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Rad Releases 20 – Simon Gore

December 18, 2020

Rad Releases 20 – Simon Gore

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.

This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Pic by Kenneth Korstad Langås

Next up, we hand over to one of our most loved artists Simon Gore. Simon’s work ethic each year just blows us away, he never stops. The artist continues to build bridges in his music community, assist in mixing and re-scoring masterpieces. Back in January of this year, Simon released ‘For Eliane’, a 18-minute microtonal piece in tribute to Electronic music composer Éliane Radigue, who celebrated her 88th birthday on 24th January. The release was backed by the wonderful October Tone Records and is one of our most cherished releases of the year. The release itself was due to be put out onto vinyl and tragically got delayed when the quality of the vinyl was reviewed and instantly rejected, not something any record enthusiast wants to face. Simon is on a mission to expose the poor service he received and has been campaigning to let other musicians choose wisely when it comes to pressing their records.

In March to celebrate our 11th Birthday we released a special free compilation which featured a previously unheard track from Simon, titled ‘Movement 6’ featuring Andre Drage. Alongside this, we’ve had the pleasure of hearing some upcoming work from Simon and we are excited! We hand over to find out Simon’s most-loved records of 2020….

Top 5 Rad Releases from ‘the year of waiting’:

Göttemia – Decadence.

Man, I fucking love (and miss) these redneck badasses. One of the coolest bass sounds I have ever heard. Pure, raw, honest, ‘fucks neutral’ attitude that so much of today’s music is lacking. Vegan Dogs is my track of the year.

Sarah Davachi – Figures in Open Air.

Davachi is a regular in my Rad Releases now. Earlier this year I thought to myself, “hmm, I wonder what Sarah Davachi has put out this year… oh look, 5 fucking albums, no surprise.” This is some of her best work so far and a worthy documentation of her live performance.

Lasse Marhaug – April 1st 2020

Pure “Marhaug Magic”, as his wizardry became known between us. Time works differently for Lasse. Unlike the rest of us who generally live throughout 24-hour days with 6 to 12 hours sleep, Lasse seems to find like 40 fucking hours in each day, based on his never-slowing workflow. Legend has it he’s immune to exhaustion. Expect nothing less than the sheer, consistently flawless quality he’s known for. This man has shaped the identity of noise music with a terrifying splendour his fans have become accustomed to. This album is no exception; it’s “pure gold”. I miss this cat.

KEYS – Home Schooling

Beautiful, intriguing, lofi glory. Black Mountain esq contemporary song writing with homage hints of anachronism. Absolutely humble, genuine and honest. The most eye-opening record for production in a long time for me.

The Kills – Little Bastards

So (it’s not officially out until the 11th of December), but I know most of the material from it already as I’ve been religiously following this band since my mid teens. An amazing compilation of underrated and underexposed material. Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart are still some of the most interesting people in music today.

Best gig(s):

Petter Flatten Eilertsen at Sinsen Sentral, Oslo.

Tip The Scales at Kafé Hærverk, Oslo.

Best gig played:

Dans for Voksne at Sinsen Sentral, Oslo – thanks to Harald Fetveit for the booking.

The record(s) that have got me through this year:

Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime

Snöras – Plague Waters

Birds in Row – We Already Lost the World

Gouge Away – Burnt Sugar

JR Ewing – The Perfect Drama

Fugazi – In on the Kill Taker

Super Unison – Stella

Masa Circles – EP01

Phillip Glass – Glassworks

Arvo Pärt – Organ and Choral Music

Tip the Scales – Tip the Scales

John Luther Adams – Become Desert

How have you adapted this year?

Well, going from having a music studio in Norway, to an unplugged electric guitar in the UK has been both a tough battle and a mild blessing in disguise. Were it not for my dear friend, Jack Rees, taking pity on me and posting me an interface and some mics, I’d probably have become the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2 by now. Since the summer, I’ve opted out of digital bureaucracy and taken the first step to becoming a fully blown analogue crusader. It’s the only direction I’m going in now.

Best discoveries this year:

Seeing a Pallas cat!

The dbx500 subharmonic enhancer (Thanks, Espen Ursin).

The Fulltone OCD (Thanks, Oli Montez).

The Tascam Portastudio 414 mkII (Thanks, Matt Lovett).

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross (thanks Circuit Sweet… I think). It only took me about 5 years to get around to reading this.

‘That” snare sound (Thanks, Josh Lamdin/the Portastudio).

My yamadori dawn redwood bonsai.

Standout moment of the last 10 years:

Achieving freedom, happiness, and contentment – my childhood ambition; something I would not compromise for anything.

Standout record of the last 10 years:

Do You Love Melena – Marathon

Artist/band to look out for:

Finella Lorch

Plans for the New Year:

Probably a new website domain, as my provider is shite and too expensive.

Making up for the lost momentum of 2020.

Continuing to expose Interpress Vinyl, who fucked me out of €1200+ this year.

A new project with old faces – watch this space…

Thank you Simon, you continue to leave us in awe and we can’t wait to hear more from this new project.

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