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ARBOR 145; 12"EP
CLOAKED LIGHT / PALE BLUE SKY
SPLIT

Working together, but differently.  Clear Of, shows Cloaked Light working within a new mode; an expanded temporal sensitivity through field recording and discrete static chords.  Slow movement- revealing growth and decay at the subtlest thresholds; disappearing music with a heavy presence, a shifting sense of space, not in the room, but of the room.  Pale Blue Sky’s Someday, Sometime approaches a similar expansion of perception and unobscuring blur. Through tape manipulation, the inner workings of tonal relationships are placed under focus; extending time to reveal new moments; widening the view.  Distorting to understand; a reorienting pause. Originally conceived to coincide with the Cloaked Light / Pale Blue Sky California tour with Pedestrian Deposit, Infinite Body, Earn, and Mirror to Mirror in January 2010; a testament to a common point and it’s different trajectories.  Approaching the possibility. Mastered by Pete Swanson; cut at 45 rpm.  In an edition of 400 copies with glossy jackets and inner sleeves.

sample:
cloaked light 'clear of,' (excerpt)
sample: pale blue sky 'someday, sometime' (excerpt)

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ARBOR 140; 7"EP
RYAN GARBES
REAL SUGAR B/W THE LIGHTS

Ryan Garbes is the drummer of Iowa City bands such as Wet Hair, Dunebuggy, Trash Dog, and formerly Raccoo-oo-oon. His recordings under his own name represent a unique brand of solo multi-track recording with a seamless integrity; through a skillful use of instrumentation and recording technique, Garbes eschews notions of low fidelity for songs reminiscent of traditional American garage rock produced in the haze of an early 90’s UK aesthetic.   Genuine pop songs, cloaked in a comforting wash of reverb, as if Lou Reed had done a record for Creation; more ecstatic than obstructed Garbes’ voice is a refreshing one outside the continuum of contemporary four-track bedroom pop.  In an edition of 300 copies with full color sleeve and printed labels by Ryan. 

sample:
the lights (excerpt)

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ARBOR 139; C23 CASSETTE
PERISPIRIT
STRUNG ARM BRIGADE

In combination as Perispirit, Luke Moldof and Ricardo Donoso amplify an uneasiness that rests between analog and digital composition technology and the attitudes that surround approaches to these technologies.   They build and inevitably subvert distinctions, if only because of the speed and spectral character of their movement through compositional modes.   The signal slips between the artists, through their instruments, and across styles.  ‘Scenic’, concrète assemblages, as much about the organization of channels of influence as it is about the organization sound.  A hybrid is more than one thing at the same time.  Signal flow, work flow, cross-injection.  In an edition of 175 copies, professionally duplicated/imprinted Type II High Bias Chrome cassettes, and cardstock covers.

sample: foreclosure (excerpt)
sample: mowing down the lawn (excerpt)

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ARBOR 138; LP ALBUM
CONCERN
CÆSAREAN

As Concern, Gordon Ashworth has explored drone music through an inspection of the textural components of acoustic instruments and recording processes.  On Cæsarean the palette presented is a singularly precise one.  Using simple sources (piano, clarinet, banjo, shrutti box, and acoustic guitar), tape processing (1/4” and cassette), and reverberation, Ashworth crafts delicate tape music through transforming repetitions and obscured fidelity. The emotional and physical presence of Cæsarean is overwhelming; sounding simultaneously natural and alien.   The instrumentation and field recordings are both stripped of their defining characteristics; creating a balance between the harmonic characters of both, a pure transformation empty of excess and desire.  Time held in suspension.  Released on compact disc by Slow Flow (Japan).  In an edition of 500 copies with black and white reverse board jackets and printed labels.

sample:
mending (excerpt)

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ARBOR 137; 12"EP
PALE BLUE SKY
SHADES OF GREY

Pale Blue Sky is the new project from Mike Pollard (formerly Treetops). Shades Of Grey is the project’s genesis; a long considered transition uniting the organic drone-work of the former project with compositional structures.  The recordings embody a delicate sense of distance; staring out at the moving landscape obscured by the mediation of the window.  Through blurred fidelity the origin of melody is placed under microscopic inquiry; an exploration into the moment of tonal interaction.  Pale Blue Sky utilizes repetition and non-linear movements, attempting to reconcile simplicity, form, and sentiment through modes of difference.  Placing focus on spatial concerns, as well as emotive potential, the five songs contained within are each different embodiments of the possibility of the transformative decay of remembrance.  An ephemeral glimpse; the moment has already passed. For quiet, distanced listening. Mastered by William Hutson, cut at 45 rpm.  In an edition of 400 copies with full color glossy jackets, printed inner sleeves, and printed labels.

sample:
fleece (excerpt)
sample: interlude (drift) (excerpt)

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ARBOR 136; LP ALBUM
PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT
KITHLESS

