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Artist: CARTER, CHRISTINA
Title: Alone Together #1 - Obelisk/Tholos
Format: 7"
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $9.00
"A new 7" by Christina Carter which serves as the opening ceremony for our new 7" series of solo performances Alone Together. A loan voice, the tangled bells, the caw of a crow, a plane passing overhead… A fortuitous overlapping of sound moments, trapped in amber by Christina for us to bear witness. Much like her early CDRs Hand & Mind or Human As Guitar, Obelisk/Tholos is an act of white witchcraft, a healing spell that defines time with the merest of tools: bells, voice, a microphone… Mastered by Pete Swanson, Edition of 300." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: CARTER, CHRISTINA
Title: LEtoile de Mer
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Stark and intimate even within a discography not lacking in stark intimacy, Letoile de Mer was Christina Carters first recorded foray outside of her work with Tom Carter as part of the legendary Charalambides. Recorded in 2000 and originally released as a limited cassette on the notorious Freedom From label, Letoile de Mer presents the two core elements of Christinas sound as atomized statements: unaccompanied electric guitar on side A, unaccompanied vocals on side B. These atomized statements are pared down further still – single notes and unmoored vocal phrases hanging lonely in the jet black vinyl darkness. Letoile de Mers solo guitar side presents two takes of a live score to Man Rays dreamlike 1928 surrealist film of the same name. Unlike the film, the music here is severely in focus: carefully placed single notes hang in a space made so tense by expectation that the air feels like glass under pressure. Buckling under the weight of their own naked intensity and the films obscure ritual logic both takes end with a sudden descent into a seasick pitch-shifted blur... The B side presents seven etude-like songs recorded in an Austin hallway. Inspired by solo saxophone exercises Christina listens “to the sound of the voice to find my voice more clearly as entirely my own”. Unlike her later solo vocal works on Many Breaths Press (Masque Femine, A Blossom Fell, I Am All The Same Song), these pieces are meditations on sound rather than words. Tongue and throat animate the air, unconstrained by lyrical concerns, vocal shapes are carved, probed, turned over, discarded... Like all Christinas work these solo vocal meditations hold up a mirror to problematic dualities: self/other, conscious/unconscious, freedom/control...." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: METAL ROUGE
Title: Broke In
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"​In October 2013 directly after a month long European tour Metal Rouge stepped foot in a legitimate studio for the first time in their history. Elaborate plans for labyrinthine tape delay & spring reverb modalities were scrapped upon arrival, where jet-lagged and delirious they howled out two albums worth of material that they had spent the last month refining on the road alongside rapid fire spontaneous compositions scattered from borrowed amplifiers in a state of tweaked exhaustion. To the casual listener it was not always apparent which was which. Old pieces were spontaneously deconstructed in performance without prior discussion, and improvisations manifested as song forms. A dark energy pervaded the sessions, many gestures seemed channeled. "Our minds were often engulfed in the moment leaving our hands to do what they had to. When it was over we had Broke In/Broke Out. Sister albums. We were as surprised as anybody as to what had happened". After 19 full-length releases and 11 years as a creative unit, Metal Rouge present Broke In/Broke Out. Escape in to/out of. One door shuts, another opens. Mourning brass sprayed with guitar hail. Brut raga possession, dark strings chime the universal moment, unconscious sermons delivered in a warm skull. Not conversation, but glossolalia. Not language, but meaning. Silence to sound to silence again.

