New Halasan Bazar video, clipped from various bits of footage shot by Jean Painlevé. Can’t wait to share some news regarding their upcoming LP with us, though we’ll probably be in a position to show some of the packaging designs in the coming weeks. In the meantime, their cassette How to Be Ever Happy is still available from Moon Glyph, though their supply is dwindling.
One of the most bedroom-appropriate albums I’ve listened to as of late is Ghibli’s latest release, Rare Pleasures. The title accurately describes the sample-based smooth, silky house vibes that the Edmonton resident, Thomas Michael, delivers…
The folks at Windy & Warm just shared some lovely words about our cassette with our favorite house producer that rides a moose through the plains of Venus.
Welcome, to our Outlands “über post”. This week our new pressing of their EP went on sale and you can grab a copy here - we’ve got some spare press copies of other albums floating around so everyone that orders today will get their choice of another in print Crash Symbols title. Just mention the name of the tape you’d like in your paypal comments section when you check out.
We also wanted to point y’all toward a couple of spectacular instances of “press” for the band. First off, a groovy mix that the duo made for I Vacation in Your Hell, one of the better named blogs we’ve had the pleasure of brushing up against. You can check that out here. This is Fake DIY also recently premiered a Text Beak & DEFA remix of their song “Com Ocean”, clearly much beloved of remixers. That one’s up to stream at DIY.
Now that we’ve solicited your business and attention, here’s a streaming version that you don’t even have to click through a link to get to.
Today Outlands' self-titled EP goes back up for sale after quickly selling out of its first cassette edition on Chill Mega Chill Records. You can grab it here or from the band’s bandcamp, but we’ll also have some further news about a repress and availability at various digital venues.
"… [these] wooing esoteric-lit offerings from [Outlands] move like amorphous and placable transmissions from in-between the musical cracks of shoe-gaze and electro, yet sound mesmerisingly fresh and full of substance." -Gods in the TV
"Virginia’s disco-noir outfit Outlands lift inspiration from contemporary smooth jazz while drenching their entire production in rotund bass grinds … So pour the wine, invite over that special someone, and enjoy the seductive sounds of Outlands." -Portals
The trio that makes up unhappybirthday come from Wismar, a small and very old city in Germany that has almost always been small. If you’re like me, you might know the town from its contribution to the formation of the Hanseatic League, an important thirteenth century trade federation and mutual defense pact formed by several important Northern European commercial cities. Wismar is a much simpler place today and as the band tells it, rather isolated and contended with its slow pace while they were growing up. A single record store in the city made that unchanging tableau a little more dynamic, connecting them with bands like the Raincoats, Young Marble Giants, and Units; ultimately inspiring them to make their own music, taking a synth heavy approach to “Neue Deutsche Welle” – or, literally translated, new German-wave. Their debut album Sirup is a collection of songs written since the band resolved to make it their own way, renting a house together and making music nonstop. By their own description, these songs are “sometimes washed out like a raindy or sticky like chewing gum”, but never without a “pretty melancholic root to howl”. “Molly” is a sad prom-night-song about undefined yearning, while “Kalt” is more bleak, with cold synth tones stabbing, freezing the listener’s heart. These songs are direct and purposely catchy, but intimate – they seethe, too restrained for anything but a slow burn, regardless of tempo. Together, unhappybirthday is shaping a new reality for themselves and we can hope that the success of Sirup might inspire a happy occasion for them next year.
Preorder Sirup on limited edition cassette and stream it on our bandcamp. We’ll be premiering some new tracks over the next couple weeks, but for now he’s our recent video for “Pyramiden”, the second track from the new album.
Some Ember's Hotel of Lost Light is one of my favorite releases we’ve had the pleasure of putting out on Crash Symbols. Dylan Travis, the mind behind the project, has a gorgeous way with woozy synth sounds and hazy drones call to mind a version of Pocahaunted fronted by a slightly less depressed Robert Smith. Earlier this week the homies at No Fear Of Pop got the drop on this stellar new single from Some Ember’s upcoming second cassette, Pleasure. “Flowers Open” has changed out the haunting drones from Hotel of Lost Light for a much more driven, explosive pop sound, leaving fans and new listeners alike practically begging for more.
Stream/Download: Some Ember - Flowers Open There is no label or release date announced for Pleasure yet; only the notion that it will exist.
Tom Mike, aka Ghibli, has been on an extended vacation - Poland, to Germany (Berlin), and then Morocco - for much of the time we’ve been promoting his latest album, Rare Pleasures. None of that time was he particularly disconnected, so having gotten back to Canada, he put together a short mix of tracks he’d been feeling over the trip and called it Forest Flower. Lurve it.
Originally self-released midway in 2010, VHS Vision was the one and only release from Texas producer Stephen Farris under his Cosmic Sound moniker, which he used briefly between solo releases. It hung around long enough to raise a few eyebrows, get some good “I never saw this coming” press, and even a nod from Com Truise before Farris began focusing on his work under his own name. At the time, reviewers loved his circuit bent keyboards and the horde of field recordings and other sounds that Farris recorded and mixed using his VCR, but aspects of those characteristics have since become typical of his larger output, so perhaps the name stopped making sense or the short tracks felt too tentative for Farris to want to justify the conceptual ground he would cover later. Nevertheless, it is an early and certainly one of the best statements of Farris’ experimental audio aesthetic and incomparably clever, always catchy synth-play. We couldn’t be happier to add it to the catalog over at our imprint Crash Symbols. My wife and I even played track #3 at our wedding last year.
"…super ill synth work, melted vibes and like the EP says, it’s a VHS Vision." -Com Truise
"This ambient project of ‘lost vhs tapes, forgotten sounds and lucid dreams’ has a beautiful, cascading dream-like quality." -Friends With Both Arms
“‘The Most Interesting Man In The World’ from those XX commercials could only dream of being as cool as this dude.” -Digital Hygiene
Preorder the limited edition cassette or download VHS Vision directly here. For a limited time, while the cassettes last, we’ll only be charging $4 for digital downloads on our bandcamp.