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    Sontag Shogun + Moskitoo – The Things We Let Fall Apart / The Thunderswan

    Pre-order: release date 15.11.17... 'An utterly affectionate and adorable aural apparition, ‘the things we let fall apart’ emerging frosted and fragile, delicately sculptured in thawing ice tones, the symphonics delicately shy eyed and whispered are breathlessly beguiled by a graceful neo classical hush, the effect really is entrancing as it is teasingly brief, sitting somewhere between a very youthful Mum and Smile Down Upon Us. ‘thunderswan’ over on the flip is expressed with the kind of poise and musical poetry that shimmers and twinkles to those early post YMO outings from Ryuichi Sakamoto, its minimal toning sweetly gathering to blossom into caressing cinematic crushes dappled in surrendering sepia hazes, a most exquisite and rarefied thing of bewitching beauty.' - The Sunday Experience (Mark Losing Today)
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    Bruno Sanfilippo – Piano Textures 4 (Vinyl)

    Special transparent vinyl edition: 180g pressing, waxed black paper covers antistatic poly lined inner sleeves + postcard. Mastered by Ian Hawgood. Cover and postcard photo by Anja Matko “Part of the charm of “Piano Textures 4” is its intimacy and I feel like I am inside the piano at times. It feels like the whole album purposely holds back from going for a full melodic approach though and so some people who are less likely to get lost in mood pieces, may not find what they’re looking for here. Sanfilippo though has created an excellent mood piece for those who do want to get lost in an audio mystery as new layers of piano are unveiled – and if you have your imagination with you – you can wander off anywhere”
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    Midwife – Like Author, Like Daughter

    Black vinyl LP that includes an 11x17 lyric insert. DL code included... Under the name Sister Grotto, Denver based artist Madeline Johnston explores the limits of minimalism in transcendental drone-pop. With "Like Author, Like Daughter", Johnston uses the Midwife moniker to craft triumphant, fist-in-the-air anthems that tackle themes of dislocation and falling in (and out) of love with a person, a home and yourself. "Like Author, Like Daughter" is a portrait of Johnston’s last year as a resident of Denver’s famed D.I.Y venue Rhinoceropolis which closed in a rash of politically motivated assaults on creative spaces across the United States. The album internalizes loss, addiction, abandonment and wrings them through distorted power chords, powerful leads, sheets of drone to create building, aching monuments to past-selves and lost relationships into a positivist statement of resilience and self-love. It’s a record that is impossible to listen to without a lump in your throat.
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    Ant’lrd – Sleep Drive

    Limited to 100. Vinyl release on stunning 150 gram clear vinyl. Included download code... Ant'lrd, the name given to Colin Blanton, is responsible for scores of moving synth-landscapes of obscured inputs and high cloud ceilings. For Sleep Drive, Blanton called on Odd Nosdam (cLOUDDEAD, .anticon) to master the record, drawing out inherent melodies in the album's stunning ambient compositions and anchoring Sleep Drive's beat-oriented tracks by wrapping them in a palpable, warm vinyl crackle. The result is something to lose an entire afternoon in without the slightest sensation of lost time. A totem against procrastination and inattention.
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    Braeyden Jae – Fog Mirror

    Limited to 220. Braeyden Jae's debut vinyl release on stunning 150 gram white vinyl includes download code... On Fog Mirror, SLC based musician Braden McKenna, has crafted a weighted, textural album of architectural drone punctuated with stirring washes of crackling static and arcing tones that gather like visible precipitation on an early morning windshield. Fog Mirror is braeyden jae's most deliberately paced, emotionally resonant record to date; the aural equivalent of watching a thick gray blanket envelop some distant, cliffed coastline.
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    Mark Templeton – Gentle Heart

    Pre-order: 20 June 2017 Mark Templeton returns with the third instalment in his Heart trilogy. Following on the heels of Scotch Heart (2011) and Jealous Heart (2013), Gentle Heart is a fitting closure to this story, an album filled with bending, yearning phrases - sounds that feel like they are actually speaking to you from another time, as if they’re being piped into the room where you’re listening today. There is a continued use of elements that hearken to tape machines and older technology combined with acoustic instruments and modern studio techniques and sensibilities, squarely centered in the contemporary moment. Loops stumble and fall off their track, then regain their footing, breaking the concentration enough to remind you that someone is here and paying attention. In both structure and emotion, Templeton captures time in a novel way - connecting points that don’t immediately lend themselves to such a connection, deftly balancing qualities that are both haunting and inviting. This music is one of imagined memory, capturing moments that never happened, but could have.
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    Aidan Baker / Karen Willems – Nonland

    Pre-Order: Release Date 12.05.17 Transparent vinyl with black inner, poly-lined paper sleeve... Recorded in a single session at Berlin's Golden Retriever Studios on June 18, 2016, Nonland combines atmospheric, looping guitar with textural, polyrhythmic percussion. Having played together live only once previously, these sessions were entirely spontaneous and improvisational, intuitive and expressive...
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    Benjamin Fingers – Ghost Figures

    Limited 300 copies LP 12" Vinyl (incl. album download)... ...are piano pieces recorded over the period of two years. The tracks are a collection of many hours of rehearsing and improvising alone in front of the piano. These sessions were recorded using a field recorder and then later processed and re-worked in the studio. It´s based largely around deceptively repetitive piano movements. Some of the tracks are very stripped down to their essential elements while others have been given a re-brush, adding new sounds beneath, such as cello and different instruments where it seemed fit. The use of various filters and pedals have been used occasionally to manipulate certain parts of the melodies. The idea behind the album was to let go of all kinds of emotions and just try to create an open minded album that could be both warm and melancholic but at the same time dramatic and dark. The album consists of 14 tracks.
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    Selffish – He She Them Us (Vinyl)

    Vinyl edition of He She Them Us. DMM cut pressed on black virgin vinyl, reverse print on sleeve for tactile matt textured finish... He She Them Us is an album of precise, purposeful electronica that recalls and expands upon the output of labels like Mille Plateaux, April Records, raster-noton and City Centre Offices in the early 2000s. The music is not purely electronic though, atop the bursts of static and staccato beats are many layers of field recordings and live instrumentation. The field recordings represent an important anchor point for Andrejs whose work on He She Them Us began at a very turbulent time in his life. Finding solace in the stillness and beauty of the countryside around his home city of Riga, he would record the sounds of these places and return with them to his home studio: “Each time I went to visit a secluded corner of nature outside my hometown, I usually felt a strong desire to produce music. Especially when hearing the sounds again at home”. The music could be seen as a further distillation of these moments of reflection spent outside, an attempt to recreate some fleeting moment.
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    Kouhei Matsunaga – Drawings

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    Hardbound, cloth bound book with 7" vinyl. Stunning! Kouhei Matsunaga's 'Drawings' is a book and a 7" vinyl record. The book is the first ever major showcase of his drawing skills. Here, smiling horses meet floating people in a strictly minimalist, slightly psychedelic black and white ink world. The hardcover book is cloth bound, 88 pages, 40 drawings, a few words and lots of space. The four track 7" vinyl single accompanying the book, credited to his alias Koyxen Mattsunagnen, takes Matsunaga's music a step further towards a more dance oriented approach, as with his minimal techno project NHK and the recent NHK'Koyxen material released by the PAN label, whilst still clearly and firmly rooted in contemporary, experimental music.  
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    Vlad Dobrovolski – The Drums of the Fore & Aft

    I tried to rework sounds from my immediate environments – seas, places where I stayed and everyday life. I was inspired by absence of people in a blue sea. Absence can create silence that is more unsettling than merely contemplative.  I prefer to think about absence rather than silence - absence of sound is much more active, compelling a listener to fill these gaps in. Physically and metaphorically it creates a space for multiple projections.  -  Vlad Dobrovolski
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    Foudre! – Earth

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    Electric Blue vinyl with black inner, poly-lined paper sleeve. Includes a download of the entire album emailed to you... ​Commissioned by Silke Schmickl from Lowave for the festival 'Singapour Mon Amour'​ in Paris, this album was recorded in the 16th century gothic church of Saint-Merry ​in ​June 2015​ as​ a live soundtrack performance for EARTH ​- ​an experimental film directed by one of the most important Singaporean contemporary artists, Ho Tzu Nyen​. Acclaimed by art and film critics worldwide and presented at some of the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam..)​, EARTH is inspired by the works of classical European painters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Delacroix​. ​The film unfolds dramatically as the camera moves across a theatrically choreographed scene involving 50 actors, as the details of a post-apocalyptic landscape are revealed frame by frame.
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    Divus – Divus

    Divus is a duo from Rome, comprised of electronic musician Lucianno Lamanna (Lunar Lodge, Balance, LSWHR) and saxophone player Luca T. Mai (Zu, Mombu)... The encounter of Lamanna and Mai is suprisingly far from their usual sound. Their influences coming from techno and jazzcore/metal are both left aside here, in favour of a more nocturnal and atmospheric sound. The use of synthesisers is sober and it’s accompained by long sustained notes from the saxophone. The music is so smokey and dark, It could suit perfectly a b/w crime movie shot in one metropolitan suburb.
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    Cristian Naldi – Rurale

    Artwork by Mali Yea and Gabriel Marz... Rurale is the second chapter of Cristian Naldi’s solo project. Original compositions, improvisations and arrangements from the classical repertoire create a nocturnal and leaden atmosphere. Loneliness becomes living material, sensitive, for reflection and contemplation in which the guitar works for new transmutations: it becomes piano, violin or harp, it pulls away to finally disappear.
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    Adriano Zanni – Falling Apart

    "The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one's master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the way of the samurai."
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    Hermetic Brotherhood of Lux​-​Or

    Anacalypsis is the seventh album from the Hermetic Brotherhood of Lux-Or, an incredible blending of ancestral past and post-industrial decadence. The album consists of three tracks of sombre rituals, thundering beats and terrifying screams. Celebrants for this ritual are: MS Miroslaw - Sacred Horse Skull, Clarinet, Vocals, Percussions Laura Dem - Bass, Synths, Samples, Ghosts Tracklist: A1. Double Nature of Deity A2. Metempsychosis and the Renewal of the Worlds B1. Phantams of the Living Recorded, mixed and produced at Nasprias Cave (Sardinia) in Spring 2016. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi Sleeves screenprinted by Legno
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    Amklon – Collision of Absolutes

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    Amklon is a duo from Naples, composed of Giuseppe Mascia (electronics) and Sergio Albano (Aluminum guitar). Their music is the point of meeting of so many seemingly irreconcilable worlds: an architecture of dark synthetic sounds and avant-gard noise floating on atmospheric textures and confessional voices. The result is a complex system of unusual forms, which barely contains a substance made of organic and nonorganic sounds. The guitar sources are treated through the electronics, creating a continuos flow of tension and movement. It’s a desertic and gloomy experience, a descent into the dark corners of sound.
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    Mai Mai Mai – Phi

    The third and final installment in Mai Mai Mai's Mediterranean trilogy, pushing the project deeper into a vivid interzone of digital synthesis and scorched ritual. The album opens with a searing collaboration with avant-folk instrumentalist Luca Venitucci, locked into a lofty duel of distorted drones, before pivoting to a throbbing oblivion of jackhammer bass, seething feedback, and combat samples. Later passages ooze through industrial spoken word, technoid voodoo hallucination, seasick prayer loops, and nightmare exotica, assisted in places by Italian experimental percussion legend Lino Capra Vaccina (of 1970’s “golden age” groups Aktuala and Telaio...
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    Michel Banabila – Sound Years

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    Transparent 175g heavy weight vinyl LP in full color cover. All tracks composed by Michel Banabila except: ‘Radio Spelonk’ by Banabila & Van Geel. ‘Yarra’ by Banabila & Zuydervelt. A1. Close To The Moon (previously unreleased / 2016) A2. Earth Visitor (from Earth Visitor / 2016) A3. E.T. (from Traces / 2007) A4. Gorlice (from Live in Gorlice / 2014) A5. 47 Voice Loops (from 47 Voice Loops / 2013) B1. Stone Bridge (from Hilarious Expedition / 2005) B2. Niki Jumpei (from Gardening / 2012) B3. TAPE (mix 3) (from Bouwwerk / 2010) B4. Shortwave (from Hilarious Expedition / 2005) B5. Radio Spelonk (from Music for viola and electronics II / 2015) with Oene van Geel B6. Vuka Vuka! intro (from Songs from Vuka Vuka! / 2005) B7. The Turtle Came Back (from Gardening / 2012) B8. Yarra (from Travelog / 2013) with Machinefabriek
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    Noemienours – Songs From The Life…

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    Slo-fi XVX lullabies. Save the bears, wherever they are. Stories about the life of bears. Limited edition of 100 copies.
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    Richard Scott – Several Circles (2 x Vinyl)

