House Paint (from New York) is the electronic project of Luke of Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk. California flows effortlessly through the four tracks in just around 32 minutes. Heavily sedating synthesizer lines, rich guitar work, and mechanical drum patterns carry on through the minimal landscapes of the release while soft vocal patterns hover above. It feels unending, it begins where it ends and continues on effortlessly and exists somewhere between the party and your after-party slumber. The cassette is limited to 50, with pro-printed and scored j-cards. Each cassette includes a package of organic matter, hand selected from California’s beaches, forests, and deserts.
This is the debut release from Torn Humorist, it is a collection of songs recorded from 2010 - 2012, and finally compiled on this release. Inspired by the idea of “crepuscule” music, the songs were recorded in the early evening hours until the early morning. An emphasis on heavily affected instrumentation attempting to explore alienation and longing. The cassette is limited to 50, with pro-printed and scored j-cards in poly cassette cases inside of hand sewn packaging with 1” “Crepuscule Drip” button.
hi shadow distro has been updated. included are releases by vehicle blues, reighnbeau, former selves, ancient crux, stars are insane, bronson, spacemen 3, no paws, and a few others. check it out baberinos.
new stuff coming at chu soon. keep yr eyes peeled.
Brent is a super young dude from Southeren California. He lives in the biggest hell hole on the planet, the Inland Empire (along with me, although we have a little less than an hour between us) where he modestly runs his label (Hi Shadow) and works hard to engage listeners and audience with his musical endeavor (Torn Humorist). He is also really good at Magic the Gathering. Brent explains what Hi Shadow means to him, what he plans on doing with it, as well as why Torn Humorist exists.
So… Hi Shadow has been going pretty slow for awhile, but that is about to change! I have relocated to San Diego, CA for the time being, and will be continuing to release music and much more.
We have posters now! There are only 50 of them so claim one fast. If you would like a Hi Shadow poster sent your way you can paypal me $2 postage, or if you order something just add an extra $1 and I will ship one your way! We will have buttons soon aswell.
and finally, for the next two weeks, I am offering a special deal to prepare for future releases and the future of Hi Shadow all together! Two Hi Shadow tapes for $6 plus postage! If you’d like to take me up on this offer please shoot me an email at email@example.com .
This debut cassette by San Diego’s Ghost Shores snapshots a young band with attentive visions. Ghost Shores, recorded in Murrieta, CA, by now member Tyler Haran, is an EP not content with delivering standard pop retrospects, instead David De La Torre (Guitar) and Ian Collins (Bass) intertwine and weave subtle complexities over steady rhythms by Arturo Munoz (Drums). Amanda Schoepflin (vocals) provides much of melody in her tremendous, sometimes haunting voice. Her vocal inflections are not easy to place influence on and end up sounding perfectly out of time and place. The EP offers up a range of sounds, from the upbeat and catchy “Grey Area” and “Take Time“ offering memorable leads soon to be digested by the listener and hummed endlessly to the expansive dissonant extended play closer “Group Huddle” that pushes the 5 minute mark. Ghost Shores leave themselves open for expanding in any direction, and that is what they will be doing for sometime to come. Cassette comes with a digital download.
New York’s Stars Are Insane is the recording project of Mike Andriani, owner of Rok Lok Records and member of Dude Japan. On A Plan… A Perfect Disaster each song builds upon itself, layering guitar, organ, viola, glockenspiel, clarinet, and even a guzheng. The “orchestra” compliments Andriani’s intimate and personal songwriting and creates rich textural song enviroments for the listener to escape into and embrace the intimacy. The songs capture the folk ethos, and they embrace the subtlety so well executed within the genre, embracing the minor details of textural sounds, spacing of notes, etc and meticulously placing these elements together to create a lush sonic space. Self-described as “For fans of Dump, Sentridoh, My Bloody Valentine, Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters, etc”, while I think these are apt comparisons, the reason Stars Are Insane are so admirable, is the amalgamation of these influences, and the creation of something new and different.