Entitled, “Tree Of Life”, these 10 patient, languid tracks take their time in evolving…peaceful and innocent in tone…soft and sensitive in nature…almost not there at times…these gentle sounds are made for those most relaxing moments of the day, when you can lie back, empty your mind, and wind down to these seemingly slowed moments in time.
Available in one hand made version, in a limited edition of 100 copies. Each of the factory pressed CD’s comes housed in a double pocketed package made from folded sheets of vintage grasscloth wallpaper. The front of each folder has attached to it a hand stamped square of wood veneer, each one unique. The disc in it’s cotton sleeve is folded inside an illustrated page from a vintage book on the timber industry. There is also a beautifully stamped and sewn strand of 7 vintage kanji language learning cards. Imagery of Japanese landscapes and flora and old musical lesson cards are also contained within. And finally…strung from the front of each folder is an antique wooden Hanko signature seal. And it all comes in a forest green, hand stamped envelope.
Jonathan Canupp is a name you should know but probably don’t, but then again might. He records under Ten and Tracer and I’ve been into his records for ages and ages now. Back when I was checking out early net label releases, Jonathan came up as one of two people whose work in their entirety I just fell in love with. And funny how he actually works with the other artist now and lives in the same damn city – the person being a certain Jason Corder (offthesky, Juxta Phona) no less. He makes wonderful IDM music and in fact I may have asked him years ago now to make us a ‘meaty beaty’ record. And along he comes with the very cheek of making some sublimely evolved, subtly woven record using violin, tape machines, guitars, maybe some keyboards and other stuff too. Friendless Now is a beautifully realised work, and one of my favourite Ten and Tracer releases to date.
Corridor8, a new international annual contemporary visual art and writing magazine, that started in 2009.
The ‘Borderlands’ edition, Strange Weather, extends our northern focus to the far-flung reaches of the UK from the midlands to the borders and beyond, and will feature the same mix of in-depth critical writing, profiles, art and literary writing we established in Issue 1..
Mastered by Jannick Schou. Limited to 500 copies on replicated CD (NOT CDR!) in numbered 6 panel digipak with full colour artwork designed by Justin Wright himself. First 100 orders come with bonus cassette of outtakes in hand stamped packaging.
The compilation features 12 tracks from some of the globe’s most talented sound-designers. It is a subtly rewarding headphone listen from start to finish; curated and ordered to purposefully induce a state of sleep. Starting off minimally, gradually gathering tone and atmosphere, the experience goes on without ever boiling over or reaching a crescendo. Parts of the album are light and restful whereas traces of it tread darker territory. All in all, the imagery that the album conjurs sits perfectly as a soundtrack to the dreams one experiences during a nights sleep.