FEBRUARY 24, 2018
Korea Undok Group - Continent 7" out now!
Huge mailorder update, including records from Black Petal, Zelle, Spacecase, Senufo Editions, Ikuisuus, lots of NZ stuff etc. Omit box set!
KOREA UNDOK GROUP - CONTINENT 7"
Two new tracks from Canada's Korea Undok Group.
Continent is a record about memory, time and identity, and marks the first non-reissue vinyl output from KUG. The title track, and a-side of the record, concerns memory and its disintegration over time. Throughout our lives, we encounter far too many people, places and things—so many that it will always be completely impossible to remember them all. Continent serves as a goodbye to these things, the moments we've lost into ourselves. Talula St's vocal re-rendition of Cocteau Twin's Garlands gently waves them away, maybe to be vaguely remembered for a second, until disappearing completely into a wash somewhere.
The record’s b-side, On Alibi, takes a less-personal turn, instead considering the idea of sincerity acting as alibi in art. Supposing one is sincere in their intention, it can act as a defence in some way—the intention of one acting on what they believe to be true becomes the justification for what they've done. Honesty as alibi. Perhaps some self-reflection after a rather personal turn during the first song.
7" respects standard Canadian language rule, with English & French sides, respectively.
200 copies. Mastered by Viktor Ottosson. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm.
DECEMBER 10, 2017
Drunk Elk 7" and Fördämning #14 out now.
DRUNK ELK 7"
Two new tracks from Drunk Elk, a trio from Hobart, Tasmania. A major highlight in the IDDB office throughout the last few years and arguably one of the best bands on earth right now with a under-the-radar discography filled with genuine gems. Wonky, lonesome down-under brilliance, in spirit and partially in sound channeling everything from The Garbage & The Flowers to The Shadow Ring while ultimately lingering beautifully in a parallel universe. Slow-motion wine-infused avant-folk with the distinctive vocals of Dave Askew, both tracks recorded mid 2016 and following up the very much overlooked Constellations 2x7" released on Black Petal in 2015. The A-side 'In The Tuscan Sun' is probably their finest moment yet, one of their most direct, heart-wrenching numbers and right now the best track IDDB ever spent euros on. The 'Wings Of Winter' flipside is more traditional Elk, precarious and fucked late night desolation. The 7" comes with a 8-page booklet featuring a chapter from Dave's story 'The Land Over The Ocean'.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, booklet. Plays at 45rpm.
JULY 15, 2017
No vacation! Two new 7"s out now + a cassette manufactured and distributed by IDDB.
The Neutral 7" went fast but can be purchased here.
Fördämning #13 out in August.
GLANDS OF EXTERNAL SECRETION 7"
Two six-minute montages of reversed mitosis episodes, in which scaly pods, ruptured eggs, and clumps of partially digested hair smush through one another and glom together in unstable strains of S-Glass-spanktified dad-noise. 'Backlit Colander With Holes Shaped Like Numbers' crawls with bacteria from munched electronics, murmurs of a chimney-entrapped Frampton (plus camel, but that should go without saying), tape yoont teetering on the lip of a magnetic abyss, and piercing splats from tiny automatic paintball guns. “High” and “lonesome” are the operative descriptors of 'Bok Choy Festival': Barbara Manning’s guitar loops backfire and self-annihilate in private spritz-overdose orgies; avian-constructed effigies of Annie Hayworth curdle; narration on the topic of body dysmorphia is provided courtesy of thrift store cassettes and a Sister Rosetta Thorpe quotation.
Cover artwork by Karen Constance. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33rpm.
BLUE CHEMISE 7"
Magnificent 7" from Australia's Blue Chemise that follows up the peculiar, gone-in-a-heartbeat Influence On Dusk LP from early 2017. Taking a more composed approach without abandoning the abstract, uncanny atmosphere from it's Greedy Ventilator predecessors, 'The Music Lesson' and 'Watcher At The Window' both shows a more refined, elegant side of Blue Chemise. Beautifully restrained grandioseness by violin and tapes.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33rpm.
ARV & MILJÖ CASSETTE
Third, or fourth depending on who you ask, fullength from Arv & Miljö. Another bridge burner, sort of continuing where Kropp (Posh Isolation, 2014) left off but at the same time not at all, this new 9-track album is a collection of sounds gathered in Gothenburg during a long period of time but with a heavy focus on the latter half of 2015. Snippets of boredom, heart attacks, disgusting food, “När vi två blir en”, Dan Treacy meets Birgitta Stenberg and the coming of age, assembled into some sort of nonlinear and rather dizzy audio diary that will speak to few. 50% dumb shit, 20% other people’s music, 29% larger-than-life grandiosma, 1% "Swedish tape noise". Edition of 100 copies. Originally released as a LP on Förlag För Fri Musik in 2016.
MAY 4, 2017
Neutral 7" out now.
