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  • pedro magina – 11 – crash symbols

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    Pedro Magina is a Barcelona based synth player originally from Portugal, where he was active in several projects, eventually forming Aquaparque with friend and collaborator André Abel — Abel was active throughout the early 2000s and his other duo, Tropa Macaca, had their last outing via Software Recordings in 2012. Magina’s solo music is far-sighted, tending toward abstract soundscapes and adventurous digression. This work felt very at home on labels like Not Not Fun, Ruralfaune, and Mental Groove. His new album, ’11,’ has a different focus and a little more heft thanks to its origins, recorded while his family moved from Lisbon to Barcelona and he shared a rehearsal space with Tropa Macaca, Gala Drop, and Panda Bear.

    ’11’ is Magina’s fourth solo album and his first to make heavier use of vocals, following on several years of exclusively instrumental excursions; experimental synth work with a New Age tinge. If you drop into the album at random, you’ll hear an understated synth-pop album with a distinctly Portuguese, even Iberian, flavor — but there’s a sweep and shared focus to these tracks that sounds wholly new. ’11’ is about involvement, though the tilt in that direction may contrast with older releases that were exciting for their imaginative sense of detachment. For Magina, the scale here is a reflection of his status as a young father, in between realities, and as an artist with choices.

    The same sense of whimsy and diverse production that animates his older releases still draws the listener in, but there’s no simple roving between topics, and few straight lines between up and down. For much of ’11,’ emotions hang on the voice; “Hold My Hand Now” is confident and breezy until Pedro’s voice draws it upward into one of the album’s most memorable crescendos, while a distressed vocal sample and somber keys in “Ponta Do Sol” make the track feel almost scary, or at least discomfiting. Others balance the new vocal element against Pedro’s keys, like “Valentina” or “On Our Way Back Home,” where synth and voice share a trajectory.


  • event cloak – life strategies – orange milk

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    Under the moniker Event Cloak and as part of the duo Sundrips, Montreal’s Nick Maturo has been a heavy purveyor of avant-garde synthesizer music since 2010. Life Strategies is his first LP release and a major step for the artist, with an emphasis on sparse arrangements of digital electronics and chopped vocal samples. Each track unfolds with total clarity, utilizing the minimum amount of elements necessary to highlight their melodic, harmonic, and textural themes. The result is an overwhelming lightness, like a calm exhilaration, or the aural equivalent of a hidden sun-drenched room of bright whites and soothing grey tones


  • celestrial stairway – psychic sound recordings

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    In a much more playful vein then previous ISAM releases, I’m excited to present the Celestrial Stairway LP.
    Recorded by Sam Jones for the Inspired School of Astral Music and beautifully mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, this is a very different direction for ISAM. Along the same lines of the Dreams and Ambitions cassette, the 5 compositions that make up this recording were recorded live with no overdubs and represent a more lively, melodic and full stereo sound. Ascend the Celestrial Stairway.

    4 Color Screen Printed Covers
    Comes with Celestrial Stairway Liner Notes
    Limited to 220 Copies
    Psychic Sounds Release Number 8


  • celestino – protector’s tea – love all day

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    Housed in a sturdy, archival old-style jacket and insert. Edition of 400


  • evan caminiti – when california falls into the sea – handmade birds

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    black vinyl
    Composed and recorded to cassette 4-track at Secret Studios and Fillmore St. during 2009/2010.



  • chuck johnson – blood moon boulder – scissor tail editions

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    Chuck Johnson’s impact on the contemporary guitar world continues to be felt. His first two solo records signaled the arrival of a unique player, steeped in various forms of playing and influence, yet distinctly modern. Johnson eschews a weathered traditionalism for the wide-scope expanse of 21st Century Americana.

    On his third album, Blood Moon Boulder, Johnson reaches a compositional peak in a nod to the picturesque naturalism of the American landscape. The dynamics of his range can be felt on this singular record, a soundtrack-like listen that rewards the ear with rich detail. His precision and tone recall the heights of Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas on the extended opening track “Corvid Tactics.” Notably, the guitarist duels with a phantom Chinese radio signal that slips through the silences during the recording session. One can hear the ghostly sounds peek through at moments as Johnson bends his strings. “Medicine Map” delivers a melodic melancholy, with an every-note-perfectly-placed aesthetic. Rather than ramble or evoke some kind of outdated nostalgia, Johnson lets his cinematic instincts take lead.

    Perhaps most evocative of this approach is “Private Violence,” a meditative composition with gorgeous pedal steel played on top of electric six-string, ending in a sustained tonal minimalism that could easily stretch into a whole LP of its own. Blood Moon Boulder contains a lyricism, an exactitude and emotional arc all its own. And that’s worth playing again and again.

    – Steve Lowenthal, author of Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist


  • eli keszler ‎– livingston – rare youth

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    Recorded May – September 2007 in Hudson, NY.

    Edition of 300 copies.


  • kplr – tek no muzik – crazy iris

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    Recorded 8-10-10 in Santa Cruz, CA by Dexter Birghtman and Jair Espinoza.

    Mastered at Aardvark Mastering, CO.


  • mind over mirros – the voice rolling

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    Mind Over Mirrors is Jaime Fennelly. Recorded May – December 2010 at home in Seattle and Chicago. Piano recorded August 2009 on Waldron Island.

    Edition of 450 copies.