RAMBUTAN – ‘Inverted Summer’ LP
“‘Inverted Summer’ is the full-length vinyl LP debut of Eric Hardiman’s (Century Plants/Burnt Hills) solo project. As Rambutan, Hardiman has released a steady stream of quality material on a variety of underground labels since 2007. Subtly bridging realms of noise, dub, psych, drone, minimalism, and musique concrete, Rambutan brings listeners into a unique sonic headspace that finds common ground between bliss and dread. Utilizing various electronics, synthesizers, tapes, guitar, and bass, “Inverted Summer” is a sprawling, wide-angle piece of work, yielding deep zones of textural soundscaping that can soothe and unsettle in equal measure. “Inverted Summer” captures Rambutan’s thick, dubby atmospherics in all their glory, revealing Hardiman to be a sound artist whose improvisational techniques are as formidable as his sense of structure and development. These are alien soundtracks for the recombinant generation, just waiting for you to disappear into them.” Mastered by James Plotkin, and cut by Golden Mastering. Edition of 300 on black vinyl. Includes free download code.
PUBLIC SPEAKING – ‘Blanton Ravine’ LP/CD
On his knees in a semicircle of electronic processors and percussive clutter, the singer quakes and moans, possessed with a passionate, paranoid vision. Public Speaking is the solo moniker of Brooklyn experimental musician Jason Anthony Harris. Utilizing found objects, radio, tape recorder, synthesizer and effect pedals, he constructs percussive, textural music for his deep, soulful vocals to croon over. Somewhere between Brian Eno and Tune-Yards, or Tortoise and James Blake, Harris’ music explores pop music as organized sound. The Deli Magazine wrote: “This is soul music functioning as 21st century meditation… [This] is what happens when an artist personally realizes the sound of his environment, and puts it to use.” His first full-length, “Blanton Ravine” is a lush collection of songs and sounds drawing on avant rock, IDM, ambient, noise, and R&B. LP is in an edition of 225 w/paste-on art over all black jackets. Includes free download code. CD limited to 200 copies.