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Jan 18, 2014

MOSS 012 & MOSS 013


MOSS012 - Kyle Landstra "Resonant Futures" - c50
Subconsciously perceivable in Kyle Landstra's latest release, is a sense of spacial awareness. Resonant Futures transports the listener to a vast landscape that stretches in all directions. Feel the oscillations flow over the horizon, through the valleys and into your spirit. There are specific techniques used to obtain this effect, which give these recordings a sense of weight and depth.

Kyle's recent live sets around Chicago have been gaining a reputation for being a transcendent, spiritual adventure. Resonant Futures was recorded live in an improvised setting, creating an album that feels like a truly intimate yet boundless experience.

Hand-stamped edition of 50. Designed, printed, assembled, and dubbed at Moss Archive. Printed on recycled card-stock.


ORDER NOW AT THE MOSS ARCHIVE BANDCAMP PAGE
 





MOSS013 - Long Distance Poison "Mirror Totality" - c44
Brooklyn-based deep zone trio, Long Distance Poison return with a slow-burner in the truest sense. Sounds so massive they were literally shredding my tapes at first. On Mirror Totality we are presented with two dense, throbbing synapse clouds for us to wrap our heads around... Or do they wrap around our heads?

Those familiar with LDP's previous offerings on labels such as Digitalis, VCO, Constellation Tatsu and Tusco Embassy might be surprised by this shift from their usual cascading of meditative shadow, to a new sound that pulsates with a seething energy. One imagines misfiring synapses and squelching brain fluids. These meticulously crafted pieces of analog sound will surely sink deep into the crevasses of the mind.

Hand-stamped edition of 50. Designed, printed, assembled, and dubbed at Moss Archive. Printed on metallic card-stock.

ORDER NOW AT THE MOSS ARCHIVE BANDCAMP PAGE

Jan 11, 2014

Homeowner 3: New England Acoustics

Right at the end of December, a great label from Denmark called Metaphysical Circuits released my latest tape as Homeowner. Here's what they said:

Capping off a musically successful year for Joseph Bastardo (he of Bastian Void and the Moss Archive label, et al.), and gearing up for an equally awesome 2014, is this little, but many-branched wunderbaum.

Dig (into) the fertile multi-part suite that is the title track, and stay warm through the Winter (whenever your Winter is) with the luscious reverse side-r "Your Topiary Frame." Boreal sculptures, dream textures, intricate artifacts... animated tree rings or psychedelic circuitry?

The artist's own "forest synth" descriptor is especially accurate. Here, thus, another enchanting entry into our (unplanned but appreciated) environmental electronics series. "Homeowner 3" should appeal to fans of Guenter Schlienz's calmer but similarly minded "The Norman Tapes" (as well as, perhaps, our still available Jon Claudio and Vejgaard Ambient titles. Ahem.)



Tapes are available now. Limited to 50 copies! Grab one here!



Dec 10, 2013

[5-TASB] Bastian Void - Phonics


The latest Bastian Void album... Recorded in different bedrooms. Spring 2012 - Fall 2013


Edition of 75 ...Available now on Chemical Tapes

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Aug 7, 2013

MOSS 10 & 11

[MOSS 010] Mickey O'Hara - Six Pulses

The latest solo missive from multi-instrumentalist Mickey O'Hara pushes the boundaries of his minimalist, hands-off approach to composition. Two thirty minute sides of pure wave that run the gamut from sharp, cutting precision and mind-numbing power drones, to shimmering spectral prismatics.

There's a microscopic level of detail to these tones. It's as if you're looking at geometric cells multiply and coalesce into impossible formations. The listener is able to hear each and every phase shift in these sine clouds. The beauty comes in appreciating the delicate fluctuations happening in the stereo field. No samples, guitars or synthesizers were used. What we present to you here is the sound wave in its most pure form.

SOLD OUT

[MOSS 011] Abdul Hamid Sherzai - Bubonic


An alchemist of rotten audio from modified sound boxes. Once a member of bands like "Native Crust," and "Swamp," Abdul Hamid Sherzai has been working solo as Bubonic Hermaphrodite for years. 'BUBONIC' is quite possibly the first release from Abdul under his actual name.

'Doubt Benefits' starts off with skeletal tones that wheeze and gasp in vain as they collect more and more junk along the way. 'Maunder Minimum' sends out razor-sharp wave forms that burst into rainbow fractals right in front of your face, while 'A Nend To Nend' pulsates like an industrial artery. Though there are some intense sounds here, each track showcases an acute sense of restraint as the pieces are quite minimal, allowing the listener to fully appreciate the texture every mutating sound.

Both tapes were designed, printed, assembled, dubbed at Moss Archive. Hand-stamped edition of 50. 

SOLD OUT


May 9, 2013

HAPPENINGS...


There are a few shows on the horizon:
5/9 Gay Shapes - Hotel Vernon, Worcester. w/ Isa Christ + more.
5/10 Gay Shapes - Washington St. Arts Center, Somerville. w/ TVE + more.
5/18 Homeowner - Firehouse, Worcester. w/ Work/Death, TVE + more.
5/29 Looks Realistic - Special Film Screening! Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain
6/27 Bastian Void - Smokey Bear Cave, Boston. w/ Broken Machine Films + more.
7/25 Gay Shapes - Firehouse, Worcester. w/ Grasshopper, Belarisk + more.
8/2 Gay Shapes - Silent Barn, Brooklyn. w/ Forma, Seth Graham, Hex Breaker
8/3 Gay Shapes - Smokey Bear Cave, Boston. The FINAL RAW MEET!
8/4 Gay Shapes - The Gogo, Worcester. w/ LSDV, Mulch Craft.
8/14 Gay Shapes - Distant Castle, Worcester. w/ Mulch Craft, Write / Lak Duo + more.
9/21 Seth Graham & Joseph Bastardo - Silent Barn, Brooklyn. Modular Equinox.

Apr 18, 2013

Homeowner - Themes from 172




The new Homeowner tape is out now on Orange Milk Records!
Copies are available at the Orange Milk Store and at the Homeowner Bandcamp.

"Homeowner is the project of Joe Bastardo, also of Bastian Void, Gay Shapes, and the Moss Archive label. His newest album, Themes from 172, finds a halfway point between seemingly aleatoric computer squawks and more compositional frameworks. It reminds me of early experiments in electronic music; very exploratory, sometimes clinical or 'theoretical' sounding -- as if an intricate computer code was behind it all -- but also paradoxically carefree and fun. Maybe it's Joe's perfectionist nature meeting the intrinsic chaos in non-traditional music that creates such a wonderful clash of sensibilities. Whatever the case, we are happy to present this album to you." - Orange Milk Records

 Pro-dubbed chrome tape. Edition of 100. All tacks preformed on analog synthesizers with some piano and tape recordings too. Recorded and edited at Moss Archive. Mastered by Brad Rose. Art by Keith Rankin and Joe Bastardo.