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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: The Synthetic Elements
Format: LP
Label: Crisis of Taste
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Crisis of Taste is thrilled to offer The Synthetic Elements, a new LP by stalwarts of the outré Avant Garde, Idea Fire Company. For the better part of three decades Karla Borecky and Scott Foust have charted their own distinct course through the choppy waters of the experimental underground, their only interaction with the countless flash in the pan trends whipping passed their sails being a direct refutation of them. Often enjoying the company of a number of like-minded champions of the cause, The Synthetic Elements sees the core duo of Borecky and Foust continuing the reductive tactics of their most recent ‘chamber music period, as heard on landmark albums Music from the Impossible Saloon (Kye, 2011) and Lost at Sea (Recital, 2015), whilst simultaneously expanding the infrastructure towards new heights of grandeur. An intoxicatingly playful, yet hopeless atmosphere is established through deceptively simple conversations between Boreckys stately, withering piano phrasing and Fousts dicey, yet assured treatments for synth, radio, guitar and occasionally more discreet sources. The looping artificial pieces that open and close each side (harkening back to 1999s Anti Natural) seal up shop with no hope for escape. Another superb IFCO record, it is as simple and complex as all such a statement suggests. The Synthetic Elements arrives in an edition of 300, black vinyl w/ full color, Borecky-designed sleeves, expertly mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Zupe. “The Sinking Ship” hasnt sunk just yet." - Crisis of Taste.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: The Laboratory
Format: 7"
Label: I Dischi Del Barone
Country: Sweden
Price: $11.00
"2013 marked the 25th anniversary of Idea Fire Company, the duo of Scott Foust and Karla Borecky based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Right before the end of the year The Laboratory EP was recorded. Two tracks of icy synth work, at times sort of reminiscent of parts of the Anti-Natural LP from 1999, but this probably being the most stripped down and monotonous material you will be able to find in the splendid discography of Idea Fire Company. Mastered by Zupe. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert.” - I Dischi Del Barone.
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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Music From The Impossible Salon
Format: LP
Label: Kye
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"For the past 25 years, New Englands Idea Fire Company (IFCO) have positioned themselves at the frontline in the ageless battle for aesthetic purity. Founded by the enigmatic duo of Scott Foust (aka The Commander, aka The Last Great Man) and Karla Borecky, IFCO have built up a bulletproof discography, with each release refining the sound of its predecessor. They have been well served at home through their own Swill Radio imprint, and internationally, by Rund Um Den Watzmann, Entracte and, most recently, Ultra Eczema, who published the outstanding Beauty School LP. Music From The Impossible Salon finds the IFCO sound honed into eight elegant settings that variously combine piano, synth, radio, trombone, organ, gong and voice. Using minimal, yet striking gestures, Music From The Impossible Salon reveals itself to be a dusky pleasure center, where the jaded listener can find discreet interuption from the horrors of the day. Recorded at Wunderwaffen Studios, Nov/Dec 2010, and expertly mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Zupe, Music From The Impossible Salon allows the raw essence of IFCO to ring out like never before. Housed in a Foust/Borecky designed sleeve, the "charming phenomenon" that is Music From The Impossible Salon is now ready to greet its audience." - KYE.
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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Live Archives Volume 1 WMUA 23 May 1999
Format: CDR
Label: Lessons About History
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Lessons About History is a brand new weapon in the Swill Radio umbrella. LAH will specialize in digital objects of live and studio performances culled from the Swill Radio archives presented to the public for the first time. The exceptional musical interest and historical value of these recordings should help the listener shed some light on the vast and mysterious world of Swill Radio. The series begins with a legendary IFCO radio show from 1999 with Karla and me joined by Graham Lambkin. This was our second show with Graham, the first being earlier in the day at the then-nascent Flywheel in Easthampton MA. (The Hardest Working Band In Rock!) We all worked together so well that it wasnt long before Tart was formed, but thats another story. This set showcases IFCO at its most languid, spacey, and electronic. Ill-fitting machine dreams. Excellent recording straight from the radio feed. A gorgeous representation of IFCO live during our Anti-Natural period. Professionally printed CDRs in full colour jackets." -Lessons About History

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Days
Format: 7"
Label: Plinkity Plonk
Country: Netherlands
Price: $11.00
"A new IFCO single. This one went through the tortures of the damned, but here it finally is. The First Days is a different and more sprightly version of Romance from Impossible Salon. The Last Days was originally going to be on The Island Of Taste. I always thought it would make a great B side to a single and now I am vindicated.. Happy and sad. Just like life." - Swill Radio.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Lost at Sea
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
“Recital is joyed to bring to you the new Idea Fire Company album, Lost at Sea.
