Saturday, 4 March 2017

winebox30 – Matt Lajoie 'The Accidental Eye' C45

Perhaps better known by a few solo aliases (Cursillistas, Endless Caverns) and as a driving force behind the psych-rock power trio Herbcraft, this is – to the best of my knowledge – Mr Lajoie's second full-length solo release under his own name. The first, a very beautiful cassette on the very fine label Cabin Floor Esoterica, was a quietly blazing side of whirring after-hours guitar mono-/dialogue, with a distinct melodic clarity peeking through the thick fug of deep tremolo and heavy phasing. The material here inhabits a few different zones: the swirling title track moves from textural string-based overtonal drone to an ecstatic Vibracathedral/VU movement-in-stasis moment of climax, while much of the rest of the first side combines free blues playing with an 'Eastern' focus on drone strings. Mr Lajoie is a collaborator/peer of MV & EE and his music is often possessed of a similar spirit in terms of its blasted take on pre-war blues. Some of the slide guitar material on the second side here, however, is pure languid back-porch starkness...not sure if the dog I hear barking is here or there but it's welcome to howl along in any case.

Limited edition of 47 copies from a telephone stand/cabinet, broken down and reconstructed as single cassette-sized boxes with snugly fitting lids, with screenprinted covers and inserts – £10 plus postage (£3.50 UK/£4.50 Europe/£6 World). Also available as a standard cassette on Early Music (EM03) with risograph-printed covers and screenprinted inserts for £5 plus postage (£1/£3/£4), by email or eventually from

Monday, 7 November 2016

winebox29 – Taming Power 'Selections for the Winebox Press' 2 x C50 – SOLD OUT!

Askild Haugland has been making 'improvised freeform psychedelic music' under the project name Taming Power since the mid-1980s. Between 1997 and 2009 his recordings were documented through an extraordinary series of more than 20 releases – mostly 10" vinyl, though also on a handful of LPs, 7"s and cassettes – on his own Early Morning Records. These recordings are typically focused on a single sound source – electric guitar, tape recorder feedback, radio noise, Casio keyboard – sometimes alone, sometimes multi-tracked, sometimes accompanied by percussion and other objects, sometimes manipulated using tape delay – and presented in paste-on sleeves featuring Mr Haugland's own photographs and/or paintings, with handwritten trackless and labels, titled using the date of recording alone. Taken as a whole, this catalogue forms a remarkable, visionary body of work – and still more remarkable is the fact that most, if not all, of the first pressings – some in editions as small as 100 copies – are still available.

This collection gathers together some material from out-of-print cassette releases and, most intriguingly, unreleased recordings from as recently as 2013. At the suggestion of the artist, the tapes are grouped and presented according to instrumental sound source – one side of electric guitar pieces; one side of electric guitar and tape recorders; one side of analogue feedback; and one side of varied instrumentation (piano, percussion, backwards tape...). Mr Haugland has a way with multi-tracked electric guitar that I find particularly pleasing – often using a repeating circular core melodic phrase that he bounces counterpoints off and around; the results sound like time-lapse footage of a pile-up, or an introduction to astrophysics. And, while it's hard to say exactly what it is that unites, for instance, the combination of deep surging hum and hiss at the beginning of side C with the naked piano track that starts the flipside, there is a common pure-colour soundmood here – a certain yearning melancholy dissonance, or exploratory lonesome moan – that belies the diverse instrumentation and 16-year recording span.

The release comes packaged in a double tape case constructed from a double-size broken down pallet, with a single-colour screenprinted photographic cover, a typewritten title page and two inserts. Edition of 93 copies. £15 plus postage (£3.50 UK / £4.50 Europe / £6 World)

Friday, 25 March 2016

Early Music Label

New non-wooden releases available soon from (or by emailing the address to the right).

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

winebox28 – Jon Collin 'Interval Music' C42 – SOLD OUT!

Small wooden edition of a regulation-issue tape out now on Manchester-based labels Very Bon and Comfortable On a Tightrope. A set of e-bowed acoustic guitar recordings, composed, recorded and arranged in the dark. Each copy is individually etched with a tracklisting that also acts a simplified score for the thing as a whole. Edition of 34; £10 plus postage.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

winebox27 – Various Artists (Ross Parfitt / Kelly Jayne Jones / Stephen Chase / Irma Vep) 'Dream Recall' 2 x C46 – SOLD OUT!

Four versions of a piece that originally appeared as the second side of catalogue number winebox26 (or rather the middle part (the juice) of the second side of that tape). The four interpretations – from a written instructional score included here in redacted form – are pleasingly disparate, with some plucking, some blowing and some striking amongst them. No more spoilers, other than to say that each interpretation is to these ears an extremely fine distillation of four fine individual artist's recorded practices.

Double cassette set housed in a rectangular box-with-sliding-door (source material old half-destroyed wardrobe), also includes a full colour cover, the forementioned score and a stamped wooden divider. Edition of 63; £13 plus postage (£3.50 UK / £4.50 Europe / £6 World).

