Wednesday, 02 September
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus unfold… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label.** "Whenever Markus Acher finds time between his work with The Notwist and Lali Puna, he sets out to record film soundtracks under his solo moniker Rayon. This time it's Eleonora Danco's 2015 film N-Capace that inspired ten cinematic, instrumental sketches based on loops that loom, take shape, and change colors, only to vanish an instant later. Acher's understated tracks, created with both electronic and acoustic layers, can do without titles -- "Il Collo e la Collana 01" through "10" is perfectly sufficient -- because, ultima… Read more
Tuesday, 01 September
**180g 2LP, includes free download code. This is a One Hour long version of Max Richter's 8-hour long lullaby** "Max Richter, has written what is thought to be the longest single piece of classical music ever to be recorded: Sleep. “It’s an eight-hour lullaby,” says Richter – it is intended to send the listener to sleep. The landmark work is scored for piano, strings, electronics and vocals – but no words. “It’s my personal lullaby for a frenetic world,” he says. “A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.” Sleep will receive its world premiere this September in Berlin, in a concert perfor… Read more
Willowing solo piano pieces from the Erased Tapes ladz. Both songs are exclusive to this 7" and capture the duo blowing kisses and winks over the ivories at each other. Includes digital download code and insert...
Friday, 28 August
Laura Cannell returns with a beautiful suite recorded with deconstructed bow and of double recorder.
Thursday, 27 August
**Home-duplicated C95 edition of 100 with insert by the artist** Sacred Tapes present one of their most necessary editions yet; a recording of arch experimentalist, Messiaen student and founding Fluxus member Philip Corner riffing on François Couperin's baroque tone poem for harpsichord, 'Les Barricades Mystérieuses', which was first performed in 1717. In this recording, made at the School voor Niuwe Dans Ontwikkeling, Amsterdam, on August 30th, 1995, Corner on piano is accompanied by tambourine and singing in a 95 minute improvisation focussed on the moo… Read more
*Laura Cannell returns with a beautiful suite recorded with deconstructed bow and of double recorder* "Front and Follow present Beneath Swooping Talons, Laura Cannell’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth. With deconstructed bow and the extraordinary sound of double recorder, Beneath Swooping Talons has grown out of unearthed fragments that became improvised pieces, then immediately recorded in single takes. Tapping the potent rural landscape and long-dormant musical modes, this album encompasses both wild animal calls and long fo… Read more
Friday, 21 August
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus … Read more
Thursday, 20 August
*Efterklang’s classic 2004 debut album gets the vinyl reissue treatment. Includes bonus CD.** "This Danish band boasts a remarkable lineup, a ten piece outfit that includes amongst its ranks the amazing Amina quartet (Amina provide all the strings for Sigur Ros) plus a breathtaking arrangement of brass, piano, percussion, electronics and even a choir from Greenland. Their sound is very much rooted in the ethereal instrumental landscapes that Sigur Ros and Mum have delighted us with over the last few years, but the sound of "Efterklang" is considerably more organic and reverential. The open… Read more
**CD and download, includes 6.5 hours of music** "Compressions & Rarefactions is the fourth solo release on 12k from New Yorker Kenneth Kirschner, who is widely known for epic-length compositions that challenge the forms of modern composition. The album is released as a single CD with a digital download of over five hours of additional music that couldn't be realized within the time constraints of the CD format. Also included is a booklet of essays on Kirschner's music from Marc Weidenbaum (Disquiet), Simon Cummings (5 Against 4), Mike Lazarev (Headphone Commute) and renown… Read more
Friday, 14 August
Serene post-club ambient offerings from the Greta Cottage Woodpile. Hearkening back to the early '90s bliss of The KLF or The Orb at their sweetest, spaced-out, 'Dragbacks On Dockweiler State Beach' yields a dream sequence of iridescent synth trickles and diaphanous pads that tickles those sacred places to piloerect effect. A most endearing marriage of lush intent and gentle execution.
Friday, 07 August
**Includes remixes by Devendra Banhart & Eluvium** Hauschka revisits his 'Abandoned City' head-space with an addendum of 5 outtakes plus more expansive remixes by Devendra Banhart and Eluvium. "A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern composition, which makes them particularly conducive to remixes. On Side B, experimental folk ico… Read more
Thursday, 06 August
"Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped. Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road provides… Read more
**Hand-stamped LP includes artwork by Faith Coloccia and detailed 8 page calligraphy booklet. Edition of 300** "Atria is a full length LP featuring compositions written between 2007-2013, including performances by esteemed musicians from Gamelan Pacifica, Gamelan Kusuma Laras, and Gamelan Rakyat, as well as Eyvind Kang, and recorded in multiple contexts with sound engineer Mell Dettmer. "The term “Atria” emerged in a dream in 2007, at a time when I was simultaneously writing new music for the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble and recording “Voices of Spring” with Ostad Omoumi. “Atria” sounded like the L… Read more