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Ghedalia Tazartes
Diasporas

Surreal, avant-garde and resolutely unpigeonholeable, Diasporas was the debut album by Ghédalia Tazartès, a Paris-born musician of Judeo-Spanish and Greek descent. It was recorded in 1977 and had a limited release in 1979. His fans include Stephen Stapleton of Nurse With Wound, who included Tazartès on his Nurse With Wound list, a list of bands that had influenced them.

Rafael Anton Irisarri
Peripeteia

His first album for the Dais imprint, American composer Rafael Anton Irisarri’s Peripeteia reaffirms - if it ever needed to be questioned - his skill and craft in the field of ambient drone music and electronica. It’s also a display of great emotional depth and nuance, influenced by upheavals in fortune and health in recent years. 
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ADULT.
Perception Is/As/Of Deception

Detroit electro-punk veterans ADULT. return for their eighth studio album, and, as ever, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller create a sound that can’t precisely be pigeonholed or defined. Perception Is/As/Of Deception could be classified as their most inward-looking collection to date, or their most outright punk-orientated effort. 
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Choir Boys
Gathering Swans

Choir Boys are an indie pop band from Salt Lake City, Utah. They are absolutely not to be confused with English chorister boy band The Choirboys, of for that matter English rockers The Quireboys, known for their 1990 smash hit ‘Hey You’, or even Australian hard rock band The Choirboys. I know, it’s a minefield, right? Gathering Swans is their sophomore album which features tear-inducing melodies and songs that will demand repeated listens. Oh, and there’s also a Christian vocal group known as Choir Boyz.
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Riki
Riki

The woman behind Riki is the equally enigmatic Niff Nawor, former member of Crimson Scarlet and visual artist associated with the anarcho-punk scene in California. Following a short series of mini-albums and singles, Riki is her first proper album, inspired by the straightforward electro-pop of the mid-Eighties. 
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Pod Blotz
Transdimensional System

The creative outlet for Suzy Poling for 17 years and which has spawned a career that’s racked up well over two dozen vinyl and cassette albums, Transdimensional System is the latest outpouring from Pod Blotz. Intricately composed using samples collected from the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in California, and topped off with remarkable vocals. 
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SRSQ
Temporal Love / Unkept

SRSQ is singer / songwriter Kennedy Ashlyn. Ashlyn used to be one half of dream pop duo Them Are US Too with Cash Askew. Askew tragically died in 2016 in the fire at a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship that belonged to an Oakland, California artist collective. It has taken Ashlyn some time to come to terms with the tragedy and recording her debut album as SRSQ, Unreality, in 2018 has helped ease the pain. Temporal Love / Unkept is her new single. An album will follow in 2020. 
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Tempers
Private Life

Calm down everyone! Stop shouting at each other! Goodness me - Tempers, tempers. Despite having a name that implies vitriol, this NYC duo actually serve something closer to angst than anger on their latest LP Private Life. Entries such as ‘Capital Pains’ (geddit?) find singer Jasmine Golestaneh dealing with the mess of city living over urgent, widescreen synth-pop beats. The War On Drugs and Future Islands are close compadres of Private Life.

Hiro Kone
A Fossil Begins To Bray

Most music is defined by what is there, Hiro Kone's has long been defined by what is not. Her electronic sound art is made all the more potent for her ability and willingness to create space, which here serves not only the musical but the political. 'A Fossil Beings To Bray' stands in opposition to excess and in her words, "techno-fascism".
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Stephen Mallinder
Um Dada

It wouldn’t really be accurate to say that we’ve been waiting a long time for a Stephen Mallinder solo LP. This is because the Cabaret Voltaire man’s last (and previously only) album Pow-Wow came out a full 37 years ago, way back in 1982, and as such most of us had stopped holding out for a follow-up. Now we’re pleased to tell you that 1) there is one, 2) it’s called Um Dada and 3) it’s good. This is a record of sprightly oddball techno-tronica that’s not dissimilar to Mouse On Mars or Matmos. Um Dada is out via Dais (Drab Majesty, SRSQ). Please note that the CD release contains two tracks that don't appear on the vinyl editions.

VR Sex
Horseplay

Horses. Can't live with them, can't live without. VR Sex are a provocative and experimental lot who trade in a kind of coagulation of synth punk, doom-rock and post-punk. This is their debut EP previously released on cassette-only and now available on two forms of 12". Oh yeah and it's the guy from Drab Majesty/Marriages making all this racket.  