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Jon Collin 'Early Music' LP

New solo acoustic guitar material in an abstract confessional style from the end of winter just gone, recorded to reel-to-reel by Patrick Crane in Manchester and Stockport (with some source recordings made by Jon Marshall in Sheffield). Comes with a risograph-printed b&w insert. The cost is £11 plus postage (£3.75 UK / £6.50 Europe / £9 rest of the world). There's an audio excerpt here. Email to order, or go to big cartel.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Jon Collin 'Early Music' LP Box


(Edition of 30 copies; photos by Alice Kelly; prints by Lucy Jones)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

winebox26 - Jon Collin 'Wrong Moves / Dream Recall' C43 – SOLD OUT!

Two distinct and somewhat palindromic mini-album length sides, the first a series of solo guitar sketches from the autumn of 2014, the second a three-part slow-moving composition for piano and e-bowed strings.

Edition of 72 copies from the door of the below wardrobe, with printed colour framed inserts. £6.50 plus postage (£1.50 UK / £4 Europe / £5 World). Email the address on the right to order.

Monday, 23 February 2015

winebox25 - Whole Voyald Infinite Light 'Uncollected Recordings' 2 x Cass (C35/C39) – SOLD OUT!

Double set of archival recordings from the WVIL vaults. The first tape documents a partly improvised but wholly free four-piece session – the first ever in this configuration, featuring the bass and drums of Tom Settle and Edwin Stevens – from June 2013, recorded to reel-to-reel tape in Manchester by Patrick Crane. Tape 2 is the result of a fruitful period of double guitar small speaker destruction from late 2010/early 2011, recorded to tape in historically disputed Greater Manchester/Lancashire/Merseyside territory.

Limited edition of 82 copies comes presented in a double tape case constructed from the broken down frame of a wardrobe. Also includes riso-printed card inserts with grainy photos, track information and discographies. The cost is £12.50 plus postage (£3.50 UK / £4.70 Europe / £6 World).

Thursday, 4 September 2014

winebox24 - 'Kazbek: Field Recordings from the Caucasus 2012 - 2014' 4 x Cass (C48, C38, C40, C43) - SOLD OUT!

Long time coming four-tape box set of folk musics of Georgia, Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Eastern Turkey, recorded in the field by the good folk behind the Sayat Nova Project. In their own words:

The Sayat Nova Project was founded in late 2012 in a teahouse in Tbilisi, Georgia by Stefan Williamson Fa and Ben Wheeler and was born out of a desire to explore the hidden musical diversity of the Caucasus. The Project aims to help document and promote this musical diversity in an independent, holistic and freeform style without regard to national or political borders. The initial stage of the project involved recording musicians from underrepresented musical traditions throughout Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and has since developed to create a collective of regional and international collaborators contributing to an online archive of this music. In November 2013 “Mountains of Tongues: Musical Dialects of the Caucasus” was released on vinyl by L.M. Dupli-Cation records, compiling a selection of recordings from sessions with over 50 musicians held between November 2012 and June 2013.

This collection acts as something of a Bootleg Series companion to the Mountains of Tongues LP and features material from the same sessions as well as more recent recordings from June and July 2014. The tapes are organised - somewhat loosely - organologically (one tape each of vocals, wind instrumentation, instrumental strings and ensemble performances) and include unedited recordings of bardic epics, city art music, folkloric groups, sacred songs, ballads and laments interspersed with the sounds of wrestling matches, engagement parties, feasts and roadside gatherings.

Housed in an open-ended wooden box constructed from a haul of grooved floorboards, the contents also include screenprinted wraparound card sleeves – designed and printed by one's illustrator of choice Lucy Jones – and colour riso-printed photographic inserts. Limted edition of 70 copies. Cost is £20 plus postage (£3.50/£6/£9 to UK/Europe/World). Email thewholevoyald googlemail com to order.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Jon Collin 'Burnt Monday' LP

New solo LP on Golden Lab Records is out now, limited to 250 copies and available either directly from the label or by emailing thewholevoyald[at]googlemail[dot]com. There's a very small run of 20 numbered copies with hand-drawn sleeves and a bonus cdr of the complete unedited live recording that much of the LP is drawn from. Please enquire for more details of that.

Monday, 3 February 2014

winebox23 - Jon Collin 'The Bells' C39 - SOLD OUT!

Live and field recordings from throughout 2013, recorded in various environments in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Cork, Stockport and New York; a primer of sorts for another live thing due elsewhere in some months time. Edition of 49 copies from a wooden winebox. £6 plus postage (£1.50 UK/£3.50 Europe/£4.50 World).

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

winebox22 - Vampire Blues 'Recorded Live at Les Voûtes, Paris, France, 24th November 2012' C36 - SOLD OUT!

Live harmonium/guitar duo document from late 2012 - recorded, as the title suggests, in the tunnel-like environs of Les Voûtes in Paris - that contrasts slow-burning atonality and post-meltdown tonal ecstasy. Edition of 70 copies from a paint-spattered table. Cost is £7 plus postage (£1.50 UK/£4 Europe/£5 World). 

