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CINDYTALK - silver shoals of light 10"


from the original press release:

BLUESANCT is incredibly excited that the third release in our ART SINGLES series is by one of our all-time favourite artists, CINDYTALK. This time it will be a 10", to facilitate the sonics involved. One-sided vinyl with screen-printed b-side and printed sleeve.

The concept behind this series is to celebrate the 10th year of the label with a series of releases that give us excuse to work with some of our biggest influences. And there is hardly a larger influence on my own music and art than GORDON SHARP and CINDYTALK.

‘silvershoalsoflight’ is quintessential CINDYTALK… written and produced by GORDON SHARP and MATT KINNISON… drum machine ticks along gorgeous bass pulses up against Gordon’s vocals… leading to a climax of bliss and dissonance.

For those not familar with CINDYTALK’s work, it is a sound that straddles several genres at once… ambient abstract industrial cinematic glitch post-punk… Gordon Sharp was at one time perhaps best known for lending his angelic voice to several tracks on THIS MORTAL COIL’s classic masterpiece ‘It’ll End In Tears’ (4AD, 1984), but those tracks are nothing but a footnote in history for Sharp and Cindytalk… since 1982, Cindytalk has recorded half a dozen fiercely challenging albums of devastating beauty… and there is no end in sight for this seminal group.

released 12 October 2008
Bluesanct (INRI084)
10" = ltd to 500 copies


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/silver-shoals-of-light

BODY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST -
Apperceptionist CD


from the original press release:

As the title suggests, this 29 track CD is a collection of 4 mini-albums recorded and self-released in micro editions throughout the middle of the last decade.

BODY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST is the work of Nathanael Markham and Jamie Hepler, operating out of Asheville, NC. We first became aware of Nathanael’s work from a poorly attended (and staggeringly beautiful) loft show with ASHRAE FAX and DREKKA in 2002.

Eight years later, Nathanael Markham fulfills his destiny and officially joins the Bluesanct roster. Joining 4AD bliss arrangments to beautiful acoustic melodies, BoJtB produce brief postcards of sound, sharing little moments with devastating beauty… artful, emotive ambient noise with distinct pop melodies that rattle around in the listener’s head after the album ends.

Classic reference points would be the early cassette work of HIS NAME IS ALIVE, the interludes of THIS MORTAL COIL or the desert pining of SOUL WHIRLING SOMEWHERE… contemporary examples may find solidarity in the internal works of CAETHUA, the small songs of ATLAS SOUND or ARIEL PINK, or the apocalypse reverb DREKKA.

“Surreal lyrics rise from the obscurity of the layered tracks, surfacing clearly through the delicious haze of watery, echoing synthesizer, guitar and reverb. There’s a sweetness to Markham’s voice that transcends preciousness, exactly complementing the material’s sleepy, languid sense of longing.”

Ltd to 300 copies, in a gorgeous hand-made gatefold gold metallic screen-printed sleeve.

released 31 October 2009
Bluesanct (INRI086)
CD = ltd to 300 copies


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/apperceptionist

Elephant Micah - Globe Rush Progressions [Bluesanct; 2013]

Joe O’Connell goes synth! This is the day the folkies turn and boo, cast their aspersions at a man who has long provided a voice for the sullen and dreamy. Now its bathed in electronic heaviness, a man donning thick shades and chastising Donovan. But in his world, this is the new truth. These are the new melodies to match the new words. It’s still the same man, just a different transmission. There are still moments of distant plucks and ancient wisdom (“Marie’s Hair,” “Ever Greener”) but as every society does to the one before it, O’Connell must build on top of all that once stood for his new obelisks to be seen. But lovers of the old–those afraid of change–will wilt at the march of Globe Rush Progressions. Though a wayward collection of lost treasures and never-heard monuments, these are really the flickers of forward momentum of Elephant Micah. They went unheeded, they were left untouched until this moment and for that, we are welcome. Fame has not gone to old Joe’s head, for he still rummages in the basement (“(Timed Being)”) rather than taking drags and typing on an old Woodstock. To be sucked into the doors of perception (“Borneo Reprise”), O’Connell has not betrayed his past for a more favorable future. This is a man we’ve always known, never fearful of speaking his mind. You may scold him in black and white features but when the world goes technicolor, you will be uttering his praises. And apologizing to Sunshine Superman. But if you want the prize, you better grab your part of but 175. Going, going….

BODUF SONGS - Inviolate Projection, Blood From Rome (Blankets) 10"


BLUESANCT announces the fourth release in our ART VINYL series will be BODUF SONGS. Like it’s predecessors, this will be a beautiful single, with an exclusive recording on one side, and a screenprinted image of the song on the other side… housed with a letterpressed sleeve.

