Jon Wesseltoft / Okkyung Lee

Piper 12" S/Sided
HOL-063


A single nineteen minute track captured live in Oslo, 2010 in the same period of the astonishing Cold Burn LP (Feeding Tube Records, 2012) recorded by the duo together with Anla Courtis and C. Spencer Yeh.

Another stringed drone ritual here - but less choral than the quartet session - where the cello and the harmonium (or the accordion organ) are endlessly chasing each other aiming to the perfect sinergy around the same tune, resulting in a deep and intense meditation practice. Exquisitely mixed and mastered by Jon Wesseltoft in Oslo, 2013.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

oAxAcA

Salvatora LP
HOL-070


Salvatora is the second incredible album from this sextet from Cuneo actively researching in the realm of unstructured free jazz from 2008.

Since then, the group grew more and more by adding new elements and enriching the sound with new thing echoes inspired by the likes of John Coltrane, James Brown and Miles Davis. This last session in particular - mixed and mastered in 2012 at Blue Record Studio by Mano Moccia - sees a more active participation of the electronic instruments, rejecting traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a Bitches Brewesque rock influenced improvisational style. And who does not love that sound of an electric piano?

Pressing info:
100 copies on black w/ clear green and blue splatter

Nicola Ratti

Ossario 12"
HOL-068/069


Through the use of sound generated from modular synthesizer, tapes and samples Ossario is a collection of ten separate and independent songs - in two volumes, available separately - introducing a new and radical composing method.

The aim is to build some kind of musical skeletons designed not to be covered in flesh and tissues, but trying to reduce everything to the bone. This double release marks the end of the journey started with 220 Tones (Die Schachtel, 2011) and continued with Streengs (Senufo Editions, 2012), focusing the research on the use of well-defined sound to be used now as a rhythmic element, now as en electronic impulse or eventually as a self-standing musical element. Simple sounds generated with magnetic tape saturation or electric pulses match with elements belonging to the language of techno music, shifting the focus away from its usual (and predictable) axis to a new (and eccentric) point of view.

Nicola Ratti is one of the artists invited to perform at Festival Presences Electronique INA GRM 2014, Paris.

Pressing info:
300 copies on white vinyl, screenprinted pvc sleeve

Hartmut Geerken

Live in Kabul 1976 2xLP
HOL-067


Outstanding archival recordings by Hartmut Geerken. German author, poet, composer, film-maker, and gifted musician who collaborated with John Tchicai, Sun Ra, Embryo, Michael Ranta, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and many more.

An incredible live session hosted by the Goethe Institut of Kabul on September 22, 1976. More than sixty minutes of convulsive jams - and hypnotic obscure interludes to loop your head to - captured on reel-to-reel tape, edited and mastered for the best vinyl listening experience that will definitely prove you how free Afghanistan once was. The public too has never been this reactive, shouting and clapping and singing to the music of the quartet directed by our beloved Hartmut, who also plays piano using both the keys and the chords.

Pressing info:
250 copies on black, gatefold cover, first 20 copies come with an original copy of the program of the concert numbered and signed by the artist

No-Neck Blues Band

Furamingo Josei LP
HOL-066


This hidden gem - likely recorded sometime in the mid 2000's around the time they made Qvaris, according to what NNCK's Pat Murano remembers - is another astonishing output of Harlem's seven-member free-form improvisational collective. 

A luminous string sprung from their collectively trepanned third eyes that will put the listener in an altered state of consciousness as erratically respirating freeform freakouts and lumbering ragas disintegrate and spontaneously re-assemble amidst dense thickets of percussive clatter. This session, previously revealed in an archival post by the always-missed Mutant Sounds blog and later recovered in a forgotten folder, has finally been mastered and put on wax for this one-time pressing vinyl edition.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black

Giuseppe Ielasi

Stunt (Appendix) 3x7"
HOL-055


Long delayed box collecting - on six sides - an appendix to the Stunt trilogy, started in 2008 with the Stunt EP then followed by (Another) Stunt and a (Third) Stunt.

The project was focused on the use of a turntable as the only source generating pulses and rhythms by phisically playing a selection of records, using a technique inspired by hip-hop turntablism. This gathering of samples results in a glitched sound texture bringing Ielasi's ambient imprint into a new dimension made of fragmented dance cadences, sometimes even adding a touch of dubstep grit to the mix. A soulful jam for a slippery dancefloor. 

Pressing info:
Limited to 150 copies on clear vinyl, cardboard box set

Adam Asnan / Giuseppe Ielasi

Quarry 12" S/Sided
HOL-065


Quarry is the latest chapter in the ongoing collaboration between the London-based composer-performer of musique concrète Adam Asnan and the Italian sound artist and mastering engineer Giuseppe Ielasi.

As the title may suggest, this encounter produced a dusty sculpture whose shape has only been drafted on a stone excavated from the ground and where it is hard to distinguish the acousmatic touch of Asnan from the rhythmic textures of Ielasi.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

Fantamatres

Delitto antico 7"
HOL-062


Fantamatres is the duo formed by Giovanni Donadini - former member of With Love and Nastro Mortal also known for his solo-project Ottaven - and the slang-poet Sissy Biasin, who's been active since the 70's as a pioneer of the Italian industrial scene with Teatro Satanico and Teatrino della Volpe.

Fantamatres is their weird collaboration whose output is a regional surreal poetry performed - or more often improvised - over some sleazy organ grooves and pulsing italo disco electronics. After the stunning debut tape release Contacto Salino (Hundebiss Records, 2012) this is their first vinyl release, prepared for a challenge in less than 48 hours and resulted in three real hits trying to capture the irrepressible rampage of their rare and umbelievable live acts.

Pressing info:
Limited to 100 copies on black, wraparound sleeve containing lyrics

Jo Thomas

Mermaids LP
HOL-061


Mermaids includes four tracks composed and recorded in early 2013. The concepts of the work are built around freedom - expressed by the use of the audio ‘glitch’ - and unity framed in metaphors of water and transformation. All sound sources are mostly from the human voice.

Jo Thomas is a London-based composer teaching sound design, composition and music technology at the University of East London. Her compositional work is primarily focused on the use of human voice, microsound and technological artefacts. She has written electronic works in the studios of INA-GRM in Paris and EMS in Stockholm. She won the Golden Nica for Digital Music at Prix Ars Electronica 2012 for her work Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron, and her album Alpha (Entr'acte) was nominated for a Qwartz 7 Award in 2011.

Pressing info:
250 copies on black

Lettera 22

Physical Point 12" S/Sided
HOL-060


Lettera 22 is the duo of Matteo Castro and Riccardo Mazza, two main characters in the Italian noise and experimental scene, building incredible collages of field recordings and abused dynamics.

The lucky few who attended their live set at the Dome in London for the Broken Flag 30th Anniversary - where they caused a speaker stack to fall over, almost setting fire to it - saw their potential unleashed and knows what we mean by saying that they have an incredible control of the multi-layered texture they produce. Physical Point is a perfect demonstration of this skill, where the pair builds up a simmering tension made of captured sounds and hissing tapes, keeping a grip on it with the cold blood of a snake charmer.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

Les Conversions

Snowwhite LP
HOL-059


Second effort from this NYC trio composed by Jason Meagher (NNCK, Coach Finger), Pat Murano (NNCK, Decimus, Key of Shame) and Dave Shuford (NNCK, Rhyton) after their private press self titled debut LP released on Kelippah.

An improvised ritual of metal percussion and electronic modulation recorded at Black Dirt Studio in 2012. As in previous NNCK and Decimus works there is a lot of buzzing drones and flickering electronics, just less haunting and more tripping. Nature boys gone electronic.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble

Bitter Suites LP
HOL-058


Deluxe repress edition of this incredible masterpiece made out of two live performances of the U.S. Steel Cello Ensemble recorded in 1979 at The Showing Room in NYC and at Helen Shlien Gallery in Boston.

The Ensemble performs playing large sheets of metal and producing amazingly droning sounds. These live recordings are the result of an evolutionary refinement of instrumental design and playing techniques which Robert Rutman explored and develped after a ten year period of practice. He invented the two only instruments played by the Steel Cello Ensemble: the Bow Chime - a six foot sheet of steel formed into a horizontal curve with an iron bar attached to the top corners of the metal sheet - and the Single String Cello - an eight foot sheet suspended vertically from a stand. This limited reissue has been released in occasion of Bob Rutman's 83rd birthday party concert at Cookies, in Berlin.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black

Claudio Rocchetti

Pointless Vanishing Point 12" S/Sided
HOL-057


Back on wax after a four-year hiatus, Claudio Rocchetti gives us a one-sider vinyl assembled at home - in Auerstr. 7, Berlin - inspired by the work of Robert Smithson.

Including a sample from Trilogie de la Mort by Eliane Radigue and some sounds provided on purpose by Al Doum, Von Tesla and Stefano Pilia, Pointless Vanishing Point is a three-parted journey into the recurring environment of awkward sounds and slow frequencies interrupted by a distant sounding psychedelic interlude.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

Bellows

Reelin' LP
HOL-056


Third act for the duo composed of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti after their eponymous debut on Kning Disk and the acclaimed "Handcut" LP on Planam-Senufo (featured on the Wire list of the best releases of 2010).

CDJ, Sony Walkman, Revox A77 and Memory Man are the perfect instruments to create labyrinthine meta-pathways through quietly convective thickets of acousmatic sound, from spacious clouds of fuzzy electronics verging on dub imprints to water-stained electronics reminding of BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa's 'Space Finale' and more fractal, decaying bleeps nudged and frayed with a beautifully tactile intuition. Originally released on CD by Entr'acte, here it comes in a deluxe LP edition with embossed lettering on the cover and printed inner sleeve.

Pressing info:
250 copies on black

Ghédalia Tazartès

Check Point Charlie 2xLP
HOL-054


Born in Paris in 1947, Ghédalia Tazartès started singing when he was twelve-year-old, creating his own language. He began a professional career in dance, theatre, cinema, while still giving some occasional concerts and publishing a few albums, each one of them an acclaimed masterpiece.

Recorded in 1989 and originally released by Aaya in 1990, Check Point Charlie is the first work by Tazartés conceived for the compact disc format and its different time boundaries. The result is a sixty-minute long collection of layered field recordings combined into a polyphonic ceremony filled by his typical multi-tracked vocals, between a gibberish scream and the muezzin's call to prayers. A unique record that - after almost 25 years - it's finally enjoyable with the depth of sound that only a vinyl release can give.

Pressing info:
400 copies on black

Hartmut Geerken

At the Face LP
HOL-053


Hartmut Geerken is a writer, a composer, a musician, a film-maker, an actor and also a lumberjack. He travelled the world and lived in Egypt where he founded - together with Salah Ragab and Edu Vizvari - the Cairo Jazz Band and the Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble. He also played with Embryo, in a trio with John Tchicai and Don Moye (with whom he made an extensive tour in Africa) and also with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He worked with Sunny Murray, Don Cherry, Okay Termiz, Peter Kowald, Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Michael Ranta, and so many more.

This longplayer captures two very different moments of his work. On side A - recorded in 1994 - he wildly plays the legendary Sun Harp, which Sun Ra gave him in Egypt in 1971 as a guarantee for the money Hartmut lent him to fly back to the States. Sun Ra promised that "he would buy it back from him one day" but this never happened and he's still the owner of this magical instrument. The last track of this side is joined by eight basses building an enchanting chorus. On the flip, a highly meditative song split in three chapters recorded in a cave on the island of Gavdos in Greece in 2007 playing a flexible roll piano.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black, first 30 copies come with silkscreened insert signed by the artist

Maurizio Abate

Live from the border 12" S/Sided
HOL-052


Another beautiful trip by Italian string drone maestro Maurizio Abate, back with a new, long long track mixing two sets recorded live at Dirtmor, Treviso and at Codalunga, Vittorio Veneto during the Italian Tour with Al Doum and the Faryds.

