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ITASCA - Unmoored by the Wind

Kayla Cohen, a.k.a. Itasca, is a folk guitarist and songwriter from New York State. She has released several small press CD-rs and cassettes over the past five years, and began recording as Itasca after a move to Los Angeles in 2012. She records at home, taking inspiration from the fringes of LAs open space and natural land.\r\n\r\nOn Itascas latest full-length,_Ç Unmoored By The Wind, Kayla Cohen achieves new levels of clarity and expansiveness. Where 2012s_Ç Grace Riders on the Road_Ç reveled in homemade intimacy,_Ç Unmoored By The Wind _Ç opens to the world, reaching a timeless, near-baroque yearning; each of these eleven tracks burns with a unique vision. At once soft-spoken and virtuosic, Cohens fingerpicking mesmerizes, laying gauzy groundwork for vocal work David Keenan rightfully cited as _¢‚Ǩ_ìcourtly_¢‚Ǩ¬¶dazzling._¢‚Ǩ¬ù Its a spacious set of songs, one you can wander into, flowing seamlessly between wistful interludes a la Bob Desper and fully-fledged verses of powerful, often beguiling imagery. _¢‚Ǩ_ìTwo male shapes are standing/ Shrouded in white cloth_¢‚Ǩ¬ù sings Cohen on _¢‚Ǩ_ìNatures Gift,_¢‚Ǩ¬ù with a plaintive candidness that echoes Sibylle Baier. _¢‚Ǩ_ìTheyre looking at me/ Sort of smiling/ Seems as if Ive called them here._¢‚Ǩ¬ù Cohens voice has a_Ç windburnt quality reminiscent of Lal Waterson or Collie Ryan, but its tempered with sweetness, and on songs like _¢‚Ǩ_ìColt In Hiding_¢‚Ǩ¬ù she realizes an angelic luster. More than ever before, though, Cohens confident singing is laid bare; vocals ride on top of arrangements, taking their rightful place in the forefront. The effect is arresting. Cohen has achieved new levels of clarity, while staying true to the seductive ghostliness that has come to characterize her sound."- New Images.
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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)_/¯ ).

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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