DRØNE ::: A PERFECT BLIND
Disruption between then and now/memory and presence, dulcimer, psaltery, ‘cellos, violas and violin embroider radio, static, stray voices and electronics… ‘a perfect blind’ is the second album by drøne (Mark Van Hoen & Mike Harding) with an array of guest artists, including label supremo Anna von Hausswolff, dreamer and composer Paul Haslinger, field recordist and sound designer Charlie Campagna and Touch artists Bethan Kellough & Philip Jeck. Strings by Seattle-based Marie Takahashi and Oleg Belyaev are also layered into this complex and perhaps more musical offering. Moving in all directions, ‘a perfect blind’ continues where ‘reversing into the future’ [pomperipossa records, 2016] left off.
‘a perfect blind’ was conceived and designed in Los Angeles with organ recordings from London (at Union Chapel), short wave radio, treated voices and other archaic sound sources.
A stunning front cover image by Maria von Hausswolff and miss-taken typography by Nico embrace this sense of dislocation; as the mediaeval language which enfolds our collapsing 19th Century institutions fails to find relevance, our sense of entrapment in the old is accompanied by an assault on the senses. The destabilising effect of “post-truth” adds to our sense of unbelonging, of being elsewhere, observers not participants.
‘a perfect blind’ is the term used for the best possible observation point where the viewer is unseen by the object of interest. Is this the best place to be? Memories which slowly fade away, also reverse back from the past shoving us into the future…
Limited Edition Vinyl (500 copies)
Release date: 22nd April 2017 [Record Store Day]
And afterwards available on Bandcamp (digital download only)
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF ::: KÄLLAN (BETATYPE)
Pomperipossa Records announcing “Källan (Betatype)” – a new Anna von Hausswolff 12´vinyl release. Two editions of 500 copies each are available – an Ash International edition and a Pomperipossa Records edition. The two editions feature differing screen-printed covers, both drawn and etched by Anna von Hausswolff. Each copy is signed by her and numbered by the label. Released on 18th November 2016, Pomperipossa Records is now taking pre-orders for the Pomperipossa Records edition.
“Källan (Betatype)” is the second recorded version of Källan, after “Källan (Prototype)”, which was released on Touch in 2014.
DRØNE ::: REVERSING INTO THE FUTURE
Side B this strange life ll ::: 19:57
"A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.”
drøne: Mark Van Hoen & Mike Harding
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF ::: THE MIRACULOUS
Critically acclaimed artist and musician Anna von Hausswolff is finally back with her long awaited third studio album.
The new album “The Miraculous” floats like a ghost, from the subdued elegance of the title track, and the bewitching “En Ensam Vandrare”, to the unbearably tense, Godspeed You! Black Emperor atmospherics of “Discovery” and the brutal, Swans-meets-Black Sabbath savagery of “Come Wander With Me / Deliverance”.
The album will be available in November on 2 LP and CD. One of the LP’s will have an etched backside with artwork done by Anna von Hausswolff.
BERG ::: THE TRANÅS DRONE RECORDINGS 1
Solo project of Christian Berg. Minimalistic drone landscapes that penetrates your brain.
First cassette release on Pomperipossa Records. Handprinted cover and figure artwork by Leif Elggren. The cassette comes in a black velvet pouch.
Limited edition of 195 copies.
Released November 13.
OFFERMOSE ::: BAG DE HVIDE TINDER
The epic repetitious synth landscapes of Offermose will finally see the light of day. In what is best described as a mix between early Berlin School electronic music and sacrificial rituals of the ancients. The debut EP "Bag De Hvide Tinder" will be out on 10´ vinyl January 22nd. Limited edition of 100 copies. Pre-order is now available.