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  • Robin Allender: Foxes in the Foyer (Vinyl)

    Robin Allender: Fo...

    Limited Edition of 350 | Hand Numbered | Clear Vinyl Circular melodies adorned with simple samples and loops. Its charm makes a lot of sense given that Allender plays in film composer Yann Tiersen’s live band – Lars Gotrich NPR Music of heart and humanity, as fresh (and refreshing) as a spring lake. – Textura Robin Allender certainly has prowess on his instrument but I found myself drawn to the more woe-some and winsome tracks that inter-weave amongst the track order, culminating with the prettiest song I have heard in a while. In fact, were there a Buddha Box with …

  • Padang Food Tigers / Lake Mary: Split (7″ vinyl)

    Padang Food Tigers...

    It seems a logical step to follow up Scissor Tail Editions 2012 reissue of Bruce Langhorne’s score to “The Hired Hand” with these two beautifully constructed pieces of music from artists residing on separate sides of the planet. Padang Food Tigers and Chaz Prymek AKA (Lake Mary) both employ similar instrumentations to that of “The Hired Hand” soundtrack. Banjos play the lead role for Padang Food Tigers and Lake Mary as well in building imaginary desolate landscapes. Guitar and piano float in and out. These could easily be heard as companion pieces “Crabbing King Sappling” builds heavy cinematic tension while …

  • Jesse Aycock: Out to Space / First to Last (7″ vinyl)

    Jesse Aycock: Out ...

    Limited edition of 200. Letter-pressed, hand numbered jackets and artwork by Dylan Aycock at Scissor Tail Private Press. “This music is a little close to home. I’m happy and honored to be releasing my older brother Jesse Aycock’s first vinyl record on Record Store Day. This 7″ will be quickly followed up by a full length record early 2014. The album was recorded at the historic Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The studio was originally founded and opened by Leon Russell in the 70′s and has recently been reopened this last year. The band for this record is made up …

  • Rivulets: Stars In Aspic (7″ vinyl)

    Rivulets: Stars In...

    Rivulets is US songwriter Nathan Amundson. He has released albums on Important, Chair Kickers’ Union and O Rosa Records, as well as numerous EPs, split releases and compilations. Since 2000 Rivulets has toured extensively across the US and Europe, gaining fervent acclaim for his achingly fragile, minimal song-craft. This is Rivulets’ debut solo vinyl record, and the first physical release since 2011. Trome Records has been a fan of Rivulets’ achingly fragile song-craft for years now, so we’re really pleased to be able to bring you this beautiful record. 
’Stars In Aspic’ on the A side is full-band languid Americana …

  • Charles-Eric Charrier: Petite Soeur (Limited Edition Vinyl)

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    Pre-order: Release date is April 7th 2014 Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for Gizeh …

  • Andrew Johnson: a new line (related) (2xVinyl)

    Andrew Johnson: a ...

    A New Line (Related) is the latest venture from Lancashire-based Andrew Johnson (Hood/Remote Viewer/Moteer). Utilising tools from the early days of home produced underground dance music (such as SK5 sampler keyboards and vintage drum machines) Andrew has unearthed a beautiful album of downbeat, lamp-lit techno, industrial grade ambience and sonic experimentation which at times recalls early Warp Records, Gescom and raw, 313 area Beatdown House, as well as the more modern breed of electronic and techno travellers such as Actress, Mark Fell (Late Period) and even Theo Parrish (The Slow Sound Of Your Life). Despite (or maybe because of) the …

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  • Paskine: Nimrod (CD)

    Paskine: Nimrod (C...

    NIMROD is Paskine’s debut album. Paskine here continues his experiments with noise and repetition, making his most abstract compositions to date, and adding a strong narrative element with the album’s structure. NIMROD was created with the idea of plunging the listener into a sound storm. It is composed of immersive drones, deconstructed melody, crackles and multiple kinds of noises invading space, blowing, little heavy and repetitive rhythm. The album is structured into nine parts, as kind of chapters; some minimalist, sometimes just the opposite; sometimes melodic, sometimes completely abstract. NIMROD by Paskine

  • Damian Valles: Exposure (CD)

    Damian Valles: Exp...

    Damian Valles describes ‘Exposure’ as the logical follow-up to ‘Badlands’ (somehow recordings) which was released in a limited edition in the spring of 2013… The six tracks that comprise this release delve further into darker territory and cold, harsh environments. A continuation on the theme of desolation, erosion and annihilation. However, this time around things are further stripped down and bare, leaving more room to explore and dwell amidst the vastness of the surroundings. If ‘Badlands’ was the journey, perhaps ‘Exposure’ is the destination.

  • Hakobune: Nebulous Sequences (2CD)

    Hakobune: Nebulous...

