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Magic Arrows - Ultraviolet Butterflies Feb 11, 2018

We have officially passed the 10 year milestone here at I, Absentee. We've been going a lot longer than we could have ever anticipated and we're very thankful for all of the artists and suporters alike who have kept us going a decade and counting. We're excited about some projects on the horizon and have several releases lined up for 2018.

Magic Arrows has returned with his first album for I, Absentee in four years, "Ultraviolet Butterflies." The album is a new, high watermark in the classic Magic Arrows sound, rightly taking it's place alongside some of his most widely praised material, such as "Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death." The album has had a long, strange journey to reach this point. Initially conceived as a collaboration project, it ultimately developed as a solo Magic Arrows effort. Upon it's completion, it was scheduled for release on another reputable label, but due to unforeseen circumstances beyond anyone's control, the album underwent extensive delays. Finally in 2017, Magic Arrows approached I, Absentee about picking up the album and we are pleased to bring this long overdue treasure to light.

The artwork was done by Eric Lee, with mastering by The Analog Botanist. The same team has released an excellent companion single for "Bird Within Him" over at Wil-Ru Records, featuring an exclusive, near seventeen minute long Coppice Halifax remix of tracks from the album.

"Ultraviolet Butterflies" is released on cassette and digital formats on March 2, 2018. Please note that the final track, "Art Of Listening," is exclusive to the cassette and Bandcamp editions of the album. We will return with more Magic Arrows later this year, including an extensive revisit of his aforementioned "Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death," featuring loads of previously unreleased material.

We recently released another project from Scott Beschta over at our sister label, Silverback Anarch. The project is known as Schizophonik, a collaboration between Beschta and Byron Christl. We have also partnered back up with Dan Petrarca (D.D. NewMole, GILA, 80 Pounds) for a series of releases. First, we reissued his debut Potpourri album, originally released by Dangerous Age. We also released an all new Potpuourri album, called "Insouciant." Last but not least, we released a self-titled compilation of D.D. NewMole material, featuring many of his I, Absentee tracks, alongside some rare and previously unreleased material.

Potpourri - "Potpourri" (XXX0014). Digital reissue of his 2012 album, originally released on Dangerous Age.

Potpourri - "Insouciant" (XXX015). All new album from Potpourri, a.k.a. Dan Petrarca, D.D. NewMole.

D.D. NewMole - "D.D. NewMole" (XXX016). New compilation spanning D.D. NewMole's entire career, featuring many of his classic I, Absentee tracks, as well as rare and previously unreleased tracks.

Schizophonik - "Ticket To Ride" (XXX017). Collaboration between Scott Beschta (Magic Arrows) and Byron Christl.

We are excited about some upcoming Silverback Anarch projects that are in the works, which we can't quite announce yet. The label will continue to feature a lot of artists we've worked with at I, Absentee, but will also be venturing into new directions as well.

Lastly, in other news, Tobacco released the "Ripe And Majestic" collection, featuring remixes, rarities and unreleased tracks. A few I, Absentee related tracks can be found in the collection. "On A Puffy Black Day," from our "Birth Certificate" compilation, can be found under the name "Octogram." Tobacco's remix of Dorosoto's "Emerald Building..." from "Embryonic Audio Restoration" can be found under the name "Washed" and his remix of The Red Falcon Projects' "Probotector" from "Revised Falcon Projects" can be found under the name "Old Man Kid." It's a great way to collect all the tracks in one spot if you missed them on the previous releases.

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1. Perhaps Tomorrow
2. Bird Within Him
3. Wonderful Sleep
4. Guitar Loops 1
5. Man On The Shore
6. Portion Of Sorrow
7. Understand This River
8. Siddartha
9. Guitar Loops 2
10. Art Of Listening
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Hakobune / Silverback Anarch Feb 26, 2017

Six years ago, we invited Hakobune to take part in our "Truth Serum" compilation. Hakobune is Takahiro Yorifujo of Tokyo, Japan. Since 2007, he has steadily built admirers from around the globe, following releases on labels such as Hibernate, Nomadic Kids Republic and Install, as well as collaborations with the likes of I, Absentee label-mate Celer and Pleq. Using guitar layers to create signature, sonic landscapes, his music developed into a perfect fit for the label. "Landfall" marks Hakobune's debut full-length at I, Absentee, pressed on CD, with a glossy, UV digipak, limited to 300 copies worldwide. Despite running three tracks, the album clocks in past the 40 minute mark and is officially released on CD / digital March 10, 2017. We have more releases behind us than ahead of us at I, Absentee, so we hope you'll give "Landfall" a listen, as a lot of time and effort went into it.

We also continue to develop Silverback Anarch, which is a division of I, Absentee currently focused on digital distribution. We will be opening a wing of the website dedicated to all things Silverback Anarch soon, but in the meantime, here is a recap of what we've been doing there.

Lunar Testing Lab - "Nightmusik" (XXX004). Digital reissue of his 2012 album, originally released on Secret Station.

Lunar Testing Lab - "The Winter Void" (XXX005). Digital reissue of his 2012 album, originally released on Secret Station.