BODUF SONGS is primarily the work of Mat Sweet, minstrels of misery from the United Kingdom. They have released three incredible albums on Kranky Records, as well a devastating EP on Southern Records as part of their special LATITUDES series.

Mat gave us an exclusive 12 minute epic entitled ‘inviolate projection, blood from rome (blankets)’ which not only gives us the drones and hushed guitar they are known for, but also ventures into their (partially) suppressed doom underpinnings.

The record is accompanied by gorgeous specially commissioned artwork by Norwegian artist, JOHANNES HOIE, whose apocalyptic scenes perfectly embody the yearning for the black sun that is Boduf Songs.

released 11 August 2009
Bluesanct (INRI088)
10" = ltd to 300 copies (only a few copies left!)


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/inviolate-projection-blood-from-rome-blankets

DREKKA - Live in Bloomington, 01.VII.2015


A really nice, textural set from a couple days ago… there is something extra special about the recording for some reason. A very casual, fun show surrounded by fellow thinkers.

I also included the pre-show drone… a self-generating piece which evolved and shifted sonically depending on who was in the room at the time.


MAIN SET:
1. THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
2. UNBEKNOWNST
3. THE PACT

PRE-SHOW DRONE:
1. OCEANIC WAVES WAVE


Recorded 01 JULY 2015 at Ggggggghost House, Bloomington, IN
Total Playing Time: 36:07/30:00


FREE to download, via the Drekka Live Archive…

https://drekkalivearchive.bandcamp.com/album/20150701-live-in-bloomington

RIVULETS - thank you reykjavik EP


from the original press release:

Four songs recorded live in studio for Icelandic National Radio in Reykjavik in March of 2001.

rivulets is centered on the tense, moving and often disturbing songs of Nathan Amundson. His self-titled debut full-length was recently released on Chairkickers Union, a label run by Alan ASparhawk of Low. There, Amundson is joined by LD Beghtol (Flare, Magnetic Fields), Jay Kroehler, and Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk of Low.

For his March 2001 European dates, Amundson performed solo for guitar and voice. These four versions were inspired by the vast, alien landscapes and warm-hearted people of Iceland; his songs stripped to a bare, spare minimalism that leaves the mind to fill in the spaces with memories and hope.

released 20 August 2002
Bluesanct (INRI064)
CD = ltd to 500 copies


https://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/thank-you-reykjavik

UPDATE: ELEPHANT MICAH - “Globe Rush Progressions” LP


We’ve set the release date on this new Bluesanct release – our very first full-length LP release – for MARCH 12th, 2013.


PRE-ORDER SALE begins FEBRUARY 12th…

* 175 copies only… pre-order copies come either with both Elephant Micah’s full-length CDs on Bluesanct or with a copy of Joe O'Connell and Jason Henn’s “Mingus Plays Electric Guitar” 7"… your choice!

* There is also a very limited “Test Pressing Package”… only 8 test pressings available, this package comes with the LP, CDs or 7", PLUS a test pressings of the LP with hand-drawn labels by Elephant Micah!


If you write for a blog or magazine and would like to be put on the press list to receive a digital promo of the LP, please message us or email

MOUNT EERIE - I Whale 7"


from the original press release:

The first in a series of beautiful limited edition art vinyl from Bluesanct. There is not really much to say about it except:

• The 7" single is ltd to 1000 copies, on baby blue sea coloured vinyl.
• It will not be repressed and will sell out very quickly. Get it now, or don’t.

• Side A features the exclusive MOUNT EERIE song entitled ‘I WHALE’. • Side B features a beautiful screenprint of an image drawn by Phil Elverum.

• The sleeve is a letterpressed text taken from a handwritten layout by Phil in blues and white on sandy coloured cardstock.

• Of the song, Phil says:
“It is a sequel to another song of mine called "I am a Pearl Diver” that was on another 7". They are my 2 songs so far in the series on nautical professions.“

released 24 January 2006
Bluesanct (INRI079)
7” = ltd to 1000 copies


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/i-whale

CAETHUA - Village of the Damned CD


from the original press release:

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Clare Hubbard has been striving to recreate the stark and ghostly sounds of her birthplace through lo-fi multi-instrument experimentation and by creating a variety of “identities” within her music. Her project Caethua serves as her primary musical identity, focusing on the darkness of nature and her melancholy recollections of the past. Composed, recorded and produced independently, her music is clearly influenced by early psych-folk composers, combining stark imagery with slow drones, haunting melodies, and scratchy field recordings.

