[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.
[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…”
[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.”
“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…”