Friday, 29 July 2011
We've been dormant as a label for just over two years now, allowing the looming spectre of chill wave and witch house to come and go without so much as a download single release by //\\''&%$@@@$%&"//\\ to our name.
So it's as much of a surprise to us as it is you that we're releasing two albums this year, the aforementioned Holiday Shores and now with the reissue of Roberto Cacciapaglia's 1979 bizarro futurist pop LP, 'The Ann Steel Album'.
Roberto Cacciapaglia is an Italian electronic composer who's made albums using every possible permutation of the same six notes, right up to modern classical, with 'The Ann Steel Album' as the weird anomaly.
Made with an American model, who moved to Italy to make it big in fashion, Roberto took her languid, Laurie Anderson-esque voice and created a detached futurist popstar.
The odd sound of these European futurist pop songs make it sound like the machines are breathing, creating a weird organic/ electronic rhythm section. It has to be heard to be believed.
'The Ann Steel Album' will be a vinyl only reissue, the first time this album has been on vinyl since its initial small pressing in the 70's, available from Half Machine Records.
Monday, 18 July 2011
After a lengthy hiatus spent in the Himalayan mountains considering the future of 7" vinyl sales, Half Machine is back in the record selling business!
On October 17th 2011 we'll be releasing the second album from Florida's Holiday Shores. 'New Masses For Squaw Peak' is real step on from their brilliant, zeitgeist spearing, debut 'Columbus'd The Whim'. This album sees them channeling 'Here Come The Warm Jets' era Brian Eno, Talking Heads and Can, but losing none of their trademark twinkling and zigzagging melodies.
Download 'Spells' from Abeano
'New Masses For Squaw Peak' is released in the UK via Half Machine on Monday 17th October 2011.