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    2 x 140g vinyl with A4 art insert print by John Powell-Jones and a Risographed Photo... Recorded between 2013 and 2015 in both Manchester and Berlin, this vital new album is a combination of instant, improvised performances and highly structured acousmatic compositions that have been, in Richard’s own words, “microscopically edited, constructed, layered and mixed over many hours in the studio.” Far from being a dry, academic exercise, Richard’s music shower the ears with delicious and incessantly changing sound pools. The album is a vibrant and exceptional portrait of Richard’s voice as a musician, unencumbered by restrictive themes or fixed compositional techniques, instead offering an all-encompassing view of his practices that, through their very intuition, sound cohesive. It’s an entry in to the already auteristic cannon of Cusp Editions that will surely be held in a pride of place.
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    Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol 1 (2 x Vinyl)

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    75 minutes of the finest Serein selections pressed on black wax. 2xLP. Vinyl sleeve is printed on the reverse (uncoated) side for textured goodness... Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol 1 comes to the popular and shiny compact disc format. The sleeve is printed on the reverse (uncoated) side for textured goodness that you’ll want to touch again and again. You might even like to encourage your friends to touch it. The more observant among you will have noticed that the cover for the CD edition is slightly different to the vinyl cover. Every format is special. Down in the mouth and wound up after your daily commute? No more! On your next trip by shuttle or train be sure to bring with you this seasons ‘must have’ record for travel. These carefully selected pieces will calm the mind and soothe the spirit making your journeys as pleasurable as can be. Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains – the only travel companion you need. Not going anywhere? No problem, let the music guide your imagination instead – with Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains, leaving the relative safety of your home is optional.
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    Aukai – ST (Vinyl)

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    In a lot of ways, Aukai’s self-titled debut is the sound of Markus Sieber bringing his career full circle. Having spent part of the ’90s playing rock music in East Germany, the composer/multi-instrumentalist then shifted his focus to acting, only to have music creep back into his life after a mind-altering move to Mexico. Aukai was born of his desire to create music that could work in tandem with film, video, theater and the visual arts. The compositions on the album also grew out of Sieber’s love affair with the ronrocco, a plucked string instrument from Argentina that Sieber first discovered through the music of film composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain). Aukai may draw initial comparisons to the work of ambient instrumental masters such as Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Goldmund/Helios, but ultimately it is a CD that belongs in a category all its own—a beguiling collection of autumnal acoustic soundscapes dappled with subtle electronic touches.
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    Hidden Rivers – Where Moss Grows (Vinyl)

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    This vinyl edition is a DMM cut pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl... Away from the concrete towns and cities there is a place Where Moss Grows. A place walled with limestone, of dell and cave, forgotten railways and Hidden Rivers. This music is a document in sound of journeys through this place, the sylvan valley. Treading a path worn by his forebears, Hidden Rivers (Huw Roberts) takes a left into the trees with debut solo album, Where Moss Grows. Better known until now for label curation at Serein and his work with Otto A Totland as Nest, Huw’s growing obsession with synthesizers and drum machines takes his solo work into uncharted territory. With barely an acoustic instrument in sight, Where Moss Grows is a personal and thematic album which confidently reveals his future intent.
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    Mytrip – Filament (Vinyl)

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    Limited to 220 copies on black vinyl... Following last year’s Mytrip highly appreciated vinyl debut Empty, the Bulgarian ambient / drone artist is back with a long-anticipated full-length album. In Filament Mytrip is delving deeper into his raw and complex soundscapes. This time they are enriched by tense melodies, blurry rhythmic patterns and organic field recordings. Breathing on the thin borderline of ambient, drone and dub, Filament is Mytrip’s most emotionally and musically varying release so far. The record was written to be experienced live, thus it carries the signature aural harshness of the artist’s recent works. Combined with Mytrip’s immense love for drifting sonic environments Filament is an atmospheric, but intense story about birth, growth and self-awareness.  
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    Ned Milligan – Continental Burns

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    The third album by Ned Milligan and the first to reach an audience beyond family and friends, Continental Burns is the result of getting reacquainted with the act of making music and diving into the experience of creating short films. Limited to 100 LPs, comes with a two-sided insert and download code... Composed primarily over the summer of 2014, Continental Burns was created with two sides in mind. The first five tracks (which also score the video of the same name) share a certain kinship; the sixth complements what came before while departing from it at the same time. A lot of this music came out of Ned’s longstanding interest in repeating figures and loops of both musical and traditionally non-musical sound sources. In contrast to the suite of songs on side A, the B side is taken up by “The Station in Spuyten Duyvil,” an extended reworking of a track that first appeared on Rambler, Ned’s 2005 debut. Entirely composed of processed melodica, it proudly bears the influence of long-form works by Jim O’Rourke, early Rafael Toral, and Stephan Mathieu. Mastered by Sean McCann.
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    Imaginary Forces – Visitation

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    Imaginary Forces returns to Fang Bomb with “Visitation”, a collection of dark, menacing rhythmic noise and crumbled techno that predate the recent releases on Halcyon Veil, Bedouin, Entr’acte and his Basic Rhythm album on Type. Deep and ominous with a grimy, industrial edge, Visitation also features the spoken word of long time Imaginary Forces collaborator Closed Circuits.
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    Davis / Merzbow – Atsusaku

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    Atsusaku is the collaborative output of Gareth Davis (Oiseaux Tempete, Scanner, Elliott Sharp, Machinefabriek etc) and Japanese noise mastermind Masami Akita aka Merzbow. A massive wall of sound over two tracks that moves from the shifting low-end structures and the ricochet of howling reeds to the blistering haze of dense white noise and rapid-fire electronic tones. The title Atsusaku, suggests pressure or mechanical compression and it was from this starting point, the idea of Davis’ reed sound being compressed and constrained by the saturation of Akita’s textures, that the album was born. The acoustic sound almost suffocated beneath the sweep of sonic overload, but through limitation and pushing the mechanics of the instrument itself, finding a space to cut through with layers of self-distorted screams. Haihan, a furiously abusive maelstrom of coloured-noise, digital cross-fire and distorted bass clarinet is unrelenting as it searches for moments of pulse within the haze only to move abruptly back into the mechanical barrage of looping textures. Kyouhan is is far more open in its texture, the low-end layers of reeds moving across the sound space as the squall of chirps and mechanical screeches build slowly into a dense mass of reverberated pointillist details.
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    Seabuckthorn – They Haunted Most Thickly

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    They haunted most thickly. A collection of songs played mainly on an open C tuned resonator guitar & an open A tuned 12-string acoustic guitar. Melodies coming from guitar improvisations, heard in dreams, misheard in reality, all of which continued to invade my thoughts, a driving force for inspiration to record during my time living in Paris. These songs did indeed haunt me most thickly. - Andy Cartwright Seabuckthorn is the solo project of UK acoustic guitarist Andy Cartwright. Releasing 6 albums since 2008 he explores alternative terrains on six to twelve strings, often with minimal layered accompaniments to produce a musical landscape. Cartwright uses the techniques of finger picking & bowing combined with various open tunings to form a well curated mixture of approaches. Falling into the cinematic and soundtrack genres, it’s evident of influences ranging from the traditional styles of Robbie Basho and Jack Rose, to more modern players like Ben Chasny, Zak Riles, and Gustavo Santaolalla with whom Cartwright shares an emphasis on atmospheric and multi-instrumental compositions. Sometimes quietly ambient, often powerfully expressive.
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    Twinkle / Endresen – Debris In Lower Earth Orbit

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    140g Vinyl edition includes 11 x 11″ art insert and print... Twinkle3 have teamed up with Sidsel Endresen, Norwegian singer, avant garde pioneer and ECM recording artist. The result is Debris In Lower Earth Orbit, a graceful, yet precarious dance through the weightless slipstream of orbital flotsam and jetsam. The core trio of Richard Scott (analogue synthesizer and electronics), David Ross (Drosscillator, kantele, mbira) and Clive Bell (shakuhachi and other woodwind) conjured 7 distinct sonic landscapes through an intuitive and delicate interplay first honed on their debut for ini.itu ‘Let’s Make A Solar System’. Sidsel’s singular interpretation of this material narrates a melancholy, stream of consciousness style wordplay. It was David Sylvian who brought the trio into contact with Sidsel and driving alone across the lonesome northwest recalls the first instance the album poured into his ears from the car.
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    Lu Katavist – Inburst

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    Standard 140g Vinyl edition of 70 and includes 11 x 11″ art insert and obi-strip.... The striking first entry into the CUSP label’s discography comes from Cologne-based sound artist Lu Katavist, employing a variety of synthesizer modules controlled with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard to create a cavernous tapestry of deeply spatial and spectral soundscapes. Katavist’s (real name Luka Höfler) approach to the material derived on ‘Inburst’ has been wholly improvisational, but not in any sense traditional. Rather than acquiring any sort of mastery of the equipment chosen to build the sounds heard, Höfler has opted to adopt an almost automatic writing approach to sculpting the material, which he describes as ‘blurring the lines between creating and listening’. The aesthetic goals behind ‘Inburst’ are two fold; to introduce the Western ear to timbres and melodies more associated with lesser heard xenharmonic scales and to inspire a minds eye landscape for the listener to populate with their own experiences, focusing on scattered and layered frequency bands and melody to create a vibrant and evolving mise-en-scene to paint with.
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    Madeleine Cocolas – Cascadia

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    Pressed on clear vinyl and in 5mm spined sleeves... Classically trained artist Madeleine Cocolas, originally from Australia, is currently based in Seattle. Her debut album ‘Cascadia’ is a refinement of material produced for her ‘Fifty Two Weeks’ project which saw her create a track-a-week for a year. The intricate arrangements reach the sublime through delicate piano melodies, pulsing synth patterns and backdrops with ambient layers of her own voice and field recordings.
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    Modo Koagon – Ebb

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    Record comes with 8-page booklet. All jackets and inserts assembled by hand and numbered, limited edition of 100, includes download code... “An eclectic trove of trinket-collage, field recordings, cling-clang, jazzy sax, synthery and percussive blips and rips; MK’s third release is his first as a solo artist and truly showcases his prowess, bringing sensitively crafted intricacies to the forefront. If peace is what you’re after then sprawl out and jam this ditty biddies!” -  Buffalotones Music and Artwork by Modo Koagon. Instruments and Sounds: Field recordings, prepared guitar, contact mics, voice, music box, home videos, kazoo, found objects, portable radio, Yamaha PSR E313, found sounds, theremin, harmonica, effects pedals, Monotron Delay, trumpet mouthpiece.
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    Scott Tuma – Hard Again / The River (2 x Vinyl)

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    Souled American got the proverbial shaft. It’s a well-known story, but one that bears repeating. Forming in Chicago in the late 80s, the band released four remarkable albums of howling roots-rock deconstruction before losing their stateside distribution when Rough Trade’s American division went belly up. Anachronistic and difficult to classify, these four albums– Fe, Flubber, Around the Horn, and Sonny (now back in print on tUMULt Records)– were largely ignored at the time of their release, and the situation was not helped by infrequent touring and a lack of press savvy. More recently, the band has toiled in near obscurity, releasing two albums on German labels since the mid-90s. In the end, though, Souled American was probably just too arty for a genre that puts such a high value on “authenticity.” Fortunately, the band seems to prefer its cult status. Of course, it’s hard not thinking about what might have been. The more or less contemporaneous Uncle Tupelo (which eventually split into Wilco and Son Volt) was handed the alt-country banner and basked in the spotlight while Souled American quietly pursued their craft in the darkness. “No Depression”– the movement and the accompanying magazine– could have just as easily been called “Feel Better” (the final track on Fe), if given a slightly different set of circumstances.
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    Bruce Langhorne – The Hired Hand

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    In 1969 Langhorne was asked by Peter Fonda to score his directorial debut. He decided to opt out of scoring the film in a projection room, instead chose to shoot the film onto a small black and white camera to take back to his home in Laurel Canyon. He would watch the film and play along to it as his girlfriend at the time would record him and play it back, allowing him to overdub Farfisa Organ, piano, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, recorder, and Appalachian dulcimer onto his Revox reel to reel. Bruce's 1920 Martin guitar is most prominent throughout the record. The Results were a uniquely wide and lonesome soundscape. The closest comparison might be Sandy Bull or possibly John Fahey, but nothing of its kind or even of it's time poses a resemblance to Langhorne's minimal masterpiece.
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    Asphodel – Aokigahara…

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    LP with tipped-in cover photo, printed at Stoughton Printing Co., red/black vinyl manufactured at RTI. Includes download code... Aokigahara, The Black Sea of Trees is an abstract visual and sonic story-telling which takes place in a forest located in Mount Fuji, Japan. The forest of Aokigahara, has a world-wide fame for the thousands of suicides which took place there and now has an almost mythological statue. The forest is spread all through with ephemera and items such as photographs, letters and instruments left behind by the leavers, all untouched due to respect. almost entire forest is covered with long ribbons people used to be able to return if they changed their mind. therefore, the entire land is embodied with the vicarious objects that depict the sense of memory, loss and hope.
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    Ingenting Kollektiva – An Anatomy of Melancholy

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    LP with tipped-in cover photo, printed at Stoughton Printing Co., red/black vinyl manufactured at RTI. Includes download code... Recordings revolving around the atmosphere of George Büchner’s Lenz and various melancholies provoked by Robert Burton, the recordings of Krzysztof Penderecki and the idea of Lontano (as from a distance / distant), the textures of Jordi Savall (La Guirnalda de Rosas inspired by a fragment from Saval’s Mare Nostrum) and Ingmar Bergman. Recorded 2010-2015. May pain be my reward.  
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    Ten – Hitherto

