RE001 – ‘Post’ CS £6
The cassette is black with doubled sided sticker with project title, side indicator and label release number. It comes in transparent plastic cassette box and has a single flapped inlay, one side being the main cover artwork and the inside being a separate image. The music was recorded in Logic 9 using both hardware and software, sourcing sounds from instruments, samples and field recordings. All the tracks are relatively short pieces exploring things such as the future, hindsight and the present moment.
RE 002 – ‘So came the light and it balanced us’ CS £6
The cassette is black with doubled sided sticker with project title, side indicator and label release number. It comes in transparent plastic cassette box and has a 7 sided inlay (not including front cover) which features various images relevant to the music for this project. This project was recorded in Logic 9 using predominantly software, again sourcing sounds from instruments, samples and field recordings. This project is about growth/development and working through hardships due to a realization that we can move onto better pastures. Albeit somewhat ambiguous there is a narrative and the tracks tell a ‘story’ of the emancipation from illusion, social/mental trappings/anxiety, falsehoods and the weight of all that has come before us essentially, and bringing about rebirth/reinvention, change and peace for lack of a better word.
Mellow Fellow – ‘Jazzie Robinson’ C23 $6
22-year-old Polo Reyes, of the Philippines, is (a) Mellow Fellow. Jazzie Robinson, an album soaked in style, collects Reyes’ bedroom-recorded, daydream, pop serenades. His vocals are intimate with lyrics universal, tender and romantic. Buried Muse writes, “His creamy, jazzie, tracks are hard not to love. Within a year his music has reached hundreds of thousands of people, and it’s been met with great reactions.” Opener “Best Friend” is dazzlingly beautiful; the song sits under a thin layer of LoFi mist. Bossa nova nods in “Bossa Yeshua” evoke a breezy, beach-shore, sunset – lyrics of love float over sultry guitar interplay, and Reyes keeps a nice groove on the drum set and bass guitar. Celestial strings enter “Even When I Still Breath” with a minute left – A perfect finish to the otherworldly ballad, and a fitting end to an album marked by contemplative beauty.
Polonius – ‘Antique Marvel’
Polonius -—icon of holistic nether-music, mysterious one-man anti-band– assembles a far-reaching sonic universe on Antique Marvel. His songs are dense, immersive habitats: rhythms and pitches flutter and repeat like animal calls; ambience shifts like primordial mist. The album evolves as a series of phonic environments that feel at once ancient and techno-futuristic. Pre-lingual chants cradle the glint of space-age electronics, occult intonations are lit with the cheap light of a karaoke machine. Polonius commands a menagerie of tape loops and audio-bites that congeal as melodic ecosystems and disperse into tonal miasma. Antique Marvel assembles selections from the elusive Antique Fantasia suite, some of which already circulates quietly through freakier channels of the global subterranean; other parts remain as-yet unreleased. Consider this tape a speculative survey -— a future anthology that recollects the not-yet-heard. These are the conjurer’s most spellbinding articulations, sequenced across space-time.
Die Welttraumforscher – ‘Die Lieder: 1981, 1983, 1986’
Die Lieder compiles early recordings by Die Welttraumforscher, the audio-visual avatar of Swiss native Christian Pfluger. Pfluger has spent the last thirty years refining a curious brand of hypnotic, experimental pop. His discography plots the story of the “world dream researchers”—benevolent aliens who visit Earth and deposit clues to an enlightened intergalactic culture. Each album cultivates this core mythology with new lyrical episodes, sonic excursions, and Pfluger’s pen and ink illustrations. Side A of Die Lieder presents selections from Vanidras Kult (1981) and Reise Nach Bretzelberg (1983). These are Pfluger’s earliest albums, made up of dreamy vignettes that fuse toy keyboards and lo-fi atmospherics. They are the cream of first-wave bedroom messthetics, with an eerie acoustic ambience equally at home among the more cosmic folk revivalists. Side B presents selections from the legendary Binika (1986) and ends with the pop masterpiece This Could be the Greatest Love in Town. Here, Die Welttraumforscher shifts toward bona-fide synth-pop, equal parts casio minimalism and lush, stumbling balladry. The tape includes an accordion booklet with liner notes by Pfluger -— reminiscences delivered with an endearing, casual sincerity. As much for die-hard Welttraum-heads as for the uninitiated, Die Lieder is a singular journey through Pfluger’s emergent musical cosmos and the early years of the Swiss bedroom underground.
Chance Gibbs – ‘Music from a Concrete Box’ C30
Chance Gibbs keeps it varied in his first release, using modular sensibilities to bounce between downtempo beats, minimalistic ambient tracks, and haunting drones. Edition of 50.
