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Infraction thread
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:13:10 PM »
Thought that the Low Point label thread was a great idea...I'll use this as a bit of
an announcement/update platform for Infraction related news here.

We've had a sale running on three catalog titles for $6/each postpaid in the U.S. & Canada ($9 each overseas postpaid)

ELUDER - The Most Beautiful Blue CD (INFX 033)
CRAIG BETHELL - A Day Full of You, A Night Tired of Me CD (INFX 026)
BEAUTUMN - Northing CD (INFX 020)

The sale ends on these at the end of this week in our shop : infractionrecords.com/shop

Arbitrary picks for sale items.  The Beautumn has been probably our best seller to date.  His 'white
coffee' disc sold out fairly quickly after release, so we doubled up on 'Northing'.  Planning his next
release now, entitled 'Bordeaux'.  Will be an LP & CD release.

Craig's disc featured music entirely made by Mark Van Hoen.  Definitely the most 'pop' thing we've
released to date, and probably the last 'pop' issue we do. 

Eluder...can't recommend this one enough.  We did a run of 500 and have about 40 left.  His next
disc is in the works right now as well.  Planning a CD issue...working title is 'through the horizon'.

Thanks,

Jason
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Concert Silence - 9.22.07 CD/2xLP, Rain Furniture CD out now
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2010, 08:17:35 AM »

CONCERT SILENCE is a side project of Matthew Cooper (Eluvium) and Charles Buckingham.  They just finished
a U.S. tour - Eluvium as the main act and Buckingham opening solo for a handful of dates. 

We've been working on the releases by Concert Silence for the past 6 months.  A full-length CD/2xLP entitled
'9.22.07' as well as an ep of exclusive material, 'Rain Furniture' as a CD/12".  Both of the vinyls feature
etchings.  '9.22.07' is a heavy Stoughton tip-on gatefold w/ printed inner sleeves.  'Rain Furniture' is a heavy
stock single sleeve.  All the vinyl is 180g.  Both feature OBI strips.
Very happy to be just about finished with this project. 

Everything is in stock and pre-orders are shipping now, except for the 'rain furniture' 12"s which will be here
at the end of the month.

normanrecords.com named '9.22.07' as their album of the week in early May :
"The first time I heard this it took me on a total journey and it blew my head off. I couldn't believe how good it was!

The album starts with some haunting Harold Budd-esque piano with some micro-electronics hanging around in the background. Then comes a super intense track with loads of amazingly moving strings coupled with some weird distorted off kilter, off the cuff beat which builds and builds until the electronics take over and it goes well mental.... so not what you'd expect but the strings permeate and keep you grounded throughout. The whole album is full of amazing surprises and some astonishing bits of music. The mix of electronics and classical goodness is pitched perfectly. There's an EP of goodness on the way by these guys and I can't wait to hear that.

I've been fortunate enough to have scored a copy of this a couple of months ago so the whole thing has really settled with me. I can totally see this appearing on folks end of year lists. A groundbreaking and breathtaking album and one I can't recommend enough!"

The vinyl is available from us right now, Norman, Forced Exposure, Experimedia, Aquarius will have theirs in another couple of weeks.
www.infractionrecords.com/shop.html

In addition, I'm putting our first vinyl release by Drafted by Minotaurs on sale for a few weeks for $12 + shipping.  Alan Lockett spoke
thusly : "It takes on atavistic echoes redolent of some distant Miles Davis or Jon Hassell blowback, as if viewing In a Silent Way through a post-Kosmische kaleidoscope, or channeled through Eno/Budd cathedrals to meet today's psych-drone and ambient trajectories."

Pick up both vinyls, and I'll ship U.S. orders for free and take $10 off shipping for international orders.  Just mention 'hypnos forum' with your order.

Many thanks,

Jason
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Infraction thread - new releases by CELER 2CD, CAPRICORNUS
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2010, 12:21:23 PM »
Two new releases up for pre-order on our shop page : www.infractionrecords.com/shop.html

Both are set for release towards the end of October.


CELER - Salvaged Violets 2xCD (Infraction) U.S. $14.00 [INFX 050]
"In February of 2008, Dani and I recorded, mixed, and completed the music for 'Salvaged Violets'. The words came as the subject line of a short poem, sent to me over email, included with an unrelated question. During these weekdays, our working schedules were almost the opposite, but we spoke over email constantly. Until recently, I did not notice how similar this was to our beginnings, sending letters as we were on different sides of the country. With no conceptual idea in mind, and since we were apart for so much time during the weekdays, we decided to begin 'Salvaged Violets', and see what came of it. Every night when I returned home, before sleeping, I would spend time working on the music that Dani had worked on through the afternoon, and had left on the desk. Every afternoon, she would find a different version to work on that I had left, and this continued for some time. When together, we would sip our tea, laugh at silly jokes, cook, watch television, and so on. There was no need for longing while we were together. There was always laughing, pots and pans clanging, or a muttering television. In forming 'Salvaged Violets', we did not mix it in a particular arranged order. It was mixed simply by the order it was first played, compiling many miniature sections rolled into one. In this case, they were rolled into two. Nothing was discarded, nothing was rearranged. As the sound changed over time, the original form did not. When it was finally complete, we listened together, for the first time. I remember how familiar it seemed, yet I also felt that so much of it was unknown, and undefined. More than a year later, in September of 2009, I revisited the recordings for the first time since 2008. At this time, it was being mastered by our good friend Corey Fuller, so I was still listening to the original. Riding my bike through the endless suburban subdivisions, through the busy downtown streets, I listened repeatedly, for days, over and over. Something was familiar, but so much I was unable to recall, and yet I was able to relate. I returned home, put my bike against the door, and took my headphones off. There, in the still silence, I think I understood finally what it was about." Will Thomas Long, December 2009

998 copies. Stoughton mini-lp gatefold CD sleeve. 12 art prints and photographs by Peter Lograsso. Mastered by Corey Fuller. Release date October 26th, 2010.



CAPRICORNUS - Halation CD (Infraction) U.S. $10.00 [INFX 045]
Pre-orders now being solicited for the Capricornus - Halation CD. Catalog : INFX 045
Release date is October 19th, 2010. Pre-order copies will ship mid-September.

Pre-order special of $10 post-paid U.S. & Canada (overseas $13).

http://www.infractionrecords.com/audio.html   LISTEN, Listen, listen...

Features artwork by Alan McClelland using a stock Infraction layout.
Halation is the working name of Hiroshi Tanaka. This is his first release in any format.
Influences from Andrew Chalk, Taiga Remains and David Tagg.

CD will be issued in a 4 panel digipak, limited to 500 copies.

"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." - Alan Lockett for Furthernoise.org

Up next...

Zimiamvian Night - Zimiamvian Night 3 CD (INFX 054)
Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry - Vryashn LP (INFX 049 LP)
Keith Berry - The Ear Was Sold to A Fish / Turn Right a Thousand Feet from Here 2xCD (INFX 046)

Thank you.

Jason
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New Infraction :: Keith Berry 2xCD & Jeremy Bible/Jason Henry LTD LP
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011, 02:39:04 PM »
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
do forums...

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
together serendipitously.

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

Thank you,

Jason
infractionrecords.com

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Re: Infraction thread
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011, 04:17:18 PM »
Those descriptions of Vryashn are very interesting. I must say I love the cover photo as well. I'm a sucker for photos of desolate buildings and landscapes.