Hello folks, Happy New Year from Debacle Records!
I wanted to write a personal message to you, discussing what I have planned for our HUGE 2017 and how you can help us get there.
First off, huge thanks to anybody who came to our festival, purchased a record, shared our music or whatever else Debacle related last year. It is all so important and helpful. 2016 was a big year that sort of mapped out the future style of Debacle operations. Fewer releases but each release was a powerful record with a renewed focus on high quality packaging, and coherent yet diverse curation.
We also spent a large amount of 2016 planning for 2017. In fact we have the entire year planned through September, which I want to share it with you right now.
How you can help us make this plan a reality. Operating a record label in 2016 is a uphill battle, from revenue streams narrowing, to the absolute ocean of music available to everybody at a touch of a button. That said, I deeply believe Debacle is offering a wonderful collection of beautifully packaged albums from phenomenal artists and I want to continue to do so into the new year.
So what can you do? Pick up some records, of course! I have discounted the entire back catalog for the month of January. Physical releases are 60% off (meaning $3 CDs and $7 LPs) and our entire digital back catalog is pay what you want.
I am looking to clear out this back-catalog and open a new chapter on the label. While I have yet to feel the need to do something like opening a kickstarter or indiegogo, offering this is basically us asking you to invest in the future of Debacle and be greatly rewarded with fantastic products. Spread the word, share the deals. Let’s try to clear off my shelves so we can make way for our upcoming slate!
February brings us a release from a newcomer by the name of Camedor, one José Orozco Mora from Mexico. I recently received this EP as a demo and instantly fell in love with it. We are offering a very limited-edition run on clear blue vinyl with a screenprinted clear sleeve. Only 100 copies will be on offer, so pick it up today. The EP includes two sun worshipping tracks of looping layered guitar, including an arrangement of Terry Riley’s “In C”! Pre-orders online now.
To follow up the two CRIMINALLY slept on Chambers Sigma Flare albums from last year we are releasing a short run double cassette absolutely PACKED with remixes from the Vancouver bass underground and elsewhere. Find that on physical and digital editions in March. Pre-orders up soon. Look for more info shortly.
Elkhorn are longtime friends Jesse Shepard (12 string acoustic guitar) and Drew Gardner (electric guitar). Fresh off their debut tape on Beyond Beyond is Beyond, this incredible duo fuses a rich vein of American primitive with psych, jazz, and improv. The result is a nearly perfect album that wildly bounds through the American story of guitar in the 20th century. It is a high wire act of the highest order. Album will come on heavyweight vinyl in a beautiful sleeve designed by Mikey Rioux with spot UV gloss.
Pre-Orders up on Feb 1st, 2017
Oh man, so excited to announce that Aquarelle will be joining Debacle this year! Ryan Potts has been a gigantic favorite over here at Debacle HQ for years. We were overjoyed to connect with him and receive his fantastic full length follow up record to 2013’s August Undone. It’s an album filled to the brim with emotion and a big next step for the project. Expect more information shortly including a pre-order link and early looks at album art and design.
Expected release in June
Basically this seems to be the year of connecting with beloved artists. Much like Aquarelle, we are just flabbergasted to be working with John Kolodij on his next release. We are keeping this one a bit under wraps for now but there is a great proposed list of collaborators for this album, from the music to the art and packaging. The album itself is a beautiful tonal collage of different eras of High Aura’d coming together to tell a somber yet hopeful tale. Expected in September as we both agree this album is best taken in during the crisp waning light of autumn.
If this list of albums gets you excited (I mean c'mon!), please consider picking up some of our heavily discounted back catalog, or grabbing those pre-orders and help us get this year rolling.
Also, some big news coming shortly about Debacle Fest 2017, our TENTH year. We should have dates locked down and some early bird tickets shortly. We are targeting our traditional May celebration.