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Artist: AQUARELLE
Title: Sung In Broken Symmetry
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Describing the music of Aquarelles Ryan Potts is a difficult task indeed. Its related to the hazy, heavily treated output of musicians such as Fennesz and Tim Hecker, but one would be remiss to locate it solely within the realm of electronic ambient or drone, as there are often strong organic, rhythmic and composerly elements to Potts work. In fact, the title of his last record, Slow Circles, might offer the best point of access into the Aquarelle aesthetic, in which compositional tropes such as cyclicality and accretion are woven together with surging, bright overtones, fragmented acoustic guitar melodies, and monumental distortion. Another point of distinction between Potts guitar-based compositions and that of the laptop-wielding contemporaries and forebears amongst whom one would be tempted to locate his sound is the fact that he largely eschews digital, in-the-box processing. A self proclaimed FX pedal fetishist, his compositions carry with them a boldness, depth and grit that is all but impossible to cultivate through DSP alone and aligns some elements of his sound with that of Scott Cortez/Lovesliescrushing and late-period Yellow Swans. Using a palette of electric and acoustic guitars, vintage and boutique effects pedals and various percussion sources, Potts crafts highly detailed, slowly evolving soundscapes which beg for repeat listens so that one might get inside their myriad layers. With Verticals opens the record, blooming suddenly into a startlingly propulsive edifice replete with crackling, distorted guitar sounds married to quasi-Reichian percussion. Later, Origin sizzles and hisses its way into a staggeringly detailed drone opus before opening up into a veritable vista of acoustic guitar, cymbal and cello histrionics. A cohesive and fully immersive collection, Sung in Broken Symmetry is an assured statement from a young musician who is equally comfortable navigating frailty and violence. Mastered by James Plotkin. Edition of 300." -Students of Decay.

Artist: BANNING, MARK
Title: Journey to the Light
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Recorded in Northern California in 1984 and released in a micro edition by the Creative Sound imprint in January of the following year, MARK BANNINGs Journey to the Light is a true lost gem of private issue New Age music, an impossible-to-find album that is more spoken about than heard and deserves to be recognized alongside established classics of the genre. Incorporating processed electric guitar, zither, voice and field recordings, it is unabashedly beautiful music-two side-long pieces that feel as though they may have always existed, hanging in the air like a morning fog over the Pacific. As archetypal to the genre as Bannings compositions might appear to be, Bannings music has a seriousness and intensity that was absent from much of the New Age scene as it existed in the early 80s. The albums first piece, "Everlasting Moments," charts a course between the weblike guitar cycles of Manuel Gottsching and the buoyant minimalism of Terry Riley. "A Sea of Glass" constructs itself similarly but navigates even calmer waters, providing a sensuous tapestry of ever-evolving guitar drones and radiant zither filigree. These heady, oddly prescient recordings were uncovered by New Age historian / figurehead DOUGLAS MCGOWAN (Yoga Records) and will appeal as much to fans of drone and ambient music as to those enamored with labyrinthine annals of American private press records, New Age as such, or with the recent renaissance of synthesizer-based experimental music. Remastered for presence and clarity by JAMES PLOTKIN, this special reissue is the definitive edition of Bannings transportive masterwork. Banning was recently featured on Light in the Attics genre-defining, critically lauded compilation I Am the Center." - Students of Decay.
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Artist: CABOLADIES
Title: Renewable Destination
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Recorded from 2009-2011, during which time Caboladies members Eric Lanham and Chris Bush relocated from Kentucky to Chicago, Renewable Destination constitutes the duos most refined and focused work to date. Both as a collaborative unit and under solo monikers Carl Calm and Flower Man, Lanham and Bush have produced a wealth of limited-run releases in recent years on labels such as Arbor, Dekorder, Digitalis, and their own Smooth Tapes imprint which document their uniquely fractured sonic sensibilities. Perhaps what amazes most about the pairs work is the sheer diversity of their palettes. At any given time, we get the sense that any sound is possible, as they construct intricately-designed edifices rife with microcosmic detail. It is this keen attention to the hyper-detailed that distinguishes Renewable Destination, and the oeuvres of Lanham and Bush as a whole, from their synth revivalist contemporaries.This is music that refuses to sit still, yet at the same proves remarkably coherent and, at times, strikingly beautiful. If pressed, one could perhaps locate the duos aesthetic somewhere between the sounds of Mouse on Mars and Microstoria and composers such as Francois Bayle and Bernard Parmegiani, but the soundworlds which Lanham and Bush inhabit are truly and uniquely their own. Edition of 300 LPs w/ digital download coupons." - Students of Decay
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Artist: COBB, ALEX
Title: Chantepleure
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"The trajectory of Alex Cobbs music over the course of the last decade could be viewed as a distillation of tone and atmosphere to arrive at Chantepleure, his most optimistic and sanguine musical statement to date. The album, however, was created at a time of heartache, isolation, and emotional upheaval and acts as a balm of tender tones where abstract guitar lines circle and suspend in a kind of refined elegance. Noise, once a hallmark of Cobbs music, has not been entirely removed, but manifests here in a different form. A delicate dissonance shades the edges of these four tracks, providing textural color and gorgeously offsetting the lush nature of the music. Even in short spans, this approach yields substantial results. At three and a half minutes, Disporting with a Shadow pulls back the curtain just enough to let flecks of natural guitar notes and traces of alluring melody seep into the mix. The album closes with the side-long Path of Appearance, a cathartic composition that is best described as a poem of overtones which, like the rest of the album, is sourced from electric guitar and minimal effects but feels more akin to the sun stretching to fill all corners of a darkened room. A testament to sonic refinement, a way of coping, an exciting step forward for an established artist -- the minimalist Chantepleure is all of these things." - Students of Decay.

