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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Author: Colin | Published: 23/6/13

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Artist Flying Lotus
Title Cosmogramma
Label Warp Records
Year 2010
Design Artwork: Leigh J. McCloskey; Codex Tor; design: Brandy Flower
Music Flying Lotus
Notes This is the special edition of Flying Lotus’ third album. It’s a lovely thing to behold, particularly in my slightly scuffed copy. The design and imagery perfectly reflect the music and the track titles. The EP Pattern+Grid World released after Cosmogramma continued with the hand-drawn and rather beautiful imagery:

Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus

Also Flying Lotus – When The Quiet Comes
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Being – The Folkestone Lighthouse EP; loscil – City Hospital – Reissue (Wist Records)

Author: Colin | Published: 15/6/13
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Wist Rec.

Wist Rec.

Wist Rec.

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Wist Rec.

Wist Rec.

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Wist Rec.

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Wist Rec.

Wist Rec.

Wist Rec.

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Wist Rec.

Artist 1-9: Being; 10-15: loscil
Title 1-9: The Folkestone Lighthouse EP; 10-15: City Hospital
Label Wist Records
Year 2012/13
Design 1-9: Manfred Naescher; 10-15: Phantom & Son, Intl.
Music Ambient/electronic/field recordings
Notes There’s a small wealth of information secreted within each of these two releases. The envelopes are referred to by Gary Mentanko, label co-founder with designer Manfred Naescher, as a jackdaw folder. It’s not a term I’ve encountered before, but there’s a poetry to the term that I like.

Wist Records is a fascinating project for anyone interested in oblique approaches to liminal subjects such as, in these particular cases, lighthouses and long-lost hospitals.

The balance between the rich textual and visual material and the brief 3 inch CDs containing wisps of electronic music and field recordings is unusual. As Mentanko writes “we try to emphasise larger concepts in all of our releases, the passing of time, the degradation of the environment as well as community.”

The rest of Wist Records’ catalogue is also well worth investigating.

This is what the label has to say about itself:

We’re an environmentally friendly, independent label dealing in short form, handmade music. As the monetary predominance of music is lessened, the importance of DIY music has grown more & more essential in framing new ways of listening. Thematically, we chart ecology, topography, rural abandonment and education. We are devoted to quiet, scraggly, distant sounds, tactile paper grain and good home cookin’.

Please compare such poetic, beautifully researched and delightfully attractive artifacts to your next or most recent mp3 download.

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Big Cosmos – Illuminance

Author: Colin | Published: 9/6/13
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Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Big Cosmos

Artist Big Cosmos
Title Illuminance
Label Blessing Force Records
Year 2012
Design All artwork and design by Claire Baily
Music Songform
Notes When I opened the parcel and found this laser-cut cabinet and before I slid the top off, I expected to find a CD. Instead there was a USB bracelet, a booklet and a poster. I’m struck that such a relatively sizable physical object should contain only digital files, in fact I like it. In the booklet the listener is entreated to:

“… share the music… Take the wristband around to a friend’s house, wear it to the pub, pass it around the office, or simply share the songs online via your Facebook or Twitter etc…”

It’s the great contemporary challenge, to be more than a needle in a haystack. I also like instruction number 4:

“Use the box as you wish; place it on your mantlepiece, use it as a paper weight, store all your secret love letters inside it.”

Here’s wishing Big Cosmos the best of luck.

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