On New Horizons vol II (zyng008)

by Various Artists

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    On New Horizons Volume 2 is our second compilation cassette featuring 14 tracks of beautiful hidden gems introducing you to some of the finest undiscovered bands & artistes from the UK, USA & Canada. A fabulous and eclectic 'mixtape' ranging through Folk, Blues, Punk, Acoustic, Metal, Rock, Indie Pop & even some Country thrown in too.

    Presenting tracks from Bedbound By Summer, SJ Denney. Twist Helix, Go Go Midgets, Battleship Romance, Nev Clay, Eric Peter Schwartz, MiNUSS, Bedsit Manor, Alice Kat, The Sylvia Platters, Lion Skin, Will Dixon & Kevin Hodge.

    Cassette is produced on a C62 ferro tape on a clear shell with a gorgeous 5 second pearlescent leader and including special edition yellow hubs and yellow rollers. They also have a unique white bridge, white on-body print & housed in a clear polypropylene case. Including full colour original artwork cover by the fantastic Suicide Solutions, double sided, tri-fold inlay printed on 150gsm silk card with each copy being individually hand numbered. Every tape will also include a limited edition new design 'made in newcastle upon tyne' ZyNg 25mm button badge because we love you !!

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    This tape is our official release for International Cassette Store Day 2015 which takes place on 17th October 2015 & will also be available in participating independent record shops across the United Kingdom.

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    DON'T MISS: the LIVE launch gig on 17th October featuring; TWIST HELIX | ALICE KAT | NEV CLAY | BEDSIT MANOR at The Central Bar, Gateshead, United Kingdom. tickets available here : www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zyng-tapes-present-on-new-horizons-vol-2-launch-gig-tickets-18398051066

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On New Horizons Volume 2 is our second compilation release featuring 14 tracks introducing you to some of the finest undiscovered bands & artistes from the UK, USA & Canada. A fabulous and eclectic album ranging through Folk, Blues, Punk, Acoustic, Metal, Rock, Indie Pop & even some Country thrown in too :-)


REVIEW:

ZyNg Tapes' latest release, the compilation cassette On New Horizons vol 2, released to coincide with Cassette Store Day 2015. The whole package is a complete work of art, as is usual for ZyNg Tapes. The tape itself is clear/yellow/white with on-body printing, and it comes with a full colour pro-printed inlay with background info on the artists, and a free badge. The tape covers a wide variety of music but holds together as a complete album. There's punky powerpop from Bedbound by Summer, indie rock from S J Denney, acoustic pop from Battleship Romance, punky pop from Alice Kat, rock 'n' roll-infused powerpop from The Sylvia Platters, and engagingly off-centre, spiky alternative rock from Will Dixon.

Twist Helix describe themselves as indie pop, though their music gives an alternative definition of indie pop that differs quite sharply from the genre of this name that has its roots in the 1980s. Twist Helix have a very modern approach which combines electronic pop with a melancholic yet punchy alternative vibe. Go Go Midgets are inspired by US hardcore punk, their music being heavy yet melodic. Nev Clay appears with a folky acoustic singer-songwriter piece that is really moving and well-crafted. Minuss appear with a fierce, noisy number somewhere between hardcore punk, grunge, and garage rock. Bedsit Manor makes emotional alternative pop with effective use of atmospheric electronics. Eric Peter Schwartz makes dark and raw acoustic music with a nod to the bleaker side of Americana. Lion Skin contribute a powerful synthesis of alternative rock and punk pop. Kevin Hodge combines country rock with a crass sense of humour in his song Porno Star Who Loves Me. As a particular fan of folk music, my personal favourites on this collection are the tracks by Nev Clay and Eric Peter Schwartz, though everyone here does their chosen style of music well.

I've seen some talk here and there from people who are sceptical about the current tapes revival, dismissing it as a 'hipster fad'; that may be true for some of the newer tape labels (though none that I've run into yet), but I don't see anything hipsterish or faddish about ZyNg Tapes. Being founded by Rob Kirtley of The Rabbit's Hat, who came out of the Stone Premonitions collective which had its own tape label back in the 90s, ZyNg Tapes thus has roots in the original tape label scene, which was the complete antithesis of trendy faddish nonsense. A firm support for DIY grassroots music shines through in the releases of ZyNg Tapes. As they aim to cover all genres, it's inevitable that not everything they feature will line up with my own musical tastes, but even so, ZyNg Tapes is a label I'm proud to support as it is keeping the spirit of underground cassette culture alive.

Kim Harten
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released October 17, 2015

Thanks to the bands & artists who have helped in creating this compilation. Grattitude & appreciation always. Also to the people who have continued to support ZyNg tapes; Su Kirtley, Tim Jones at Stone Premonitions, Kim Harten at Bliss/Aquamarine, Jerry Guizar, Rich & Marek at RPM Records (Newcastle). You are all stars !!

Thank you to everyone who has bought one of our tapes.