After two albums it was just about the right time for Neutral to enter the let's make a single-mode, and of course the outcome is a wonderful head-scratcher of the finest kind. The A-side bliss that is 'A-B-C' is a somewhat classic Neutral track though exploring the more disconnected, free-roaming side of the damned things. Woke up on the wrong side of the bed, life is off kind of anti-rock and perhaps the first time we ever heard drums in Neutral. The feedback mayhem on '2-0-1-6' was captured in a barn out in the forest of the region of Småland a freezing summer night in front of a drunken moshpit of approximately 27 losers. You can't play in Belgium every weekend hums the grisly buzz from the monitors. The whole deal is finally sealed by a lovely interpretation of Le Forte Four's 'Japanese Superheroes' that is as awkward as it is exquisite, a fanfare for the record scavengers and eternal dreamers.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33rpm.
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Stefan Christensen - Open Day 7" available now.
Fördämning #11 is here as well!
Arv & Miljö
STEFAN CHRISTENSEN - OPEN DAY 7"
Following a slew of recent solo releases, this is the first vinyl single from Stefan Christensen, known from New Haven, CT bands like Estrogen Highs and Permanent Feels. Like a one-legged Crazy Horse sort of walking on the Xpressway towards the Twisted Village and stopping by Columbus, Ohio for a minute, these 5 tracks range from Galbraithian over-before-it-began cassette-folk (Open Day) to V-3 like smutty, downer rock (Brass City Dilemma and Braille), accidently scratching a few Precious Metal lathe cuts in-between. Christensen manoeuvres the 4-track recorder like there is no tomorrow, mixing down dirge but at the same time oddly uplifting and smashing songs that are just as immediate as they are life-affirming somewhere in all their distorted and tape-saturated gloom.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33rpm. (IDDB 014)
OCTOBER 29, 2016
Blod - Käre Jesus/Mandys Bil 7" out now.
Fördämning #10 available since a few weeks back and is going fast.
BLOD - KÄRE JESUS/MANDYS BIL 7"
Another nerve-wrecking tape collage work from the Gothenburg-based Blod. Spun from the circle around Enhet För Fri Musik, Blod uses found cassettes to create bizarre glimpses of an extremely cold but thrilling north. Thrift store gems of private home recordings of children singing, random conversations and crude boom box experimentation, sometimes spiced up with sparse instrumentation and always layered with a rudimentary paus-rec ff-rewind editing. There’s a humorous vein often absent in contemporary tape music, yet the private nature of the source material adds a disturbing flavour. It’s often like breaking in into someone’s living room on a Saturday night and hiding behind the rugged IKEA family couch. 'Käre Jesus' is based on repeated snippets from a Christian congregation somewhere in Sweden, classic A-side material and the one for the charts. The slow burner 'Mandys Bil' on the flipside investigates how gruelling it can be to own a car.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Four different cover variations. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB 013)
AUGUST 27, 2016
Sarah Mary Chadwick 7" available now! Total late summer days back to school soundtrack.
Next 7" is from Sweden and it is at the plant right now and will be out in October.
Fördämning #10 in the works and ready "soon".
New Arv & Miljö LP out now on Förlag För Fri Musik, available here.
SARAH MARY CHADWICK - THIS FITS/THIS IS FAMILIAR 7"
One of the most played albums in the IDDB office of 2015 was Sarah Mary Chadwick's 9 Classic Tracks (Siltbreeze). On this 7" the Melbourne-based artist gives us two tracks from the same session as the new album Roses Always Die which was recently released on Rice Is Nice. Two tracks of just guitar and vocals, stripped down to the bare minimum and driven by an austere ambience.
As always, 200 copies, black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB012)
JUNE 9, 2016
Posset 7" out now!
Stuff from Australia and Sweden is coming next.
Also available: Fördämning #9.
Two new tracks from the Newcastle-based improvisor Joe Murray and his Posset, known from releases on Mantile, Chocolate Monk, No Basement Is Deep Enough and more. 'Fanzine Ink Dries Like Black Blood' was recorded on 9th Jan 2016 at BOOKSHOP in Sunderland City Library. Mainly mainly made up of vocal-jaxx loops, dry breath and child chatter. It's the final four minutes of a longer live jam. No overdumps! 'Slurpy Slurpy Creep Creep' is the relentless squelching from a wet mouth that's been physically spliced into cranky tape. An improvisation. An exploration of sharp pencil tap and wickedly pinched spools.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB011)
APRIL 15, 2016
New seveninch out today!
One more before the summer.
Fördämning #9? Soon.
LEDA - CITY/CLEAR7"
The two-song vinyl debut from Sofie Herner, the younger half of the Malmö/Gothenburg duo Neutral, following up a fairly unheard cassette released on Ingen Våg in 2014. The A-side cut wouldn't have been completely out of place on a Root Don Lonie For Cash lathe cut from the 90's, but the underlying heaviness and overall psychedelic guitar/synth blur blasted through a shitty amplifier totally sets it apart. Flip the vinyl and find a sort of fragile take on kosmische musik, straight from the Utmarken elementary school. Japanese whispers. A homespun scorcher and a completely unique voice in the Swedish underground. Recorded at the IDDB headquarters spring 2014.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB010)
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
IDDB010 and IDDB011 at the plant. More Sweden, more UK.
