Pierrot Lunaire – ‘As Himself’ C30 $7(US)/$8(Canada)/$10(World)
After starting the year with a bang with his first vinyl release on Hooker Vision, California’s John DeNizio shares the magical fury that is Pierrot Lunaire in a live setting on ‘As Himself’. Working with saxophone, voice, tape, and semi-functional electronics, DeNizio conjures his singular and soulful blend of free jazz, noise, and outsider pop on the fly. The spaces where these recordings were made play as much of a role in the final product as DeNizio and his gear, with sounds echoing off of walls and telling inscrutable tales of all that’s happened in each room. A nimble and versatile player, you never know where DeNizio will take you next, but it’s always a thrill to behold. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Edition of 100.
Thoughts on Air – ‘Glow On’ C53 $7(US)/$8(Canada)/$10(World)
Hamilton’s Scott Johnson is a wonderful soul whose brilliant sounds will always have a happy home on this label. It’s a pleasure to share almost an hour of new instrumental recordings from his flagship project, Thoughts on Air. Conceived as an homage to friends and fellow sound travelers, ‘Glow On’ is comprised of eight new works for guitar and synthesizer. Each extols the lo-fi warmth and intimacy you’ve come to know and love from the project, but surprising new avenues are explored this time around as well. From riffs fit to fill an arena to rhythmic organ grooves, Johnson is unafraid guide his bedroom star ship to many fascinating realms of the psychedelic universe. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Edition of 100.
Eagle Altar – ‘Cut America’ C42 $7(US)/$8(Canada)/$10(World)
The alter ego of Tulsa’s Altar Eagle, Eagle Altar is Eden Hemming and Brad Rose’s outlet to set aside song structure and allow themselves to ride the electric current of improvisation. The first new release from the project in more than two years, ‘Cut America’ collects five pieces for synthesizer and drum machine. Blissful, blown out melodies cut through thumping, pulsing rhythms that aren’t quite meant for the dance floor, but are no less invigorating. Despite the loose nature of this project, each track is remarkably tight-knit, hitting all the right marks and building toward incredibly satisfying climaxes. Hemming and Rose are ready to take you on bullet train through the heart of our country, which may not always be pretty, but this is a glorious ride from start to finish. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Edition of 100.
Imperial Topaz – ‘Imperial’ C24 $7(US)/$8(Canada)/$10(World)
You’re most likely familiar with Caroline Teagle’s visual talent by now, but you should know that she makes great music, too. Her new duo with Jake Pepper (NT, Fergus & Geronimo), Imperial Topaz combines experimental sensibilities with finely-tuned pop, which falls within a warm space between reggae and the heyday of 4AD. Field recordings and improvised passages drop instantly into pop gems, layering Pepper’s catchy, reverb-drenched guitar lines and Teagle’s ethereal vocals with hypnotic keyboard melodies and drum machine rhythms. Nicely timed for spring, each of the four tracks on ‘Imperial’ is excellent accompaniment for sunshine and ocean breeze dreams. Like a beach party for everyone the luxury liner left behind. Features Jef Brown on saxophone. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Edition of 100.
All Four New Tapes: $24(US)/$26(Canada)/$30(World)