"Multidisciplinary Portuguese artists Calhau! return in 2020 with a new album and their first release on Discrepant. It's quite possible you've never heard about them. They're not that famous in Portugal or anywhere. Calhau! is formed by couple Alves von Calhau and Marta von Calhau, not their real names, but they're their real names in the artistic reality Calhau! have been working in the last 15 years. But now that you've read their name, you must dig in. They're one of a kind. They're not musicians, painters, illustrators, sculptures, visual artists, or performers. They're all the above but without manifesting their work specifically in any of them. While listening to Tau Tau --or any of their other releases -- that translates quite well: their sound is quite visual, the voices translate into movement and the arbitrary use of sounds reveal a strong sensibility to the architecture of aesthetic. Tau Tau manifests the voice element in Calhau!'s music as their main element. It's been present in previous releases, but it's the centerpiece here. All the words/phrases you hear are wordplays, with Portuguese words and their sounds, but also associations and co-relations. It's done with purpose and meaning, it's tailored work that carries meaning and -- like in "Bófiacult" -- a social critique. The sounds and how Marta plays with her voice expose some other areas of work in Calhau!'s domain, like their continued interest in Portuguese folk traditions, not just with music/sound but also with objects. Objects that, ultimately, you can listen in Tau Tau. If you're a fan of both Discrepant's Antologia De Música Atípica Portuguesa compilations (they've contributed with one track for the first volume "O Trabalho"), you'll find Tau Tau as a good complement of how 21st century musicians understand and recreate Portuguese folklore. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker. Composed and performed by Von Calhau. Bag Pipes by Vasco Alves." - Discrepant .
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.