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Artist: 39 CLOCKS
Title: Zoned
Format: CD
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"The first public appearance pairing Christian Henjes (then Zero Jack) and Juergen Gleue (then Genius Nr.17) was in 1976, at the Dada Nova (a space later occupied by Otto Müehls AAO commune) in midtown Hannover, Germany. Known for pranksterism and the destruction of the clubs in which they would perform, friction would follow the band everywhere. In 1979 they were thrown out of a show in Kassel at the Documenta (their sounds had disturbed Joseph Beuys). They created an outrage (they wrote a tune with the title Art Minus Idiots) at the Filmtage Hannover with their avant garde Super 8 movies under the guise of director Zachius Lipschitz. Rumour claims that at a Hannnover show at the Cafe Glocksee, they played the vacuum cleaner and a circular saw instead of guitars. Inspired, then (clearly), by protest in the broadest and most romantic sense (they wrote a tune with the title Radical Student Mob In Satin Boots) theirs was a sound attuned to classic American punk/Nuggets. This collection was put together with the non-completest in mind (originals of some of these records are as rare as Italian underwear), intending to display the general 39 Clocks vibe, but also some of their more curious wrinkles. And as Diedrich Diedrichsen wrote the first review of the band, we at DeStijl are very pleased with his liner notes." - DeStijl

Artist: BLACK TO COMM
Title: Earth
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"EARTH is a 2009 silent film by Ho Tzu Nyen, one of Singapores foremost artists. The visually arresting film has been live-soundtracked by a number of artists (including Oren Ambarchi) in several locales, and after Black to Comm, a.k.a. Marc Richters accompaniment at Berlins Asian Film Festival and the Unsound Festival in Krakow (both in 2010), he decided to commit it to record. In Marcs own words: Most of the music was composed under the influence of heavy pain killers while recovering from a broken leg. The music (like the film) is about slowness and decay, states of unconsciousness, sleeping and waking up, dying and being reborn. The film basically is a post-apocalyptic collage based on paintings by classical European painters (Caravaggio, Delacroix, Rembrandt, Gericault) -- the music tries to translate that concept employing similar collage-based sampling techniques using loops made from vintage vinyl and shellac records combined with acoustic and electronic instrumentation and voice. Richters already formidable expressive power stretches over all of EARTH. Reflecting the countless cyclical forces that make up, oh, more or less everything we know and are, the music on EARTH is bracing, lovely, bustling and still, and at times bittersweet, a commingling of sensations and emotions that cant be neatly separated from one another. (EARTHis complex, as you know.) Guests on EARTHinclude David Aird, a.k.a Vindicatrix (on the Mordant Music label), contributing startling vocal work; Renate Nikolaus on an array of instruments and noise devices; Rutger Zuydervelt (singing bowls); and Christopher Kline (singing saw). EARTH is Black to Comms seventh album and his debut for De Stijl, following the acclaimed Alphabet 1968 (on Type) and last years vinyl-only collaboration with Mike Kelley of Destroy All Monsters (on the En/Of label)." -De Stijl.

Artist: CONNOR, MATTHIAS "WOLFBOY"
Title: Greatest Hits
Format: Book
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"The debut anthology of short stories, previously published in photocopied micro-editions by MATTHIAS CONNORS Poppy Books imprint. 200-plus pages with a forward by NICK FORGACS." -De Stijl.