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    This release comes in a strictly limited edition of 40 black square 5” lathes, cut by Lathe Cuts and comes in a folded sleeve. Twice Removed is proud to announce the release of Ten’s Hitherto” 5” lathe EP. Ten (Dominic Deane) is a musician and artist who resides in the north of England in Leeds, UK and has making experiment/ambient music since 2009. Ten’s sound combines electronic keys, shoegaze noise and percussion with the acoustic sounds of glockenspiel and strings to create a beautiful cinematic sound-scape that moves from slow, eerie and melancholic to pulsating and optimistic. Ten have kindly supported, Tim Hecker, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, Esmerine and Lucky Dragons. He has also toured around the UK, European and America. Previous releases have come out on labels such as Murmur, Cathedral Transmissions and Heat Death to name a few. He also appears in groups such as November Fires and Trouble the Dark. The tracks on the lathe contain 2 different slices of Ten’s musical style with the track “Now” exposing the Glockenspiel bright ambient, while “Time” ventures more into guitar based almost country-esque drone.  
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    thisquietarmy – Anthems for Catharsis

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    Anthems for Catharsis marks the follow up to thisquietarmy’s last full length studio works “Rebirths”, a representative collection of reworked tracks that have defined his purgative live performances. Between back-to-back tours in Europe & Asia and the release of live drone documents as well as collaborative works with Noveller, Aidan Baker/Hypnodrone Ensemble, André Foisy/Locrian, Syndrome/Amenra, thisquietarmy’s Eric Quach went back to the drawing board in his Montreal studio, at the end of 2014. Within the repetitive genre of ambient and drone, thisquietarmy constantly evolves and tries to incorporate new additional textures and structures into the music – for instance, think of the kraut rock shoegaze of “Resurgence”, or the post rock doom of “Hex Mountains”. However, in other to start fresh and shed skin from exhaustive influences, Quach strips his music down to the black bones. Anthems for Catharsis sounds very focused but also very very dark, not unlike a ritual cleansing or a detoxification. In dismantling his sound, thisquietarmy almost struck a black metal vein, resulting in a dark and brooding ice cold oozing of his signature drones.
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    Celer – Jima

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    Stashed Goods stock is on sea blue vinyl... 100 units on sea blue vinyl and 200 on milky clear vinyl. Limited edition of 300 copies worldwide. Launched in 2005, Celer is the work of Will Long, an American musician, educator, writer and photographer living in Japan, who also curates the Two Acorns label. Initially a duo based in California with Danielle Baquet, Celer has continued as a solo project since 2009, releasing music on numerous esteemed labels, such as Home Normal, Infraction, Spekk, and/OAR and many more. In addition, Will has collaborated on projects with notable artists such as Machinefabriek and Hakobune. A decade into his recording career, Celer arrives at the shores of the Los Angeles based label I, Absentee for the remarkable new full-length, “Jima.” The album contains two pieces, each occupying an entire LP side; one side plunging into the depths of melancholy, while the flip side contrasts with a blissful crescendo. It stands as a crown jewel in the prolific career of Celer, showcasing an artist at the height of his craft. A meditation on existence and conscience, the LP is meticulously assembled and packaged at the highest quality possible by both artist and label.
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    Srapa / Vtol – Joyful Breeze / Ramzan (2 x Vinyl)

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    There is a hidden track inside this release. To reveal it you need two turntables (or ability to play two digital files in one go) and synchronization skills. Double 180g LP, packed in two disco-sleeves with transparent plastic slipcase with ziplock. Limited to 300 copies. Vtol is the project of Dmitry Morozov, Moscow media artist, musician and engineer of strange sounding mechanisms. In the mid 00s Dmitry started to use actively his DIY and Circuit Bent instruments for his own music projects, as well as making instruments for other musicians and media artists. He is the first batch producer of music and video synthesizers at the post-Soviet area. Besides making music and instruments, Dmitry creates audiovisual art installations and promotes Circuit Bending and DIY Electronics in Russia by means of lectures and workshops. Papa Srapa is a contemporary visionary, analog synths shaman and sound artist. His name is Eduard Srapionov. His DIY music instruments have no analogues in this world and are constantly changing for better. He calls himself no composer, neither musician nor inventor. He doesn’t use many words, calls himself Papa Srapa and his music — “Experimental electronic”. He lives and works in Rostov-on-Don.  
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    Brinstaar – Testarossa

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    320 numbered copies on black 12′ vinyl packed into gorgeous holographic jacket... Testarossa is third studio album by Brinstaar. He says that this album is dedicated to redheaded blue-skinned Goddess. This work is reflecting Brinstaar’s deep and emotional chase for the elusive moment of infinite bliss that keeps him alive and conscious. While using mainly processed guitars for Infotswetock and synths for Mielisss, Brinstaar uses a lot of acoustic instruments and field recorded sounds in Testarossa now, thus creates much more intimate compositions. Of course, his specialty mesmerizing synth parts and precisely constructed guitar timbres are still here too.
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    [Bolt ] – 03

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    The follow-up to their meanwhile sold out record ( 0 2 ) and a stream of collaborations presents the drone-duo in a grown-up, elaborated heavy darkness soundwise. Where once the distorted-to-the-max walls of sound were all over the place, a more ambient-esk eagerness to experiment comes into play. This progress suits the diversity of the record pretty well. But it’s still highly recommended to play this one at health-risky volume.  
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    Biblo – Moved

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    Minimalistic segments culminating in a rich and deep sometimes even dark, melancholic and very gritty composition. A hauntingly beautiful voice that seems to be coming from the beyond, guiding you through a soundscape that easily could have been a collaboration between Andy Stott and Julee Cruise mixed with a spark of experimental dub and ambient music. The album comes on transparent vinyl in a fullcolored sleeve & includes a download code.
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    [ Bolt ] / Petrels – Split

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    Comes in a full-coloured 10″ sleeve including a download code.... Bolt & Petrels share wax on the first 10″ in Aentitainment history. Who would have imagined that their meeting on the Halfplugged Festival may lead to this? [Bolt], our very own rising stars on the international drone-firmament and Denovalis’ Petrels come together on shiny, black vinyl with one exclusive track each. Wrapped in a fullcolored sleeve this Split has a duration of more than 20 minutes what should have been expected as you are familiar with the tunes by these artists. [Bolt] sneak in gently, swaying in expansive, melancholic ambiences before the distortion rolls in… Petrels on the other hand take all the aural space needed by assault delivering one of the densiest compositions you may have heard in a long time.
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    Mytrip – Empty

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    A dark ambient / drone project from Bulgaria scattering its music since 2005. Limited to 250 copies on a 7″ black vinyl, they sound warm as death.
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    Richard J. Birkin – Songs For Spoken Words

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    Limited to 250 copies. Single-sided cream coloured 12″ vinyl with printed inner sleeves. Comes with free download. .. In its sweet, low-key way, Songs for Spoken Words is magnificent. It’s as if you’re hosting a cutting edge artistic event in the comfort of your own office, living room or train seat. Within a few lines of “Being That Person” you’re hooked. Technically dazzling and emotionally involving.
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    Grawl!x – Good Grief

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    Limited Edition of 250 copies. Heavyweight black vinyl. Printed inner sleeves and free digital download. Grawl!x’ debut album is a misty dream of melancholic shoegazing and rich soundscapes of compelling tunes. A mixture that ends up as a mature and perfectly executed album which is rounded off with hazy, distant vocals that guide you from the fragile beginning of “Good Grief” to the trembling and moving climax towards the end. There’s a lot to discover in the rich and detailed arrangements of the songs, but even the sparse parts on the album are anxious to please – and they do succeed.
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    Das Sombreros – The Lamp

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    Das Sombreros – to rhyme with ‘hair loss’ rather than ‘pharaohs’ – is Pedro Wong and Klaus Patel. The pseudonymous duo develop ‘paranoiac collages’ that layer found and treated sounds with nonsensical, misheard phrases and fleeting moments of musicality. The results can be hallucinatory, sinister, erotic and hilarious – sometimes all at once. Despite the ambient washes that permeate the nine tracks that constitute The Lamp, the music of Das Sombreros could never be consigned to the background. It demands to be listened to, not just heard. However, as with all the best experimental music, the work the listener is required to put in is richly rewarded. In this case, with a series of documents that seem to have been plucked fully formed from the psychologically precarious mind of a sleeping recluse.
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    Zeitkratzer – Whitehouse

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    Limited edition 180g LP, gatefold sleeve inc. download code... William Bennett, the musical mastermind behind WHITEHOUSE and CUT HANDS, has already worked with zeitkratzer at several occasions. 4 years after their first CD (Whitehouse, zeitkratzer records) the critically acclaimed ensemble and the highly influential noise pioneer release their second album. Recorded live at the festival Musique Action in Nancy / France, the new recording goes even further: while the deep bass frequencies – produced by the huge orchestra drum, at some points as well by the beaten bass strings of the piano or by subtones of the horns – made vibrate not only the floor of the venue while on the other hand high piping sounds, amplified violin harmonics, bitten clarinet tones attack the listener. A music with crystal clear or even neurosurgical precision. And one can hear voices all over – distorted from being spoken through a trombone, a French horn, phantom voices in the density of the sounds, etc. No electronic effects are used – it’s pure acoustic power!  
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    Zeitkratzer – Lou Reed (2 x Vinyl)

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    Limited edition 2LP, 180g, gatefold sleeve inc. download code... About 10 years after their first, critically acclaimed performances of Lou Reed’s adventurous album, zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Music played by zeitkratzer on one recording! Seriously “clangorous”! This new version of Metal Machine Music is even more transparent, instrumentally pure and radical than the shortened 2007 release; Live recordings from concerts in Rome and Reggio Emilia, Italy, mixed and mastered by Rashad Becker. A real sound experience!
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    Tone / Talibam / Kulik – Double Automatism

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    New York City’s experimental duo TALIBAM! team up with fluxus artist / electronic avant-gardist YASUNAO TONE and trombonist SAM KULIK for a confrontational sonic attack, fired by an array of analog synths and other electronic devices. “Bringing together the most calamitous materials from their home planets of Noise, glitch, and free improvisation, TONE and TALIBAM! are at once the likeliest and unlikeliest of conspirators. Despite making his home in New York since 1971, TONE’s foundational electronic work harkens back to his early days in revolutionary Japanese avant-garde collectives Group ONGAKU and HI RED CENTER, and resonates with his groundbreaking deconstructions of digital CD sound in the 1980s. Meanwhile in the post-art worlds of millennial Brooklyn, TALIBAM! have cranked out their own absurd, profane and unclassifiable improvisational style, bringing their provocations around the world, and proficiently mediating jazz, rock, and hip-hop along the way; trombonist SAM KULIK brings an acoustic element to the mix that invokes the live sonic mixes of MUSICA ELETTRONICA VIVA. In their collaboration “Double Automatism”, they forge a confrontational new alliance in the transnational history of experimental sound, with the noisiest consequences imaginable.”
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    Templeton / Armstrong: Extensions (Vinyl / DVD)

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    Release comes with a digital download coupon. Each copy from Stashed Goods comes with a limited edition postcard, 20 different postcards in all. Sound artist Mark Templeton and filmmaker Kyle Armstrong have collaborated on a film/record released as a 12” LP and DVD in tribute to Canadian media visionary Marshall McLuhan. The audiovisual elements include both original and sampled film and audio inspired by the media visionary. The LP and DVD was mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and pressed on 140g vinyl. 2015 marks the 104th birthday of Canadian visionary Marshall McLuhan. With each passing year the revelatory nature of his prophetic vision becomes more evident. The global village is becoming a distinct reality in this technological age. McLuhan’s ability to predict the full impact of technology and media on our culture decades in advance is unprecedented. And his deep concern and warnings to us in these drastic changes in civilization are rarely heeded as we head full-steam ahead past the point of no-return, the consequences which are increasingly self-evident.
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    Ormonde – Cartographer/Explorer

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    Ormonde are Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William/Lotte Kestner) and Robert Gomez, and Cartographer/Explorer is the Seattle band’s second album, following on from 2012’s Machine which garnered keen praise on both sides of the Atlantic for its delicate acoustic songwriting. Individually, the two members of Ormonde have impressive CVs: Williams toured with Damien Rice, Feist, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky during her time in Trespassers William (Nettwerk Records) and also co-wrote and sang Hold Tight London on Chemical Brothers’ Push the Button album. Gomez is a respected producer/multi-instrumentalist who has worked with John Grant, Centro-matic and Sarah Jaffe and was previously signed to Bella Union. Ormonde however, is where the two locate their shared vision, and it’s a spellbinding place to spend some time.
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    Richard Youngs – Red Alphabet in the Snow