Metal Rouge is Helga Fassonaki & Andrew Scott. Cover art by Dan Melchoir. Covers silkscreened by Alan Sherry at Siwa. Cut by Dubplates & Mastering. Both LPs in a numbered edition of 100 only." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: METAL ROUGE
Title: Broke Out
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"​In October 2013 directly after a month long European tour Metal Rouge stepped foot in a legitimate studio for the first time in their history. Elaborate plans for labyrinthine tape delay & spring reverb modalities were scrapped upon arrival, where jet-lagged and delirious they howled out two albums worth of material that they had spent the last month refining on the road alongside rapid fire spontaneous compositions scattered from borrowed amplifiers in a state of tweaked exhaustion. To the casual listener it was not always apparent which was which. Old pieces were spontaneously deconstructed in performance without prior discussion, and improvisations manifested as song forms. A dark energy pervaded the sessions, many gestures seemed channeled. "Our minds were often engulfed in the moment leaving our hands to do what they had to. When it was over we had Broke In/Broke Out. Sister albums. We were as surprised as anybody as to what had happened". After 19 full-length releases and 11 years as a creative unit, Metal Rouge present Broke In/Broke Out. Escape in to/out of. One door shuts, another opens. Mourning brass sprayed with guitar hail. Brut raga possession, dark strings chime the universal moment, unconscious sermons delivered in a warm skull. Not conversation, but glossolalia. Not language, but meaning. Silence to sound to silence again.

Metal Rouge is Helga Fassonaki & Andrew Scott. Cover art by Dan Melchoir. Covers silkscreened by Alan Sherry at Siwa. Cut by Dubplates & Mastering. Both LPs in a numbered edition of 100 only." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: METAL ROUGE
Title: Soft Erase
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Its 2013 and although some people would like to tell you that the party is just beginning, the truth is that its been over for quite some time. Protest music exists only as a form of personal ritual, hedonism is the only exorcism, artists stifle internal impulses in pursuit of career mobility. On Soft Erase Metal Rouge present a solemn meditation on contemporary societys willingness to accept what many before have fought to stop. Soft Erase is a collection of monochromatic machine-pulses ridden into the blank heart of single-take live excursions, a haze of modulated delay and de-synchronized loops, of strings hit endlessly in the hope that meaning may appear... Ritual chants give way to berserk guitar overload...dark vamping leads from nowhere to nowhere burning negation and dismissal as righteous fuel...hazy prayers for rain spill out in the merciless desert heat unspooling into an extended fake-kraut meditation featuring Giles Miller on a beautifully unhurried alto sax. Cover art based on the censored art of Italian street artist Blu. Recorded at Ascension Ashram 2011-2012. Mixed by Sean McCann, mastered by James Plotkin. Edition of 300." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: METAL ROUGE
Title: Trails
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"After a period of semi-hibernation and technological downgrading Metal Rouge are back with the first full length missive by their new trio formation. On Trails lifers Helga Fassonaki (lapsteel/vocals) and Andrew Scott (guitar) are joined by true-crime aficionado Caitlin Mitchell (drums) for a free floating investigation into Lew Welch’s mist-ridden disappearance into the norcal wilderness on one side and a raging fit of white magic against urban-planning hell on the other. Mumbling low-fidelity chord flares, dual slide attacks and reverb-drenched vocal confusion underwritten by stuttering free cymbal play and outright rockist brutalism combine to make this perversely their most approachable release yet. Come get lost. Recorded at Green Machines 09, Mastered by Pete Swanson, Photo Art by Lemule Barbour. Edition of 300." - Emerald Cocoon.
