Chances are if you're reading this you're already aware of the ridiculous new USPS rates that went into effect yesterday. The price increase for domestic shipping isn't outrageous, but the new rates for shipping out of the country are pretty fucking insane. LPs especially.
A new (and hopefully easier) ordering format is implemented in the store. Prices in the paypal buttons have been adjusted to reflect the new rates, many apologies to the number of overseas weirdos that support Retrograde. I'm looking for a better, smoother, and cheaper solution but until I find one I'm at the mercy of USPS & the lobbyists who shout the loudest. As always, feel free to hit me up if you're looking to order in volume, have questions, or just want to bitch about how goddamn retarded this is.
For 2013, the next batch of tapes is just about done, an Elders repress will likely surface with it, and some interesting new distro items will be showing up in the shop before the spring.
A bit slow on the draw with this one, but the entirety of Den's Electric Eyes 7" can be streamed in this article. Akers also has Tough To Kill & some of his previous releases available on his Bandcamp for your wanton ears.
30 minutes of new Kraken Mare material will birth via Luke Morris's excellent Rocket Machine imprint sometime in the near-to-distant future.
Lastly, Den is plodding along writing an LP for BLVD Records that will likely be recorded sometime in the spring & released in the summer if all goes well.
That's all for now. Stay spaced.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
rgt #12: Den - Electric Eyes 7"
Den returns on a 7 inch slab with three songs of cosmic thud, interstellar grooves, and dead-planet desolation. Electric Eyes is a continuing expansion starting with an abduction prayer, followed by a ride on a stream of Kraut photons & finally ending in an Antarctic sludge ritual, all woven together with enough dark matter to fuel your FTL travels well beyond the solar system & out into the distant depths of uncharted space.
Electric Eyes comes in a two-color silk-screened cover & a full color insert in an edition of 300.
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Born and raised in the shadow of Detroit, Akers is a native of urban decay and withering cityscapes, political corruption and crime beyond the scope of “normal,” and the general unsettling vibe in the air that somewhere, not far away, some ugly shit is going down. Around 2009, he picked up a synth & drum machine & taught himself how to channel the settling dust of a crumbling city into the sound of gritty electronic soundtrack scores, influenced by old gods of the genre such as Froese, Carpenter, and Frizzi. 2010 was the year of his first recording, the self-released, The Future Barbarians, followed by The Elders Of New Detroit on Retrograde in 2011. A handful of releases and a year or so later, Akers has transformed himself from bedroom electronic composer to full-on cinematic-sound mercenary, armed to the teeth with analog gear and the collective years of ingesting OSTs & the work of pioneering electronic musicians. Culminating into Tough To Kill, this evolution serves as a milestone in the timeline of Akers’s rapidly growing body of work and a benchmark for the burgeoning retro-soundtrack scene. From dark, brooding ambient to the throb of dance-floor-ready Italo disco, the ominous air and driving rhythms of TTK are presented in classic Carpenter-esque ultra-polish, MIDI-free, sample-free, and on virgin vinyl for maximum clarity. Retrograde is proud to offer Akers’s latest & greatest for those familiar with his work as well as a shining introduction for listeners hearing the new sounds of past soundtracks for the first time.
From the man himself: “For fans of 80's film scores, krautrock, early techno, italo disco, war-torn jungles, futuristic dystopias, cynical mercenaries, and cops who smoke too much. If you ever find yourself laying low in a motel in some shithole town with only a bottle of whiskey and a loaded .45, light up your last cigarette and turn on your ipod. This is for you.”
Tough To Kill comes housed in a handsome 4 color, split-fountain style screen-printed jacket, each one done painstakingly by hand with an edge-worn look - no two copies are exactly the same. Also included is a 12x11 poster/insert with liner notes.
Additionally, the first 50 orders include a bonus c50, Deleted Scenes, culled from material created during the writing of Tough To Kill that serves as a more nebulous companion to TTK for early bird orders.
Matt Akers - Somewhere In The Dark by Retrograde Tapes
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