Artist: COBB, ALEX
Title: Passage to Morning
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"The first full-length Alex Cobb has released since Taiga Remains well-received Wax Canopy (Digitalis, 2009). Sonically however, the two records could not be more dissimilar, with Passage to Morning recalling more the meditative guitar minimalism of Ribbons of Dust, his prior release for the Root Strata label. Here, glacially moving, eternally receding drones sourced from strings, tape loops and analog synthesizer are the order of the day, expertly arranged into succinct and imminently listenable compositions. Comparisons made of Cobbs previous recordings to Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemanns work as Mirror prove particularly apt here, as Passage to Morning trades in the same sort of devotional, faraway sound design for which the pair have been justly praised. The Immediate Past opens the record, with billowing, lulling tones hanging thick in the air like a struck bell frozen in time. Later, Bewildered By Its Blue juxtaposes deep, brooding low-end tones with crackling tape noise and truly hypnotic cycles of analog synthesizer. That this is Cobbs first full-length under his own name is no coincidence, as here he offers us his most intimate recordings to date." - Students of Decay.

Artist: DAVACHI, SARAH
Title: All My Circles Run
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"All My Circles Run is the third full-length release by Montreal-based electro-acoustic composer Sarah Davachi and her second outing for Students of Decay. In a move which may surprise followers of her previous output, the five compositions on this record eschew synthesizer entirely, each focusing on a different instrument, including strings, voice, organ and piano. What remains consistent, however, is her striking attention to detail and a commitment to tonal possibilities that characterize all of her work. The sinewy For Strings opens the album, with keening overtones stretching out in all directions to form a massive, slow-moving, radiant sound. For Voice charts an even more celestial course, as wordless vocals ebb and flow to awe-inspiring effect. The stunning, melancholic For Piano closes the record and is a high watermark in Davachis oeuvre, with plaintive piano figures nestled atop a shimmering string drone to create a rich, reverent atmosphere. All My Circles Run is a step forward from an exciting artist whose compositional and aesthetic tendencies steer her steadfastly toward both the subjunctive and the sublime." - Students of Decay.
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Artist: DAVIS, JOHN
Title: Ask the Dust
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Hailing from Northern California, JOHN DAVIS is a sound artist, composer and filmmaker who has released music on labels such as Root Strata and Digitalis. With Ask the Dust, he offers up a moving suite of compositions employing a plethora of instrumentation: guitar, piano, tape loops, Max / MSP, field recordings and the newest addition to his arsenal, a complex assortment of Blacet synthesizer modules. Davis uses the synth not as the crux of his recordings but as a tool among many in his kit, weaving oscillations and mangled or rhythmic tones through pastoral webs of processed guitar and field recordings. To this end, the richness of his palette cannot be denied, nor can his prowess as a masterful arranger of abstract sound.  Opener "Superpartner" is a jittery array of pure sound that refuses to sit still, developing slowly and accruing detail and a sparring partner in the form of delicately treated acoustic guitar. Perhaps the records defining movement, "Synecdoche," begins with a contemplative, almost romantic piano arrangement, sparse and beautiful-a moving miniature abruptly broken apart and replaced by a bed of layered sine waves and guitar haze that somehow matches the radiance of what preceded it. Striking in its attention to detail and compositional deftness, Ask the Dust is Daviss most refined set of recordings to date, a deep album that rewards focused and repeated listening." -Students of Decay.

