We decided to revive an old bargain tradition: taking two albums and putting one on each side of a cassette. We only just managed to get away with it (95 minutes is the maximum length most duplication companies will work to, beyond that could compromise the product). Both albums are vast soundtracks to imaginary vistas with healthy doses of Popol Vuh, Vangelis and Harmonia.
When you buy the tape from our Bandcamp, you get an immediate download for one of the albums and you’ll be asked if you’d like a code sending for the other album. I’m just wired that way.
The first album by The Lamp was a limited edition of less than 15 and in accordance with the artist’s wishes, all masters were permanently deleted. For the follow up album, a download has been permitted but it will only be available while the tape is on sale. Once the tape has sold out, the album will be hidden. It will still be available to re-download for those who bought it, but it will no longer be on sale.
The first album was simply a DJ set that got out of hand and accidentally became something else, but this is the first deliberate album. Side one a strange, scratchy ritual with weird rumbles and mumbles. Side two a stretched out synth symphony. Both tracks apparently have concepts behind them but the artist declines to share them.
Artwork shown here is what was used for the download version. Physical copies were not photographed in line with the artists wishes. Download and cassette both now withdrawn from sale as originally outlined.
So, I wanted to make a DJ set where I mixed ambient drone music with vocals from some of my fave music that wouldn’t normally get associated with ambient drone. Then I began to think about what if I dubbed something ambient and spectral onto some old cassettes containing dubs of old country LPs that belonged to someone who had left this world? Would we get that phenomenon tapers dreaded the most, ghosts of the old recording coming through?
So what was initially planned as a DJ set evolved more into an entirely sample based album, the mix of drones songs instead replaced with time stretched samples plus some pertinent blends and the aforementioned acapellas. Then dubbed to ten aged tapes.
The sleeves have been customized in different ways: some have collages, some have been painted over, some have unique fake tracklists. Each has its own unique insert.So every copy looks and sounds different.
However, it seemed the tapes, despite their age, were of very high quality and no sound leaked through. So then different masters were made for each tape. Some tapes were allowed to keep their original content for a few seconds. Each one has different levels. Different lengths.
As it seemed like we were playing with sound and time, a further, final idea arrived. I would delete all the masters. No downloads, no repress, no listening again. My only experience of it will be my memories.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with David Colohan on three of his solo releases so it’s a real pleasure to have him back with us a 4th time and this time as part of ever fluid United Bible Studies collective for a new cassette release.
Taking inspiration (and field recordings) from a visit to an old roman cemetery, this captures them at their most atmospheric. The band cite MR James’ classic tale “A View From A Hill” but for some reason “Red Shift” by Alan Garner is what plays in my mind as I listen to this. I guess both tales are about a strange coming together of past and present.
That’s precisely what happens on Side A of the tape. All the tracks on Side B are assembled together into one piece like a DJ set directed by psychogeography rather than beats. Side B [tracks 2 to 11 of your free download that comes with you pre-order] are the actual individual tracks.
the much delayed (our fault) WAS40 is here and for a special number like that we needed someone special so here is Bird People again with a stellar 5/6 piece line-up incluidng Eric Arn [Primordial Undermind] and some absolute drop to the floor slowburn psyche rock.
Forget all your troubles and surf the sunset slipstream of this one!
released June 5, 2020
Eric Arn – electric guitar Roy Culbertson III – drums, percussion, trombone, voice and electric violin Johanna Forster – electric guitar Lucas Henao Serna – drums and percussion Michaela Konrad – accordion Stefanie Neuhuber – alto sax Johannes Oberhuber – bass, voice Ulrich Rois – electric guitar
Recorded April and May 2018 on Olympus LS11 at Studio 7, Vienna, Austria Mastering by Ulrich Rois Cover Photography and Layout by Ned Netherwood
Our first ever box set! You get “The Magus” – a studio album of scorched psychedelia from the great cosmic bluesman, Suzuki Junzo. Features drums from the legendary Takahashi Ikuro who has beat the skins for everyone from Fushitsusha, High Rise, LSD March and countless others. The second cassette in the box set, “Live Phantasmagoria Vol.1” features a live set from Junzo and Ikuro! Limited edition of 60, get it from here
After blowing minds worldwide with his last tape for the label two years ago, Stuart is back once again with his swarmandal, some effects and a whole lot of imagination. Five new tracks plus a remix from Moroccan artist Sukitoa o Namau makes for another dazzling sonic journey to far off plains.
Limited edition of 40 special box tapes and 40 CDRs
Singer-songwriter Josh Doss is from Lexington, KY and has spent several years honing his craft and putting out his own CDRs and downloads. Recommended to me by the great James Jackson Toth (who is always right, be it about music shopping, artists or me needing to get glasses), Josh agreed to do a tape for me and put together a band for it. While his songwriting is in the great North American tradition, touching all the greats, his approach to music echoes through the more avant garde side of rock, recalling Velvet Undeground or those classic Spacemen 3 demos that Father Yod put out.
The three piece band sound amazing with a warm, fuzzy, tight sound. There’s some spectacular jammage on tracks like “Come With Me” and “Suspicious” that sounds like Malcolm Mooney-era Can covering California period Fleetwood Mac. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to put this out and I can guarantee you’re going to be hearing more from this guy in the future.
“hazed late-night gems tipping on a fulcrum of damped down boogie blues and sore-throated Americana” – Raven Sings The Blues
In what must probably be the most remarkable release methods of our time, the band decided to just put out the masters for this album on their website and declared it copyright-free for anyone to put out. What followed was a global spill of coloured vinyls from over a hundred labels. Yet initally, nobody seemed to be doing a tape version. Of course, by the time I finally got this one out (late March 2018, instead of the promised December/January release – sorry), there were a couple of others (and even an eight-track release!). Psychedelic rock melting into prog-pop with wild abandon.
This release marked a huge betrayal of our D.I.Y. roots by including a proper label. Its all downhill from here, we’ll be listed on the stock exchange and dead from decadence within 4 years.