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Artist: ATKINSON, FELICIA
Title: A Readymade Ceremony
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Limited to 500 copies. Félicia Atkinson (visual artist, writer, musician, graduate of École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris) presents A Readymade Ceremony, a concrète/post-digital oratorio in five parts. In pursuit of a radical economic autonomy, she created A Readymade Ceremony entirely on her laptop using basic software. The albums first foundational element is a text collage of extracts from Atkinsons own 2014 book Improvising Sculpture As Delayed Fictions, French poet René Chars 1955 Recherche de la base et du sommet, and Georges Batailles 1937 erotic prose piece Madame Edwarda, as well as found texts, mostly from the Italian magazine Mousse. Objects speaking, sculptures arguing: there is a surrealistic feeling in the dark whisperings that one hears responding to Madame Edwarda on "LOeil." The other foundational element is Atkinsons return to her early artistic influences, including The Martenot Method; such literary figures as Antonin Artaud, Henri Michaux, and Jean Genet; Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet, Pierre Henry, Cornelius Cardew, John Cage, Fluxus, Robert Ashley, Morton Feldman; noise, punk, drone, folk, and electronic music; and the filmmakers Brian de Palma, Nicolas Roeg, and Dario Argento. Theres something potentially frightening that happens here, reminiscent of a feeling she felt while listening to Henrys Apocalypse de Jean as a child; something both scary and beautiful; something uncanny, like Ruth White reciting Baudelaire... a readymade ceremony. Notes on each track: "Against Archives: What can a French woman in her 30s answer to this mostly masculine core of references? LOeil: What about asking a sweater or an electronic device to speak? The book is the territory: Its all about nostalgia; how the shifting of time changes our vision of the past and the future, like an echo or a delay. Carve the concept and the artichoke: Is this a waiting room? the prologue of an inexistent play or an introduction for a possible delayed climax? Recherche de la base et du sommet: Translates to research of the base and the peak, as a raw reading of René Char. There is always a lack in the accident. There is no accident in the expression... the poet is not made of wood. The mouth and the eye speak separately." The music can be related to the work of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Valerio Tricoli, Grouper, Geoff Mullen, Sachiko M, and Kassel Jaeger. Mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering." - Shelter Press.

Artist: BELLOW
Title: Strand
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Italian electro-acoustic composers Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti reconvene their unique Bellows collaborative project for their new album Strand on Shelter Press. Continuously drawing a hypnotic maze with albums on Boomkat Editions (BKEDIT 012LP, 2015), Entracte, and Ielasis cult Senufo label, Bellows offers their first album on Shelter Press with Strand. Clocking right under 40 minutes, Strand is direct and disorienting. With eight tactile but distant untitled tracks, the album convokes a complex sound palette between acousmatic sound and fractal beats. Recorded in Milano at their very own Standard recording studio, Strand marks a shift in Bellows previous recording process, bringing more music gear on the table: tapes, modular synthesizers, effects, and samples. Captured live over the course of four days of improvised sessions, the album floats between ghostly melodies, musique concrète, and analog electronics. Echoing with the artwork by Amsterdam-based artist Louis Reith, whose collages made of found black-and-white images are disrupted by bold geometric constructions, the album is disorienting and fascinating, seated right in between the challenging world of electro-acoustic and a more welcoming beat-oriented territory. Strand is a fascinating body of work, growing over time and revealing more of its complexity at every listen. Artwork by Louis Reith. Reverse board-printed inners and jacket; Design by Bartolomé Sanson. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Cut at Dubplates & Mastering." - Shelter Press.

Artist: COBB, ALEX
Title: Marigold and Cable
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Marigold and Cable marks an indelible new phase in the trajectory of Alex Cobbs solo recordings and prior missives as Taiga Remains. The albums four compositions are streamlined and focused, finding a balance between studied contours and compositional intuition. Shades of early Stars of the Lid and Kevin Drumms lambent drones are apt starting points, but Cobb routes them through a live set up without the aid of loops or synthesizers. Marigold and Cable is heavy with meaning and intent, but buoyant and almost tender in execution, allowing filtered harmonies and veiled melodies to waver and sparkle amid clouded atmospherics. On "Rain at the Fete," Cobb wrings his guitar through processing that transforms the instrument into shadowy piano notes and smudged choral works. Later, Maxwell Croy of EN weaves koto lines throughout "Oversong" to stunning effect. The album was recorded during late spring in coastal southern California, in which cool temperatures and overcast skies belie the regions usual warmth and sunshine. Cobb uses this weather pattern to inform Marigold and Cable, an album that is perhaps the signal accomplishment in his lengthy resume. Mastered by James Plotkin, pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, in a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide." - Shelter Press.