HIDE
Hell Is Here

Hell is Here is the second album by Chicago band, Hide. The duo of artists, Heather Gabel and Seth Sher, have a mission to reconstruct industrial music for a new generation. Their mission began with 2018’s debut, Castration Anxiety, and here, they succeed in stretching the possibilities of what can be done even further.
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Pink Turns Blue
Meta

Pink Turns Blue formed in Germany in the 1980s, but it was in former Yugoslavia where they recorded 'Meta'. They worked with Jané Krizaj, who'd worked with Laibach, to produce an album that is to this day considered one of darkwave's masterpiece. And they did this while working in studio that was less than... up to date.
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Pink Turns Blue
If Two Worlds Kiss

Reissue of the debut LP from Cologne’s Pink Turns Blue here. 1987’s If Two Worlds Kiss is a seminal text of both darkwave and Goth, its doomy new-wave grooves and vampy vocals a harbinger of what was to come. This is still a hugely important record all these years later and is richly deserving of reissue. This new edition of If Two Worlds Kiss includes ‘A Moment Sometimes’, a track that hasn’t always made it onto vinyl pressings of the album in the past.
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Body Of Light
Time To Kill

Dark synth-pop brothers Body of Light are still at it on Time To Kill, their third album. Odds are they've been compared to Depeche Mode before, but I'm gonna do it anyway, because they sound quite like Depeche Mode. As an album it represents refinement of their sound, a refinement that lets them go deeper and darker than ever.

Merzbow + HEXA
Achromatic

It’s ya boy Masami baby! Here he is working with HEXA, who are an interesting pairing in themselves: Xiu Xiu man Jamie Stewart and Room40 boss Lawrence English. The structure is one side of Merzbow produced and mixed by HEXA, and one side of HEXA produced and mixed by Merzbow. Of course, it's an intense noise ride throughout. Vinyl release on Dais.

Drew McDowall
Collapse

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Drab Majesty
Modern Mirror

Where most musicians opt for a brief sojourn in that there Berlin to get their creative juices flowing (something in the water I've heard), Drab Majesty opted for the Athens in Greece. Modern Mirror is the result, a guitar saturated dark synth pop interpretation of the Greek mythology that asks what it is to love. On Dais.
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Cold Showers
Love and Regret

Los Angeles-based shoegaze/punk merchants Cold Showers deliver a re-pressing of their 2012 debut album Love and Regret, coming in tandem with the release of their third studio effort Motionless in 2019. Infused with melodies alongside their angular soundscapes, it’s an appropriate time to revisit an influential debut. 

Ragnar Grippe
Sand

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Cold Showers
Motionless

Recorded in their own studio in Los Angeles and produced in-house by the band’s own Chris King, Motionless sees Cold Showers move in a more mature and complex direction for their third album, pushing their synthetic post-punk even further. Come in a sleeve designed by L.A.-based artist Robbie Simon. 

Tor Lundvall
A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999

Ambient musician Tor Lundvall is prolific as anyone. If you need proof consider A Strangeness in Motion, a collection of some of the more poppy tracks in his early work recorded between 1989 and 1999. These tracks bring to mind the likes of New Order and The Human League without ever losing the deftness of texture Lundvall is known for.

VR Sex
Human Traffic Jam

LA deathrock/synthpunk/post-punk/ethereal soundscape pointillists VR SEX (Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty, Aaron Montaigne of Antioch Arrow and others; and Brian Tarney) have just about had it with overpopulation. The technological perfection of simulating sexual experience ought to be just the thing to take it down a notch. Human Traffic Jam is the trio’s view on the subject, expressed through the medium of fiercely cool music.
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Tor Lundvall
A Dark Place

Tor Lundvall's 'A Dark Place' comes over a decade since the release of his previous album, and is a remarkably open work of sincerity and emotional expression. Dealing with themes of loss and the passing of time, it's also inextricably linked to the passing of his father. An honest, darkly beautiful piece of work.
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Hiro Kone
Pure Expenditure

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Xeno & Oaklander
Hypnos

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JH1.FS3
Trials and Tribulations

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Ragnar Grippe
Symphonic Songs

Swedish composer Ragnar Grippe gets an old collection released on Dais Records (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge And Thee Early Worm, SRSQ). Written in 1981 for an avant-garde theatre piece but only now seeing the light of day, Symphonic Songs finds Grippe marrying atonal Buchla experiments with a string section equal-parts Schnittke and Schoenberg. Artwork by Ascetic House founder J.S. Aurelius.
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Drekka
No Tracks In The Snow

Delve into the early days of Mkl Anderson’s long-running Drekka recording project, with a selection of late 90’s / early 2000’s tracks. No Tracks In The Snow is full of highly personal moments and memories, expressed through industrial ambience and a cinematic scope. Released by Dais Records.
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SRSQ
Unreality

Unreality is a phoenix from the flames. SRSQ is the solo project of Them Are Us Too’s Kennedy Ashlyn - the same Them Are Us Too who lost collaborator and dear friend Cash Askew in the 2016 Ghost Ship Fire. This LP is the sound of Ashlyn coming to terms with the grief. Sonically these tracks are pitched somewhere between Zola Jesus, The Cocteau Twins and White Ring. Unreality fights its demons in real time, and is all the more affecting for it.

