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btv074 Efterklang One-Sided LP

Efterklang
one-sided LP (btv074)
Buy Online | one-sided LP
Track listing:
1 Falling Post
2 God Vind, Kaptajn!
3 Tu Es Mon Image - Featuring Martin Hall
Efterklang’s incredible 2004 full-length Tripper (The Leaf Label, UK) was among my favorite releases of that year. My Danish friend posted their debut EP Springer on a shared ftp server since it was sold out and only available in Denmark initially. (We’re big supporters of file sharing at Burnt Toast Vinyl which resulted in the Mt. Eerie : Live in Copenhagen 3xLP collaboration between btv and Denmark’s Washington Inc.) Soon after, I invited Efterklang to do a one-sided LP and we worked out the details over the course of the year. Of the three tracks on One-Sided LP, one features Efterklang collaborating with famed Danish singer Martin Hall who provides the vocals for “Tu Es Mon Image” and another features Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir and Hildur Àrsælsdóttir from Amiina as guest musicians. The LP jacket features a faraway portrait of the band in keeping with the portrait theme for cover artwork in the Burnt Toast Vinyl one-sided LP series. Efterklang’s One-Sided LP is the latest in a series which includes Damien Jurado, Early Day Miners, The Six Parts Seven, Yume Bitsu, Ester Drang, Mt. Eerie, Starflyer 59, June Panic, Aspera, and Bosque Brown.
–Scott Hatch, Burnt Toast Vinyl

The Danish ensemble Efterklang was formed in January 2001. The following year and a half saw its founding core members Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Thomas Husmer, Rune Mølgaard and Rasmus Stolberg develop Efterklang into what it is today.

The film-maker Karim Ghahwagi joined the ensemble in the beginning of 2003 and accompanied the band’s well received debut EP Springer with extensive video collage work. Springer was released on Efterklang’s own label Rumraket and came packaged in white fake fur in only 500 copies. The band played their first live shows in Denmark in the spring of 2003 bringing audiences a subtle blend of acoustics, electronics and video imagery.

The development of Efterklang’s first full length studio album Tripper began in the fall of 2003 in the band’s own recording studio in the heart of Copenhagen and incorporated violins, brass instruments, a Greenlandic choir and a fully integrated video collage score. 34 guest musicians played on the recordings of Tripper among them Hildur Àrsælsdóttir and Edda Rún Olafsdóttir from the Icelandic string quartet Amiina who is known for their extraordinary work with Sigur Rós.

In July 2004, Efterklang signed to The Leaf Label (UK). In October, Tripper was released in USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and South Africa. Tripper became the fastest selling debut record in Leaf’s 10 year history. It has received remarkable good reviews and airplay on radio stations across North America and Europe. The Guardian wrote “this is the album to spend your tokens on. Five stars.” Pitchfork rated it 7.9 and wrote “Astonishing… this music should continue to reverberate in your memory for a long time to come.” In late 2004, the MTV program This is Our Music did a 30 minute documentary on Efterklang.

In February 2005, the song “Swarming” taken from Tripper was released as a radio and iTunes single with remixes including one by Bjørk producer Thomas Knak aka Opiate and a music video by Karim Ghahwagi. In April 2005, the debut Springer EP (2003) was re-released by The Leaf Label worldwide on cd and vinyl. Efterklang toured throughout Europe as an 8 piece band with performances at several high profile summer festivals including Roskilde, Hultsfred, Quart, Sonar and The Big Chill. Efterklang plan to tour the US in winter 2006/2007 in support of their forthcoming full-length.

 

 

btv080 Starflyer 59 : Ghosts of the Future 7″ Box Set

Starflyer 59
Ghosts of the Future (btv080)
Buy Online | 10 7″ box
Track listing:
A Side
Automatic
B Side
Compulsion
C Side
Concentrate
D Side
Pearl of Great Price (Remix)
E Side
Minor Keys
F Side
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
G Side
Easy
H Side
Spooky
I Side
Mr. Martin
J Side
Mr. Martin (acoustic)
K Side
I Love You Like the Little Bird
L Side
Mall Monarchy
M Side
M23
N Side
Guitar Man
O Side
Black Jacket
P Side
Broken Arm
Q Side
Taxi
R Side
Gangs of Riverside
S Side
God Forbid
T Side
Altercation
original subscription series e-mail announcement:
Starflyer 59 is the ultimate fan’s band, adored and upheld by a faithful following, kept like a secret for 13 years running. Now, for the dedicated devotee, comes the ultimate collection: in the grand tradition of the SubPop singles club, Wedding Present’s 12 7″ in one year, or Public Image Ltd.’s Metal Box, Burnt Toast Vinyl is thrilled to announce the Starflyer 59 Ghosts of the Future series.

The collection consists of a total of 10 7″s, broken out over four individual shipments. 2 will arrive in July, 2 more in September, then 3 in both November and January. Each slipcase will be letter-pressed with specially-designed artwork (from the HYMY Industries design firm), and the first shipment will come with a box built to contain the complete collection (as if anything will actually be able to contain it!).

Then there’s the music — each A-side boasts demo versions of songs from the forthcoming Starflyer full-length; each B-sided is a track exclusive to this collection. It’s like being in the studio with the band as they piece together the new record. If you pre order at the too-good-to-resist price of $59.59 (postage paid, working out to about $5/7″ or so), your set will be pressed on colored vinyl, guaranteed. Later orders run the risk of suffering in the darkness of regular black vinyl. The price will increase after the initial shipment and with each subsequent shipment as a “doubter’s tax.” Not to imply that there are doubters among the faithful. To add further early ordering incentive, Jason Martin will be autographing inserts for the first 100 orders.

For more than 10 years running, Starflyer has trounced disbelief with one classic pop song after another. No new kinda story, indeed.” Additionally, for the super fans, a super limited number of test pressing subscriptions (only 15, hand numbered) will be available for $100.59 postage paid. While this seems like an extravagant amount of money to pay for a series of 7″, you are purchasing the rights to hear the test pressings when the band and label hear them and you will receive any error test pressings that result. Unfortunately, these are only on black vinyl, but your subscription will also feature the complete artwork, inserts, and box.

We’ve been actively pursuing this project for almost a year and a half. Many thanks to those who have contributed ideas, feedback, and inspiration, people like Jason Martin, Jeff Cloud, Will Stichter, Ethan Tripp, Gockley, Matthew Stone, Andrew Horton, and Joseph Keyes. btv couldn’t be more serious or more excited about this project.

The colored vinyl all sold out, with black being all that remains. The wooden boxes were built and embossed by a now defunct cigar box company. The series also shipped with two complimentary inserts. The resulting album was Starflyer 59′s Dial M, also available on vinyl from btv.

 

 

btv087 Starlyer 59 : Dial M LP

Starflyer 59
Dial M (btv087)
Buy Online | LP

Track listing:
A Side
1. Minor Keys
2. God Forbid
3. Concentrate
4. Who Said It’s Easy?
5. M23
6. Taxi
B Side
1. Automatic
2. Altercation
3. Mr. Martin
4. I Love You Like The Little Bird
5. Majic (LP only)

Burnt Toast Vinyl and Starflyer 59 have had a special relationship over the years. btv has released vinyl versions of The Fashion FocusEverybody Makes Mistakes, and Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice as well as the vinyl-only one-sided LP The Portuguese Blues. For nearly two years, Scott Hatch (Burnt Toast Vinyl) and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59) refined an ambitious plan for a Starflyer 59 7″ series. The series was subscription based with the A sides of the 7″ being demos for a forthcoming album and the B sides being exclusive to the series. After the plans were finalized, Martin got to work crafting the songs for the Ghosts of the Future 7″ series. The series allowed Martin to develop his songs over a period of time and fans to get a glimpse of an album in progress, as well as getting a special object. Over a period of about 9 months, the Starflyer 59 recordings were gradually completed. The 7″ were sent to subscribers over another 9 months with specially designed hand silk-screened/letterpressed covers made by Philadelphian design consortium HYMY Industries. The collection was held in specially embossed wooden boxes. Dial M is the culmination of the very deliberate Ghosts of the Future 7″ demo process.

From their noisy, shoegazing debut album Silver to the more polished Gold and metal Americana to the layered, keyboard rich The Fashion Focus and Everybody Makes Mistakes to the divergent prog rock of Old and lush string pop of Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice, Starflyer 59 have continued to progress and evolve. Influenced by early ’80s underground pop, Depeche Mode and the Smiths and the louder caustic sounds of the Pixies, Starflyer 59 have crafted music that is wholly their own. Dial M, their 11th full-length in their 14 year career, is no different.

Jason Martin took the Ghosts of the Future demos as a starting point to create the finalDial M album. The band (Martin joined by guitaris Josh Dooley, drummer Trey Many (ex-Pedro the Lion), and bassist Steven Dail) re-recorded the songs in a proper studio adding layers of strings, keyboards, and guitars to fill out and adjust the base compositions. The album opens with “Minor Keys,” an ode to Johnny Marr, “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”, and songwriting in a minor key. Dial M wavers between layered pop songs with breathy vocals, the more upbeat guitar rock of “Altercation”, and energetic ’80s synth pop of both “Concentrate” and “Taxi” with their energetic processed drum beats and electronic effects. The album winds down with the down tempo strings of “Mr. Martin,” a somber personal reflection on Martin’s father who passed last year and the slow poppiness of “I Love You Like the Little Bird” easily one of the catchiest Starflyer songs ever recorded with the observation of a prolific musician “I feel so obsolete because the kids want a faster beat.”

The vinyl includes “Majic”, a bonus track not available on the cd version along with a full LP sized insert.