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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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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.

INDISCREET-SHOT-800H

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Daniel Levin “Living” CD

Limited edition CD with fold-out screen printed sleeve and outer sleeve, edition of 500.

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Daniel Levin “Living” CD. Full set of five.

A full set of numbered limited edition CDs  with five different covers combining into one big work.

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Daniel Levin “Living” LP

Limited edition LP with fold-out screen printed sleeve and outer sleeve, edition of 300.

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Éric Normand & Jim Denley “PLANT” LP

Screen printed eight-colour edition of 300 hand-numbered copies. Edition comes packed in inner cardboard disco sleeve, high-quality 400gsm open screen printed sleeve, and heavy outer screen printed PVC sleeve.

Working the sweet spot where noise communication decisively rubs up against textural experimentation are the verdant improvisations that make up Plant, the new LP from Rimouski-based electric bassist Éric Normand and Australian alto saxophonist and bass flautist Jim Denley. Don’t be fooled by the title, though. Nothing here is the aural equivalent of a pastoral landscape painting. The timbres are undoubtedly post-industrial, with agrarian echoes replaced by the drone and clang of pseudo-machines.

This is first noticeable on side A, in which tremolo patterning from Normand’s instrument quickly approximates the flowing consistency of an assembly line, albeit with enough discordant crackles and throbbing drones to make efficiency experts cringe. Like a factory safety rep attempting to regularise excess, Denley’s controlled circular breathing and capricious mouth-and-tongue motions cut through hints of grinding monotony to reach a climax of literal whistle-blowing in the penultimate minutes. From that point on, like appropriate material injected into a mould, Denley’s reed bites and split tones mute Normand’s repetitive string flanges for an exciting vibrating finale.

Slightly longer, side B adds the textures from juddering string strokes and wood whaps to solid whistling and buzzing, figuratively appending processing and granular synthesis to stretch the interface still further. The result suggests contorted signals from outer space have been injected into this earth-bound mix of hiss and harmonies. Additionally, distinctive vocal mumbles and string thumb tapping from the bassist and upper register trills from the saxophonist confirm the terrestrial location of the improvisations —or at least the musicians— with low-pitched puffs pushed from the flute defining the ending.

Plant may preserve an unconventional duet, but musical skill, daring and instrumental command make it as alluring as any well kept garden.

—Ken Waxman—

Éric Normand: electric bass, feedback and snare drum
Jim Denley: wind instruments and vocals

Recorded at Coop Paradis, Rimouski, Québec, Canada on April 18th 2013
Mixed at Kaloola, Sydney, Australia in July 2013
Mastered by Frederic Alstadt at Ångström Mastering

Music includes recordings made at the Bonds Clothing Factory, Cessnock, Australia by Jim Denley on November 20th 2009

Artwork and design by Marnix Everaert
Screen printing by Levi Seeldraeyers at Smeraldina-Rima

This is a co-release of Smeraldina-Rima, Ghent, Belgium and Tour de Bras, Rimouski, Québec, Canada

Limited to 300 copies.

www.smeraldina-rima.com
www.tourdebras.com

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EXTRA SEXES “Spiral Mirror” LP

Smeraldina-Rima 16
edition of 300 LPs, cyan & magenta screenprinted sleeve, artwork by Tessa Deceuninck

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HYENA “Commyn Straet” CS

Smeraldina-Rima 8
first edition of 100 tapes, screenprinted in black & pink

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Hyena “Outside, The Great Drought” CD

Smeraldina-Rima 18
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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Hyena “Outside, The Great Drought” LP

Smeraldina-Rima 18
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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