Artist: JEFFERIES, PETER
Title: The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Peter Jefferiess extraordinary debut solo album, The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, first saw life as a cassette via the Xpressway label of Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1990. As a result of some international underground acclaim in fanzines and mailorder catalogs -- for both the album and a striking 7-inch, The Fate of the Human Carbine, released around the same time -- it soon appeared on LP and CD as well, through the Ajax label of Chicago. Within a couple of years it slipped out of print and out of sight. Twenty years later were putting it back on wax which includes the songs from the attendant single, and no amount of remastering, whatsoever. Though no ones gotten around to writing a book on it yet, The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World nonetheless stands as one of the singular singer-songwriter albums of all time, existing on a sparsely populated plane with Pink Moon, Blues Run, the Game, Our Mother the Mountain and not many others. In a sandy voice that soothes and slashes, Jefferies offers a piercingly, crushingly lucid view of the endeavor of life, all our pain and small glories rendered in tones both harrowing and tender. On piano, drums and percussion, he pounds out melodies that roar, sweep and lilt, accompanied on many songs by the serrated guitars of a variety of players. Featuring a small team of South Island heavy-hitters -- all three members of the Dead C as well as David Mitchell (3Ds), Alastair Galbraith, Kathy Bull (Look Blue Go Purple, Cyclops), Nigel Taylor and Robbie Muir (whos co-billed on the single) -- Last Great Challenge provides a pivot point in Jefferiess formidable recording career, which included two bands he shared with his brother Graeme in the 80s, Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment, and four further solo albums, as well as stints in bands here (Mecca Normal, Two Foot Flame) and there (Plagal Grind, Cyclops)." -De Stijl.
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Artist: KILGOUR, DAVID
Title: Here Come The Cars
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"A year after the Cleans reunion LP Vehicle (also their first proper album ever) put them back on the international-pop radar in 1990, guitarist David Kilgour retreated with his new Revox tape machine (which hed been singing about rapturously in his side-project Stephen and elsewhere: Have you seen my new tape machine?!) and cut his first solo album, Here Come The Cars, issued by Flying Nun in 1991. From the jarring cover image of David through to the last note, Here Come The Cars is a special pop album, even on a label that had no shortage of them. A sparkling gem cloaked in achingly atmospheric production (courtesy of Nick Roughan), Here Come The Cars has haunted us since its release -- its just one of those albums that exists outside of time, the opening chords of the title track never fail to draw you out of the world youre in and into its own magical space. The album was remastered and rereleased on CD by Flying Nun in 2004, but has never before been on vinyl -- which De Stijl is happy to rectify here in 2012." - De Stijl. Includes mp3 download.

Artist: LUBELSKI, SAMARA
Title: Wavelength
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"First lady of winds and stars Samara Lubelski returns to her once and future label home for her sixth album, Wavelength, and the spheres harmonize at the news. Wavelength comprises a dozen new arrowed whispers, Samaras feathery touch on guitar and microphone now so at balance with the elements that the whole, her music and the air it enters, become inseparable. Dont be fooled by the persistent psych-folk labels she gets - oh, they may be accurate as far as modern usage goes, and that scene is now as it was then, but Wavelength is an electric record through and through. Everything comes to life in light, the guitar speaking in radiant strums and felt-tip leads, her violin calling up everything that glows and grows in the dark. Funny how nature always seemed to work everything out fine on her own before we showed up, huh?" - De Stijl.

Artist: MESSAGES
Title: Message Bag
Format: Double LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"We come burdened with the glorious purpose of having readied the latest recordings by Messages, a double LP set called Message Bag. Its a set of pieces that imparts a vibe rife with history, and yet clearly focused on the future. You buy these 2 LPs, poster, and insert in a bag, but in all of its formats and strategies Message Bag operates as a return to an unresolved system, as an alternative to the rest of yr choices, and bestows something that cant be bought. We call it wisdom." - Destijl.

Artist: OLAUSSON, JAKOB
Title: Morning & Sunrise
Format: CD
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"At some point all great explorers, from Amundsen to Kishan Singh Rawat, come to an opening up and cast their minds across a big space. A clearing, a promontory, a look out from a place no ones been before. Jakob Olausson ventured deep on Moonlight Farm, his debut for De Stijl in the winter of 2005. His singular expression returns on Morning and Sunrise, an explorers codex, a gaze through to whats more important and less seen. The path yet traveled and the sun arcing over it. Morning and Sunrise is a different record from Moonlight Farm. Neither progression nor the preferred natural progression describe how. There is more electric guitar and it really whisks at your earbones, the playing is beautiful. Jakobs singing glows more. It gives light and shows love as it reassures, makes no false promises, says: You can be understood. Honest as the elements, whether you count four or 118. Words like loner will be hung on Morning and Sunrise, and thats okay, we associate clarity this potent with solitude. And this could be the most lucid psychedelic record ever, morning is just so clear, and anyway, its not really loner, because you are there all along. Dont we all just want to know how the next person gets along? Come out into the morning and see." - De Stijl.

