Blithe Field joins the Waaga Family

Blithe Field is the ongoing project of 19 year old, Spencer Radcliffe. His new LP ‘Two Hearted’ is the euphoric organization of field recordings, clean cut samples, acoustic guitar, and a slew of beautifully deconstructed sounds being pieced back together kaleidoscopically. The often beat and guitar driven sounds make a listener wonder if they are in a nightclub, a dusty barn, or on a couch having a weird dream about Seaworld.

Two Hearted comes out June 28th – Pre Order it Here
Tracklist:

1. Crushing
2. People I Love
3. Go Japan
4. Illuminating Moments
5.Indian Head Test Pattern
6. Finger Tap
7. You Are Here
8. Where Are You
9. Infinite Death Metal
10. Brushing
11. Fathers Tendrils
12. Goodnight Ladies
13. If I Could Just Be A Millionaire 

Blithe Field

Thanks to our friends over at XLR8R for setting up a stream of Blithe Field’s ‘Two Hearted.’ Pick up a copy on CD or cassette from our store.

  

Fur

FUR began in 2008 as Bryce Isbell’s solo effort with the intention of developing into an experimental, poly-collaborative electronic project consisting of Isbell’s friends and musical peers. As of 2010, FUR added a new member, Gray Saint Germain Gideon, previously of Ghosthustler. With the heartfelt notion that music is the purest form of self-expression, Fur’s music is sheer autobiographical abstraction. Before creating music under his Fur moniker, Isbell studied film in Paris, France and it was during this time that he began to develop an understanding for visual and musical composition. As a solo artist, Isbell kept busy making lo-fi electronic music, releasing Colorful Purple on Secret Station Records; Witches, Lackadaisical EP, and the most recent Polybreak [digital 7”] on Waaga Records.

It wasn’t until meeting Gray St. Germain Gideon, who’s near perfect pitch, production savvy and unique concepts helped to set in-place the final piece of the puzzle.  FUR describes their identity as ever changing and both Gray and Isbell keep the music they listen to and study on a constant rotation.

Having received excellent reviews from the likes of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, Pitchfork Media, Gorilla vs. Bear, and other glowing press reviews from around the world. Fur’s talent, drive and infectiously unique sounds create an endless list of possibilities for the band. FUR is currently wrapping up recording their Freak Emotion EP and a split album with newly minted Dublin producers; Planet Mu’s Solar Bears,and will begin their West Coast tour in July, 2010. 

Pandit

Pandit is the musical outlet for Texas singer/songwriter/producer Lance Smith.
After multiple attempts with various projects, Smith decided to go solo in mid 2009. The intention of developing well crafted pop songs that are infused with alternative experimentation has been the main goal under the alias of Pandit. Smith describes Pandit is the musical outlet for Texas singer/songwriter/producer Lance Smith.

After multiple attempts with various projects, Smith decided to go solo in mid 2009. The intention of developing well crafted pop songs that are infused with alternative experimentation has been the main goal under the alias of Pandit. Smith describes his material as a “never know what you are going to get” type of approach. There’s never any formula as to how the song’s are written. Smith’s method of creating music is purely a stream-of-consciousness, similar to that of Bradford Cox.

In January of 2010, Smith self-released his debut EP to rave reviews. People began really admiring his approach towards music, meaning to not limiting himself to a certain style. Shortly thereafter, work began on what will be Smith’s first full length out on the Waaga label. There’s a good amount of shoegaze/twee influences on it, though it’s dream pop informed by latter day chillwave. But all in all, it’s a pop album close to perfection.

Smith intends to hit the road in 2011 to tour his debut full length. 

Pandit

Really excited to announce that we will be releasing Pandit’s debut full-length Eternity Spin February 22nd! Pandit combines elements of shoegaze and chillwave making for a perfect dream pop listening experience. The record features the music of Star Slinger as well as Foxes in Fiction.

Pandit is the musical outlet for Texas singer/songwriter/producer Lance Smith.

After multiple attempts with various projects, Smith decided to go solo in mid 2009. The intention of developing well crafted pop songs that are infused with alternative experimentation has been the main goal under the alias of Pandit. Smith describes his material as a “never know what you are going to get” type of approach. There’s never any formula as to how the song’s are written. Smith’s method of creating music is purely a stream-of-consciousness, similar to that of Bradford Cox.

