Handcrafted 7″x 5″ Case & Glass Mastered CD / Limited to 150 Hand-numbered Editions / Download code
‘Psalms for the Sunder’ thrives in opposing extremes. As the title suggests, ‘Psalms for the Sunder’ is a study of downfall and collapse. The work explores the boundaries, the desolation and despair, among the edges of things come undone. In that tension and space it finds not only cacophony, violence and decay, but also bittersweetness and calm.
If all this sounds a bit intense, you may do well to just have a listen or duck out now. As this is not the safe path to Yo-Yo-Ma style laments, gracefully pondering some past love affair. ‘Psalms…’ takes a far more rugged approach, an ugly retelling of the human condition, utilizing the cello not only for its beauty, but also for its aggressively commanding sensibilities.
Packaged in the standard ADS smokey blue A6 envelopes with 4″x6″ prints…
Berlin-based Canadians Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff, both of doomgaze husband/wife guitar/bass duo NADJA, finally deliver the long-awaited special string-less diptych release.
Drones were strictly created from cymbals (Baker) & accordion (Buckareff). Both 20-minute piece on its separate 3″ mini-disc are meant to stand alone and played simultaneously together to create a fuller drone ensemble. A version of that mix is available for download.
The breathing heavy/heavy breathing themes are again illustrated by the same commissioned Aural Diptych series artists Elayne Safir & Meryem Yildiz.
Each of these gorgeous deluxe versions, in this edition of 100, will come in a fused double envelope package, comprised of two 6.5″ square, Midnight Black envelopes. Each of these envelopes will be hand worked/stamped/artified in the usual TRS manner…in one of them will come the black digipak in it’s own translucent envelope, also stamped, and in the other half of the package will come a set of three banded 4″ x 6″ hand printed color prints, on 300lb Moab Rag Natural paper, with accordingly mysterious quotes/Strieisms, and a 4″ x 6″ unassembled jigsaw puzzle also in it’s own translucent envelope featuring, as far as we know, the only somewhat recent picture of Ms Reinhart in existence. Strie is a puzzle..and is being released as such…
How lucky we are to have some of these little beauties shipped in from Japan!!! Limited edition of 200 housed in paper sleeve with fabric seal…
Hakobune is the moniker for Takahiro Yorifuji based in Japan and this is his 17th full length! Side A, the title track kicks things off with some nice lush electronic drones. REALLY lush. So simple, and so great. Harmonious and organic, it doesn’t even sound THAT electronic. The harmonies shift ever so slightly, barely noticeable. I feel like an ocean is singing and the harmonies are just washing over me in waves, but gentle ones!
Side B, titled Maps, is also a drone affair but things sound a bit more – in music theory language – minor, or diminished, as opposed to the first side which had more of a major/happier vibe. Side B sounds a little more pensive. Some birds in the background. Frogs underneath the drone! Some very quiet waves crashing, or what could be wind. – Virtual Ritual
Deluxe LP includes download code, 8 page booklet, 12″x12″ exclusive art print on recycled board from Alice Lewis, three small art prints, postcard.
‘Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite’ was recorded and mixed between Paris, Normandy (FR) and Saint-Margaret of Antioch Church in Leeds (UK), these four haunting orchestral pieces were performed in the studio live, and re-recorded using a ‘wall of sound’ process, adding the natural reverb of the church to the raw tracks.
The DVD includes the Super 8/16mm black&white film ‘As True As Troilus’ by Jayne Amara Ross & a bonus live performance shot by Alain Grodard & Rod Maurice during the ‘Festival des Nouveaux Arts Sacres’ at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris. You can watch a trailer for the film above.
Words on ‘As True As Troilus’ film by Nicole Brenez (curator for the Avant-Garde programs at the Cineématheèque Francaise)