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The latest example of Knekelhuis' expert curation comes via this killer compilation of all new productions from a wealth of international talent. Featuring label mainstays alongside new friends, this sonic journey explores the spaces between ambient and experimental electronica rendered in tape manipulation and spectral synthesis.

Label Text "This is a story of friendship, about how it grows stronger through the years. But it’s just as much about fledgling togetherness and shared art in times of crisis. The result is an introspective document of contemporary music, in spirit of Eno and Hassell. A space where we embrace our differences and speak the language of collectivity together, where we reflect, adapt and value each artist's contribution equally. To witness a multitude of cultural backgrounds that speak one like-minded language. Soothing and illuminating. And felt like..."


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Ike Zwanikken - Bianca
Treasury Of Puppies - Himlen Den Vackraste
Avsluta - Mono No Aware
Troth - Calm Of The Shadow
Philipp Otterbach - When The Fish Travels..
Michel Banabila - E.T
Ayaz - Yuma
Bashar Suleiman - T7KINI Feat. Olan Monk & Lil Asaf

David Allred

Felt The Transition

    Two years after the release of his acclaimed Erased Tapes debut, The Transition — named #17 Album of 2018 by The Sunday Times — Californian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Allred returns with a solo piano perspective on the album, aptly titled Felt The Transition — out December 18.

    "Felt The Transition is a new minimalist solo piano perspective on my experimental chamber folk album previously released in 2018, called The Transition. This music is reinterpreted on my 114 year old upright piano which was very kindly donated to me by my friend Adam Selzer who previously ran a recording studio in Portland called Type Foundry. This piano is very sentimental to me as it was used by a handful of my favorite musicians on their albums over the past 20 years, namely Peter Broderick’s ‘How They Are‘ and ‘Two Balloons’. Somehow in a wild twist of fate, this piano would end up in my living room as my own and I couldn’t imagine a greater musical instrument best friend.

    Felt The Transition was made with a homemade felt setup used to muffle the sound into a warmer quality which also accentuates the wooden creaky noises of the antique piano, which I love so much. After spending hours at a time getting lost in the beautiful sound of this piano, I started learning a few songs from The Transition with it. I was kindly encouraged by my girlfriend to interpret the whole album on piano even if just for her, so I did and it eventually found a home on Erased Tapes. Thanks to Courtney, Robert, friends at Erased Tapes, Adam, Peter, Rich, Kalani and Steph. Made with love and gratitude felt." — David Allred

    Kept in their original track order, from the opening chords of Scoop Troop to the debut’s standout piece The Garden, each composition gains a completely new light when performed on solo piano. For Catherine E. Coulson came about after David watched all of Twin Peaks in one block, which inspired him to write a wild punt for the new season’s soundtrack, a tribute to the actress who played the infamous Log Lady.

    After opening for the legendary English ensemble and his now label colleagues Penguin Cafe at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2017, David decided to write a song For the Penguins. And it’s not hard to imagine it being played by a group of twelve rather than just by himself, especially after Peter contributed additional strings on the original version. All of a sudden we feel that it’s in fact the less known pieces, like the album closer Poet Tree that make for an equally strong entry point to this new record of solo piano songs.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Scoop Troop (Solo Piano)
    2. For Catherine E. Coulson (Solo Piano)
    3. Randy And Susan (Solo Piano)
    4. The Transition (Solo Piano)
    5. Impending Imperative Change (Solo Piano)
    6. The Garden (Solo Piano)
    7. The Mirror Of Time (Solo Piano)
    8. For The Penguins (Solo Piano)
    9. For Only All (Solo Piano)
    10. Poet Tree (Solo Piano)

    Felt

    Train Above The City: Remastered

      Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory.

      TRACK LISTING

      Disc: 1
      1. Train Above The City
      2. On Weegee’s Sidewalk
      3. Run Chico Run
      4. Press Softly On The Brakes Holly
      5. Spectral Morning
      6. Teargardens
      7. Book Of Swords
      8. Seahorses On Broadway

      Disc: 2 (7”)
      1. The Final Resting Of The Ark
      2. There’s No Such Thing As Victory

      Felt

      Poem Of The River: Remastered

        Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Declaration
        2. Silver Plane
        3. She Lives By The Castle
        4. Stained-Glass Windows In The Sky
        5. Riding On The Equator
        6. Dark Red Birds

