I do apologize for the cross-posting as I just sent this to the ambient mailing
list. I know there are quite a few that used to receive that list and now probably just
Spring is coming after a lengthy, precipitous winter here in Ohio,
and with that a few new releases set to come out on Infraction
on April 12th.
Both are reissues. Not intentionally set up this way, it was just how it all came
JEREMY BIBLE & JASON HENRY - Vryashn LP + d/l code (INFX 049 LP)
First up is a vinyl-only release of a fantastic underwater dark ambient piano piece
by a local duo of musicians - Jeremy Bible (he of Experimedia) and Jason Henry. Entitled
'Vryashn', this recording was initially out on Gears of Sand on a CDR in an edition
of 100 copies. This vinyl revisitation is limited to 500 copies. We're doing a bit of
a color mixup with it, releasing 100 on baby blue (and exclusive to Infraction and Experimedia
mail-orders) and 400 copies in white.
"Two lengthy, sonorous tracks with looming, viscous currents offset by a seductive parade of pattering detail. Fluttering piano notes pierce
shifting planes of texture, catspaws of white noise skip across the swell, and Echoplexed flurries float, like distant birdsong, back
and forth across the threshold of audibility. Vryashn reveals a perfect balance between fluidity and architecture before disappearing
into a haze of chiming bells." - The Wire
"Here be the sad sounds of drowning. This Ohio-based pair has quietly amassed an intriguing catalogue of digitally treated dronemusic
and manipulated field recordings, with Vryashn being maybe the best so far, oozing with a gorgeous subaquatic melancholia.
Aside from all of their sound design tricks, the piano is the central instrument on Vryashn with its notes stretched and elongated
into sinewy tones. When wrapped into the slow-motion whirlpool of oceanic reverb and and cyclical drone construction, the brooding
notes of the piano sound as if they are the last notes being played by some madman trapped on the ship slowly sinking into the
depths of the Black Sea. Tactile bits of organic scrapes and cracklings sweep across the stereo field and dissolve into the ever
deeper and blacker void of the waters below. Like Gavin Bryars' similar opus on oceanic collapse, The Sinking Of The Titanic, there
is a sublime beauty to these sinking sounds. Recommended, for sure!" - aquariusrecords.org
"Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry harness an array of electro-acoustics in forging Vryashn, a work of great depth and subtle eloquence.
JB&JH propose a theme of the sensation of a dream within a dream; of being surrounded by snow, becoming numb and falling asleep
only to awake in the rain in another dream and location. Various phases of such an experience are depicted, from elated to
disorientated. Various sound sources – piano, water line pipes, wine glasses, rain on a window, and a garage lamp – articulate
Vryashn's variations; a two-part immersion zone of fragmentation and re-moulding that shuns the delicacy of a Budd bath for
riskier reefs towards Andrew Liles' The Dying Submariner and Aloof Proof's Piano Text. JB&JH curate a descent into a drowned world
of wrecked and wracked elegiacs, attended by envelopes of trills pushed into spills, redrawn revenants distended in a quest for new
euphony. The duo's design is to pique to poke in textural caverns and inlets of accidental harmonics. They achieve this, "
Vrashyn I" exemplifying the warmth and spacious movements of their reverberant Satie dissolution – a fine exhibit of well-treated
piano." - alan lockett for furthernoise.org
As with prior Infraction vinyls, it will be on 180g vinyl, printed on a reverse board gatefold sleeve and will
feature an OBI. It will also come with a download code featuring an expanded version mastered by Taylor Deupree.
KEITH BERRY - The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish / Turn Right A Thousand Feet From Here 2xCD (INFX 046)
The other release is from Keith Berry. One of the best and most intriguing ambient recordings of the last decade,
"The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish". It has garnered nothing but the highest praise since the release on
Crouton (RIP) in 2005 in
a tiny edition of 300 (in a kraft box w/ scented/dyed leaves no less).
The praise for this album upon its release in 2005 *may* do it some justice :
"Of all the artists I've learned of in the past year, few – or perhaps none – have intrigued me more than Keith
Berry. Berry's music is most notable for its textural fullness; Berry's music is very generous – the sounds are
exquisitely chosen and placed, there are more of them than there initially seem to be, and although he uses repeating
gestures, he doesn't usually base his music around them." - Dusted Magazine
"In case such a declaration matters in the grand scheme of things, The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish is my Record of
The Year for 2005. it's the seductively restrained compositions for quiet flickerings, muffled rumbles, and
whispered reverberations that truly captured my imagination." - Aquarius Records (Jim Haynes)
"...the nine spacious, deceptively simple and hauntingly beautiful soundscapes that make up The Ear That Was
Sold To A Fish, title courtesy of the Sufi poet Hafiz. It's Berry's most accomplished work to date." - The Wire
Infraction is now reissuing a remastered version of 'The Ear...' along with a
previously unreleased full-length, 'Turn Right a Thousand Feet From Here' as a 2xCD set (not to be confused with a
prev. issued recording 'turn left a thousand feet from here' on Twenty Hertz as a bonus CDR). Each disc will be
packaged in a matte envelope and then housed in a Stoughton Printing mini-lp gatefold cardboard sleeve.
Audio samples on the site here : www.infractionrecords.com/audio.html
Ordering, pricing : www.infractionrecords.com/shop.html