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Herbcraft // Ashram To The Stars TAPE

Herbcraft // Ashram To The Stars TAPE

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New Age Label in Maine, USAFlower RoomIs in stock for the first time in Japan.

This work is a cassette reissue of the 2011nd album released in 2 by Herbcraft, one of the label's duo Starbirthed.Includes 7 songs from cosmic noise rock to ambient folk.Includes stickers and DL code.

Labels and other workshere /// Click here to see more Flower Room releases available at Tobira.

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Edition of 100. The original 2011 album, newly remastered and on cassette for the very first time. 

Description by Flower Room:

" 10th anniversary edition of the second Herbcraft album, available on cassette for the first time! Recorded before the debut LP was released in June 2010, the majority of Ashram to the Stars was initially intended as the debut album for yet another new Matt LaJoie solo project : a Thelema-influenced cult-devotional invention called The Om-Ah-Hum Band (or, appropriately, Aumahhum and The Caverns Endless). , bonged to the eyeballs "-type press surrounding debut Herbcraft single" Road to Agartha ", a reading that ignored the serious and somewhat dark subject matter of the first album." I wanted to make an album that took the spiritual concepts I was interested in seriously, but in a more-direct way, one that was edge-of-consciousness but couldn't possibly be considered blissed-out, "he said in an interview with Revolt of the Apes upon Ashram's release.

Along with this stated intent, Ashram to the Stars also represented a brand new style of recording and production for Matt, one that relied entirely on stereo speakers (not headphones) for mixing, and a laptop with very basic DAW rather than a multi-track record for the entire tracking and mixing process. The session began with Matt recording the two-chord electric guitar strum of opener "Fleet Guru" for minutes on end, imagining the rest of the instrumentation to be filled in later in order to arrive at a suitable ending point for the song. Returning to zero and creating a new track, he then improvised an overdriven fuzz-wah lead guitar in closest approximation possible to what he heard while strumming the chords; as the rhythm guitar faded out, the lead kept flowing across the border, with wild delay-based trickery and abstract noise seemingly creating itself out of nothing --ghosts in the machine. Letting this strange sound continue to emit from the guitar across the next 10+ minutes, he then zeroed the track again to add bass guitar, improvised vocals, and finally percussion to the unbroken piece of music. The entire side of the record was completed in an afternoon. The songs on side two were recorded separately in sessions throughout the following weeks; "Get Esoteric" providing a bit of boogie (with elements)borrowed from an unfinished Cursillistas song), "Mass" --especially in its original 17-minute-long form--becoming an abstract devotional centerpiece for the album (an early precursor to the Flower Room sound), and closer "Jupiter Trine Sun "being the door-busting, dervishly cathartic, world-psych climax, featuring a hard-strummed, loosely-tuned 12-string guitar that would regularly be mistaken for a sitar in reviews.

Once primary tracking was finished and the album roughly mixed, Matt utilized a production trick he'd hit upon several weeks earlier while working on the Papers cassette --creating a cassette master of the album, then ripping and loading it back into the digital master file Inconsistencies in record and playback speed for tape decks ensured that this cassette mix wouldn't line up perfectly with the original digital master, and any attempt to keep the tape synced resulted in a natural flange effect peppered throughout The mix. This unique blend of analog and digital gives the album an out-of-time, out-of-place quality, ancient and futuristic, yet anchored in 21st century experimental lo-fi and underground psych.

Routinely named by fans as a favorite Herbcraft album, Ashram to the Stars was initially released on Woodsist subsidiary Hello Sunshine as a vinyl and digital exclusive in June 2011. We are thrilled upon its 10th anniversary to offer the album on cassette for the first time, with a new remaster specifically for the medium.
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Artist: Herbcraft

Label: Flower Room

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New Age Label in Maine, USAFlower RoomIs in stock for the first time in Japan.

This work is a cassette reissue of the 2011nd album released in 2 by Herbcraft, one of the label's duo Starbirthed.Includes 7 songs from cosmic noise rock to ambient folk.Includes stickers and DL code.

Labels and other workshere /// Click here to see more Flower Room releases available at Tobira.

-----------------------------

Edition of 100. The original 2011 album, newly remastered and on cassette for the very first time. 

Description by Flower Room:

" 10th anniversary edition of the second Herbcraft album, available on cassette for the first time! Recorded before the debut LP was released in June 2010, the majority of Ashram to the Stars was initially intended as the debut album for yet another new Matt LaJoie solo project : a Thelema-influenced cult-devotional invention called The Om-Ah-Hum Band (or, appropriately, Aumahhum and The Caverns Endless). , bonged to the eyeballs "-type press surrounding debut Herbcraft single" Road to Agartha ", a reading that ignored the serious and somewhat dark subject matter of the first album." I wanted to make an album that took the spiritual concepts I was interested in seriously, but in a more-direct way, one that was edge-of-consciousness but couldn't possibly be considered blissed-out, "he said in an interview with Revolt of the Apes upon Ashram's release.

Along with this stated intent, Ashram to the Stars also represented a brand new style of recording and production for Matt, one that relied entirely on stereo speakers (not headphones) for mixing, and a laptop with very basic DAW rather than a multi-track record for the entire tracking and mixing process. The session began with Matt recording the two-chord electric guitar strum of opener "Fleet Guru" for minutes on end, imagining the rest of the instrumentation to be filled in later in order to arrive at a suitable ending point for the song. Returning to zero and creating a new track, he then improvised an overdriven fuzz-wah lead guitar in closest approximation possible to what he heard while strumming the chords; as the rhythm guitar faded out, the lead kept flowing across the border, with wild delay-based trickery and abstract noise seemingly creating itself out of nothing --ghosts in the machine. Letting this strange sound continue to emit from the guitar across the next 10+ minutes, he then zeroed the track again to add bass guitar, improvised vocals, and finally percussion to the unbroken piece of music. The entire side of the record was completed in an afternoon. The songs on side two were recorded separately in sessions throughout the following weeks; "Get Esoteric" providing a bit of boogie (with elements)borrowed from an unfinished Cursillistas song), "Mass" --especially in its original 17-minute-long form--becoming an abstract devotional centerpiece for the album (an early precursor to the Flower Room sound), and closer "Jupiter Trine Sun "being the door-busting, dervishly cathartic, world-psych climax, featuring a hard-strummed, loosely-tuned 12-string guitar that would regularly be mistaken for a sitar in reviews.

Once primary tracking was finished and the album roughly mixed, Matt utilized a production trick he'd hit upon several weeks earlier while working on the Papers cassette --creating a cassette master of the album, then ripping and loading it back into the digital master file Inconsistencies in record and playback speed for tape decks ensured that this cassette mix wouldn't line up perfectly with the original digital master, and any attempt to keep the tape synced resulted in a natural flange effect peppered throughout The mix. This unique blend of analog and digital gives the album an out-of-time, out-of-place quality, ancient and futuristic, yet anchored in 21st century experimental lo-fi and underground psych.

Routinely named by fans as a favorite Herbcraft album, Ashram to the Stars was initially released on Woodsist subsidiary Hello Sunshine as a vinyl and digital exclusive in June 2011. We are thrilled upon its 10th anniversary to offer the album on cassette for the first time, with a new remaster specifically for the medium.
 "

Artist: Herbcraft

Label: Flower Room