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Artist: DRUNK ELK
Title: Drunk Elk
Format: LP
Label: House Rules
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"In 2007, the Australian trio Drunk Elk recorded a singular self-titled cassette for Sean Baileys Inverted Crux label. Despite limited release, the album circulated through the freakier channels of the international underground via bootlegs, private downloads, and whispered praise. While Drunk Elk has since spawned a string of equally powerful releases, this first album remains exceptional. It is a snapshot of the band in embryo, exuding the kind of vulnerability only achieved when nobody else is listening. Drunk Elk was recorded in Battery Point, a coastal suburb of Hobart, Tasmania, where deep harbors and heavy skies set the appropriate backdrop for the bands peculiar strain of moody, romantic repetition. With keyboard, bass, and singer Dave Elks devotional verse as the only instrumentation, the songs are by nature skeletal, but they somehow ooze a luminous melancholy. Sam Acres wrings delicate melodies from the cheapest keyboard presets. Simon Krauss bass lilts in and out of time with a blunt, buzzing tone. Dave Elks sings with an exalted pathos. Drunk Elk is elegant even in their clumsiness. They hit all the wrong notes at the right moments. Homespun shambles are rendered with strange finesse and a dark, poetic extravagance. When Dave sings Play that strange tune again / That off-key melody, I believe he is singing as his listener––confounded by the musics strangeness, but captivated by its curious charms." - House Rules (Sub-label of Goaty Tapes).

Artist: GOLDEN TEACHER
Title: G.D.D.B.
Format: LP
Label: House Rules
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Golden Teacher was born in early 2012, when members Ollie, Laurie, Rich, Sam, Cassie, and Charlie gathered at Glasgows legendary Green Door Studios and packed seven cassettes with raw, rhythmic improvisations. These instrumental sessions, dubbed Green Door Disco Band(or G.D.D.B.), were a covert prologue to the bands infectious and hallucinatory dance music. Originally issued via cassette on Golden Teachers own Akashic Records, this vinyl edition compiles G.D.D.B.s most commanding moments for an explosive re-introduction to the bands emergent boogie. Golden Teachers method was simple: Pack the studio with instruments, position a tape recorder on the floor, and rip. Whenever the vibe was right someone would hit record. The members swapped instruments at random, mutating across primal electro-disco and swirling, psychedelic house. Jerry-rigged rhythms breach the delectable fry of tape hiss. Melodies dissolve into throbbing ambience as percussion lurches in and out of focus. The band achieves a contagious blend of hazy atmospherics and crystalline frequencies that suffuses each groove with club-level delirium. G.D.D.B. captures Golden Teachers kinetic genesis, transposing the dynamics of their freest and most elastic live performances onto plastic. As an exclusive bonus, the album is offered with or without a companion cassette, compiled by the band from two live performances on February 2nd, 2013. Side A is Golden Teacher in classic dance floor motion; Side B documents a baffling reinterpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven via abstract electronics. House Rules is the vinyl label run by Goaty Tapes." - House Rules.

Artist: RUSSIAN TSARLAG
Title: Gel Stations Past
Format: LP
Label: House Rules
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Gel Stations Past brings together tracks from three shadowy self-released cassettes by Russian Tsarlag: Decrepit Gas Station, Living in the Past, and Dipped in Gel. Dubbed in minimal quantities and cloistered for private worship, much of Russian Tsarlags recent output remains hard to find. Each of these albums dispersed instantly among friends and fanatics and receded into legend. This record consolidates the great pieces of crooner dejection that typify Tsarlags recent music. These are his saddest and slowest-burning songs, drawn in dour guitar, sweeping keyboard, and sedated vocals that teeter well below mid-tempo. Many share a somber two-chord schema that slips in perfect doses of dissonance and distortion. The results are at once refined and totally ragged, seductive, woozy, and smeared in Tsarlags shapely four-track atmospherics." - House Rules (Sub-label of Goaty Tapes).

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