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    Red Alphabet in the Snow is a solo album by the extremely prolific but highly talented Richard Youngs. Two 17-minute pieces, in which Youngs layers acoustic guitars, banjo, cifteli, bass guitar, electric lead guitars, electric violin, epinette des vosges, shakers, sitar, swanee whistle, tambourine, triangle, 12-string guitar, ukulele, and his own voice, build up a meandering instrumental, acoustic, and even psychedelic mix. Each side of the album is made up of various compositions woven together with instrumentation, but which seem to flow seamlessly into a rich and resonant whole. Recorded in Krakow, Poland, and at home in Glasgow, the release comes as a 180g vinyl, in a handmade, recycled card sleeve and insert, hand stamped and numbered on the back, and limited to 250 copies.
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    Pausal – Along the Mantic Spring

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    180 gram pressing. The sleeves were made by a bookbinder and the result is a very heavy tip-on style gatefold sleeve and then finished with an OBI strip. Color version is sold out on pre-orders, the black vinyl is still available. This is the new full-length LP from Pausal. Layer upon layer of guitar-based ambient with a bit of modern classical worked into the mix. Pausal is a duo from the U.K. consisting of Alex Smalley (Olan Mill) and Simon Bainton. This is their 4th full-length album (there are also 2 eps to their credit) and is the follow-up to the ‘Sky Margin’ LP (Own Records) from last year. Pausal exists in a sub-genre of ambient lead by guitar-based drone ambience as well as layer upon gentle layer of more guitar, bells, piano and environmental recordings. It invites deeper listening into the composition itself. A composition built in restraint, a discernable set of hazy layers, and careful construction revealing a recording of rare beauty. “Modern classical ambient”, a slight-return to the denser and more reverb-drenched places of their earlier work but with the benefit of hindsight.
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    Jerome Longhi – Sonameon

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    It’s ever hard to find some words about a debut. There’s nothing to compare. Yes, of course, there could be thrown in some names, or it could be mentioned that Jerome Longhi grew up in a musical family and learned playing guitar at seven…started his 1st Band as kid and now ownes a production studio. But is it important that way? Maybe the fact, he was just fed up from guitar music. With the thought, that the broom chamber would fit his sound to leave the domestic fields of Rock for a while.
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    thisquietarmy – Rebirths LP

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    180g white/silver vinyl in PVC sleeve, limited to 390 pieces... “Rebirths” are new recordings (2014) of selected previously released studio tracks that have since been adapted for its live performances over the years. For the uninitiated, “Rebirth” is the perfect introduction to thisquietarmy’s work. For those already familiar, it’s a synthesis of thisquietarmy’s sonic evolution. – TQA
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    Robin Allender – Foxes in the Foyer

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    Limited Edition of 350 | Hand Numbered | Clear Vinyl.. Circular melodies adorned with simple samples and loops. Its charm makes a lot of sense given that Allender plays in film composer Yann Tiersen’s live band – Lars Gotrich NPR Music of heart and humanity, as fresh (and refreshing) as a spring lake. – Textura Robin Allender certainly has prowess on his instrument but I found myself drawn to the more woe-some and winsome tracks that inter-weave amongst the track order, culminating with the prettiest song I have heard in a while. In fact, were there a Buddha Box with only the final track “An Uneven Lie” I probably would never leave the house again. – Field Hymns
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    Padang Food Tigers / Lake Mary

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    It seems a logical step to follow up Scissor Tail Editions 2012 reissue of Bruce Langhorne’s score to “The Hired Hand” with these two beautifully constructed pieces of music from artists residing on separate sides of the planet. Padang Food Tigers and Chaz Prymek AKA (Lake Mary) both employ similar instrumentations to that of “The Hired Hand” soundtrack. Banjos play the lead role for Padang Food Tigers and Lake Mary as well in building imaginary desolate landscapes. Guitar and piano float in and out. These could easily be heard as companion pieces “Crabbing King Sappling” builds heavy cinematic tension while “White River” acts as a blissful release. Both artists are apt creators of space and masters of turning your repetitive thoughts into wandering nomads. – Scissor Tail
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    Jesse Aycock – Out to Space…

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    Limited edition of 200. Letter-pressed, hand numbered jackets and artwork by Dylan Aycock at Scissor Tail Private Press. “This music is a little close to home. I’m happy and honored to be releasing my older brother Jesse Aycock’s first vinyl record on Record Store Day. This 7″ will be quickly followed up by a full length record early 2014. The album was recorded at the historic Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The studio was originally founded and opened by Leon Russell in the 70’s and has recently been reopened this last year. The band for this record is made up of some Tulsa players as well as Neal Casal of (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Beachwood Sparks) and George Sluppick of (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ruthie Foster, Albert King and many more…) I’ve been watching Jesse play live for years and growing up hearing him develop his style in the bedroom next to mine, practicing guitar licks to classic records for endless hours. That being said it’s no surprise that his music and influence has seeped into my subconscious and finds favor at Scissor Tail. It puts into context a lot of my own musical choices and changes over the years. I’m obviously biased but I believe there’s a nostalgia and sincerity that can be heard and felt by anyone who takes time to listen to this quickly collectible record as Jesse has just been picked up as the guitarist for The Secret Sisters. Jesse was featured on the cover of Tulsa People last month and will be playing songs from this album and his previous two albums across the US throughout 2014.” – Dylan Aycock
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    Rivulets – Stars In Aspic

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    Rivulets is US songwriter Nathan Amundson. He has released albums on Important, Chair Kickers’ Union and O Rosa Records, as well as numerous EPs, split releases and compilations. Since 2000 Rivulets has toured extensively across the US and Europe, gaining fervent acclaim for his achingly fragile, minimal song-craft. This is Rivulets’ debut solo vinyl record, and the first physical release since 2011. Trome Records has been a fan of Rivulets’ achingly fragile song-craft for years now, so we’re really pleased to be able to bring you this beautiful record. 
’Stars In Aspic’ on the A side is full-band languid Americana which rocks out towards the end, augmented by Nathan’s distinctive vocals that hit you somewhere in the chest. 
’It’s Here’ on Side B hails from the opposite end of the Rivulets sound palette, with a deep, brooding late-night guitar ambient drone. As ever with Nathan’s work, both tracks on ‘Stars In Aspic’ sound bruised yet searingly honest, the effect of which seeps into the listener and stays there.
Artwork is from the photographer Christy Romanick [http://christyromanick.tumblr.com] who has previously contributed sleeve art for Rivulets, Windy & Carl, thisquietarmy, Windsor For The Derby and Infinite Light Ltd among others. 
Limited black vinyl with thick black card inner sleeves and hand-stamped labels. 
Essential.
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    Charles-Eric Charrier – Petite Soeur

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    Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for Gizeh Records, is endlessly yearning and searching, pushing and pulling at the basic fabric of bass, piano, drums and guitar. Repetition, space and a sublime understanding of how instruments speak with each other are the key fundamentals in this album. Witness the patient guitar that opens ‘No Closed To Be’, taking its own sweet time before first acoustic bass and then percussion fall into line behind. And the narcotic, late-night jazz of the title track with drums, piano and Fender Rhodes slurring around Charrier’s steady bass pulse. Or the gradual build of ‘Instant/Moment’ into a sustained, pulse-like drive before pausing, exhausted by the sun on the plains, and then collapsing into a mesmerising swirl of woodwind, organ, piano and bowed drones. ‘Petite Soeur’ may be all-instrumental, but we can hear Charrier’s voice as clear as a bell. It is defined by empathy and clarity. In its own way, this is soul music.
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    Andrew Johnson: a new line (related) (2 x Vinyl)

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    A New Line (Related) is the latest venture from Lancashire-based Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer/Moteer). Utilising tools from the early days of home produced underground dance music (such as SK5 sampler keyboards and vintage drum machines) Andrew has unearthed a beautiful album of downbeat, lamp-lit techno, industrial grade ambience and sonic experimentation which at times recalls early Warp Records, Gescom and raw, 313 area Beatdown House, as well as the more modern breed of electronic and techno travellers such as Actress, Mark Fell (Late Period) and even Theo Parrish (The Slow Sound Of Your Life). Despite (or maybe because of) the antiquated sound sources, these tracks pull and tug at the emotions. Rattling drum machines pick out rhythms while underneath, carefully played warm synths and a mesh of samples slowly emerge, introducing melody and texture into the pieces. All culminating in a spacious, evocative and unhurried work. As well as the more beat-driven tracks, there are moments of intense stillness (People Kissed Underneath Me), Steve Reich-esque, gamelan style hypnotic nodders (Repetition) and probably one of the most beautiful tracks you’re likely to hear this year (Great Palaces).
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    Glottalstop – Woodsmoke

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    The record is mastered by Brassica. Available in a limited run of 200 copies, the record features artwork screenprinted across the inner sleeve, and a 2-colour screenprinted card jacket, sewn edges and protected in a heavyweight PVC sleeve. Purchases of the vinyl also come with a free download code… Woodsmoke is the debut release from Glottalstop. Sourced almost entirely from a collection of tape recordings dating back 20 years, the two long-form tracks that make up this LP are an exercise in slowbuild tension, unsettling claustrophobia, and dense textural collage. This distorted tape assemblage is tied together with additional improvised cello and electronics, never standing still, but letting each sound explore its full potential before moving on. In terms of reference points, the record perhaps harks back to the early tape work of Arthur Lipsett, or more recent offerings from Daniel Menche and the unclassifiable output of Akira Rabelais. But really we’re struggling for comparisons. Woodsmoke, like the mysterious building depicted on the artwork, is out on its own, in the middle of the woods, and it’s getting dark…
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    Andree / Mason – Call, Response

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    “Call, Response” was conceived of as a long distance musical conversation between Josh Mason and David Andree. A single take of material performed by one artist was recorded to magnetic tape and sent to the other with the restriction that accompaniment be recorded in real time as well, closely simulating a live performance. Over time, as the players learned more about each other and their methods, an overarching quality to the body of work developed from their shared sensibilities. The call and response format allowed the voice of each artist to be present, interacting and intersecting, within a murky atmosphere punctuated by melodic fragments and moments of clarity.
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    Good Night & Good Morning – Narrowing Type

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    Narrowing Type, the first full length album in Good Night & Good Morning’s five year history, is an exploration of the darker side of nostalgia, texture, and delicacy. Recorded entirely in home studios between Chicago and Milwaukee, Narrowing Type retains GN&GM’s vibraphone and guitar core but uses the addition of drums while detouring into sublime realms of static and noise to leave you with deconstructed yet thickened pop music heard and felt through a haze of fog. Limited 12” vinyl mastered by Taylor Deupree (12k). RIYL: Grouper, The American Analog Set, Stars of the Lid, Low, Jesu.
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    Juppala Kaapio – Alpen Ocean

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    This release is a limited edition of 250 copies… Alpen Ocean is the final recording of Carole Kojo (Swiss) and Hitoshi Kojo (Japanese) that they left behind as Juppala Kaapio, whilst resident in Switzerland. The sound sources are rather familiar instruments and materials for us such as voices, handmade instruments, viola, organic materials and field recordings. However, the style has evolved to a hybrid of our early style: an intense harmonic drone music that has appeared in RAINBOW MASK, and another phase which might be termed as a cosmopolitan ethnic music, that has been archived in later recordings such as OWLORA MUSKARIA and ANIMALIA COROLLA. The overlaid harmonies of a murmuring of trees, howling skies, roarings of the ocean and the gradual transformation that is accompanied by melodies may remind you of migratory birds travelling across the sky on a lost ancient continent, or the dream of sea animals that are in eternal slumber in a ridge of mountains. This piece would be one of a high-water mark by Jüppala Kääpiö who have looked for sound which resonates throughout time and space, whilst regarding a life-size reality that is rooted on the earth. Since the move to Belgium where is a foreign county for both of us in 2011, we are investigating a passage to our next chapter in the new environment.
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    Chantal Acda – Let Your Hands Be My Guide (Vinyl)

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    180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matte finished sleeve with black inner paper sleeve stamped with the Gizeh logo. Currently based in Belgium, Dutch-born Chantal Acda (b. 1978) has worked under the Sleepingdog moniker since 2006, making three acclaimed albums that closed on the ‘With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields’ (2010) album for which she collaborated with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen). They toured the UK and Benelux with Low in 2011.
 After all this, it was time for her first real solo record. Playing in various formations had made her conscious of the patterns that we all, as humans, share in. So, she sought out kindred spirits with whom she might record an album filled with freedom and intensity, and who were conscious of the patterns we so often fall back on.  
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    N(13) – Prora

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    Originally released in 2009. Pure guitar drones. With passion. A simple method with minimalistic device. Two songs focused on the heart of matter. Keep it low. At this point a classic! Vinyl will come with a 12-page photo booklet including liner notes by Tobias Fischer and Inke Arns. Mastered by Dirk Serries.
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    EAU-DC – Nr2

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    With Nr2 Jens Fischer and Thorsten Polomski developed 8 Songs moving between the relaxing moods of electronica. Just mixing up their favoured elements, adding more restrained, but sometimes pretty hasty beats and analog sounding fx’s this time, their 2nd recording expands ambient to not-just ambient. 100 copies will include a big sized poster with conceptual artwork according to the sleeve. Artwork/ design by Dominic Rechsteiner.
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    Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf – Kindspechleber / Kall Tra

