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MYSTIC UMBRELLAS - Langton Freemans Summer House Tomb

The Mystic Umbrellas made their debut in 1980 on the Deleted Records tape Deleted Funtime with the ethereal, drifting keyboard composition Journey To The West. Compared then to the work of Popul Vuh and The Residents, the pieces meandering mournfulness won admirers, and an album-length release was recorded and planned, but did not come together. Now, over twenty years later, the rediscovered tapes of the lost album have been remastered and remixed for release on the Waterden label. As well as Journey to the West, the album features a suite of five pieces inspired by an eccentric 18th century Northamptonshire parson who decreed in his will that he should be buried on his feather bed in a summer-house in his garden. The story of Langton Freemans Summer-House Tomb is evoked by the gentle, wistful and also faintly eerie sounds of Mark Valentines reed-organ compositions, considerably enhanced by Mark Lancasters sympathetic production.\r\n So bid the butler fetch a pot of Earl Grey and a slice of Madeira cake, pull the overstuffed leather armchair up to the study fire and settle back to enjoy what may be the first ever Antiquarian/Chillout crossover album... - Waterden.

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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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