I took a little time to write up some detailed descriptions of the first batch of Gift Tapes releases. We’ve got a few left here at Gift Tapes, and in a few days Tomentosa should have some available as well (thanks for your support Josh!).Â Also, I should to mention that we’ve got some killer projects in the works for our next GT batch – I can’t say when yet, but it looks like it could be as early as May.Â Stay tuned for that.Â In the meantime, enjoy these descriptions of our first tapes.Â (I’ll be back to reviewing tapes with the next post.)
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Spare Death Icon, Northwind, C30, Gift Tapes (GT001), 2009, ltd 50
Multiplexed visions: A starship draped in eagle feathers. Pedal to the metal in a 1970 Chevelle on a desert highway. The unidentified bird whose song is only heard once a year. All of this, blowing in a winter wind… Northwind is Jason E Anderson’s first release as Spare Death Icon. Layered synthesizers make up this work, nearly half of which was recorded in a fire lookout in NE Oregon. The wind and the natural landscape as inspiration, offset by an urban-dreamscape subconscious drenched in sci-fi/action film realities.
Stella Haze, Thaw, C30, Gift Tapes (GT002), 2009, ltd 50
The transition of cold, cracked earth to a soil fit for promoting life energy, Stella Haze traverses seasons and dimensions. Weaving thick fields of synthesizer, Wurlitzer, and voice, the formation of a weightless aura that sifts through the air molecules like an eel through dark waters. This is Cristin Miller’s first as Stella Haze, a digression from her former work with avant folk-rock duo Emma Zunz. Thaw is a magical minimalist affair that leads it’s followers into eternal light, like the spirits of newly formed clouds awaiting their entrance into the evening skies.
Million Mists, Haleakala, C30, Gift Tapes (GT003), 2009, ltd 50
Jamie Potter’s new side project, Million Mists, is an acid Christmas covered in a blanket of thick smoke. Haleakala emits odd atmospheres of thrift store keyboards etched into tape. FM synthesis becomes helium balloons, nestling into a freshly burrowed cavern of magnetic detritus. Out of the long form minimalist improvisations of Bonus and the positive islander synth jams of Brother Raven, Potter’s current solo work slowly rises like morning dew in a sea breeze, painting new age dreamscapes for the hearing impaired.
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