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Feeling a bit schizoid as of late. One day I’m super excited about new music making its way to my ears and in planning future label releases, and the next I want to just throw everything out the window. The business/promotional end of things is something I just can’t keep up with, having a day job is definitely part of it but also my inability to “sell” and to behave like a cop towards folks who o…we us money. So in that spirit, Fabrica Online Distro will be no more as of December 2013.
I’m closing it down. So get what you can from the shop before December 1. We will only sell label releases which from now on will be in very limited editions ranging from 100 to 300. This will also mean a much smaller and infrequent output. This of course will only serve as a test for 2014, if things continue to drag on the label will simply come to an end. Fabrica is a labor of love and not a profit-making venture, but there comes a point where losing money is just an unsustainable model. Thank you all for your support.
In the spirit of saying goodbye to the distro, order 3 items or more and get 15% off your total, just use the discount code: ByeByeDistro when you check out. Sale ends at 12:00 am on December 1, 2013.
Visit the Fabrica Online Shop at http://fabrica.bigcartel.com
New on Fabrica Records:
FABREC030 CULVER Gateshead Graves LP
In the crowded field of guitar droneworks, UK musician Lee Stokoe could be said to be hidden in plain sight. For two decades, his solo project Culver and in-house tape label Matching Head have produced a consistent stream of releases without approaching anything near household-name status. This is due in part to a workmanlike, low-profile approach to recording and releasing music, despite time served in the mighty Skullflower. And then there’s the music itself: unpolished, unsettling, a history of textures divorced from any linear notions of progress. Prolific as Culver has been, “Gateshead Graves” marks only the third instance of Lee filling 24 inches of grooved real estate on his own (after the obscure “Route of Aesthetic” lathe cut and the oddly elusive “Dead Winter Blood” LP). It features two side-long tracks that put the listener first in the hold of a ship bound nowhere good and then in an aircraft headed in roughly the same direction. Volume and isolation recommended for an appropriately immersive experience.
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering (Grouper, Sublime Frequencies, Mississippi Records).
Limited edition of 200 on black vinyl with hand-numbered insert.
New on Fabrica Records:
FABCD029 AERONAUT Your Space Transmissions Listening Kit CD
A perfect follow-up to 2012′s “Coronal Mass” limited-edition cassette which quickly sold out upon release, “Your Space Transmissions Listening Kit” is comprised of four 15-minute pieces depicting the journey of a lone astronaut into deep space, as imagined by a 7 year-old boy.The album is meant to be a document of the past, specifically of his past as a boy imagining the perils and grandeur of space travel.
Each song is a sonic expression of a moment in the spaceman’s travels: Preflight/Launch, My First Spacewalk, Through the Oort Cloud, and Into the Magellanic Stream. Audio mastered by James Plotkin. Professionally duplicated CD edition of 100. Comes in a four-panel wallet with anaglyph and 3d glasses.
Aeronaut is Steve Fors, a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Brooklyn, NY. Also member of the Chicago-based drone/noise outfit, The Golden Sores, he’s been experimenting with long-form song structures since 1995. In his current work, he is interested in exploring the relationship between sound and time; specifically how sustained fields of sound can alter our temporal perception and physical awareness.
See the video for Preflight/Launch: vimeo.com/52697682
New on Fabrica Records:
FABREC025 RAMBUTAN Inverted Summer LP
“Inverted Summer” is the full-length vinyl LP debut of Eric Hardiman’s (Century Plants/Burnt Hills) solo project. As Rambutan, Hardiman has released a steady stream of quality material on a variety of underground labels since 2007. Subtly bridging realms of noise, dub, psych, drone, minimalism, and musique concrete, Rambutan brings listeners into a unique sonic headspace that finds common ground between bliss and dread. Utilizing various electronics, synthesizers, tapes, guitar, and bass, “Inverted Summer” is a sprawling, wide-angle piece of work, yielding deep zones of textural soundscaping that can soothe and unsettle in equal measure. “Inverted Summer” captures Rambutan’s thick, dubby atmospherics in all their glory, revealing Hardiman to be a sound artist whose improvisational techniques are as formidable as his sense of structure and development. These are alien soundtracks for the recombinant generation, just waiting for you to disappear into them. Mastered by James Plotkin, and cut by Golden Mastering. Edition of 300 on thick black vinyl. Includes free download card.
FABREC027 PUBLIC SPEAKING Blanton Ravine LP
On his knees in a semicircle of electronic processors and percussive clutter, the singer quakes and moans, possessed with a passionate, paranoid vision. Public Speaking is the solo moniker of Brooklyn experimental musician Jason Anthony Harris. Utilizing found objects, radio, tape recorder, synthesizer and effect pedals, he constructs percussive, textural music for his deep, soulful vocals to croon over. Somewhere between Brian Eno and Tune-Yards, or Tortoise and James Blake, Harris’ music explores pop music as organized sound.
The Deli Magazine wrote: “This is soul music functioning as 21st century meditation… [This] is what happens when an artist personally realizes the sound of his environment, and puts it to use.” His first full-length, “Blanton Ravine” is a lush collection of songs and sounds drawing on avant rock, IDM, ambient, noise, and R&B.
LP Edition of 225 on black vinyl.CD Edition of 100.
Robert Turman began making sound experiments in the early 70′s employing reel-ro-reel tape, cassette decks, arp synth, drum sequencers, multiple string and percussion instruments, and whatever else he could scavenge. In the late 70′s he co-founded NON (along with Boyd Rice), but left shortly after the release of the Mode of Infection/Knife Ladder 7″ e.p. to focus on composing and releasing his own music on limited-edition, and now extremely rare, cassette tapes. Robert has collaborated with art rockers FZ13, post-apocalyptic industrialists Z.O. Voider, and more recently Aaron Dilloway (Wolf Eyes, Nevari Butchers), Neon Depth and Jandek.
Beyond Painting, with its 72 minutes of haunting lo-fi ambience, is probably one of Robert’s most accomplished recordings. Layers of meditative synth loops, guitar, and eastern tinged melodies, all beautifully delayed, bring to mind blistering desert landscapes, high-tension cold war era spy action sequences, and dark cavernous sounds.
Originally recorded in 1990, these tracks did not see the light of day until 2010 when they were self released on a limited run of 100 professionally printed and duplicated CD-Rs. Beyond Painting follows in the footsteps of the recently reissued “Flux” cassette on LP (Spectrum Spools).
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk (Mississippi Records, Sublime Frequencies, Grouper, Wooden Shjips, Yellow Swans) at Stereophonic Mastering.
Edition of 500 on 140grm black vinyl in full-color gate-fold jacket.
First 100 copies sold through this website will include a small zine with an interview with Robert Turman, discography and photos.
Read a review here.
Fabrica Records also just released a 30 minute cassette with new material by Robert Turman, you can find it here.