It seems Benbecula are having a bit of a clear out, and are currently selling all their physical releases for a quid or two; £1.99 for albums, and 99p for EPs. If you fancy picking up Lemodie and Like Dust for just four quid, then you’re in luck. Why not pick up some Christ. double vinyl for a couple of quid too? Talk about a sale. Wow.
I shared this on Twitter last week, but I thought I’d leave a note about it on the blog too (given I don’t have a ton of other news right now). I recently got a one-off vinyl dubplate carved up for a certain designer who’s been helping me out a lot lately. Can’t say I’ve ever held or played one before, but it’s quite interesting—a bit different from your garden-variety vinyl. I don’t know how it compares to a lacquer dubplate, apart from being much more resilient, but it does resemble a slab of perspex quite a bit—certainly thicker and more transparent than any ‘clear’ vinyl I’ve seen before.
It’d be nice to be able to sell odd one-offs like this, as they really are quite unique. Maybe start a line of Ochre ‘Auratic Artefacts’…
Along with my previous albums, you can stream the whole thing in its entirety here, and can purchase downloads through Bleep and Amazon mp3, with iTunes et al following whenever they get round to it. If you missed out on Lemodie CDs, Bleep now has Lemodie available in lossless wav, for a proper CD-quality download. I had hoped for a repress, but as Benbecula are closing their doors in November, that’s probably now not going to happen.
As for ‘Like Dust’ CDs, your best bet at the moment is to order directly from Benbecula, though I’ve noticed Juno, Norman Records and Rough Trade also have it up for sale. Hopefully the CDs will filter through the usual retail outlets in time, but as it was with Lemodie, distribution is expected to be somewhat spotty for a while.
A Midsummer Nice Dream CDs have now completely sold out; if there’s sufficient demand for a repress, I’ll organise one down the road at some point.
The Ochre tees and hoodies have been selling quite nicely, and I’ve added some more designs for the fairer sex too. Send me some pictures of you wearing your Ochre threads and I’ll put up a gallery of the best ones.
That is a legitimate term, isn’t it? Soft-release? Well the album’s out in the sense that it can be exchanged for hard-cash from the likes of Amazon mp3 and Bleep. If you’ve already swung by Bleep you’ve probably noticed that they now keep their lossless catalogue in wav format, rather than FLAC. While this might mean downloads are a little longer (less of a problem these days I guess), it’ll also mean greater player compatibility without having to decode anything, which is handy (always a step ahead of the pack, those crafty Bleeplings). Shame lossless still carries a premium over mp3, but I’m sure that’ll fall by the wayside eventually.
Anyway, for the CDs, we’re now looking at next Monday, unless you pre-ordered from Benbecula, in which case you’ll have it this week, I think. As ever, you can stream the whole thing on my music page, or Last.fm.
Combi-post. Firstly, I’m very proud to present a new line of professionally-designed Ochre apparel (currently comprising of some sweet tees and hoodies) sporting Nate Reeves‘ flowing Ochre logo. Manufactured on-demand through Spreadshirt, the garments feature some plush flock prints (the kind that’s slightly raised and soft), as well as some special print treatments such as glitter and sparkle finishes. There are a generous variety of complementary colours available already, but I’ll probably add a couple more products, such as some ladies tees. If there’s anything else you’d like to see in there, then please feel free to make suggestions.
Secondly, the first review has come back, from the venerable The Wire magazine. I’ve transcribed the review to text here, but you can probably read the original scan anyway, so here it is. Not a bad start to the album’s life, I hope you’ll agree. Now roll on Monday!
Have a good weekend.
P.S. Happy Birthday to me, antique-aged thirty…
|01. Circadies||06. Hang Garden|
|02. Whispers||07. Pteron|
|03. Dustlands||08. Lunar Suburbia|
|04. Raido||09. A Great Wave|
|05. Napolese||10. The Balance|
Yep, my next album ‘Like Dust of the Balance’, is now available to pre-order directly from Benbecula, to ship on the 20th of July. It’s quite far off, I’ll admit, but then if you order early enough you’ll have long forgotten by the time its release rolls around, and you can surprise your future self with a gift.