This record has been issued in a hand-numbered edition limited to only 300 copies. The artwork was made by the talented Swiss designer, Rachel Bloch…
The idea behind this split was to reunite friends. While in the studio working on his first solo album, Matthew Hale Clark recorded additional tracks for that matter. The first collaboration with three:four records through the :take: & white/lichens split was a success, so it’s only natural that this new record takes part in our split series… to our greatest delight.
Matthew Hale Clark and Ken Camden are especially known for their commitment in white/light and Implodes. Here, Matthew Hale Clark gave up stratospheric drones and opted for an acoustic piece. Directly inspired by primitive American folk, SLC Suite is an acoustic guitar track with finger-picking that develops towards more contemporary and cosmic atmospheres, with Jeremy Lemos’ contribution on pedal-steel guitar and shruti-box and, Frank Rosaly on drums. This was beautifully recorded at Soma studios.
On the other side, Ken Camden’s tracks have nothing in common with the A side. But he too strays from his usual music making for Implodes by offering two pieces based on guitar with effects. Moisture and Algoma Summer lean towards synthetic-type and psychedelic drones, and their twilight beauty is breathtaking. Although very different in style, both sides are surprisingly and gracefully complementary.
Quadtych Volume One presents Parts One and Two of Cam Deasʼ colossal Quadtych for 12 string guitar, a four part piece spanning over 70 minutes in total.
Recorded in one evening at Londonʼs Roundhouse in December 2010 by Jack Allett, though over a year and a half since its initial sketches, it is his first composed work for 12 string guitar since the 2009 split tour LP with Spoono/Jack Allett on Blackest Rainbow.
Mind Over Mirrors might not be a household name, but the brain behind the project, Jaime Fennelly, has been involved in numerous acclaimed and respected projects over the last few years. Primarily known for his work as an integral member of Peeesseye, he’s also involved with Acid Birds, Manpack Variant and Phantom Limb & Bison.
‘The Voice Rolling’ is his first solo record in five years and the first under this new moniker. First and foremost, this is a harmonium record and that’s important to remember because it doesn’t sound like any other harmonium record you’ve likely heard. Nearly all of the sounds created were made using a medium-sized Indian harmonium and then processed electronically via tape echo, harmonizer and other guitar pedals. Add in the fact that it was recorded to tape and you get a dense, warm record full of grit and emotion.
A new collaborative project from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and William Trevor Montgomery. Both musicians played together in Tarantel and Moholy-Nagy. Cantu-Ledesma also runs the superb Root Strata label, releasing solo material under his own name (including a recent LP on Type), and also plays in The Alps. Montgomery also releases music under Lazarus, The Drift and Believer.
This project was originally conceived and composed as a soundtrack to an unreleased western. The 14 tracks on this record are beautifully delicate, textured, sparse pieces ranging from slow acoustic reflective moments, to fully electric strumming, they capture the feel a western perfectly. It’s a shame the film never made it out, because judging by the music it would’ve been a beautiful spectacle.
The project was was recorded by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and William Trevor Montgomery and mixed at studio Lamantia, the record was mastered by Greg Davis. The image on the cover is a still from a Paul Clipson film, whose films have previously featured the music of Jefre, Barn Owl, Tarantel, Gregg Kowalsky and Metal Rouge. Sleeve layout by Jefre. Pressed on 140 gram black virgin vinyl. Limited to 500 copies
BR worked with Adam Kriney of La Otracina and Owl Xounds on the Owl Xounds/Family Battle Snake split cassette back in May 2007, and its great to have this raging free jazz improv psyche out bunch back on Blackest Rainbow again for this awesome LP.