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    On Kindspechleber Mirko Uhlig offers a set of real disturbing tracks somewhere between musique concrète and cold ambient layers. The added CD Kall Trä presents reworked sound collections from the vinyl and with this four completely new songs. As they complement this work as whole, these recordings shouldn´t be withhold. A release which shows once more that Mirko Uhlig is just a versatile experimental musician. Comes in a very appealing coverartwork by Robert Schalinski.
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    Machinefabriek – Vergezichten

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    Musicians like Rutger Zuydervelt have a special relationship with presets – sounds, rhythms and samples that are inbuilt to keyboards or synthesizers. Presets are the opposite of individualism in music, they are commodities, sounds off the peg. Self-respecting musicians never use them, or perhaps use them precisely because they shouldn’t. Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek is a master of self-made sound and time-stretching, sensitively handling organic recordings and samples on countless releases, and regards preset sounds in an organ or a cheap keyboard as a tonal find, as a part of the cacophony of every day life. He uses the chugging of a Bontempi rhythm box or preset strings like field recordings, with the same calm and matter-of-factness as the murmur of ventilation or the hum of a refrigerator. These Bontempi-rhythms plus the computer-stretched sounds of saxophone (Espen Reinertsen) and voice (Mariska Baars) are the base elements of Vergezicht 1 & 2. It is stunning how Zuydervelt manages to produce depth and meditative calm with this supposedly soulless material. Never-ending expanses and the mechanic rhythms overlap and start shifting, slowly and imperceptibly before the beat gets nervous, starts to stumble to finally come to a standstill with the slowly swelling bass. The track is held in suspense, rattling and rustling. Ghostly squeaking breezes in, then another stop with a soft beat of the drum. Slowly, the track builds itself up again with filtered grooves and prolonged notes. On Vergezicht 2, the Bontempi-rhythm sets in again, after seven minutes of rising and subsiding expanses and the breezy, ethereal soprano, this time slowed down alongside warm basses and single notes from the piano. Then a momentary halt, almost too beautiful and too clean for this track. Soon an ominous siren call floats above the euphony and restores order by friction. This subtle irritation is part of a complete acoustic pattern. It is not possible to imagine Machinefabriek’s music without the irritiating moment, the doubt turned into sound. The Dutch word ‘Vergezicht’ means view or panorama. And it is a wide acoustic panorama opened by Zuydervelt here that reveal presets in new light.
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    Machinefabriek – Colour Tones

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    One sided white vinyl record (as used in the Colour Tales exhibition) in a simple sleeve. The package includes a download code for the music in digital format, including the 12 minute ‘Mosaic’ (which is not on the lp itself). Tracks 1-5 were recorded for ‘Colour Tales – an artistic research into the quality of colour’, a project and exhibition by Lesley Moore, curated by Anthropologists in Art, inspired by Imants Ziedonis’ book Krasainas Pasakas (Coloured Tales). Mosaic was initially a study for a live performance at the opening of the exhibition.
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    Jared Smith – Fjall

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    Limited edition 12” white vinyl. Jared Smith is a musician, photographer, and programmer living in San Francisco. In his third release, Fjall, meaning “mountain” in Icelandic, he provides a stripped down departure from his previous albums. Whether it’s the melodic rapping of a flagpole in front of Hallgrímskirkja church, the hollow clatter of a loose street-tile along Bergstaðastræti, or even the warm, comforting sound of coffee brewing from within flat in Reykjavík, He is able to find the music in the micro and the mundane. Fjall explores the fear that disables enjoyment of beautiful moments, the fear of repeating mistakes, the fear of what a new path will bring.
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    Melodia – Saudades

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    Saudades is the debut by Melodía, the duo of Federico Durand and Tomoyoshi Date. Fede is a musician who lives in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in San Paulo, Brazil, where he lived until the age of three, Tomo currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. They both share a profound passion for music. They both released a solo album on Own Records in 2011 and a few months later (Spring 2012) went to Europe for a common tour where they first met and where they decided to record an album together which was mastered by their friend Stephan Mathieu.
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    Drape – An Idea And Its Map

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    Edition of 400 copies. Black vinyl, 180 Gram pressing. Gatefold sleeve + OBI strip. Purchase of LP will include a download code of the album… Drape is an ambient duo comprised of Ryan Gracey and Spencer Williams. They have been crafting soundscapes since 2004. Their debut, ‘dream words’ (Gears of Sand) saw a limited CDR release in 2009. It was well received and garnered comparisons to Stars of the Lid, early 70’s Tangerine Dream as well as late 80’s space ambient. Their follow-up was an interesting pairing on cassette – a split w/ experimental artist Odd Nosdam. ‘An Idea And Its Map’ marks a refined leap forward in Drape’s sound. While less space music, there is certainly more expansion. It is a smudged and blended orchestra of drones on the opener ‘Solo in High Dreary’ and those drones are split apart in slow-motion – eventually revealing a single guitar tone. Moments of sublime resonance as on ‘The Visible The Untrue’ anchored by piano, and notes that float, seemingly carried in on a breeze. All is not as it seems with an undercurrent of ground swelling, oscillating air – somewhere in the distance there is a storm assembling. Ebb and flow between light and dark – silver lined black clouds converge on the B side opener ‘fanfare for lake flies’. The strings, guitar, siren calls are assembled and plastered to one another. A thick blanket of overwhelming beautiful cacophony results. The album’s close is as much filtered white noise as it is heavenly chords. The dual slow-motion treated guitar present thoroughout ‘An Idea…’ diverges between pools of dissonant feedback, howls of wind, and melodic drones.
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    Alberto Boccardi / Lawrence English

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    The idea of the split comes from the recording sessions in the summer of 2012 that Alberto realized with the chorus of classical and contemporary music Antonio LaMotta. Alberto sends Lawrence all the material leaving him complete freedom in manipulation. In A side Alberto develops a path in three movements, where each part is independent but at the same time connected to the others; the sequence evolves as inevitable. Lawrence said about his tracks: “This is what I’d like to think of as Land Music. Perhaps sharing something with the perspective scale of Land Art, in which a massing of micro elements create a marco feature, these small sounds when transformed etch out contours and long envelopes of shape across the air. The pieces breathe with a kind of uneasy familiarity. Sounds of the human world and the natural world co-exist at equal states of transformation.”
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    Ratio / Ambarchi – Split

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    Luminance Ratio share another vinyl with an international musicians. While the first volume involved the American musician/artist Steve Roden, this second volume features Luminance Ratio, with a psychedelic piece of music between free-folk and ambient, and the Australian artist Oren Ambarchi with a song mixing the usual warm frequencies of his guitar with a unique and evocative vocal part.
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    Heidi Harris – Cut The Line

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    Pressed on 140g standard weight black vinyl in recycled cardboard jackets, with full color printed front/back artwork… “The most piercing element of Cut the Line is its use of repetition. As the title indicates, Harris’s fourth full length presents the process of separation. This presentation is deliberately calculated and refined: Harris’s goal while writing was to “create songs that covered as many different perspectives as [she] could imagine.” Whether it is lyrically, such as the playful vocals in “Oh My,” or instrumental, such as the dynamic riff in “Maple,” perspective is accomplished through repetition. In both cases, the consistent repetition and intentionally subtle variations lend an encompassing ambience to beautifully unembellished tracks. Harris intended to build on the loose “in the moment” style of recording she had done in the past with this release. There are certainly still moments of lively and disorienting experimentation, but the music never seems out of reach. “Carved In” contains a very pop influenced vocal melody that eventually gives way to a free flowing, liberated harp section – an instrument in which Harris experimented with here for the first time. Overall, Cut the Line is grounded in amicably layered vocals and very fitting minimalistic production. Harris also called on a variety of artists to fill out the album, including Teletextile and Inner Ocean’s own Cory Zaradur, Porya Hatami, Sima Kim and Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián. Cut the Line is an accomplished and thoroughly structured album that still manages to capture the energizing feel of a relaxed impromptu performance.”
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    Banabila / Erker / Machinefabriek / Zenial

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    12-inch 140 gram vinyl. Handnumbered limited edition of 250. Comes in a full colour matte sleeve. Artwork with kite aerial photography by Gerco de Ruijter… Banabila & Erker & Machinefabriek & Zenial is a limited vinyl release showcasing some of Banabila’s diverse collaborations along with a few new tracks. Tracks earlier released are “Deep in the Forest” (from “Route Planner “) and “More Signals from Krakrot” (from “The Latest Research From The Dept. of Electrical Engineering”). “Crowds”, however is an excitingly different version than the one known from the Sum Dark 12 release. The two new tracks are the opening track “Ill Rave” (with Machinefabriek) and the delicate “Drops”. B-E-M-Z.clearly demonstrates Banabila’s versatility. But then – most of his albums do! The impressive artwork is also very much worth mentioning: it’s taken from a collection of kite aerial photographs by Gerco de Ruijter
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    Chris Dooks – 300 Square Miles of Upwards

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    12” blue vinyl with pearl-­‐finish colour card inner and outer sleeves, photographic montage and essay. Layout by Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek). Comes with download of album plus bonus HD film and additional items… This record features loops of Scottish accents from Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire, as well as pieces for ‘broken piano’, Korg Monotron and spoken word reflections on the night sky. Initially made for Chris’s PhD and as a ‘gift’ for Galloway Forest Park in South-­‐West Scotland, the record be easily divorced from academia and its background into a genre that is somewhere between ‘the radio ballads’ of early BBC radio documentaries and a soporifice xperience in what is a massively luxurious vinyl + download package.
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    Mary Lattimore – The Withdrawing Room

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    Heavyweight black vinyl with cover design by Chris Koelle… Seek solace. Be still and drift. Withdraw and be there. There. Inside. A chair awaits. A beginning built from an ending, from leaving, from afar. In times such as these, The Withdrawing Room is a safe haven to leave behind all that weighs heavily and surrounds us. We remark how comfortable the chair is, how exquisite the view is outside the window, the aroma, the breaths to be taken as you become aware of the minutia all around you and the sounds emanating from Mary Lattimore’s harp, warming your feet, your hands, your heart. Breathe. Previous collaborations have seen Mary matching wits with such esteemed luminaries as Thurston Moore, Meg Baird, Kurt Vile, Ed Askew, Fursaxa, and Jarvis Cocker. But for this debut work, Mary sequestered herself in a room, much like this one, to kindle three distinct works for keeping the listener company as he or she enjoys the view. The nuanced notes of the harp strings sing and reverberate amid subtle electronics courtesy of Jeff Zeigler on the 24-minute long piece “You’ll Be Fiiinnne;” “Pluto the Planet” meanders at a slow and steady pace as the sun makes its way across the sky and the gentle plucks of the silk and steel resonate within, beyond; the closing chaos of “Poor Daniel” charts a recklessness that embraces the listener as he or she quietly makes their way out of the room to tackle the world anew.
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    Alexandr Vatagin – Serza (Vinyl)

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    Just in time for valeot records 5th anniversary, co-founder and label head alexandr vatagin presents his third solo album “serza”. in combining the analogue and tender atmosphere of “valeot” (2006) with the harsh, yet subtle digital electronics of “shards” (2008), “serza” is attesting to a consequent and traceable development towards maturity in sound and structure. featuring a huge spectrum of common as well as unusual instruments, it takes you on a thirty minute trip full of delicate melodies, pushing drums, gentle noise, swirling celli, warm vibraphone chimes and sweet piano tunes. The album features friends from all over the world including martin siewert (radian, trapist), hideki umezawa (pawn), james yates (epic 45, pattern theory), fabian pollack, giulio aldinucci, all tupolev members and patrick pulsinger, who provided several self-recorded synth samples. Serza is presented live either by alexandr vatagin (cello, synth, laptop) solo or as a trio: alexandr vatagin (bass, nordlead, laptop), martin siewert (guitar, devices) and david schweighart (drums). Born in ukraine in the early 80ies, vatagin moved to austria in the beginning of the 90ies, and only started to make music another decade later. he plays in tupolev and port-royal and founded the project quarz, which recently released its first album on cronica. he has collaborated with b. fleischmann, stefan nemeth (lokai), steven hess (pan american), philippe petit (strings of consciousness), bernhard breuer (elektro guzzi, metalycee), alexander schubert, kutin (dirac), nicolas bernier and many others and played concerts all over western, central and eastern europe. his solo works and works he was involved in were released on valeot records, morr music, cronica, n5md, mikroton, moozak and many more.
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    Mark Templeton – Jealous Heart

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    Mark Templeton presents Jealous Heart, an album which reimagines the story of his sound in an approach that is both staid and deeply emotional, re-orienting what is offered and what is held back through a myriad of smeared stringed instruments, fragmented horn phrases, tape loops, and found-sound-driven explorations. Templeton’s music is always difficult to truly classify, which is part of its charm. It is way too dense and detailed to qualify as ambient in a traditional sense – instead developing itself into a highly organized, spacious clutter. It is electro-acoustic music that hearkens to tape machines and misused instruments of yesteryear, viewed whole-heartedly through the prism of ultra-modernity, of an awareness of what has transpired in-between.
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    Betacicadae – Mouna (Vinyl)

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    Clear vinyl in handmade printed sleeve and insert. Individually numbered edition of 100, each one-of-a-kind. Includes download code for bonus material. Painstakingly constructed by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Scott Davis during more than two years of spiritual struggle and rebirth, ‘betacicadae: mouna’ is a lush, transcendental narrative in sound. It is a cohesive whole that employs a broad spectrum of textures and extends far beyond formula like “drone” or “field recordings.” The sounds absorb, project, embrace, and comfort the listener in imaginary geography—surreal, dreamlike spaces beween earth and otherworldliness. ‘mouna’ is an intimate personal statement, but also a universal musical narrative of redemption. Source material for each track began with field recordings: a farm in Oregon, a rainforest in Hawaii, different cities. An array of acoustic and electronic sounds were generated from scratch: instruments included guitars (electric, bass, lap steel), wood flute, vibraphone, harp, violin, percussion, synthesizers, effects pedals, and digital software. Elegua Records is proud to present this debut release by betacicadae. Beginning with photographic images by Davis, the design, printing, and construction of the album’s physical editions are approached with the care and depth of feeling that the music deserves. Taking the label’s handmade DIY approach to limited editions a step further, clear vinyl and compact disc editions of 100 will include one-of-a-kind screen printed, stamped, and individually numbered inserts and transparencies. The physical editions will also include a unique download code with access to high-quality digital files of the album and bonus material.
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    The Mistys – Stalking / Drawers

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    This little baby comes in a super limited 7″ pressing (200 copies) and we have a feeling they will not be around for long! Comes with a Japanese style ‘Wrap around’ cover and black/white photo booklets. Mistys are the first signing to The Boats new label Other Ideas and ‘Stalking / Drawers’ will be it’s debut release! We want more Mistys music please Andrew. This stuff gets me and Jess moving around the room!
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    Ingenting Kollektiva – Fragments Of Night

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    Gorgeous gatefold 4 panel with heavyweight wax… Ingenting Kollektiva is comprised of Diane Granahan, Kirston Lightowler, Tarrl Lightowler, and Matthew Swiezynski, and is a homage to the films of Ingmar Bergman and Sven Nykvist. The Kollektiva recordings are meditations on the quality of light, sound, and atmosphere, as well as realizations of the various forms of ‘nothingness’ captured by these two masters. Christmas of 2009, the Kollektiva found themselves surrounded with many recordings from the year 1969, including: Miles Davis & Teo Macero’s In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, John Surman’s Way Back When and How Many Clouds Can You See?, and Extrapolation (with John McLauglin), Bert Jansch’s Birthday Blues, Vashti Bunyan’s Just Another Diamond Day (recorded December 1969), Fairport Convention’s Unhalfbricking, Jan Garbarek & Terje Rypdal’s Esoteric Circle, King Crimson’s In The Court Of The Crimson King, Scott Walker’s Scott Walker 4, Holger Czukay’s Canaxis, plus many more. With this in mind, they recorded some songs in the Lightowlers’ barn during a rainstorm, and later added recordings from Northern California and Los Angeles. The editing process then became something similar to Macero’s work for Miles Davis. The recording has been issued as a long-play record with a gatefold sleeve and photographs by Tarrl Lightowler. Thanks so much to Taylor Deupree for bringing many layers & hidden sounds to life in these recordings.
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    A-Sun Amissa – You Stood Up For Victory…

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    Limited Edition 180g Vinyl: Come with download code, printed postcard and other printed inserts… A-Sun Amissa is a project formed out of Leeds, UK in 2011 by members of Glissando and The Rustle of the Stars.. Built on the foundations of the unknown, a project that encompasses minimalist drones, modern-classical movements and avant-garde tendencies. Richard Knox (Glissando, The Rustle of the Stars, Of Thread & Mist) & Angela Chan (Glissando, The Rustle of the Stars, Tomorrow We Sail) began forming the initial ideas in the Autumn of 2011, moving away from the piano-led ambience of previous outputs. New album ‘You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood Up For Less’ sees A-Sun Amissa moving in a more dense direction, the drones are heavier, the sound thicker and with the added bass-clarinet of Gareth Davis there a new slightly darker jazz element now to the music. The music was conceived initially as two drone guitar pieces, following that, work was done on the composition and atmosphere of the tracks adding the bass-clarinet, viola, vocals, field recordings and piano. The finished works produce an unsettling but hypnotic listen with melodies moving in and out of the mix throughout these two pieces.
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    Peter Broderick – Ten Duets

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    Format: 12-inch vinyl Edition: 250 Track list: 1. Piano & Toy Piano 2. Travel Guitar & Thunder Machine 3. Viola & Laptop 4. Shaker & Kalimba 5. Pump Organ & Hand Bells 6. Violin & Mouth 7. Mandolin & Theremin 8. Field Recorder & Postcard Weevil 9. Nylon Guitar & Violin 10. Banjo & Piano This stunning collection of songs were originally release on cassette tape in 2009. It sold out quick and now a remastered version are released on vinyl by Vintermusik. Its limited to only 250 numbered copies, on black vinyl with a folded sleeve.
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    Orsi & Pimmon – Procrastination

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    Limited run of 250 copies on heavyweight 180grm wax: “When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery, our language has scarce a name for it.” – John Locke Procrastination haunts us. Even the most studious amongst us occasionally finds themselves trapped by a lingering daydream or escapist vision; one that absorbs us and removes us from the moment. But procrastination often masks a industrious subconscious flow. I posit, procrastination is a disconnected deep-thinking, a sub-dreaming, a hidden imagination that trickles in the deepest caves of our brains, which eventually join the conscious rivers of our mind. It’s procrastination that is to blame for the tectonic elegance heard on the debut collaborative effort from Italian musician Fabio Orsi and Australian laptopper Pimmon. After discovering a mutual admiration for their respective outputs, the two decided a collaboration was in order. Before long, Orsi passed Pimmon a set of recordings Pimmon felt “were, in my mind, fully realised”. Considering them as finished pieces, Pimmon was flummoxed as to what he might bring to the collaboration and he entered, as he calls it, “a zone of procrastination”. A deadlock ensued, as Pimmon ploughed through other projects unsure of how to resolve the question of the collaboration. 18 months had passed since the pair first exchanged files and Pimmon, whilst on break along the picturesque Margaret River found himself revisiting the files. Suddenly procrastination broke and the deadlock of directionlessness evaporated. The subconscious trickles had formed rivers and the rivers pounded together creating a tidal wave of sonic ideas that saw Orsi’s files transformed in quick succession. The source recordings shattered through a web of Pimmon’s processing devolutions, re-arranged and re-edited to reveal an entirely new perspective on Orsi’s sonic matter. – Lawrence English
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    Nite Lite – Megrez

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    Phonography, or field recording, could perhaps be imagined as a sort of spectrum. At one extreme are the documentarists, who strive to capture, with the utmost fidelity, the sounds of things as they are ‘in real life’; at the opposite end sit those who use recorded sounds simply as materials for expanding their sonic palette, with no concern for fidelity or recognisability. Between these two poles, however, stretches a wide and ambiguous middle ground, and much of the recent music that I find interesting or engaging happens here. “Megrez”, the new release on Desire Path Recordings from Portland-based duo Philip and Myste French, falls into this uncertain in-between region, though it disappears into the foliage well before we get to see where exactly it lands.
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    Alex Durlak – Seconds

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    The album has been pressed as a single-sided 12” on white vinyl. On the blank side of the disc, an excerpt of a short story written by Algernon Blackwood in 1906 has been printed in black ink. The discs fits inside a custom made jacket that features a pocket made of translucent paper to allow the disc to be viewed while inside the jacket. On the front side is a full colour photograph taken by the artist. EPIC!!! Seconds is the third and final piece in a series of recordings made by Alex Durlak in March 2010. The first was released as Catalyst (2010) on the Rural Routes series and was followed by Lowing (2010) on the Audio Gourmet net label. All three feature Durlak’s guitar playing being processed in realtime using granular synthesis techniques and were recorded in single improvised takes; a minimal approach that makes for a deep and complicated sound with little reference to its original source. Seconds is an ever changing narrative through a dark and open space, perhaps a walking tour through an abandoned factory with it’s machinery left running or the soundtrack to a time lapse video of steel being cut under an electron microscope.
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    Dooks / Machinefabriek – The Eskdalemuir Harmonium

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    Red vinyl LP w/DL and full colour card insert & exclusive download only EP… The Eskdalemuir Harmonium is a full-length site-specific collaboration between Chris Dooks and Rutger Zuydervelt who is best known by his Machinefabriek moniker. The project is orientated around a landscape home to a vast Tibetan Buddhist temple and megalithic stone circles. The resulting album and supplementary digital package are a fusion of ‘folktronica-concrète’ homages to a dying American harmonium – currently disintegrating in a farmhouse near Lockerbie, Scotland. The album, made over a twelve month period, includes a five minute radio documentary. In addition, Dooks’ essay and photographs of the year-long process have been stitched into a full colour montage designed by Zuydervelt – who also works as a respected graphic designer. The record itself is lovingly pressed on bright red vinyl. Much as one visits a sick relative in a care home, The Eskdalemuir Harmonium is a form of ‘sonic palliative care’. It spills into the glitch territory of Stefan Betke’s work as Pole, while at the same time it follows a sonic ethnographic tradition akin to ‘The Radio-Ballad’ (formed by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger). It was constructed via a delicate bricolage process where spoken word, field recordings and music form more than the sum of their parts. When Dooks composed and began to arrange the pieces on the record, which also forms part of his work at The University of The West of Scotland, he was aware of the dangers of being too close to a project, and needing a sense of social communion on the project, he contacted Rutger who agreed to co-produce the record with Dooks, giving the project a capricious and variable flavour. The digital download of this album also includes an supplementary EP entitled Non-Linear Responses of Self-Excited Harmoniums composed from additional material from the same sessions.
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    Smokey Emery – Quartz EP

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    Pressing of 300 on thick 7″ black vinyl, heavy art cardstock duotone b&w “disaster” collage fold-out covers by Smokey Emery himself… Smokey Emery’s Quartz EP is a bona fide document of sonorities from the purgatorial regions. Distorted and catchy tape loops that take you from the inter-planes of the mind to the carnival, where the festivities seem at once sinister and endearing beneath the changing light of sooty reverb and effectual tape hiss. These deceptive washes of underwater tones falling in and out of tune are placid enough to meditate to though also project a menacing, even premonitory air. Unlike many drone kingdom tape-loop albums, there is also enough substance and subtly here to sharpen your mind against – just when you think you’ve been listening to a stable phrase for 30 seconds you perceive, buried in the glowing embers and vapor, a yawning organ concerto or an analogue gear malfunction rescued into exquisite loop patterning. Over continuous listens a depth of elements continually rise from the initially dark and watery abyss to the grey-scaled and disorienting surface. This music is as much evocative of the sharp winter cold as it is the mirages of summer heat, the murky deep as much as the smoggy zenith, and the charming mechanics of dusty analogue gear as much as a honed sense of intuitive craftsmanship directed toward allaying arrangements of saturated sonic material. Quartz reads the ambiance of the nether world through the split light of the celestial sphere. So much wickedness and tenderness.
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    Alec Cheer – Low Summer Sunlight On Water

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    Beautiful 180grm heavy vinyl in 3mm matt finished sleave decorated with photographs by Sally Chisholm & Alec Cheer…  Low Summer Sunlight On Water is the vinyl debut of Alec Cheer, and features 11 tracks of improvised piano music and found sounds. Recorded in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and in the family home in Portessie. Mastered by Ruaraidh Sanachan (Nackt Insecten/Moon Unit). Released by Alec Cheer on his own Macrowhisker imprint. The album is dedicated to the memory of Sally Chisholm, Alec Cheer’s mother, who past away suddenly in September 2011. “I had been going to the Mitchell Library for the past couple of years to play the pianos they have in the rooms up on the 4th floor. I’m no piano player, I couldn’t play you a tune that you would know, I just love the sound of the notes harmonics and the sustain. I’m really drawn to the mystery and the feeling of limitless possibilities I get sitting in front of the piano. I’m interested in honest sounds, and the piano has a sound that is very real, when your playing it you a get a great sense of the physical structure and weight of the instrument. My approach was to sit at the piano, place the zoom recorder on top, press record and see what happens. Each piano has it own sound, My mother’s piano for example has a bassier sound and is in a bigger room which gives it a lovely warm texture. The sound the piano produces to me is meditative and enriching and I hope that tranlates in these recordings.” – Alec Cheer, Nov 2012
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    Mind Of Mirrors – Check Your Swing

