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Artist: ASTER
Title: Rel 016
Format: LP
Label: Rel
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Aster rel016 is the first release in the rel live series, which documents a show in Boston from 2009. Aster takes a different form in this set moving away from its distinct style of high pitch sustained overtone bends and song structure, pushing more towards a guttural blend of string scrapes and sustained tones in combination with an aggressive form of saxophone and drum textures. Blending guitars, drums and horn with Pauls unique green box set up. The music moves slowly and steadily through different areas ending, with a sustained drum, string and saxophone section featuring an aggressive but oddly mellow texture and energy. rel016 is a one sided LP housed in a silk screened black cover with a metallic fold over paper with a unique laser die cut design. The inside has printed notes with the instrument details and information. The record is a one-time limited pressing of 135 copies." -Rel

Artist: KESZLER, ELI/ASHLEY PAUL
Title: Aster
Format: LP
Label: Rel
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Aster is the debut LP release by the duo of Ashley Paul and Eli Keszler. Having spent the last 3 years performing all over the northeast, they have developed a unique sound, combining the piercing high pitched resonance of Keszlers bowed crotales and cymbals with altissimo sustains and drastic pitch bends of Pauls alto saxophone and clarinet. The split tone combinations from these instruments is surprising and overwhelming, creating continuous, multi-layered, dense, shifting harmonics and intense inner-ear sound. Spinning discs, invented resonating metal configurations, bending reed tones, and voice interference carefully blend, creating a wild texture that is both harsh and striking . This is contrasted with Pauls guttural string attacks, which meet the rapid-fire movement of Keszlers low end bowed cymbals and jittery crash. This is a live document recorded to 4 track, with no sound modification. This LP is the first official release in a planned series of releases by this long standing duo. Pressed on 160 gram copper plate pressed virgin vinyl with a black inner sleeve, the LP is housed in a textured paper cover that features a layered screen printed drawing. The inside contains grey pasted notes with an attached 8" x 25" 3 part multi-tone picture which has been printed across a fold-out frosted vellum book. All of this has been screen printed, drawn, and then hand assembled by Keszler and Paul. The record comes in a limited hand numbered edition of 300 copies." - Rel.

Artist: NMPERIGN & JAKE MEGINSKY
Title: Selected Occasions Of Handsome Deceit
Format: LP
Label: Rel
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"REL012 is the recorded debut of the trio Nmperign with Jake Meginsky. Pressed on 160 gram copper plate mastered vinyl, REL012 features Nmperign in an energized, turn-on-a-dime form. Prodded by Meginsky into unnamable, angular textures, the trio is agile and unpredictable, occupying many angles of musical extremes. REL012 is a one-sided LP cut to 45 for Maximum Dynamic range. Featuring a striking cover, designed by Eli Keszler, printed by Ashley Paul. A light blue fold-over paper is integrated in to a heavy picture disc sleeve, labeled with a color sticker. Screened notes are featured on the inside. REL012 is a one-time, hand-numbered edition of 300 copies." - Rel.

Artist: PAUL AND MAUREY
Title: Satellite
Format: LP
Label: Rel
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Paul and Maurey is the duo of Ashley Paul and Sakiko Mori. Satellite is an extended album with new and unreleased material, based off the micro edition cassette released on Wagtail in late 2010 that sold out in an instant. This version reveals their expansive, open ended and dynamic approach, combining Ashleys intuitive writing and vocals, with their propulsive and multi-layered rhythms, clatter and dynamics from the ensemble sound. Both perform on a wide range of instruments: Sakiko on keyboards, percussion, harmonium and Ashley on guitar, green box, reeds and even tuba. These two play multiple instruments at once and often switch in the middle of songs. Together they create a unique world of small scale/micro-sounds and non-musical gestures, somehow fitting this all within a song structure that really needs to be heard to be understood. In doing this, Paul and Maurey make something oddly beautiful out of the rawest material. Satellite is an LP edition, printed on clear vinyl, pink labels, with black matter innersleeves in custom, hand painted covers and silk screened jacket, in a limited edition of 340 copies." -Rel.

Artist: PAUL, ASHLEY
Title: Line The Clouds
Format: LP
Label: Rel
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Multi-faceted composer and performer Ashley Paul releases her new LP. A hyper-intuitive record, where off-kilter instrumentation meets beautifully crafted melodies to convey the very essence of musicality, Line the Clouds contains 44.18 minutes of sonic paradoxes and dichotomies. Stirring up a zephyr of twelve blissfully cacophonous sounds -- singular moments of an indivisible whole -- the focus is on guitar, voice and saxophone, but Ashley also employs everything from flute, clarinet, guitar, bells, percussion and prepared strings in her melodic endeavours which simultaneously plugs in the ghost of American song. From Wide Expanse -- where high-pitched reeds and whistles collide with richer tones and Ashleys fragile voice -- through the simple, sparkling beauty of the LPs title track -- with the guitar at the helm -- and the multi-vocal flutterings of Watch Them Pass, theres also the freeing experimentalism and atonal clatter of Feb.21 -- a song which ably immortalises a feeling of stomach churning anguish -- and the albums gentle, abstract finale Youre a Feeling. This Brooklyn based artist is at the vanguard of the new wave of music currently rippling through the city where opposing strains of style and sound work in unison. Line the Clouds will be available in a limited edition LP available on colored vinyl in a custom sealed package with screen printed wraparound of Ashleys animal drawings, in addition to a digital version." -Rel.

Artist: USURPER
Title: Lets Just See What Happens
Format: LP
Label: Rel
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"REL is proud to present the debut LP of the Scottish duo Usurper (Ali Robertson and Malcy Duff). Creating a sound nearly impossible to describe, Usurper combines obsessive metallic clunk, destroyed voices, broken horns and dropped marbles (?), into dense fields of activity. Working towards an intuitive sound logic all its own, Usurper creates a surreal, comic structure that is unmatched and an energy that will make you laugh as soon as you shake your head in bafflement. The B side features a trio set with the addition of Sticky Foster (A Band, Prick Decay, Coffee) who blends seamlessly into the group. The LP is a one time, hand numbered edition of 200 copies with bold design featuring Malcy Duffs illustrations silk screened by Ashley Paul. The inside features a liner note pocket housing the full 24-page comic 2.1.3 by Duff." - Rel.

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