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Pan American - A Son
Pan American
A Son
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Kranky)
19,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Legacy Chicago craftsman Mark Nelson’s latest offering as Pan•American is less a distillation or divergence than it is a return to his musical and spiritual beginnings. Spare, subdued, and largely acoustic, A Son unfurls like late summer dusk on the edge of town, expansive but intimate. Motivated by notions of “moving backward” and tracing roots—as well as a couple years of hammered dulcimer lessons—the album’s nine songs were written and recorded in his home in Evanston, Illinois, and honed during a recent solo tour in Europe. The emphasis on uncluttered arrangements and the centrality of the guitar and vocals reveal these songs as the most direct and emotional statement of his career.

Nelson cites everything from June Tabor, The Carter Family, Suicide and Jimmy Reed as oblique inspirations, though his truest muse was creative self-inquiry: “What does music do, Where does music start? How simple can it be? How honest can it be?” After decades of mining post-rock pathways and latticework electronics in Labradford and early Pan•American, A Son strips away ornament and distraction in favor of a direct gaze into the heart of what is.
Windy & Carl - Allegiance And Conviction
Windy & Carl
Allegiance And Conviction
LP | 2020 | US | Original (Kranky)
21,99 €*
Release:2020 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
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Legendary Dearborn duo Windy & Carl have been crafting inner space electric guitar and bass vistas for nearly three decades now, but their latest feels as vital and vaporous as any peak opus in their vast catalog. Written and recorded across six years, the songs swirl between shoegaze minimalism and stargaze drift, over which Windy Weber whispers veiled poetic narratives of transformation, isolation, and escape.

Allegiance And Conviction is their first album since 2012’s We Will Always Be. The six compositions are something of outlier in their catalog, shorter in nature than most on their previous releases. All of the tracks are saturated with Carl Hultgren’s signature guitar work, intimate constructions of murmurs, drones and his trademark layered filigree, gently amassed into alternately lighter and heavier than air atmospheres.

Despite being their first full-length in more than half a decade, the album fully belongs to the bewitching galaxy of sound Windy & Carl innovated and within which they remain the sole occupants: music of thresholds and peripheries and eternities. Allegiance And Conviction is the multifaceted, contemporary take on their sound.
Grouper - Aia: Dream Loss
Grouper
Aia: Dream Loss
LP | 2011 | US | Reissue (Kranky)
21,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
“This sound / synapse transposition is as haunting as it is beautiful—surely Grouper’s best.” -Tiny Mix Tapes

“If past Grouper releases have inhabited abyssal trenches and damp backwoods, here Harris takes us journeying across constellations and stars. Two of the most beguiling albums of the year, exquisitely realized and singularly evocative.” - The Quietus

“This music feels both spacey and expansive and also oddly intimate and grounded, the work of someone who has mastered her tools and knows how to get the most out of them.” - Pitchfork

“Harris finds a way to dive deeper in simple and unassuming ways.” - NPR
Loscil - Equivalents
Loscil
Equivalents
LP | 2019 | US | Original (Kranky)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Canadian composer Scott Morgan’s 12th long-player as loscil takes its title from an influential series of early 20th century photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, abstracting clouds into miasmic, painterly canvases of smoke and shadowplay. It’s a deeply fitting analog for Morgan’s own musical process across the past two decades, fraying forms and tones into widescreen mirages of opaque texture and negative space. The name Equivalents referred to Stieglitz’s notion of the photographs as being equivalent to his “philosophical or emotional states of mind;” the same could be said of these eight weighty, shivering chiaroscuros of sound. Each piece unfolds and evolves enigmatically, adrift in low oxygen atmospheres, shifting dramatically from pockets of density to dissipated streaks of moonlit vapor.
The entirety of the record was created specifically for the album with the exception of “Equivalent 7,” which began as a dance score for frequent collaborator Vanessa Goodman. The album version of this track was reworked with Vancouver musician Amir Abbey aka Secret Pyramid. Cloud photographs taken by Scott Morgan at various locations throughout Cascadia in 2018.
Grouper - Aia: Alien Observer
Grouper
Aia: Alien Observer
LP | 2011 | US | Reissue (Kranky)
21,99 €*
Release:2011 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
“This sound / synapse transposition is as haunting as it is beautiful—surely Grouper’s best.” -Tiny Mix Tapes

