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In association with Fishrider Records, of Dunedin, New Zealand, Occultation Recordings are proud to announce a full UK release for the debut album by the quite extraordinary Opposite Sex.

We now have a 180g vinyl edition (FISH006UK/ARIEL7DC016, includes free CD) and a UK CD version (FISH006UKCD/ARIEL7DC016CD) in the Occultation Shop. The video for one of the album's highlights, "La Rat", can be seen on our Opposite Sex page, but here's another, "Sea Shanty", below.

This from Fishrider:

The subversive pop of Opposite Sex will warm the heart of anyone who viewed the heady years of 1978-1982 (Rough Trade Records, No Wave, NME's C81 Cassette and the start of Flying Nun Records in NZ) as a watershed period in alternative music - a time when there were no rules and anything seemed possible.

The sound of the trio is, they say, “an absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, Beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring." Their music ranges from oddly poppy carnival waltzes through to manic and melodic post-punk and no wave .

This is no retro exercise. The album is their own unique genre-defying trip through the experimental subversive pop underground of their imaginations.

Opposite Sex formed in 2010 in Gisborne. In February 2011 they played with Dunedin underground psych-pop band The Puddle. On hearing they were relocating to Dunedin, Opposite Sex were invited to record at Fishrider Studio. The album was the unexpected result of one remarkable weekend.

"The new wave of New Zealand pop begins here...For a debut, it's remarkable, leaping from sea-sick waltzes and crunchy post-punk to ADD-pop." **** 4/5 Uncut (UK)

"The next wave of swoony Dunedin New Zealand pop" WFMU Radio, New Jersey "It's absolutely brilliant" Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6

“head-nodding, chanting strangeness – the same eerie shimmer that bands like Black Tambourine and The Raincoats achieved” Volume #15 (NZ)

“a wonderfully spontaneous album... Sitting somewhere between oddball pop and disjointed 1970s No Wave...” 8/10 Kicking Against the Pricks (UK)

“Where pop and anti-pop collide... wonderfully curious and weird.” Cheese on Toast

Listen to the album at