Majeure: Romance Language
Since he began moonlighting from his main gig as one-half of sci-fi prog powerhouse Zombi, multi-instrumentalist A.E. Paterra has become increasingly renowned as the mastermind behind Majeure. Following the assured debut epic, Timespan, his second album, Solar Maximum,delivered on the promise of a retro-futurist ambient synth-rock masterpiece. Romance Language continues this journey with two sprawling, side-long tracks that marry the sci-fi disco of Timespan with the celestial Mars-scapes of Solar Maximum. It is both a nod to Majeure's prior accomplishments, and a peek into his sunspot-bright future ? fitting for an artist whose entire career has been devoted to fluidly melding the past and the future to create a transcendent present.
This vinyl-only release is strictly limited to 1,000 copies, and includes a free MP3 downloadcoupon.
The Books: Freedom From Expression
The Books were one of modern music?s most vital players of this still-young millennium. Over the course of four albums in ten years? time, they eschewed genres and pigeonholes so effortlessly and earnestly that they ultimately pioneered a new genre (or three) in the process. And for all thespeechlessness their recordings inspired, their videos were every bit as beguiling: a surreal mix of bizarre found footage, home movies, and psychedelic animated imagery that fit their music so well that the two became virtually inseparable in their live performances. Freedom FromExpression collects every video ever made by the Books, compiled in chronological order. It?s enormously satisfying and fulfilling to map the progression from humble bedroom curiosities through to hilariously warped experimental art films masquerading as music videos. At over twohours in length across 21 videos, it is an invaluable piece of the Books? universe, one that demands constant replays, and delivers as many emotional and cerebral twists and turns as anything else in their absurdly unique and forward-thinking catalog.
William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops 5xCD+DVD
For a collection of music built around the poignant inevitability of decay, there has been a great many hopeful and inspired words devoted to William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops: stunning, ethereal, majestic, transfixing, life-affirming? and for good reason. From its 20-year gestation period to its infamously fateful completion, The Disintegration Loops is one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape. The very passage of time is its most effective instrument. To mark the 10-year anniversary of its original release ? and its forthcoming induction into the 9/11 Memorial Museum this year ? Temporary Residence Ltd. ishonored to collaborate with William Basinski in presenting The Disintegration Loops in a fashion truly befitting a library of music with such a lasting legacy. This breathtaking limited-edition, numbered box set contains all four historic volumes, plus a pair of stunning live orchestral performances from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 54th Venice Biennale, both previously unreleased. Remastered from the original recordings, this exquisite box set also includes the extremely rare 63-minute The Disintegration Loops film on DVD, and a 148-page fullcolor book featuring rare photos taken during the making of The Disintegration Loops, and liner notes by Basinski, Antony, David Tibet of Current 93, Ronen Givony of the Wordless MusicSeries, and Michael Shulan, Creative Director of the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Four Tet: Beautiful Rewind
Beautiful Rewind. Shout out to Text Records. The album is all done and just getting some copies made and then will get it into shops for you. LP, CD and Internet versions. No pre order, no YouTube trailers, no iTunes stream, no Spotify, no Amazon deal, no charts, no Bit Coin deal, no last minute Rick Rubin.
The Books: Music For A French Elevator and Other Oddities
While supplies last, we are offering this very special limited-edition vinyl-only double album, Music For A French Elevator And Other Oddities. Originally available as a part of the hugely acclaimed, super-deluxe A Dot In Time. box set, Music For A French Elevator compiles all of the Books?non-album tracks into one fittingly surreal package befitting the group who essentially created their own genre (often reluctantly described as ?collage-pop?). A total of 45 tracks are here, including standouts and longtime favorites ?Classy Penguin,? ?8 Frame,? and their sublime NickDrake cover ?Cello Song Feat. Jose Gonzales.? Along with their commissioned pieces for the 1% art and sound installation in the Ministry of Culture in Paris, France, the collection includes the Books? unreleased film score for the feature-length Biosphere 2 documentary, a stellar collection of counterpoint electroacoustic explorations that emanate the kind of wry charm and wit that became a staple of the Books? music. Packaged in an impeccably designed die-cut jacket w/ metallic inks, this collection proves that even the Books? non-album material is worthy of emphatic celebration and adoration.
