DRAFT is pleased to announce its second LP release from underground jazz-synth duo $.99 Dreams. Spei Res, roughly translated from Latin as “thing of hope”, plays like a suite of soundtrack miniatures driven by virtuosic drumming and synthesizer textures. Seemingly oblivious to musical trends, Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums) have crafted a distinctive sound that unifies electronic music, jazz improvisation, and hip hop production techniques. Spei Res finds them further down this path, exploiting the recording studio to build and modify improvisations into a sonically dense and kinetic record. Connected to the likes of Sun Ra, Varèse, and J Dilla, $.99 Dreams craft a highly personalized music. The album feels both ancient and new, building a language out of pummeling rhythms, dynamic keyboard passages, and sculpted atmospheres, enhanced by Diller’s articulate production work. Spei Res is a colossal record, containing a life music that is self-aware, revelatory and knows what it’s up against.
DRAFT D017 LP, Edition of 400
Mastered by LUPO, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering
Graphics by Social Drag
RM Francis for Elevator 4 at Machine House Brewery, Seattle WA :: July 25, 2014
This Summer DRAFT has been working on a couple of releases we hope to put out this Fall – one of which is a new tape by RM Francis, his second DRAFT release this year. I was in touch with him a couple days back, and he sent me this clip of a performance from last Sunday night at the Josephine in Seattle. Check it out:
Also, keep your eyes peeled for new Gift Tapes releases – we expect them to drop within 2 weeks.
BEE MASK in the NW!!!
6/21 SEATTLE @ The Chapel Performance Space, w/ Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon
6/22 OLYMPIA @ The Northern, w/ Matt Carlson & Spare Death Icon
6/23 PORTLAND @ Little Axe, w/ Matt Carlson & Operative
Returning from an Australian tour, Philly-resident Chris Madak/Bee Mask makes his debut NW appearances, offering up his signature blend of synthesis and concrete. With the recent release of two significant works on Mego sub-label Spectrum Spools (including a reissue of his Gift Tapes cassette, Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico) and his forthcoming release on Room40, Chris has become a significant force in the contemporary experimental music community.
Seattle show info: http://gifttapes.com/gt-presents/
Merv (Matt Carlson’s alter-ego as a self-help guru) and the amazing folks at Experimental 1/2 Hour have totally upped the ante in this new video. Think Particle Language insert², performed live in front of a studio audience with patients and a modular synthesizer. Deep, hilarious, mind-warp hypnosis…
RM Francis, Microtopies
DRAFT D013, 42 minute tape, edition of 125
Newcomer RM Francis debuts his first solo release, Microtopies, a meticulously constructed set of works that took an entire year to complete. Using the computer to generate software patches and process hacked thrift-store keyboards, Francis layers time-stretched timbres that aimlessly warble within odd, congealed masses of compressed texture. Sound surfaces reveal the micro-artifacts inherent in digital audio processes, which take on a life of their own. These sounds are then crafted into rich, miniature sound worlds that seem as organic as they do chemical. Ghostly meditations lift, weightlessly shape-shifting, gently deposited into cloudy pools of resonance. At times melodic, at times academic, this hybrid of automated sounds and finely tuned craftsmanship leads to a fresh approach, and an excellent listen.
Stefan Tcherepnin & Christopher DeLaurenti, Bleed the Capacitors: Heavy Analog Electronics Vols. 2 and 3
DRAFT D015, 35 minute tape, edition of 125
Bleed the Capacitors: Heavy Analog Electronics Vols. 2 and 3 is the second release in a series of tapes by Stefan Tcherepnin and Christopher DeLaurenti that document their work as an improvising duo (following up their first volume on Banned Productions). Performing on Serge analog synth and touch-controlled transistor circuit boards respectively, the duo launch raw electronic sounds that dance around the stereo field with jagged logic. Dense noise bursts collide and fracture within tight response dynamics, interspersed with silence. Reminiscent of early noise pioneers, this work fuses noisy textures and active improvisation to create a finely crafted set of music with jarring momentum.
Available at draftrecords.com
UPCOMING: Tapes by Lander 5 (Scott Goodwin) & Geoff Mullen.