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    Jason Calhoun – Introduction To An Apology

    Limited to 100 copies: LP with 2-sided colour insert... The hallmark of jason calhoun's music--either under his given name or under the naps alias--is an emotional resonance that allows fragility and perseverance to occupy the same space. Though humble in his approach, calhoun has done something quietly extraordinary in building a body of work that, unlike so much music that seeks to transport you elsewhere, instead asks you to check in with yourself. Recent cassette releases have found him pushing composition lengths to 20 or even 30 minutes; for his first LP, introduction to an apology, he has done the opposite, bringing a sense of concision and focus to this collection of pieces, with every moment material. Those familiar with calhoun's music will recognize the gentle purrs of melody here, the restless hiss of seeking connections, and the evocation of people and places that feels especially meaningful in the context of the pandemic. Some tracks are postcard-like in their brevity and sense of tidings, while others shift the listener into a denser headspace, generously allowing for more sustained reflection. From its yawning opening tones to its final, outstretched moments, this is an album that invites gratitude and grace.
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    Ned Milligan – Enter Outside

    LP limited to 100 copies: Comes with 2-sided colour insert and liner notes. In recent years, Ned Milligan has pursued composition almost exclusively through chimes and cassette tape. Emphasizing live performance, this music was defined by equal parts improvisation and careful curation. His new LP, Enter Outside, demonstrates the tonal and textural qualities found on those recordings while expanding his palette with the inclusion of a singing drum. The title of this album--which can be interpreted as a directive, suggestion, or invitation--embodies the feel of these pieces and how much the music employs outdoor elements not as a mere backdrop, but as a collaborator. As with Milligan's prior albums on Fluid Audio, Gertrude Tapes, and Florabelle, most of Enter Outside was recorded on a rural porch in Maine with additional processing afterwards. Each track offers a gentle immersion into his environment and gradually encourages it to become yours as well, while the gentle racket of the world hums along. There is a fundamentally bristling beauty to this album's core and its ability to let the listener experience its space as a living thing.
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    Josh Mason – Coquina Dose

    Comes with a two-sided insert as well as a download code. Includes unlimited streaming of Coquina Dose via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Coquina Dose is an album of uncommonly intimate gestures and reflections, many of which are inspired by Josh Mason’s lifelong home of Florida—what it means to live there, other people’s perceptions of it, and its unofficial status a “humidity kingdom.” In evoking this atmosphere, Mason utilizes guitar and tape, which has been so emblematic of his work, but also further engages with new ideas in synthesis, and even the bio-feedback of plants. The processes are fascinating but ultimately secondary to the emotional tenor of the album. It’s remarkable how gentle, reflective, and quivering—really, how alive this music is.
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    Robert Farrugia – Worn

    Inspired by a brief stay in Finland around 2015, Maltese composer Robert Farrugia returns to his preferred instrument of the piano for his latest album Worn. Written last summer on an old multitrack cassette recorder, building from modest musical motifs with improvisational techniques, the album is pressed on aquamarine vinyl.
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    Christoph Berg – Tape Anthology Vol. 1

    Composed, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Christoph Berg except 'Notes From Kyoto' co-composed and co-performed by Midori Hirano and Christoph Berg. Christoph Berg: Tape machines, field recordings, sample extraction, sound manipulation, violin, upright bass, organ, found objects, piano and voice as well as artwork layout and the cover photograph (on SX-70 film)
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    Tropic of Coldness – Maps Of Reason

    "Maps of reason" is the new album by the duo Gutman / La Placa, a mature work of rare sensitivity that manages to combine all the nuances of the soul as points of a map that every human being hides inside. A deep and layered album that struck me from the first moment and that continues to affect me with new details that emerge with each listening. There are works that are born perfectly aligned with the creative flow, capable with their inspiring charge of really carrying the listener to far away places. I believe that "Maps of reason" has this inner strength and in a world so overflowing with soulless music it is truly an unexpected gift.
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    James Murray – Embrace Storms (Vinyl Edition)

    James Murray’s new solo work takes the form of two carefully constructed long-form sound collages; twin formations gradually unfolding in continuous, ever-evolving streams of delicately controlled chaos. In Your Head seeks to absorb turbulence opened-eyed while the anticyclonic In Your Heart trusts itself to the winds of change. Calm music for chaotic times. Embrace Storms is the first multi-format split release between Slowcraft and KrysaliSound, two collaborative independent labels based in London and Milan dedicated to presenting beautiful limited editions of minimal, understated and unclassifiable musical works.
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    John Atkinson / Talya Cooper – Plains