The result is an incredible drone session starting with a hurdy gurdy building an easy groove and soon leading the listener to a multi-layered maze of sounds you'll lose yourself into. A clapping interlude will wake you up in time to let you hear a chorus singing from far beyond, introducing the second part of the journey as we slide into an enchanted forest where time will suddenly slow down.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

Failing Lights

Afternoon Summer Sex LP
HOL-051


Solo project of long-time superstar Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes, Hair Police) building the perfect negative of his bands - but still walking a similar path of his bandmates' solo work - trading noise for quiet and jolts for scraping echoes.

Afternoon Summer Sex - so far the second LP release byFailing Lights for 2012 - is a black swamp full of analog processing, whirling drones, chiming tones and shrouded electronic crackles. A slow-pace listen of minimal repetiton that gives the idea of an eternal - and suffered - fadeout.

"If this is a trend, pinpointing when it began is probably impossible. But for me one record could be a small but vital starting point. In 2010, Wolf Eyes & Hair Police member Mike Connelly put out his first official solo full-length as Failing Lights. It's a masterwork of dark silences and tantalizing restraint. If there's something calming the noise waters lately, Failing Lights was a first drop in that direction". - Marc Masters, Pitchfork

Pressing info:
150 numbered copies, silkscreened covers

Jooklo Danish Group

Mixture of Energies 12" S/Sided
HOL-050


There comes a time to celebrate and the best way is to do it with friends. So we invited our Jooklo favourites to conduct the party for our fiftieth release and they provided this crazy jam they did with Johns Lunds on baritone saxophone and Maria Bertel on amplified trombone.

On this twenty three minute long track we find the Jooklos back on their cosmic path, guided by the insane drumming and percussions of David Vanzan, electrically shocked by a Crumar DS-2 synthesizer played by Virginia Genta and shaken to bits by the Danish winds. An astonishing psychedelic free-form session recorded back in September 2010 at the Troglosound home studio and now brought to you in a very limited edition on glow-in-the-dark wax. Or maybe it's just this music which glows in the dark?

Pressing info:
200 numbered copies, one-sided glow-in-the-dark vinyl

Robedoor

Rock Bottom LP
HOL-049


The perfect basement ritual perpetrated by creepy guitars, acoustic drones, echo waves and frying amps that will bring your memory back to the first recordings of LA dungeon pysch trio Robedoor.

Previously released as a limited tape by Shawn Reed's Night People, finally this little gem sees again the light on the vinyl format it deserves - in a slightly remastered version - dressed to party in a new cover artwork by Amanda Brown.

"You were lying there in a ditch" / "What is wrong with the Universe"

Pressing info:
300 copies on black

Jooklo Duo and Bill Nace

Scratch LP
HOL-048


Two sides of ecstatic noise captured on tape by Jason Lafarge at Seizures Palace, Brooklyn, in occasion of the East Coast and Midwest Tour of the Italian psychedelic tenor sax and drums duo of Virginia Genta and David Vanzan, joined by guitar wizard Bill Nace.

The music of Jooklo Duo is the most powerful expression in free improvisation, trascending every kind of stereotype and going straight to the center of Uncreated Sound. They have toured extensively in Europe and the USA, performing more than five-hundred concerts and tons of studio-sessions, collaborating with artists as Sonic Youth, Hartmut Geerken, Makoto Kawabata, Sabu Toyozumi, Chris Corsano, Paul Flaherty, C. Spencer Yeh, John Blum, and many others. Bill Nace is definitely one of the best avant-garde guitarists active today, able to drive his guitar into distorsion - nearly breaking it - but still holding the reins. He is already known for his duo throwdowns with Chris Corsano as Vampire Belt as well as the more recent collaboration with Dylan Nyoukis and Karen Constance as Ceylon Mange and in duo with Thurston Moore as Northampton Wools.

Pressing info:
350 copies on clear vinyl with multi-color splatter

Key of Shame

Threnody for Marcus Junius Brutus LP
HOL-047


Atmospheric radical electronics at their highest peak. Key of Shame is the creature born from the collaboration of Mark Morgan (Sightings) and Pat Murano (No Neck Blues Band, Decimus, Malkuth, K. Salvatore) revealing the black side of psychedelics.

This session has been recorded live in the WFMU Studio (engineered by Glenn Luttman) edited by Pat Murano and mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. A journey through industrial minimalism evolving from bubbling metal drones into indecipherable structures of subliminal details. A perfect companion to their stunning double LP recently released by Planam. At word of your treachery, the head of Pompey is wracked with tears. The work of an unlucky XIII undone.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

Decimus

Decimus 9 LP
HOL-046


Seventh in a on-going series of twelve electronic meditations on the zodiac of Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395) as played by Pat Murano of No Neck Blues Band, K Salvatore, Malkuth and Key of Shame.

This one is for sure the creepiest and most disturbing chapter of the series so far, with swathes of circling electronics and variously filtered vocals melting with the highest tones of misterious lullabies from somewhere far away, keeping the listeners ear firmly at ground level.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black, hand-stamped covers

Orfanado

Iter LP
HOL-045


Orfanado is the duo composed of Alessandro De Zan (In Zaire, G.I. Joe) and Riccardo Mazza (Lettera 22, A Flower Kollapsed, Lago Morto) exploring the lands where Lula Côrtes left his footprint in the Seventies.

After their debut one-sided 12" released by Troglosound in 2009 - and immediately sold out - they took their time to record their first longplayer. Their sound is an incredible mix of psychedelia, folk and prog played with acoustic guitars, sitar, wind instruments, percussions and processed voices that will please all fans of Sun City Girls and John Fahey.

Pressing info:
200 copies on black

Horrid Red

Celestial Joy LP
HOL-044


Celestial Joy has been recorded by Edmund Xavier at Video West in San Francisco in occasion of Horrid Red first West Coast tour and first ever live appearances. As from the title, Celestial Joy is a step away from the depressive synth punk of their first releases. Instead, there is some sort of light cleaved through this album, though only a weak light can filter to the depth of the dark environment we are moving in. The recording session saw the newly established core trio of Edmund Xavier, Bunker Wolf and Clay Ruby (Burial Hex) in charge, with further assistance by Nathaniel Ritter, Tim Berresheim, Carly Flies, Catholic Pat and Christine Boepple.