Artist: EN
Title: Already Gone
Format: CD
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"Already Gone is the second full length album from West Coast dream-drone unit En, the duo of Maxwell August Croy and James Devane, following their well-received debut album The Absent Coast (released in 2010 on Root Strata, which Croy runs alongside Jefre Cantu-Ledesma). For their sophomore release, the pair has opened up their tonal palette considerably. While the comparisons that critics made of their first album to the work of Tim Hecker and Stars of the Lid still hold true, Already Gone finds Croy and Devane mining even richer sonic climes. Here, the duo pull back the curtain on some of their source material, a move that allows the diversity of their instrumentation to resonate. On The Sea Saw Swell, Croys acoustic koto pings across the stereo spectrum as a looping guitar figure from Devane evaporates from the haze of a beautiful, slowly shifting drone. The side-long closer Elysia is likely the duos defining recording to date, an epic slow-burner that reaches heights both angelic and cacophonous. Ultimately, it is the harmonious marriage of the organic and the obscured that recurs throughout the album that proves its defining trait, and it is precisely what makes En stand out in the ever-growing field of contemporary drone/ambient music." -Students Of Decay.

Artist: EN
Title: Already Gone
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Already Gone is the second full length album from West Coast dream-drone unit En, the duo of Maxwell August Croy and James Devane, following their well-received debut album The Absent Coast (released in 2010 on Root Strata, which Croy runs alongside Jefre Cantu-Ledesma). For their sophomore release, the pair has opened up their tonal palette considerably. While the comparisons that critics made of their first album to the work of Tim Hecker and Stars of the Lid still hold true, Already Gone finds Croy and Devane mining even richer sonic climes. Here, the duo pull back the curtain on some of their source material, a move that allows the diversity of their instrumentation to resonate. On The Sea Saw Swell, Croys acoustic koto pings across the stereo spectrum as a looping guitar figure from Devane evaporates from the haze of a beautiful, slowly shifting drone. The side-long closer Elysia is likely the duos defining recording to date, an epic slow-burner that reaches heights both angelic and cacophonous. Ultimately, it is the harmonious marriage of the organic and the obscured that recurs throughout the album that proves its defining trait, and it is precisely what makes En stand out in the ever-growing field of contemporary drone/ambient music. With download code." -Students Of Decay.

Artist: EN
Title: City of Brides
Format: Double LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"City of Brides is the third full-length album by En, the Bay Area-based duo of multi-instrumentalists Maxwell August Croy and James Devane. It was recorded over the last few years in a variety of contexts and follows upon 2012s well-received Already Gone, further developing the diverse palette of that record. Across four sides, the pair presents exotic, transportive and richly detailed pieces that toe the line between ecstatic, long-form ambience and elegant, structured electronic composition. As always, Croys koto is a focal point, its distinctive tone ringing out amidst the hazy guitar, vocal and synthesis environments that surround it. The material ranges from moody to celestial, from cool to white hot. Pieces such as Blonde Is Back and Mendocino Nature Rave merge sizzling modular synth lacework with plaintive, familiar drone clouds to rapturous ends, while the two-part Songs for Diminished Lovemaking sequence charts a more minimal and nostalgic course. Students of Decay is pleased to present Ens most realized and defining statement to date, a welcome addition to the ever-expanding and fertile topography of American West Coast drone music." - Students of Decay.