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    Over the duration of Mind Over Mirrors’ “Check Your Swing”, these dense Indian pedal harmonium fogspheres, fizz like a cherry cola bottle springing a leak on a pottery wheel. Amped with tribalist percussions (“Mound Building”), strategic somnambulism (“Second Nature”), and a canny knack for recouping the archer’s phrase, creator Jaime Fennelly blames destiny for the moonlit sky, with Hands In The Dark label symbolism, whereas he’s actually closer to a sonic satellite. Likening himself to Quosp and Nova Scotian Arms sonically, MOM makes a killing on wheat flour, filtering through his tunes, up to closer highlight “Steady Miller”. Commencement “Breaking A Jam” bubbles with a raw energy that doesn’t dissipate. It enables me to wish, making a fresh word for this ‘in flux’ state: “rekinetics”. Meaning: ‘registration of an appropriate meaning or action through energy’. Pulse on “Check Your Swing” remains a steady 88bpm or so, with employed feints, and slipstreaming of different sonic measures, with capacity restraints. It’s where Mind Over Mirrors lets the grooves just chug it out like a cardiovascular sushi that he produces best results. Reasoning for the paradoxical somnambulism working is MOM’s records sound lost in hypersleep, having only muscularity to quantify reality, with a heavy undertow of stylus sleepydust. “Pass Into The Driftless” resonates fields of wholeness for this LP, also a great playlist ender. Simply put, “Check Your Swing” is well worth your money. – Fluid Radio
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    Hardwick / Jørgensen – Split

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    Limited edition vinyl LP packaged in a full colour matt sleeve… Nottingham-based guitarist and owner of Low Point, Gareth Hardwick, contributes a single nineteen-minute piece which is quite possibly his most fully realised and dynamic work to date. Sixteenth February Twenty Twelve sees Hardwick continuing his mission to explore and distort the pre-conceived notions as to what an electric guitar can sound like, while embellishing and developing his signature long-form drone techniques. The resulting track is a constantly shifting progression of deceptively complex melodies and phrases that are at once subtle and minimalistic, while enveloping the listener in an ever-evolving wash of sounds, textures and gently percussive elements. Contained within the piece are moments that are reminiscent of the early electronic experimentation of Klaus Schultz and Phaedra-era Tangerine Dream. Yet it avoids any form of misty-eyed nostalgia by maintaining an individuality that leaves one able to discover new and hitherto uncharted sonic territories, allowing the mind to wander freely while still remaining firmly rooted in the here and now. P Jørgensen, from Copenhagen, Denmark, is a composer, musician and sound artist whose work spans film, theatre and music ensemble. Jørgensen presents Four Pieces For Moreschi – a suite of four decidedly different pieces of processed musical interludes and field recordings. Leaning almost towards a musique concrète sound, Jørgensen’s work here is comprised of four very distinct parts of a larger whole. Beginning with dense, almost engine- like sheets of sound, Four Pieces could almost be some kind of sentient machine that organically grows as it progresses over time. Glassy and bell-like textures move into breathy and atmospheric zones, finally giving in to gentle and subdued melodies – a mere whisper of what came before and all the while maintaining a textural fragility which keeps the listener holding ones breath in anticipation of what is to come. Taken as a whole, this release is something of a juxtaposition – a collection that sounds that it may have been born both of nature and of artifice. A reflection of our times perhaps, or the soundtrack to a future that has yet to be written. Either way, it is a beautifully satisfying record and one which demands repeated and uninterrupted listening.
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    Glissando – The World Without Us (Vinyl)

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    Heavy-weight wax that includes download code and sexy looking prints… It’s been four long years since Glissando released the critically acclaimed ‘With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea’ and the duo finally return this November with a new record ‘The World Without Us’. The new material bares Glissando’s trademark of ethereal voices and tip-toing piano melodies but the overall sound is richer and more expansive. Epic swells of strings and guitars sore above the drones and field recordings to create an intense yet fragile noise. The dynamics of the new record are also apparent and through the use of an array of guests there is a new depth and ambition to Glissando that portrays the songs in their truest form. ‘The World Without Us’ moves slowly between dark shadows and into more hopeful territory throughout, it’s not afraid to be silent when the moment arrives but it’s also capable of enormous, echoing, choral and string crescendoes in one subtle movement. Since Glissando’s debut in 2008 Elly May Irving and Richard Knox have experimented with countless different live set-ups and members ranging from simple, more immediate shows as a duo through to a 7-piece group. Never tied to a specific ideal of how to play the material, it enabled the group to tour heavily for a couple of years in the UK and Europe whilst recording a follow-up album but inevitably this process took it toll. Knox began new projects; ‘The Rustle of the Stars’ (with Frederic D. Oberland of FareWell Poetry) and later A-Sun Amissa (which also features regular Glissando member Angela Chan) which weighed heavily on the amount of studio time he could commit to Glissando.
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    Fieldhead – A Correction

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    Heavyweight black vinyl with black inner sleeve. Includes a free download code… ‘A correction’ is the new album from Fieldhead and it builds on the love of melody, brevity and dusty atmosphere found in his previous releases – they shook hands for hours (Home Assembly Music 2009) and riser (Gizeh 2010). Fieldhead’s music has always drawn heavily from his surroundings, with previous work taking much from the moors and towns around his former home of Leeds. In July 2010 Paul left these familiar surroundings for a new home in Canada, and the widescreen landscapes of his adopted home have shaped Fieldhead’s music into a more expansive and emotive form. The familiar tape hiss and scratchy, decaying atmospheres remain from his previous work, but with a correction Elam has combined them with a deeper understanding of space and place. The album appears minimalistic on first listen, but a correction is a record that slowly unfurls over time. Clouded melodies ride on a distant but almost constant pulse that brings the vast landscapes in and out of focus throughout the album, an approach that never allows the listener to get too comfortable, and one that sets apart Fieldhead’s music from many other safer artists within the genre. The violin of Elaine Reynolds (The Boats / The Sea) is central to a correction, adding warmth to the desolate northern atmospheres of the album, as well as providing the centrepoint of the record’s emotive peaks. Previous comparisons of Fieldhead’s work to William Basinski, Machinefabriek and Grouper are definitely justified, but Paul’s work is undoubtedly more direct and concise. It’s fair to say that Elam’s previous outputs have already made his name in the ambient / drone field and a correction should further enhance his reputation as someone who can seamlessly marry soundscapes and melody to form an affecting and timeless piece of music.
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    ThisQuietArmy – Bleeding Mess

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    Limited to 300 copies: 7″ vinyl includes mini abstract fold out poster… ‘Bleeding Mess’ is a singular release in TQA’s abundant discography. After a couple of full lengths and collaborative projects, this canadian Stakhanovite chose to develop his musical universe on a smaller format. This 7″ was recorded last summer at TQA hq in Montréal and it’s made of two cover songs. TQA keeps exploring sonic atmospheres and gives a new life to SLOWDIVE’s song ‘Bleed’ and to THE RADIO DEPT’s song ‘Messy Enough’. This new life relies on complex feelings, on both calmness and darkness. While the spirit of the original songs remains, the sound and the personnality of TQA is recognizable in these two tracks. This release is a great demonstration of shoegaze and post-punk influences on TQA’s music, as mentionned on the cover no synths were used for these songs, only guitars, voices and drum programming.
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    The Folding And The Point (Vinyl / CD)

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    Limited edition vinyl run of 300 that includes a CD… The Folding and the point is the project of the Envelope Collective founder, Olivier Arson. Creating music from concrete sounds, wind instruments and processed organs. After a four year spell in Iceland, he relocated to Madrid and released his acclaimed debut LP, “Sorger était allé dehors, comme après un triomphe”.
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    Ancient Ocean / Expo ’70 – Split

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    There are two different approaches to a similar theme on this joint LP release from Sound Of Cobra and NO=FI Recordings. Sonic travellers Expo ’70 (Justin Wright) and Ancient Ocean (John Bohannon) take on a side each, tackling themes of large-scale desolation and the subsequent rush of squeamish creation. Bohannon’s patience balances well with Wright’s overflowing bag of tricks. Whereas ‘Waves In Caverns of Air”s formless febrility seems to seethe instantly with elemental activity, the glueish hum that grounds and surrounds ‘Decomposition Decay’ takes aeons to reach a comparable stage. If we imagine Wright presents the sound of earth developing in space, then Bohannon gives us life emerging on earth.
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    Bad Braids – Arrow and Orb

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    Original 2012 pressing; limited to 500 copies, black 12″ vinyl records with full colour centre labels in full colour jackets with photography by Robert Moses Joyce… Like a secret told between the closest of friends lying in a sea of honeysuckle & bathed by a distant sun; the sad, sweet songs on this album feel as though they should traipse the lips of few and grace the ears of even fewer. Unlike such a secret, Arrow and Orb contains such a powerful brand of melancholy that emotion itself becomes an inverse function, barreling through the tunnels and hills of some distant dreamfield like the magnificent wings of some long-forgotten phoenix. Fire and brimstone meet the will of a suffocating ocean, handing smoldering, quiet passages of vocals and guitar into a whirlwind of bells, whistles, mandolin, percussion, bass, and more.
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    Talvihorros – Some Ambulance

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    Thick gatefold covers printed on rough cardboard, 180g vinyl, black inner sleeves, free mp3 download code. This is ultraclear vinyl, limited to 150 pieces… Some Ambulance should be the first port of call for those with even a passing interest in where electro-acoustic and ambient music is heading in 2009/10, while I can imagine the uninitiated finding lots to love too. There’s a strong STEVE REICH influence prevalent here, especially the skillful use of slide-rule repetition, particularly found on ‘The Blue Cathedral’ and ‘Etude IV‘. But other tracks take different routes, ‘Death of a Dream‘ paints a bleak MORRICONE-esque picture with its forlorn guitar and solemn atmosphere created using a vibrant tapestry of sounds as its backdrop. While ‘A Rural Place‘ contains a staggered synth-rythmn and discordant effects that reminds me of something THOM YORKE might come up with in his solo ventures. My favourite composition comes in the form of haunting opener ‘Handwriting (Part 1)‘ (and indeed it’s closing part which ends this release) mainly down to the fact I can detect a strong Labradford influence from the way it builds from its grainy beginnings into a vast melancholic dronescape flickered with static and tape hiss. The effect of the whole piece is somewhat gratifying and I can’t help but recall the first time I heard Nelson and co’s seminal ‘Praizision‘ I’ve found myself going back to this record time and time again. It’s endlessly listenable and it packs a surprise with each spin. A bit like Rudi Arapahoe’s 2008 record ‘Echoes From One To Another‘, Talvihorros’ release has come from nowhere and knocked me sideways. It is not an exaggeration to say this is one of my favourite records this year. – Michael Henaghan
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    Talvihorros – Music In Four Movements

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    Thick gatefold covers printed on rough cardboard, thick black inner sleeves, 180g vinyl, free mp3 download code. This is ultraclear vinyl, limited to 150 pieces… With ‘Music in Four Movements’ I set out to compose four long pieces of music that would act as suites rather than shorter melodic songs as I had done on my previous record ‘Some Ambulance’. Using longer time frames afforded the sounds time and space with which to evolve and move. This has led to what could be labelled as my most ambient work i have released but I think also the most intense. Throughout the recording process I became interested in the fundamental ideas of life and death and why people would choose to take their own lives, (reading ‘The Road’ on a day long train back to London from Scotland, hungover after New Year certainly contributed to this). Slowly a narrative presented itself and the 4 tracks started to represent a journey of the final days of someone who has chosen to end everything. I became particularly interested in reading stories about people who drowned themselves in rivers or the sea – a bleak yet strangely beautiful image of someone walking their final walk into the sea became a strong visual influence for the record.
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    Fischer / The OO-Ray – Tessellations

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    Hand numbered in a limited edition of 250, silk screen design on recycled cardboard sleeves, and contain individual high quality download coupon cards including an additional track. Art by Marcus Fisher, mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12k and cut by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering… Marcus Fischer and Ted Laderas (The OO-Ray) have been playing and performing together for a number of years separately and collaboratively. On several occasions, Laderas has been drafted by Fischer’s duo, Unrecognizable Now, to add his unique take on cello to their live performances and recordings. In 2011, Optic Echo commissioned Fischer and Laderas to create an album together. Seeking to bridge Marcus’ delicate multi-instrumental sonics with Ted’s orchestrated chamber-drone, they started with a number of long-form improvisations and shaped them into the wide-ranging pieces on the album. All sounds have been given space to unfold and blossom in a timeline full of contrasts and quiet moments of beauty. Marcus and Ted’s separate and unsynchronized loops evolve and coalesce into transitory patterns that are both breathtaking and imperfect. Within this process of overlapping sounds, larger patterns, or tesselations are revealed to the listener. Tessellations features cello, lap harp, tuning forks, synthesizers, guitar, percussion and analog and digital processing.
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    Berber Ox – Limiter

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    Slim line case with a printed hand numbered sleeve in an edition of 100 copies… Limiter follows on from David Berber Ox’s previous releases on labels such as Stunned, Install, Rocket Machine Tapes and Somehow Recordings. David Rutledge is a Sydney based radio producer who makes music that crosses genres such as Experimental, Drone, Dark Ambient, Power Electronics and Post Industrial often in the same track”.
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    Lumerians – Transmissions From Telos: Vol. IV