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Track Name: Bedbound By Summer - What Fucking Ian Guy?
You said you’d rather sleep with friends
I’d prefer the comfort of my own bed
With my head on a pillow resting
Not passed out in the kitchen

I’ll never go out on the weekends
That’s not what I do with my best friends
We’re all lonely guys drinking coffee and record collecting
All of my books look well-read
I built a time machine from a cassette deck
My room’s in a constant mess but that’s nothing compared to my head

And since the last time that we spoke it seems you’ve grown awfully cold
Starting fires in the back of churches to keep you warm until the morning

And I know long ago we were best friends but I don’t want to hear your opinion
There’s too much distance in the way you speak, my patience is growing thin
I’d rather stay at home reading chick lit than watch you act so awfully pretentious
It’s true I’ve got some guilty pleasures but I’ve learned to live with it

So here’s to one more Summer in the back seat of your car
And here’s to one more Winter spent in our tents down by the river
And here’s to the moment that we washed our hands of obligation
Our youth is fleeting
It’s not something you’re stealing
Track Name: SJ Denney - The Great Unknown
He was just an honest man
Living life from day-to-day
But then they dragged him to his feet
And threw him out on to the street

There was a lesson to be learnt
There was a message to receive
I bet he heard it loud and clear
Now he lives his life in fear

He just needs another ride
You can see it in his eyes

He wants to take a step into the great unknown
And find a place that he can call his home
But if he keeps on living life this way
Will he ever see the light of day?
He's gonna break it down again
(He's gonna break it down again)

Now he's planning his escape
To a land where he can breathe
But now there's something in the air
In these feelings that we share

You'll see him on the other side
If he makes it out alive

He's got to take a step into the great unknown
And find a place that he can call his home
But if he keeps on living life this way
Will he ever see the light of day?
He's gonna break it down (again)
But he'll get there in the end

By stepping out into the great unknown
To find a place that he can call his home

You may have heard his story on the news

I’d do the same if I was in his shoes

He’s gonna break it down
Track Name: Twist Helix - Flare
This is my last chance
and I will be strong tonight
it's not a question of romance
it's my time to shine.

Can you feel the heat tonight
under burning city lights?
Can you feel the heat tonight?
'Cause I caught alight.

This is my last stand
and I will fuel the fire
strike the match in my hand
walk to the pyre.

Can you feel the heat tonight
under burning city lights?
Can you feel the heat tonight?
'Cause I caught alight.

I caught alight.

Our world is burning
the embers growing
in your eyes
Track Name: Go Go Midgets - Madam Munchausen
How are you? How do you do?
Feeling ok? What is it today?
Damaged back? Heart attack?
Temazepam, diarrhoea.

Chorus
Why can’t you see, you’re hurting those who care about you.
Whatever you say is thought about planned and staged.

Why can’t you sleep? You rest all day.
Nothing to do, except complain.
Doctor’s here, so is the all clear.
Where do you go now? Diarrhoea.

Exaggerate
Selfish games
Wasting life
A thousand times

Madam Munchausen
Track Name: Nev Clay - Derelict
This old pub that we’re in, Its a favourite of mine.
I sang here years ago, with a simpler mind,
We could have a good night, keep it easy and light,
As long as I don’t fall in love with you

I love this end of town, with its derelict charm,
Like a promise that time, will demolish us all.
By the dead factories, and these boarded up streets,
I could easily fall in love with you.

This placatory smile, it’s a trade mark of mine.
But as others have found, an ambiguous sign.
This one’s an apology, for what’s happening to me.
I’m about to fall in love with you.
Track Name: Alice Kat - Staying
It's been three years
since leaving and drinking made my fears
but now I'm coming clear
I'd be lying if i said i didn't wish you were here

I hope we slowly drift away
and let the sun come up on a new day
when you know what to say
and I'm not fed up of never getting my own way

my girls they shine like gold
its a friendship that i love to behold
and i hope when we grow old
these stories we are making will get retold

At night i sat on the hill
watching the tide with 'blindsided' in my ears
it brought me close to tears
there's a kindness in my soul that won’t disappear

‘i clung to you so tight all night' 'i know i didn't want to let go'
could you please stay here with me, i don't want you to go

lets just stay,
stay with me
lets just stay,
stay with me

I’ll invite you into my dreams
where there's a lonely wolf howling out to sea
if you stay with me
we can run together and explore these boundaries

my house is made of stone
and one day it will be buried by my bones
its a place I’ll always call my home
even when there's nowhere left to go

lets just stay,
stay with me
lets just stay,
stay with me
Track Name: MiNUSS - Atomic Ski
They'll find the bodies
Halfway up the road
Bruised and bloody
Eyes stitched closed
They'll find the bodies
Torn in two
Pick the pieces
I'll come for you

You just won't answer anymore
You just won't answer anymore

They'll find the bodies
Halfway in the dirt
Horror fiction
Reality is worse
They'll find the bodies
Torn in two
Pick the pieces
I'll come for you