In January of 2010, Smith self-released his debut EP to rave reviews. People began really admiring his approach towards music, meaning to not limiting himself to a certain style. Shortly thereafter, work began on what will be Smith’s first full length out on the Waaga label. There’s a good amount of shoegaze/twee influences on it, though it’s dream pop informed by latter day chillwave. But all in all, it’s a pop album close to perfection.

Smith intends to hit the road in 2011 to tour his debut full length.

Tracklist

1. Pack Your Bags
2. Artichoke
3. Skivvies
4. Kathryn, My Love
5. The Midi Orchestration
6. Scotch
7. We Reach Out feat. Star Slinger
8. Augustus
9. Kodiak
10. European Dance Theme feat. Foxes in Fiction

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Florene

“Denton, Texas electronica outfit Florene loops and layers its way through slowly morphing hypno-jams, sometimes landing on a steady beat but always staring off into the distant static. While its live performances tend to feature trippy video projections and drawn-out song structures, it’s less in the jam-tronica vein and more prone to conjure up eerie background drones, echo-soaked vocal outbursts, and an overall texture that’s the sonic equivalent of dirty glitter. Florene seems to be hovering somewhere between the worlds of Crystal Castles and Animal Collective, but with a restless spirit that mostly keeps it from getting bogged down in trendy imitation.” -Decider Review

Aaron and Gavin met while working at a camera shop in North Texas. Aaron had recently been in an epic pop group of large membership that had seen its demise with diverging musical opinions and member relocations. Gavin had been making solo electronic music under his own name and the two of them quickly realized they had similar musical interests and abilities so they got a rehearsal space at rubber gloves in Denton, bought some drum machines/synths/samplers, and started making their own brand of music.

After befriending and getting the approval of some phenomenal local musicians such as Sleep Whale (mom), Matthew & The Arrogant Sea, Shiny Around The Edges, History At Our Disposal, Bryce Isbell, Wanz Dover, and Lars Larsen, the two continued to play live and self-release their own music. Since the beginning, Florene now has 6 self-releases including singles, EPs, splits, and live recordings, not to mention being a part of many local, national, and international compilations or mixtapes. After embarking on a ten day midwest tour, they are now preparing for a west coast tour of the same length, working on a remix for Merok Records’ Comanechi, and released a cassette tape put out by the Copenhagen based label Skrot Up. 

Teen Daze

In February of 2008, Jamison, aka Teen Daze, spent seven weeks studying philosophy in a somewhat remote village in the Swiss Alps. His life became engulfed in books, as he spent his days sipping black tea, filling his mind with the teachings of great thinkers who had passed long before he was born, and staring off into the abyss of the mountains before him. During this time, he also discovered the importance of fiction; his evenings were either spent drinking wine with his friends or reading stories. One of the most profound stories that he read was a novel called “Out Of The Silent Planet” by legendary theologian and storyteller, C.S. Lewis. The story centers around Dr. Ransom, and the mystical, celestial journey that he takes to a new land. The part that resonated the most with him was the telling of Ransom’s first encounters on this new planet, and his re-contextualizing to this new place, and this new environment. A new world was being created in Jamison’s imagination, as he visualized what it must have looked like for Ransom.

Fast forward three years, and Jamison found himself re-located to his parents’ big, mostly empty house, which rests neatly at the base of one of the most recognizable mountains in the Fraser Valley, Mt. Cheam. He began work on a group of songs dedicated to the beauty and monolithic qualities of this powerful natural landmark, when he found that his mind was taken back to Switzerland. “Out Of The Silent Planet” became a bit of a myth to him by this time, and he strangely began to hear it in the songs he was creating. The discovery, the awe, the feeling of helplessness in the face of such beauty and wonder reminded him of Ransom. He picked up “Out Of The Silent Planet” again and began to treat it as his musical guidebook; he began a soundtrack to his imagination’s adaptation.

The six songs that appear on the EP are the result of many musical experiments, auditory accompaniments, and an attempt at a re-creation of Jamison’s experiences with this novel. In order to do his visions justice, he couldn’t simply write an electronic album, or a lo-fi pop album, or anything that he’d become known for. Teen Daze needed new sounds, and a new feel. Even though these songs may not resonate with those people who have come to admire his past works, he hopes that the listener will be able to see what he saw when writing and recording this album; that they’ll be able to feel what it would be like to explore a vast a new place.