Horrid Red was born as an offshot project by Edmund Xavier and Bunker Wolf of Teenage Panzerkorps exploring the arcane aspects of post-punk and new wave. After their debut 12" - which we released in 2010 - two killer 7-inch singles followed on Soft Abuse, featuring their bandmate Catholic Pat on drums and Clay Ruby tickling the fingerboard.

Pressing info:
400 copies (100 on horrid marbled red, 300 on black)

Teenage Panzerkorps

Kauf Nicht Von TPK LP
HOL-043


One step back on the timeline of half German, half American postmodern punks Teenage Panzerkorps. A collection of released, unreleased and compilation tracks recorded between 2003 and 2006, including some songs featured on the long out-of-print Nations Are Insane CD-R.

Der TPK recall the kraut-rock of Can and Neu! with a cuttin-edge lo-fi allure influenced by Savage Republic and The Ex. The result is an exclusive blend of obscure sounds and confused German vocals buried under layers of guitars, organ drone and tape hiss.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black, thick black cardboard sleeve

Burial Hex

Blood Between Her Lakes LP
HOL-042


Remastered reissue of the long-out-of-print tape released on Turgid Animal in 2008. An incredible example of Midwest Horror Electronics recorded live during a show at the Tomb in Madison, Wisconsin.

Side A starts slow and builds to a tense and creepy crescendo of industrial devastation bringing the song to its dramatic climax aided by the metallic ring of a bell. Side B captures the unleashed rage of the performance made of crawling chains, whistling wind and metallic echoes. Amazing harsh epilogue drilled through many layers of screams of torment, rage and anguish.

Pressing info:
150 copies on black (50 copies with glow-in-the-dark screenprinted cover)

Family Underground

Dagger in the Road LP
HOL-041


Another chapter of the drone odissey by our Danish favorites releasing two side-long tracks of hypnotic black magic.

Side A was previuosly released on a limited tour-tape by their own label Into the Lunar Light and sounds like the musical score of a horror film sang by a gathering of hungy wolves in a windy cave. On side B the drone assault ceases to be replaced by reverbing guitars, obsessive synth melodies and echoed vocals building a psychedelic atmosphere. Released in occasion of their Italian Tour in June 2011.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black

In Zaire

In Zaire 12" S/Sided
HOL-040


Late at night, take a walk into the woods where bushes have eyes and join this twenty minutes long celebration leading the audience to a psychedelic trance.

In Zaire recently expanded from the original three piece of Riccardo Biondetti (G.I. Joe), Alessandro De Zan (G.I. Joe, Orfanado) and Claudio Rocchetti (3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Olyvetty) with the addition of guitarist Stefano Pilia (3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Massimo Volume) touring Europe twice and taking part at Netmage Internatinal Live-Media Festival with a live re-interpretation of the soundtrack of Paper Maché, a movie shot in color during the celebration of the Viareggio Carnival between 1956 and 1967 with an 8mm camera by Bolognese cinematographer Alessandro Mantovani.

Pressing info:
275 copies, one-sided screenprinted black vinyl

Teenage Panzerkorps

German Reggae LP
HOL-039


Teenage Panzerkorps created a unique and special blend of kraut-punk that mixes the best ingredients taken from Neu! and Kraftwerk together with post-punk rhytms sounding like Savage Republic or Fall, but with German lyrics.

After several EPs and two LPs - Harmful Emotions in 2007 and Games for Slaves in 2009, both released by Siltbreeze - they are back with a long-awaited full lenght recorded and mixed during the last three years between San Francisco and Berlin. Still their weird punk, still merged in a echoing feedback drone, but - if that's possible - I would say that this time their rhytm section is somehow more structured.

"Teenage Panzerkorps (or DER TPK) is the raw revisit to your top eight punk records mashed with eight seminal records so obscure they have yet to grace your ear, but knowing that DER TPK was inspired enough to incorporate their aesthetic into its idea of German Reggae is a comforting first step toward discovering those allusive treasures". - Blake Gillespie, Impose Magazine

Pressing info:
500 copies on black

Available in the US by Permanent Records.

Altro

Untitled (or Estate) 7"
HOL-038


Second chapter of (what is hardly meant to be) a series of four singles. A special limited edition 7" featuring three new songs recorded at Wave Studio in Pesaro.

Just like in the first chapter of this series, urge is having the upper hand resulting in a harsh blast of punked-up energy. These songs have been recorded the day they were conceived, back to the primitive enthuisiasm of the band's early recordings. Edition of 300, all on silver vinyl. Beautiful pop-up cover by frontman - and illustrator - Alessandro Baronciani and free digital download.

Pressing info:
300 copies on silver
Artwork by Alessandro Baronciani

Rella The Woodcutter

Three Songs 7"
HOL-037


Rella is our way of Jandek. He's an outsider musician playing some kind of folkish gloomy blues that often drifts away into long, long jams. And this is the case: two sad songs backed with a dark didgeridoo meditation.

Rella spends most of his time hiding in a dark dusty basement recording solo or with the help of the Rotten Wine Company collective, which he founded and leads together with Maurizio Abate and Roberto Maggioni.

Pressing info:
100 copies on black

Squadra Omega

Squadra Omega LP+7"
HOL-036


Squadra Omega is a psych/avant/kraut rock collective with former and present members of the Mojomatics, With Love and Be Maledetto Now! devoted to free improvisation, psychedelic jams and mind blow ups.

It is said that all empires are built upon the ruins of previous empires. It is said that destruction breeds construction. In times of deadlocked aesthetics and stylistic stagnation the time is nigh for a destruction of the old and the construction of the new. From the rubble of a post-post modern world, Apollo is rising and he is accompanied by a tribe of psychedelic wasteland fellaheen – the Squadra Omega. The winds are shifting, the fog is lifting and a new age is a-coming. Spaceage Cubist-Free-Jazz clashes with Pygmy-Percussion-No Wave-Kraut Rock causing a sonic fusion leading to a complete derangement of the senses, an assault on the frontal lobe and permanent hallucination. This is music from the Third Eye.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black, LP + one-sided screenprinted 7"
Artwork by Mojomatt

Full album download here.

Little Gold / Ancient Sky

Split 7"
HOL-035


Christian DeRoeck, former member of Woods and Meneguar, is back with his third release as Little Gold which is now a full band thanks to the addition of Brian Markham on bass and Pat Broderick on drums.

