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Kouta Katsutaro ~ s/t


Early 1930s ryūkōka recordings from Japanese geisha Kouta Katsutaro. 

“Emerging during the early stages of the recording industry in Japan, the ryūkōka style adopted some western classical, blues & jazz elements into traditional Min’yō folk music. Kouta Katsutaro would become one of it’s most popular proponents, and along with another popular geisha singer, Ichimaru, forms the basis of a period dubbed the “Katsu-Ichi Era”.”

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2018 – Best Reissues: Ercília Costa ~ My Torment


“Death Is Not The End issue 15 heartbreaking archival fado recordings from Ercilia Costa – made in Madrid in 1930, accompanied by seminal guitarist Armandinho. One of the early stars of fado, Ercilia Costa was the first to take the music overseas to immigrant Portuguese communities.”

“…My Torment by Ercília Costa is probably one of the saddest little ditties on Bandcamp in 2018. Her voice drenched in melancholic beauty, fragile and annunciated. Determined and completely in her feels, Ercília Costa’s vocals resonate with the simplicity of acoustic guitar, in harmonious sorrow.” TinyMixtapes


Iku ~ Fugue: Some Temporal Patterns Other Than the Forward March


“.. The listener might imagine theirself in a teenage bedroom, suddenly realizing their frame of reference is arbitrary, surrounded by a vast, unknown space that is neither inside or outside. On closer inspection, the familiar objects that inhabit the room seem made of alien materials. Sometimes, a familiar sound appears, but there is something uncanny; how much of this sound memory is real? Using inventive, associative sampling a new vocabulary arises, an intimate trompe l’oreille, an impossible object where components blend, their boundaries becoming fuzzy – where it is no longer clear where one object ends and another one begins.
“Fugue” is a multi-component musing on recursive timelines, non-linear appearances and knotted self-modifying patterns. The construction and internal logic is suggestive of the never-ending process of correction, necessitated by the realisation that one-time lucid narratives turn out to be pure falsifications in retrospect. About an eternal unfolding, a continuous new creation of new spaces, new frames, new rooms to make sense of new realisations and contradictions, in her words a “repetition ~ leading back to its own beginning, initiating its own interruption, its own standstill. Immanent and intrinsic becoming, simultaneously frightening and comforting ~ a cheerful failure.”


The Caretaker ~ Everywhere at the End of Time (Stage 1 & 2 of 6)


‘Everywhere at the end of time’ is a new and finite
series exploring dementia, its advance and its totality.

Featuring the sounds from the journey The Caretaker
as artist will make after being artistically diagnosed as having early
onset dementia.

Each stage will reveal new points of progression,
loss and disintegration. Progressively falling further
and further towards the abyss of complete memory
loss and nothingness.

Viewing dementia as a series of stages can be
a useful way to understand the illness, but it is
important to realise that this only provides a rough
guide to the progress of the condition.

Drawing on a recorded history of 20 years of
recollected memories this is one final journey
and study into recreating the progression of
dementia through sound.

Stage 1 – September 2016 (A+B)
Here we experience the first signs of memory loss.
This stage is most like a beautiful daydream.
The glory of old age and recollection.
The last of the great days.

Stage 2 – April 2017 (C+D)
The second stage is the self realisation and awareness that something is wrong with a refusal to accept that. More effort is made to remember so memories can be more long form with a little more deterioration in quality. The overall personal mood is generally lower than the first stage and at a point before confusion starts setting in.

Stage 3 – Released in September 2017

Stage 4 – Released in March 2018

Stage 5 – Released in September 2018

Stage 6 – Released in March 2019