Cinema Eyes" off the upcoming Fiction Prediction LP on Volar/Other Voices (more on that soon) as well as the soon-to-be-released London synth comp And You Will Find Them in the Basement on Desire Records."

Via I Die You Die:
Soft Riot, “Cinema Eyes”
"Paris label Desire Records’ And You Will Find Them In The Basement comp features an embarrassment of predominantly London-based synth wave riches: the dearly departed Linea Aspera, the dour duo Lebanon Hanover, and uh, the…darkly dreamy Mild Peril (sue me). Vancouverite transplant Jack Duckworth also makes an appearance via his Soft Riot project, and there’s some Prince and Duran Duran here beneath Duckworth’s on record love for Nitzer sequences."

Friend of the label (and Fine Steps main man) Julian Elorduy gave a glowing review of the Tropical Popsicle - Dawn of Delight LP here. (Soundcloud/Bandcamp/Digital Store)

Julian at Lo-Pie's review of Dawn of Delight:

Tropical Popsicle // Dawn of Delight
Volar Records
3.75/5 Pies
Recommended Track: Tethers
"Tropical Popscicle’s Dawn of Delight is a wonderful record. It has a pop sensibility and covers a wide variety of moods. From the doomy “Universe of God Shadow” to the almost sweet Barrett-esque folk of “The Omni-Present Heart Shield”, there is a multi-directional tinge to the entire record but the band maintains a consistent aesthetic, further developing their sound as a whole."
(read the rest at the link above)

TransWorld Surf also had some kind things to say:

Lastly, Surfing Mag ran a nice little interview and feature with Beaters back in January.  Check it out below.


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