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Various Artists – Sky Girl

Various Artists
Sky Girl
Style: Folk, Pop Rock
Label: Efficient Space
Catalog Number: ES002
Released: 2016
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Very rarely does a compilation come along that’s as memorable and impressionable as Julien Dechery & DJ Sundae’s mixtape masterpiece Sky Girl. Compiled by the French selectors in 2013 and initially released on CD for the now defunct Paris based concept store Collette, the compilation had its second and largest breath of life in 2016 via the vinyl reissue produced by Australian label Efficient Space. Described perfectly by the label as “a deeply melancholic and sentimental journey through folk-pop, new wave”, the duo explore three decades of outsider private press music spanning 1961-1991 throughout the compilation’s 15 tracks with all artists being mostly unknown names at the time of release. Aside from the obscurity and general scarcity of the records featured, there’s no common theme or genre defining the release. Despite this lack of restriction, the songs magically come together and allow the listener to soundtrack their own image of the mysterious “Sky Girl.”

– Jonny Mons

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Tags: Compilation / Essential Listening / New Wave / Obscure / Private Press / Vocal
Tracklist:

A1. Linda Smith – I So Liked Spring
A2. Karen Marks – Cold Café
A3. Bruce Langhorne – Leaving Del Norte
A4. The Seraphims – Consciousness Of Happening
B1. Gary Davenport – Sarra
B2. Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadians – Feeling Sheepish
B3. The Rising Storm – Frozen Laughter
C1. Warfield Spillers – Daddy’s Little Girl
C2. Joyce Heath – I Wouldn’t Dream Of It
C3. Joe Tossini And Friends – Wild Dream
C4. Scott Seskind – I Remember
D1. Angel – Driving (Down)
D2. Nini Raviolette and Hugo Weris – Slow
D3. Nora Guthrie – Home Before Dark
D4. Once – Joanna

Credits:

Artwork – Misha Hollenbach
Compiled By – DJ Sundae, Julien Dechery
Design – Steele Bonus
Lacquer Cut By – Frank Merritt
Other [Audio Restoration] – Colin Young
Sleeve Notes – Ivan Smagghe

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