Pacific City Sound Visions

MARTENS MOANA, LIEVEN - Idylls

Since Lieven Martens Moanas(Dolphins Into The Future) last lp, the massively\r\noverlooked Music from the Guardhouse", our composer has moved from the\r\nislands of Okinawa to the Swampland of Mexico City to the Portuguese\r\ncountryside, running his Private Press, and composing music for ensemble and\r\ncommercials. This very pluralistic life-style and commitment has led us to his first\r\nfull length record in three years: "Idylls". Presented as a 12 page book with an LP\r\ndisc, the listener first hears concentrated and intentional sound-prose poems of\r\nthe life of Robert Louis Stevenson as Martens attempts to "see through the eyes\r\nof RLS". Because of Martens ability to poetically reflect Stevens obsessions, we\r\ncan hear field recordings, not just as documents, but as compositions and\r\nimaginative story-boards of a poets journals in the locales of Polynesia. As we flip\r\nsides we enter into the colorful and active aspect of Martens palate. Flowing from\r\nactive electronically treated thumb piano to tranquil serene alien piano, growing\r\ntowards a rumbling volcano and settling into archaic Goldberg Variations by Mia\r\nPrce of Miaux, the listener is now startled by Captain Moanas refusal for his\r\nmusic to be pure inspired decoration, but instead a world of prose and storytelling.\r\nBy now, we ask ourselves what has changed in the music of Lieven\r\nMartens Moana? Its is for certain on "Idylls", that with a Polynesian Fascination\r\nseemingly unchanged, the intellectual palate has grown so much, that what we\r\nhave in front of us, are wildly colorful and intellectual compositions that seem to\r\nhave arrived from a literary mode, and grown into pieces that have an illusively\r\nromantic allure. The uniqueness of "Idylls" rests upon the artists willingness to\r\narrive at strange and difficult compositions by way of natural story-telling and\r\ninspired readings; Martens further exacts his process, away from just\r\nappreciating Polynesia, and into the act, that Gaugain and Stevenson might have\r\nenjoyed, of symbiotic immersion. We can for certain hear from the Captain\r\nhimself:\r\n

\r\n"Being("Idylls") a portrait, an ethnographic study, an exotic illustration and a ritual. The latter\r\nused in the most mundane sense ever, since I_¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣd like to stay far away from a sensational\r\nbubblegum approach to (religious) ethnography, to the copying of ethnic behaviour, or to\r\napproaching it as something odd or weird. These behaviourisms unavoidably invoke the end of\r\nall rituals, thus making the world a duller place. As being interested in the exotic, (c.q. the\r\nexotist), an act under constant scrutiny, it is a duty to observe and sustain, to withdraw and\r\nrefrain._¢‚Ǩ¬ù\r\n

\r\nPacific City Sound VIsions is extremely stoked to present the new works by\r\nLieven Martens Moana, in the year 2017, as we continue to grow and expand with\r\nan artist revelling in pushing his initially beautiful instincts to a point where they\r\nbegin to be outright living intellectual endeavors." -Spencer Clark, Pacific City Antwerp, Belgium. Limited to 500 copies.\r\n
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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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