    Includes an insert and digital download of the album. ALSO includes a digital download of the original soundtrack of the film Two Plains & A Fancy - a whole other album produced by John Atkinson + Talya Cooper! As an LP, Plains grows out of elements of the film’s original score, but it’s also very much its own thing—a quartet of glimmering, weightless pieces that, free from the need to score certain scenes of certain lengths, unfold and envelope at their own pace. Anchoring the album is the side-long “Chillien”, a delicate, harmonic bloom punctuated by the whirs and clicks of Cooper’s guitar and voice. Atkinson, taking control of the processed elements of composition, allows the b-side sequence to grow more expansive and dynamic with each track, maintaining an unmistakably warm glow. This is ambient music with an appreciable sense of landscape and scale.
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    Aries Mond – Cut Off (Vinyl)

    DMM cut 12’’ black vinyl / 180 gm Matt laminated outer sleeve + UV selective varnish on 350 gm paper, black paper inners Hand numbered / Limited edition to 300 copies Includes unlimited streaming of Cut Off via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Benjamin Finger – Into Light

    Limited edition 12" pressed up by Dublin Vinyl using the new Warmtone pressing machines. With too many projects to mention across a range of skillsets, Benjamin Finger’s latest release sees him put down his writers pen and directors hat to focus on this warm, adventurous and mature release. There are multiple ingredients and influences in evidence across the four pieces as he brings together busy ambience with electro-acoustic and modern classical elements. Recorded and mixed in Oslo, Into Light is a classy meld of analogue synths, guitar and field recordings with vocals by Inga-Lill Farstad and cello by Elling Finnanger Snøfugl. A deliberate symmetry is at play in the albums breakdown into two short pieces followed by two sprawling tracks that build up like a slow movement towards a point of no return.
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    Bodies Under The Waterfall

    Limited to 40 copies - 12" edition of Bodies Under The Waterfall's first solo release. Pressed on clear vinyl with custom packaging. George Royle returns under his Bodies Under The Waterfall alias with his first solo release. Since making his debut on Forwind’s Angry Ambient Artists Vol.2 split he has sharpened his tools and come up with a set of full blooded headphone fillers with the now constant presence of the personal and political in sharp focus. The daily bludgeon of some of the worst human attributes is alluded to in the opening track ‘Degrade’. It sets the scene for what’s instore with a grainy piece of dark drone that touches on the kind of isolationism being practiced and felt at so many levels on planet earth 2018. ‘Echo Chamber’ follows with an obvious nod to the conversational cul de sacs that have become par for the course in the most acute way in recent times. But that’s not the sole purpose here. There’s uplift and relief too, a sense that a corner could be turned.
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    Kevin Verwijmeren – Dett (Ltd Vinyl)

    180gr Vinyl Quantity: 100 Transparent vinyl. Cover: 320gr cardboard, with full-color inner sleeve. All tracks are composed and recorded by Kevin Verwijmeren Mastered by Stephan Mathieu Lacquer-cut by Ångstrøm Mastering Artwork and layout by Jan van der Kleijn
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    Kevin Verwijmeren – Dett (Standard Vinyl)

    180gr Vinyl Quantity: 200 Black vinyl. Cover: 320gr cardboard, with full-color inner sleeve. All tracks are composed and recorded by Kevin Verwijmeren Mastered by Stephan Mathieu Lacquer-cut by Ångstrøm Mastering Artwork and layout by Jan van der Kleijn
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    Kyle Bobby Dunn / Wayne Robert Thomas – The Searchers / Voyevoda

    "Widescreen scenes are reflected in the music like a sunspot’s glinting corona, and the lighter, brighter approach steps away from the past’s melancholic achings and soul-deep exhaustions. The dusty backdrop is a major influence on the thoughts and actions of those who live out here, a case of the very environment sinking into the gelatinous bones of the drone. The dry, leathery drone produces a cacophonic chorus, a meaty, glimmering and abrasive texture baked in the sun." - Fluid-Radio "Dunn continues his exploration of the interplay between form and formlessness by conjuring impressionistic images of the American West. Dunn’s gift as a composer is his ability to dive, like an underwater photographer, into the depths of human feeling and return to the surface with snapshots of aspects of the Self which lurk far below the cognitive level of the mind." - Delusions of Adequacy "Ringing, sustained notes, somehow sourced from an old guitar yet sounding more like the slowly ascending celestial horn section of an orchestra tuning up to the vibrations of the universe, or the cries of hundreds of Geese heard from across thousands of feet of open, reverberating water, begin to blur together over time like the broad brush strokes of memory." - Stone in Focus
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    Nicola Di Croce – Clinamen