Artist: ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE
Title: The Vastness Is Bearable Only Through Love
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"New LP from Ensemble Economique aka Brian Pyle, one-half of Humboldt avant-abstractionists Starving Weirdos and RV Paintings. "Weve long loved the SWs sprawling rhythmic dronescapery, and on his own, Pyle explores similar sonic territory, but Pyles approach sans partners seems to be more dense and dark, caustic and abrasive, the rhythmic element balancing the atmospheric elements, like here on the title-track, which spreads out over all of the first side. A thick, swirling low-end thrum oozes and undulates, its a hazy blurred rumble, over which Pyle layers heaving shards of crunch, thick throbs, deep bell-like tones, rhythmic machine gun stutters, all of which pile up and overlap, creating a soft cacophony of clatter and crunch, chug and churn, a strangely haunting, and sorta noisy, almost industrial creepscape, that sounds like some weird hybrid of Wolf Eyes, Philip Jeck and Umberto, performed by some strange robotic minimalist chamber ensemble. A swirling, heady, and darkly psychedelic barrage of loops and rhythms, layers and textures, mesmerizing and intense. The flipside is another permutation of Pyles abstract, beat-laden drones, another thick, swirling morass of sitar-like buzz and sci-fi synth squelch, this time the beats buried, little flurries of stutter and shuffle, squalls of glitchy tangle, more coloring the proceedings than driving them. The last track is a tense, soundtrack-y stretch of layered buzz and haunting melody -- a sprawl of pulsing high-end over deep, ominous rumbles, like the music from the scariest moment in some lost Italian giallo, stretched out into minutes instead of seconds, all tension, no release, brooding and intense, haunting and mesmerizing, fantastic stuff." -Aquarius Records.

Artist: NOVELLER & THISQUIETARMY
Title: Reveries
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Reveries is the first collaborative effort of Noveller & Thisquietarmy, two critically-acclaimed lonesome composers welcoming us on an expanded guitar-based journey. Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based composer Sarah Lipstate while Thisquietarmy is Eric Quach, unstoppable globe-trotting musician from Montreal. Both use the guitar as their main instrument, creating some of the most impressive, hypnotic, and richly-textured electric guitar works from the past years. Empty architecture, luminosity, rocks and deserted zones. Somewhere between Antonionis Zabriskie Point and Tarkovskys Stalker, there is a walk, a wait and an epiphany. It happened. You were not there. You just read it. Or maybe its the synopsis of it. Its written on the back cover of a corny paperback that girl with the golden cap lost in the train you were just in. She was in a hurry. Youll never know its end, you just have to stick to the rocks and to the music. Tomorrow is another day and tonight might be the night. Recorded in January 2013 at Electric Blue Studios in Brooklyn, this new album finds Sarah & Eric in their most luminous and aerial state, writing together layers of blissful drones, resulting in a highly meditative and emotional four-part piece. Pressed on white vinyl in an edition of 500 copies worldwide." - Shelter Press.

Artist: OMALLEY, STEPHEN
Title: Eternelle Idole
Format: Double LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $43.00
“This double LP documents Stephen OMalleys Eternelle Idole, his score for Paris-based choreographer Gisèle Viennes artistic ice-skating piece of the same name. Comprising 47 minutes of music spread over three sides and enhanced by an elegant and chilling photoset by Estelle Hanania, the album features familiar OMalley collaborators Steve Moore, Daniel OSullivan, Peter Rehberg, Jesse Sykes, Bill Herzog, and Randall Dunn. Recorded between Brest, France; Seattle; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the score sees OMalley taking several creative detours, utilizing modular synthesizers and programming as key elements for much of the composition. Eerie keyboard- and piano-phrases draw a white, monochrome stage for a young girls stark and emotive elegy. Clavichord and guitars weave through the darkness, supported by Sykess prophetic voice. Mirroring the score, Hananias 16 photographs of the choreographic piece display the grace, sustain, geometry, telemetry, distance, and perfection of ice-skating, as well as possible falls and gloomy shadows. Metal against ice; tights and knots; spirals and scratches; shouts and winds -- field recordings mold a crispy atmosphere while instruments draw lakes, ice skating rings, cosmic belts, and a terrestrial cloud passage and eventual landing platform for a flying saucer. 180-gram white double LP with 16-page, 30 x 30-cm, saddle-stitched, full-color booklet in 350-gram sleeve with gloss varnish. Edition of 500.” - Shelter Press.

