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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Occultation news - new Distractions album

The latest great news from Occultation concerns the eagerly awaited album from The Wild Swans, their first for 21 years.  We've waited even longer for The Distractions next long player, but in other news, there's confirmation that Mike, Steve & Co. (complete with new and notable drummer - more on that later) are in the studio in June to begin recording their first album since 1981.

News from Occultation
20th May 2011

Occultation Recordings can now announce pre-ordering for the long-awaited (really) new Wild Swans album The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years.  The really exciting bit is that, exclusively, we also have a companion EP called Tracks In Snow, which will only be available from the Occultation Shop and from the band on their UK tour in June.  As usual, there are various configurations:

3) As part of a package with other Occultation vinyl and/or CD releases - this saves you money on both the items themselves and the P&P and supports us.

We expect to have stock of both the album and the EP in 10 days or so although, as in the past, you'll be automatically e-mailed a link to free 320k MP3s of the album once your purchase goes through. The album can also be purchased in MP3 format here but please note that for the moment at least, the EP is only available when purchased with the CD album. If you're interested in a combination of our releases not shown on the Packages page, please contact us. See Occultation Shop note below.

The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years is the first new Wild Swans album since the late 1980s, it features twelve songs, including new versions of the two previous Occultation singles. The band on the album is Paul Simpson, Ricky Maymi, Mike Mooney, Les Pattinson, Richard Turvey and Steve Beswick. The Tracks In Snow EP features three non-album songs recorded at the same sessions. Both come in deluxed packaging featuring the painting Camp by Ged Quinn. The album comes with a full-colour inner sleeve and 16-page lyric booklet and the EP in a full-colour special sleeve with lyrics. Initial EP stocks are limited so first-come, first-served.

The Wild Swans on tour: June 7th: Glasgow Captains Cabin - June 8th: Manchester Ruby Lounge - June 9th: Bristol Thekla - June 10th: London Bush Hall - June 11th: Liverpool Stanley Theatre

Other news:

The Distractions will be in the studio recording their second album, a mere 31 years after the first, in June, and work will also be continuing on the debut Granite Shore album. The Factory Star LP and CD are both now in stock and available from the Occultation Shop, there's also a special price if you'd like to buy both together, plus various package prices with the Wild Swans album and other Occultation releases.

As we've now got rather a lot of releases and can't offer packages for every configuration, we're now offering just some of the most popular packages. We've also kept the reduced P&P charges for each additional item we announced last time. If anyone does want to purchase multiple items not shown as a package, you can always drop us a line for a special price.


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