An extension and evolution of Greg Fox’s rigorous, virtuosic sound-making practices, Contact, his first solo album since 2017’s The Gradual Progression, finds the multidisciplinary artist accessing ever more raw and ruminative states, processing the tumult of sentience into stick-hit-drum.
Today, Greg also launches a crowdfunding initiative to build a public-facing recording studio in his native state of New York. As Greg notes in his Kickstarter mission statement in light of the current global crisis, “I hope that if anything this campaign can be a source of encouragement to others. I believe in the future of music. I believe that we will find a way to get through this.” Complete info here:
Drifting between the cerebral and celestial Sign Libra (the sound and sight sigil of Agata Melnikova) offers “Sea of Nectar,” the second single from her sophomore album Sea to Sea. Available in vinyl and digital formats February 14, 2020.
In Always Coming Home (1985), Ursula K. Le Guin develops a fictional ethnography of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, the Kesh, survivors of an ecological catastrophe in Northern California. Early editions were published with an accompanying cassette containing ‘field recordings’ and indigenous song, which Freedom To Spend reissued in March 2018.
Listen back to Andrea’s mix and read the full editorial over at NTS.
The Freedom To Spend catalog is now streaming on Resonate.
Resonate is a co-operative streaming service implementing a new “Stream2Own” model. Per their mission statement, Resonate is working to “Rewire the music industry,” and offer a more sustainable model for artists.
You can learn more about Resonate and their mission here.
Les Archives, a whooping gonzo of synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and a mysterious string quartet; composed, arranged, and produced by the elusive Japanese artist June Chikuma is out now via Freedom To Spend.
The 1986 reissue, previously released on Toru Hatano’s Picture Label as Divertimento, so many decades ago, now glows with a different purpose; one that revises the past while maintaining, and finally elevating, its hidden influence. Les Archives is the score for a movie of mistaken identity – clones redressed in a guise of the artist’s re-coding. The legitimate artifact deceives history. There is no original, but this copy is singular and complete.
if inclined to anticline, we have a handful of the ltd. ed. lp version of Lucrecia Dalt’s new album, left from this past w/e’s (awesome) MoMA PS1: come together fair + lu’s tour w/ tune-yards — available now — edition of 75 (!), silkscreened jackets w/ risograph insert + hand-stamped labels – these ship immediately, & we’ll send a download on release date