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    Heavyweight 12" vinyl, download + handmade artwork book curated by Caterina Gabelli, ltd. 111 copies... The concept of "clinamen" derives from Lucretius's "On the Nature of the Universe", and describes the swerve of the atoms from their original straight course. Such deviation generates collisions, and allows changes in the relationship between elements. By using the metaphor of clinamen, the album narrates the process of inventing by diverting from any usual methodology, thus encountering unpredictable solutions. The music combines different commissioned sound works together with field recordings from various mediterranean cities, and the unique timbre of Gabriele Mitelli's trumpet.
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    Die Tödliche Doris – Sprechpause

    In der Pause” (During the Pause) was the title of the last track on the b-side of “ “, the first album by Die Tödliche Doris. “In der Pause” was pause music, as well as the announcement of the interval between their debut album, released in 1982, and the box format project ”Chöre und Soli” that followed in 1983. The original sounds of “In der Pause” survived on a single audio tape dating from 1981. Now, about 35 years later, Chris Dreier and Wolfgang Müller have used the material recorded on the audio tape as the source for five new tracks of pause music. The material on the original audio tape has was reworked using Moog analogue effect modules and Ableton Live. It has been supplemented with archived announcement interludes from radio and television stations, including German stations WDR, NDR and HR, Radio Italy IBF and Radio Kamerun.
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    Cicada – White Forest

    White Forest is dedicated to animals including whales, dolphins, coral reefs, sea turtles, as well as cats in the city and birds in the mountains. Along with “Ocean” is the series of Cicada’s work themed with marine and land. “Dolphins Leap” proceeds with different speeds to imitate spinner dolphins and risso’s dolphins. “Used to be Home” portrayed the impact of offshore wind energy caused on white dolphin’s habitat from their point of views. “Whale Family” is about humpback whales caring and raising babies. “White Forest” starts from the dreamy coral reef spawning into their bleaching due to seawater warming. Cicada’s attempts are to describe the relationship between human and its impact on ocean and animals.
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    Noemienours – Bear Meditations LP

    180gm audiophile black vinyl with printed colored sleeves, limited to 250 copies... Bear Meditations is a record that it is easy to lose yourself within, drifting away for hours at a time as the songs carry you far away from wherever you find yourself, to somewhere more open, filled with the vastness and sorrow of nature. The way it creates such an atmosphere and headspace, so relaxing yet sad, is what makes the record such a success, and it is a true delight. - TSNTW
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    Olli Aarni – Nielu

    Mastered by Taylor Deupree. Limited to 150 LPs, comes with a two-sided insert and download code... The quality of Olli Aarni’s music has remained remarkably high given his consistent output over the last five years for labels like Preservation, Cotton Goods, and Dauw. Often working in the cassette format and primarily composing extended, gorgeously textured drones, Aarni’s new album, Nielu, is one of his first releases on vinyl and a kind of culmination of the sound he has crafted for years. Even in the context of such an impressive discography, Nielu is noteworthy and Aarni considers it to be his personal definitive ambient album. The hallmarks of Aarni’s prior work—exceptional attention to texture, ghostly looped figures, enveloping sound fields—are especially immersive on Nielu, which, in his native Finnish, can be translated as “vortex,” “throat,” or “swallowing”—all appropriate imagery here. Taking inspiration from the harsh weather conditions of Fennoscandia, both side-long pieces are enveloping compositions that reward close listening but, even more, invite surrender to wide washes of sound. Evocative and sometimes, bleak, Nielu is fundamentally beautiful and grows more emotionally engaging the louder it is played.
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    Ned Milligan – Nature Always Needs Improving

    This album is limited to 100 copies on black vinyl. Comes with a two-sided insert and download code... Ned Milligan now presents his new album, Nature Always Needs Improving, building on the momentum generated by his admired third LP, Continental Burns. Echoing that album’s mode and structure, Nature Always Needs Improving offers a handful of tender, minimalist pieces before giving way to a spectral side-length conclusion. The deep intimacy of the album is enhanced by its process—primarily recorded outdoors on porches or in yards—and by the unpredictable interaction of incidental sounds with traditionally musical sound sources, especially resonant chimes.
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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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