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Alex Monk “Indiscreet Mirror” LP (Red / Blue)

According to its creator, Alex Monk‘s fourth album —the follow-up to 2010’s wonderful The Safety Machine— “explores the tension between innocence and experience that late adolescence can evoke.” I would say, however, that this is a very personal exploration of a very specific adolescence; one endured in a rural village or small town, introverted and largely alone, one more absorbed in nature, landscape and the changing seasons than social pressures, career ambitions and drunken nights out. Not that I’m suggesting that Alex Monk was a clean-limbed Boy Scout solely occupied by bracing country walks and pure thoughts of a subtly religious nature; the game-changing discoveries of sex, hash and LSD are surely the engines that keep this record turning, buried and unmentioned as they are. But if you’re looking for a well-observed dissection and reflection of contemporary urban teenage existence, then you should probably look elsewhere. If, however, your transition from childhood to young adulthood can be reflected in an impressionistic collage of dream and memory, a sonic patchwork of acid folk and ambient electronics, then step through the looking glass and join Alex Monk on the other side. […]
— Ben Graham, The Quietus

Red / Blue variety of the Indiscreet Mirror LP — limited to 100 copies. Screen printed sleeve on heavy white stock, housed in a heavy PVC sleeve. First pressing of 200 copies on gorgeous heavy translucent white vinyl. Graphic design by Levi Seeldraeyers and Marieken Hensen. Screen printing by Smeraldina-Rima.

This is the Red / Blue variation.

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Alex Monk “Indiscreet Mirror” LP (Blue / Red)

According to its creator, Alex Monk‘s fourth album —the follow-up to 2010’s wonderful The Safety Machine— “explores the tension between innocence and experience that late adolescence can evoke.” I would say, however, that this is a very personal exploration of a very specific adolescence; one endured in a rural village or small town, introverted and largely alone, one more absorbed in nature, landscape and the changing seasons than social pressures, career ambitions and drunken nights out. Not that I’m suggesting that Alex Monk was a clean-limbed Boy Scout solely occupied by bracing country walks and pure thoughts of a subtly religious nature; the game-changing discoveries of sex, hash and LSD are surely the engines that keep this record turning, buried and unmentioned as they are. But if you’re looking for a well-observed dissection and reflection of contemporary urban teenage existence, then you should probably look elsewhere. If, however, your transition from childhood to young adulthood can be reflected in an impressionistic collage of dream and memory, a sonic patchwork of acid folk and ambient electronics, then step through the looking glass and join Alex Monk on the other side. […]
— Ben Graham, The Quietus

Red / Blue variety of the Indiscreet Mirror LP — limited to 100 copies. Screen printed sleeve on heavy white stock, housed in a heavy PVC sleeve. First pressing on gorgeous heavy translucent white vinyl. Graphic design by Levi Seeldraeyers and Marieken Hensen. Screen printing by Smeraldina-Rima.

This is the Blue / Red variation.

INDISCREET-SHOT-800H

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EXTRA SEXES “Spiral Mirror” LP

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edition of 300 LPs, cyan & magenta screenprinted sleeve, artwork by Tessa Deceuninck

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Hyena “Outside, The Great Drought” LP

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NY-based multi-instrumentalist Colby Nathan delivers a debut that contains a jumpy and highly neurotic form of outsiderpop combining bebopdrenched rants and surrealistic torchsongs with lush arrangements that constantly test the limits of self-control and good reason. “Outside, The Great Drought” offers baroque exuberance and teenage angst through sixties inspired craftsmanship that keeps spiraling out of this worldly realm. Think Jonathan Richman, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks.

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Vinyl edition of 500, with two-colour screenprinted open sleeve.

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Jac Berrocal / Aki Onda / Dan Warburton “Un Jour Tu Verras” LP

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Limited edition of 300 screen printed LPs, individually handcoloured by artist Wouter Vanhaelemeesch.

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LADYSCRAPER / DESPOILAH ‘Split EP’ 12″

Break-core split EP with inside & outside screenprinting by Jelle Crama

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Linus + Økland/Van Heertum “Felt Like Old Folk” LP / A-variety

LP comes in screen printed open sleeve on heavy 630 gsm kraft stock, insert and heavy PVC outer sleeve. LP art comes in A, B and C-varieties—A, B and C are cut out of one whole screen printed work by artist Ante Timmermans.

