HSAL #41: Benjamin Mauch & Oahu, “phases”
Benjamin Mauch & Todd Webb have both released music through HSAL before (HSAL #32 & #29, respectively). They have shared stages together, notably in 2017, when we had both of them perform on our electronic stage at that year’s Lynchstock Music Festival.
With the spirit of the classic “In The Fishtank” series in mind, we asked these two artists to collaborate on a stand-alone project. The result is “phases” – a six track affair where the lines between the artistic leanings of each artist are completely blurred. Ben Mauch’s oscillating swells are tastefully integrated with Todd Webb’s glitchy beeps & whirrs. Within the washes, subtle tensions rise then release from track to track.
The two-tone nature of the collaboration is matched by a black & white J-card. White ink spelling out the contents on a solid black shell.
AVAILABILITY: CASS/DIG (pre-order now; releases 08/24/18)
ARTWORK: photos by Benjamin Mauch, assembly by Todd Webb
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
This past weekend, we took three Lynchburg based acts (Good Dog Nigel, Overlook Hotel, & TLVS) up to the Ward in Richmond, VA for a two-day session. We captured half of the songs for our Lynchstock compilation (HSAL #44). Each band laid down an original tune that will be exclusive to this release, as well as a cover from the Hill City’s past. Allen Bergendahl manned the boards, providing guidance & space for each group to operate (he’s a class act like that). Once mixes are right, we will knock out the other half of the comp with three more bands from the 2450_.
In quasi-related news, we have FINALLY shipped out all orders for HSAL #43 (Opin’s “Drifters” EP). We still have a handful of copies left. You may want to score one before the band ramps up their live presence in a few weeks. We will no doubt sell out once they hit the road!
Our latest signing, You’re Jovian, just submitted tracks for their upcoming 12″ (HSAL #46). This go around, Elliott took his new jams up to Philadelphia to capture them with Jeff Zeigler (War On Drugs, Nothing, Kurt Vile) at Uniform Recording. If all goes well, this follow-up to last year’s “They Were Selected & Divided” will be out on clear wax before the clocks roll back an hour.
Our resident visual artist, Joanna McGlothlin, has been commissioned to create artwork for an upcoming CD release for the music group at Grace Church.
TLVS has just been announced as part of the lineup for the sixth annual Lynchstock Music Festival! 2018 will make the band’s fourth appearance on one of our town’s most exciting stages.
Good Dog Nigel, June 2018
Next weekend, HSAL is taking a few local acts up Richmond way to begin tracking tunes for HSAL #44! For the last few years, we have released a compilation at Lynchstock. This year, we are upping our game. Twelve tracks comprised of six Lynchburg based bands. Each band (Great Health, Overlook Hotel, Good Dog Nigel, TLVS, Quick On My Feet, & Trouvere) will present a new, unreleased original & a cover of a project from the Hill City’s past (Herschel, Snake Forcefield/Brian Hall, Order Of The Dying Orchid, A New Dawn Fades, Vroom, & Hi Ho Six Shooter!). If the demos that have been turned in to date are any indication, this will be a very special release. The sessions will be engineered & co-produced by long-time HSAL bud Allen Bergendahl, who has manned boards for a truckload of VA bands over the years.
IT’S FINALLY HERE (sort of)! HSAL #43, the new EP from Richmond’s Opin, is now available for stream & download via Bandcamp (NOTE: Other streaming outlets will begin carrying the EP very shortly). We have received word that the physical copy (one-sided 12″ cut into clear wax) will be delayed by a few weeks, but anticipate shipping copies out around Mother’s Day. All purchases (digital & physical) include a pair of additional tracks that the band cut up in Philly with Jeff Zeigler during the sessions for “Drifters“.
Recently, Landis & Tori connected with The All Scene Eye for an in-depth chat around the maturity curve of the band, how songs translate live, & what influenced the assembly of “Drifters“. Read all about it here!
Opin will be hitting the road in support of HSAL #43 this spring. Keep up with their dates, as well as the entire HSAL roster on our live performances page!
HSAL #45: Stilyagi, “Stilyagi” EP
The artist known as “Stilyagi” first appeared in HSAL circles back in 2016 when he submitted a track for HSAL #28 (Lynchstock compilation). That piece was a trance-inducing mix of work that Joe Morgan (TLVS, asentimentalsong) & Andrew Weathers had captured during a home recording session earlier in the decade. On occasion, new tracks would surface on various platforms including youtube & soundcloud. It was after hearing what he did to TLVS‘ “Golden Cypress” that we decided to work out a digital release.
Much of what comprises this EP has only been heard in specific contexts, be they previous compilations (“Saturday“) or religious gatherings (“He Must Be Let Loose Briefly“). Taken as a whole, this EP branches out from tasteful drones to manufacture a soundtrack of moments between waking & sleeping. Places where memories may or may not be explained.
ARTWORK: courtesy of Harding Street Assembly Lab
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
Opin, whose 12″ EP, “Drifters” is due out later this month (PRE-ORDER HERE), just debuted a rather cosmic video for the final track, “How Can I“:
The video, along with a nice little promotional write-up, appears courtesy of RVA Mag. Read up on the accolades, peep the visuals, then score a wax copy before they are gone. REMINDER: all 12″s include a digital copy containing additional tracks recorded up in Philly with Jeff Ziegler during the “Drifters” sessions.
We are also working on getting Opin into the Hill City this spring. Stay tuned…
Over the weekend, two of our acts were able to represent the Ol’ Dominion in the Tarheel state. On Sunday, Benjamin Mauch & honeybrandy played part of the ninth annual SPAZZ Festival over in Greenville. Highlights included cool electronics from Bryce Eiman & a completely inspired performance by Clang Quartet, who stirred up a spiritual frenzy on an Old Testament prophet level. We managed to capture our folks’ sets. Here’s a couple movements from their performances…