"Any journalist will happily jump on the opportunity of utilizing hyperbole. And truly, Richard Youngs is a genius. His work is seminal and unique. Not only because he has composed brilliant works throughout his extensive career—worthy of being devoured by hungry academic minds—but because his own history, written in minor case and without artifices, has routed the direction of contemporary experimental music in almost anonymous fashion. Perhaps he is not a household name, but, without his contributions, the British experimental music scene would be a wholly different beast. His influential shadow has cast across such luminaries as Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Kawabata Makoto(Acid Mothers Temple), just two of the musicians who have celebrated his inspired (and inspirational) talent.
Since kicking off his discography in the early nineties in his native Glasgow, Youngs has proven to be a prolific, hyperactive artist within a career that spans over 20 years, including three upcoming releases from September through December, 2013.
A multi-instrumentalist led solely by his own conviction, Richard Youngs has rewritten the history of folk (Sapphie, 2000), released a capella recordings (Summer Wanderer, 2004), flirted with pop music (Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits, 2010) and has written some of the more accurate lessons of experimental reverie (The Naïve Shaman, 2005). Perhaps his natural habitat lies in The South Voyager(Atonal Industries, 2013), consisting of three songs without titles that embody mantras, elevating the spirit and paving a path to a god; a god with the initials R.Y.
The career of Richard Youngs is triangulated by experimentation, improvisation—not only as an aesthetic concept, but also due to the limitation of resources—and a collaborative spirit who has previously worked with such renowned artists as Jandek, Luke Fowler (Turner Prize finalist) and up-and-coming auteurs like the multi-gifted Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells). Above all, Richard Youngs remains capable of defying the impossible. By his hand, the exceedingly difficult becomes surprisingly easy, and vice versa. His pop records are intricately multi-layered and forever fascinating. But even his experimental pieces have given way to catchy melodies that will forever remain engrained in your head. Richard Youngs is, without a doubt, here to stay." - Atonal Industries. Edition of 257.
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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