    Sparkles of mist, ebbs of mystery. Tiny shades of colours within a suspended time. “Nebulous Sequences” is the new masterfully album of Kyoto based musician Takahiro Yorifuji who operates under the name of Hakobune. The ripples of dense and elusive drones create a vast and meditative landscape where air and water flow and shimmer together. Using layers of processed guitar, this album envelops and surrounds the body with the beauty of a soothing and nebulous presence.

  • Matteo Uggeri: Untitled Winter (CD)

    Matteo Uggeri: Unt...

    Limited Edition of 100 Letter-pressed Jackets Matteo Uggeri is an Italian musician and sound artist based in Milan. What he’s constructed here is an extremely intimate story line. Matteo is a master of setting a scene and carrying the listener into non-existent interiors and exteriors of his own creation. Reoccurring themes tie the already seamless tracks together culminating into one long meditative piece. Throughout the album a feeling grows of great gratitude for the night time hours when the only gears left turning are those of your own creation.

  • VA: Prototypes (CD)

    VA: Prototypes (CD...

    Pre-order ‘Prototypes’ is a collection of uniquely mixed and edited original tracks and outtakes from future collaborative Home Normal releases. Mixed and edited by Aki Sallas, Sif Sandersen, and Ian Hawgood, the work includes unique tracks by Christopher Hipgrave, Sif Sandersen, Ahti Ijäs, Aki Sallas, Miki Laa, Tsone, Uthai Montri, Ian Hawgood, and Maarit Maaja. Over its almost 70 tracks, spread over five CD’s, the ‘Elements’ compilation is a celebration of everything Home Normal represents through friends and artists who have helped to develop the label’s identity. ‘Prototypes’ is a unique glimpse at some long-term projects we have been working …

  • Butterfly In The Snowfall: ‘Butterfly In The Snowfall’ (CD)

    Butterfly In The S...

    Butterfly In The Snowfall are a group made up of members from the Rune Grammofon band, Astrïd, and Sylvain Chauveau. Astrïd performed at the HomeNormalism festival in summer of 2013, blowing the audience away with their incredibly organic, transfixing music. Their music has been likened to Laughing Stock-era TalkTalk, which is a very apt description really. Formed in 1997 around Cyril Secq and Yvan Ros, as a guitar/drums duet, Astrïd has stabilized with successive arrivals of the violinist Vanina Andreani (1998) and the clarinetist Guillaume Wickel (2005). Their music takes its roots in improvised music, 70’s folk and jazz, classical …

  • René Margraff: ‘phasen’ (CD)

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    René Margraff lives and works in Berlin. He started Pillowdiver in 2008. Before this he also pretended to be a Japanese girl under the name of Le Mépris. Previously he released on Home Normal with the highly acclaimed Two People In A Room album back in 2011. This is René’s first work under his given name and to say it covers a lot of ground would be a massive understatement. From contained harmonics through to the comedown choral end, ‘phasen‘ is a beautiful play in light refraction and subtle inflection. The frequencies open up, bringing forth shining melody as the …

  • Vitaly Beskrovny: Life on Paper (CD)

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    Vitaly Beskrovny is a self-taught composer from Ukraine. He has been writing instrumental pieces for piano and orchestra since 2005. Vitaly’s second album on Preserved Sound entitled Life on Paper is more ambient than Vitaly’s previous work, and uses sound samples recorded near his house in Ukraine. “The result of introspection and observation of everyday life, translated into the world of sparse piano notes, wheezing and dense saturation, arching into the seabed distorted or, more often, to fade into widespread ambience widespread, not without a certain romance punctuated by echoes and austere tones.” Translated from Italian and published on www.musicwontsaveyou.com. …

Latest Tapes

  • Nick Castell: The Water Margin (Tape)

    Nick Castell: The ...

    Limited Edition of 50 Pro-Dubbed Cassettes. Hand Painted / Letterpressed Packaging. No two alike! “I know people will always assume that I listen to a lot of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Nick Drake etc. I do listen to all of this and I do love it but there is so much more to the world of music I inhabit. Some of my favourite composers take folk motifs to make ‘art music’, composers like Béla Bartók and Osvaldo Golijov. It is perhaps their approach rather than their music that influences me most. I listen to hours of field recordings …

  • Grizzly Imploded: You are the way you face your death (Tape)

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    Neapolitan free jazz tornado-hatching is totally my bag and Grizzly Imploded bring the joy in spades; I could listen to this kind of steez all day! This trio is a branch off the Strongly Imploded tree – two of the three members hail from that noisy outfit – and they employ all the latest techniques to melt the faces of their audience. Minimal/maximal guitar skree deftly unloaded like depth charges off the side of a warship. Freely-pummelled drums that bounce off of the floor, on the verge of exploding under the weight of deft arms. Controlled chaos that threatens to …

  • Nathan McLaughlin: Karen Studies (Tape)