Friday, 2 August 2013

winebox21 - C. Joynes 'Unitarian Dee / Oto Gee' C60 - SOLD OUT!

Essential live documentation of two thirty-minute medley performances of wildly differing fidelity from Southeast England's finest picker, Mr C. Joynes. The A side, captured on VHS tape in a chapel, has a beautiful distant and echo-heavy sound, while the flip side is a cleaner, more intimate soundboard recording from Cafe Oto. Amongst contemporary guitar players Joynes stands out a mile, both for his 'chops' - both compositional and performative - and his stylistic juggling ('bluegrass gamelan', as Bruce Russell offered in his sleeve notes to Joynes' 'Congo'). Amongst the material here be ringing tonality and scratchy  dissonance; muffled percussive sliding and handsome blues resolutions; slow-burning marching music and rapid arpeggiating - indeed, without wanting to blithely drop an F-bomb on a contemporary picker, the sense of a heads-down, unpretentious taking-care-of-business here reminds me of Fahey's 'America', and that's a fine thing to be reminded of.

Edition of 89 pink cassettes housed in a somewhat *deluxe* box with a swinging lid and printed insert, the source material of which was once a wall of the neighbours' kitchen. Price is £9 plus postage (£3 UK/£4 Europe/£5 World). Email to order.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Jon Collin 'High Peak Selections' LP - SOLD OUT!

Orders now being taken for this, due to arrive later this week. Slide guitar improvisations recorded in the latter half of 2012 in the highly atmospheric environs of Portland Works, Sheffield; Sacred Trinity Church, Salford; and Sunshine Studios, Manchester. A continuation of the two 'High Peak Vibrations' tapes (on Winebox Press and Giant Hell). There's an audio excerpt here. Numbered edition of 250 copies. Cost is £10 plus postage (£3.75 UK/£5.75 Europe/£8.50 World). Email thewholevoyald [at] googlemail [dot] com to order.

Monday, 25 February 2013

winebox20 - Lost Wax 'My Sore Daad Heap'd' C47 - SOLD OUT!

Lost Wax is the solo project of Ben Morris, one half of Chora. I'm delighted to be presenting what, to my knowledge, is his first solo release and it's a real treat. The emphasis here is perhaps more on percussion and field recording than the 'rock' instrumentation employed by the Chora big band, layered and built into heaving long jams. Very cool. Edition of 78 was originally the battered frame of a futon. Cost is  £6.50 plus £2.50/£3.50/£5 postage.

winebox19 - Gael Moissonnier 'Miniatures / Synth Music' C53 - SOLD OUT!

First release of 2013. Gael Moissonnier is a French artist and experimental musician based for the past couple of years in Brussels. In the past he's played in the bands Motherfucking, La 6eme Faute and the large free ensemble Faux Amis (with Chora, Helhesten and others). These days he can be found chugging Duvel and monstering his analog synth machine, as he does beautifully here, in a classic one-side-short-pieces/one-side-sidelong-jam format. Edition of 46 copies comes from a garden chair, stripped of it's unflattering varnish and put back together in a pocket-style cassette sheath. £6.50 plus postage, which will be £2.50 UK/£3.50 Europe/£5 World.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

winebox18 - 'Solo Guitar Volume II' 3 x C21 - SOLD OUT!

Second volume of six sides of loosely defined solo guitar recordings (following the first one from 2009), this one featuring Fliss Horrocks, Bridget Hayden, Core of the Coalman, Plum Slate, Harappian Night Recordings and Irma Vep. Styles run from heavy sliding blues through phased cyclical picking to late night raga and scattered otherworldly tweaking.

Boxed edition of 74 copies started out as a door, a good one too. The cassettes contained within come wrapped in fabric to prevent them shunting out the ends of the box in transit; feel free to discard this on arrival. The cost is £15 plus postage. Too late for your end of year list but just in time for your Christmas list. Photographs here.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

winebox17 - 'Post-Industrial Freak Flag: A Winebox Press Compilation' C61 - SOLD OUT!

Ten-track compilation of mainly new and exclusive material from: Ross Parfitt; Blue Yodel; Tom Settle*; The Swamps*; Infinite Light*; Whole Voyald Infinite Light*; Roman Nose*; Emil Rothenborg & Jon Collin*; Plum Slate; Serfs* (* = previously unreleased). Edition of 82 pallet-shaped copies comes from an actual pallet. Cost is £5 plus postage (£2.50 UK/£3 Europe/£4 World). Unlimited non-art edition on Winebox Records is £3 plus postage (£1 UK/£3 Europe/£4 World).

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Whole Voyald Infinite Light 'Circumambulations Pts I & II' 7"

First vinyl release on Winebox Press is two slow psychedelic guitar-on-guitar workouts from late 2010/early 2011, a primer for an LP forthcoming sometime later this year. Numbered edition of 300 copies. Cost is £4 plus postage. The bad news is that UK postage rates just went up pretty wildly, especially the rate for sending packages abroad. Feel free to reserve copies of releases and I'll ship them together to save on this. For the 7" above, postage will be £1.50/£3.50/£4.50 to the UK/Europe/World respectively.