Jun 232016
 

Sometime in the late 1990s, John Chantler handed me a CDR of a band he was in. Aesthetically a long way away from his work of today, his inquisitive and industrious spirit was evident from the very beginning. Since that time he has become one of the core contributors to Room40 and a huge inspiration top many, myself included.

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the release of Which Way To Leave?, his latest full length excursion into electronic music. It’s equal parts dense, sparse, melodic and textural. Easily his most developed and considered work today. The record also features contributions Okkyung Lee and Carina Thoren.

There’s a taster video delivered here at FACT Magazine.

It’s available in August.

Jun 222016
 

As many of you know a good few years back now Room40 extended its label family to include A Guide To Saints – which is dedicated to music in cassette format (and of course digital too, we’re not that idealogical). We just launched a dedicated Bandcamp for the imprint

I am excited to be making four new editions available this month. All four come housed in our handmade, hand sprayed and screened covers out by the fine folk at 7th Disaster.

The four editions are:

An Infinity Room – Julian Day’s incredibly reductive minimal organ drone project. Elegant vibrations in the air.

Leighton Craig – Four Hymnal-like lofi explorations into voice, keyboards and decay. 

Cured Pink – Brisbane post-punk, live bootleg. Dirty as hell and likely smoking as much too!

Celestino – Portland’s finest droner spent weeks alone on the arctic tundra, this is what that sounds like.

 

May 152016
 

In the earliest days of Room40, I was lucky to have John Chantler to hand. He was a central figure in the growth of the label, offering us much support and energy to push outward. It’s with great pleasure we’re welcoming him back to Australia for a series of concerts this June including two as part of our curated series at MUMA and the MONO at the IMA. He also performs in Japan…details are HERE. John Chantler’s appearance is made possible with support from Konstnärsnämden — The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

We’ll also be announcing new music from John in the coming month.

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May 092016
 

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I’m not sure what it is about the music of David Toop that haunts me so deeply. In my younger years, Toop’s records defined a way of approaching sound that transcended music, sound design and acoustic art. He married the seemingly disparate in a restrained but intensive tapestry of events.

After a gap of 10 years between albums, I gently encouraged David to step back into the studio. He replied with Entities Inertias Faint Beings, easily his most detailed and exploratory record to date.

I can say without a shred of doubt David Toop’s music and writing have changed by life irrevocably. I invite you to enjoy this phenomena yourself through this latest masterwork.

Feb 242016
 

My good friend Mr. Jamie Stewart kindly introduced me to the solo work of Norman Westberg and since that time I have been a huge admirer of his reductive guitar explorations. In 2012 he recorded MRI, which I had the pleasure of remastering and post-producing. The resultant edition is the second is our series of re-issues of his ‘home made’ material.

As was mentioned by our friends at Tiny Mixtapes, Norman is also headed to Australia for his first solo touring outside the USA. He appears at the Institute Of Modern Art’s MONO series on April 14, Monash University Museum Of Art on April 16 and Babushka at the Leederville Hotel April 17.

Feb 122016
 

Our dear friend and long time ROOM40 family member Chris Abrahams has a new edition brewing, Fluid To The Influence, which is available for pre-order now. Many of you might know Chris’s work with The Necks, one of our favourite groups here at Room40.

Over the course of three records to date; Thrown, Playscar and Memory Night, Chris has created some of the most hauntingly beautiful music on the label. It’s with great pleasure then that we can share his first cut, titled Receiver, from the new LP.