Nikki Never is on fire with her never ending stream of Terror Bird releases. Most notably, the one I have been patiently awaiting from German label Adaio 830 is her sophomore LP, Secret Rituals. There’s also also a simultaneous cassette release from DZ tapes with 10 more tracks, Ltd to 100 copies, individually-numbered, hand-painted on pro-dubbed cassettes. Busy Beaver Nikki.
Dark & melodic, with keyboard/vocal driven arrangements, Terror Bird releases always retain a clear purist sound to my ear. I imagine myself listening to her in dark candle lit recital hall, as the piano and organ effects certainly give the music a certain stylized atmosphere, but nothing of a gimmick once paired with Nikki’s deep and full voice. There’s no fuzzed out sound, or muddled layers to disguise anything, most often just her voice & the keyboard. She creates unique dark pop that can be catchy or somber, but always engaging.
Super stoked to see sophomore LP from Terror Bird on the way this month!!! Nikk Never produces an excellent mix of snyth goth pop, making it dark, and yet still so accessible. After a super rough (& +++ awesome) cassette from Night People back in 09’, a 2nd demos cassette next year, a string or four 7”s and counting, and then finally a full length LP jointly released through NP & Adagio830, the two before mentioned labels are joining again for the sophomore release of SecretRituals. Hadn’t checked on Nikki in a while, and frankly had no idea she was in the works on a followup album so soon, but when I saw the music video for this track on some Paris venue’s email list that I somehow got added too, and starting digging down the rabbit hole, lo & behold.
This track appearing on the Secret Rituals LP was originally released on the Waiting for Nothing 7” from Verulamium Records
Refreshing to see an artist crack out so many quality releases in only the last 3 years, quite a catalog including all those cassette tracks. Check out of most of the tracks on their BnDcMp
Terror Bird - Secret Rituals LP is out on super Ltd to 100 copies Purple vinyl from Adagio 830 exclusively now with the rest on black from Night People eventually. Word of warning with the Adagio 830 site, I hope your German skills are passable.
Posted on the excellent and most free beko/la station radar collaboration last week. Includes lots of exclusive tracks from Dirty Beaches, Terror Bird, Jeans Wilder, & Wet Hair among others. I couldn’t resist not posting the new Terror Bird track, so good. You can download the whole 42min of blissfulness here.
Terror Bird have their debut Human Culture LP coming out very soon via Night People and Adagio830, and there’s a scant 200 copies on clear vinyl. Little strange now:
Rough Trade has a pre-order up with no release date. Previously the cost was $0.00 GBP to pre-order till they fixed that up.
Night People, the label releasing this title just have a vague coming soon notice, but from from the rad album art screen printed by Shawn Reed, it clearly matches their catalog.
I ordered my clear vinyl copy from Adagio830's German mail order partner here, and supposedly it shipped 6 days ago. But be prepared to place your order all in German, mmm gtranslate. Keep your eyes peeled for more Terror Bird soon as I get my paws on it.
Skulls on a silk shirt. Dark dark dark. Again. A little hope crossed out with a tipp-ex on a denim jacket. Keyboard worn out by the 80s, pop romance, the future combined with the past, Gloomy dances for phantom mirrors. TERROR BIRD is still Nikki Never. Sometimes, Jeremiah Haywood too. Vancouver behind rainbow-coloured sunglasses.
I listened to this at least 15 times last night, and played it twice on my radio show tonight. Yes its that addictive. Grab the Shadows in the Hall 7” from atelier ciseaux here while it lasts, only 300 copies and sure to disappear in a flash. A forthcoming album on Night People / Adagio 830 soonish?
New Terror Bird/Certain Breeds 7” split on translucent blue (mine was opaque marble purple) vinyl, around 300 copies according to Nikki & only $4 + shipping?!? What a deal. Message Nikki via wasteospace and get yours too before they’re gone.