Brainlove Records are proud to present ‘Build Library Here (or else!)’, a reissued version of Pagan Wanderer Lu‘s 2005 album. Following on the heels of his acclaimed 2006 EP “The Independent Scutineer”, this CD offers highlights of PWL’s prolific recording career to date, making six years of back-catalogue available to new listeners. The release is part of the new Brainlove Editions series, which focuses on the kind of DIY, handmade releases that helped make the label’s name.
The album was written and recorded on 8-track in Aberystwyth during the year of sporadic unemployment when PWL (an increasingly influential figure on the thriving Cardiff music scene) first made his first ripples on the Welsh scene as a lo-fi anti-hero, taking his far-fetched tales and electro-pop protests to a wider audience with only a Groovebox and a guitar for company. ‘Build Library Here’ received a DIY self-release which quickly sold out. Housed in hand-cut card packaging with pritt-sticked artwork these copies were treasured by the lucky few who acquired them.
Featuring many songs which have been popular staples of his live shows such as ‘Good Christian/Bad Christian’ and ‘Show Me Yr Knuckles’, as well as the first version of ‘The Memorial Hall’ – recorded on the day it was written – the album captures the spontaneity of PWL’s earlier recordings, as well as the sheer diversity of his muse. Flitting between scratchy rock and roll, electronica, simple acoustic folk, and unabashed pop it is sure to please new fans who didn’t get the chance to hear it first time around, and whet appetites for PWL’s forthcoming new single “The Tree Of Knowledge”, to be released in Autumn 2007, with a tour planned featuring PWL & The Volunteers and fellow emerging Cardiff indie luminaries Spencer McGarry Season.
1.The ending makes what came before a story
2. Show me yr Knuckles
3. Good Christian/Bad Christian
4. Keep the Weather Out
5. (Sick of) Playing Solo
6. 2 Bullets
7. O Peter! (won’t you hear my mournful strum?)
8. Jabita Nu-Orleenz
9. The Memorial Hall
10. At the hairdressers…
11. Harp & Chainsaw
12. Yr on my shoulder
01/09/07 Leeds, venue tbc – Tasty Fanzine night
28/09/07 London, Buffalo Bar, Fortuna Pop night
03/10/07 London, The Good Ship
20/10/07 Bolton, Dog & Partridge – Islands Night
27/10/07 Sheffield, Fuzztival – Cool as Folk stage