After the melancholic debut LP the new songs have a new youthful and exuberant touch and Half the Time is one of those two and a half-minute pop songs that will stick to your head.

Same people on the other side, but a different sound. Ancient Sky are largely influenced by psychedelic rock and find themselves crusing the deep waters of heavy and hypnotic rock entering bizarre and far-out worlds with unique sounds and structures that walk the line between fierce and subtle.

Pressing info:
300 copies on white
Artwork by Brian Markham

Distributed in the US by Robotic Empire.

Horrid Red

Empty Lungs 12"EP
HOL-034


Debut release by this new project featuring Edmund Xavier and Karsten "Bunker Wolf" Scholl of Teenage Pazerkorps, with drummer Catholic Pat appearing in a couple of tracks as well.

The formula is still made of short lo-fi songs of dark and depressive post-punk, blown-out guitars, bass and fuzz organ haunted by ranting and disturbing German lyrics (and that's where Bunker Wolf made some of his best vocal work ever). Same obscure atmospheres, but we shall say this project has a slightly more delicate touch. Anyway, if you liked the Games for Slaves LP by Der TPK (Siltbreeze, 2008) you will absolutely love this one.

Pressing info:
300 copies on black
Artwork by Edmund Xavier

Burial Hex

Hunger 12" S/Sided
HOL-033


A twenty minutes concept by the dark ambient maestro inspired by Haitian Voodoo as portrayed in Maya Deren's Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti.

Growling inhuman vocals sounding like they came from the heart of a cave soaked in a creepy atmosphere settle down into a sinister melody played by an antique music box. This is when the second part of the record starts, slowly leading to a moment of horror electronics deeply influenced by dark disco. Limited edition of three-hundred copies released in occasion of Clay Ruby's Italian tour with a frame from Maya Deren's movie screened on the blank side.

Pressing info:
300 copies, one-sided screenprinted black vinyl
Artwork by Nico Vascellari

His Electro Blue Voice

Wolf / Worm 12"EP
HOL-032


After two stunning singles (on S-S and Sacred Bones) HEBV are back in the 12" maxi-single format and are now allowed to stretch out in two very long songs of dark drone and acid guitars filled with just a few frantic vocals.

Wolf starts as a straight punk song and evolves into a space odissey driven by monotonous drumming and filled by a hypnotic flute solo right before collapsing into an melancholic outro leaving us lost and confused. Worm is a wall of drone crawling and crawling for minutes and then stopping all in a sudden leaving space for another sad epilogue sang by a lonely organ. Two gems that will please all fans of Crisis and Warsaw.

Pressing info:
500 copies on black

G.I. Joe

Tropico 12" S/Sided
HOL-031


An interior journey merging the sound of what used to be a noise-funk duo into a new psychedelic dimension exploring the world of dub music and black-influenced tribal percussion, choruses, afro beats and sitar echoes.

A neverending groovy crescendo leading back and forth from the Lightning-Bolt-alike frantic moments of their previous works to this new realm of free vibes that would rather reminds me the ecstatic voyages recently captured on tape by Sun Araw. Swirling guitars and acid tunes that will show you the way out of the desert.

Pressing info:
305 copies, one-sided screenprinted green vinyl
Artwork by Troglosound Art

In Zaire / The Skull Defekts

Split LP
HOL-030


Introducing In Zaire, the improvised live performance of Claudio Rocchetti (3/4 Had Been Eliminated, Olyvetty), Alessandro De Zan (G.I. Joe, Orfanado) and Riccardo Biondetti (G.I. Joe). They mix dub-funk rhythms, tribal percussions, indian and electric bass guitar melodies, arabic and psychedelic voices and minimal-introspective electronic sounds. The trio is at its first vinyl appearance after having been selected for the Vuoto netlabel catalogue.

On the flip, leading the way, The Skull Defekts. Given the band members pedigree (drummer Henrik Rylander was a co-founder of Union Carbide Productions, guitarist Joachim Nordwall was a member of Kid Commando, while percussionist Jean-Louis Huhta has been a key character in the Swedish underground music scene since the mid 80's) and their previous collaborations (Pan Sonic, Lasse Marhaug, Damo Suzuki and Wolf Eyes), the Swedish quartet defnitely needs no introduction. Four new tracks, four new noise experiments crawling into Kraut-ish jams, industrial drums, drone machines and effects.

Pressing info:
500 copies on black
Artwork by Marcello Crescenzi / Rise Above

Gary War

Reality Protest 7"
HOL-029


Limited edition single made in co-operation with Sacred Bones Records in occasion of Gary War's European tour.

Two songs of modern intergalactic warped pop made of massive synths, distorted melodies and pulsing Syd-era Floyd style bass parts bubbling into watery vocals affected by pitch shifts and changing speeds. Sometimes the sound is so incredibly damaged and confused that you might get lost in ghostly waves of reverb and delay, but once you start digging in the right layers - and discover the treasure buried inside - you will find yourself singing the refrain, and your voice will sound like a hissing tape.

Pressing info:
500 copies on black

Available in the US by Sacred Bones Records.

Altro

Autunno 7" S/Sided
HOL-028


First chapter of (what is meant to be) a series of four singles. A special limited edition 7" featuring three new songs recorded by Altro at Wave Studio in Pesaro, their hometown.

Straight to the point: five minutes of offhandedly-conceived punk, sounding somehow between the awareness of their last recordings and the urge of the debut songs featured on their masterpiece Candore (Love Boat, 2001). Edition of 300, all on colored and splattered vinyl. Beautiful pop-up cover by frontman - and illustrator - Alessandro Baronciani and free digital download.

Pressing info:
300 copies on purple w/ black splatter
Artwork by Alessandro Baronciani

Claudio Rocchetti

The Carpenter LP
HOL-027


The work of Claudio Rocchetti (also member of 3/4 Had Been Eliminated and Olyvetty) is a deep plunge into thick sound. Using a variety of devices such as turntables, tapes, samplers, radios and microphones, the Berlin-based deejay builds compelling structures where to play with sound as matter.