In her own words, her work sounds like “…cold marriages of growing up in the snow-covered cornfields of upstate New York, moldy nylon string guitars, a hissing blend of flea market half-working electronics, rusted pots and pans, field recordings of a doomed boat trip down the St. Lawrence River, birds in the ice-covered trees, the groan of an overheating diesel engine, shortwave radio in the middle of nowhere, busted cars sliding in the sleet of Indiana, the soft hum of an old living room, hissing from Florida swamps and a sorrowful voice leading us into the frozen ground.”

“…Caethua builds a majestic framework of rural poetics and darkly colored orchestration that manages to cross the aesthetics of Harry Smith and This Mortal Coil… More people should hear this engaging voice turn familiar gestures into untrodden and insolent music…” – Eric Weddle (Dusted Magazine)

released 12 May 2009
Bluesanct (INRI083)
CD = ltd to 300 copies


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/village-of-the-damned

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BILÍN WAKE + DREKKA - Live in Chicago, 16.V.2015


We’ve begun uploading the Drekka Live Archive to the Drekka YouTube Channel for your convenience…

More info can be found here:
https://drekkalivearchive.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/drekka

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LOW - videos VHS


from the original press release:

BlueSanct is once again proud to offer this powerful video collection, presented in co-operation with Chicago based film company ignorant noise productions and Tugboat Records UK.

Eight films for the music of LOW. This collection spans LOW’s career from 1994-1999.

The tape begins with five films by Kirstin Grieve, featuring tracks from LOW’s first two releases for Kranky Records. Shot at Alan and Mimi’s house in Duluth, their intense claustrophobic shots and found footage match LOW’s introspective minimalist as maximalist song structures. Celebration and melancholy simultaneously.

Also included are LOW’s three videos made for Vernon Yard by Harder-Fuller Films. A sort of ‘holy grail’ for LOW fans, these videos were previously only available on promotional reels and were
virtually impossible to find.

Since the original release of this tape in 1999, Kirstin’s films have caught the eye of filmmaker Cameron Crowe, who used work by her in his most recent film, Vanilla Sky. If you watch closely, you may catch a glimpse of the ‘Weight of Water’ video among her shots they used.

released 25 October 1999
Bluesanct/Tugboat UK (INRI050v/TUGV013)
VHS = ltd to ?? copies

STATIC FILMS - Force Over Distance CD


from the original press release:

often tagged as young blood, static films have been following an inspired and impassioned evolutionary path for the past seven year; that is seven years tucked tightly into the respective belts of singer/songwriter mark trecka and arranger/multi-instrumentalist douglas tesnow as well as an ever-revolving cast of players from cellists to walkie-talkie players to ten-piece choirs. having walked the paths of experimental tone construction and noise-rock freak-out through fields of folk and sincere poetics, static films seem to be
currently residing in a delicate location, cushioned on all sides by folk and soul, rock and blues, and an impassioned spirit that affords the most daring of methodologies.

seven years plus one record equals “force over distance,” the debut full-length from static films. recorded at six different locations throughout three cities and over three years, “force over distance” somehow maintains a coherence and a unity that allows great albums to be more than just collections of songs. great variances in fidelity, energy and instrumentation, from the 11 plus minute guitar-and-voice opening track to the robert wyatt-leading-a-band-of-steet-musicians dirge-like “cave point park,” “force over distance” is clearly a document of one particular period of time in the life of the collective creative mind behind it, and effectively brings along the elements of the many places visited in that time; the salt residue of the ocean brine, the red dust of the desert. there is a sense of faith in persistence and persistence of faith over great distances and emotional duress. it may well be the thesis statement of the record.

while holding a place among contemporaries such as the microphones, bright eyes, devendra banhart, entrance and others, static films harken to an older tradition of fusing rock and folk with soul and emotion in the ways of tim buckley, robert wyatt, simon and garfunkle, the beach boys or van morrison.

- Mark Trecka and Michael Anderson, JUN 2003

released 07 October 2003
Bluesanct (INRI062)
CD = ltd to 1000 copies


https://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/force-over-distance

VERJAARDAG - Verjaardag 3"CDR


I was staying at Morc HQ for a month in December 2006. A vacation, an escape from reality, a recording session for an album I still, in December 2012, has not completed.

I was planning on using Wim and Annelies’ Tascam 8-track to record some Drekka material and to familiarize myself with the machine, I believe Annelies asked me to help do some production on a Remora cover she was working on (‘Into the Sun’).

I worked on that, as well as playing around with some of the tracks Annelies had been working on for her second full-length, 'Marit’.

As is a tradition with Day2, I decided to work out some special Drekka re-workings of the tracks for a birthday gift… birthday in the Morc dialect being 'verjaardag’. I did a handmade package for it, sewing photos to construction paper and whatnot. The Bluesanct 3" version contains photos of the original artwork.