“If past Grouper releases have inhabited abyssal trenches and damp backwoods, here Harris takes us journeying across constellations and stars. Two of the most beguiling albums of the year, exquisitely realized and singularly evocative.” - The Quietus

“This music feels both spacey and expansive and also oddly intimate and grounded, the work of someone who has mastered her tools and knows how to get the most out of them.” - Pitchfork

“Harris finds a way to dive deeper in simple and unassuming ways.” - NPR
Earthen Sea - Grass And Trees
Tim Hecker - Anoyo
Tim Hecker
Anoyo
LP | 2019 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Anoyo (“the world over there”) draws from the same sessions with members of Tokyo Gakuso which led to the 2018 work Konoyo, but rendered starker, solemn, and stripped back, with more of a naturalist tint. Hecker’s processing here moves in veiled ways, soft refractions and whispered shrouds woven within improvisational sessions of traditional gagaku interplay, evoking a sense of vaulted space, temples at dawn, shredded silk fluttering in the rafters.
Stars Of The Lid - Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life
Stars Of The Lid
Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life
LP | 1996 | US | Reissue (Kranky)
19,99 €*
Release:1996 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
The release of Music For Nitrous Oxide, the 1995 debut by Stars Of The Lid, heralded a new strain of the American underground music scene, one born of the heat and humidity, boredom, and the insular, constipated, rock-ist music scene of Austin, Texas, home of the duo of Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie. It was a muffled lashing out against surrounding musical conventions, a small middle finger to the local dominant “Americana” scene, but one that nobody could see outside the shack of a house in which they recorded or at their occasional sparsely populated live performances. It was as punk a move as anyone could make at that place and in that time. But, in a surprise to the two members of SOTL, people took notice, as related rumblings and grumblings were taking place simultaneously in other parts of the American landscape.

Coming quickly on the heels of their debut was Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life, released one year later. This is a transitional release that travels from the scruffiness of the debut’s ambiance to more extended and subtle undulating tides of assembled sound, yet still dominated by processed guitars as the primary sound source. It also serves as an omen to the mini-orchestral works to come, beginning with the Avec Laudenum album a few years later. This is a small masterpiece.
Steve Hauschildt - Where All is Fled
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
LP | 2012 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Received a 7.3 rating from Pitchfork. A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the first installment of the new collaboration between Stars Of The Lid member Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran. The duo agreed to leave their normal home studio comfort zone and develop the recordings with the help of large acoustic spaces, and to hunt down a selection of 9ft grand pianos that had the ability to deliver extreme sonic low end. Other traditional instrumentation was used including string quartet, French horn, and bassoon, but always juxtaposed is the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies. The recordings began in one late night session in the famed Grunewald Church in west Berlin on a 1950s imperial Boesendorfer piano and strings were added in the historic East Berlin DDR radio studios along the River Spree. One last final session in a private studio deep in the norther cusp of Italy on a handmade Fazioli piano, and the final mixes took place in a 17th century villa near Ferrara, Italy, with the assistance of Francesco Donadello. All songs were processed completely analogue straight to magnetic tape. Their secret to harvesting new melodic structures from the thin air of existence was for the duo to push themselves to live dangerously, realizing that clear thinking at the wrong moment could stifle the compositions. The final result is seven landscapes of harmonic replicating ingemination. In “Requiem for the Static King Part 1” (created in memory of the untimely passing of Mark Linkous) they have taken the age old idea of a string quartet and then shot it out a cannon to reveal exquisite new levels of mellow bliss. Of the 13 minute track “Symphony Pathétique,” Wiltzie says “after almost 20 years of struggling to create interesting ambient drone music, I feel like I have finally figured out what I am doing.” Notable guest musicians include Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir and violinist Peter Broderick. A Winged Victory for the Sullen is not a side project. This is the future of the late night record you have always dreamed of.
Stars Of The Lid - Avec Laudenum
Stars Of The Lid
Avec Laudenum
LP | 2003 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2003 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
The Avec Laudenum originally released on the Belgian Sub Rosa label in 2000 from cosmic sound explorers Adam Wiltzie and Brian Mcbride. Recorded via mail between the home ports of Chicago and Austin, the record is a hypnotic foray into the realm of drones, drifts and dreams. Groovy, brilliant and transcedent.
Stars Of The Lid - The Ballasted Orchestra
Stars Of The Lid
The Ballasted Orchestra
2LP | 1996 | US | Original (Kranky)
26,99 €*
Release:1996 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Stars of the Lid's first album for Kranky is finally being reissued on vinyl with remastered audio and updated artwork. Including 9 additional minutes of material not on the CD or digital versions.
Tim Hecker - Dropped Pianos
Atlas Sound - Logos
Atlas Sound
Logos
LP | 2009 | US | Original (Kranky)
19,99 €*
Release:2009 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
This is the second solo album from Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox following his debut Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel from early 2008. The band’s track “Sheila” received a Best New Music tag from Pitchfork. The full album joined in on the BNM tag with an 8.2 rating.
Saloli - The Deep End
Saloli
The Deep End
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Portland, Oregon resident Mary Sutton’s solo debut materialized in the wake of a performance she gave at a clothing-optional soaking-pool sauna: “I had never composed for synth before but wanted to make something people sitting motionless and naked in hot bubbly water would want to hear.” It was while in this headspace that she reconnected with Satie’s entrancing cyclical motifs, particularly the way “he subtly spins melodic fragments, and pivots harmonies and phrases so the repetitions feel new and surprising yet soothingly familiar, as if casting a spell.”

