Finally the fifth KTL studio album is ready for release. Whereas their previous album IV (EMEGO 089CD) was recorded and made in a relatively short period in a more traditional rock environment, V turns full circle, takes its time and tackles the complex working processes of the European avant-garde. Rooting themselves in such legendary electronic music studios such as EMS in Stockholm and GRM in Paris, Stephen OMalley (SunnO))), Khanate, etc.) and Peter Rehberg (Pita, etc.) have delivered a rich set of sound experiments far removed from the harsh metal/noise blizzards of their early albums. They took a step further by inviting Icelandic composer Jöhann Jöhannsson to orchestrate Phill 2" (performed by City of Prague Philharmonic, conducted by Richard Hein), resulting in a towering storm of monumental classicism. Finally, "Last Spring: A Prequel" turns the whole album on its head with the abstract alien textures of the Gisèle Vienne installation of the same name, with text by Dennis Cooper spoken with devout intensity by long-term Vienne collaborator, Jonathan Capdevielle. With full-color artwork by Mark Fell, V is KTLs most sophisticated work to date. Produced by KTL. Photo by Estelle Hanania. Stephen OMalley (guitar, bass, modular synthesizer, computer, contact mics), Peter Rehberg (modular synthesizer, computer). Recorded September 2010-October 2011 at EMS, Stockholm; Tinitus, Bergen; Ina GRM, Studio 116, Paris; Smecky, Prague; Centre dArt Passerelle, Brest; Twisted, Wien. Mixed at Twisted, Wien, May 2011 - January 2012." -Editions Mego.
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.