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The cassettes and downloads for INSOLENT002 went up earlier in the week. There is now less than 50% of the limited 20 edition of the tapes left and that’ll probably be less once I take them to the only shop that has our stock in stock, which is Sound It Out Records in Stockton-On-Tees. They’ve been extremely supportive and given me helpful suggestions that I am extremely grateful for.

Mostly though, I’m humbled by the support of this of you willing to put your hands in your (digital) pockets and purchase our little releases.

This mawkishness will have ceased by the time I write my next post. I have to go, my daughter is trying to eat my phone.

Album updates and black circle Gaza comp

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Well, the limited wooden edition of “A Theory Of Psychic Geography” sold out pretty quickly and has mostly been shipped out. The standard CDR and download editions will be available in the next couple of weeks (slight delay due to infrastructural implosion at 19f3 headquarters).

The first review of the album has been published via ATTN:Magazine. Thanks to Jack Chuter for that. Hopefully more will follow.

Other C/F updates: I’ve contributed an exclusive track to a black circle records compilation reflecting on recent horrifying events in Gaza, which is a free download here. Sounds were sampled from news reports and a databent image of an Israeli airstrike.
Also in progress are some curious noise wrangling for a 3-way split with the very excellent artists Stapperton and Laica and a Godflesh cover for a tribute album I’m trying to put together for November. Oh, and another exclusive track has…

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A couple of notes of possible interest …

Me again. I noticed I haven’t informed anyone who stumbles over this blog that our second tape is now available over here. Even after mentioning the reviews I posted a couple of weeks back. There are now only 6 remaining, but what do you expect from such excellence at the bargain price of a fiver?

 

Secondly, DI supporter and lovely blogger Leigh Wright has included the title track in his latest Wyrd Daze podcast which you can subscribe to here or check out here.

 

That’s pretty much it except to inform you I am enjoying the output of Daniel Thomas, Solvognen has another EP in the pipeline and there are more exciting things afoot in the world of running a small tape label. 

A pair of reviews

Blimey, it’s been ages since I’ve been here. Sorry about that. That stuff called life and the horrors of mismanaging a small tape label have been rearing their head but IKB has now been out a while, long enough in fact to have garnered a couple of reviews. The first, from the lovely Ears For Eyes blog that let me write some words about music I liked, actually dates back to March, but aside from a couple of links via Facebook and Twitter, hasn’t been posted/copied and pasted here. Til now.

‘IKB’ is the second release by Solvognen for Disco Insolence following a spilt-tape with Chaz Dolo last year.  The full album treatment suits this artist, allowing them to display a variety of interesting sounds.  ‘Vermillion’ has something of the all-surface sense-rush of Oneohtrix Point Never but with less of the plush plasticity, this is gnarlier and steam-driven; the arpeggios low-resolution and melted around the edges.  ‘Wisteria’ contains a synthesised cello grinding amidst a glitch whiteout; Kosmiche hum and crunching fruitless modem scanning adding further grime to an already pixelated sound-space.  ‘Aureolin’ has a placid soft tidal drift, barbed acid scribbles gambolling in the surf like poison-spined crustaceans.  ‘Amber’ proceeds in martial fashion, snare rattles echoing into the distance.  ‘Mauve’ burbles circularly like a pre-skronk section from a Colin Stetson track; a creeping bass riff lends a night-time air, wet streets and urban decay evoked in the crumbling song structure and strained grid-like precision.

Emotionally engaging, inventively arranged, atmospherically haunting; this second release for Jonathan Lee’s Disco Insolence label is an excellent addition to their fledgling catalogue.

Nice writing, isn’t it? If you don’t believe me the link is http://ears4eyes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/solvognen-ikb-disco-insolence.html

 

The second review was posted earlier today (hence my hasty posting today) and was written by Tristan Bath for the esteemed and read-a-lot Quietus site. Although the review contains no mention of Disco Insolence aside from the header, it hits the nail on the head by managing to include some of Solvognen’s influences (although I draw the line at Boreds Of Canada personally). Here, have a read for yourself.

This tape by Detroit resident, Solvognen (aka Daniel Llanes), is a beacon of truly delightful instrumental music from a city purportedly in a constant state of ebb. That town’s own history of bacchanal club music is all but absent from IKB‘s always pensive, often cinematic bedroom compositions. The beats are simplistic, lo-fi and low rent, and the music focuses on texture and tone, eschewing pinpoint precision in favour of broader musical strokes. The title track features a low-bitrate sample of chords bashed out behind a piano that gurgles and stutters a la Fennesz’s classic Endless Summer. ‘Amber’ harkens directly back to Boards of Canada’s earliest blend of beats and quivering atmospherics, while the bassy arpeggios at the heart of ‘Mauve’ evoke retro filmic darkness akin to Brad Fiedel’s enigmatic theme from Terminator, finally disintegrating into chaotic phasing fuzz. However, it’s ‘Wisteria’ that’s obviously stands out, putting to use mellotron VSTs to curl out a theme straight from the Klaus Schulze book of Kosmische. The leading synthetic cello meets a sea of synthetic strings for a harrowing mid-track peak that’s much more Irrlicht than Carl Craig. Though perhaps too often snatching from well established motifs in electronic music, the pervasive feeling of IKB is an uplifting one, and one that makes these six home-made miniatures from Solvognen worth hunting down.

Link for this (alongside some non-Disco Insolence releases which I’m sure are just as good) is http://thequietus.com/articles/15396-spools-out-tape-review

So, all in all a nice pair of reviews, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Oh, and the tapes are on their way, the artwork has been printed and delivered, the tapes are waiting on duplication and hopefully my daughter will leave me alone long enough this weekend to finish everything off.

One of those list things people are so fond of doing at this time of year.

One of those list things people are so fond of doing at this time of year.

Michael at the excellent Ears For Eyes blog asked me to contribute to some writing about my favourite things in 2013 which, as you can probably guess, just involved me writing a bit about my favourite record releases. Alongside my own effort are many other lists which are better written and also worth checking out too.

Launch Day for Issue 1!

Wyrd Daze

 

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It is with great pleasure that I present to you
the Wyrd Daze digital zine!

 

This issue contains:

The Wyrd Daze EP 1 

Track 1 – Piotr Kurek : Becoming Light
Track 2 – The Hare and Moon : The Dream
Track 3 – April Larson : Harbor House Library
Track 4 – Machine est mon Coeur : Thimble of Wisdom
Track 5 – Isobel Ccircle : King keeps them chained

 

The Wyrd Daze Podcast featuring:

The Crimson Executioner Part 1 by The Ephemeral Man
The Instructor   written & read by   Joshua Levesque
Silent Streets : Awakening   written & read by   C . S

 

The Wyrd Daze Zine (PDF) which contains:

Cover collage by The Ephemeral Man

Second cover art by Emma-Jane Rosenberg

Poetry by Melissa DiemEmma Hammond,            …

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Coming up …

Gearing up to release what should have been the first tape, hopefully out end of Oct/early Nov. But don’t count on it. You know how these things go. Especially with X**s coming soon and a nearly two year old toddler to look after. Speaking of X**s, there are still tapes available for purchase (alongside downloads if that’s your thing). They’d make someone a lovely X**s gift, don’t ya think?