The Carpenter is a layered landscape made of techno rhythms and slow melodies at the same time, going through edgy constructions and samples of choirs and strings. Featuring guest appearances by Beatrice Martini, Jukka Reverberi, Margareth Kammerer and Stefano Pilia.

Pressing info:
500 copies on black
Artwork by Lorenzo Senni

Golden Jooklo Age and Peaking Lights

Collaborative LP
HOL-026


An incredible instrumental jam in three chapters recorded at Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York in May 2008 when the two bands met for a tour in the East Coast of the United States. Golden Jooklo Age and Peaking Lights melted their fluxes travelling the astral ways of sound and this is the postcard they sent us from the lands of future psychedelia.

Golden Jooklo Age are Virginia Genta, David Vanzan (also known as Jooklo Duo) and Luca Massolin (Golden Cup). Harmony and chaos constantly alternating in a vortex of psychic elevation and visionary power converging in parallel worlds of ancestral trance.

Peaking Lights are Indra Dunis (Dynasty, Rahdunes and Numbers) and Aaron Coyes (Face Plant, Unborn Unicorn, Black Label and Rahdunes). They use hand-modified gear, Casio tones, monochromatic drones and blissed-out synth drawing from the distorted pop of Wavves and Times New Viking to create haunting, ethereal music and beachside lullabies.

Pressing info:
500 copies (100 on half purple / half red, 400 on black)
Artwork by Troglosound Art

Blessure Grave

In the First Place 7"
HOL-025


After their debut 12"EP Learn To Love The Rope (Captured Tracks, 2009), San Diego goth-inspired duo comes back with a two song release pairing up te sweet sadness of In the First Place - anticipating the debut LP on Release the Bats - with Human Fly originally by the Cramps.

Founded as a duo by T. Grave (Night Wounds, Wavves) and Reyna Kay in September 2008, Blessure Grave blurs the lines between the goth, postpunk and neofolk genres. Having Citing Killing Joke, Death in June, March Violets and The Cure as influences, Blessure Grave injects a pop sensibility into songs otherwise doomed to dreariness, creating an interesting mix of old and new but dark all around.

Pressing info:
600 copies (100 on swirled red, 500 on black)

Phoenix Bodies / La Quiete

Split 5"
HOL-024


Announced as a 7inch by Level Plane but released only as a limited test press for their US tour in 2008, it finally takes shape. One song on each side and just few minutes of music captured in the smallest vinyl format.

Phoenix Bodies produce a kinetic grind with catchy riffs and thrash punk influences. Their chaotic take on hardcore has been likened to Forcefedglass, Converge, The Locust and Usurp Synapse.

La Quiete is one of the most popular italian hardcore bands, with a huge discography mainly consisting of splits with bands from all around the world. They toured everywhere and their one and only LP - La fine non è la fine (Heroine Records, 2004) - has been repressed many times in any possible format.

Pressing info:
1000 copies on black, cardboard covers with metallic embossed print
Artwork by Federico Antonini

Distributed in the US by Robotic Empire.

Zola Jesus

New Amsterdam LP
HOL-023


New Amsterdam is a collection of four songs recorded live at WNYU plus seven unreleased songs from Madison, WI's Zola Jesus, one of the most intriguing and capable singers to recently emerge from the modern underground.

The live set features a full band backing her and sounds somehow different from the previous material, while the homemade tracks on the other side consist of walls of fuzz drum machine melting with those unique vocal-driven melodies and atmospheres. Previously released as a CD-R by Sacred Bones Records, here it comes in its remastered vinyl edition with one extra unreleased song.

Pressing info:
509 copies (69 on gold vinyl, 440 on black)
Screenprinted covers on thick colored cardboard paper

Distributed in the US by Sacred Bones Records.

Squadra Omega

Tenebroso 12" S/Sided
HOL-022


Squadra Omega is a project born as a free impro(bable) session combo sounding like an old drunken orchestra mixed with the noises of a 56K modem.

Tenebroso is the result of a night of sounds played together by OmegaKaanan (The Intelligence), OmegaNene (Movie Star Junkies, Vermillion Sands), OmegaMatt (The Mojomatics), OmegaG8 (With Love), OmegaMac (Apoteosi del Mistero). This session has been recorded with an eight-track cassette recorder at Outside Inside Studio during a night in May 2008. Previously released as a free download by Clinical Archives netlabel.

Pressing info:
300 copies, one-sided screenprinted black vinyl
Artwork by Mojomatt Bordin

Full album download here.

Larkin Grimm and Rosolina Mar

Collaborative 7"
HOL-021


Two Larkin Grimm songs and a cover of "Los Angeles" by Old Time Relijun recorded together with Rosolina Mar after having shared the stage for some shows in Italy to present Parplar (Young God Records, 2008), rightly recognized as one of the best albums of the year.

About her, Michael Gira said: "Larkin is a magic woman. She lives in the mountains in north Georgia. She collects bones, smooth stones, and she casts spells. She worships the moon. She is very beautiful, and her voice is like the passionate cry of a beast heard echoing across the mountains just after a tremendous thunder storm, when the air is alive with electricity. I don't consider her folk though - she is pre-folk, even pre-music. She is the sound of the eternal mother and the wrath of all women".

Pressing info:
510 copies on black
Artwork by Veronica Santini

Movie Star Junkies / G.I. Joe

Split 7"
HOL-020


After the acclaimed LP Melville (Voodoo Rhythm, 2008) Movie Star Junkies come back with this split appareance building an even darker atmosphere in a neverending groovy crescendo of obscure choirs and saxophone screams.

On the other side G.I. Joe get deeper into the psychedelic, arabic tunes and free vibes of their Cobra LP (Troglosound, 2007). Find yourself headbanging to the rhytm of percussions, drum delays, echoes and balcanic reefs echoing from a Belgrade discoteque.

Pressing info:
508 copies (103 on blue and white, 405 on black), screenprinted covers

The USA Is a Monster

No More Forever 10"EP
HOL-019


A limited vinyl-only edition of "No more forever" released for their last European Tour together with a video featuring over 150 original drawings by Kevin Hooyman.

