Straight outta Ridgewood, Queens comes this futuristic world music outfit (on side A) TJ Richards and Yuchen Lin as Trabajo - sampling the sounds of gamelan music and weaving it into their brand of synthy dance meditation. Effervescent keyboard riffs float above traditional drums and sub-bass pulses caked in delay during slowly unfolding passages reminiscent of 80s anime soundtracks. Trabajo is a sensation to see live, and these slower tracks belong in the candle-lit prayer room as offerings, before they go play some basement banger.
More meditation waves are offered up on side B, where Buenos Aires’ Madrugapha spins lo-fi mellow psychedelia with delayed mbira, loops, fuzzed-out guitar, keyboards, and damaged vocals, following in the floating footsteps of Sparkling Wide Pressure. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed, imprinted tapes with risograph art on assorted paper, inspired by bejeweled saints buried in the catacombs of Europe. -SOLD OUT-
The long awaited sequel to Zero finds Dan experimenting with chopped ‘n screwed hits of the oldies. The samples are more discrete, and yet more destroyed. Glitches and delay cycles are left to work themselves out. Pieces are taped and re-taped, EQ is gutted. Cough Cool Slo-Mo Codeine-High Remixes sure to warp your vision. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed, imprinted tapes with risograph artwork based on Chinese joss paper meant for burning. Comes with a mini poster on newsprint. -SOLD OUT-
Double dose of Murfreesboro vibes for you all this morning. Presenting Clearing's third edition for No Kings. Snow-covered structures, time-stretched pheromonic clouds. Lovely, drifting trails, maybe slightly less bleak than his last offering (although the bleak/majestic line is fine with the best melodic ambient music). Edition of 100 pro-dubbed, imprinted cobalt tapes with risograph artwork by Lee, designed after old textbook covers. -SOLD OUT-
Sparkling Wide Pressure
Recorded in 2011-2012 in his Murfressboro home, this album was originally slated for release on a possibly now defunct Russian label, and has been salvaged. The most pure, the most vibrant psychedelic drone folk, whatever the genre is called that SWP has created. The only point in space, infinite density of creative energy. The best tape ever. End of tapes. Dedicated to the Stones River. Pro-dubbed, imprinted cobalt. 2-color risograph artwork by Lee, with some images taken from Geoffrey Sexton’s video for Cosmos Blues. Edition of 100. Also check out this phalanx of free or cheap recordings at SWP’s Bandcamp. - SOLD OUT -
This world traveler, professional gardener
, poet, amateur ethnomusicologist
, and No Kings co-founder has, at long last, collected his best song pieces (which move in and out of traditional American folk motifs) into a heart-shaking and catchy album. From murder ballad to chord organ interlude, themes of water and work, these atmospheric one-mic recordings of Stephen’s magnetic voice vibrating the floorboards of his Nashville home overflow with emotion and will have you hitting that rewind button over and over. The best. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome, imprinted tapes, risograph artwork. For your convenience, you can stream the whole thing here
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Stephen Molyneux - Called To Leave from Geoffrey Sexton on Vimeo.
A list of useful items you might find in a theoretical text adventure / RPG game. Letterpressed poster commissioned by Lee Noble and printed by Colby Poster in Los Angeles before they closed at the end of last year. Edition of 100, 14”x22”, on assorted colored backgrounds.
This tremendous work by Portland’s Jackie McDowell was originally issued in an edition of 33 last year on her own label Biological Radio, and constitutes, I’m sad to say, the last and maybe definitive release of her haunting, beautiful, and yet slight and earnest experimental folk project Inez Lightfoot. The combination of field recordings of nature, traditional instruments, electronics, distant sound passages, and drifting vocals is evocative and so moving. Highly recommended. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome tapes with risograph artwork designed by Jackie, Amy, and Lee. - SOLD OUT -
Ryan Norris’ (Lambchop) second album for No Kings is cosmic in scale, sweeping in emotion. Sunless has the weight and breadth of any classic electronic album, written and recorded with the same mentality and practice. Pulsing, warm waves shaped expertly. Analog synthesis defined, basically. Voice and horn samples recorded to mellotron by Cortney Tidwell, Amy Marcantel, and Matt Glassmeyer. Some of Ryan’s high-string guitar is thrown in the mix as well. One of the most sophisticated and well-crafted albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to release. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome tapes with letterpress and risograph artwork designed by Amy Fortunato & Lee Noble.
Vinyl edition of Sunless will be released on Record Store Day by Russell Cothran’s Made In Canada label. - SOLD OUT -