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The latest project of Madeline Johnston of Sister Grotto. Together with collaborator Tucker Theodore, Midwife creates dreamy songs that confront raw emotions, haunted soundscapes that get stuck in your head. Following their acclaimed 2017 debut Like Author, Like Daughter, their new Prayer Hands EP delves further, bringing more reverb-drenched anthems of loss.

Released on Antiquated Future Records...[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale! Two sides of textural ambient synthscapes from some masters of minimalism. Sabriel's Orb is the latest project from Willow Skye-Biggs (Stag Hare, ariel) and John Atkinson is a film composer, formerly of the Brooklyn hypnogogic-pop group Aa.

Released on Whited Sepulchre Records. Listen to Sabriel Orb's side here and John Atkinson's side[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale! On their latest EP, Reighnbeau producer Bryce Hample teams up with collaborators Colleen Johnson (Flying Circles, Silver Shadows) and Madeline Johnston (Midwife, Sister Grotto) to create an album that skirts the edges of IDM, dream pop, and electro-folk. Six off-kilter love songs—sparkling pieces of art-pop music for voice, electronics, acoustic guitar, and autoharp...[ continued ]

A split LP of "not noise, not music, not poetry" from Haunted and Comme À La Radio, two artists pushing boundaries. Spoken word cut-up broken-sound collage. Beauty and mayhem from artists who "approach words as just another sound to accept or reject as they dissolve."

For those who like Gowns, Algebra Suicide, Mutamasik & Morgan Craft, Tapestry, Hecka Ar, Caroline Bergvall.

Limited to only 100 copies! Hand-numbered, classy as hell...[ continued ]

A long-lost 12" EP from the late great City Center. Four woozy, atmospheric, skewed dream-pop tracks. On clear, screen-printed, one-sided vinyl. So gorgeous!

Preview on Quite Scientific. The last few copies from the original 2010 500-copy pressing!

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The latest from Pleasure Systems, the solo electronic project of Clarke from The Washboard Abs. Terraform takes the project into a place that sparkles and pops in digital melancholic bliss. A masterpiece in synth waves, pitch shifts, glitches, and stutters, all covered in pop song dreams.

Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale! Psych-folk cabaret from the mind of Olympia composer Jeff Shannon. Surprising arrangements and dream-logic lyrics in soundscapes of uncommon textures. Sinisterly absurd. Infectiously unusual.

Hand-stamped covers with a hand-cut stamp by Jillian Chaplain. Tapes are protected with a (removable) bandage. Paper insert with short poetic-prose essay on the There Will Be Casualties concept (emotional bandages, the armor of habitual protection, a mask of disguise or defense)...[ continued ]

Store-wide cassette sale! Long-running Portland freak-folk band Pelican Ossman returns with their best yet. The Touchstone is a perfectly bizarre record of experimental garage pop with odd rhythms and group sing-alongs. 

Released through Ewe of Now Recordings. On handsome yellow cassettes. Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ] Pelican Ossman- The Touchstone

Otherworldly hammered dulcimer lushness. Surprising, largely instrumental, with splashes of Dorothy Carter's mystical Malvina Reynolds-esque vocals.

Smartly hand-printed and designed. Released on Why the Tapes Play Records. 

From ace percussionist Lisa Schonberg (Secret Drum Band, Kickball, Explode Into Colors) comes UAU: Music for percussion // Soundscapes and Ant Acoustics of the Brazilian Amazon, a song cycle made at "the intersection of art, ecology, entomology, and bioacoustics." It's as cool as it sounds.

Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ]