The Australian duo of Jarrod Zlatic and Nisa Venerosa harness expansiveness through a sepia-tone collage of intangible digital textures and adapted vocal chamber music. Formed in the early 2000s, previous albums for cult-labels like Chapter Music and Siltbreeze waded through dubby psych-rock territories but their latest for Alter stands alone. Recorded in Melbourne by Sam Karmel (F ingers, CS + Kreme), the album occupies an eerie, pastoral twilight zone. Venerosa's stark singing style challenging the ambient textures weaving in and out of the stereo field. Plain Songs slowly unfolds through a mesh of processed drones, flickering static, and fragile yet propulsive bedding loops. G.B.H" sees the pair utilizing layers of spoken word and keyboard motifs atop spiraling background whirs and softly uttered harmonies. The late-night atmosphere pervades with "On Temptation" and "Forever Turned" where slow, dissonant passages work in tandem with Venerosa's spectral vocal shifts. Zlatic's trumpet howls into the ether on "Flowers and Fade" accompanied by drum rattles, repetitive mantras, and oscillating synthesizers to mark one of the LP's most unique and isolated moments. There are hints of Nico's Janitor of Lunacy (1996) and Meredith Monk's Book of Days (1990) at play, where the icy screeches and distortions give way to the wax and wane poetry of "A Short Confession"." - Alter.
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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