Artist: OLAUSSON, JAKOB
Title: Morning & Sunrise
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"At some point all great explorers, from Amundsen to Kishan Singh Rawat, come to an opening up and cast their minds across a big space. A clearing, a promontory, a look out from a place no ones been before. Jakob Olausson ventured deep on Moonlight Farm, his debut for De Stijl in the winter of 2005. His singular expression returns on Morning and Sunrise, an explorers codex, a gaze through to whats more important and less seen. The path yet traveled and the sun arcing over it. Morning and Sunrise is a different record from Moonlight Farm. Neither progression nor the preferred natural progression describe how. There is more electric guitar and it really whisks at your earbones, the playing is beautiful. Jakobs singing glows more. It gives light and shows love as it reassures, makes no false promises, says: You can be understood. Honest as the elements, whether you count four or 118. Words like loner will be hung on Morning and Sunrise, and thats okay, we associate clarity this potent with solitude. And this could be the most lucid psychedelic record ever, morning is just so clear, and anyway, its not really loner, because you are there all along. Dont we all just want to know how the next person gets along? Come out into the morning and see." -De Stijl

Artist: ROBUST WORLDS
Title: Emotional Planet
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Chris Roses Robust Worlds has impressed us since first glimpse. He was actually barefoot, if you can believe that, and his set had the feel of a way more lysergic Kevin Ayers. It was freezing fucking cold and Im pretty sure he wore a Hawaiian shirt. His debut LP is called Emotional Planet, and its deceptively simple. Voice, guitar, some noisy shit, whatever. His playing is sick: fluid, unforced, warm, soothed and soothing. Its a bath you dont want to exit. Seriously, if yr going to play guitar, play it like he does. With a trick in his back pocket and a heavy moon on his mind, Rose utilizes the sort of neo-noir narratives that you hear thru Neil Michael Hagerty, James Jackson Toth, Kurt Vile and other keen observers. Handguns, B&E, two-lane black tops, love, lust, and hard drugs. Life: summed up!" -De Stijl.

Artist: SCARE SUPPLY aka UNIVERSAL VAGRANTS
Title:
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $35.00
Somewhat mysterious John Olson/American Tapes related project which is more than likely the Universal Indians under a different name. Released in 1998 in an edition of 99 copies.
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Artist: STARE CASE
Title: Lose Today
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Duo John Olson and Nate Young, names commonly associated with the underworld regimes electronic noise kings Wolf Eyes, are runaways, yet their direction toward the primitive and battered blues has been somewhat inevitable. At first, it appears accidental that the same players who have produced countless screeching aural onslaughts are creating the subtly sensitive and focused meanderings of fleshy and intricate scales. On second thought, Olson and Young love to push the envelope, as well as themselves, and Lose Today shows traces of their ever-present and contorting thumbprint: raw elegance. Though perhaps the mere consideration of the majestic noise kings performing by note seems both perplexing and cumbersome, think again. Their methods are cunning and their outpour is monstrously elegiac. Lose Today wields the ethereal meditative power leftover from The Velvet Undergrounds Sweet Sister Ray epic bootleg. The result: a melodious somnolent grievance that leaves the listener to feast on a curiously endless and internal banquet. Young snarls and writhes in irritated spiraling pronouncements that trail off in regretful, pained fashion, producing the same eventual something-isnt-right that The Velvet Underground secured, but set aside to allow the Michigan basement bluesmen to borrow. Also, here is Youngs virgin performance on bass, a venture that proves suiting as his sparse yet stable meanderings are the backbone to a jam lost in the arcane. At times the bass lines seem to be counting off the seconds until an eventual meltdown. Meanwhile, Olson wanders off on woodwinds, seemingly tangled in wavelengths, letting his own sounds guide him through a brassy chilling darkness. He follows scales--Indian scales, blues scales--though the subtlety of Olsons discipline fosters to an expansive intimacy, a nuance so massive his quips on flute and saxophone are the secret architects of Lose Todays meditation. Olson takes the spiraling mania inspired by the likes of The VUs Sweet Sister Ray lose-all jam and lets it blossom into a soundtrack for a secret think tank whose sole purpose is to maintain a shadowed fire." -De Stijl.
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Artist: VOLUNTEERS PARK
Title: Tragic Pote/Jerusalem Stone
Format: 7"
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Aviram Cohen is a jerk. Who cares if he was in Silk Flowers, Soiled Mattress and The Springs, or the Germs rip-off The Bad Form? You can tell that his parents are immigrants. Hes a suburbanite from New Jersey, and now, another New Yorker with an attitude, who learned how to use a sequencer to program synths and drum machines, so that he can sing about how boring life can be. Its like hes creating all this atmosphere because its lacking in his life. It sounds like someone is blasting the 80s station out of their car, while parked under the subway overpass. And the train is roaring by overhead." -De Stijl.



