tranquility tapes

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  • quicksails – spillage – tranquility tapes

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    A monster percussionist for the furious jazz trio Tiger Hatchery, Chicago’s Ben Billington has built an impressive catalog over the past few years as Quicksails by bringing his chops to the solo synthesizer game. Those familiar with the project’s kaleidoscopic swirl of synths and hand percussion will find plenty to love on Spillage. With remarkable ability to juggle so many different elements in each composition, what might sound like a mess in less capable hands flows gloriously with Billington at the helm. There are moments of surprise here as well, with certain tracks showing a much more restrained palate than usual and introducing piano as well as vocals by Emme Williams into the mix. Altogether this an extended half hour of beautiful chaos you’ll want to pour over you again and again. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Comes with a free digital download.


  • cenote glow – musa paradisiaca – tranquility tapes

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    The first release from Cenote Glow in about a year, Musa Paradisiaca blends synthesis and field recordings for a deep tropical journey. With sounds both captured in Mexico and recorded in Brooklyn, the release evokes the enriching warmth of the Yucat√°n Peninsula at times and the darker heart of the natural world at others. Sonically, found sounds are featured more in the foreground than previous Cenote Glow excursions, as musical passages flow between melodic effervescence, oceanic drones, and hypnotic whirlpools of abstract sound. Come ashore for an hour of memories and interpretations inspired by the uniquely beautiful land known as Quintana Roo. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Comes with a free digital download.


  • sparkling wide pressure – dream of windows – tranquility tapes

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    Sparkling Wide Pressure makes a welcome return to the label. In the three years that have passed since we released Sing What You Remind Me Of, creative powerhouse Frank Baugh’s solo project has remained consistently engaging on an almost unbelievable level. Dream of Windows features further excavations into his singular style, which blends the warmth of psychedelic pop with the spaciousness, dissonance, and free-form nature of experimental music. Cascades of acoustic and electric guitar picking meet otherworldly keyboard melodies, confounding cassette playbacks, and low-fi drum machine beats. Baugh’s voice regularly seeps into the mix like a mournful ghost singing arcane poetry as he plays with vocal manipulations and syncopation in even more off-kilter ways than usual. Altogether, it adds up to another brilliant piece of an already astonishing catalog that melds the strange and the beautiful in ways that few others can. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle. Comes with a free digital download.


  • imperial topaz – full of grace – tranquility tapes

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    It’s a thrill to present the full-length debut from Brooklyn’s Imperial Topaz. Following a cassette EP and a split with Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Full of Grace finds the duo of Caroline Teagle and Zachary Zierden venturing into icy new territory on their most accomplished release to date. What’s so striking about the album is its ability to convey a sense of mood in a way that resonates deeper with each listen. Combining lush synth melodies and sequences with downbeat drum machines and Teagle’s gentle, nuanced vocal delivery, the album carries a profound sense of sadness and loss. Still, hope and shining rays of crystalline beauty constantly shimmer beneath the surface. Each song is tautly composed, yet there’s a remarkable sense of space throughout that allows each verse, chorus, and instrumental element to sink in and echo deep within your psyche. Jump into the reflecting pool and let its cool waters wash over you. Mixed and mastered for vinyl by Jay Heiselmann at Death By Audio, featuring full color artwork by Caroline Teagle.


  • bedroom – trans – tranquility tapes

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    On his third release for the label, Michael Chau continues to expand Bedroom’s horizon and introduce new elements to his sonic palate. The sky-high, dreamy vibrations from previous releases are still ever present, but now drum machines deliver infectious grooves and motorik rhythms. Chau has an excellent ear for melody, causing gauzy drones and laser-sharp arpeggios to stick with you long after the sounds have faded away. Perfect for early morning drives or late night walks, tap in and let this one soundtrack your next journey through life’s superhighway. Pro-dubbed and imprinted chrome cassettes, featuring designs by Caroline Teagle.