Electronic Sound Magazine to release limited-edition VeryRecords 7″ single

VeryRecords and Electronic Sound Magazine have teamed up to produce a limited-edition 7″ vinyl single which is available with Issue 45 of the magazine which has a space theme, and features two of the edition’s ’50 Greatest Space Records’ in the form of a new remix of Space’s 1977 classic ‘Magic Fly’ from Vince Clarke on one side, and ‘Before’ from Reed & Caroline’s ‘Hello Science’ album on the other.

The magazine and vinyl package is only available ONLINE FROM ELECTRONIC SOUND MAGAZINE while stocks last.

VeryRecords’ Reed & Caroline announce New York show ahead of Erasure support tour

Vince Clarke’s VeryRecords is pleased to announce that Reed & Caroline will be playing an intimate show at New York’s Pianos on May 24 2018 ahead of joining Erasure for their North American summer tour which kicks off in Miami on July 6. (This means a synth duo supporting a synth duo. Which has possibly never happened before in the history of synth duos*.)

The tour follows Reed Hays and Caroline Schutz’s critically-acclaimed 2016 debut album for VeryRecords, ‘Buchla & Singing’, and their appearance on the BBC World Service Arts Hour in March of this year.

“Caroline and I are both ridiculously excited,” admits Hays. “Vince just casually dropped the idea of supporting Erasure into conversation last year. He said ‘You might need to start writing new songs for the tour.’ I had no idea what he was talking about at first.”

* Unverified and possibly veryfalse VeryRecords claim.

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Erasure 2018 North American tour dates with support from Reed & Caroline:

JULY
6 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore

7 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater

8 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater

14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater

15 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater

17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues

18 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theater

20 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater

21 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater

22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater

24 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater

25 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live

27 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

28 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

29 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

31 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat

AUGUST
1 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater

3 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory

4 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre

5 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center For the Performing Arts

7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live

8 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live

10 – Denver, CO – Opera House

11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall

12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall

14 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre

15 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre

17 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium

18 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium

19 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium

21 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater

22 – San Diego, CA – Symphony Hall

24 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater

25 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater

26 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater

Praise for ‘Buchla & Singing’

“Addictive electro sounds.” – Louder Than War

“‘Buchla & Singing’ is synth pop for geeks.” – GeekDad

“The fact that Reed & Caroline have managed to make such an interesting and enjoyable album using only an ancient and difficult to master modular synth system says much about their ability. Whilst the album title is literally correct, both come together in perfect harmony, producing excellent results.” – Almost Predictable Almost

VeryRecords reveal artwork for Alka’s The Colour of Terrible Crystal

We have today revealed the artwork for the third VeryRecords album: Alka’s The Colour of Terrible Crystal which will be released on October 13th 2017.

Alka - The Colour of Terrible Crystal (VeryRecords 2017)

‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ will be released as a digital download and the limited-edition CD will be available exclusively from the Very Records website on release with the following tracklisting:

• Piece
• Betablockers
• Melancholy Lasts
• Over Hills And Vales
• Sofantastick
• Collusion
• Questlore
• Truncate
• Under Waves And Seas
• Cooperate
• Wrong Side
• We Are Free Forms
• Wrong Side Up (Mathie Gendreau Remix)
• Truncate (Vince Clarke Remix)

VeryRecords Announces Alka’s The Colour of Terrible Crystal Album

VeryRecords are delighted to announce details of their third album release, ‘The Colour of Terrible Crystal’ by US artist Alka, which will be released on October 13th 2017.

“… and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. They move through the firmament which is the colour of a ‘terrible crystal’, and around a throne like sapphire, on which sits Metatron, suffused in the radiance of the rainbow.” – Peter Lamborn Wilson, Angels (1980)

The fact that the name of Philadelphia-based Bryan Michael’s third Alka album, his first since 2009’s ‘A Dog Lost In The Woods’, was named after a quote from anarchist philosopher Peter Lamborn Wilson’s vast study of angels says a lot about the diverse interests of its creator.

Bryan Michael is not an artist to be conveniently pigeonholed within electronic music, and ‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ showcases the many facets of its creator across 12 captivating tracks. “It happens with music in general, but specifically in electronic music – people get caught up in this strict need to identity something with a specific genre. That’s good in some ways, but I always prefer to hear a much larger cross-section of things,” he says.

Here you will find the same melodic sensibilities that coloured the two earlier Alka albums, but you’ll also hear the sound of a restless, mercurial musician unafraid of crashing together diffuse elements – faltering stop-start rhythms, glitches, drifting ambience, near-pop and crisp beats inflected with the boldness of early electro. The serene ‘Melancholy Lasts’ is the closest Alka’s music is likely to get to delivering pure vocal synth pop, while the paranoid textures of ‘Collusion’ feel like the nervous, fear-inducing synth horror score that never was. The unexpected upbeat disco-funk of ‘Truncate’ marries a robotic instinct with a human looseness that serves as a full revolution away from Bryan Michael’s IDM roots.

Amid all of that are two interlinked soundscape pieces, ‘Over Hills And Vales’ and ‘Under Waves And Seas’, taking the form of reverential nods to musique concrète and the early pioneers of electronic music, back when making machine music was much more of a science than an art. “I really wanted to get to the roots of what electronic music was doing back then, in the late Forties, early Fifties, into the Sixties,” says Bryan Michael. “It was more experimental. When Wendy Carlos released the ‘Switched On Bach’ album, electronic music creators and aficionados at the time were pulling their hair out because the synthesizer, with this endless range of possibilities, was being confined to this classical music tradition. Those two tracks were a direct connection to that earlier electronic sound.”

‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ is an exercise in electronic eclecticism; dark and moody, at times broodingly cinematic, at times carrying subtle layers of delicate optimism alongside edgier, experimental moments. Few can make albums where so many apparently incompatible stylistic switches appear so coherent, or make music whose clashing juxtapositions continually reveal themselves with successive listens. With ‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’, Alka just did it.

‘The Colour Of Terrible Crystal’ will be released as a digital download and the limited-edition CD will be available exclusively from the Very Records website on release with the following tracklisting:

• Piece
• Betablockers
• Melancholy Lasts
• Over Hills And Vales
• Sofantastick
• Collusion
• Questlore
• Truncate
• Under Waves And Seas
• Cooperate
• Wrong Side
• We Are Free Forms

VeryRecords announces pre-order for Reed & Caroline’s debut album Buchla and Singing

The second VeryRecords release, Reed & Caroline’s debut album Buchla and Singing, will be released on CD and via Digital Download on October 14th with the following tracklisting:

• Singularity (We Bond)
• Washing Machine
• Electrons
• Spinned
• John and Rene
• Nightmarf
• Henry the Worm
• Rene’s Red Room
• Harmonic Generator
• Oh My Dog
• Talking Blanket
• Singularity (We Bond) [Bright Light Bright Light Remix]
• Electrons [Vince Clarke Remix]

The Digital Download format is available to PRE-ORDER NOW FROM iTUNES, and anyone purchasing the release during the pre-order period will be able to download the track ‘Singularity (We Bond)’ immediately.

Here’s the video to accompany ‘Singularity (We Bond)’:

More details about the limited-edition CD format to follow shortly.