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Ernest Hood

Created using fields recordings, strange stringed instruments, and treated samples, Earnest Hood's 'Neighbourhoods' is imbibed with a profound sense of nostalgia. You can just hear the faint hum of a radio and the chirp of crickets, the album sounds like a summer's day. Although much of the sounds are familiar, Hoods synthesises a series of alien soundscapes that sounds like great sonic glaciers glancing off one another. Not only that but it was made in 1975! It still sounds wholly fresh and modern. FFO Mort Garson, Ellen Arkbro, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. 
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Pep Llopis
Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes

Pep Llopis tunes into the rich lineage of legendary Mediterranean sea stories with Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes, a suite of arty ambience rich with elements of minimalism and driven by Llopis’s prog-informed synthesizer. Recorded and released in 1987, Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes is now reissued by Freedom To Spend, housed within some wonderfully dry sleeve art.
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The Rimarimba Collection

Brilliant RVNG Intl. sub label Freedom To Spend has very handily collected four of Rimarimba's 80s output as The Rimarimba Collection. The music here is like a cross between minimalism and American Primitivism; guitars are thoughtfully plucked, glockenspiel melodies are looped, and weird field recordings are distorted. The whole thing has an addictive playfulness to it, making it the musical equivalent of a page-turner. 
  • Vinyl LP box set (FTS8BOX2)
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  • Limited edition

Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton
Music and Poetry of The Kesh

Pete Swanson and pals at Freedom to Spend reissue on vinyl a 1985 cassette release of poetry and music by the late author Ursula le Guin and Todd Barton. For her wonderful novel Always Coming Home, Le Guin envisaged a distant post-technological community called the Kesh, living in what is now Northern California. Her imagination extended in detail to the people’s language, folklore, music, tools and traditions. On Music and Poetry of the Kesh, Le Guin and Barton sound pseudo-field work of the Kesh, adding unusual and exciting depth to her writings.

In The Woods

Somewhere in the early ‘80s,  in an inexplicable space between post-punk, minimalist and industrial music Rimarimba existed with their weird sounds. The DIY electronic experimentalists were led by Felixstowe-based Robert Cox. In The Woods was their second album and was originally released in 1985.

On Dry Land

Freedom To Spend’s run of Rimarimba reissues continues with the band’s 1984 LP On Dry Land. With this record Robert Cox further explores the curious fourth-world sound that he’d begun to develop on Beyond The Horizon the previous year. As such, On Dry Land is pitched somewhere between the sampling experiments of Eno, Byrne and Cale, Midori Takada’s new age minimalism and 23 Skidoo’s avant-rock.
  • Vinyl LP (FTS6LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

June Chikuma
Les Archives

‘Les Archives’ by June Chikuma is pure barmy joy. It’s a sound of stop-start mischief, layer upon layer of repetitious melody that can shift at any minute into some new configuration. Its experimentation that needs no academic essay accompaniment, just an ear open for the unconventional. This is an extraordinary record that has this almost grand sense of composition, while using a twisted video game set of tones.   
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  • Freedom To Spend