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    Limited edition run of 300 copies in 12″ clear vinyl… Lumerians are garage scholars of the weird. The Oakland-based quintet could be named for Lemuria, the long-lost sunken continent ruled by primitive mystics. But note the spelling: Lumerians, not Lemurians; a clear nod to son et lumiere, the fusion of sound and light that is one of the hallmarks of deep trance and media. Lumerians play droning dance music for the soul you forgot you had – the noise of the billions of switches in your brain shutting off and on in perfect harmony. Two years after their killer album debut-album Transmallinia, Lumerians are ready to unleash a new LP of lost orphan songs called Transmissions From Telos: Vol. IV. Transmissions Vol. IV is a selection of spontaneous music from the Lumerians hard drive catacombs. Side A are fragments of raw stellar ore. Unnamed and unclassified, delivered with a thin protective lubricant to prevent violent combustion in the Earth’s oxygen rich atmosphere. Side B is a trans-dimensional demon love child, imploding with raging love, but too grotesque to live in this world. Left anonymous lest the utterance of his name bring doom to us all. Vol. IV is the firstoffering in a continuing episodic odyssey.
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    Silent Land Time Machine – I am no longer alone with myself

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    Gorgeous slab of heavyweight vinyl with printed inner sleeves in a limited run of 500 copies… Silent Land Time Machine’s latest work I am no longer alone with myself and can only artificially recall the scary and beautiful feeling of solitude speaks in an oneiric and numinous tongue but is replete with durability and coherence – a rare and intriguing mixture. There exist only subtle threads of aesthetic continuity from the artist’s debut &hope still (TIME-LAG Records), where guitar dominates in the main, with the music shifting its emphasis toward micro electronic assemblages – at times damaged, turbulent, and percussive, at others lulling, plaintive, and melodic – with naïve, organic, and lucidly processed string arrangements woven throughout. All this aesthetic revision is accomplished while increasing the breadth, accessibility, and emotional resonance of his sonic palette.
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    Panabrite – Illumination

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    300 copies pressed on 140g vinyl in heavyweight reverse-printed sleeves… Norm Chambers’ music travels like a deep mental odyssey in a labyrinth of serene echoes. Beyond the sounds, there is the sentiment of peacefulness, a cinematic mosaic of colors, flashing in your mind. Searching for constant illumination, you slowly float in open space… Random sequences of data wandering the sky, quick streams of light buzzing around you, lost in hypnotic corridors leading to new environments, discovering glittering gems… A fantastic trip filled with dystopian drones, analog birds & IDM beats. Get lost in the light. – Francesco De Gallo. Mastered by Seth Christman. Artwork by Aaron Troyer.
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    Clark / Camden – Split Series Vol. 4

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    This record has been issued in a hand-numbered edition limited to only 300 copies. The artwork was made by the talented Swiss designer, Rachel Bloch… The idea behind this split was to reunite friends. While in the studio working on his first solo album, Matthew Hale Clark recorded additional tracks for that matter. The first collaboration with three:four records through the :take: & white/lichens split was a success, so it’s only natural that this new record takes part in our split series… to our greatest delight. Matthew Hale Clark and Ken Camden are especially known for their commitment in white/light and Implodes. Here, Matthew Hale Clark gave up stratospheric drones and opted for an acoustic piece. Directly inspired by primitive American folk, SLC Suite is an acoustic guitar track with finger-picking that develops towards more contemporary and cosmic atmospheres, with Jeremy Lemos’ contribution on pedal-steel guitar and shruti-box and, Frank Rosaly on drums. This was beautifully recorded at Soma studios. On the other side, Ken Camden’s tracks have nothing in common with the A side. But he too strays from his usual music making for Implodes by offering two pieces based on guitar with effects. Moisture and Algoma Summer lean towards synthetic-type and psychedelic drones, and their twilight beauty is breathtaking. Although very different in style, both sides are surprisingly and gracefully complementary.
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    Lemos / Jencik – Split Series Vol. 5

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    This record has been issued in a hand-numbered edition limited to only 300 copies. The artwork was made by the talented Swiss designer, Rachel Bloch… In a reaction to the collaboration between Matthew Hale Clark and Ken Camden, both active members of white/light and Implodes from Chicago, their friends and colleagues Jeremy Lemos (from white/light) and Matt Jencik (from Implodes) are also releasing a split record for us. Needless to say that sharing two records with members from those bands we love is a huge honor. Jeremy Lemos is a real sound artist. He works on many projects as a sound engineer and contributed more recently with Disappears. The 10 minutes epic Out with the Old is a striking proof of modular drones and loop making. As always with Jeremy, heavy and stormy atmospheres meet bright sparks. Matt Jencik is also offering some drone moments. After an introductory piece (Conservative Fucks), Hollow Bodies’ floating glows seem more in peace than those of Jeremy Lemos, but equally ambient. The ideal soundtrack for daydreaming; if only there was a way to activate the “repeat” function on your turntable!
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    Birds of Passage & I’ve Lost – I Was All You Are

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    Following a run of critically acclaimed releases, New Zealand’s Alicia Merz returns once again under her Birds Of Passage moniker, joined this time by I’ve Lost – the solo project of US based experimental artist Bobby Jones. While Birds Of Passage is something of a Fluid Radio regular, Jones last popped up on our collective radar all the way back in 2010 with the excellent Dissociative Fugue, appearing on Portugal’s Feedback Loop label (incidentally, Feedback Loop’s curator Leonardo Rosado also created a collaboration LP titled The Dear And Unfamiliar with the ever busy Merz, still available from Denovali). I Was All You Are commences with the title track, which at fourteen minutes takes up roughly half the EP’s length. The piece begins with thick ambient textures quite dark in timbre, setting a suitably charged atmosphere until Merz’s vocals join the mix. Indeed, the inspired pairing sees Merz and Jones move firmly into their roles from the opening number, each artists’ strengths complemented by their counterpart. While Jones provides a musical foundation and his work is in a complementary role, it is essential nonetheless and the artist shows both great restraint and a keen ear in order to play just what is necessary to allow Merz to shine.
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    Listen To The Weather

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    Limited edition run of 100 hand numbered copies resting in yellow paper sleeves with inserts… Listen to the Weather is a web-based project, produced for the Ear to the Earth festival, which uses sound to examine the role water plays in our ecosystem, as well as in our collective psyche. Contributing artists from various international locations begin with weather data from the area they live in and a sample from a song of their choice which references water. The data and samples are then combined to create a soundpiece that is unique both artistically and geographically. Starting with pure frequencies and samples draws attention to the raw data involved in studying our climate but also references the nuanced ways the environment informs our creative practices. Water already means different things to different people – growing up in drought-stricken Cyprus will give you a different understanding of its importance to living in rainy England. But as we respond to rising tides and more extreme climactic conditions it is set to shift in meaning once again. Listen to the Weather aims to explore how water has contributed to our understanding of being human and suggest that these understandings will shift as our climate changes.
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    Wil Bolton – Under A Name That Hides Her

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    Limited edition of 200: We are very happy to be selling the limited edition first 100 copies that come with a CD, beautifully printed postcard, download code, plus a nice little Hibernate business card… Despite being a difficult subject to put into words, nostalgia nevertheless attracts a great deal of fascination and is something that every individual can relate to. It is often close to the heart of the artist, shaping their identity and aesthetic and providing the inspiration for many a project. We welcome back Wil Bolton to Hibernate with his first vinyl release; we are pleased to present an album that places nostalgia at the heart of its overriding theme. It was conceived when Wil set out to create an album that was inspired by the guitar bands he listened to as a teenager, such as The Cure, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground and My Bloody Valentine. He strived to transmit his nostalgic recollection of adolescent musical influences into a heavily treated, droned out muffled and crumbling sonic environment. He wanted to create something that sonically presents his nostalgia, sounding submerged or decaying, as if heard through a veil the way memories and images become distorted over time.  
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    Damian Valles – Nonparallel (In 4 Movements)

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    Includes the LP and download code. First round of orders will also come with a nice poster edition… Nonparallel (In Four Movements), is composed and arranged entirely from samples from the recordings of avant-garde Western classical composers and computer music released by the Nonesuch label in the 60s and 70s. In working with the material, Valles wanted to enter into its very lineage, to forge a dialogue with it, to both extrapolate something essential from it and contribute to its legacy by using it to create an original work some three decades later. Divided into four movements, it is a nuanced album of subtle complexities that took roughly three years to complete.  
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    Marielle V Jakobsons – Glass Canyon

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    Includes the LP and download code. First round of orders will also come with a nice poster edition… It’s been a little while since we’ve last heard from Oakland-based sound artist Marielle Jakobsons in a solo capacity, but that’s certainly not to say she hasn’t been busy. Last year saw full-length outings by her two duo projects, Date Palms and Myrmyr, and already in 2012 works with Bay Area drone ensemble Portraits and trio recordings with Helena Espvall and Agnes Szelag have been released. Her last major solo outing (under the nom-de-plume Darwinsbitch) came in form of the dark, complex Ore, released by Digitalis in 2009. With Glass Canyon, Jakobsons presents her first major work under her own name, a decision which perhaps offers a bit of insight into her compositional intentions on the album itself. Jakobsons sought to strip down her creative process to primarily just synthesizer and violin as a way of focusing, as she puts it, “on where two timbres meet.”  
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    Black Eagle Child – Go Around, Again

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    Boasting a resume of twenty five releases as Black Eagle Child, Michael Jantz has established himself as a versatile artist capable of evolving with medium and melody. Go Around, Again further establishes Jantz as a formidable talent enabled by his creativity and the ability to transform intricate idea into blissful sound. Born during the recording of Lobelia, Go Around, Again bears little resemblance to its epochal twin. Jantz explains the differences between the two by referencing the clever wordplay of the album title: “It’s a conceptual title playing on the minimalist compositions, repeating patterns, etc.”  
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    Padang Food Tigers – Ready Country Nimbus

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    Warm… Embracing… Nostalgic… Emotive. A few words to describe the indefinable, thrown into the wind to pin the immersive atmospheres located within the wax of Padang Food Tigers’ (ex-drone folk heroes, Rameses III) new album, Ready Country Nimbus. Comparable to feathers floating in the breeze, this London-based duo (Stephen Lewis and Spencer Grady) make their gentle passage via sublime vignettes to set up residence in pastures new. Theirs is the sound of dirt and cobwebs being swept from the corners of childhood memories. The world weeps tears of knowledge, comfort, concentration, enlightenment, while handing flowers to a parade of beautiful women. Ready Country Nimbus is an emotional sepia-tinged blend of tones, gospel, and spirit. It’s more than music, it’s a swelling presence. It’s inflated poetry, bent and focused through the necks of guitars, banjos and nature. It’s kind of holy.  
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    Philippe Petit – Eugenie

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    Limited Edition of 500 copies on 300gsm full color sleeve with 140 Gram Black vinyl (33rpm)… Internationally acclaimed French sound-artist Philippe Petit, the self-described, “musical travel agent” in conjunction with French/Swiss label Alrealon Musique, announce the release of ‘Eugenie’. Comprising four stellar tracks of avant-garde/classical/soundtrack and released as a 10-inch vinyl record and digital. This stunning piece of musical modern art entitled ‘Eugenie’ will be available on May 28, 2012. Philippe Petit describes ‘Eugenie’ as “a cinematic adventure, where luscious string arrangements convey a whole world of emotion and the organic sound of the instruments is never overshadowed by the machines. The EP came to mind with the birth of my daughter Eugenie who is now 4 and its’ artwork was made by her under the guidance of her mother.”
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    Jeff Grace – Meek’s Cutoff (Music From The Motion Picture)

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    Limited edition 10″ virgin vinyl run of 250 in a gorgeous sleeve includes hand numbered insert of liner notes and photographs of the file and download code… and I’m honoured to present it here on 10″ virgin vinyl, in a gorgeous sleeve, including a small insert of liner notes and photographs of the file. Kelly Riechardt has directed several films, An Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, and last year saw the release of Meek’s Cutoff. A slow burning, bleak film following a small group of settlers traveling across the Oregon High Desert with their guide Stephen Meek. What follows is increased paranoia and tension as they start to believe Meek does not the territory he has lead the group in to. The film was released to some fantastic reviews and Michelle Williams recently won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Meek’s Cutoff, My Week With Marilyn and Take This Waltz.  
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    Celer & Machinefabriek – Numa / Penarie

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    Limited edition of 250 numbered copies. Comes in a matte full colour jacket. Includes download with two videos by Marco Douma… After the release of their first 7-inch, ‘Maastunnel/Mt. Mitake’, Will and Rutger decided to make it a series, and continue with another. ‘Numa/Penarie’ is the second collaboration, containing all-original audio pieced together from snippets of much longer source material. The artwork is a collage of old postcards from Jimbocho in Tokyo, and the single is again accompanied with two beautiful videos by Marco Douma.
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    Jedadiah Bernards – Two Poems/Piano

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    5” Lathe cut record limited to 100 handmade copies / Comes in a small gatefold sleeve / Digital download code inside… These pieces came out of an exercise Jedadiah started in the winter of 2010. He had the opprotunity to record piano music in a very lovely church, near to his hometown. During the sessions the artist embedded himself with the poetry of Mary Jo Salter. Her work inspired him to approach these new piano pieces as poems of their own. Jedadiah started by following the rules of haikus, and eventually eased into a very lucid process, being very intimate with the how the piano worked in the large space around him.
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