Gift Tapes V

Gift Tapes V, release date: March 23

Gift Tapes delivers its fifth batch: three new cassettes containing carefully-crafted analog recordings.  High-bias, pro-dubbed, imprinted tapes with hand-numbered, full-color, double-sided cardstock sleeves, packaged in standard clear plastic cases, editions of 100.

J. Hanson, blood orange, GT017 J. Hanson
blood orange :: GT017
C37 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Synthesized chanting; ethnic electronics bathed in crimson light
Music by J. Hanson
$6 USD

On Blood Orange, Portland-based J. Hanson creates ethnic-tinged compositions with modular synth and spring reverb.  These pieces take influence from ritualistic gamelan music, shamanic drumming, and early electronic music.

Knit Prism, orbs, GT018 Knit Prism
orbs :: GT018
C31 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Multidimensional perception; inverted flotation awareness
Music by MWP
$6 USD

Ontario’s Knit Prism uses synths, guitar, electronics and tape to bring supernatural phenomena to light.   The spacious assemblages of hovering drones and complex textures on this new release, Orbs, will stand out as some of KP’s finest work to date.

Studio SS, sickness, GT019 Studio SS
sickness :: GT019
C45 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Sensory disruption process; panic-attack boomerang synthesis
Music by JS
$6 USD

Studio SS is the solo project of the man behind Börft, an obscure, experimental Swedish label putting out tapes and LPs since 1987.  Sickness is a meditation on various modes of delirium through the use of synths, effects, mics and speakers: LFO-modulated delusions and granular washes of hysteria… the perfect panic attack.

Gift Tapes V, coming March 23

We’ll be selling what stock we have left of this batch, but you can also pick them up from Mimarolgu, Tomentosa, Discriminate & Colour Ride.

Also, I noticed that Mimaroglu still has copies of the Father Sound/HPV split from the last batch & Tomentosa has a few copies of various Gift releases : Pulse Emitter &  Matt Carlson from last fall AND Stella Haze & Million Mists from the first batch!  Get your hands on them while you still can.


Last night Gift Tapes organized a local Seattle show that we were SUPER excited about: Stellar Om Source, Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band, and Brother Raven.  This show is the first of what we hope will become a regular series.

Stellar Om Source

Stellar Om Source was AMAZING – epic and angular stream-of-consciousness visionz; super-lush frequencies that drifted as much as they rumbled.  Performing in total darkness, her sounds seemed enhanced by laser projections that danced across her being, reflecting off golden threads sewn into her shirt.  The combination of sound and visual elements was seamless, elevating her presence into the cloudless atmospheres of deep space.  Total electronic music goddess. As this was maybe the 26th show of her tour, she took the opportunity to depart a bit from some of her new work, making this show even more of a treat!  Definitely the uber-tech HiFi set of the evening…  I love the fact that these two bands are touring together…

Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band

Jamming on ultra-lo-fi ghetto baby keyboards, Spencer Clark’s Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band made some of the craziest crypto-shamanic-islander jams I’ve had the opportunity to experience live; totally hypnotic and ritualistic music.  Spencer Clark is a total TRIP – at some point he walked across the room to grab his secret stealth keyboard, still in original box, total K-mart style; serious “next-level shit”.  His partner on this tour, Dan (of Eat Skull) was top notch accompaniment, striking 3-5 notes repetitively for each of their 20-minute jamz.

Check out the FRESH lineup for the next GT show if you’re in Seattle:

April 2nd @ Josephine
Magneticring (Josh Stevenson) – Vancouver BC
J. Hanson (Josh Hanson) – PDX
Brother Raven (Jamie Potter/Jason E Anderson) – SEA
Matt Carlson – PDX
Mr.WE the shadetree mechanic (DJ) – SEA