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Electric Eyes

Electric Eyes

AHE-17 VIRGINIA PLAIN - Electric Eyes b/w Swamp Thing - 7": $5
The Electric Eyes single is the debut recording from the "tech-noir" group, Virginia Plain, fronted by Alfra Martini with support from Fono Luxe members: Justin Miller, Christian Reinhardsen and Robert Boston. The A side, "Electric Eyes", is a classic song sharing musical ties with synth pop pioneers OMD and the 50's crooner vocal stylings of Bryan Ferry.  The song kicks off with Martini's voice gliding over bumping synth bass and 808 drum claps bringing to mind the melancholic pop sound of classic '80's hits like Q Lazzurus' "Goodbye Horses".  Side B’s "Swamp Thing" is the shadowy twin to the bright faced "Electric Eyes".  With it's relentless Sisters of Mercy style beat and minor key synth lines the atmosphere turns from dreamy to sinister.

Where All The Little Songs Go When They Die

Where All The Little Songs Go When They Die

LIMITED NUMBER OF LP's NOW BACK IN STOCK!
AHE-05 PRUDENCE TEACUP - Where All The Little Songs Go When They Die - LP: $15 / CDR: $7
The debut album by Prudence Teacup is a song cycle rather than a traditional album. With over 18 songs on the album the music moves as one piece. It's a scrapbook of song poems, field recordings, lullabies, and bedroom anthems all lovingly recorded and produced by Alfra Martini. Somewhere between the primitive explorations of Ariel Pink and the dreamy cabaret music of Julee Cruz, Prudence Teacup is a startling original voice who walks a tight rope between vintage song stylings and modern sound collage. This limited edition LP or CD comes with an illustrated lyric book.

Virginia Plain

Virginia Plain

Virginia Plain is the new pop project by Alfra Martini, Justin Miller, Christian Reinhardsen, and Robert Boston, a group that incorporates cabaret inspired vocals, cyber punk style synth-scapes and electronic percussion into a classic pop template. Conceived as an outlet for the music Martini began writing after her last project Prudence Teacup went on hiatus, Martini recruited members of the ambient improv group Fono Luxe as collaborators to expand on her newfound sound. Mining similar territory as OMD, The Eurythmics and late period Roxy Music, Virginia Plain creates mood music for slow dances and futuristic night clubs.

Prudence Teacup

Prudence Teacup

Prudence Teacup, aka Alfra Martini, writes lullabies for heroes and sinners. She has been called a “reluctant chanteuse” as she often avoids the stage, preferring the quiet hermitage of a cramped room. Her music weaves antique melodies within electronic soundscapes. There is a genuine playfulness in the way she arranges her songs. The music isn't labored over but rather laid out in a broad expressionistic style. Primitively plucked classical guitars ring out over layers of percussion and midi-instruments. Ghostly sounds envelope her voice, which she expertly layers with splendidly odd harmonies. Fall and redemption, venom and balm, myth and truth all collide in the hiss of her homespun recordings.