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Artist: SUNKEN
Title: New Zealand Eels
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
Edition of 300 with free digital download. Thick reverseboard sleeves with art by Stefan Neville. "Sunkens previous two albums on Pseudo Arcana were long form chord-organ driven flights into the heart of the ecstatic blaring sun. Despite Antony Milton (The Nether Dawn, Glory Fckn Sun etc.) and Stefan Nevilles (Pumice) Lovecraftian attempts to posit Sunken as sea-shanties sung by sailors lost to Cthulhu at the bottom of the deepest darkest ocean, somehow their surging reed driven organs and vocal streams broadcast via cracked electronics seemed to suggest sailors breaking free of the weeds and swimming towards the light, and even, occasionally, breaking the surface. Their first vinyl release New Zealand Eels however, is a tentacle shot from the abyss to drag the sailors back down into the service of the lurker in the deep. Bleak, black and completely drowned, New Zealand Eels beams five submarine tracks from the lost to the lost through the milky darkness. With the vocal melodies pushed to the foreground and the instrumental origins of the music obscured as never before by damaged baby monitors, power starved dictaphones, tape saturation and spring reverb, Sunken are now finally, truly lost to the abyss. Two drowned sailors invite you to breathe in the water, forget about life on the surface and lay down with the kraken amidst the curling weeds." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: SWANSON, PETE
Title: High Time/Trees
Format: 7"
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Pete Swansons love for the New Zealand underground is no secret (rumour has it that he engineered the entire Yellow Swans New Zealand tour of 2005 just so he could procure a copy of The Pin Group Goes To Town 12"), so we were pleasantly unsurprised when Pete turned in two re-imaginings of classic NZ underground tracks as his contribution to the Alone Together series. What surprised us greatly though was the form that they took: sparkling acoustic guitar, audible vocals, audible room tone – this was a Pete Swanson wed never heard before. Although his signature degradation systems are still in place (both sides end with a blown-out acoustic guitar emulating dirty-needled distortion), acoustic strings, four walls and a voice dominate, dislocated just enough to give you the sense that the world ends at your bedroom walls. This is a sound that shouldnt be unfamiliar to anyone previously baptised by 4-track channelled lathe transmissions from the bottom of the world. The dusty gems re-interpreted here are High Time by seminal Christchurch kvltists Dadamah (originally released as a 7" on the genius Majora label circa 91) and Trees from Gates recent downer-techno masterpiece A Republic Of Sadness, both are redolent of the darkest, coldest Dunedin winter as imagined from half a world away. Edition of 300. " - Emerald Cocoon.
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Artist: YEK KOO
Title: Desolation Peak
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Yek koo returns with primal minimal maximalism – vocal deconstructions rapping inside raw distortions of emotive gut.  All of us are beacons in the void called Desolation Peak, where Kerouac once sat listening to “laconic crackling voices” coming through the radio as the only human sound, bouncing back and forth against the peak of negative space, like the human form with its layers of noise stark against the silence of nature.  Intimately confrontational, Desolation Peak owes more to east African ritual chants than it does contemporary guitar modes.  Illuminated by the same electricity as A Handful Of Dust or Heather Leigh Murray and like Jandeks best work or Gates Metric it is a moment of humanity clawed back from an inhuman world by sheer indomitable outsider will.  Vocals multiply & fall back into themselves, guitars bloom like flowers of grit, spells are chanted, the guitar wielded like a weapon, worn like a medallion, until the whole record collapses on itself into a slab of groaning gleaming feedback.  Expertly harnessed by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab, MA.  Mastered by Mark Alan Miller. Cover Art by Helga Fassonaki.  Edition of 259 on 45rpm quality Czech vinyl." - Emerald Cocoon.

Artist: YEK KOO
Title: Love Song For the Dead C
Format: LP
Label: Emerald Cocoon
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Released to coincide with her installation at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles as the first part of her musical hagiographies series (more info on that project here) Love Song For The Dead C is a procession of drunkenly stumbling conceptual experiments. Between its humble paste-on sleeves swarms a double LPs worth of ideas crammed into a single LP, tumbling over each other in strange shapes. Bookended by two renditions of a Persian love song (one sung in Farsi, one in English) that trade in the same echoing confusion as her recent Alone Together 7", Love Song For The Dead C belongs to the tradition of the great outsider sides of the early 90s (Twin Infinitives, Market Square, Harsh 70s Reality) more than it does to anything of this desperately conformist epoch. Like those records it has a purity of form resulting from an individual working to tie the knots of the past into the shape of a personal present, outside of scene or market concerns. In Bye Bye Blackbird dissonant chiming slowly unfurls into a vast chasm of sound over a mesmeric nine minutes. A disorienting or disoriented guitar wafts through a wah-ed swirl of delay and distant Dead C samples in Rose The Provider. The Top Is The Bottom is a harrowing slow-motion crawl through alleys and sewers of room tone as captured by the tunnel-vision fidelity of the trademark Yek Koo dictaphone. This is living, breathing, human music � no ringtones, no product placement � just heart, tears and breath, easy and free. 
Edition of 288, with handmade bootleg style paste-on covers. Mastered by Sean McCann." - Emerald Cocoon.
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