Swahili - AMOVREVX

[TLO16]   Translinguistic Other is proud to announce the release of AMOVREVX, the second album by essential Portland quintet Swahili.

For fans of Swahili’s lo-fi, séancing 2012 self-titled debut, the polished pop of AMOVREVX might seem like a surprising departure, however the new album is a faithful chronicle of the band’s studied forays into the realm of electronic music and the experience gained from more than seven years together in constant evolution.

Named for the sixth arcanum of the Tarot de Marseilles, AMOVREVX (“The Lover”) explores themes of duality, partnership, and the interplay of opposing forces in the constant renewal of creation.

“I think of this album as a multidimensional slingshot,” says vocalist Van Pham. “It begins on a crossroads, then travels around this mysterious inner world, visiting many different sonic landscapes along the way.”

70s funk, post-punk, dub reggae and the 80s synth bliss of Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder are all features in this landscape, though these influences are subsumed into a whole that transcends the sum of its parts.

AMOVREVX is presented on CD and in a deluxe edition of 500 LPs with download codes and two original tarot cards.





“exquisite, funk-inflicted pop music fused onto boundless, synthesized landscapes.”

No Fear of Pop

JJAAXXNN – Space Case [CS]

[TLO14] Our first release of 2014 is TLO14! Space Case is a heavy mellow collection of sun-drenched synth pop from JJAAXXNN, the solo project of California drifter Joshua Bruner, formerly of San Francisco psych jammers Magic Leaves.
Edition of 150 cassettes with download card. Mastered by M. Geddes Gengras.



“With cassettes like Space Case, who needs vinyl? Translinguistic Other did a great job on this tape, producing a ‘BOOM’ you don’t normally get from the relatively cheap medium. So just who is this JJAAXXNN? … His is a hyper world, full of mechanized beats that lay the high hat on heavy, bass bumps that hit the brain like lumps of caw-caine, synths launching to the sky…”

Tiny Mix Tapes

Release date: March 9, 2014

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Midday Veil – THE CURRENT [LP / CD / CS]

[TLO13] Produced by Northwest luminary Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler), Midday Veil’s second studio full-length THE CURRENT maintains the experimental intensity of the band’s acclaimed improvised releases while marking a distinctive return to songcraft. Featuring artwork and design by Robert Beatty.

THE CURRENT was a Critic’s Pick in The Wire’s Top 15 Avant Rock albums of 2013!

FORMATS: CD, LP with download card, cassette with download card

Release date: September 9, 2013


“Few contemporary groups with a mind-altering manifesto can boast a figure with the shamanic charisma and lung capacity of a Grace Slick or Renate Knaup. Seattle’s Midday Veil are an exception.”

The Wire (UK)

“…the best record of the year so far. The Current is a mind-melting, kraut-rocking journey into the heart of a beautiful, dark cosmos.”

Seattle Weekly

“If you’re into experimental, heavy music, you’ve got no excuse to not own this record.”

Hammer Smashed Sound

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A Story of Rats – Vastness and the Inverse [LP]

ASOR Vastness and the Inverse

[TLO11] Hazy, ethereal vocals and slow-building keyboard drones adorn spare, funereal drums on the latest full-length from A Story of Rats, the brainchild of Seattle-based multimedia artist Garek J. Druss. Vastness is Druss’s twelfth release as ASOR—including one previous full-length LP—and the first to incorporate live drums, performed by Andrew Crawshaw.

Recorded and mixed by Blake Green and mastered by James Plotkin. Featuring original artwork by Druss, hand screened by Crawshaw at Broken Press.

Edition of 300 LPs with download card. Digital download includes an exclusive remix of “Her Teeth are Nil” by AUTHOR & PUNISHER.

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Vastness and the Inverse … is a crushing display of how heavy music can be without strictly being metal.”

We Must Obey

“A STORY OF RATS deposit you in a cavernous, labyrinthine landscape which they lead you through with torchbearing hands over the course of two long pieces…Working with synth, vocals and drums primarily, the trio create so much with so little. There’s a mastery of atmosphere on this album. ”





[TLO10] Improvised recordings made by Midday Veil inside the Integratron, an acoustically perfect wooden dome built with telepathic extraterrestrial guidance by George Van Tassel (1910-1978) atop a geomagnetic vortex in the Mojave desert. Mastered by Mell Dettmer.

Edition of 100 cassettes with download card.


(Digital version still available for purchase via Bandcamp.)


Review of INTEGRATRON from VICE Italy

“Midday Veil consistently produces some of the best experimental psychedelic music I’ve ever heard, always bending genres and minds at the same time. This new cassette, Integratron, promises to do that yet again, as it is a series of improvisations recorded in an acoustically perfect wooden dome situated on a geomagnetic vortex in the middle of the California desert. I honestly don’t know what could sound more perfect right now.”

-Hammer Smashed Sound

“Midday Veil make music the way this kind of music ought to be made…under the spell of whatever environment they find themselves. […] The drumming and bass line and the guitar swells and even the occasional female chant all sound hypnotic, like they traded their own souls for others that night. It’s creepy how well it’s all pulled off.”

-Foxy Digitalis

“While listening to the songs, I went head first into an emotional roller coaster. At times, everything seemed eerily connected. The reverb within the dome creates an incredibly ambient harmony that seems to heal the body. But as the record progressed, I began to experience anxiety and fear creep over me…It really is one of those albums that submerges the listener without giving him much of a choice.”

Sound Colour Vibration




[TLO 09] S/T debut full-length. Transcendental tribal-electro from Portland quintet Swahili.  Mastered by Pete Swanson.

Edition of 300 LPs with download card.

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“one of the most original and refreshing psychedelic projects I’ve heard in a while”

Hammer Smashed Sound

“there is nothing about this music that is by the book. […] The percussion beats you over the head while the synths sound like the end of the world. It’s a sonic fucking monument.”




[TLO08] Debut full-length from Seattle heavy psych drifters. Dramatic, Morricone-tinged vistas, recorded by Jackson Long.

Edition of 100 cassettes with download card.


Scriptures – “Blood and Sand”


Scriptures feels like a 40-year trek through the desert (in a good way): parched, wandering instrumental rock, with guitar slides that sound like hawks diving.” – Seattle Weekly

“This tape is fraught with dramatics and gripping climaxes.  From track to track, you’ll feel yourself beaten and bloodied by its unrelenting crescendos and heavy emotiveness…It is an amazing journey…” – Foxy Digitalis

Geist & the Sacred Ensemble – In Search of Fabled Lands

[TLO07] Debut full-length from Seattle dark folk shamans Geist & the Sacred Ensemble.  Recorded by Bobby Wane, mastered by Mell Dettmer.

Edition of 100 cassettes with download card.



“This Seattle trio is creating dark, sinister, trembling earth ballads that have echoes of country evenings and haunted memories. Almost reminiscent of the earliest, best freak folk sounds of bands like Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, they would sound right at home on an Arthur comp in 2004 or around a Southwestern campfire in 1921.”

– Ari Spool, Impose Magazine

“…a snakey, earthy brand of mind food, best experienced after midnight in nature.”

– Dave Segal, The Stranger’s Line Out

“As a largely acoustic musical meditation on death and rebirth (various deaths and various rebirths, real and imagined, physical and psychological, to these ears), In Search of Fabled Lands resists easy categorization, at once skyward-gazing and planted firmly six feet underground. It’s an album that rewards the patient listener…”

Revolt of the Apes