Artist: WADA, TASHI
Title: Gradient
Format: 7"
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Tashi Wada is a San Francisco-based composer and performer whose recent work focuses on sound perception as a basis for direct modes of listening. His work has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and for several years now he has performed alongside his father, Yoshi Wada. Gradient is two sustained tones, a fourth apart, positioned along a wall, one at each end. The string player produces a very slow glissando from one pitch to the other while physically moving from one pitch to the other -- in other words, the string player moves so that pitch distance coincides with spatial distance. The two possible directions form a sculpture-like presence shifting through all of the blue notes. Harry Partch often worked with this type of harmony, so Tashi and Marc Sabat used one of his adapted violas for the recording." -De Stijl.

Artist: WET HAIR
Title: In Vogue Spirit
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Wet Hair have been living on the road and in the studio for the last few years and have made something special out of little more than synths, drums, flesh, blood, organs and ideas. Theyve traveled the world supporting the astral concepts of their music, which has henceforth had a subterranean visibility. In Vogue Spirit is their third LP and it is surely the one wherein all elements have gelled : the hazy, shifting experimental semi-thrust, the psychedelic production (notice we didnt use the word dub) and the effortless melodic flow contribute to the vibe that makes this sound infinitely more fresh than the forms explored therein. There is no seismic shift. Worlds dont collide. Silver apples dont grow on the moon. The contributions Wet Hair makes nudge a strange and subtle augmentation on the template, and thats all Im content with asking of pop music." - De Stijl.

Artist: WET HAIR
Title: Spill Into Atmosphere
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Hey kid, need a lift? Like, right up off the ground? Spill into Atmosphere is the freshest whitecap in the crashing-upward wave known as Wet Hair, the Midwestern duo-cum-trio thats been holding it down for years as a multi-stop repeat-shop-n-hop psych-pop pin-drop right there in the dead center of everything and/or nothing, Iowa City. The Wet Hair discography having spired itself to a respectable vantage - shared releases with such powers as Rene Hell, Naked on the Vague and Peaking Lights, both via frontmensch Shawn Reeds Night People imprint and others - Spill into Atmosphere becomes the bands second full-length with De Stijl. There is motion here, oh yeah - circling swirls of lighter-than-air energy, born aloft on propellers of foam yet anchored to earth with thunder-clap rhythms and Reeds heady bellow. Spill into Atmosphere gives you that feeling you had when you finally mastered the controls on your hovercraft: Youre both in it and above it." -De Stijl.

Artist: WOLF EYES
Title: No Answer : Lower Floors
Format: CD
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
""No Answer : Lower Floors is the record of 2013 you need to be most worried about. No Answer : Lower Floors is further flesh to the shadowy silhouette cast by this Michigan art abstraction unit, perenially poised on the cusp of a precipice. Wolf Eyes will carry on forever but always remain mysteriously unfinished. The No Answer : Lower Floors material covers all bases: tough to toughest to tangled, all done in the Wolves least convoluted smooth style. The vocals, delays, primitive electronics, woodwinds and raw guitar of newest member Jamas Baljo create a new destroyed space to crawl through. No Answer : Lower Floors was recorded and mixed at the Michigan Underground Groups gambling/clubhouse/art space, with the usually 2D-flat quality of the drums and electronics given creeping new brightness-life within the hollow echo acoustics of the sacred spaces cinder prisons. No Answer : Lower Floors shares a natural feel with previous Wolf Eyes efforts but goes much further in detailing their underworld of odd melodies and mangled harmonics. Within their system-based economic compositions, there remains zero room for wasted space. Wolf Eyes return to longtime friendbase and Interzone of outsider art De Stijl Records, with whom the band worked on No Face Lives, their collaboration with Smegma, and the loner blues cerebration unit Stare Cases Lose Today. No Answer : Lower Floors features former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly, and thus is a family homecoming of sorts. More important, its the dawn of a new Wolf Eyes era." - De Stijl.

