SONDHEIM, ALAN, HELENA ESPVALL & AZURE CARTER - Cauldron
The animists of Mari El aren_¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣt the last pagans, not by a long shot. Cauldron is on the job, too, working the hot-stick on Ley lines from Giant_¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs Despair to Kingdom Come, with a backpack full of old tube equipment and spools of magnetic tape. Cauldron spins secret messages encoded in lace and tosses the achillea millefolium to see where to go next. Cauldron wants to remind you that all you see is not all there is. The margins of _¢‚Ǩ_ìthings_¢‚Ǩ¬ù are crawling, if you know how to look: ancient spirits, saints, faeries, fractal elves, jeweled self-dribbling basketballs, etc. etc. etc. The trick is to find your way back to an unmediated life. So take Cauldron_¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣs hand. Ignore the fire-exit signs warning you that an alarm will sound. It won_¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣt. Push the door open_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ stumble into brighter light_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ the untended back lot behind our shared reality_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ where weeds push stark flowers through cracks in the cement_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ once you get out there everything is so quiet, all you hear is the breezes-s-s-s_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ butterflies and blue lizards flit and skitter amid the rubble of forgotten thoughts_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ _¢‚Ǩ_ìHow wonderful that youre here!_¢‚Ǩ¬ù they say. _¢‚Ǩ_ìYou come so rarely! Were so delighted to see you!_¢‚Ǩ¬ù Cauldron deals out a three of cups: Alan Sondheim, a pioneer of mystical ear-tweak and sci-fi sonic ritual sound, chamber-improv gypsy cellist Helena Espvall, and eco-trance singer Azure Carter_¢‚Ǩ¬¶ thrice to thine and thrice to mine, and thrice again, to make up nine. Channeling the ghosts of Opal Whiteley and Lou Harrison, Cauldron conjures the scratch and shush of the Big Bang out of wood, wind and cat-gut. Whenever you listen to it, this album is always over too soon, just like life. Fire Museum and Tequila Sunrise Records deal out a two of pentacles: not to get all _¢‚Ǩ_ìYankee Candle_¢‚Ǩ¬ù here, but we only made 250 of these, so grab one before they melt away like chemtrails in the sunset sky. - Fred Astarte, Tequila Sunrise.
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.