Pedestrian Deposit (Jonathan Borges and Shannon A. Kennedy) possesses a certain, restrained relationship to texture.  Sources both electric and acoustic operate on a logic of hybridity_ becoming compositional elements organized through their activation of a shared acoustic space.  This functions in multiple directions: in some instances, the cello is captured and converted to a subtle electronic variation, expanding the range of the tone through this capture, at other times it acts as a sort of mimicry, tools of one sort operating on the language of the other_ the cello played like a burst of noise, or electronic presence informed by the technique natural to the bow.  The compositional practice developed by the duo is strict, bearing the marks of tension informed by the rigor of live performance.  The pieces on Kithless are documents of this practice; Drift Gently Down the Frigid Tides of Sleep was recorded live at ‘Activating the Medium XIII:ICE’ in San Francisco on April 17, 2010.  The performance extends the use of hybrid and musique concrete forms by engaging with the physical limits of the body through voluntary hypothermia, transforming the performers state and relationship to compositional tools.  Under a Veil of Living Light, a staple from the 2009 East Coast tour, is a drifting of the hybrid forms expressed above, weaving in and out of each other; traces of texture, combined and re-combined. 

Kithless is Pedestrian Deposit’s first LP album since its incarnation as a duo in 2008.  It follows their compact disc releases Austere and East Fork / North Fork, both on Monorail Trespassing (2009 and 2010, respectively)_ their body of work thus far shows a dedication to a minor, often overlooked, field in contemporary practice directly concerned with the technologies of composition and the ways in which sounds touch each other.  Recorded June 2009 – June 2010, and mastered by William Hutson, and transferred for vinyl at Dubplates and Mastering by Frederic Stader on March 16, 2011.   In an edition of 500 copies.


sample:
drift gently down the frigid tides of sleep (excerpt)
sample: under a veil of living light (excerpt)

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ARBOR 134; C44 CASSETTE
MIRROR TO MIRROR
A PERSONAL REALITY

Alex Twomey’s Mirror to Mirror project continues a long standing tradition of Southern California artists focused on introspection and slow simplicity.  Inspired by long roads and large open spaces; as well as their place within the daily repetition, finding sense within the nonsense.  Light washes of painterly composition; evolving harmonies transform, turning in on themselves.  The first track, ‘Laughing and Understanding’ , was developed last winter on the California tour with Infinite Body, Pedestrian Deposit, Earn, Cloaked Light, and Pale Blue Sky.  In an edition of 150 copies with professionally duplicated/imprinted cassettes and cardstock covers.

sample:
laughing and understanding (excerpt)

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ARBOR 133; 7"EP
COPPER GLOVE
SURVIVING THE GARDEN OF HATE

Copper Glove, the new project from Baltimore’s Door (formerly Earth Crown; who shared splits with Secret Abuse and Kites on past Arbor releases), shows a further progression of his one man industrial-noise synth unit.  In opposition to his former work, Copper Glove is more mindful of composition; utilizing tone generators and processed synthesis and vocals to present a dense cut up analog form of industrial concréte. Door’s nihilistic optimism carries itself with a sense of effortlessness; ideological aggression, a pure translation. With focused energy, the noise of the machine continues as man controls it.  The city is destroyed but we can still live here, forever.  In an edition of 300 7”s with silkscreened covers with white ink on metallic black paper and printed labels by Door. 

sample:
protogenerator (excerpt)

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ARBOR 126; DOUBLE LP ALBUM
RAGLANI
HUSK

Husk, a career-spanning double-LP retrospective marking Raglani’s “early period” (2004-2009), is both the artist’s “Best-of” collection*, as well as a document of a personal orientation within the canon of electronic music.  As a devoted student of E.M. history and synthesis techniques, Joseph Raglani has spent the past decade in his St. Louis studio consuming and refiguring.  While highly-informed, these tracks avoid simple derivation, the traces of influence are not easily decipherable; the common descriptors fall away.  The sonic legacies orbiting the INA GRM axis cross paths with pop sensibilities more akin to the sensuous pulse of New Order.  Raglani mines the expressiveness of this fertile boundary space.  The compositions on Husk are dense featuring a palette of analog and digital electronic instruments as well as guitar, voice, pedal steel, organ, melodica. Disparate elements find a way to resonate to maximum emotive effect.  The sonic energies are not bound to their sources, but are rather utilized for their ability to express.

One fourth of the material is available here for the first time; the remainder from private-press and small run releases has been remixed by Raglani and re-mastered by Greg Davis for presentation in this collection.  Husk is Raglani’s second mass-market release following his 2008 CD Of Sirens Born released on Kranky Records.  Artwork by Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race / Hair Police / Resonant Hole).  In an edition of 500 copies with printed inner-sleeves.

