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ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB - Abstract Double Concrete


"One of the albums I most heavily associate with my tumultuous, stressful first year at university (I’ve since relocated to a different, more suitable institution) is Astral Social Club’s Happy Horse. Along with some other examples of dense, abstract, sun-drenched psychedelia (Sunroof!’s Found Star Sound, Kemialliset Ystävät’s self-titled LP, Black Dice’s Beaches & Canyons), Happy Horse provided me with a much-needed escape into a beautiful and lush alternate dimension, where oppressive negativity and deep existential paranoia are replaced with joyful, surreal textures and rays of sonic sunlight. The solo electronic project of Neil Campbell (Vibracathedral Orchestra, A Band, Smell & Quim) has been around for a long time, but Abstract Double Concrete is its first solo release since 2014’s Fountain Transmitter Meditations, and in both sound and aesthetic seems to hearken back to earlier releases. “funfun” wastes no time in blasting currents of ecstatic electronic mayhem directly into the vein, its detailed soundscape only becoming more so as harsher modulations are introduced into the mix. “Chunk Abstract” settles into a subdued but persistent techno stomp as saccharine melodic cells create hypnotic headspace, while “Concrete Sag” embodies a more sluggish psychedelic swamp, festooning every inch of the stereo field with watery, organic synth rollicks. While it doesn’t evoke as much raw, unbridled happiness as Happy Horse, Abstract Double Concrete is a superb return to form for Astral Social Club." - Jack Davidson at Noise Not Music.

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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)_/¯ ).

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