Artist: GOMBERG, BILLY
Title: Slight At That Contact
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Billy Gombergs past work has released by labels such as and/OAR, Digitalis and Sunshine Ltd. In addition to his solo output, he operates in a variety of collaborative settings (including Fraufraulein, a duo with fellow label alum Anne Guthrie) and, over the course of the last five years, has carved out a niche for himself at the crossroads of electro-acoustic improvisation, ambient, and minimalist music. The beguiling Slight At That Contact brings to mind both the bucolic electronica of Microstoria and the expansive arrangements of Mirages-era Tim Hecker. Medial opens the record with a sea of vaporous, blooming tones set against an array of delicately percussive clicks and cuts. Acute further develops this, conjuring the cinematic atmosphere of a train station in a ruined, futuristic metropolis. Over the course of eight understated but nuanced compositions, Gomberg cultivates an intoxicating aural topography, a deep, expressive collection that offers considerable rewards to the attentive listener." - Students of Decay.

Artist: GUTHRIE, ANNE
Title: Codiaeum Variegatum
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Based in Brooklyn, ANNE GUTHRIE is a professional acoustician, composer and sound artist whose work combines a highly technical knowledge of natural reverb, field recording and extended microphone techniques with live and processed instrumentation, including French horn, violoncello and contrabass. Her music explores the play of dichotomies: cacophony / beauty, accidental / intentional, unhinged / refined, traditional / outsider. Codiaeum Variegatum is Guthries debut full-length proper, following out-of-print short-run releases on labels such as Engraved Glass and Copy For Your Records, as well as the recently released and critically lauded Sinter, a collaboration with Richard Kamerman issued by Erstwhile Records sub-label ErstAEU. The albums six compositions showcase Guthries acumen as a composer of rich and diverse sonic phenomena. From the keeling strings which open "Branching Low and Spreading," she guides the listener through dense yet highly structured thickets of sound, juxtaposing astute room / field recordings with classical instrumentation, both dry and processed. On "Unlike More Slender and Graceful," filtered French horn plumes are wed to cavernous, watery field recordings to forge beautiful yet bleak vistas, motifs to be revisited in a more hopeful light later on. Recommended for fans of Graham Lambkin, Vanessa Rossetto, Luc Ferrari." - Students of Decay.

Artist: SECRET PYRAMID
Title: Movements of Night
Format: LP
Label: Students of Decay
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"SECRET PYRAMID is the solo project of Vancouver-based musician AMIR ABBEY, whose previous output includes The Silent March cassette (to be reissued on vinyl by Students of Decay in early 2014). Movements of Night finds Abbey further develop and refine the haunting, faraway sound-world that earned the aforementioned release well-due praise. "A Descent" opens the record; its title aptly portends the tracks dirge-like drones and throbbing cycles of low-end. Throughout Movements of Night, Abbey deftly navigates the properties of sleep and unconsciousness, charting a course that is equal parts harrowing and funereal, tranquil and sublime. Juxtaposing the everyday with the obscured, the half-there melodies and arcs of hazy guitar histrionics of "Closer" dissolve into "To Forget," a track that posits a more familiar, tangible atmosphere in which radiant drones are tethered to a driving bassline, recalling perhaps a lost 70s Popol Vuh Herzog soundtrack. "Escape" closes the album on a nostalgic note, akin to the feeling of waking from a wondrous dream which one knows one cannot revisit. With Movements of Night, Abbey casts his net into the abyss of the unconscious and returns with a potent paean to the dreamworld. For fans of Sunn O))), Popol Vuh, Stars of the Lid." -Students of Decay.

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