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Sankt Otten, Blackfilm, SaffronKeira (Denovali Records)

Author: Colin | Published: 23/9/12

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Denovali

Artist 1-4: Sankt Otten; 5-7: Blackfilm; 8-9: SaffronKeira
Title 1-4: Gottes Synthesizer; 5-7: S/t; 8-9: A New Life
Label Denovali Records
Year 2010-11
Design 1-4: paintings by Salustiano Garcia Cruz; 5-7: artwork by Kostas K (Subheim); 8-9: artwork by Thomas Hack
Music Synthetic, noise, ambience
Notes Here’s what Denovali have to say about themselves:

Denovali Records is a Germany based independent music label founded in 2005. Not confined to a specific genre the label supports worldwide sound researchers. The program of Denovali Records varies from sometimes improvised darker experimental sounds, ambient, drone, indie and electronica to darkjazz, jazz or piano and string driven modern compositions.

Artwork and packaging are considered to be as essential for a release as the music – the combination of both is meant to result in a coherent piece of art.

One of the pleasures of publishing Hard Format is that of discovering music and design I probably otherwise wouldn’t otherwise encounter. I’m always pleased to hear from visitors and that’s how I came across Denovali. Some time after a brief exchange three slabs of vinyl encased in double gatefold sleeves arrived in the post. Persual of Denovali’s website indicates they also release limited editions in multi-coloured vinyl which is worth looking out for. Clearly, these three releases are just the tip of the iceberg…

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Miles Davis – Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-64

Author: Colin | Published: 16/9/12
Previous Aspidistrafly, Fjordne (Kitchen. Label) Next Sankt Otten, Blackfilm, SaffronKeira (Denovali Records)

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Miles Davis - Seven Steps

Artist Miles Davis
Title Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-64
Label Columbia
Year 2004
Design Art direction: Giulio Turturro, Howard Fritzon and Seth Rothstein; Design: Giulio Turturro; CD sleeve drawings: Rick Klauber
Music Jazz
Notes Completely Columbia Recordings box number three.

1963-64: a strange, in-between period for Miles Davis. Coltrane was gone, the Second Great Quintet around the corner, heard coming into place on this box in fact. Miles was in stylistic transition searching for a new repertoire, a new group. Which just leaves us with some incredible playing, wonderful tunes, amazing music. All collected in this delectable box on 6 CDs.

It’s tempting to rhapsodise at length about the music, but just listen to Joshua, below, enough said. This is, after all, a site focused on design. The box is a feast for the eyes and rather lovely to the touch as well. Grey linen cover a delightful shade of grey, shiny metal spine, embossed lettering, elegant calligraphy, great photographs. Miles done proud again.

Also - Miles Davis and Gil Evans – The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
- Miles Davis and John Coltrane – The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961
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Aspidistrafly, Fjordne (Kitchen. Label)

Author: Colin | Published: 9/9/12
Previous GOG – In Our Architecture This Resounds Next Miles Davis – Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-64

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Aspidistrafly - Kitchen.Label

Artist 1-9: Aspidistrafly; 10-16: Fjordne
Title 1-9: A Little Fable; 10-16: Charles Rendition
Label Kitchen. Label
Year 2011
Design 1-9: Art direction, design and collages: April Lee; styling and co-ordination: Rika M. Orrery and April Lee; Photography and retouch: Miu Nozaka and April Lee;
10-16: art direction and design by Kitchen.
Music Songs, electronic, acoustic, ambience
Notes What a pleasure to be contacted by Ricks Ang again. His label was last featured on Hard Format almost three years ago. Kitchen. Label is a Singapore-based record label and publishing house.

As I hope is self-evident from the photographs above, the design of each album is absolutely exquisite. There’s something distinctly haunted about the imagery for these two releases that suits the delicate, breathy atmospheres of the music, redolent as it is of distant voices heard from stairwells, humid afternoons and autumn evenings. Each one of the label’s recent releases is presented in a different format, whether it be a book, card envelope with inserts or something less easily described. I recommend purchasing every one from their online webshop.

I’ll be featuring Kitchen. Label’s other releases in the near future.

Also - aspidistrafly – i hold a wish for you
- Fjordne – The Setting Sun
- Yui Onodera – Tamaru (Trumn)
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Kitchen. Label and Davis

GOG – In Our Architecture This Resounds

Author: Colin | Published: 2/9/12
Previous How Records Are Made Next Aspidistrafly, Fjordne (Kitchen. Label)

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

GOG - In Our Architecture This Resounds

Artist GOG
Title In Our Architecture This Resounds
Label King of the Monsters
Year 2012
Design Artwork by Sandro Setola
Music Sepulchral
Notes Sandro Setola’s artwork suggests a digital map, vectors askew, rising on an updraft over a darkened ocean. This is a particularly suggestive image as Google and Apple photograph every horizon and battle over the mapping of the world. GOG’s brooding music makes for an entirely appropriately soundtrack.
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How Records Are Made

Author: Colin | Published: 1/9/12
Previous Cherly KaCherly – Misadventures of a Meaty Machine Next GOG – In Our Architecture This Resounds

I didn’t manage a post this week, but in the meantime take a look at this amazing series of pictures from 1954 entitled ‘How Records Are Made’. Beautiful.

www.voicesofeastanglia.com/2011/09/how-records-are-made.html