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Ochre Vinyl Dubplate

Say hello to a one-off Whispers/Dustlands 'Spectre' EP
Say hello to a one-off Whispers/Dustlands 'Spectre' EP
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’…

New Album ‘Like Dust of the Balance’ Out Now

Like Dust of the Balance

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.

New Album Soft-Release (Bleep, Amazon mp3)

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.

Ochre Apparel Now Available/First LP Review by The Wire

The Wire (click to enlarge)
The Wire (click to enlarge)

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.

Worth noting: UK/European customers are probably best served by Spreadshirt.net, as it’s based in Germany, but for everyone else, you’ll probably want to buy from the US-based Spreadshirt.com.

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…

‘Like Dust of the Balance’ Pre-orders Available

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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.