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Artist: RENDERERS, THE
Title: A Rocket Into Nothing
Format: CD
Label: Ba Da Bing
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"Over the past two decades, THE RENDERERS have crafted half a dozen albums of intimate psychedelia infused with Americana and noise. A Rocket Into Nothing is another extraordinary display of BRIAN and MARYROSE CROOKs talent as songwriters and sound sculptors. The Renderers are still as essential a piece of the diverse New Zealand indie rock puzzle as they were on their first Flying Nun album. Crafted during the series of earthquakes that hit the country in 2011, A Rocket Into Nothing seethes with the anxiety born of life-threatening experiences. On opener "Down River," slippery minor key melodies lie on beds of shaky feedback. Even the upbeat "This Shining Life" features wild, overblown guitars and subtle synth squeals. At any point, close listening reveals unexpected textures and tectonic shifts hidden just below the surface. More successfully than on any previous release, the band balances detail-oriented and spontaneous songwriting and recording techniques. Uncertainty plays a key role. Twenty years into most careers, bands lose the edge of their earlier work, but The Renderers music is as exciting as ever." - Ba Da Bing.

Artist: RENDERERS, THE
Title: In the Sodium Light
Format: LP
Label: Ba Da Bing!
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"The seismic rumbling of The Renderers goes beyond the fiendish pastoralia of their music. Long-time Christchurch residents, Brian and Maryrose Crook witnessed the earthquakes crumble the city. That, and Maryroses developing career as a painter (she is self-taught, only starting in her late thirties), inspired them to move to America and concentrate on touring here. So, where do they move? Obviously, a rock-throws distance from the San Andreas Fault, to Joshua Tree. Not surprising, given the tenacity of the Crooks. Through endless band lineups and continual challenges, they have maintained a focused sound and approach to their music. A Renderers song creates its own space, one that threatens dissemblance at every turn. With two of the most distinct voices in New Zealand rock, they trade off vocal duties, and both contribute toward burying their songs in layers of swelling and swirling guitars. For their new record, In the Sodium Light, The Renderers take a step back from the furious chug of their last album, A Rocket Into Nothing. Instead, they appear to be representing the landscape of their new home. Songs creep out of holes, seep and spread, permeating the room. The album is a languid, calm-waters drift over the abyss in a glassbottomed boat. Let the tide take you." - Ba Da Bing!

Artist: RENDERERS, THE
Title: In the Sodium Light
Format: CD
Label: Ba Da Bing!
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"The seismic rumbling of The Renderers goes beyond the fiendish pastoralia of their music. Long-time Christchurch residents, Brian and Maryrose Crook witnessed the earthquakes crumble the city. That, and Maryroses developing career as a painter (she is self-taught, only starting in her late thirties), inspired them to move to America and concentrate on touring here. So, where do they move? Obviously, a rock-throws distance from the San Andreas Fault, to Joshua Tree. Not surprising, given the tenacity of the Crooks. Through endless band lineups and continual challenges, they have maintained a focused sound and approach to their music. A Renderers song creates its own space, one that threatens dissemblance at every turn. With two of the most distinct voices in New Zealand rock, they trade off vocal duties, and both contribute toward burying their songs in layers of swelling and swirling guitars. For their new record, In the Sodium Light, The Renderers take a step back from the furious chug of their last album, A Rocket Into Nothing. Instead, they appear to be representing the landscape of their new home. Songs creep out of holes, seep and spread, permeating the room. The album is a languid, calm-waters drift over the abyss in a glassbottomed boat. Let the tide take you." - Ba Da Bing!

Artist: RENDERERS, THE
Title: Measured Strychnine Invitations
Format: LP
Label: Exiled
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Exiled Records is excited to release this compilation of some of our favorite songs by New Zealand cult legends, The Renderers. Formed in 1989 by Brian and Maryrose Crook of such esteemed bands as The Terminals, Max Block, Scorched Earth Policy, Flies Inside The Sun, etc. Rooted in a kind of cosmic country music, the songs regularly journey (lyrically and musically) into the heart of darkness while being taken outside the cosmos via Brians raw and visceral guitar playing. Long a cult favorite with the few who have been lucky enough to hear / see them (Will Oldham covered their music and took them on the road with him as his backing band), they have operated in relative obscurity for decades. With nearly their entire discography only released on CD (and long unavailable), this is your first chance to have most of these classic tunes on vinyl. Starting with the classic Dream of the Sea and ending with the heartbreaking A Million Lights. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk who declared this one of his all time favorite releases. Edition of 500 copies. Dont sleep!" - Exiled.

Artist: RENDERERS, THE
Title: Monsters and Miasmas
Format: CD
Label: Last Visible Dog
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Brian Crook (from The Terminals, Max Block, solo releases) and wife Maryrose make up the long-running Renderers whos releases on Ajax/3 beads of sweat and Siltbreeze records have continued to tread a line between haunting contry-esque ballads and the brand of noise-rock for which the Terminals is known. From a review of their previous album (Ghosts of Our Vegas Lives): A charred near mythical psychedelic wasteland sparsely populated by tortured souls and twisted creatures. Brian Crook (her husband) is the perfect foil for such surrealism-meets-rustic imagery, whether lathering melting feedback on top of ghostly ballads or kicking up a slash and burn racket, captured with garage rock immediacy. ....a world where Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt are revered as preciously as Sonic Youth, the Dead C and Can, to name but a few. A different kind of transcendance indeed. -- Lee Jackson,Womblife. Monsters and Miasmas continues upward from the foundation that the Renderers have built over the previous two decades while losing no ground from their previous accomplishments. I doubt any of us no exactly what genre this is, but theres no one out there doing what the Renderers do better." - Last Visible Dog
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Artist: RENDERERS, THE
Title: A Dream Of The Sea
Format: LP
Label: Tinsel Ears
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Amidst their stellar discography, The Renderers are best known for their album A Dream Of The Sea, released in the mid-nineties by Siltbreeze, and now issued for the first time ever on vinyl in a gatefold jacket on the bands own label. Various forces were at work - a revered label, increased attention towards New Zealand artists - but the greatest achievements were within the band itself. Maryrose and Brian Crook reached a new level of insight and honesty with their lyrics, forming a wave of insight and metaphor that is as forceful today as when first written. Songs draw from ghostly sea tales and personal demons, where the specters as much rise from the waters as emerge from within oneself. The forceful songs are propelled by tornadoes of guitar play, always rumbling and screeching underneath the singing. Theres a connection to be heard between The Renderers and Dead Moon, both bands dedicated wholly to the music they create, a fact clear in every note they play. When Buzzfeed gets around to making a list for it, A Dream Of The Sea will inevitably be listed amongst the greatest New Zealand rock albums of all time." - Tinsel Ears.

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