To round out the very strange year of 2020, The Agency presents our final offering for the year in the cassette for Vertonen's Broken Air.
Vertonen is the work of Blake Edwards, a veteran of the Chicago noise and experimental scene. With close to 100 releases (many of them published through his own Crippled Intellect Productions and Ballast imprints), Edwards has spent the better part of three decades finetuning his craft of cryptically inclined, electronic invocations. Broken Air cracks, wheezes, and bleeds through a post-industrial smear of outdated / damaged equipment. Think Dilloway, Colley, Lunde, etc.
Ekin Fil Coda // LP
Ekin Fil - the Turkish songwriter and composer of soft-focused, shoegaze interludes - returns to The Helen Scarsdale Agency, sculpting this entire album as a whole, dissolving one perfectly tempered piano motif, an impressionist ambient plume or a sibilant vocal melody into another. Her somber, blissful compositions have considerable gravity of their own in the constellation of Grouper, Felicia Atkinson, and Harold Budd.
HaurasIn These Coming Days // Cassette
On his debut for Helen Scarsdale, the argument could be made that Howard Ryan's Hauras project strives for the deconstruction of the archetypal 'rock' song, dissembling it into eerie echoes of guitar noise and narcoleptic vocals, something akin to Michael Morely's work as Gate or a particular vein within Richard Youngs' vast oeuvre.
Robert MillisRelated Ephemera // LP (sold out)
The glassine, melancholy album Related Ephemera from Robert Millis (Climax Golden Twins, Sublime Frequencies) is mostly sourced from 78rpm records. Here is an album that aligns itself aesthetically with Nurse With Wound's Soliloquy For Lilith, Philip Jeck's more languid collages, and even some of Harry Bertoia's sculptural atmospherics.
Fossil Aerosol Mining Project / 400 Lonely ThingsNigths and Profecy // Cassette
The intentionally misspelled Nigths and Profecy is a zombie-themed / split-release between the enigmatic Fossil Aerosol Mining Project and the equally hauntological 400 Lonely Things. There is a lengthy backstory to this album into the artifacts around zombie movies from the ‘80s. Recommended if you like :zoviet*france:, the Caretaker, and even the sublime retrograde ambience from Boards of Canada.
Francisco Meirino A New Instability LP
Between My Teeth LP
Kleistwahr Winter LP
Jim Haynes LP
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A WORD ABOUT DIGITAL DOWNLOADS:
Currently all of our vinyl production has moved to Europe. This means that we can dropship considerable quantities of vinyl to European distributors who in turn can deliver these records at much lower costs. As many now know, shipping outside the US border has become prohibitively expensive (there are ridiculous reasons for this, but we have grown weary of the necessity to politicize everything). However, in dropshipping product from our pressing plants to distributors in the EU, this does mean that the LPs do not have download codes in them. It is also our policy not to include download codes for cassettes unless asked for.
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