Artist: WOLF EYES
Title: No Answer : Lower Floors
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
LP version. "No Answer : Lower Floors is the record of 2013 you need to be most worried about. No Answer : Lower Floors is further flesh to the shadowy silhouette cast by this Michigan art abstraction unit, perenially poised on the cusp of a precipice. Wolf Eyes will carry on forever but always remain mysteriously unfinished. The No Answer : Lower Floors material covers all bases: tough to toughest to tangled, all done in the Wolves least convoluted smooth style. The vocals, delays, primitive electronics, woodwinds and raw guitar of newest member Jamas Baljo create a new destroyed space to crawl through. No Answer : Lower Floors was recorded and mixed at the Michigan Underground Groups gambling/clubhouse/art space, with the usually 2D-flat quality of the drums and electronics given creeping new brightness-life within the hollow echo acoustics of the sacred spaces cinder prisons. No Answer : Lower Floors shares a natural feel with previous Wolf Eyes efforts but goes much further in detailing their underworld of odd melodies and mangled harmonics. Within their system-based economic compositions, there remains zero room for wasted space. Wolf Eyes return to longtime friendbase and Interzone of outsider art De Stijl Records, with whom the band worked on No Face Lives, their collaboration with Smegma, and the loner blues cerebration unit Stare Cases Lose Today. No Answer : Lower Floorsfeatures former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly, and thus is a family homecoming of sorts. More important, its the dawn of a new Wolf Eyes era." - De Stijl

Artist: WOLF EYES & SMEGMA
Title: The Beast aka No Face Lives
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Smegma man, fucking Smegma. They started the whole damn thing. Sure there was Lee Rocky & some soundeffects 78s that set the crew in motion but screw it.. you wouldnt be blasting "The Beast" or any "weird handdrawn lp" with rotten ears if it wasnt for this truly motley crew. In high school my sweet momma would give me ten bones a week for lunch, come Monday by noon that shit was blown at the local rec shop. When I only had a couple of raggedy bux left from gripping Zorlac stickers, the only option was the dollar bin at the store. It was there that John Bender, Haystacks Balboa, Nik Reicnek, & Peter Catham lps blew open my teen mind to the netherworlds. Among the giants was this homemade wreckord by Ju Suk Reet Meat. Looked amazing.. had no idea. Threw it on for nearly every day since. Mutant loops, improv from alien swamp prom & deviant horrible ideas. Changed my life. Just what a young mind needed to replace the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Found out later it was from the Smegma camp, a strange unknown mystery troupe from Portland. No photos ever... just a numbling clip on RRR comp video gave me & Dilloway a tunnel view into the spirtual mecca that would the Smegma klan. Before the first Wolf jaunt out west we dropped them a postcard saying it would be good to meet. Soon it mangled into a recording session. We would be so honored. The day came. The Smegma house, totally pink, queued us in to rainy green Portland. We knocked. A femme voice said through the door, "use the bell". Nate pushed it and out came a gargled electronic siren. The door opened, Rock n Roll Jackie, 5 foot tall, grinning & long beatiful grey hair. We all fell in love. Soon after we meet Ju Suk & one by one slowly met all the Smegmas in one of the strangest nights ever. Burned Mind, Meltzer, Stan, Amazon Bambi, others. All weird as hell, checking us as much as us checking them. Yep, this is what we wanted to be with the rest of our lives... the Mich crew had never been so inspired & moved this unholy blending of mutant minds... So we jammed. It was fucking amazing. Here are the results. Every year we are going to see them & hang like the best friend weirdo family. A total pilgrimage. Nate & I once got so blasted from Portland cloud we projected that Smegma has always existed, ever since the beginning of time. Someone will carry it on... might be this dude in Yspi who has no face. Really/ no nose, barely a mouth, always has a broken arm or something.. smells like shit. Dude is totally in Smegma. Fucking life rules." - John Olson, Wolf Eyes.
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Artist: YEH, C. SPENCER
Title: Songs 2002
Format: Cass
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"Double A sided cassette reissue of a severely limited one-sided LP, and what might be C Spencer Yehs most trying, challenging and rewarding foray into a world previously unknown to him, and us: his world of song. Songs 2002 contain what are perhaps subtle homages to early Eno and primo era Bowie vis a vis the studio treatments of the raw sounds with which were more familiar in his previous work. Yehs songs work within two generalized veins: ala Enos early attempts to communicate liquidly within a rigid language and structure as pop/rock, and similar to Keiji Hainos sense of mythos and personal pulse. Recorded over 10 yrs ago, ultimately, these songs can stand aside the most difficult of outsider aesthetics. There is nothing really new here, aside from what is essentially editing and narration. Might just be me, but I think hes found love, both in what inspires him, and a new found expression." - De Stijl.

