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A little over a year after the first pressing of Robert Millis' Related Ephemera sold out, we are pleased to announce a very limited second pressing of this LP, due out on September 10, 2021. This glassine, melancholy album is mostly sourced from 78rpm records and 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.

With the release of Kleistwahr's Winter, The Agency begins a campaign to reissue material from the instantly out of print On Corrosion boxset from 2019. Kleistwahr, of course, the work of legendary noise artist Gary Mundy from Ramleh and Broken Flag.

What began as a commission from the esteemed institution of electro-acoustic music Ina-GRM, A New Instability finds the Meirino continuing to amplify and refine his compositions that walk a fine tightrope between raw expressivity of brutalist noise and conceptual rigor of more academic pursuits. Such a work ranks him in with the likes of Zbigniew Karkowski, Dave Phillips, Puce Mary, and Illusion Of Safety.

Robert Millis
Related Ephemera LP
- 2nd pressing

Kleistwahr
Winter LP


Francisco Meirino
A New Instability LP



Recently published:

Himukalt Between My Teeth // LP sold out
A necessary continuation of the ill-tempered noise, raw power electronic strategies, and turgid industrial rhythms that are very much at the bleak emotional core of Ester Kärkkäinen's ongoing project. Aesthetically adjacent to the likes of Atrax Morgue, Genocide Organ, Pharmakon, etc.

Vertonen Broken Air // Cassette
A veteran of the Chicago noise and experimental scene, Vertonen (aka Blake Edwards) offers an exemplary piece of crypto-acoustic mulch and sublimated industrial smolder in the form of Broken Air. Parallels might be found in Aaron Dilloway's elegantly inhuman abstractions, the attention to detail of Michael Gendreau's internal probing, and a forced manifestation of decay that is so common in the work of Eric Lunde and Joe Colley.

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. 

Hauras In 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.


and later...
Pinkcourtesyphone Shouting At Nuance 2LP
Krovopuskanie Goner Cassette
Hauras The Glare Of The Nave Cassette
RF Faulhaber Dugong Weeps Cassette
Jeff Surak All Those Born Must Die Cassette
Stelzer/Murray Commit LP
Murmer Tether LP
She Spread Sorrow Orchid Seeds LP


Distributors and retail outlets are welcome to contact the agency if interested in directly buying from the Agency; and a full list of our current distributors can be found here.

We highly recommend that customers outside the North America make their purchases from these distributors, as the shipping costs have gone up dramatically for first class and priority to cross the border of the United States. In 2016, the rate increase was on average 21%. We cannot incur losses for this increase, and unfortunately this gets passed onto our beloved customers. If the shipping calculator through Paypal (which has always been a very blunt tool) over charges you, we will refund the difference upon calculating the exact price. If the shipping calculator under represents the cost, we may ask for an addition charge to cover the shipping. We do apologize; and again, we highly recommend you contacting any of our distributors to inquire about our products.

Digital distribution is also available through Bandcamp, iTunes, Midheaven, Boomkat, amongst other purveyors of the MP3.

A WORD ABOUT DIGITAL DOWNLOADS:

Currently most 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.

So, if you have received a physical recording from us and you would like a download, please send us a polite note with your request and we’ll sort it out for you. It is NOT our intention to have any customer purchase the digital download in addition to a physical edition. You may contact us at helen AT helenscarsdale DOT com

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