An epic tale of Tom and Colin singing in to a gathering of creatures and plants. All the while they are recorded by Lemurs who broadcast their recordings to all the magical forest animals and ultimately across time and space. Lyrics from Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe.

The USA Is a Monster is a two piece noise rock band based in the Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn. They are closely related to Providence, RI's Fort Thunder and Olneyville. The band consists of Tom Hohmann (drums, keyboards, and vocals) and Colin Langenus (guitar and vocals). Originating from the bands Bullroarer and Raw Dawg Rex & The Family Nads, Tom and Colin were squatting in Charlottesville, VA and became involved in a communal space known as the Pudhouse. Intent on recording and writing, they quickly tore through a half dozen lo-fi recordings and styles. Their interest in getting bands from other collectives to play the Pudhouse led to connections that began a five year tour. Pursuing more complex songs with every passing year; each new set of material has improved in sound quality and depth of meaning. Colin's penchant for stoner rock and Tom's immersion in Native American culture produce a uniquely American form of music. Both Tom and Colin have been involved in the production of the touring theatrical projects Elvish Presley and Black Elf Speaks.

Pressing info:
333 handnumbered copies, one-sided screenprinted black vinyl


Directed by Peter Glantz. Produced by Imaginary Company.

Ovo / Claudio Rocchetti

Split 7"
HOL-018


The dark mist of guitar scrape and crunching drums of Ovo meet the cinematic musical landscapes of the deconstructivist deejay Claudio Rocchetti (3/4hadbeeneliminated, Olyvetty).

Two songs by the duo composed by Stefania Pedretti (Alos, Allun) and Bruno Dorella (Ronin, Wolfango) recorded with Jason La Farge at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn during the Crocevia (Load Records, 2008) recording session and one track of old records and dusty analogue instruments sounds by Claudio Rocchetti, anticipating his forthcoming LP.

Pressing info:
512 copies (105 on red, 407 on black), screenprinted covers
Artwork by Stefania Pedretti and Ninon

Afraid!

Megalöklift CD/LP
HOL-017


The five-piece from Verona follow up to their self titled 7inch with half an hour of twisting noise-rock and punk made of stabbing guitars rapidly shifting time backed by layers of sharp sinthesizer. Less scream and more rock, stealing a glance at the Seventies psychedelic haze.

Recorded in Padova at Blocco A by Giulio Favero and Giovanni Ferliga, mastered by Riccardo Gamondi at Fiscerprais Studio near Tortona. Comes wrapped in a wonderful swan-shaped pop-up cover by talented illustrator Alessandro Baronciani, printed with metallic purple ink.

Pressing info:
CD: 500 copies
LP: 510 copies (110 on clear w/ white or black splatter, 400 on black)
Artwork by Alessandro Baronciani

Neil On Impression

L'oceano delle onde che restano onde per sempre CD/2xLP
HOL-016


Twelve tracks of intense resonance that for sure will please all fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You and Dirty Three.

What Neil on Impression - now a eight-piece band - present in this record is a real masterpiece of instrumental rock that builds towards intense climaxes and evolves into fully-orchestrated movements combining harrowing guitars with piano, cello and violin using their typical shifting, give-and-take song structures.

Pressing info:
CD: 1000 copies
2xLP: 500 copies (150 on blue and green, 350 on black)
Artwork by Chiara Veggetti

A Flower Kollapsed

Brown Recluse 10"EP
HOL-015


A Flower Kollapsed started as a fast and violent hardcore band but is now moving in a new realm of bleak noise and dissonant mathcore.

Brown recluse is a gloomy forest where the band is nimbly toying with thundering sounds, snarling noise and loud pealings. Seven new astonishing songs resulted from a fruitful session recorded with Giulio Favero and Giovanni Ferliga at Blocco A in Padova. Highly recommended to fans of Daughters and Converge.

Pressing info:
508 copies (152 on black w/ grey splatter, 356 on black)
Artwork by Matteo Castro

But God Created Woman / Talibam!

Split 7"
HOL-014


Memories from the European Tour shared on June 2007. How can anybody be other than enthusiastic in front of such a clash of dissonant and slightly disturbed music on both sides?

But God Created Woman jump on your ears with chaotic tunes belonging to the no-wave scene raised by bands like Arab on Radar and Ex-Models.

Talibam! start their song with the core line-up Shea-Mottel (drums and synth blurbs) and get filled by guest appearances by Anders Nilsson (Aorta), Jeremy Wilms (Chin Chin, Def Jux Records) and Mike Pride (Fushisutsha, Trevor Dunn, John Zorn) leading them into a psychedelic jam session.

Pressing info:
520 copies on black
Artwork by Tommaso Gorla

D.U.N.E.

L'ipotesi della stipsi 12"EP
HOL-013


The debut release from this band featuring members of Revolution Summer, Laghetto and Summer League teaming up to produce a monument of disgrace and rage made of acid blurbs, heavy guitar riffs and blasting drums.

This work could well fit as a soundtrack for a space trip. Offering a cohesive, unsettling experience this record explores the sound pioneered by the likes of such bands as Neurosis and Breach adding a gloomy haze of desease.

Awesome artwork curated by Ratigher for a full-color picture disc.

Pressing info:
500 copies, one-sided picture disc
Artwork by Ratigher

Dead Elephant

Lowest Shared Descent LP
HOL-012


This record unleashes the most aggressive side of the Elephant.

A loud sonic assault in forty minutes, recalling the energy of noise bands like Unsane, Cherubs, Jesus lizard or even Colossamite and the psichedelic attitudes of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster and Neurosis. It all comes together to create an ever shifting sonic landscape that holds you tight and never lets go. Featuring Luca Mai of Zu filling sax on Postcrucifixion and guest vocals from Eugene Robinson of Oxbow on Same Breath.

Pressing info:
500 copies on 180g vinyl (250 on purple, 250 on black)
Artwork by Marco Corona

To the Ansaphone

To the Ansaphone 10"EP
HOL-011


To the Ansaphone had been active from 2000 until 2004.
With a sound between new wave and late 90's San Diego punk - something absolutely new in Italy at that time - they literally drove everybody crazy.

