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 Ziegler 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…
Buds are blooming across our beloved hill city, we are gearing up for lots of cool shows happening downtown. These dates are going down at Speakertree (901 Jefferson St #G7, 24504)
We are also working on a local date to celebrate the release of the new Opin EP (HSAL #43), which is still available for pre-order. Inventory counts are getting low on this one. If you are into this brand of interesting, catch indie rock (if you’re reading this, you most likely are), don’t wait for the 04/20 release date…
…oh, & if you happen to be out east this weekend, honeybrandy & Benjamin Mauch are playing a right killer showcase for the ninth annual SPAZZ Fest in downtown Greenville NC on Sunday, 03/25.
As for other “stuff”, we are working on something really rad for this fall. Let’s just say that HSAL is hoping to be a big part of what has become a local hallmark as the leaves begin to change…more on that later.
HSAL #43: Opin, “Drifters” EP ** RELEASES 04/20/2018 **
The musical output of frontman Landis Wine was one of the embers that stoked HSAL into existence back in 2009. The label blossomed & matured alongside of Wine’s White Laces (The relationship birthed two small run cassettes & a special edition of their first EP). Fast forward to 2018…Wine’s new project, Opin, was seeking out a new home for a new collection of tunes tracked up in Philadelphia at Jeff Zeigler‘s Uniform Recording the previous summer.
Fresh off the heels of their impressive debut (2017’s self-titled LP on RVA’s Egghunt), Landis Wine & Tori Hovater have returned with a stable lineup & a potent, focused batch of jams, including their take on a traditional Japanese festival tune, “Shinzo No Tobira“. We had a small run of one-sided 12” records lathe cut into clear wax. The band will have these on their spring & summer dates while supplies last.
AVAILABILITY: Clear One-Sided 12″, DIG
ARTWORK: courtesy of Julia Brouard
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp
HSAL #40: TLVS, “Wild Strawberry” EP
Since the release of “I Can Dream All Day” back in 2015, a lot has changed in the TLVS camp. Most importantly, Joey Wright joined as a permanent member (he’d been part of the live set off & on for over a year at the time of the LP’s release). The group booked a couple different recording sessions with different producers, but they fell through due to scheduling conflicts & one incident with an exploding HVAC unit. By early 2017, the trio decided to take matters into their own hands. They began tracking new material on their own, a process which birthed their early recordings (HSAL #02, HSAL #03).
This collection of TLVS tunes represents the first intentional recording as a trio. “2017 Golden Cypress” is a three-piece take on one of the first tunes ever recorded by TLVS. “Stencils” & “Fragaria (Virginiana)” were written over the summer of 2016 in preparation for a recording session that never fully materialized. “Peppermint” was a cover tune recorded in early 2017 for the Lynchstock 2017 compilation (HSAL #36).
ARTWORK: courtesy of HSAL
DOWNLOAD: HSAL bandcamp