Sam Gas Can – ‘Send Help! 1-sided LP
The second Bedroom Solitary release comes from a ceaseless US artist, Sam Gaskin, who under his Sam Gas Can moniker has offered several diverse gems in the past. With a wide spectrum of releases indulging in meta-pop-art concepts to pure noise and a unique vision of DIY self expression (spanning in other forms of art as well, besides music), he focuses on his song-writing side in “Send Help!”. Saluting the original cassette culture generation with an insightful, precise use of pop song structures and with a sparkling sense of humour, he delivers 9 songs of avant freedom for large target groups that bring to mind the early releases of Beck, the undiscovered genius of the likes of Vyto B or a non-edm-style John Maus. Edition of 99 numbered copies in yellow opaque vinyl housed in white disco-bags, offset wrap-around jackets and stamped labels. A few words on ‘Bedroom Solitary’:Phase! is proud to present a series of one-sided LPs, called “Bedroom Solitary”. After 15 years of releasing recordings on a pretty wide range of musical styles, Phase! focuses on the style that intrigues it the most: Bedroom experimentation. The plot is simple. Home-made recordings (lo-fi is not mandatory here) by a single person at his bedroom on a 12” side-length representation. Each volume will be strictly limited and hand-numbered to 99 copies in an offset printed custom hand-cut jacket.
FH075 Megabreth – ‘Ultra High Noise’ C40 $7
Thus concludes the principle data needed to place within context the band MEGABRETH. The intangibles include but are not limited to: stints in punk as well as Americana bands, lives lived in both red and blue states, a strong aversion towards the wealthy and a deep appreciation of knowledge and pursuit thereof, crippling doubt of the possibility of a just society, a well reasoned and finely honed sense of fuckall, many hours talking music and many fewer hours practicing music, a sound-proof yet not mold-proof garage, senses of humor befitting male teenagers, and too many disappointments to count.
LA TREDICESIMA LUNA – ‘Il Sentiero Degli Dei’ C34
Stunning shadow sound from Italian solo artist Matteo Brusa, known for his powerful Dungeon Synth work as Medhelan. This dark debut from the project (translated as The 13th Moon) offers a flawless form of foreboding night-sky synthesis and ominous drone, a cryptic key to the eternal lunar mysteries. Moonlight as filtered through branch and fog, a pristine transmission of somber atmospherics for seasonal shift. “Only those who are not afraid to dive into the night can follow the path traced by the stars.” Professionally duplicated Chrome Type II grey shell cassette with white imprint comes packaged with double-sided fold out J-card on heavy gloss cardstock, housed in clear & black Norelco case. Each copy includes bonus 1″ metallic silver pinback badge featuring LXIIIL sigil. Limited edition of 50
EISLANDSCHAFT – ‘Tales of the Frost’ C49
Hypnotic minimalism manifests in monochrome, transversing the barren winter wastelands. “Tales of the Frost” delivers a pure vision of frigid polar ambience and melancholic synthesis from F. Curwenius (Goblintropp) of Argentina. Body temperatures plummet as the blood runs cold, wind chill cuts like sharpened blade. Initially self-released digitally by the artist in August ’17, this edition features an exclusive all new track, as of yet unheard. Over 48 minutes of arctic isolationism for navigation through deep sub-zero trance. Behold, frostbitten serenity. Professionally duplicated Chrome Type II white shell cassette with silver metallic imprint comes packaged with full color double sided J-card on heavy gloss cardstock in clear / white Norelco case. Limited edition of 50.
analog rituals. disenchanted crooning. feedbacks & back flips. black cathedrals incantations. 1/2 point invisible.
[tzpCS53] psychick witch – ‘desolation’
because new-zeland will always be lofi. 4-tracks & dead rock instrumentarium. every single VUmeter in the red. anything i could add would be superfluous.
[tzpCS54] dmz – ‘recto veto’
new gold-plated cassette. one more step in their private workshop universe. 600 electronic tools, 1 microphone and one pair of scissors. the band is also known as “a damn factory of experimental hits”.
[tzpCS55] hasna ihlan/patafian
side a : hasna ilhan. world premiere. discreet synthetic duet. cinema for the inside eyes. included : 1/3 of dmz. side b : patafian. world premiere. wild electricity trio. an never-ending tribute to virtual poland. included : another 1/3 of dmz, 1/1 zaraz wam zagram.
BOND021 Asymmetrical Head – ‘Information World Remixes’ C29 $6
Remixes by CB.DB.SN., Valance Drakes, Zander One, Randomform, Sonic D, and QBLA. Original track is on the 2014 album Proper/Random.
Champagne Sequins • Snaykhunt C54
Half mixtape and half collaborative live set, this release compiles new and unreleased material from Champagne Sequins (Wesley Marcarelli) and Snaykhunt (Kate Henderson). Using samples and synthesized tones both artists explore rhythms; Henderson incorporating acoustic drums (live and sampled) and Marcarelli delving into modular synth patches and electronic percussion. Edition of 50 cassette tapes with artwork by Thermos Unigarde.