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    On the surface, Karen Dalton may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for the reel-to-reel experimentalist and recent Upstate New York transplant Nathan McLaughlin. Dalton was an undeniably great interpreter of folk songs whose gritty, whiskey-singed voice could add new layers of emotional depth to virtually any song she took on. McLaughlin, as a solo artist, has predominantly explored expansive, slow-building sound pieces using his beloved Teac 3440 tape machine with subtle manipulations and guitar and synth accompaniment. In places, it’s as though McLaughlin appears to be recreating the worn contours of Dalton’s voice itself. In the end, when …

  • Raising Holy Sparks: For Fran, Etched In Glass & Water (Tape)

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    Limited edition run of 50 copies… ‘For Fran, Etched In Glass & Water’ is a new album from Irish musician Dave Colohan, under the name Raising Holy Sparks. Colohan is a founding member of the respected avant-folk collective United Bible Studies and the Deserted Village label. Raising Holy Sparks began in 2011, after Colohan retired the Agitated Radio Pilot name under which he’d been recording since 1993. The project sees Colohan and a rotating crew of friends exploring music informed by Hasidic mysticism and the landscapes of rural Ireland, achieving an ecstatic outpouring of drone, folk song, and free jazz …

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  • Atom Eye: The Otolith Sessions (Limited Edition CD/Book)

    Atom Eye: The Otol...

    CD release with a limited edition, 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel. The book also encompasses an audio cookbook with recipes for you to create your own experimental audio loops and soups. The culmination of a year’s worth of sound experiments with machines of a bygone era, The Otolith Sessions sees Elsie Martins ‘Atom Eye’ project realise it’s most ambitious and complete work to date. A meticulously programmed full length as opposed to a collection of tracks the album develops and unfolds with a palpable sense of purpose …

  • Outshining Memories (Limited Edition Deluxe CD/Booklet)

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  • Various: Sound By Artists (Book)

    Various: Sound By ...

    This seminal title is considered by many to be one of the most important books about sound art ever published and is now finally back in print with this handsome new edition via Charivari Press. Originally published in 1990, the book was part of Art Metropole’s “…by Artists” series and includes essays written by John Cage, Christina Kubisch, Alvin Lucier, Annea Lockwood, Christian Marclay and many others, covering historical overviews, surveys of recent work, discussions of copyright and even some recipes for reproducing works of sound art. The book includes John Cage analysing the use of noise and perucssion in …

  • Marihiko Hara and Hideki Umezawa: Jigokuhen (Limited Edition Book / 3″ CD)

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    Wistbook 009 / Edition series. 100 / Format. 3″cd and novella… A murder mystery by one of today’s finest crime writers, “Jigokuhen” takes place in a declining coastal city whose once thriving harbours and shipyards now house a shadowy criminal underworld. Drawn into this world when the son of the city’s mayor is killed, a jaded middle-aged detective finds himself distracted by a beautiful unemployed dockworker who spends each day walking aimlessly along the shore, and whose mysterious past may just hold the key to solving the crime. Throughout the novella, these two characters act as allegories of the dingy …

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C.Yantis – Box Elder, Cold Scholar (Limited Edition Tape) SALE

Limited Edition of 43 green C44s: Individually dubbed. Enclosed in charcoal A1 baronial envelope. Hand-stamped w/ black ink typeset & wax-sealed.

Includes:

2 x 3.5″ card w/ liner notes & unique painting by Cody Yantis.
3 x 5″ photograph.

Cody Yantis, working out of the Pacific West/NYC/Dublin borderlands, has released a handful of exploratory, spacious sounding cassettes and records – focusing on guitar and piano, drenched in echo, teetering on the edge of full blown drone (though a recent Seattle performance saw him channeling some Bill Orcutt-esque blue notes over a bed of crackle.).

This tape, in transparent green, is the first release on holyoak! resounding – a label dedicated to producing limited edition, handmade analogue objects. The desire to create something both special and tangible is clear here – each cassette comes with a unique painting by the artist, Cody Yantis, as well as a photograph and liner notes all resting nicely in a beautiful wax sealed envelope.

So, drones. Yes there is drone here aplenty – looped dunes of guitars, hints of reed explorations, bowed cymbals. Echoes of Indian modes abound, especially on the nine-minute Glyph. But are the drones here drawn from stasis, or motion? Are they monolithic holding patterns, or extended cycles of activity?

Well, to some extent, both… Rand, the opening track, starts with what sounds like a tuned tom, played with anxious fingers, while a sinister Rhodes-esque electric piano circles, single fingered, small note clusters. A sound like bare feet on sand punctuates the unease – a note of radiophonic foley, perhaps, but the central repeats are gradually overwhelmed by waves of ecstatic shards of guitar – sustained, wavering, the sound of a gentle jetfighter’s afterburn. A low roar rises steadily, and the drone envelops the original sounds – causing and emphasising the interactions of the frequencies between the two parts, even as it threatens to obliterate it. A fade to sustained guitar and crackle…

The fifteen minute Domestic Devotional almost feels it might be cut from the same cloth as Rand, but soon reveals a shifting play of layers. This isn’t volume and distortion as obliteration, but as colour, texture, and the overlapping lines of collage.