New issue of Fördämning out in a month or two.
CHARCOAL OWLS - KID BROTHER 7"
The duo of Russell Walker and Tom James Scott follows up the Coventry Campbell CS from 2015 with two new tracks. A splendid, minimalistic mixture of post-Savoury Days UK DIY slow motion pop through shimmering organ melodies, sparse drumming, piano and field recordings, with a sense of melancholia sort of recognizable from Tom James Scott solo recordings but at the same time not at all. Everything unified with the unmistakable vocals of Russell Walker, covering Navinder Singh Sarao and whatnot.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stampedmwhite labels, insert. Plays at 33rpm. Mastered by Viktor Ottosson. (IDDB009)
JANUARY 22, 2016
A new 7" out now and another two at the plant.
ARV & MILJÖ 7"
An ode to Gothenburg. Ten minutes focusing almost entirely on the sounds of seagulls and rain, with only tiny hints of the troubled A&M past. Recordings from a window, July 2015. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33rpm. (IDDB008)
OCTOBER 28, 2015
The Dead Seee 7" is indeed sold out but should still be available from
Fusetron, Metamkine, Penultimate Press and a few other places. Last handful of copes
of the Idea Fire Company and No Intention 7"s too so now is the time.
IDDB008 and IDDB009 at the plant and will both be done early 2016.
Fördämning #8 is taking shape, deadline for review stuff is November 30th. Over and out.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
Autumn breeze! The Dead C - Palisades 7" out now.
THE DEAD C - PALISADES 7"
This single by New Zealand’s most overly-prolific trio is taken from the sessions for their upcoming double LP on Ba Da Bing. Forthcoming non-selections recorded live in an empty bar in Port Chalmers, and produced by the band as all their records are. Nothing much changes in the Dead C’s world, it just all happens again and again in the same way. Who could ask for more?
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB007)
AUGUST 17, 2015
Summer's gone. Krube. 7" out now! Full info below.
Fördämning #7 available too, featuring Corpus
Hermeticum, Penultimate Press and Massimo Toniutti.
IDDB007 at the plant and out within the next 2 months.
Untitled two-tracker from Berlin's Krube, following up releases on labels such as Hrönir and Fragment Factory. A step even further into oblivion, exploring unknown territories via daunting everyday life recordings and electronic slices of nothing and everything.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Mastered by Viktor Ottosson. Plays at 45rpm. (IDDB006)
MAY 5, 2015
A new 7" is out now! Next one at the plant, to be
released this summer. Also available now is Fördämning #6.
RODGER STELLA - THE FINAL PROGRAMME 7"
Two prime cuts of intense noise bliss from Rodger Stella, sort of in the vein of some One Dark Eye stuff with a psychedelic twist slightly reminiscent of C.C.C.C. Stuff flies out of everywhere.
200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33 1/3rpm. (IDDB005)
JANUARY 2, 2015
Two new IDDB 7"s available now.
Issue 5 of Fördämning is hot off the presses too.
KOSTIS KILYMIS - CRYSTAL DROPS/GROUND LOOPS 7"
Kostis Kilymis is a sound artist based in London, UK. This 7" contains new material following two cassette releases for Mazurka Editions and Hideous Replica. Two tracks recorded at home and outside in 2014 using circuits, pulses and wind noise - one a bit rhythmic, the other less so.
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33 1/3rpm. (IDDB004)
LEA BERTUCCI - LIGHT SILENCE, DARK SPEECH 7"
Lea Bertucci's debut album Resonance Shapes LP from 2013 is an overlooked gem that caused a small stir at the IDDB office. On this much more stripped down affair the New York-based artist changed her bass clarinet for an old alto sax and the two cuts delivered here are somewhat different, but just as intimate and perplexing.10 mesmerizing minutes that owes just as much to free jazz skronk as it does to contemporary sound art.
Mastered by Viktor Ottosson. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33 1/3rpm. (IDDB003)
AUGUST 2, 2014
More plastic. First two IDDB releases ready to be ordered,
played and adored. A crusade for good taste.
1 euro per inch. Lots of 7"s in the works.
Free 1" buttons with all initial orders.
IDEA FIRE COMPANY - THE LABORATORY 7"
2013 marked the 25th anniversary of Idea Fire Company, the duo of Scott Foust and Karla Borecky based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Right before the end of the year The Laboratory EP was recorded. Two tracks of icy synth work, at times sort of reminiscent of parts of the Anti-Natural LP from 1999, but this probably being the most stripped down and monotonous material you will be able to find in the splendid discography of Idea Fire Company.
Mastered by Zupe. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. Plays at 33 1/3rpm. (IDDB001)
NO INTENTION - GOOD INTENTIONS/MATERIAL DILEMMA 7"
Sound poetry/tape music from Allen Mozek/Good Area, following up the Debris Music CS released on Vitrine in 2013. Recorded at home, early 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.
Side A plays at 45rpm, Side B at 33 1/3rpm. 200 copies. Black vinyl, white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached, stamped white labels, insert. (IDDB002)