You just won't answer anymore
You just won't answer anymore
You just won't answer anymore
You just won't answer anymore
Track Name: Bedsit Manor - We Stand Collapsing
No way out
There’s no way out
There’s no way out of this situation
“There’s no pressure”
it’s what they tell you
Whilst twisting screws around your neck
They know the strings to pull to make you feel this way
They know the way your heart is ruled so thoughtlessly

No thinking
There’s not thinking
A thought process redundant by design
No solutions
No revolutions
Why would you need to engineer a cause?
They know the strings to pull to make you feel this way
They know the way your heart is ruled so selfishly

Come with me now
Block out the hate
We’ll leave this town
Before it’s too late
There’s not enough air here for us both to breathe
And there’s nothing left for us now but to leave
Your dreams never work
Life isn’t perfect
Just the slightest sound
And they’ll stamp you down
There’s not enough air here for us both to breathe
And there’s nothing left for us now but to leave
There’s nothing left for us now but to leave

No panic
There’s no panic
A land divided is not cause for concern
There’s no problem
‘Cos they’ll solve them
By twisting screws inside our head
They know the strings to pull to make you feel this way
They know the way your heart is ruled so thoughtlessly

Should we give in?
There’s no living
To be made helping the rich get richer
There’s no future
They’ll reboot you
And send you where there’s only horizons
You know the things to buy to make you feel this way
You know that we’d be better floating endlessly

We know we stand collapsing with this world that dies
We know we stand collapsing with this world that dies
We know we stand collapsing with this world that dies
We know we stand collapsing with this world that dies

There’s not enough air.
Track Name: Eric Peter Schwartz - Blue Glass
I carry a torch
for this old porch
I ain't got much
but the shade
the wood is old
the brick is tired
but they've absorbed
everything that's transpired

I like firelight
through blue glass
a cooling line
of dripping wax
an old gin bottle
from porch nights past
throwing shadows
on the grass

And when I meet the Devil
at The Wicked Source
he says you won't see no blue glass
forever more
I say "I'll be damned
if I can't sit on my porch
I'll light my own damn self
gimme a torch"
Track Name: Lion Skin - Bones
I'm sorry I can't be there this winter, you know that circumstance puts distance between you and me. But as I'm sat in this George street house drinking the hours to the ground, I just pray that you don't do the same.

And I'm sorry that I never stay as long as you'd like me to, I just can't. I lost too much blood there and I'm just not the same. I age by years in months these days it seems and my ribs break at the mention of your name.

I need to find myself again, I lost it all to friends and late nights spent on late night drives trying to find some wonder and mend. I think I need a holiday or a day away from everything I use to know. I just need some time to be okay.

Still, when your lungs exhale I'll be breathing it in, to take the space you leave when you're wearing thin.

Laying on our backs with eyes wide, fingers crossed and our breathing timed. Drifting between awake and asleep. My bones are cold but I don't mind.
Track Name: The Sylvia Platters - Ace In Decline
Well I wandered around like a high school clown
Feelin’ baited
Yeah, I wandered around like a jailbird
Breakin’ the reins

After all was said and done
Torn pages and a pack of gum
Left me waitin’ by the door
Takin’ orders, fillin’ forms

Like a gull in the breeze
I was maimed by the brief encounter
I was a textbook counterfeit
Mark it on an empty dollar

After all the cash was gone
Torn pages only last so long
Won’t you take me on a drive to nowhere
Might be fun

After all I was undone
I’d be lyin’ just to say that I won
I’ve been stranded and estranged
Waitin’ tables in a bitter haze

Yeah yeah yeah
Won’t you sit on down for a minute
And take it away
Track Name: Will Dixon - One Crime At A Time
I came here to change
I came here to learn
I came here to find the outer edge of what I feel

I came here to save
I came here to serve
Now there’s nothing - nothing that I won’t try to heal

One crime at a time
One crime at a time
One crime at a time
Track Name: Kevin Hodge - Porno Star Who Loves Me
They say I’m living in a fantasy my sights set way to high,
what I want is way out of line but I’m sure as hell gonna try.
I can’t stop thinking about what them ladies get up to on screen,
nothing else is gonna satisfy my obsession with what I’ve seen.

I don’t need no priestess princess angel up above me,
my dream for sure will come true with a porno star who loves me,
she’ll work with guy’s who give her more but I’m the one she’ll have feelings for,
saying I’m crazy I know the score I want a porno star who loves me.

I’ve seen those married guys walkin’ ‘round in a depressive rut,
holding out for what I want don’t care if folks say I’m a nut,
I’ll get what’s coming my way not because of constant asking,
shacked up and living the dream with a mistress of multi-tasking.

I don’t need no priestess princess angel up above me,
my dream for sure will come true with a porno star who loves me,
she’ll work with guy’s who give her more but I’m the one she’ll have feelings for,
saying I’m crazy I know the score I want a porno star who loves me.

Don’t judge a book by the cover or a DVD gonna get me a tripple X housewife looking after me, give me what I need.

I don’t need no priestess princess angel up above me,
my dream for sure will come true with a porno star who loves me,
she’ll work with guy’s who give her more but I’m the one she’ll have feelings for,
saying I’m crazy I know the score I want a porno star who loves me.