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REVERT, MATTHEW - Letters to Friends of the Late Darcy O'Meara

Edition of 100. "When not designing book jackets, creating artwork, writing novels, collaborating with Vanessa Rossetto, and conquering vintage video games, the ever-talented and indefatigable Matthew Revert has been producing his own distinctive body of sound work for roughly the past five years. Revert first caught our attention through his two fine releases on the now sadly defunct Kye label run by Graham Lambkin. On these releases, and his others, Revert would often set his diaristic narrations and observations to a backdrop of droning textures, acoustic scrapes & plucks, and crude, almost plunderphonics-like, tape works. On his latest solo offering Letters To Friends of the late Darcy O’Meara, Revert’s approach is more scaled back and minimalistic. Tape, voice, mic, and breath are the primary building blocks used to create a singular soundworld that marries the primal qualities of sound poetry with Revert’s work as a fiction writer. These “letters” take on various forms: phonetic word play, stream of consciousness verbal spew, hallucinatory reflections, fragments of song verses. But, as each side unfolds, through even the most absurd moments, something approaching a climax and resolution emerges; where, like in his novels, something deeply moving and human prevails, and you are left with even more questions than when you first pressed play. Who, in fact, was this Darcy O’Meara? How are these friends connected to Darcy? Why does May work for ham and he work for hens, and how is it that the life of the party got lost in their own parade? It’s questions like these that’ll have you flipping and repeating this tape in search of their elusive answers, but then again isn’t half the fun coming up with your own." - Round Bale.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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