Annie Anxiety
Soul Possession

Check out the personnel on this one: for her 1984 debut album, Annie Anxiety managed to assemble members of Crass, African Head Charge, Flux Of Pink Indians and more, all under the production oversight of the legendary Adrian Sherwood. Soul Possession is the result, a weird and amazing industrial dub odyssey that still sounds like little else. This DAIS reissue is the first vinyl release for this album in three decades.

ElpH vs Coil
Worship The Glitch

More Coil!!! If you like the stuff they do on purpose but feel like you're missing out on their accidents, then this is the release for you. ElpH as it turns out is not another artist, but the name they gave to the spirit causing their equipment to glitch. And on Worship the Glitch, they do just that. Harnessing the mistakes to make something spectral.

Drew McDowall
The Third Helix

Drew McDowall, formerly of Coil, once again delves into the concepts that drove those legendary sonic explorers. On The Third Helix, McDowall experiments with dark and twisted electronics, creating eight tracks that are ideal for looking inward. Intense and visceral, this is music from the most severe of trances.
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Drab Majesty
The Demonstration

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Aaron Dilloway
The Gag File

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Coil presents Black Light District
A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room

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Choir Boy
Passive With Desire

Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.

SONOIO
Fine

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ADULT.
This Behavior

It seems like -- ooh, let's see -- at least 18 of your Earth years since this duo gave us 'Nausea', back in those heady, queasy post-millennium Electroclash days. 6 albums and countless (nearly) EPs and singles later, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller present us with This Behavior as ADULT. All caps, full stop / period: record store peeps like us love them. Nic and Adam recorded it in a wood cabin in the wilds of North Michigan in the freezing mid Winter, should be a suitably chilled and frosty one then. On Dais records; choose from your black or yellow vinyl, or even a CD should you prefer.

Wetware
Automatic Drawing

Norman website visitor, meet Automatic Drawing. It’s the debut LP by Wetware (Roxy Farman & Matthew Morandi). The pair first appeared on the New York industrial scene in 2015, hamming it up with intense and provocative live shows. Distilling such live energy to record can’t be easy, but they’ve nailed the production of these compelling, clattering rhythms and discomforting vocals. There’s even a whiff of vintage industrial pastiche.

Nocturnal Projections
Inmates In Images

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Them Are Us Too
Amends

Them Are Us Too is the collaborative project of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, a duo who had been sketching demos in homage to their shared younger passions of generations-old shoegaze and dream pop.Tragically, Askew died in the Ghost Ship fire of 2016 -- Kennedy returned to the studio to finish the startling, unabashed, overdriven pop they were working on, getting production help from Telefon Tel Aviv.

Nocturnal Projections
Complete Studio Recordings

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Missing Foundation
1933 Your House Is Mine

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Tor Lundvall & John B McLemore
Tor Lundvall Presents: Witness Marks - The Works of John B. McLemore

Kind of a long story, this one, but the gist as we can surmise: Tor Lundvall is an ambient submariner as good as Gigi Mason but a fair bit more neglected. On this special entry into his catalogue he compiles works by John B. McLemore, an artist made famous by, what else, a podcast called S-Town. The podcast's detailed look into McLemore's life was considered a landmark -- albeit with plenty of ethical quandaries about how far a documentary can go. At one moment in McLemore's life, he reached out to Lundvall asking if he could produce some remixes of the artist's work -- Lundvall obliged and received these fascinating and often overwhelmingly intense pieces.

HIDE
Castration Anxiety

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Coil
Time Machines

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Drekka
Unbeknownst To The Participants At Hand

Drekka is an abstract musician dealing in weighty concepts of memory and passing, and Unbeknownst To The Participants At Hand gives us two substantial works over two sides of vinyl, one referencing Michael Haneke and the other melds sounds of uncertain provenance into a fragile structure. 500 copies on DAIS.

Drab Majesty
Oak Wood

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Martial Canterel
Lost at Sea

Sean MacBride is also half of synthpop duo Xeno & Oaklander, but this long-running solo project has a more melancholy, introspective vibe. Rigid sequencing in the style of early Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Depeche Mode is lent a bit of Detroit drive and submerged in dense analogue synth washes. There’s an epic, cold war Europe feel (not bad for a Brooklyn lad), with MacBride’s Andy McCluskey-esque vocals portraying a lonely figure, stoic amid the winds of change.

Death of Lovers
The Acrobat

Death of Lover’s are a whole extra band from the guys behind Nothing, in which they write and perform songs that are a little bit different. This is actually their debut full-length album after several years of activity, and it shows a band clearly enjoying themselves playing with an eighties post-punk-pop milieu. The Acrobat is released by DAIS.
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Choir Boy
Sunday Light

Choir Boy is not a project of an unaccompanied acappella male chorister, but the dream-pop outfit of former punk rocker Adam Klopp. Sunday Light is a bright and melancholy pair of 80’s-flavoured new romantic pop music, catchy and grand but also essentially bedroom in feel. 7” single on DAIS.