Grails: Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5, & 6
Following the release of their most acclaimed album of their decade-long career, Deep Politics(2011), Grails revisited Black Tar Prophecies, their ever-expanding, enigmatic tapestry of eclectic experiments released in scarce limited editions that often disappear before most fans discovertheir existence. Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 4, 5 & 6 collects the last three volumes in the BlackTar series, originally released as a limited-edition 12", and a split LP with Finish psych-rock phenoms, Pharaoh Overlord. Exclusive to this collection is Volume 6, three previously unreleased tracks that run the gamut from found-sound collage to moody, piano-driven soundtracks to obscure erotic horror films that never existed (but should have). Available on triple-gatefold CD Digipak or Deluxe Gatefold 2xLP, the vinyl features four mind-blowing laser etchings ? one on each side of the record, beginning where the grooves of the music end. It's pretty, and pretty unbelievable.
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo: Prince Avalanche: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
In early 2003, a young writer/director contacted Explosions In The Sky requesting permission touse one of their songs in his second film, All the Real Girls. The filmmaker was Texas nativeDavid Gordon Green, and their music was a perfect companion to the elegiac score from fellowTexas composer, David Wingo. That would be the first-ever film license for Explosions In TheSky.Fast-forward a decade: the band's music has become an integral part of countless film andtelevision programs (most notably Friday Night Lights and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly);Green is an internationally renowned, impressively eclectic filmmaker (Pineapple Express, SnowAngels); and Wingo is a highly acclaimed film composer (Mud, Take Shelter) and leader of risingindie-rock group, Ola Podrida. They've all become very close friends, and that tight-knitfriendship spawned Green's stirring new film, Prince Avalanche.While watching the Super Bowl together, EITS drummer Chris Hrasky casually suggested thatGreen use the scorched landscape of Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, TX as the backdrop for afilm. Green took the suggestion and ran with it, remaking the Icelandic indie comedy Either Wayinto an understated dramatic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. In keeping with thelow-key, under-the-Hollywood-radar nature of the film, Green tapped Explosions In The Sky andDavid Wingo to score the film.In keeping with the spirit of the filmmaking process, the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche is acasual affair, an earnest collaboration amongst friends recorded entirely in the living rooms of itscomposers. Much like the film, the soundtrack stitches dozens of tiny moments of heartfeltbrilliance into an emotionally resonant whole far more expansive than its intimate roots mightimply. Explosions In The Sky excel at making even the most mundane moments in everyday lifeseem downright revelatory. David Wingo and David Gordon Green have made careers out ofpulling off similar feats in film. It was only a matter of time before these guys all collaborated, andPrince Avalanche delivers on the inspired expectations of such a union.
Ultraísta: Ultraísta Remixes
Ultraísta Remixes compiles a year's worth of remixes from friends and collaborators within the ever-expanding Ultraísta orbit. Though some of these tracks have become social media sensations in their own right ? collectively clocking more than two million plays on the band'sSoundcloud and YouTube channels ? Ultraísta Remixes has been perfectly sequenced to succeed as a stand-alone album (an alarmingly strong one, no less). Rarely do remix albums have this level of quality control and seemingly infinite replay value. Whereas Ultraísta's debut album commits to its palette with uncanny precision and devotion, Remixes explodes its individual parts and reveals the group to be equally compelling as techno powerhouse (Four Tet, FaltyDL, DC Sux), dark electro-pop (Zero 7, Zammuto, ERAAS, Canon Blue), experimental dance (Prefuse 73, Matthew Herbert), and even driving industrial rock (David Lynch in an inspired NIN-meets-YYYs turn). The combination of all of these seemingly disparate parts makes for a surprisingly cohesive whole, and a remarkable companion to the original album.
