JON COLLIN - MUSIC FROM CASSETTES, ETC (2008-2017) LP
A collection of material from old cassettes, CD-r releases etc from the English guitarist Jon Collin. Now based in Stockholm, Sweden, Collin has besides issuing several limited releases on his own Winebox Press/Early Music imprints also released several volumes of the ongoing 'Water And Rock Music' series on Feeding Tube Records. Swirling and absolutely mesmerizing instrumentals often incorporating field recordings, alternating between acoustic and electric modes. 'Music From Cassettes' was initiated after witnessing Jon Collin perform at a birthday party in Gothenburg 2019, one of the last truly memorable pre-Covid shows in town. Culling shining diamonds from his discography and putting them in a new context with more recently recorded segments, Collin has carefully edited and sequenced the recordings to flow like a album. Pressed in 300 copies. Insert with liner notes by Byron Coley and Jon Collin. Vinyl master by Giuseppe Ielasi.
"From 'John Train's Blues', with its classic Charalambides amp-hover, to 'Was That Me (Part 2)', which sounds like what might have happened if Manfred Eichner had asked a bumblebee to record a solo album in '74, to 'From the Portico Library', which builds a sky-bridge between Hendrix and Connnors, the music here is unifomrly superb." - Byron Coley.
F-ARKIV 6 - Releasedate 4/12 - 2020 - AVAILABLE
SEWER ELECTION - KASSETTMUSIK LP
"April 2007. Moments captured and repeated in raw mono.
Contact mic, cassette loops + cassette amplifier."
Originally released as two private edition cassettes and then reworked for a CD release on iDEAL in 2008, Kassettmusik still stands out as one of Dan Johanssons' most confounding and bold moments. Upon its release, the extremely minimal and restrained approach on the recording took a quite unexpected turn compared to the brutish harsh noise and 'Killing For' endeavours Sewer Election was known for at the time. Crude cassette loops of sparse electronics and body sounds with the fidelity of the disintegrated magnetic tape becoming an important piece of the two side-long compositions.
Pressed in 500 copies. Insert with liner notes by Chris Sienko. Vinyl master by Viktor Ottosson.
F-ARKIV 5 - Releasedate 24/3 - 2020 - AVAILABLE
KIZZA PING - FÖRST RIVER MAN ALLT LP
Kizza Ping formed in Linköping 1980 from the ashes of local punk bands such as Spy, RAS, ÅOBF and Zpamhead. Much in line with the current strains of Ny Våg/postpunk happenings around the country in the early 80's, the six members of Kizza Ping went for more a pop-oriented sound though still being somewhat firmly rooted in their DIY punk past. Influences came from acts like New Order and Reeperbahn, but the band added their own touch to the sound, especially thanks to the harmonizing duo-singing from vocalists Annette and Helene. In the autumn of 1981 the band recorded 'Männen' and 'Lär I Tid' which ended up on Kizza Ping's only release, a 7" pressed in 600 copies on the local label Dåvhjort Records. The 7" received great reviews and the band did several out-of-town shows in cities like Göteborg, Gävle and Västerås. All band activities came to a grinding halt in 1982 and no one seems to remember why. Before disbanding, the band entered the studio Bosse Sound for a final session. Först River Man Allt includes the Dåvhjort 7" as well as 7 previously unreleased tracks, everything non-chronologicaly and carefully sequenzed to work as a proper album. The final result is a varied yet cohesive slab of Swedish underground music/outsider art with rough, half-raging kicking against the pricks anthems like 'Liten' and 'Svikers' that reeks of communal youth recreation center boredom and more polished, late-era concrete jungle jewels like 'Tackar Och Tar Emot' and 'Den Nya' that you can't believe that a pack of 17-19 year olds from Linköping in Östergötland were responsible of.
Pressed in 300 copies in a matte sleeve with printed insert including photos, gig list and liner notes by Peter Kagerland.
F-ARKIV 4 - Releasedate 11/10 - 2019 - AVAILABLE
A LOWTIDES RISING... EXPLORATIONS AROUND THE THEME OF NZ ACOUSTIC MUSIC 2xLP
An epic who's who of New Zealand underground music circa 2000, featuring Pumice, Peter Wright, Kunst/Veet (Witcyst), CJA & Anamarie, Sleep, Donald McPherson, GFrenzy, Kieran Monaghan, Swagger Jack, Birchville Cat Motel, Richard Francis, 1/3 Octave Band, Tim Cornelius, Seht, Antony Milton and James Kirk, a total of 16 tracks.