William S. Burroughs
Nothing Here Now but the Recordings

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Drew McDowall
Unnatural Channel

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High-Functioning Flesh
Culture Cut

LA pair High Functioning Flesh present their take on the classic electro-punk sound. Their electronic body music is very much focused on the body, both in terms of getting you moving and in terms of hard-hitting body horror lyrics. Quite a juicy proposition. Culture Cut is released by DAIS, on CD and various colours of vinyl (packed at random, so we can’t tell you what kind you’ll get!.
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Missing Foundation
Missing Foundation


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Italian Horn
The Bells of Spring

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Drab Majesty
Careless

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Scout Paré-Phillips
Door Left Open

Since 2015’s dark Heed The Call, Door Left Open is the follow up full length from Scout Paré-Phillips. Still just as brooding and heavy, her vocal style and songwriting kicks like a shadowed Joni Mitchell, with the sparse presence of Leonard Cohen. The Multi-instrumentalist crafts a unique style of dark folk, sometimes heavy and burgeoning, others, delicate and distant.
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Spahn Ranch
Back To The Wood

Compiled of unreleased and alternate takes from Detroit post-punk trio Spahn Ranch, comes the raw and gem-rammed release Back To The Wood. With only a limited amount of 500 Vinyl copies available, this is an essential for fans as tracks include old versions of Countdown and Dissipation amongst a selection of rarities.
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The Cakekitchen
World of Sand

Coming not long after The Cakekitchen's marvellous 'Time Flowing Backwards' (also re-issued on Dais) comes 'World of Sand'. This time head man Graeme Jeffries worked with his live band and if the album doesn't quite have the magical charm of  'Time....' it has more variation and a slightly harsher sound palette. That's not to say that Jeffries low-voiced prettiness isn't in evidence. Fans of Flying Nun records need to grab these much sought after releases.  

The Cakekitchen
Time Flowing Backwards

Another classic New Zealand gets a re-issue with this lovely 1991 era LP from Graeme Jeffries outfit. Jeffries had started out in ace post punkers Nocturnal Projections before forming the magnificent This Kind of Punishment with brother Peter. When the Jeffries brothers went their separate solo ways Peter seemingly took the nasty bits with him whilst Graeme's music is much sweeter so we are left with a delightful LP of melodic, chiming pop.    

Body of Light
Let Me Go

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Youth Code
Commitment To Complications

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Drab Majesty
Completely Careless (2012-2015)

This release presents the full discography, to date, of Drab Majesty, the atmospheric pop project of Deb Demure: that’s a couple of EP’s and an album’s worth of 80’s-feeling tunes. Completely Careless (2012-2015) is released on the DAIS label as a CD in a jewel case with slip and booklet.
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High Functioning Flesh
Human Remains

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Youth Code
Youth Code

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Sightings
Amusers and Puzzlers

‘Amusers and Puzzlers’ is the final chapter in the nine album career of one of experimental rocks most jaded treasures, Sightings. The record, intended as a complimentary album to their 2013 release ‘Terribly Well’ is the oxymoronic climax of their unique style of damaged rock, driven by irregular guitar changes and nervy, sporadic vocals and a relentless rhythm section.
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / Black Rain / Cold Cave
Rebellion Is Over

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Youth Code
Anagnorisis

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Cold Showers
Matter Of Choice

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Tor Lundvall
The Shipyard

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Tor Lundvall
The Park

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High-Functioning Flesh
Definite Structures

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Thee Majesty
Live At The Pezner

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Chris Brokaw
Now, Forager

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Youth Code
A Place to Stand EP

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Hunting Lodge
Will

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Martial Canterel
Gyors, Lassú

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Beastianity
Root

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Youth Code
An Overture: Collection

Shouty, righteous but mature electronic punk noises from L.A’s Youth Code. Consisting of their debut LP, new EP A Place To Stand and tracks from the Angry Love 7”, An Overture showcases their powerful industrial intensity and keen ear for a good hook in equal measure. Out on CD from Dais.
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Drekka
Ekki Gera Fikniefnum

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David First
Electronic Works 1976 – 1977

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COUM Transmissions
Home Aged & The 18 Month Hope

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Tor Lundvall
Structures and Solitude

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Sightings
Terribly Well

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aTelecine
Entkopplung

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King Dude
Burning Daylight

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Genesis P-Orridge & Stan Bingo
What's History

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Tor Lundvall
The Seasons Unfold

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Ghedalia Tazartes
Diasporas

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Andrew King & Brown Sierra
The Kraken

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