Artist: RENE HELL/PETE SWANSON
Title: Waiting For The Ladies
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: Belgium
Price: $15.00
Repress of a limited tour-only LP. Edition of 500 copies.

Artist: SALOMAN, GABRIEL
Title: Movement Building Vol. 2
Format: LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $22.00
"Gabriel Saloman presents the second volume in his Movement Building trilogy, continuing the release of original compositions commissioned for contemporary dance works. Following the enthusiastically received first installment -- Vol. 1s album-length The Disciplined Body (SHELTER 051LP, 2014) -- Saloman offers up five tracks that combine shimmering bowed guitars and reverberant acoustic percussion into a meditative and powerful break from anything hes produced before. Mobilizing the frequencies of contemporary electronic music (fine-tuned to speaker-rattling effect by Helmut Erler at Berlins Dubplates & Mastering), Movement Building Vol. 2 abandons the conventional instrumentation- and genre-motifs embraced by many of Salomans peers in favor of a unique hybrid of avant-drone, psych-rock, and Japanese traditional music. In 2013 Saloman was commissioned by the Vancouver, Canada-based dance company 605 Collective to collaborate on the multimedia dance performance The Sensationalists (2015). An early inspiration for both The Sensationalists and the music collected in Movement Building Vol. 2 was Yasunari Kawabatas 1956 novel Snow Country; its tragic love affair became a thematic and contextual source for early phases of the project, and much of the music on this album is a result. Borrowing compositionally and tonally from Taiko drums and Gagaku (an ancient drone-based imperial court music), Saloman reproduced sounds originating in traditional Japanese drums, wind, and string instruments almost completely on guitar, ride cymbals, and snare drum. This influence is most explicit in the undulating rhythms that open the first side of Vol. 2 ("Contained Battle/Ascend") and the layered escalation of "Gagaku," a methodical combination of rhythm and drone that climbs to a peak of psych-tinged burning guitar lines. Concluding the album is a version of Miles Daviss classic ballad, "My Funny Valentine," an uncanny combination of original percussion and guitar, collaged together with what may be a live recording of Daviss "second great quintet" taken from YouTube, processed, and time-stretched on tape. Just as Salomans previous output has combined cinematic atmospheres with guitar-driven climaxes that easily appeal to fans of neo-classical experimentalism and post-rock-informed drone, this record opens new compositional territory while maintaining a recognizable melancholy ambience. Exposure to the monolithic bass and open spaces of dub-influenced EDM has led Saloman in a different direction than many of his peers (including artists such as Cut Hands, Vatican Shadow, and former Yellow Swans bandmate Pete Swanson) and toward something that moves bodies and triggers their nerve endings, but with no concession to the dancefloor." - Shelter Press.

Artist: V/A
Title: Doppeldoppelgänger
Format: Double LP
Label: Shelter Press
Country: France
Price: $31.00
"Doppeldoppelgänger, a compilation of tracks by poets and sound artists selected by David le Simple and Vincent Romagny, was created on the occasion of the three-exhibition Doppelgänger cycle at the Centre Européen dActions Artistiques Contemporaines, Strasbourg, France, curated by Romagny. The double LP is a purely subjective compilation of sound works by artists (Félicia Atkinson, bruant&spangaro), sound from films by artists (David Lamelas), sound poetry and performances (John Giorno, Karl Holmqvist, Lisa Holzer & David Jourdan), works by cult composers (Benjamin Britten, Jean-François Pauvros, Gérard Pesson, Jean-Claude Vannier), legendary groups (Deux Filles), unclassifiables (Potima Zen Neumann, Joiejoiejoie), and specially-recorded reprises, including Aidons Antoine mixing Karl Holmqvist, Melissa Saint-Pierre reprising Colin McPhee, Anne Steffens and Don Niño performing Kurt Weill, and David le Simple mixing "Minh singt seine Sehnsucht." The album reflects the same concern that drove the exhibitions of the Doppelgänger cycle -- avoidance of thematic and formal constraints in pursuance of shifts in the concept of the "double" -- plus a grounding in literary texts, which are represented by quotations to be found on the sleeve. Gérard Pesson transcribes Brahmss Fourth Ballade from memory years after hearing the work (Nebenstück, 1998); Robert Rauschenberg reads, along with other artist friends of John Giorno, from the latters Pornographic Poem (Raspberry/Pornographic Poem LP, The Intravenus Mind, 1967). 160-gram LP in gatefold sleeve with artwork by Karl Holmqvist and David Jourdan. Edition of 500." - Shelter.

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