The nine intuitive instrumentals comprising The Deep End accomplish exactly that, threading complementary shades of soft-hued hypnosis, dazed modal introspection, icy amusement park reverie, and lunar lullaby into a prismatic suite of contemplative melody and synthetic communion. Sutton’s songs are active rather than ambient yet their structure is more suggestive than scripted, full of lulls, asymmetries, and daydreams. Each track was written specifically to be played live on an analog synthesizer, with no overdubs or post-production wizardry. The sound of Saloli is one of warm-blooded wiring, turned on and tapped into, emotive and electric, storied machines speaking through all too human hands.
Forma - Semblance
Forma
Semblance
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Kranky)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Brooklyn trio Forma’s latest LP continues their mission to “broaden the idea of what an electronic music ensemble can sound like.” Semblance emerged from exploratory sessions at The Schoolhouse, the Bushwick loft where members Mark Dwinell and John Also Bennett live, then was tracked at Gary’s Electric studios, where their previous album Physicalist was also recorded.
Less Bells - Solifuge
Less Bells
Solifuge
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Kranky)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The full-length debut by Julie Carpenter’s Joshua Tree, California, ambient orchestral project Less Bells emerged from the drama and desolation of its high desert origins. She cites certain compositions as being “specifically inspired by August monsoons rolling in over the mountains, others by clear, starry nights.” Utilizing an array of electronic and acoustic instruments, including cello, Optigan, violin, voice, and modular synth, Solifuge conflates not only the solitude and refuge of its title but also intimacy and grandeur, fragility and force, “building from austerity to wild overgrowth.” She speaks of a creative process involving cut-ups and rearranging, mapping a melody for strings only to transpose it to synth, or refashioning a rigid classical piece as stream of consciousness soundscape. Carpenter’s versatility and embrace of flux fills these songs with a living, breathing quality, restrained but responsive, adapting to shifting conditions and emotions beneath the surface.
Dedekind Cut - Tahoe
Dedekind Cut
Tahoe
2LP | 2018 | US | Original (Kranky)
28,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Northern California electronic producer Fred Welton Warmsley III’s solo work as Dedekind Cut (pronounced “dead-da-ken cut”) has evolved from fractured industrial design into increasingly subdued and sublime ambient meditations across two years of dedicated activity. His second full-length collection, Tahoe—so named after the mountain lake town he now calls home—swells with widescreen grandeur, evoking vistas both inner and outer. There are echoes of his earlier, more tempestuous mode in tracks like “MMXIX” and “Spiral” but overall the album skews panoramic and pensive, muted synthetic mists contoured with choral melody, field recordings, and radiant drone. His compositional instincts feel alternately classical, contemporary, and conflicted, befitting an artist whose discography spans labels as divergent as Hospital Productions, Ninja Tune, and NON.

