Oct 17, 2014

Oct 1, 2014

[MOSS 014] Maharadja Sweets - "The Cassette Label Heads Who Went Outside"

MOSS 014 MAHARADJA SWEETS - "The Cassette Label Heads Who Went Outside"

I first saw Maharadja Sweets when he came up to play The Firehouse in Worcester, while on tour with Seth Graham. I was infatuated by the snippets of stories he would tell in between his acoustic folk ballads and weirdo minimal noise. There's a texture to Richard's voice, a weathered sort of enthusiasm that hints at a still-alive, child-like wonder, floating over the sobering urgency of life.

I asked Richard if he wanted to do a story on tape, and what I got back was an uncanny tale about a small tape label and the lengths at which they will go for their vision. Richard immediately cuts to the core of what it is for us to share creation and ultimately thrive as humans.

Featuring a stark and utterly beautiful theme song made with Seth Graham (Orange Milk RecordsCream Juice) entitled “Space is the Place… For TV.”  This narrated story expounds on the ideas explored in Maharadja Sweet’s excellent 2013 Orange Milk release “On An Orange Milky Way.”

Hand-stamped edition of 50. Designed, printed, assembled, and dubbed at Moss Archive.


Aug 2, 2014

Looks Realistic - VA/A

BOTR026 - LOOKS REALISTIC :: “VA/A” C59 Massachusetts duo Looks Realistic zen out quantum fabric for nearly sixty minutes on “VA/A”, an utterly unique set of geometrically jilting ear candies. Chock-full of colliding field recordings, old analog gear, cassette sample collage and modular work, the non-visible spectrum altogether congeals to reveal subtly surfed up otherworldly atmospheres and hued up saturated overtones. “VA/A” glides and glistens from start to fin.

Now shipping!
Limited edition of 100 cassettes w/ download code
Pro-duplicated and imprinted in the USA
Hi-quality chrome tape housed in electric blue tape shells 


May 19, 2014

[MOSS 008] - Gay Shapes

Gay Shapes is the collaborative effort of Worcester, MA's Mickey O'Hara, Abdul Sherzai and Joe Bastardo. This release sees the trio following up a string of solo releases in 2013, but is in fact the first recording of the group since 2012. Mutated sounds, transmitted across unknown distances.

Side A takes shape in the form of a live improvisation. Edits were made at Moss Archive.
Side B was assembled from different files and tape recordings. Snippets of old jams, sounds recorded around the house. A slowly churning audio muck.

Edition of 50 hand-stamped cassettes. Double-sided j-cards were designed, printed and assembled at Moss Archive.


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.


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.


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!