IF20 – Bruce Russell – ‘1968’ C46
Edition of 150. A leading figure within New Zealand’s underground music scene for more than 25 years, Bruce Russell may be best know as a founding member of the The Dead C and A Handful of Dust as well as his labels Xpressway and Corpus Hermeticum. 1968 is a collection of solo guitar pieces recorded over a period of 15 years in various locals throughout Russell’s native New Zealand as well as a rare visit to the United States. In some cases the locations of these recordings have long been demolished by New Zealand’s many earthquakes. It’s time to kick out the jams.
IF21 – Earthen Sea – ‘Fogged Out’ C42
Edition of 100. Taking off from where his previous tape Waves left off, San Fransico’s Jacob Long stitches together a series of minimal Niblock-esque keyboard drones before submerging the listener head first into a deep free-flowing mosaic of simplistic kraut jams. Like all Earthen Sea releases before it, Fogged Out continues Long’s mastery of creating perfectly sublime soundscapes while utilizing the most minimal of resources. The sound of life on the infinite plain has never sounded so good. Artwork by Jacob Long.