Warmsley characterizes Tahoe as a “time peace,” sifting through “the past, the present, future, and fantasy.” Recorded primarily in New York, with additional sessions sourced from Berlin, Cambridge, and Placer County, California.
Justin Walter - Unseen Forces
Justin Walter
Unseen Forces
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Kranky)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Michigan trumpeter Justin Walter’s solo work centers on evocative, intuitive explorations of the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), a rare wind-controlled analog synthesizer from the 1970s. Its unique, smeared tonality allows for an expressive range of glassy, jazz-like textures, which Walter loops and layers with hushed electronics and twilit trumpet, painting opaque landscapes of resonant beauty.

Walter’s 2013 debut, Lullabies & Nightmares, included a handful of collaborations with percussionist Quin Kirchner, but Unseen Forces finds him fully solo, refining the project to its essence: shape-shifting watercolors of pastel haze, lit by the soft synthetic glow of electric breath. It’s a sound both modern and timeless, fusing emotion and technology, gauze and melody, force and fragility.
Anjou - Epithymia
Anjou
Epithymia
2LP | 2017 | US | Original (Kranky)
29,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ambient power duo Anjou’s sophomore statement continues in the vein of their 2014 debut, unfurling a full hour of mesmeric synthetic drift and veiled melodic undertow. Comprised of Mark Nelson (of pioneering post-rock experimentalists Labradford and Pan·American) and Robert Donne (of Labradford, Aix Em Klemm, Cristal), the group works largely in long-form suites of sound, alternately spacious and dense.

Epithymia’s six pieces embrace flux and ambiguity: drones swell and shudder, hushed currents of noise glitch and dissolve, atmospheres congeal and liquify. As with the participants’ prior projects, Anjou evokes a shadowed, mysterious mood, variously melancholy and transcendent. The album is an accumulation of craftsmanship and experience, blurred forms traced in light and fog.
High Plains - Cinderland
High Plains
Cinderland
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Kranky)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
High Plains is the duo of Scott Morgan and Mark Bridges. Morgan, based in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, is predominantly known for his drifting, textured soundscapes released under the pseudonym Loscil. Bridges is an accomplished, classically-trained cellist residing in Madison, Wisconsin. The two met in Banff, Alberta, while they were there on residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2014.

In early 2016, the duo embarked on a collaborative set of compositions in the oxygen thin air of Wyoming, spending two weeks holed up in a refurbished school house in the town of Saratoga, where this album was recorded. Inspired by Schubert’s Die Winterreise and the rolling landscapes of their surroundings, the recordings evoke a shadowy, introspective and dizzying winter journey. Cinderland takes cues from classical, electronic and cinematic musical traditions but is mostly a product of the rugged, mythic landscape: vast and sprawling with a wild, uncertain edge.

The recording was made with a portable studio and all sounds were sourced on site, most notably from Bridges’ cello, the resident Steinway D piano, and field recordings collected from the local soundscape.

The results are a site-specific, wide-scope view of the high valley terrain — a mix of analog and digital, neoclassical and modern electronic sounds, a complementary series of tracks to become absorbed in, a truly deep listening experience.
Forma - Physicalist
Forma
Physicalist
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Kranky)
28,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Physicalist is the third album from New York City synthesis trio Forma. Since their acclaimed sel-ftitled debut in 2011, Forma have been perfecting a distinctive style of improvised kosmische and minimalism that blends swirling arpeggios, ambient soundscapes, and driving motorik beats. Physicalist is a sprawling, double LP journey featuring new member and multi-instrumentalist John Also Bennett, who replaced Sophie Lam in 2014. The first Forma album to include acoustic instrumentation, Physicalist owes more to American composers like Harold Budd or Terry Riley than Klaus Schulze and other Krautrock visionaries. The album was recorded during marathon sessions at Brooklyn’s Gary’s Electric studio, and is packaged in a gatefold jacket with original artwork by Robert Beatty and a liner notes essay by writer and critic Michael Barron. Physicalist was mastered by Bob Weston.
MJ Guider - Precious Systems
MJ Guider
Precious Systems
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Kranky)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Melissa Guion is Mj Guider. She lives and works in New Orleans and previously released the Green Plastic extended play cassette in early 2014 on the Constellation Tatsu label. Employing heavy washes of bass and a deft touch in mixing, she uses stark contrasts to construct a semi-surreal aural space. What results are songs that exist in a wholly contained sound environment, minimal yet lush, spare yet saturated, and most importantly, entirely compelling. Having recently expanded to a trio, the group will be making select live appearances following Precious Systems release.
Disappears - Irreal
Disappears
Irreal
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Irreal, the fifth long player from Chicago's Disappears, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence—hazed dub landscapes give way to the groupʼs most experimental and open music yet. If their last album Era confirmed the fact that Disappears are on their own trip, then Irreal is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity—it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. Itʼs a master class in texture, pace and control. Produced by John Congleton at famed Chicago recording institution Electrical Audio, Irreal sits in the negative space where art rock and post punk collapse onto each other. It's the sound of Disappears reporting back from The Void.
Anjou - Anjou
Anjou
Anjou
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
Richmond, VA group Labradford have remained mostly inactive since 2001, with members working on various different projects. Two-thirds of the group have now reunited, however, and are working under the name Anjou.

