Taking the Latitudes series to another level, we are delighted to unveil our new super deluxe vinyl packaging which will debut with the release of Sylvester Anfang II’s session on 13th February.
The Flemish purveyors of psyche-folk laid down their 35 minutes of free-style rock jams in our humble studios in November 2010. These five tracks were extracted from a three-hour jam session; a feat achievable by having a handful of ideas and a day to explore the deepest recesses of the band’s sound. And the result? Kaleidoscopic noise, droning mantras and freak-folk joy that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you hovering in the ether. With Sylvester Anfang firmly embracing Latitudes’s historical spirit of improvisation and experimentation, it is quite fitting that they should lead away with our new vinyl packaging.
The new sleeve is in two parts and is following the same gorgeous packaging concept created by art director Stephen O’Malley for the CD. The vinyl package now includes a die cut sleeve “frame” with a card insert screen printed with the same design as the CD. Also included is a two sided insert with liner notes, recording details and a band photo.
Sylvester Anfang II’s session will be released on CD and 180g white vinyl with hand numbered sleeves, 500 copies of each format. So you’ve been warned, if you happen to be the 501st Latitudes vinyl lover…
Definitely the record-holder for the longest-incubated Latitudes session to date, Dälek’s epic 40-minute session was recorded in 2005 and finally released on CD in June of this year. Now the vinyl is finally ready and so the cycle is complete. Pressed in an edition of 1000 with 300 in translucent purple and 700 on black wax, the release is now available to pre-order from our web shop, and will be shipping out on Monday, 28th November.
This session will also be entitled to another memorable bit of trivia – it will be the last vinyl release to be packaged in the original black & white “disco bag” sleeves. We are awaiting delivery of a radically redesigned new vinyl sleeve, which will be unveiled in our next two session releases – Sylvester Anfang and The Entrance Band.
We here at Southern are ecstatic to have put the Latitudes session from A Storm Of Light up for pre-order today! Recorded here at our studio in October 2009, the band line-up for the session includes founders Josh Graham and Domenic Seita, Geoff Summers on drums, plus Will Lindsay (Wolves In The Throne Room) guesting on guitar, and new singer Zohra Atash. The four songs on the EP include two new ASOL tracks as well as covers of Joy Division’s “Day of the Lords” and Big Black’s “Kitty Empire”. This release comes in a limited run of 1000 CDs and LPs. The CD comes packaged in a foil-stamped cruciform, hand numbered and hand assembled. The LP is available in a limited run of 700 black LPs and 300 white LPs. For those of you not too familiar with our Latitudes series, more information can be found here.
Apocalyptic landscapes. Fire raining down from the sky. People running for shelter from impending doom. This is the world that A Storm Of Light inhabit, a world where they soundtrack a very bleak future with expansive, panoramic and crushingly heavy music.
Southern have had a long-running relationship with Josh Graham, via his work in Neurosis, Red Sparowes, and in his previous Latitudes session in the shape of The Fallen Black Deer (GMT0:15). Up until this point, a musician had never appeared on more than one session, but when we heard that A Storm Of Light were going to be passing through our neck of the woods in October 2009, we couldn’t let them leave without Josh and crew gracing Southern Studios with their presence.
What is contained within these four tracks is a snapshot of a unique line-up of ASOL, the usual ASOL line-up being bolstered by the presence of Wolves In The Throne Room’s Will Lindsay and singer Zohra Atash. The result is a volcanic display of doom-laden metal, complete with a chilling appearance from the legendary Lydia Lunch. This is end-time music for people who welcome darkness with open arms.
We are delighted to present to you a truly special Latitudes session from Seattle’s men of mystery, the Master Musicians Of Bukkake. Entitled Elogia de la Sombra, the session spans two tracks, and 31 minutes of aural exploration. The first track is a sumptuous canyon of melody and timbre and the second an arcane tribute to Krautrock pioneers such as NEU! and and Can.
Master Musicians Of Bukkake are an enchanting collective, comprising a fine pedigree of musicians from bands as diverse as Earth, Sun City Girls and Burning Witch. With an amalgam of global influences drawn from music, philosophy, mysticism, and the kitchen sink, they are difficult to pigeonhole, but this is to their credit as MMOB are entirely original and when they come together, the result is truly magical.
Elogia de la Sombra was recorded at Southern Studios by Harvey Birrell on 17 April 2010. Additional tracking and mixing at Aleph Studios in Seattle. Produced by Randall Dunn. Mastered by Mell Dettmer. Artwork by Randall Dunn and A.Turner.
Elogia de la Sombra is the 24th recording in the Latitudes series. Edition of 1000 copper foil-stamped and hand assembled CDs and 1000 LPs (300 grey, 700 black).