Artist: YEH, C. SPENCER
Title: Transitions
Format: CD
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"C S Yeh (C. Spencer Yeh) flings open the door and steps inside with Transitions, his first full-length album of songs after years of establishing himself as one of Earths top humans in experimental music and unbound improvisation, both alone and in collaboration, on record and onstage. The effect Transitions has on you may or may not depend on your familiarity with Yehs past work; regardless, his path in music has always been about and rather than or. And the addition to his catalog of work that Transitions represents is nothing short of startling: songs that flit between sculpted guitar riffs and measured, just-shy-of-lush synth-pop, wry lyrics delivered in guileless tones, the remarkable fact that Yeh made every sound on the record. All the same, his most ardent fans will have little trouble understanding the move and recognizing this distinct voice. ‪Its plainspoken confidence and intrepid spirit are as present as when hes carving drones or emitting speckled and serrated noise. Transitions is simply a different form ‬of Yehs unmediated expression. As youd guess, for a career outside guy really coming inside for the first time, Transitions involved quite a bit more behind the scenes strategizing than it would for some indie band on its third album. Think of how English can sound so jarringly beautiful on the tongue of non-native speakers: everything fits even when, maybe especially because things might seem ever so slightly off. Thus we have a new language of melodies, ones of a spirit with say, Slapp Happy, but which wouldnt sound out of place on a Magnetic Fields record. Ultimately, the pop heart on display is characterized by the artful mind behind it - and besides, when we say pop are we talking popular, or populist? Perhaps the space were trying to sketch here could be found between the artists covered on Transitions: Father Yod and the Spirit of 76 and Stevie Nicks. Perhaps citing the varied examples of Jim ORourke, Dave Gahan and the aforementioned Peter Blegvad in artful songcraft could be useful (whether or not they were inspirations). Perhaps were not talking about a space at all, but instead a particular sort of freedom in a music landscape defined by cages and enclosures. Questions, questions - what do we know, were only observers. All thats really clear is that C. Spencer Yeh is transitioning into, not away from." - De Stijl.

Artist: YEH, C. SPENCER
Title: Transitions
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"C S Yeh (C. Spencer Yeh) flings open the door and steps inside with Transitions, his first full-length album of songs after years of establishing himself as one of Earths top humans in experimental music and unbound improvisation, both alone and in collaboration, on record and onstage. The effect Transitions has on you may or may not depend on your familiarity with Yehs past work; regardless, his path in music has always been about and rather than or. And the addition to his catalog of work that Transitions represents is nothing short of startling: songs that flit between sculpted guitar riffs and measured, just-shy-of-lush synth-pop, wry lyrics delivered in guileless tones, the remarkable fact that Yeh made every sound on the record. All the same, his most ardent fans will have little trouble understanding the move and recognizing this distinct voice. Its plainspoken confidence and intrepid spirit are as present as when hes carving drones or emitting speckled and serrated noise. Transitions is simply a different form of Yehs unmediated expression. As youd guess, for a career outside guy really coming inside for the first time, Transitions involved quite a bit more behind the scenes strategizing than it would for some indie band on its third album. Think of how English can sound so jarringly beautiful on the tongue of non-native speakers: everything fits even when, maybe especially because things might seem ever so slightly off. Thus we have a new language of melodies, ones of a spirit with say, Slapp Happy, but which wouldnt sound out of place on a Magnetic Fields record. Ultimately, the pop heart on display is characterized by the artful mind behind it - and besides, when we say pop are we talking popular, or populist? Perhaps the space were trying to sketch here could be found between the artists covered on Transitions: Father Yod and the Spirit of 76 and Stevie Nicks. Perhaps citing the varied examples of Jim ORourke, Dave Gahan and the aforementioned Peter Blegvad in artful songcraft could be useful (whether or not they were inspirations). Perhaps were not talking about a space at all, but instead a particular sort of freedom in a music landscape defined by cages and enclosures. Questions, questions - what do we know, were only observers. All thats really clear is that C. Spencer Yeh is transitioning into, not away from." -De Stijl.

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