Lost At Sea imagines the Idea Fire Company as the bar band on a small cruise ship. There are approximately 40 passengers aboard. Around 2/3 of them are in the lounge for the nightly IFCO performance. Most of them seem more interested in drink than in music. The ship has become lost and seems to be endlessly circling. Well stocked with booze and food, etc., the ship continues on. IFCO, armed with only a piano and trumpet/ radio/ synth, provide the nightly entertainment.
Lost At Sea is certainly the sister of the also piano-heavy The Music From The Impossible Salon, but Lost At Sea has an air of weary optimism replacing the bleak sadness of Impossible Salon.
For almost 30 years IFCO has carved their own path, or dug their own hole, depending on your view, through the ever-changing world of underground music. Still violently committed to the Avant-Garde and to new forms of beauty. Still Romantic. Still idealistic. Despite the odds. In the old days, this sort of commitment was better appreciated. IFCO remains IFCO. As a number of people have said over the years, every IFCO record sounds different, but they all sound like IFCO.” - Recital. Edition of 400. Includes a 4″ x 6″ Postcard and a download coupon.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Rags To Riches
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"An edited and remastered issue of a tape by the IFCO quartet – Scott Foust, Karla Borecky, Jessi Swenson, & Meara OReilly. Rags To Riches is a live record documenting pieces from 2003 through 2005. Showcasing some top-shelf unreleased works; “The Whole World,” “Metropolis,” and “The Bitter End.” Older material is also included, a fierce version of “Artificial” from 2005′s Stranded, as well as the notorious “Cycle-19.” Additionally, there is a beautiful voice-based rendition of “Some Of Us” by IFCO comrades The Shadow Ring. All these pieces exhibit a contemplative and well-informed use of electronics, radio, and voice. Interlaced with spoken title announcements in French, punching typewriter passages, and bookended perfectly with audience dialogue and Mr. Ferry. Their mechanical and uncompromising aesthetic is pronounced, as Rags To Riches reminds us all why Idea Fire Company are such an important contemporary outfit. Edition of 285 copies, with color insert & essay by Scott Foust." -Recital. Audio excerpts: http://snd.sc/12qjJfJ

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Anti-Natural
Format: LP
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Idealized field recordings that capture the hallucinatory isolation of an abandoned arctic base. Anti-Natural combines organic mechanistic processes into an aesthetic whole. Both severe and opulent, naïve and self-confident, Anti-Natural offers an escape route from the false dichotomies of man/nature and man/machine and attempts the transcendence of the impossible. Electronic recreations of the world around us, both real and imagined, foment immutable revolutions in sound." - Swill Radio.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Explosion in a Shingle Factory
Format: Double LP
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
Mid 90s release from Scott Foust and crew. "Our debut. Karla and I developed the IFCO style of using collaged improvisations. In this sense, our music is both improvised and composed. Lots of synths, field recordings, and whatnot." - Scott Foust.
