When we asked Orange Milk Records if they wanted to take part in A&D’s project, Keith Rankin (who co-runs the label, and also is a musician and a visual artist) answered us heartwarming words:
“The manifesto is pretty intense… I always wonder why more people aren’t discussing the topic, as it’s one of the most relevant to small musicians these days. I’m glad to see the view that downloading/sharing isn’t a purely negative force, but a deep part of human nature and history. I don’t like the argument some people make that we need to revert to a 90s model of buying more records… new models need to be discussed, obviously. So in short.. I love what you’re doing here”.
Of course, such a kind message is all the more embarrassing as our donation platform isn’t ready yet (hopefully it is only a matter of weeks now).
However, Keith sent us two art pieces he has done recently (lots more can be seen on his flickr page here), and we take this opportunity to mention some Orange Milk releases.
Keith also has a solo project, Giant Claw, in which he “makes music that sounds like the soundtrack to a dystopian children’s book published in 1981″. He just released a new album on Wool Recordings. You can stream it here and buy it there.
Giant Claw – Hobo Cop (Right click/Save as)
Orange Milk Upcoming Releases
(tapes will be out soon and you can already listen to the whole albums and buy digital versions on a free donation basis on Orange Milk’s bandcamp)
Maharadja Sweets – Engines of Joy CS
I’m still not sure what it is about Maharadja Sweet’s music that is so sincere it brings joy and pain simultaneously. There is something undeniable about a man who looks like a distressed bank teller by day and an open mic circuit player by night.
Maharadja Sweets – John Henry (Right click/Save as)
Maharadja Sweets – Hobbes to Calvin
Criminals - Babes CS
“Slow, quiet jams; hot off our July tour. All recorded in my dead aunt’s empty house in a remote oak-and-plastic suburb. I play foghorn, ms-10, & piano, Leslie plays bass, motors, & violin.” – Andy Burkholder
Criminals-B3 (Right click/Save as)
HCMJ - Honeybee CS
Honeybee is an experiment in twisted droning metal, dark synth weirdness, and galloping acoustic ballads. It’s also a concept album about a group of sailors from the late 16th century who return to the shores of spain only to discover that the land has become like a corrupt jpg – broken and whitewashed.
HCMJ – Fathom I (Right click/Save as)
Orange Milk Recent Releases
(you can hear more on Orange Milk’s bandcamp, again)
Ashley Paul - Slow Boat LP
Slow Boat pulls out every last sound in the organic world and puts it into a context of sheer beauty and conceptual interest simultaneously. It is masterfully original and well thought out with superb musicianship and puts hope into the polarized world of conceptual vs. analytic. This is a limited pressing of 300. Featuring Eli Keszler on percussion.
Cream Juice - Self Titled CS
Seth Graham (Henry Dawson) & Keith Rankin (Giant Claw) bringing some improv synth randomness. This is a sprawling hour-long debut.
Sean McCann – Open Resolve LP
A seminal recording of sound collage and experimental synthesizer sounds from one of the brightest musicians in underground America. PLAY LOUD.
Sean McCann – Broken Replicator (Right click/Save as)