David Van Tieghem x Ten: Fits & Starts
For the tenth installment in RVNG?s FRWKYS series, an inanimate bulletin board becomes an instrument and the core of the collaboration. NYC composer and percussionist David Van Tieghem reassembles his own live performances as reimagined by a vanguard of ten musicians over two sides of audio collaging at its most expressive and experimental.
Gardland: Syndrome Syndrome
Syndrome Syndrome, the debut album from Gardland, fuses human flaw and scattershot intuition with volatile machinery and chance-based composition. The double LP explores the rugged tropes of wasted ?outsider? techno while exhibiting a stark emotive core, eliciting timbral intensity and questing pathos in equal measure. Imposing and muscular yet marked by frenetic finesse, Syndrome Syndrome is born from a dyslexic dialogue between man and machine.
Swisher is a bold expansion of Blondes’ recorded repertoire, evolved from the past couple years of reinventing their sound for intense club atmospheres. A dark, meticulous production with a distinct percussive focus, Blondes second album exhibits the duo’s infatuation with techno in immersive sound environments.
Stellar Om Source: Joy One Mile
Stellar OM Source?s new album, Joy One Mile, marks a certain and spirited departure into worlds unknown. A faithful leap into the infinite beat, Joy One Mile is the most forward-reaching effort by Stellar OM Source yet. Stellar OM Source originated from Christelle Gualdi?s desire to unhinge from her academic musical upbringing. A double bassist in the Konigin Katharina Stift Schulorchester and a student of music theory at Université Paris VIII, Gualdi completed her studies in electro-acoustic composition at the Conservatoire de Paris after earning an architecture degree.
The process of Gualdi?s ?unlearning? began in experimental ensemble settings, and it became more recognizable as she moved toward solo performance. Stellar OM Source?s name is fittingly inspired in part by the pathway to higher consciousness and cosmos via one?s own voice. Gualdi was also inspired by?and also an integral member of?the late aughts DIY synthesizer community. Alongside Oneohtrix Point Never, Emeralds and James Ferraro, Stellar OM Source?s stream of self-released CDRs defined a zeitgeist of artists trending away from their noisy roots via polyphonic escapism.
Stellar Om Source: Elite Excel 12"
"Elite Excel" is the first listen to Stellar Om Source?s new album Joy One Mile. Furthering her sound further from the formless soundscapes of her earlier work by digging up the roots of NYC electro and Detroit techno, Christelle Gualdi's version of dance music remains unpredictable and inventive. Featuring a top-notch remix by recluse producer Kassem Mosse.
Secret Circuit: Tactile Galactics
Delivered from its celestial womb to the human world for inevitable elevation, Tactile Galactics is the new album by Secret Circuit, the experimental dance music moniker and cosmic interface for Los Angeles artist Eddie Ruscha Jr.
Maxmillion Dunbar: House of Woo
House of Woo is the new album from Maxmillion Dunbar, rogue house producer and one half of DC dance captains Beautiful Swimmers. House of Woo is a pure blast of bliss that works on a Funktion One just as well as it does a blown set of speakers at a house party gone woozy with punch drunk love.
Holly Herndon: Movement
Holly Herndon?s debut collection of material hybridizes experimental and dance music into hard-coded human sensuality. Incorporating themes of presence and physicality / flux and futurity within said musical expressions via Herndon?s unapologetic use of computer as her primary instrument, Movement translates the Avant-Garde into what Herndon fundamentally considers ?life practice.? The influences of Maryanne Amacher and Galina Ustvolskaya are as prevalent in Herndon?s music as Pan Sonic and Berlin and Birmingham 90s techno. Still, in line with pop deconstructionists Laurie Anderson and Art of Noise, Movement is purposefully positioned to reach new ears beyond a niche.
Sensations' Fix: Music Is Painting In the Air (1974 - 1977)
Essential collection of new mixes and unreleased material from Sensations? Fix, the cosmically conscious, defiantly DIY enterprise of Franco Falsini and his band of psychedelic renegades.