        7”
        1. Ballad Of The Band
        2. I Didn’t Mean To Hurt You

        Felt

        The Pictorial Jackson Review: Remastered

          Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Apple Boutique
          2. Ivory Past
          3. Until The Fools Get Wise
          4. How Spook Got Her Man
          5. Bitter End
          6. Tuesday’s Secret
          7. Christopher Street
          8. Jewels Are Set In Crowns
          9. Under A Pale Light
          10. Don’t Die On My Doorstep

          7"
          1. Rain Of Crystal Spires
          2. I Will Die With My Head In Flames

          Felt

          Forever Breathes The Lonely Word: Remastered

            Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Rain Of Crystal Spires
            2. Down But Not Yet Out
            3. September Lady
            4. Grey Streets
            5. All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
            6. Gather Up Your Wings And Fly
            7. A Wave Crashed On Rocks
            8. Hours Of Darkness Have Changed My Mind

            7"
            1. Primitive Painters
            2. Cathedral

            Felt

            Me And A Monkey On The Moon: Remastered

              Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory.

              TRACK LISTING

              Disc: 1
              1. I Can’t Make Love To You Anymore
              2. Mobile Shack
              3. Free
              4. Budgie Jacket
              5. Cartoon Sky
              6. New Day Dawning
              7. Down An August Path
              8. Never Let You Go
              9. She Deals In Crosses
              10. Get Out Of My Mirror

              Disc: 2 (7”)
              1. Space Blues
              2. Tuesday’s Secret

              Suuns are pleased to announced their new album, Felt, coming out March 2nd on Secretly Canadian. Singer/guitarist Ben Shemie says, “This record is definitely looser than our last one [2016’s Hold/Still]. It’s not as clinical. There’s more swagger.” You can hear this freedom flowing through the 11 tracks on Felt. It’s both a continuation and rebirth, the Montreal quartet returning to beloved local facility Breakglass Studios (where they cut their first two albums [Zeroes QC and Images Du Futur] with Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes) but this time recording themselves at their own pace, over five fertile sessions spanning several months. A simultaneous stretching out and honing in, mixed to audiophile perfection by St Vincent producer John Congleton (helmer of Hold/Still), who flew up especially from Dallas to deploy his award-winning skills in situ.

              Complementing O’Neill are the ecstatic, Harmonia-meets-Game Boy patterns unleashed by electronics mastermind Max Henry. Eschewing presets, Henry devised fresh sounds for each song on Felt while also becoming a default musical director, orchestrating patches and oscillations. Quietly enthusing about “freaky post-techno” and Frank Ocean’s use of space, he’s among your more modest studio desk jockeys: “Yeah, I sat in the control room while the others played – hitting ‘record’ and ‘stop’. It also gave me the flexibility to move parts around and play with effects. I do have a sweet tooth for pop music.”



              STAFF COMMENTS

              Darryl says: Hypnotic synth throbs, dusty percussion workouts and flickering kosmische bass meet with ambient downtempo before thrashing forwards into dark dystopian minimal wave. Superb.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Look No Further
              2. X-ALT
              3. Watch You, Watch Me
              4. Baseline
              5. After The Fall
              6. Control
              7. Make It Real
              8. Daydream
              9. Peace And Love
              10. Moonbeams
              11. Materials

              Felt

              The Strange Idols Pattern & The Other Stories - Remastered

                Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                Before the Stone Roses and after Be-Bop Deluxe and Plastic Ono Band, John Leckie worked with Felt. Booked into a metal/reggae studio in Birmingham’s industrial wasteland he sculpted a Michelangelo slice of new rock – exquisite and beautiful guitar odysseys – quite unlike anything the city had experienced before. Merging pop with a classical nuance Felt stood alone as the forerunners of a brand new style. And Gary Ainge was finally allowed to use his high-hat!

                TRACK LISTING

                Disc 1
                1. Roman Litter
                2. Sempiternal Darkness
                3. Spanish House
                4. Imprint
                5. Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow
                6. Vasco Da Gama
                7. Crucifix Heaven
                8. Dismantled King Is Off The Throne
                9. Crystal Ball
                10. Whirlpool Vision Of Shame 

                Bonus 7" (Comes With Deluxe CD)
                1. Penelope Tree
                2. A Preacher In New England 

                Felt

                Ignite The Seven Cannons

                  Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                  During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                  Produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins and featuring the skyscraping vocal of Elizabeth Fraser on the mighty Primitive Painters. Felt found themselves at the top of the independent charts. Unhappy with the overall sound though – it was as if some of Lawrence’s best songs were lost in an “ethereal swirl.” John A. Rivers has been given access to the original master tapes and six songs have been remixed. Also – side 2 has been focused, edited and “made symmetrical.” Finally these songs can be heard as intended by Felt. It has become at long last a cohesive whole.



