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Anna Wildsmith (1963 - 2016) October 17, 2016

It is with profound regret we must announce we recently lost a member of our family here at I, Absentee. Despite her tremendous, relentless and infinitely courageous battle, Anna Wildsmith, also known musically as SOW, succumbed to illness on September 30, 2016 at the age of 53 in Southern France. Anna had joined the label in 2010 to release what now stands as her final album, "Dog." Anna remained our friend and collaborator long after the album and her passing comes as a tremendous loss, to not only us, but so many people who were touched by her life. Anna was laid to rest on the coast of Southern France on October 8, 2016. She will forever hold a special place with us and we hope to continue to shine a light on her unique and wonderful art.

Anna Wildsmith

Lunar Testing Lab - Signalling The Stars Oct. 17, 2016

It is difficult to move on to our other matters, but we must. Lunar Testing Lab has returned to I, Absentee for what may be one of his most accomplished albums to date, "Signalling The Stars.". LTL worked on the album for a year and a half, tossing out entire elements at a time and starting over, seeking the perfect sound. The result falls somewhere between his signature, early beats and his latter, insightful meditations. "Signalling The Stars" marks LTL's first new material for the label in six years and it reaches a high watermark for one of the longest tenured acts on the label. The album is presented as a limited edition cassette, with initial orders including a free sticker.

I, Absentee has also launched a sister label, known as Silverback Anarch. The aim, for now, is to focus on digital distribution. Many of the artists we work with have scattered back catalogues, which are often rare or unreleased. We wished to provide an umbrella to to make these works more widely available. We will also bring new artists into the fold as time goes on. The label could evolve into something else as time goes on and is not restricted to any one purpose. It remains in it's infancy for now and we will build a bigger online presence for the label in the future. For now, we would like to go over our first wave of releases. These are all available now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play and most major digital retailers.

The Red Falcon Projects - "Simply Ravishing" (XXX001). Digital reissue of their 2013 album. Copies of their LP edition from Dilated Time are available in the I, Absentee shop.

The Red Falcon Projects - "Revised Falcon Projects" (XXX002). This set combines the works of "The Twilight Fires: Volume Four" and "Ravishing Extras" into one collection, including remixes from Tobacco, Skanfrom, Night Sequels, D'Arcangelo, G.D. Luxxe, Mrs Jynx and many more.

Magic Arrows - "Magic Arrows" (XXX003). Digital reissue of the 2002 debut album.

Keep an eye on the Silverback Anarch Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages, as many more releases are soon to follow, including:

Lunar Testing Lab - "The Winter Void," "Nightmusik," "Into The Dark Distance," "The Alvord Expanse." Digital reissues of LTL's Secret Station albums.

Magic Arrows - "Turning Points," "Silver Apples On A Jade Tree." "Turning Points" is a previously unreleased album from 2005, while "Silver Apples On A Jade Tree" is a newly recorded album from one of our favorites at the label.

Buenos Aires - "The Lake Effect," "Camera Party." Digital reissue of Buenos Aries' (the duo of Magic Arrows and Time Constant) debut album, as well as an all new, sophomore album.

High Tides have returned with a new 7" on Rad Cult, entitled "Malibuds / Silken Sands." The 7" is available now on tour, where High Tides are on the road as special guests with Tobacco. Check them out if you haven't already. Those who can't make it can purchase the 7" at the Rad Cult bandcamp page. Tour dates are as follows:

Sept. 28 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Sept. 29 – The Shelter, Detroit, MI
Sept. 30 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Oct. 1 – Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 3 – Triple Rock, Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 4 – The Aquarium, Fargo, ND
Oct. 7 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Oct. 8 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Oct. 11 – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 13 – Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 14 – Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
Oct. 15 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
Oct. 16 – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 18 – Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
Oct. 20 – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
Oct. 21 – The HiFi, Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 22 – Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH

We will soon return with our newest addition to the label, Hakobune.

Lunar Testing Lab - Signalling The Stars IA059

1. The Cosmic Unknown
2. Signals In The Stars
3. Blueshift
4. Gamma Repeater
5. Gathering In The Starglow
6. Magnetar
7. Silent Wire
8. Firstlight
9. Nova Aquilae
10. Dark Adaption
11. Procyon
12. Recovery System
13. Celestia

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