Hello forum chums!
A few months back I got chatting with @McGarnagle on the back of listening to each other’s music and, reflecting on the amount of underexposed talent on DiS, we decided to float the idea of a comminity record label. Today marks the ‘launch’ of that label: Disintegration State with the release of our Sampler Disintegrated Journeys // Disintegrated Destinations
Available digitally on Bandcamp, Spotify and even iTunes (lol) as well as a beautifully packaged double CD, Journeys showcases beat-oriented work while Destinations is home to ambient and drone.
The quality of the music is astounding. The mission statement of the label is to promote underexposed ambient/techno/drone/experimental music which we really believe deserves a wider audience, not because it’s made by DiSers, but because it’s genuinely excellent. In fact, purchases of the sampler come with an accompanying guide where I wax lyrical about exactly why I love each contribution so you can see how giddy I am about the quality.
The label itself is effectively not-for-profit with the label’s portion of sales revenues going into paying for up-front production of things like the physical sampler and marketing (whatever that means) on behalf of the artists.
The entire initiative has been wonderfully collaborative, both among the artists and from everyone who passed on their thoughts and advice in the original thread. Special thanks to:
McGarnagle for mastering everything (he’s a wizard), simply doing loads of research on everything, handling all the finance and CD production admin, setting up all the social media, and doing loads of instagram promotion. And for taking the time to listen to the first thing I put out which set the whole thing in motion. Hero.
@chris-budget for the artwork designs (plus everyone who made suggestions and tweaks along the way) and templates.
@colossalhorse for being our press guy
@BodyInTheThames for oodles of advice and simply being an inspiration in terms of his music and drive
@Bamnan because his music was one of the things which convinced us we had enough talent that this was worth doing
all the artists (more on that later)
everyone who pre-ordered or who has generally conveyed enthusiasm along the way. This community is amazing
Gosh that was like an Oscars acceptance speech, huh?
Of course a sampler is only as good as the work it’s supporting, and we have not only an incredible back-catalogue but a line-up of releases which are all absolute gold. Our flagship release alongside the sampler is the debut by @colossalhorse as Veins Full Of Static called Is All
4 tracks of drone ranging from abyssal darkness to floating beauty. The first two tracks he shared were one of those moments which convinced me this was a worthwhile venture. Taking cues from Lawrence English and Ben Frost, it’s an essential listen for anyone into really accomplished music.
Next Friday we have @Bamnan’s first excursion into electronica which is just astonishing. My DMs with @McGarnagle the day he shared the album with us are basically just a series of Imagine Bam’s unique knack for melody filtered through the soft haze of a mini Korg synth. Actual magic.
Then it’s one a fortnight through end of August at least. I think everyone is finding it strange holding releases back for months after their done!
|Various||Disintegrated Journeys // Disintegrated Destinations||2018-06-15|
|Veins Full of Static||Is All||2018-06-15|
|Colin Mawson||Miniature Epiphanies||2018-06-22|
|Jacob Nico||Outer Mongolia||2018-07-06|
|Steve Hadfield||Ether Awe||2018-07-20|
|Mute Branches||Lodge / Saint Helena (Remaster)||2018-08-03|
And so much more in the works!
Obviously we’re working on our #brand, so you can find us on the Twitter, notevenonfacebook, and Insta.
This is a long post, eh? I’ll stop here and then do one more to tell you who the artists are as I’m low on @s…
Steve and the DS crew x