Saturday, June 23, 2018

OUT NOW: Sypha NADON: Pleasant Songs (LP) [MZR046]

Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the arrival of our 46th release, Pleasant Songs by Sypha Nadon. This LP, the first one of all-new Sypha Nadon studio material since 2015's Monolith album, is an anomaly in the SN discography in that, for the first time, the majority of the songs on the album contain vocals (around 75% of the album, to be precise), with only a mere 3 instrumentals. It also features a rare example of Sypha Nadon covering the music of another, in this case the song "Rain of Ruin" by Suicide. On a more familiar note, much like the 2008 SN album The Black Omen, this album was created entirely with MIDI (save for the vocals).

Track listing:

1. You Lost Her (2:54)
2. The Devil's Shrine (4:55)
3. Mockery of a Man (3:47)
4. Rain of Ruin (5:02)
5. Gray Day (3:18)
6. Monstertheism (4:13)
7. The Red King [Instrumental] (4:19)
8. His Voice (1:24)
9. Verdensur (The World-Clock) [Instrumental] (4:03)
10. My Life is a Horror Movie (3:57)
11. State of the Nation (3:17)
12. Aphex Twink [Instrumental] (4:51)

Total Running Time: 46:02

As always it may be listened to (or downloaded) for free at the MZR Internet Archive page:

https://archive.org/details/MZR046


Monday, June 4, 2018

SYPHA NADON: PLEASANT SONGS (track listing)

Track listing for the upcoming Sypha Nadon: Pleasant Songs LP [MZR046]:
 
1. You Lost Her (2:32) 
2. The Devil's Shrine (4:55)
3. Mockery of a Man (3:45) 
4. Rain of Ruin (5:02)
5. Gray Day (3:18) 
6. Monstertheism (4:13) 
7. The Red King (Instrumental) (4:19) 
8. His Voice (1:24) 
9. Verdensur (The World-Clock) (Instrumental) (4:02) 
10. My Life is a Horror Movie (3:57) 
11. State of the Nation (3:17) 
12. Aphex Twink (Instrumental) (4:51)
 
Total Running Time: 45:37
 
One thing that I think differentiates this SN album from all the ones that have come before (aside from the shorter than usual track lengths) is it's the first one where the majority of the tracks have vocals (indeed, there are only 3 instrumentals). Over the years I've written out lyrics/melodies for a number of songs, but very rarely have I bothered to record them, but this time around I wanted to challenge myself a bit and I felt the time was right to go about doing that (and some of these lyrics go back a long ways: "Gray Day" was written around 2007-2008). The album will also have a cover song (another thing I don't do very often), in this case a cover of Suicide's "Rain of Ruin." Also, like FIRST REPORT, THE BLACK OMEN album (and the Death Head Moth's SECOND REPORT), the album is entirely MIDI, with the exception (obviously) of the vocals.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

COMING SOON FROM MZR: SYPHA NADON: PLEASANT SONGS [MZR046]

 
 
 
COMING SOON FROM MAUVE ZONE RECORDINGS:
 
SYPHA NADON: PLEASANT SONGS [MZR046]
 
THE FIRST ALBUM OF FULL-LENGTH SN MATERIAL SINCE 2015'S MONOLITH
 
TRACKLISTING COMING SOON
 
 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

OUT NOW: +Passover- The Death of Galaxies (single) [MZR045]

Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the debut of our 45th release, The Death of Galaxies by +Passover-. This (non-LP) single is their 4th single overall, and consists of two tracks.

Track listing: 

A-side: The Death of Galaxies (5:11)
B-side: The Haunted Palace (9:29)

Track 1 contains samples of Ben Stein and Fred Savage from the TV programme THE WONDER YEARS. 

Track 2 contains a reading of Poe's poem "The Haunted Palace," this reading being performed by James Champagne, with some "help" from Amber the Cat (while recording the vocals, she jumped on my lap and kept meowing and trying to rub against the microphone, which explains why I laugh at one point: you can also hear her purring at the very end of the reading, right before the musical portion kicks in). Yeah, I mispronounced the word "Porphyrogene." 

+Passover- is James Champagne 
Recorded at Mauve Zone Recordings Studio in 2017-2018 
Design by James Champagne 
+Passover- uses Trajan Pro font 
MZR045
Spiral05

As always, it may be listened to/downloaded for free at our Internet Archive page:

https://archive.org/details/MZR045


Thursday, April 5, 2018

COMING SOON FROM MZR: +Passover-: The Death of Galaxies (single) MZR045

Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the imminent release of The Death of Galaxies, the new (non-LP) single from +Passover- (and the band's 4th single overall). It will be released this weekend, and consists of two tracks:

A-side. The Death of Galaxies (5:11)
B-side. The Haunted Palace (9:29)

Track 1 is an upbeat electronic dance track about the end of the world, featuring samples of Ben Stein and Fred Savage from The Wonder Years TV programme. Track 2 begins with a "dramatic" reading of Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem "The Haunted Palace," followed by a long and freeform experimental electronic piece.

After this release +Passover- will be going on a temporary hiatus until I have enough new material to do a second album. I hope to release a new Sypha Nadon album at some point in 2018, as it has been almost 3 years since I last completed an album of original material under that project banner.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

OUT NOW: +Passover-: Billingate (single) [MZR044]

OUT NOW: +Passover-: Billingate [MZR044]
Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Billingate, the new (non-LP) single from +Passover-. The A-side, Billingate, is a somewhat conventional and driving cyberpunk dance-rock track, while the B-side, Xenodemon, is a more experimental and noisy affair.
As always, it may be listened to/downloaded for free at our Internet Archive page:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

OUT NOW: +Passover- Hostile Architecture [MZR043] (Spiral03)

Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Hostile Architecture, the debut LP for +Passover-.

Track listing:

SIDE A:

1. Spike Field (4:34)
2. Rubble Landscape (5:19)
3. Leaning Stone Spikes (4:26)
4. Menacing Earthworks (4:14)

SIDE B:

5. Spikes Bursting Through Grid (3:42)
6. Landscape of Thorns (5:12)
7. Forbidden Blocks (5:35)
8. Black Hole (6:51)

Total Running Time: 39:22

+Passover- is James Champagne
All songs written, arranged, programmed and performed by +Passover-
Produced, engineered and mixed by James Champagne
Recorded and mixed at Mauve Zone Studios (Dec. 2016- June 2017)
Art direction + design by James Champagne
+Passover- uses Trajan Pro font

The music on this album was composed, programmed and orchestrated using FL Studio 10 Producer Edition. It was recorded using Goldwave.

As always, it may be listened to/downloaded for free at the Internet Archive:

https://archive.org/details/MZR043

Thank you for your attention.