We’ve got a selection of our items from the INFRACTION label on sale this week, with the low prices being good though April 4th or while supplies last.
Drape – Let There Water Air –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
“Spencer Williams and Ryan Gracey’s 2nd full length LP as Drape on Infraction. Analog orchestras and guitar
notes that expand for minutes on end. The first two tracks on Let There Water Air are awash in a guitar and
cello haze, rising up on ‘new mountains’ like the morning sun cresting over the horizon. When it gets quiet,
as in with the opening of ‘Interiors’, it is a stark-like Cage piano piece with the sounds of the piano
repair shop these tracks were recorded in captured like bits of dust. The buzzing of a not too faraway
guitar still makes it’s presence known, but it is the slooow melody of textural piano that is the centerpiece
here. Where Drape in the past has blended noise AND ambience, here the noise is weighted, perforated and the
light is allowed to filter through.
All filters aside, Let There Water Air is Drape shining brightly. Balance and restraint – the soft noise of
guitar, the melodic anchor of carefully chosen piano notes, the occasional metallic reverb and hum, even a
cacophonous (relatively) piano hammering (courtesy of Doug McDiarmid of Why?), and the entwining of guitar strings with cello strings. ” –infractionrecords.com
Zimiamvian Night – Zimiamvian Night 3 (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
“The recording was dead. A lifeless piece of audio ‘lost’ (filed) on a dusty hard drive and purposely dropped under a nameless ‘untitled’ folder. The men and women of the Zimiamvian Night collective were content to move on, record more pieces, capture other lights, and bathe in distant ambiences far, far away.
The Wolf (indeed his real name) caught word of this abandoned audio and offered to inject some life, and perhaps revive what was left behind. After careful listening, tape splicing (uploading) and painstaking attention to the neverending, everlasting drone notes, blowing wind and dappled environmental samples – a new recording emerged and is now presented here. Alive and well.
Zimiamvian Night 3 is the collection over 2 discs of the before, after and in-between. It is meant to document this transition and serves as a reference point to the story that spans years, the accidental audio diary passively collected on tape and the mysterious end result.” –infractionrecords.com
Keith Barry – The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish/Turn Right a Thousand Feet from Here (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
“Keith Berry’s The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish is one of those albums whose inner life and fertility is compelling evidence that Drone is not only alive, but with designs on immortality. The artful construction and architecture of this post-minimal space drone suite shows how spare means can be harnessed to rich ends, making it one of the most engrossing records of the year – whether 2011 or 2005.
Stoughton mini-lp gatefold CD sleeve, cardstock inner sleeve envelopes. Design by Timothy O’Donnell.” –infractionrecords.co
Tetsu Inoue – World Receiver –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
“This is such a classic that to review it now, 11 years on, seems completely unnecessary. Not widely acclaimed on its initial release in 1996, and unfortunately out of print for quite some time, Infraction is thankfully bringing this back to market. World Receiver ranks very near the top of best ambient albums lists, up with Eno’s On Land, KLF’s Chill Out, and Global Communication’s 76:14.
Inoue was ahead of his time with this record, incorporating field recordings seamlessly with his own analog synthesizers. Field recordings had been used for years by the time this came out, to be sure. The perfect nature of how the music plays off the recordings and the reverse on this record still possesses the capacity to amaze. The location recordings are never too location-specific, sounding like they could be anywhere on the globe. Which they might very well be, as Inoue travelled Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, Germany, and the United States, gathering his sounds. Point being that the integration sounds so completely organic, composed around each other, on a level unparalleled upon initial release.
World Receiver deserves the accolades heaped upon it since 1996. There weren’t many ambient releases that sounded like it at the time, and 10 years on, there still aren’t that many. Even Inoue himself has moved on from this sound. There is nothing like this being released today. If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for?” –igloomag,com
Offthesky & Pleq – A Thousand Fields –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition.
“Seven uneasy pieces. The duo draw the drapes of an abandoned stage set. A head(y) cinema—a space waiting for timbres to exhale; a rumble, an ominous string swell, dissonant synth shivers. Suspense—uneasy, queasy, eerie. Tension without resolution, sometimes broken—a single piano string or foot shuffle (“Ashes of America”), sometimes paused for thoughtful resonance—a violin saw (“Delicate Exit”), a distant harp (Witch Season”), a drowning string section (“Simulacromancer”). Sudden variations in volume, minimal movements in apparent stillness, define the dynamic, requiring adjustment to default distracted listening mode. A strategic deployment of silence, or rather a still resonant air left by the decay of a musical gesture, is part of this album’s unusual presence, at once delicate and weighty—part artful arrangement, part production prowess.
