Our latest record release is by Tongue Depressor and it’s called In The Quarter Column and it is out today!
We have very limited quantities of this record left for in store sale!
Reception of this record has been incredible and honestly well deserved!
Autumn Recordsin Vermont runs a subscription service, Outer Sounds, that picked this one up for their June edition! In their write up they say this: It reminds me of a more lo-fi, dissonant version of Oren Ambarchi’s early pointillistic guitar work. A Singing on Side B moves in a more horizontal drone space with microtonal pipe organ and long tone bowed bass layers. Dissonance and beating patterns emerge among the alternate tunings again. Both sides offer up an immersive listening space full of details that reward multiple spins. This isn’t placid, background ambient music, its an enveloping & mildly dissonant world to explore that demands your attention not unlike the music of Alvin Lucier, Tony Conrad,Arnold Dreyblatt, La Monte Young, Phill Niblock,Charlemagne Palestine and more. Step inside and recalibrate your ears!
Tongue Depressor (New Haven, CT) is the duo of Zach Rowden and Henry Birdsey. They write, improvise, and perform drone-based music with fiddles, pedal steel, lap steel, contrabass, organ, and bells, usually involving microtonal tunings and re-arranged/re-tuned fragments of American church music.
“In another time, Tongue Depressor’s ethereal tunings set into motion an unstable peace. With their bows, the duo conjured spirits to settle serpents. In another time, it was enough. “In the Quarter Column” showcases Tongue Depressor’s progression into an exploratory and singular craft, balancing technical ability with discipline, and magnetism with precision.
“Everyone Was There” features Tongue Depressor’s first use of magnetic tape loops, with Rowden manipulating recordings of Birdsey’s playing while Birdsey bows his lap steel in accompaniment. The hypnotic piece delicately reminds us that what has come before will come again, bringing decay and dislocation. Warbly echoes of what is past are present. The duo’s preferred territory exists outside of time.
On the B side, “A Singing,” Birdsey’s resolute playing of a microtonal organ merges with the moans and sighs of Rowden’s bass to illustrate a fresh lucidity that is patient and attentive. Demystification has disconnected the doors.
Grasping sound and experience from within, “In the Quarter Column” builds an apparitional world for the listener to inhabit. Once again, Tongue Depressor offers anyone with the ability and will to listen a very generous gift.” – Jason Filer (Crazy Doberman, Doberman, Gateway)
This is an edition of 312 records pressed at Burlington Record Plant on Black Smog vinyl (appears black until held up to the light).
The official release date is June 4th. Pre-orders ship well in advance of release.
If you have no idea who Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean is you can check out the interview we did with Paul of the band here on our podcast.
And beyond that we are happy to present this playlist put together by the band of things they are listening to at the moment – some have influenced their sound and some are just bangers they happen to enjoy!
It has an official release date of July 17th, 2020.
Check out some snippets here:
Ambient drift rock band Landing formed in 1998 by married couple Aaron and Adrienne Snow, two musicians who met at Brigham Young University and moved to Connecticut after graduating. Landing quickly set about recording their dark, ambient dream pop, resulting in several cassette and EP releases. Their early work was stylistically close to that of contemporaries like Flying Saucer Attack, Bowery Electric, and Windy & Carl, with buried vocals and washes of noisy texture riding slow, drawn-out rhythms. Following the 2015 EP Body Diffuser on Vast Arc Hues, the full-length Third Sight was released by El Paraiso in 2016, followed shortly by Complekt on These Are Not Records. The Krautrock-influenced Bells in New Towns appeared on El Paraiso in 2018.
Headroom first took flight in 2016 as the solo outlet for New Haven musician Kryssi Battalene, née of regarded noise project Colorguard & guitarist for psychedelic voyagers, Mountain Movers. Headroom sprung forth from the fertile and underrated New Haven scene – a musical patchwork of punk, hardcore, noise & experimental music all sharing the same stages & DIY spots and creating a musical identity all their own.
Battalene’s talent flourished & soon enough, her signature style of guitar was infiltrating & influencing a new crop of New Haven musicians; part Twisted Village / PSF Records-influenced white noise maelstrom, part nuanced, beautiful six-stringed draperies. Battalene’s talents have graced recordings & stages with Estrogen Highs, Medication, Secret Treaties & Stefan Christiansen & Friends. Headroom have established a strong base of releases on labels Ever/Never, Centripetal Force, C/Site Recordings, and Trouble In Mind. Beyond Kryssi at the center, the band features Rick Omonte and Ross Menze of The Mountain Movers, David Shapiro (Alexander & Kath Bloom live backing), and Stefan Christensen (of C/Site).
We at Redscroll Records believe it was about time these two bands that represent different aspects of psychedelic sounds from our small state of Connecticut combine forces. Here it is, and the tracks do not disappoint.