I really, really love these tracks! Working with Wim and Annelies always brings out the best in me, be it live or in session. It is a pity no one has put this out on vinyl yet… (yet).

In 2011, I decided to reprise the project, after finding files of the separated, unmixed tracks for 'Marit’ on Nathan Vollmar’s harddrive.

I have included these three 2011 tracks, along with an unreleased outtake – 'Have you heard?’ (Gv mix)– and an alternate mix of 'Into the Sun’ (Drekka mix).

All the songs are by Annelies Monseré, except 'Into the Sun’ which is by Remora.

As far as I know, everything on these tracks was played by Annelies Monseré, Nathan Amundson, Jessica Bailiff, and myself.

I look forward to doing more Verjaardag tracks in the years to come… and maybe I’ll even finish that Drekka album I started in Ghent six years ago!
- Mkl Anderson, December 2012

released 03 December 2006
Bluesanct (INRI080)
3"CDR = ltd to 77 copies


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/verjaardag

BLUESANCT has been cranking this week on our ‘online presence’; working on getting our releases up on the BANDCAMP and started a FACEBOOK page… (I know, it took us HOW Long to figure out that we didn’t have one?!)

We are uploading the entire catalogue in reverse order of release… the most recent two dozen or so are up already!

So, we’ll be posting streams of the catalogue here over the next few weeks, in hopes of enticing you to go check out something you may have missed or to perhaps find a new favorite amongst the many artists that we call family.

It is also all streamable via our Facebook page, which we encourage you to go 'LIKE’ and all that…

BLUESANCT BANDCAMP:
http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/

BLUESANCT FACEBOOK:
http://facebook.com/bluesanct

ELEPHANT MICAH - Globe Rush Progressions LP
LIMITED EDITION VINYL LP / DOWNLOAD

RELEASE DATE:
MARCH 12th, 2013 on BLUESANCT

PRE-ORDER BEGINS TODAY:
http://www.bluesanct.com/inri089_elephant_micah.html

PRE-ORDER SPECIAL INCLUDES THE LP, PLUS 7" VINYL OR CD EXTRAS and TEST PRESSING PACKAGES

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Bluesanct presents a “forgotten Elephant Micah album” in the form of Globe Rush Progressions. Found within a pile of discarded CDRs in basement of Bluesanct HQ, the album features a selection of hard-to-find compilation appearances and unreleased recording experiments.

Globe Rush Progressions is collected from one-off sessions in the late 2000s, projects approached as a way to test out ideas…an opportunity to break rules…out of curiosity…and in response to invitations…recording in a public stairwell…writing about historical hairstyles…playing back stretched out cassettes…interpreting Big Star…all with a brazen commitment to home-production.

Assembled, the tracks on Globe Rush Progressions reflect the more exploratory aspects of Elephant Micah. Somewhere between sound art and song, the release documents Joe O'Connell’s work not just as a writer and singer, but also as a recordist and experimenter.

The collection arrives on the heels of Elephant Micah’s recent NPR Song of the Day honor and appearance at North Carolina’s Hopscotch Festival. Dark Dark Dark’s version of the Elephant Micah song, “Wild Goose Chase”, was also featured prominently in the debut episode of the final season of the British TV show, “Skins”.

Globe Rush Progressions is available as a one-time LP pressing in an edition of 175 copies, housed in a deluxe sleeve with insert and download card. The album will also be available for download on a ‘pay-what-you-want’ basis via Elephant Micah’s Bandcamp site.

VOLLMAR- Okay CD


from the original press release:

This is the third record from vollmar, the group/solo-artist from Bloomington, IN. These “Sorry Sue”, “Bus Stop”, and “Mtn.” songs as Justin Vollmar himself refers to them are placed with care to piece together a story when it’s there or give attention to musical themes when they feel more important. Sometimes both happen. What happens happens.

We think this record is really pushing things. By splitting the record up
into three recognizable sections, approaching the conceptual, denying its pretensions, and latching onto the moment vollmar are giving us the kind of honest representation we need in order to know music is alive. With an approach to pop and experimental music akin to the early albums of John Cale and structural elements informed by albums of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski like “Je ne connais pas cette home” or “Le Bonheur” vollmar are keeping the idea and the album alive in the digital age.

In addition, vollmar has two lt. ed. seven inches and LP’s respectively
due to be out this year, has just returned from a full U.S. tour with
John Ringhofer (Half-Handed Cloud and Sufjan Stevens Illinoisemaker), and has completed two European tours within the past year.

released 21 November 2006
Bluesanct (INRI081)
CD = ltd to 500 copies


http://bluesanct.bandcamp.com/album/okay