A Thousand Fields is a genuinely exploratory work, an ambient less ordinary, a classical more post-, a drone less prone to be blown off course, while taking you down some paths less trodden.” –igloomag.com
Beautumn – Northing –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
“This is a beautiful yet serious record. It is ambience, but not ‘simply’ ambient. These are cinematic tracks begging for a narrative, often invoking the skeletons of stories with sounds of footsteps, rain, winds, waves, fire and animal life (birds?) alongside metals and the odd machine. The sound is almost always a bit grand and roomy, as if reverbing off of the sky and thickly layered with varied-pitch tones and drones which often become so much a part of the soundscape that they become the foundation of its lushness, sometimes building tension, sometimes delivering an other-worldy, floating quality. As I listen to some of these tracks, I am reminded of times in my childhood during weather warnings when I stared at a dark sky, both menacing and terribly compelling, watching it roil too close to the ground where I stood.” –infractionrecords.com
Parks – Hidden –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
“Sentimentally elegant in all the right places, without being paradoxically obtrusive and harsh. Soft and gentle, without sagging into iconclastic reverie. Neat.” — Mick Buckingham (Muttley SV)
Aloof Proof – Piano Text –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
“There is no ambient record greater than Aloof Proof’s Piano Text. I’m not the type of person given to grand, insupportable claims; this is simply a statement of fact. The album has equals, but no betters, and it is a tragedy that so few listeners have had the chance to hear this album in its entirety, let alone own a copy for themselves. It is the kind of album that becomes essential after just the first listen.
Since it was quietly released in 1994—a time, remember, dominated by the ambient-techno boom of such artists as the Orb and Future Sound of London—it has achieved a kind of cult status among fans of the genre. This is largely due to the edited versions of the album’s two tracks that appeared on Asphodel’s sprawling drone compilations, opening the world of Aloof Proof to thousands of eager listeners in the mid-nineties.
The overall sound of ‘The Ghost Ship’ and ‘The Last Leaf’ is simple to describe—the tones of a piano are stretched to the horizon line; long, lingering sounds, the fluttering threads of them in the wind, drifting like subtle perfumes, a dream language culled from a very familiar instrument. In its way, it is also a kind of Mandelbrot image—the briefest segments of the tracks can be listened to (like Eno’s Neroli or Thursday Afternoon) to get an accurate idea of the whole. However, the magic of Piano Text is that, when taken as a duo of suites, the larger forms of the piece are revealed to be a classical composition of the utmost drama, suspense, nuance. It is, indeed, the music of the inexplicable dreamworlds we all travel to during sleep.
This is an album that must be listened to—no words can adequately describe how spellbinding the music is, how staggeringly elegant and tantalizing the world created within becomes with the simple touch of the ‘play’ button.” – Brian Bieniowski (Asphalt Eden)
Beautumn – Bordeaux –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99
“Bordeaux is a silent missive for the people seeing beauty in decay and contentment in isolation.
Nine minimalist compositions emulating the peculiar colors of the near-winter, picturing suspended landscapes on the string of time.”–firstname.lastname@example.org
Capricornus – Halation –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99
“Two deep and hypnotic longform drone pieces by Halation, the working name of Hiroshi.He is influenced by Andrew Chalk, Taiga Remains and David Tagg and this is his first release.”Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the freefloating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect – transient morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred.” –databloem.com
Monos – Age and Transformation / Aged and Transformed (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
In a Stoughton gatefold mini-lp sleeve with matte finish inner sleeves for each disc. 2nd disc contains 40 minute track titled ‘transformed’ that is ONLY available on the CD. Edition of 800.
Nearly two hours of musical constructions spread across two discs and they are pieces that demand your attention. Intricate patterns are concocted through wrecked strings and the sounds of empty space. It’s like touring the architectural graveyards of the industrial world. Creaking and crawling through time, finding the longest, most difficult paths to explore the past, Monos (aka Darren Tate) aural landscape is a deep and detailed place. Strings feel like they could shatter at any moment. Field recordings are layered and brought to life, unveiling a living, breathing cityscape that exudes a kind of organic urbanism. It all feels so simple yet momentous and beautiful. Wistful chords flow from a Rhodes piano (or maybe it’s an organ… or maybe it doesn’t really matter), dripping with nostalgic daydreams of life before the fall. “Age & Transformation” is a grand treatise on all things elemental and industrial and the inherent symmetry between the two.” -Brad Rose, Experimedia