Paradis: Hémisphére b/w/ Je m'ennuie
Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, The Congos: FRKWYS Vol. 9: Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras meet The Congos
For the ninth volume of FRKWYS, a music and film series pairing contemporary artists with those that may have preceded them in style and / or approach, Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras meet The Congos in Jamaica.
Julia Holter: Ekstasis
Julia Holter's second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written and recorded across the span of three years in Los Angeles, California. Ekstasis marks a return to the playful searching of her 2007 Eating the Stars EP, but guided by newly-learned disciplines, slightly better technology, and nearly limitless home recording time. Holter's songwriting stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful. Stars was a first attempt at musically transcribing this beauty, while discovering the honest enjoyment of unadulterated creativity. Holter's critically acclaimed debut album Tragedy (Leaving Records, 2011) embraced Stars strains of shimmer, but used sparser textures in a narrative context. While Ekstasis reflects the conventions of her classical training, the album is also uncannily, if unknowingly, poppy. Holter's approach to crafting the songs of Ekstasis centered around what she describes as, "open ear decision: what seemed to sound best for that moment." This blindness to reverence unintentionally steers Ekstasis along the experimental pop spectrum most commonly associated to New York's Downtown music micro-universe of the 80s, specifically the works of Laurie Anderson and Arthur Russell.
Blondes: Wine / Water
Pink Skull: Psychic Welfare
Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin: FRKWYS Vol. 7: Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin
Blondes: Business / Pleasure
Mirror Mirror: Interiors
Mirror Mirror: FRKWYS Vol. 5: Mirror Mirror EP
Blondes: Lover / Hater
Harald Grosskopf: Synthesist
Synthesist is the debut album by Harald Grosskopf, the enigmatic percussionist behind Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, and Cosmic Jokers. Originally released by Sky Records in 1980, RVNG Intl. celebrates the 30th year anniversary with this newly mastered and packaged reissue. Re-Synthesist, the companion CD compilation to Synthesist, is an assemblage of reinterpretations of Grosskopf's work by a new vanguard of electronic and experimental artists including Oneohtrix Point Never, Blondes, Arp, Stellar Om Source, CFCF, James Ferraro, and many others. The Synthesist LP comes as a deluxe package on post-consumer recycled goods, including a unique reverse bound record jacket and full color liner notes by Harald Grosskopf in English and German. The Re-Synthesist compilation is only available with vinyl purchase, both available digitally through our usual storefront suspects.
Historics: Infinidelity Pt. 1
Historics: Infinidelity Pt. 2
Allez-Allez: Hideous Racket EP
Historics: Infinidelity Pt. 3
These Are Powers: Candyman EP
Pink Skull: Endless Bummer
Georgia: Asemic Club
Secret Circuit: Nebula Sphynx b/w Parascopic Rope
The debut 12" by electronic diviner Secret Circuit - aka Eddie Ruscha (also of Laughing Light of Plenty & Food of the Gods) - is now the physical property of earth's people. The two tracks contained herein traveled across distant seas & sands in search of an altar from which to radiate, finally landing in the lap of Beats In Space for the label's second ever release.
On "Nebula Sphynx" analog synths & sequencers burn deep like a tincture of jack house and ham-fisted experimental attack music. The track features special guest circuit Cole MGN (The Samps, Nite Jewel), who gives the "Sphynx" an extra crispy, cosmic crunch. Ruscha keeps the meters peaking on "Parascopic Rope" with randy drum machine blasts and Casio SK-wanderings. WARNING: Portals to astral planes may suddenly appear between speakers while spinning this side.
Each 12" from Beats in Space features original artwork in considerate & serial form. BIS002 12" features artwork by CF (aka - Providence-based artist Christopher Forgues), purveyor of the Powr Mastrs comic book epic and a finely-tweaked & tuned in dude. The 12" packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling. The 12" will be available on February 7th, 2012 from fine retailers worldwide. The digital version will be available February 21st, 2012 from the drab internet universe.