The repeats here allow the ears to focus on individual layers, flitting between filigrees of guitar. Like the mantra, the source of the sound soon becomes irrelevant (no ‘guitar worship’ in the traditional sense here), the mind sharpens, then opens up before the shifting din. Though there is subtlety here, the focus of dronework sharpens at higher volumes and the length here is perfect for the devotional experience aimed at by the title.

Glyph opens the second side with ringing filaments of cymbals and a saxophone that hovers on the edge of tonality. Here are drones opened out – stripped to component parts that orbit the heart of the track, which reveals itself half way through as bowed guitar waves, that rise to a vigorous sawtooth sound. The sound here, with the space between the lines, perhaps echoes a less jazz-steeped Graveyards, and is certainly just as rivetingly malevolent.

The closing track on side two, Elementary Husk is also the best here – a collage of hum, crackle and guitar spurt, some backwards bursts that resembles the collision of instruments and texture of Sonic Youth’s reading of Christian Wolff’s ‘Burdocks’ on their Goodbye Twentieth Century album – a drone splintered into atonal arpeggios. Six minutes in, this collage is buzz-sawed into by two full head-spitting, relentless drones, that rise and rise, and joined by a third, almost choral wave, bringing this excellent tape to a suitably ecstatic close.

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    This is the complete thisquietarmy live performance that took place at Centro Cultural Sao Paulo in Brazil on June 23rd, 2013. The concert marked the end of the TQA Brazilian tour where he performed 14 shows through May & June 2013 to promote the split LP with Sao Paulo-based band Labirinto released on Dissenso Recordings. For this “homecoming” Brazilian gig, thisquietarmy performs a special encore with two members from Labirinto: Muriel Curi on drums/electronics & Ricardo Pereira on bass. The DVD compiles and crossovers video footage by Claud Peer & Rodrigo Florentino with thisquietarmy’s live visuals and the live soundboard …

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  • Robin Allender: Foxes in the Foyer (Vinyl)

    Robin Allender: Fo...

    Limited Edition of 350 | Hand Numbered | Clear Vinyl Circular melodies adorned with simple samples and loops. Its charm makes a lot of sense given that Allender plays in film composer Yann Tiersen’s live band – Lars Gotrich NPR Music of heart and humanity, as fresh (and refreshing) as a spring lake. – Textura Robin Allender certainly has prowess on his instrument but I found myself drawn to the more woe-some and winsome tracks that inter-weave amongst the track order, culminating with the prettiest song I have heard in a while. In fact, were there a Buddha Box with …

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  • Nick Castell: The Water Margin (Tape)

    Nick Castell: The ...

    Limited Edition of 50 Pro-Dubbed Cassettes. Hand Painted / Letterpressed Packaging. No two alike! “I know people will always assume that I listen to a lot of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Nick Drake etc. I do listen to all of this and I do love it but there is so much more to the world of music I inhabit. Some of my favourite composers take folk motifs to make ‘art music’, composers like Béla Bartók and Osvaldo Golijov. It is perhaps their approach rather than their music that influences me most. I listen to hours of field recordings …

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  • Vitaly Beskrovny: Life on Paper (CD)

    Vitaly Beskrovny: ...

    Vitaly Beskrovny is a self-taught composer from Ukraine. He has been writing instrumental pieces for piano and orchestra since 2005. Vitaly’s second album on Preserved Sound entitled Life on Paper is more ambient than Vitaly’s previous work, and uses sound samples recorded near his house in Ukraine. “The result of introspection and observation of everyday life, translated into the world of sparse piano notes, wheezing and dense saturation, arching into the seabed distorted or, more often, to fade into widespread ambience widespread, not without a certain romance punctuated by echoes and austere tones.” Translated from Italian and published on www.musicwontsaveyou.com. …

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    Visionary Hours: S...

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    Visionary Hours: T...

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    Kinship was written by Jeff Wright for the birth of his son Owen, and can be compared to other acts as Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Mogwai, and The Appleseed Cast. “New life is a beautiful thing, something that one is eager to share with the world … Love overflows on this release, especially in the dialogue of ‘First Look’, but it doesn’t overwhelm … ‘The Family Tree’ possesses a similar sense of ebullience. The peaceful finale, ‘Rest’, implies something that new parents don’t encounter often; but in this case, if Jeffrey can get it, his rest will have been well-deserved.” …

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    Ancient Colours: R...

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    Adrian Lane: The A...

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