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VAZZ - Cloud Over Maroma

"Maroma was there long before the Moors. The Moors were there long before man landed on the moon half a century ago. Drum machines meant you didn't have to take Ginger Baker out for a drink. Life takes on sublime logic. In retrospect, everything takes on a new meaning from a different perspective. The past is the future. From Glasgow to Edinburgh to Andalucia. This music is about a small journey, an aural triptych of sounds. "The Glasgow period was most definitively 1982-1987 and the Edinburgh period didn't really start again until around 2010. Two decades without creating music is a long time and it had been gnawing at me all along the yellow brick road I'd been travelling. With a new vigor and echoes of teenage angst I began again. I decided to call myself 'Reluctant Participant'. It was very apt. It was a love/hate relationship that reached deep into the soul. Delving down into dormant memories of places visited and the atmospheres created by them. Like the ice white shroud that lay over winter in Krakow's Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz. Photographs didn't do it justice. It needed a piano. The Edinburgh period on this LP is represented by the four piano pieces 'Embers', 'Kazimierz', 'Star Chamber' and 'Ritual', all recorded there between 2014-2016. They're part of a sequence of around fifty compositions from the same period some of which featured on the previous Vazz LP on STROOM and on the accompanying twenty track CD on Forced Nostalgia. It was a three-year purge recording this piano music. Emotionally intense and technically challenging. I'm glad it's over. It was the culmination of another chapter of music that remains frozen in time and place. It was time to move on again to pastures new. Constricted by the boundaries of a small island and the madness of Brexit I felt an urge to leave it all behind in 2017 in search of the exotic. The same urge that took fellow Scotsman Robert Louis Stevenson to look for his treasure island. He died in Samoa in 1894. I didn't feel the urge to go that far and Stevenson is quoted as saying 'wine is bottled poetry'. Yes, I agree, and the wine is cheap and very fine in Spain. Cheap poetry was what I needed. Bukowski told me to do it." Hugh Small, May 2019" - Stroom .
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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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