After releasing a self titled 7" (Heroine Records, 2001) and a full lenght CD (Heartfelt, 2003) band members spread all over the world and their live activity ceased. In spite of this, three new songs were recorded between their home base and the studio during last five years - with long, long breaks - and after a long mastering process have been collected in a very limited edition on vinyl only.

Pressing info:
305 copies on black
Artwork by Mirko Smerdel

Altro

Aspetto LP
HOL-010


Third album by Altro - the impulsive punk band from Pesaro - after Candore (Love Boat, 2001) and Prodotto (Love Boat, 2004).

Eleven new songs that will pass throughout your hears rapider than ever, in only seventeen minutes. Post-punkish hits sounding like a teenage band covering The Cure or Joy Division in an echoing basement. You don't know why, but you will soon find yourself singing these songs under the shower (no matter if you don't even understand the lyrics, since Alessandro himself re-invent them during each live show).

Pressing info:
510 copies (55 on white, 455 on black), gatefold sleeve
Artwork by Alessandro Baronciani

What Price, Wonderland?

Thirty With a Wink CD
HOL-009


First full lenght by this three piece from Nottingham, England. They play some kind of noisy post punk reminiscent of bands as Polaris, Minutemen, Moss Icon and so on, adding some DC Revolution Summer influences.

Quiet and loud parts succeeding each other continuously, now filled with spoken words, now with yelling vocals. At times it sounds like they have a gun to their heads as the vocals struggle to keep up with the music, slowing down only to bring some grooves and some twinkles before upping the urgent shaky beat again.

This is quite a mature LP. It seems weird saying that about a bunch of boys barely out of school and short trousers, but you don't hear many albums that are as tightly bound as this, a ball of mad energy that at times just rolls to a halt and becomes introspective and thoughtful. - Andy Malcolm, Collective Zine

Pressing info:
600 copies, cardboard sleeve

Afraid!

Afraid! 7"
HOL-008


Treat this one as a teaser, as the band already started working at their full length, due in 2008.

Waiting for the long player to be recorded Afraid! provide us three new songs bringing their sound to another level from the previuos efforts of the debut EP and their split with A Flower Kollapsed. Somehow darker and heavier, somewhere between Crimson Curse, The VSS and Notorius, always mixing these influences with a personal touch of punk rock and dance punk.

Pressing info:
517 copies (112 on clear green, 405 on black), screenprinted covers
Artwork by Canedicoda

A Flower Kollapsed

Orsago CD/12" S/Sided
HOL-007


Finally comes the debut EP from this fool psychedelic hardcore quartet from North-East of Italy.

Compared to their first works, this is what we can evenly call a revolution. These ten tracks - in only seventeen minutes - are going to leave you breathless and flirting with the idea of how intense the live experience of this band can be. Imagine something between Transistor Transistor, With Love and - of course - Jimi Hendrix.

Pressing info:
CD: 300 copies, gatefold sleeve
12"EP: 518 copies, one-sided screenprinted black vinyl
Artwork by Matteo Castro

Afraid! / A Flower Kollapsed

Split 3" CD
HOL-006


Two unreleased songs from each band in a tiny plastic piece packed in a beautiful cardboard sleeve printed on rough Modigliani paper.

Afraid! play somewhat recalling bands like The Death of Anna Karina or Blood Brothers being at the same time more hypnotic. Their smashing hit Varenne, Varenne is an insane mix of guitar riffs and keyboard-driven melodies filled by yelled frantic vocals.

A Flower Kollapsed take the anger in hardcore and mix it with insane drumming beats, sounding somewhere between Daughters and early With Love.

Pressing info:
500 copies, cardboard sleeve
Artwork by Tommaso Gorla

Dummo

A Hundred Times Mannaggia CD
HOL-005


Five lo-fi pills, or maybe just simple frenzy. Pure energy blown out in a ten minute match between Van Pelt and El Guapo.

Everything here sounds like a high school basement project: simple chord progressions, simple lyrics and simple vocal melodies, but yet there are some original twists that make this threesome do-it-yourself band something unique.

Pressing info:
500 copies, handnumbered
Artwork by Jacopo Lietti

Fine Before You Came / As a Commodore

Split CD
HOL-004


A night with friends. Two rock sonades - in forty minutes - each one split in three chapters.

Overall you will find the sound of both bands changed. Fine Before You Came songs structure gets more complicated and darker moods contaminate their melodies. As a Commodore are now miles away from the hardcore tunes of their debut EP taking a new melodic and choral approach with these new songs.

Pressing info:
1000 copies

Uber

My New Lifestyle CD
HOL-003


Uber define themselves as an "istant-rock" band. We honestly don't know what this means - at least we are not sure - so all we can say is that their songs result filling essential forms and repeating melodies with some jazzy saxophone notes, scrambled guitars and nervous drumming jerkily sobbing here and there.

Patterns, weak-throated vocals, muddied basslines. Sometimes you might have the feeling that the music just doesn't go together, with the guitar playing is way out of sync with the bass and the drummer playing on a completely different time signature, getting on your nerves.

Pressing info:
500 copies

K.C. Milian

Self Titled CD
HOL-002


Debut EP by this instrumental rock band from Genova collecting five new songs recorded after their acclaimed CD-R released in Italy by Marsiglia Records in 2002.

All these songs will drive your memory back to those 90's American Football melodies, with a twinkling guitar repeating the same cute little chords over and over letting the bubbling bass play. Think of bands like Explosions in the Sky or Tortoise, add a trumpet and some buried (and shouty) vocal now and then.

Pressing info:
500 copies

Bias Illumination Over Diffracted Hearts

Compilation CD
HOL-001


Pressing info:
1000 copies

Present and Future

  • Jon Wesseltoft / Okkyung Lee
    Piper 12" S/Sided
    HOL-063
  • Renato Rinaldi
    Time Machine Vol.IV CD
    HOL-064
  • No-Neck Blues Band
    Furamingo Josei LP
    HOL-066
  • Hartmut Geerken
    Live in Kabul 1976 2xLP
    HOL-067
  • Nicola Ratti
    Ossario - Volume I 12"
    HOL-068
  • Nicola Ratti
    Ossario - Volume II 12"
    HOL-069
  • oAxAcA
    Salvatora LP
    HOL-070