Originally released as a CD-R on Antony Milton's PseudoArcana in 2003, reissued as a 2xLP in a heavyweight deluxe deluxe gatefold sleeve and insert with liner notes by Antony Milton and Matthias Andersson. Photography by Andrew Ross and mastered by Viktor Ottosson. Limited to 250 copies. Fördämning Arkiv 3.
F-ARKIV 3 - Releasedate 8/7 - 2019 - AVAILABLE
IDEA FIRE COMPANY - THE ISLAND OF TASTE CD
Some of us will never forget when we first heard Idea Fire Company's majestic and tremendously beautiful The Island Of Taste. One of the absolute favorite albums of the last 10-15 years in the IDDB Gothenburg HQ, and Fördämning Arkiv are extremely proud to now actually be a small part of this album's legacy. Over the 7 tracks, IFCO core members Karla Borecky and Scott Foust were joined by Jessi Leigh Swenson and Meara O'Reilly as well as Frans de Waard, Graham Lambkin and Dr. Timothy Shortell. A stark and romantic mission to the rocks!
"The Island Of Taste was originally released on Swill Radio in 2007. It was the last studio recording IFCO has done, at least so far. A CD reissue might be a bit insane these days, but Matthias of IDDB loves this record and wanted to issue a CD, so here it is. (I did 500 copies of the LP in 2007 and still have 50 or so left, so this is a labor of love.) Apart from Lost Victories and Last Man... Last Round, which Karla and I played together (I always play the radio live), this is entirely a studio construction made on my trusty 4 track cassette machine from tapes people sent us and from our own recordings. The other thing I did on this recording, which I have never done before or since, was that I would pick a basic track for each piece and every addition would be speed-modulated so that the tape hiss/room sound would be in tune. I think that is what gives this recording its very subtle, but odd sound quality. This is also the only record I have ever done where I had all the song titles worked out in advance and built the music to suit. A lot of people think Island is our best LP. These days I tend to think Anti-Natural or Music From The Impossible Salon, but I am not one to quibble. The CD sounds great too. Take a chance!" - Scott Foust, March 2019
The CD is pressed in 300 copies and comes in a full colour 4-panel digipack. Mastered by Zupe.
F-ARKIV 2 - Releasedate 25/3 - 2019 - AVAILABLE
SPORTEN ÄR DÖD LP
Inspired by bands like Swell Maps, Raincoats, Buzzcocks, Liliput and The Undertones, the trio of Ulla Åkerström, Eva Herngren and Åsa Wassberg formed Sporten Är Död in Kungälv outside of Gothenburg in Sweden 1980. In April 1981 the band entered a studio to record the 8-song demo which turned out to be the only studio-recording the band ever did. About a 100 copies were made and the cassette is now one of the white whales of the early 80's Swedish punk. 'Der Weltcup' was featured on the Swedish compilation LP Svenska Tonårsgrupper Vol.3 (released on Konkurens Rekårdz in 1981) and the band performed live a bit, mostly in and around Gothenburg but also in Linköping, before disbanding in 1982. In the mid 00's 'Der Weltcup' and some of the other tracks started to circulate among the filesharing communities and Mutant Sounds-styled blogs, and 'Der Weltcup' became a floor filler at certain indie clubs in town for a while. While some of their influences might be somewhat present, there's a certain stripped-down approach to the music that is letting the melodies and lyrics (which, by the way, deals with everything from candy bars and a distaste for athletics to John Peel) speak for themselves. A lost gem of brilliant, youthful DIY pop.
Fördämning Arkiv now presents the demo cassette on vinyl in it's entirety for the first time with a live recording made at the legendaric venue Sprängkullen in May 1982 on the flipside, everything carefully transfered and mastered by Linus Andersson at Elementstudion in Gothenburg. The live recording shows the shortlived band on its peak, passionately blasting through a bunch of new tracks like the mind-blowingly good 'Gatan (den nya)' and 'Liemannen' alongside a few numbers from the cassette.
Pressed in 300 copies in a matte sleeve with layout and design by Elin Finnsdotter Engström. Included is a 12-page booklet with lots of unseen photos and liner notes by Ulla Åkerström and Peter Kagerland.
F-ARKIV 1 - Releasedate 25/1 - 2019 - SOLD OUT