Thursday, July 31, 2014

BLUE VELVET: OTOMO HAVA (AOW 216E)

The fifth volume in the "Blue Velvet" series comes from Otomo Hava, who turn in a holocausting rework of "Jeffrey's Dark Side."  Opening with the incredibly unsettling string textures of the original piece, Otomo Hava stretches the ambience and the growing tension out immensely until the whole thing boils over into a crushing, destructive slab of molten WALL action.  Simply beautiful in every regard.  It's an incredibly dynamic piece of work, one of my favorite pieces from Thomas as a whole, and an excellent contribution to the series.  I love it when artists step outside of their normal sound zone for these projects; this one might be my favorite!
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

BLUE VELVET: OBLIVE (AOW 216D)

The fourth installment of the "Blue Velvet" series comes from Oblive.  I gave Jeff what I felt to be the most difficult track to work with, "Lumberton, USA/Going Down To Lincoln" and his resultant work is impressively deep, dark, burbling, and THICK.  Some massive, suffocating tones here, spread across two epic walls, an exploration of the pockets of darkness hidden amidst the light and lurid colours.  If the decapitated ear is the "rabbit hole" that beckons both Jeffrey and the viewer into Lynch's surreal horror show, then Oblive's work here is the sound of the descent.  Crushing and incredibly dense.
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $ 7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

BLUE VELVET: NIGHTTIME IN THE ABYSS (AOW 216C)

The third volume in the "Blue Velvet" series comes from another personal favorite, Nighttime In The Abyss, and as usual with NITA, the material here is both emotionally suffocating and exquisitely, painfully beautiful.  Here is the ache, the yearn, the desire, and the violence, all blended together in two amazingly gorgeous, dense, and scathing pieces of sound sculpture.  I gave Christopher "Mysteries Of Love" as well because I knew he could make it sing; his original track, "Fear And Loathing In Ben's," trades on the former track's beauty and ups the volume and tension considerably.  It's like falling into a hole of unending despair and nostalgiah.  Another staggering release from one of the underground's best!
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

BLUE VELVET: EARTHENWOMB (AOW 216B)

The second volume in the "Blue Velvet" series is from the woefully underappreciated Earthenwomb, here turning in some of the most brutal, scorching, dense, and incredibly LOUD material i've heard from the project in some time.  Across two massive tracks, Earthenwomb marries the severe violent outbursts of Lynch's film to its more romantic subtextual suggestions, creating an assaulting slab of HNW that more than hints at the sorrow and devastation lurking beneath reality's more innocuous surfaces.
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

BLUE VELVET: LA MANCHA DEL PECADO (AOW 216A)

The inaugural installment of the "Blue Velvet" series comes from one of my personal faves, the darkly erotic La Mancha Del Pecado.  Here reworking "Mysteries Of Love" (a favorite track of many of the artists involved with the series, myself included!) and contributing the original track "Hidden In Dorothy's Closet," La Mancha Del Pecado explores the sexualized interiority of Jeffrey as his obsession with Dorothy grows ever more total and troubling.  Just over 50 minutes of dark and harrowing drone majesty alongside some claustrophobic static detritus.
Packaged in a fold-over cover in a clear plastic bag, in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CORY STRAND "FARGO: COMPLETE" 26CDr + DATA-DVDr + BONUS CDr BOX SET (AOW 213/214/215)

PLEASE NOTE: This is a PREORDER.  Box sets should begin shipping late September.

Super deluxe box set version compiling all of my work with "Fargo," both the film and the television series, plus some very exclusive extras that come ONLY with the box set.  This is easily the most ambitious (and largest) project i've embarked upon.  "Fargo: Complete" includes:

"Fargo: A Reinterpretation" 10CDr (AOW 213): My epic dark drone/death ambient rework of Jeff Russo's score for the television series, packaged in two 5-capacity DVD cases, with artwork by Gina Newman.  Gina's artwork is exclusive to the box set; the stand alone version has images culled from the series.

"Fargo: Season One" 10CDr (AOW 214): All HNW rework of the audio from Season One of the show, using the same methods employed on my "True Detective: Season One" set.  Packaged in two 5-capacity DVD cases, with entirely different artwork than the stand alone version.

"Fargo: A Reinterpretation" 5CDr (AOW 215): rework of Carter Burwell's beautiful score to the Coen Brothers' film blanc.  Packaged in a 5-capacity DVD case with entirely different artwork than the stand alone version.

"Fargo" DATA-DVDr: Exclusive to the box set, my full HNW rework of the entire audio track from "Fargo" the film, packaged in a DVD case with full colour artwork.  Over an hour and a half of crippling HNW.

"Bonus" CDr: exclusive to the box set, my ultra raw and damaged guitar solo version of Carter Burwell's theme from "Fargo" the film.

The entirety of the set is housed in a painted box with paste on covers and a signed insert, and is limited to five hand-numbered copies.  Again, this is easily the largest set i have put together; it weighs a ton and will be brutal to ship, so this is reflected in the pricing.  $230 ppd. in the United States, $243 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"BLUE VELVET" COMPILATION UPDATE

It's been forever since i've mentioned this, but I finally have some news to share regarding this long-gestating project.  The good news: some of the work i've received for this comp is finally going to be released.  The bad news: it is no longer an ultra-fancy box set.
I've decided to go ahead and begin releasing some of the tracks i've received in a manner similar to the "Twelve Suicides" and "Into An Infinite Black" series: fold over covers in clear plastic bags.  Why the change?  I think i made the restrictions/instructions for the original box set a little too complicated: some of the participants gave me two tracks as asked, but some people only gave me one, and I think it was because I was being a little too ambitious and perhaps unclear with my intentions.  It was also incredibly difficult to coordinate such a large undertaking, and it was silly of me to think that i could work with 20 different artists' time frames.  And people kept dropping out.  It just wasn't feasible.  But i received some good work from some awesome artists, and I hate to have it just sitting on a hard drive going unheard.
Along with this change comes some more good news: I am now going to make this an endless/ongoing series, with a completely open submission policy.  If you would like to participate in this compilation, please feel free to submit your track(s) to me at:

corystrand@gmail.com

The track should be inspired by David Lynch's film "Blue Velvet."  That's my only requirement, aside from the following stipulations: all of the artwork and layouts will be done by me, and there is NO artist info on any of the releases (meaning no website addresses, recording info, etc.)-just the name of the project and the track titles.  Very minimalist.  Each participating artist will receive artist copies.
The first few installments should be out soon.