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Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – Nue Remixes: Laurel Halo / Julia Holter – May 3, 2019

Following the release of last year’s Nue, the fourteenth installment of FRKWYS, RVNG’s intergenerational collaboration series, Tashi Wada shares musical space with Laurel Halo and Julia Holter by way of their respective remixes of “Niagara” and “Fanfare.”

Both Laurel and Julia extract underlying moods from Nue for their singular takes on the Wadas’ original compositions (Tashi composed Nue with his father, Yoshi Wada, a pioneering Fluxus artist). Halo wields the sirens of Nue as signals of melodic paranoia pervading her percussive and propulsive “Lilith” mix of “Niagara.”

Holter revisits the steady drones and cascading keys of “Fanfare,” on which she contributed vocals and instrumentation on Nue, for her “Unearthly Bird” remix. Coaxing whispers prelude the bagpipes before vocals take center stage, transforming her remix into a composition baring resemblance to her 2018 album, Aviary. Tashi contributed to that album as Julia did to Nue; her take on “Fanfare” represents a further enmeshing of the duo’s musical union.

Nue Remixes: Laurel Halo / Julia Holter is available for pre-order now at the shop.

April 30, 2019

Emily A. Sprague – Water Memory / Mount Vision – 5/24/19

Emily A. Sprague’s Water Memory and Mount Vision are presented in new and vivid detail. Through sound and poetry, Emily’s craft focuses on fleeting moments of crystalline clarity and meditates on expanded lifetimes of intricate meaning-making. Memory and vision, ocean and mountains, question and answer, emotions and infinity. Sunshine, lizard, sea salt. Previously issued as small editions of self-released cassettes, Emily’s two albums have been resequenced and mastered by Taylor Deupree, each including previously unheard tracks.

A collection of reflections are visible in the mirrored structures of Water Memory andMount Vision, two chapters – two halves – each complemented by a written verse. As much about the presence in youthful experimentation as the permanence of transition and maturation, Water Memory, originally released in 2017, is the first long-form instrumental music Emily ever channeled. Mount Vision, originally released in 2018, was conceived in a smaller window of time than its predecessor, the pure residue of intense emotional build up during a period of self-healing and unguarded reflection.

Emily’s mission on this planet may be facilitating – or illuminating – the correspondence between innermost knowledge and intelligent nature, and Water Memory / Mount Vision are most certainly monumental documents along this sharing path.

Watch the video for “Your Pond,” directed by Emily, below:

Emily A. Sprague’s newly sequenced and mastered double LP and CD editions of Water Memory / Mount Vision will be available on May 24, 2019.  A limited print of Emily’s writing, Ambient Poems (2017 – 2018), will be included to the first 300 mail order customers.

On behalf of Emily A. Sprague, a portion of the proceeds from Water Memory / Mount Vision will benefit the LGBTQ Center in Kingston, NY under Come! Mend!, an initiative bridging RVNG’s work and interest supporting non-profit organizations and charities.

(The 200 limited edition ocean blue and mountain green double LPs have sold out on Bandcamp, but some are still available through the shop)
April 10, 2019

Holly Herndon – PROTO – 5/10/2019

Holly Herndon operates at the nexus of technological evolution and musical euphoria.

Today, the acclaimed performer and composer reveals new single “Eternal”, a ghostly transmission inspired by ideas of eternal love through mind uploading; a modern-day vampire story.  Punctuated by grandiose orchestration and the voices of her Berlin-based vocal ensemble, the accompanying video was constructed from footage processed from the perspective of an intelligent machine, analysing and searching for a face, yearning for a connection.

Watch the video for “Eternal” below

Pre-order the LTD edition clear LP, standard LP, and CD at the shop, or pre-save / pre-order on all other platforms here

“Eternal” follows the 2018 release of Holly and Jlin’s collaborative song “Godmother (feat. Spawn)”.  The skittering track, which was created by Spawn reimagining the artworks of her ‘godmother’ Jlin in a trained model of her mother’s voice with no editing or sample trickery, was praised everywhere from NPR to The Guardian to New York Times, and elsewhere.

You can hear traces of Spawn throughout the album, developed in partnership with long time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace, and even eavesdrop on the live training ceremonies conducted in Berlin, in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach Spawn how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions; a contemporary update on the religious gathering Holly was raised amongst in her upbringing in East Tennessee.

March 11, 2019

Craig Leon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Cannon – May 10, 2019

Craig Leon revisits the extraterrestrial origins of civilization on Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Picking up where the pioneering electronic albums Nommos and Visiting (Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1) left off, The Canon traces the imparted knowledge of alien visitors as it spread from Africa across the ancient world. Co-produced and featuring vocals by Cassell Webb, the pair engage a sonic pallet familiar from Vol. 1, updated with ecstatic contemporary sound and synthesis, creating a propulsive, exploratory album of cosmic lore and speculative anthropology.

Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon is out May 10, 2019 on LP, CD, and Digital formats. Learn more, and pre-order at the shop ~

February 27, 2019

HERE004 – Lightbath + Emily A. Sprague – full/new

full/new is an expression of mutual planetary motion. Drawing a school of listeners to the floor of Commend’s relatively small interior on a late July Sunday afternoon in 2018, Emily A. Sprague and Lightbath (aka Bryan Noll) provided an hour of aqueous reflections that whispered with the trees outside on Forsyth street and tempered the activity of the surrounding island.

Visit commendnyc.com and grab a copy of HERE004, while supplies last 😉

February 26, 2019

Helado Negro – “Running”

Helado Negro shares “Running,” the third offering from his upcoming album This Is How You Smile. “Running” follows recent singles “Pais Nublado” and “Please Won’t Please,” leading us further down the road to Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth record.

“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you,” says Lange. “The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”

Director David Merten paces through the gentle spaces of “Running” in his video for the single. “I intentionally shot and edited the video with a frenetic pace to counter the mellow vibe of the song. The video concept was based around trying to outrun the past, while repeating it. Running in circles with no true end to the journey,” says Merten.

February 19, 2019

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano – FRKWYS Vol. 15: serenitatem – 4/5/19

serenitatem, the fifteenth installment of RVNG’s intergenerational FRKWYS series, joins Visible Cloaks with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, trailblazers of the Japanese ambient music scene in the 1980s and 90s. While the music excels on an environmental level familiar in the collective’s individual works, serenitatem reaches unseen stratums — a pure synthesis of artistic vision, technological sophistication, futurist ambition, and, occasionally, ancient polyphony.

Watch the video for their first single, “Stratum,” below, and learn more at the shop

February 13, 2019