                  TRACK LISTING

                  Disc 1
                  1. My Darkest Light Will Shine (Remixed)
                  2. The Day The Rain Came Down (Remixed)
                  3. Scarlet Servants (Remixed)
                  4. I Don’t Know Which Way To Turn (Remixed)
                  5. Primitive Painters
                  6. Textile Ranch
                  7. Black Ship In The Harbour (Remixed)
                  8. Elegance In D
                  9. Caspian See (Remixed)
                  10. Southern State Tapestry

                  Bonus 7" (Comes With Deluxe CD)
                  1. Mexican Bandits
                  2. The World Is As Soft As Lace

                  Felt

                  Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty - Remastered

                    Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                    During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                    Lawrence’s ambition was to release the best debut English album ever! Adrian Borland offered his services, then commitments with his band The Sound prevented this from happening. So Felt began a relationship with Swell Maps producer John A. Rivers. Recorded and mixed in six days the band got a taste of how bitter reality fares compared to the “mellow fruitfulness” of blind ambition.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Disc 1
                    1. Evergreen Dazed - Felt
                    2. Fortune - Felt
                    3. Birdmen - Felt
                    4. Cathedral - Felt
                    5. I Worship The Sun - Felt
                    6. Templeroy – Felt

                    Bonus 7" (With CD Format)
                    1. Something Sends Me To Sleep - Felt
                    2. Something Sends Me To Sleep (Alternate Version) - Felt

                    Felt

                    The Seventeenth Century

                      Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                      During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                      Previously named Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death, this album is now retitled The Seventeenth Century – the original name for the album was changed late in the day. This reversal of misfortune was classed as an awful mistake and Lawrence’s biggest regret. Flash forward to now and this situation can finally be rectified. “You can’t change the title of an album” - they told him – so he said; “if Kraftwerk can and Bowie can then I can too!!”

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Disc 1
                      1. Song For William S. Harvey
                      2. Ancient City Where I Lived
                      3. Seventeenth Century
                      4. The Palace
                      5. Indian Scriptures
                      6. The Nazca Plain
                      7. Jewel Sky
                      8. Viking Dress
                      9. Voyage To Illumination
                      10. Sapphire Mansions

                      Bonus 7" (Comes With Deluxe CD)
                      1. Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow
                      2. Sunlight Strings

                      Felt

                      The Splendor Of Fear - Remastered

                        Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                        During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                        Lawrence escapes the contours of a bland city and retreats into his mind. Felt had risen from the underworld searching for a new horizon but only managed to slip into a desolate obscurity! Dark black slabs of creosote guitar – vast swathes of epic interplay – casting futuristic Shadows – an idiosyncratic and unobtrusively brilliant band, the music Felt made on this album is unlike anything attempted before. This really is a template for an age yet to come. And it pays to know that Maurice Deebank now resides in a monastery in Birmingham!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Disc 1
                        1. Red Indians - Felt
                        2. The World Is As Soft As Lace - Felt
                        3. The Optimist And The Poet - Felt
                        4. Mexican Bandits - Felt
                        5. The Stagnant Pool - Felt
                        6. A Preacher In New England - Felt

                        Bonus 7" (With Deluxe CD Format)
                        1. Trails Of Colour Dissolve - Felt
                        2. My Face Is On Fire - Felt

                        Having recorded his last album live in a large, reverberant church, Nils Frahm now invites you to put on your headphones and dive into a world of microscopic and delicate sounds - so intimate that you could be sitting beside him. Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments: 'Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.' Captivated by this sonic exposition, he placed the microphones so deep inside the piano that they were almost touching the strings. This brought a host of external sounds to the recordings which most producers would try their hardest to hide: 'I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano's action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards - all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.'

                        Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm is already a firebrand in the modern classical world, collaborating with contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds and Anne Müller. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. As announced by Drowned In Sound, he finally returns on October 10th 2011 with the successor to his highly acclaimed solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells. Released on Erased Tapes Records and entitled 'Felt', the album will coincide with a European tour in November 2011 - a truly memorable and magical live experience.


                        Lumen

                        The Man Felt An Iron.....

                          Complex polyrhythmic insrumentals for the acoustic guitar, accordian, upright bass and drum kit. The instrumentation lends itself to be a quieter album, but the subtle dynamic shifts and loud drumming makes for an incredible rock-out. Will appeal to fans of Papa M, Rex, Directions In Music etc.


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