Envy: Invariable Will, Recurring Ebbs and Flows
Formed in 1992 with an average age of 15 years old, Envy began as a blistering punk quintet, whipping violent riffs into frantic bursts that rarely cracked the two-minute mark. Their inexhaustible exploration of new sounds and ideas would lead them to incorporate strains of experimental noise, subtle ambience, and triumphant, cinematic rock. Invariable Will, Recurring Ebbs and Flows is a limited-edition super-deluxe box set that collects every song ever recorded by Envy (95 songs in total) across 14 vinyl LPs, all remastered for vinyl in 2013. Each record is housed in its own full-color jacket, featuring all new artwork. Also included is a brand new, previously unreleased 100-minute DVD, a DVD data disk packed with all 95 songs in high-quality MP3 format, and a 100-page coffee table book featuring dozens of exclusive photos, plus lyrics to every Envy song, transcribed in both Japanese and English languages. The entire mind-blowing package is housed in a sturdy custom outer box ? printed on a custom reflective metallic foilboard. Strictly limited to 1,000 copies, Invariable Will is a monument to one of underground music's most enigmatic bands, and a celebration of their unfettered brilliance.
Eluvium: Nightmare Ending
Nightmare Ending is the first proper Eluvium album released since 2010's Similes, the unexpectedly vocal-heavy ambient-pop record that simultaneously delighted and confounded longtime fans. But the Nightmare Ending story actually began years earlier, as it was intended to be the follow-up to the watershed album, Copia. Conceived as a way of helping loosen his selfimposed ideals of perfection, Cooper labeled each Nightmare Ending track as either a "dream," or an "imperfection" ? a way of differentiating the philosophical concept of "dream vs. reality," couched in the more tangible technical distinctions of "flawless vs. flawed." With each progressive listen those differences naturally challenged themselves, and without relying on the standardized perfection protocol, Cooper became increasingly reluctant to release any of it. He shelved it, and pursued Similes instead. But Nightmare Ending wouldn't go away; it lingered in the back of his mind, the abandoned fruits of a truly worthwhile and noble journey towards a less creatively constraining mindset. Cooper returned to it with renewed vigor, writing and recording in a blur of time that spanned several years, ending with a pair of inspired collaborations with Mark T. Smith of longtime friends and label mates, Explosions In The Sky ("Envenom Mettle," closing Disc 1)and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo ("Happiness," closing Disc 2). The result is a body of work that encompasses everything remarkable about past Eluvium albums, executed more powerfully and poignant than ever before.
William Basinski: Nocturnes
Like his best and most iconic works, the magic of William Basinski?s new album, Nocturnes, is in the glacial, inevitable decay of something beautiful. Tape loops of prepared piano ? composed and recorded more than 30 years ago ? reflecting, refracting, and disintegrating into a haunting sentimental haze, like losing a vivid memory to the natural deterioration of time. Nocturnes is two sprawling new works, begun in 1979 and completed in 2012. It is Basinski?s first new studio release in nearly four years.
Coliseum: Sister Faith
Celebrating their 10th year as one of independent music?s most substantive bands, Louisville?s Coliseum return with their fourth full-length, the stunning Sister Faith, to be released on April 30 on Temporary Residence Ltd. Expanding on the anthemic direction the trio veered toward on 2010?s highly acclaimed House With a Curse, Sister Faith?s 13 songs are the most dynamic and immediately captivating of the band?s career, bristling with galvanizing melodies at the collision point between punk and noise-rock. The first album to be recorded in producer J. Robbins? recently relocated Magpie Cage Studios, Sister Faith is also the first Coliseum recording to feature new bassist, Kayhan Vaziri, in addition to contributions from some of the groups? closest friends and musical peers: Wata of Boris, J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), and Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh, The Fiery Furnaces), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip) all make small but memorable contributions.