Burgeoning label Fixed Identity is shedding new light on a bona fide cult classic. The eccentric Martin Newell, best known as the frontman of The Cleaners From Venus, is arguably one of the greatest (and most overlooked) songsmiths to come from Britain in the last 30 years, but physical copies of his home-dubbed cassettes have become increasingly expensive and difficult to procure. According to Newell, Songs for... A Fallow Land was originally recorded in 1985 "on a four track in a bedroom in shameful poverty." And it shows. The low-fidelity recording finds Newell channeling the fractured psych-pop of madcap Syd Barrett and setting the stage for the likes of Ariel Pink and Gary War (who just so happens to co-own Fixed Identity).


Martin Newell - "Gamma Ray Blue"