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2015-11-13
Tall Dwarfs: Weeville

As the opening liner notes proclaim, Weeville is; "the first straightforward LP by Tall Dwarfs - uh... in terms of having the same number of tracks on each side - both of which play at the same speed and which ain't a compilation."

Nonetheless, their 1990 release is filled with the Tall Dwarfs' eclectic mix of homespun psychedelia, densely textured pop songs and a wallop of hard nosed punk.

The Tall Dwarfs are a partnership between New Zealand home-recording pioneers Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate. A duo, who have been making music together since 1977, first in New Zealand's early punk band, The Enemy, followed by Toy Love. In 1981 Chris and Alec returned as the Tall Dwarfs, they purchased a four track, and over the next 30 plus years would release wonderfully demented records and go on to influence bands such as Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Neutral Milk Hotel and countless more.

Now, re-issued again on LP and CD, Weeville is wired with hypnotic tunes, weird and wonderful instruments and brilliant songwriting. Whether that be the raw spookiness and two guitar harmony of Breath and Crawl or the oddly compelling Skin Of My Teeth and Bodies all brushed with a scent of the macabre.

Along with a 20 page booklet featuring the duo's individual art and design, Weeville is a fantasy land built on tape loops, feedback and distortion. It's pop music just how they like it.

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2005-10-25
Tall Dwarfs: Weeville

Remastered reissue of the 1990 masterpiece by legendary New Zealand band Tall Dwarfs. The influence of Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate's fractured pop has been felt far and wide in the American independentmusic community for many years - with their lengthy list of fans including Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Includes a beautiful 20-page booklet.Chris Knox and Alec Bathgate have made music together since 1977, as founding members of one of NewZealand's first punk bands called The Enemy. They then formed the band Toy Love in 1979, which signedto WEA, had a few charting singles, and then broke up. In 1981 Chris and Alec returned as the Tall Dwarfs.Chris Knox purchased a TEAC 4 track and from there The Tall Dwarfs became pioneers of lo-fi recording.

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Tall Dwarfs: Fork Songs

Brilliant 1991 album by New Zealand duo Tall Dwarfs. Songs that will seep into your cells and liveinside you for many years to come. The sound is perfect and resonates pure joy with lyrics thatsend your thoughts colliding and then stilled in full appreciation of this perfect moment. Also includes their classic EP "Dogma" from 1987.Chris Knoxand Alec Bathgatehave made music together since 1977, as founding members ofone of New Zealand's first punk bands called The Enemy. They then formed the band Toy Love in1979, which signed to WEA, had a few charting singles, and then broke up. In 1981 Chris andAlec returned as the Tall Dwarfs. Chris Knox purchased a TEAC 4 track and from there The TallDwarfs became pioneers of lo-fi recording.