H1 – Theodore Schafer – ‘So Young’ CS
The first release on new Ann Arbor, MI based label Hacktivism Records is by ambient/neo-classical artist Theodore Schafer. “So Young” is a reflective, nostalgic piece that was composed over the span of a month late summer 2014. The A-side features a pulsing wave that drones in a dark manner but keeps its beauty by how personal the music sounds. The B-side features a sharper more uplifting tone mixed with voice samples and loops. This 10-minute recording comes as a home dubbed prison cassette for only $3. For an additional $1 you can get a floppy disk featuring exclusive artwork by Theodore Schafer and the Hacktivism Newsletter.
H2 – Rayning – ‘Rayning’
Rayning is a Shoegaze/Dream-Pop producer from Detroit, MI. This is his third EP and features a more classic approach to the Shoegaze sound while still delivering his own variation on the genre. This release shimmers with romantic guitar rhythms and dance-able drum machine beats. As similar to Astrobrite as it is to the lo-fi overloaded sounds of Have A Nice Life and Kigo. This cassette release of the EP comes with an additional extra track that was not otherwise available. The 24-minute EP comes as a home dubbed translucent pink cassette for only $3. For an additional $1 you can get a floppy disk featuring alternative artwork and the Hacktivism Newsletter.
H3 – ‘Say Cheese and Die‘
A various artists compilation of music inspired by Halloween. Varying in style from Ambient and Drone to more classical horror-score pieces. Featuring Passings, Sleep Clinic, Forest Management, Theodore Schafer, Ephemeral Decay, Soap, Glue, and Creepazoids. These tracks capture what it is like to experience a Halloween night and the surrounding days. Also comes with a reading of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by label owner Glue. This 90 minute compilation is home dubbed from blank Maxwell cassettes saved from the local Kiwanis sale for only $3. For an additional $1 you can get a floppy disk featuring the Hacktivism Newsletter.