Spectrum Spools 2014 campaign seems to be gaining steam with another announcement. This time by Prostitutes.
"Petit Cochon" is the third LP and debut album for Spectrum Spools by James Donadio under his Prostitutes guise. From "Psychedelic Black", the self-released debut LP limited to only 100 to the esteemed "Crushed Interior" on Digitalis, it’s safe to say Donadio has crafted a style unmatched in the climate of contemporary electronic music. The top shelf E.P.’s on Mira and Diagonal were a small glimpse into all that has led up to the new full-length, which we are proud to unveil.
"Petit Cochon" is a total burner, no exceptions. From the opening cryptic threat of "Powerful Magnets" into the serrated pummeling of "The Bluffer’s Corporation", it becomes clear very quickly that no punches will be pulled and that "Petit Cochon" is a heavy affair. Donadios signature sample manipulation in tandem with live electronics and particular mixing processes hit new highs with the manic clatter of "Suck Out the Reason", which shifts and shuffles between huge snare drums and whispers from the void. "Stains Left Unnamed", like it’s title suggests, is a grim and filthy ordeal with head-spinning delay ringing alongside jagged and fractured rhythm. This album has cuts for the club heads and for those locked away from the rest of the world, and as a whole serves as the perfect and logical next full length in the Prostitutes cannon. "
“The last time Fennesz released an album on Austrian label Mego it was 2001 and the name of that release was ‘Endless Summer’. Now, in 2014 Editions Mego is extremely proud to release the conceptual follow up that landmark of abstract pop. Bécs (pronounced ‘baeetch’) is Hungarian for Vienna and is the first full length Fennesz solo release since 2008’s ‘Black Sea’.
Eschewing the more drone orientated works of ‘Black Sea’, ‘Bécs’ returns to the more florid pop mechanisms as deployed on Endless Summer. ‘Static Kings’ features the extra leverage of Werner Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayer who deploy a range of atmospheric abstract effects to shape a bewitching sound world. The 10 minute centrepiece ‘Liminality’ (featuring Tony Buck on drums) is classic Fennesz: epic, evocative, beautiful, impossible. ‘Pallas Athene’ creates a sanctuary of hovering beauty which leads into the title track. Emotional and assured, the track ‘Bécs’ is an astonishing contribution to contemporary pop. ‘Sav’ co-written by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) inhabits a less structural terrain as one enters a forest of small sounds and oblique atmospheres, where the closing ‘Paroles’, a gentle melody unravels amongst swirls of electronics and fried disruption. Bécs is not just an album or a series of songs, it’s a world to inhabit, a landscape ripe with sounds, songs and that esteemed Fennesz signature.”
Long awaited Spectrum Spools debut of Brett Naucke, Seed.
Written & recorded using ritual variations of of a singular patch for Modular Synthesiser in Chicago, IL & field recordings made in Miami, FL November 2012-July 2013.
Mastered at D+M, Berlin by CGB, January 2014.
Artwork by Nina Hartmann Layout by Brett Naucke
If previous releases for Nihilist, Arbor and his own Catholic Tapes established Chicago’s Brett Naucke as one of the more accomplished practitioners in the American synth underground, “Seed”, his debut LP for Spectrum Spools, is a veritable career apex, brimming with sonic ingenuity, detail, and mastery over both instrument and musical form. It is hard to fathom due to the sheer diversity of sound and affectations of the eight individual pieces on the album, but “Seed” was recorded - almost impossibly - with the same synth patch, slightly modified for the unveiling of each track. This testifies to the intensity of Naucke’s macroscopic conceptual vision for “Seed”. Each track’s complex arc points towards a mind rooted in academic electronic processes, keenly trying to surprise and disarm by prying open new textures, rhythms and structures. But Naucke has struck a perfect balance that unites this avant-garde intuition with a compositional sophistication - bringing each unique molecule of sound into cohesive songs and further still into a supremely listenable and closed album that operates entirely on its own logic. Recorded at home, as well as an isolated environment in Miami, Florida, and then mixed tediously over a six month period, “Seed” is a record displaying Naucke’s instrumental proficiency as much as it points to his painstaking studio dedication. The results are nothing short of startling. Naucke achieves a perfect synchronicity between the intrigue of each shimmering, crystalline sound that seems to exist infinitely within its own micro-habitat, and the larger organic whole to which it contributes. Combining delicate ambient synthscapes, snarled electronic pulses and subtle and beautiful melodic phrasings “Seed” hovers in an emotional sphere very much of its own. Each piece stitches together resplendent widescreen atmosphere with an intricate coldness and mournful elegance. Over the course of this album, Naucke has come as close as any to making the machines he has used sprout from the same soil as the organic landscapes he so perfectly renders on this album.
Recorded and mixed in Cleveland, Ohio and Cashiers, North Carolina 2013-2014 Mastered by Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel at Enisslab Rome.
Album photos by alecia tuggle Layout and label design by Jen Gómez
John Elliott and Andrew Veres have been refining their creative powers as Outer Space since 2010 with “Akashic Record” (Spectrum Spools) and “II” (Blast First Petite). The pair now release their first new material since 2012, Elliott’s first since Emeralds ceased and the first as a duo.
Editions Mego are well chuﬀed to release ‘Phantom Center’, a stunning 2 track EP to kick the spring season oﬀ.
"Arrival and Assessment" conﬁdently sets the tone with multi levels of bass lines weaving around complex rhythms and those vast atmospheres we come to expect from this project.
Flip it over and we encounter the earth shattering “Crixa / 5925”, the perfect soundtrack to staring into an endless void with bottomless sub-bass and Raicevic-informed synthesizer disarray.
Outer Space will be appearing at this years Donaufestival in Krems as part of the Editions Mego Family of Labels showcase on May 3rd.