"Whistling Arrow is the debut collaboration between critically acclaimed composer and performer Laura Cannell, This Heat/Camberwell Now founder and seasoned composer/improviser Charles Hayward, multi-disciplinary musician Andre Bosman, and prepared guitar minimalists Ex-Easter Island Head. Brought together by a shared bill on Cannell's Arts Council-funded Modern Ritual tour, the six musicians convened for a single session in Liverpool's Parr Street Studios in 2017. Recording live in the room with few preconceptions and an appreciation of each other's work, the sextet improvised on violins, recorders, drums, piano, electronics, prepared guitars, percussion, and voice. The music of Whistling Arrow represents a deeply empathic meeting of unique musical voices: evoking a musical territory of the ancient and the modern, earthen, and concrete. Laura Cannell's over bow violins wring melodic fragments and modes into groaning chordal shapes, gut-strung, and rapturous; scraping the ground and circling treetops, birdcall double-recorders chirruping in concert. The mallet-struck guitars of Ex-Easter Island Head surge and drift against clouds of overtone-rich amplified strings, excited with motors, Allen keys, and bows, emerging like sun rays through the foliage. Andre Bosman's marshland electronics permeate with humid unease -- glinting metal half-buried, clandestine cabling in wild country. Charles Hayward's expressive command of rhythm and intricate percussive color moves the music forward in swung leaps and nimble left turns, rolling resonances pushing and pulling the formal anchor of Jonathan Hering's piano into tumultuous terrain and gleaming chord shapes. With sleeve notes by writer and comedian Stewart Lee name-checking Faust, Arvo Pärt, the Velvet Underground, and Hildegard Von Bingen as sonic touchstones, the music of Whistling Arrow draws upon the decades-worth of compositional/improvisational practice of the sextet." - God Unknown Records .
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.