Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth Than Money
Upset The Rhythm reissue the re-mastered version of 1982's More Wealth Than Money alongside a further full-length collection of demos and unreleased tracks from the album's overlooked corners. Both formats come with a booklet contextualizing the release, full of anecdotes and photos from all band members. It is truly a thing of beauty! More Wealth Than Money proved a vastly ambitious debut album, sprawling across four sides of vinyl in a way that still feels truly expansive, brave, cinematic even. From the plaintive pastoralism of British Warm to the transcendental vistas of Other Ways Of Knowing, the album constantly surprises with its ringing trails of guitar, motorik pulse and synth rambles. From the striving incursion of Sally IV to the softly spoken disbelief of Yellow Rain the album is nothing short of a waking dream. Guy Smith’s vocal floats through the album in a haunting manner, at times heartfelt at others overcome. He’s on a quest to his own celestial city and we can stay for the whole journey if we only listen. The album goes from progressive rock, via industrial folk to freaky art-punk whilst sounding delightfully coherent.