Ruben Machtelinckx: acoustic baritone guitar, banjo
Thomas Jillings: tenor & C-melody saxophone, alto clarinet
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle
Niels Van Heertum: euphonium

All songs are improvised except Felt by Ruben Machtelinckx

Recorded by Christophe Albertijn on February 14th 2015 at The Rabbitfield, Belgium
Mixed by Werner Pensaert at Linster Studios
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea

Artwork by Ante Timmermans
Photography by Dirk Pauwels
Graphic design & screen printing by Levi Seeldraeyers at Smeraldina-Rima

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Linus + Økland/Van Heertum “Felt Like Old Folk” LP / B-variety

LP comes in screen printed open sleeve on heavy 630 gsm kraft stock, insert and heavy PVC outer sleeve. LP art comes in A, B and C-varieties—A, B and C are cut out of one whole screen printed work by artist Ante Timmermans.

Ruben Machtelinckx: acoustic baritone guitar, banjo
Thomas Jillings: tenor & C-melody saxophone, alto clarinet
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle
Niels Van Heertum: euphonium

All songs are improvised except Felt by Ruben Machtelinckx

Recorded by Christophe Albertijn on February 14th 2015 at The Rabbitfield, Belgium
Mixed by Werner Pensaert at Linster Studios
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea

Artwork by Ante Timmermans
Photography by Dirk Pauwels
Graphic design & screen printing by Levi Seeldraeyers at Smeraldina-Rima

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Linus + Økland/Van Heertum “Felt Like Old Folk” LP / C-variety

LP comes in screen printed open sleeve on heavy 630 gsm kraft stock, insert and heavy PVC outer sleeve. LP art comes in A, B and C-varieties—A, B and C are cut out of one whole screen printed work by artist Ante Timmermans.

Ruben Machtelinckx: acoustic baritone guitar, banjo
Thomas Jillings: tenor & C-melody saxophone, alto clarinet
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle
Niels Van Heertum: euphonium

All songs are improvised except Felt by Ruben Machtelinckx

Recorded by Christophe Albertijn on February 14th 2015 at The Rabbitfield, Belgium
Mixed by Werner Pensaert at Linster Studios
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea

Artwork by Ante Timmermans
Photography by Dirk Pauwels
Graphic design & screen printing by Levi Seeldraeyers at Smeraldina-Rima

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Michiyo Yagi / Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love / Lasse Marhaug “Soul Stream” LP

Screen printed edition of the album, in an edition of 500, with no less than 25 different covers.

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It is obvious that Michiyo Yagi is the wild card on this album. While drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and noise guru Lasse Marhaug are among the fearless innovators of the Norwegian experimental music scene and McPhee has been part of the transcontinental free jazz collaboration that started about twenty years ago, the connection with Yagi came somewhat later. Since the start of the millennium, this virtuoso koto player has gradually become widely known as a radical freethinker, equally at ease in freely improvised music as in contemporary classical and the traditional music of her home country, Japan.

The connection with Nilssen-Love started more than a decade ago. Since then, the two have regularly met, bonding with a.o. Peter Brötzmann. By the winter of 2011, the trio of Yagi, Marhaug and Nilssen-Love had already recorded at Tokyo’s GOK Studio, but the recording of this quartet two years later, became something different again. Of course it is obvious that any record involving the rightfully legendary McPhee will have something exceptional to offer.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the recording is that it did not become a muscular free-for-all session. ‘Soul Stream’ is certainly not without its moments of broiling intensity and white hot interplay. But the overall impression is subtler, as the rage and thunder these people are capable of are replaced with a more nuanced, flowing and no less exceptional interplay. Yagi’s command of the electric 21-string koto and the 17-string bass koto meshes seamlessly with Marhaug’s knack for sound coloring and the diverse techniques of McPhee – lyrical and incisive, as usual – and Nilssen-Love, who is once again playing with his trademark abandon.
At once searching, genre-bending and ritualistic, ‘Soul Stream’ entirely lives up to its title.

– Guy Peters

MICHIYO YAGI
electric 21-string koto, 17-string bass koto
JOE MCPHEE
pocket trumpet, tenor and alto saxophones
LASSE MARHAUG
electronics and objects
PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE
drums and percussion

All music by YAGI (Hotwire Inc), MCPHEE (JOMAC Publishing, ASCAP), MARHAUG (Tono), and NILSSEN-LOVE (Tono)
Recorded by YOSHIAKI KONDO
at GOK SOUND, Tokyo on January 21 2013
Mixed and produced by LASSE MARHAUG
Co-produced by MARK E. RAPPAPORT
Artwork by MANOR GRUNEWALD
Graphic design by LASSE MARHAUG & LEVI SEELDRAEYERS
Screen printing by LEVI SEELDRAEYERS
Special Thanks to SACHI HAYASAKA, RYOSUKE “RIO” NAGATA,
MIZUHO YABE, ZODIAC WORKS, NORWEGIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, NORWEGIAN JAZZ FEDERATION, and FUND FOR PERFORMING ARTS

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