Anjou comprises Labradford members Mark Nelson and Robert Donne. The two have teamed up with percussionist Steven Hess, who has previously worked with Nelson in his long-running Pan•American project.

As Anjou, the group have prepared a self-titled debut album. As evidenced on the song "Sighting," available to stream below, all three members have left their imprint on the project, from droning synths and digital processing to sparse, tasteful drum work.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos
2LP | 2014 | US | Original (Kranky)
26,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Received a 7.3 rating from Pitchfork.

After releasing a first glimpse in the form of the ‘Atomos VII’ EP earlier this year, A Winged Victory For The Sullen finally reveal their second full-length album entitled ‘Atomos’, which besides familiar piano, string and drone sounds also sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesisers.

Wayne McGregor, founder of Random Dance Company and resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet, chose to play the album repeatedly during practices with his core group of dancers. After noticing the group's reaction with the music, he contacted Adam and Dustin to see if they could write the score for his new oeuvre. The duo were given complete artistic freedom and they treated the score with the same care and attention as their debut album. They recorded more than sixty minutes of music over a four-month period during the summer of 2013 across studios in Brussels, Berlin and Reykjavik, with the help of their long time collaborative sound engineer Francesco Donadello. During the recording process they realised, that this would become their official second studio album. McGregor provided them with the inspiration to expand their sound palette into more electronic territory, whilst keeping their signature chamber sound, resulting in a very unique record.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos VII
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos VII
12" | 2014 | US | Original (Kranky)
11,99 €* 15,99 € -25%
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Way back in 2011, Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie teamed up with Berlin-based pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran to form the drone-focused A Winged Victory for the Sullen, who released their self-titled debut LP back then on Kranky and Erased Tapes. Those labels will release the project's second full-length, ATOMOS, later this year, which doubles as the official score for choreographer Wayne McGregor's long-form dance piece of the same name. Before that, though, a teaser EP of sorts, ATOMOS VII, will see release on April 28; it features this swelling title track along with an outtake from the recording sessions for A Winged Victory for the Sullen's first album, as well as a collaborative track with like-minded pianist Ben Frost.
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Antithesis
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Antithesis
LP | 2004 | US | Reissue (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2004 / US – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
REISSUED ON VINYL!!! Antithesis is an LP-only release of material from KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN's archives that doesn't fit aesthetically with his Multiples studio album. The theme for the album is "ensemble works," that is, a combination of instruments played by Whitman himself with no computer interaction. Each piece was recorded in one of the different apartments Whitman has rented since he lived in Boston. Four tracks performed with Fender Rhodes piano, viola, guitar, and percussion.
Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat
Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat
LP | 2013 | US | Original (Kranky)
18,99 €*
Release:2013 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
What could be better than a reissue of Grouper's Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill? How about an entire album of unreleased material recorded at the same time that is equal in quality?
Mirrorring - Foreign Body
Mirrorring
Foreign Body
LP | 2012 | US | Original (Kranky)
21,99 €*
Release:2012 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance, Classical Music
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Windy & Carl - We Will Always Be
Disappears - Guider
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Disappears - Lux
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