The Indifferent Velvet Void
Originally released in 1996 on Flying Nun Records, the 16 songs that make up Alec Bathgate’s Gold Lamé were recorded onto a Fostex 280 4-track over the space of a year by Alec alone in his garage. Away from partner in crime, Chris Knox, Alec gives us many of the great stylistic touches at the core of the Tall Dwarfs on his own album, from crunching riffs over rhythm loop rumbles to fairground psychedelia. Gold Lamé is stacked with good moods and undeniably sweet sixties melodies right from the moment its first track, "Win Your Love", descends into something like a Beach Boys' Smile out-take. Later we get Alec picking up the voice of Velvets-era Lou Reed on "Ain't It Strange" and the Knox-Bathgate Beatles touchstone appears nicely-done on "Slow Parade". As with the best of Tall Dwarfs' output, Gold Lamé so often feels like a gem left out in the forest in 1969....
The Indifferent Velvet Void is only the second full-length solo album by Alec Bathgate, despite a long career as one half of Tall Dwarfs and co-founder of the legendary New Zealand punk bands The Enemy and Toy Love. The Indifferent Velvet Void was originally released in 2004 by legendary label, Lil' Chief Records.
Originally released by Hamburg label Thokei Tapes as a cassette only exclusive last year (2020), Phantom Dots, the instrumental album by the legendary New Zealand artist Alec Bathgate, is now available on vinyl LP for the very first time.