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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Island of Taste, The
Format: LP
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"IFCO follows up our highly ignored Stranded LP with an equally, if not more so, strong statement. Core members Karla Borecky and Scott Foust are joined by an all-star cast: Meara OReilly and Jessi Leigh Swenson from Stranded, as well as Frans de Waard, Graham Lambkin, and Dr. Timothy Shortell. The Island Of Taste depicts a manoeuvre in which the beauty becomes more beautiful as the desperation becomes more desperate. A stark and romantic mission to the rocks. Lavish package featuring an excellent Karla cover painting as well as a booklet presented as a set of 5 x 7 art cards with another Karla painting, band photos, and an essay of mine. Perhaps The Island Of Taste is the first LP to make explicit a certain nostalgia for itself. Along with The Shadow Rings Swill Radio trilogy (Lighthouse, Lindus, Im Some Songs), Id put IFCOs trilogy (Anti-Natural, Stranded, The Island Of Taste) up against anyones three LP run."-Swill Radio.
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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Postcards
Format: LP
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"2013 marks both the 25th anniversary of IFCO and the 30th anniversary of Swill Radio, so what better way to start the celebrations than with a brand new IFCO LP? Postcards is a reworking of a cassette originally released by No Basement Is Deep Enough in 2011. Re-ordered, remixed, remade, and remodeled Postcards presents a more charming atmosphere than Music From The Impossible Salons (Kye) stark melancholy. There is still plenty of piano and sad scenarios, but there are also flights of electronic fancy. Eight imaginary impressionistic portraits of cities we have never been to. Karla Borecky and Scott Foust. Deluxe edition. 220 g vinyl. Cover painting and artwork by Karla; booklet with highly subjective text by me. Postcards from a past that never existed. IFCO march on and on." - Swill Radio.
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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Rags To Riches
Format: DVDR
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Borecky, Scott Foust, Meara OReilly, Jessi Swenson. Completely different material from the cassette of the same name. This DVDR contains the entire legendary Schoolhouse show as well as a bonus Cycle 19 from the Gladtree Festival." - Swill Radio.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Stranded
Format: LP
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"First proper release for IFCO since 1997s vastly underrated Anti-Natural LP. Since 2002 IFCO has been performing and recording as a quartet with Jessi Leigh Swenson and Meara OReilly added to core members Scott Foust and Karla Borecky. Stranded is a claustrophobic, sensuous optical illusion. Beautiful. Sad. Epic. Stranded." - Swill Radio.
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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Vital: Live In Europe
Format: CD
Label: Swill Radio
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"In March 2006, IFCO made their first appearances in Europe. Core members Karla Borecky and Scott Foust linked up with Frans de Waard and hit selected hot spots in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Adding de Waard (Beequeen, Shifts, Kapotte Muziek, Freiband, etc) was a brave gamble that paid off handsomely. Armed with only a tiny digital keyboard (Borecky), a radio/cassette boombox and small echo unit (Foust), and a sawed off MS 20 (de Waard), the trio captivated audiences large and small. On these selected recordings, IFCO exhibit a virile murkiness, an almost desperate muscularity. Warnings from a dwindling outpost. Five tracks, 52 minutes. Includes two versions of the haunting Pleasure Cruise. Digipak edition of 300."- Swill Radio.

Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: Beauty School
Format: LP
Label: Ultra Eczema
Country: Belgium
Price: $28.00
"During my last visit to the states, about 2 years ago, one of the highlights was definitely a night long visit to Scott Fousts house! John Shaw took us there and explained from before what it was gonna be like; we would be seated down in a comfortable couch while the last great man would stand up next to a pedestal with some quality whiskey, dope and cigarettes on it, sporting a mono-coloured suit and sunglasses (day and night) while Foust is telling stories about different art records, and mainly his own work, ranging from short films, visual work and audio since 1978! It was exactly how Shaw explained it. I was blown away by the honesty and the effort him and his ladyfriend Karla Borecki put into their work, and how little response they get to it. We shared a common interest in arrogant pop quality, and especially the situationists, to which he relates his work to in only aesthetic way! I think it is a quality in people when you cant divide their work with their persona; Idea Fire Company is a collective of people that definitely swing that robe! Beautiful carpets of radio bleebs and static, piano (Karla Borecki is a trained pianist) and almost kraut-like synth ambience. Comes in a mono coloured sleeve full of dots by Dennis Tyfus, and comes with an insert. Limited to 300 copies." - Ultra Eczema
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