*Featuring material from the following releases:
Pastiche Electronic (Pegasus Farms [Demo] CS, 2008)
May Tour 2009 Split With Steve Hauschildt (Pegasus Farms CD-R, 2009)
Oneism (IDES CS, 2007)
Empire Trilogy (No Label/Artist’s Edition, 2008)
Classically Sprained (Arbor CS, 2009)
Vanity Well (Chondritic Sound CS, 2009)
Raglani & Scenic Railroards (Gameboy / Pegasus Farms CD, 2005)

sample: llissa says
sample: for a.h. (excerpt)

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ARBOR 124; C40 CASSETTE
EVERYDAY LONELINESS
RECONTEXTUALIZATIONS

Everyday Loneliness, Jonathan Borges intermittent tape music project, tunes to a  melancholy slowness; different paces, the way a day blurs: a series of vignettes presenting growth at a small rate, as much dependent upon the listener’s focus as the artist’s, a tangential motion rooted in stillness.  Through a shifting relationship between the background/foreground positioning of decay and melody, the distinctions between repetition and newness, remembered sound and experienced sound, present a psychological connection to time.  An appropriate use of the cassette medium.  Recorded May – July 2010.   In an edition of 175 copies, professionally duplicated/imprinted Type II High Bias Chrome cassettes, and cardstock covers.

sample: (excerpt)
sample: (excerpt)

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ARBOR 099; DOUBLE 7"EP
CARLOS GIFFONI
THE ABSENCE OF ESSENCE


Carlos Giffoni’s heavy synthesizer work recalls the crushing, massiveness of early industrial music. Completely consuming the air around it with heavy vibrations and total deprivation. These four tracks rip holes through the sonic barriers, loud and powerful but with entrancing subtleties and discreet builds. The nature of the 7” format does not harm Giffoni’s work which normally exists in extended lengths; instead very succinct and unwavering compositions result: creating four vignettes of grey industrial zones. As the person responsible for No Fun Productions and the No Fun Fest, this Brooklyn transplants presence in the current progression of the genre is undeniable. In an edition of 400 2x7”(one on white vinyl and one on black) sets in foldout gatefold sleeves with art by Maya Miller of Heavy Tapes/Religious Knives.

sample: lift (excerpt)

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ARBOR 098; LP ALBUM
OUTER SPACE

John Elliott’s Outer Space project is a laboratory for electronic investigation. Acting as a continuance of the studies of mid 20th century electronic music composers such as Nik Pascal and Laurie Spiegel, Elliott’s music is deeply indebted to the inner workings of the electric signal.  Acting almost as a meditation, through the simple gesture of translation Elliott’s process begins to reveal itself as electricity is converted into acoustic pressure and potential; the melody of physics.  The six recordings on the album are each a microcosmic view into Elliott’s practice; a keystone, illuminating his solo practice as well as his work as a member of Emeralds. Composed and recorded over the past three years without the use of digital synthesizers and arpeggiation; a record closely connected to a personal path, attempting to make sense, to understand one’s journey.  Mastered by Keith Fullerton Whitman; pressed in a second edition of 350 copies on black vinyl with full color gloss covers and black and white printed inner sleeves.

sample: scanlon (excerpt)
video: memory bomb

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ARBOR 075; LP ALBUM
SECRET ABUSE THE IMMEASURABLE GIFT


“The Immeasurable Gift” is a testament to cathartic possibilities and the role of creation/release as a means of understanding. Recorded throughout the past three years in a variety of locations and personal moments; encapsulated by a common, unrelenting concern. Beautifully delicate, elegiac melodies concealed within curtains of dense electronic ambiance reveal themselves like the light at the end of the tunnel; a signifier of the temporary vessel form. Balancing recklessness with care and coming to terms with the inevitable; encountering the man on the shoulder, reminding us that we are all just weary travelers. In an edition of 425 records in full color proprinted cardboard jackets with printed labels and an insert; all design by Jeff Witscher.

sample: carefully opening the window

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ARBOR 052; 7"EP
C. SPENCER YEH / SICK LLAMA SPLIT



The malformed compositions of C. Spencer Yeh and Sick Llama come from opposing spectrums of noise music, though their similarities are undeniable. Whether it be Yeh’s solo piece for violin or Sick Llama’s gunked tape work, the spirit of improvisation shines through. On Yeh’s track, the churning sounds of metal scrapes and light tinges, like crossed electric static and growing, buzzing drones are the result of one violin. His unique approach to the instrument marks him as one of the most exciting improvisers today whether it be with his solo work or through his work in Burning Star Core. Sick Llama’s untitled piece is one of his most concise and interesting tracks; crushing and dirty with the hiss of tape static. Coming from the stoned mind of Heath Moreland of Fag Tapes, the expected tape aesthetic is transferred to vinyl with a compilation of cut up compositions, evoking a series of mystery sound sources. In an edition of 400 7”s in proprinited fold over sleeves with art by Maya Miller of Heavy Tapes/Religious Knives.

sample: sick llama- untitled (excerpt)

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