Lunar Testing Lab - "Into The Dark Distance" (XXX006). Digital reissue of his 2013 album, originally released on Secret Station.

Lunar Testing Lab - "The Alvord Expanse" (XXX007). Digital reissue of his 2014 album, originally released on Secret Station.

Talons' - "Pandemia" (XXX008). Talons' returns for his first work with us since 2009. "Pandemia" is a project originally considered for release by I, Absentee, but schedules didn't quite align at the time, so Talons' self-released it in 2010. The album is a departure from his traditional sound, venturing into more electronic frontiers. More appropriate than ever in 2017, we are proud to finally bring this gem under our umbrella.

Buenos Aires - "The Lake Effect" (XXX009). Buenos Aires is the duo of Magic Arrows and Time Constant. This is a digital reissue of their 2011 debut album, originally released on Secret Station.

Buenos Aires - "Camera Party" (XXX010). All new, sophomore album from Buenos Aires, exclusively released on Silverback Anarch.

Magic Arrows - "Silver Apples On A Jade Tree" (XXX011). Excellent new album from Magic Arrows, which sees him venturing into dub techno, as well as expanding on his ambient soundscapes.

Magic Arrows - "Turning Points" (XXX012). Originally recorded back in 2005, around the time of "Zeta Grey,", it has remained unreleased until now. Featuring twelve tracks of signature Magic Arrows beats.

Magic Arrows - "Beatles And Stones" (XXX013). All new album from Magic Arrows, set to the rhythm of some artists you'll be sure to recognize. "Beatles And Stones" is our first ever ghost release, unavailable for purchase anywhere. However, dedicated Magic Arrows fans can uncover it one way or another…

In other news, Celer has recently released "Shima", a companion piece to his I, Absentee LP "Jima". You can currently find several Celer imports in the I, Absentee shop, including his collaboration album with Hakobune; "Vain Shapes And Intricate Parapets." All are available in the shop without any added import fees.

Illuminated Paths has recently reissued Dorosoto's "Hypnotic Gyre". This expanded edition, entitled "Hypnotic Gyre: Assembled," adds on most of the tracks from our "Rarefied Audio" release, as well as a bonus DVD of visuals, entitled "Video Verticil." We currently have several rare Dorosoto releases in our shop, including "Odd Matters," "Maxtoon Physics" and "Adernolneen;" his polarizing 2015 album for Tobacco's Rad Cult label.

Milieu has reissued his classic "New Drugs For Nuclear Families Of The Seventies" album. This is a reissue of the expanded edition, originally released on I, Absentee in 2009. Fans of the album are also encouraged to check out "Echo Spectrum," an expanded, companion piece to New Drugs, featuring additional tracks from the era.

Lunar Testing Lab recently released the "Decima Project" compilation, which highlights LTL's remix and compilation work. Amongst the tracks, you can find his "Mock Orange" remix from "The Twilight Fires: Volume Three", his Dorosoto remix from "Embryonic Audio Restoration" and a previously unreleased remix for Rumorse, which was originally intended for our "Halogen Eve[r]" release.

Micko Westmoreland, who did an EP with us in 2010 as Wooden Spaceship, has recently released the "Remixes" collection, featuring a remix from The Red Falcon Projects (originally released in 2010), alongside acts such as Luke Vibert, Mike Paradinas and Si Begg.

We have a few more Silverback Anarch releases in the works over the coming months. As for I, Absentee, the date of our next release remains a mystery, but we shall return. Thanks as always for your support.

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1. Pathless
2. Landfall
3. In The Escaping Sunlight

Landfall - Cover

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.

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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

Signalling The Stars - Cover

Celer - Jima Mar. 23, 2015

We are pleased, at long last, to bring Celer to the shores of I, Absentee, for his astonishing new album, "Jima." We have been admirers of Celer since the inception of the label, but it took seven years for the stars to align on a project together. That project is "Jima."

Launched in 2005, Celer is the work of Will Long, an American musician, educator, writer and photographer, living in Japan, who also curates the Two Acorns label. Initially a duo based in California with Danielle Baquet, Celer has continued as a solo project since 2009, releasing music on numerous esteemed labels, such as Home Normal, Infraction, Spekk, and/OAR and more. In addition, Will has collaborated on projects with notable artists such as Machinefabriek, Hakobune and others.

On the heels of 2014's excellent "Sky Limits," Celer arrives with the remarkable new full-length, "Jima." The album contains two pieces, each occupying an entire LP side: one side plunging into the depths of the conscience, while the flip side contrasts with a blissful crescendo. "Jima" stands as a jewel in the prolific career of Celer, showcasing an artist at the height of his craft. Meticulously assembled and packaged by both artist and label, "Jima" is limited to 300 copies worldwide; 200 on milky clear LP, 100 on sea blue. We've picked up where we left off on the Forrest LP, going to even greater lengths to present this album at the highest quality possible. Pre-orders are available now, with the album set for release April 21, 2015.

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1. Distant Misgivings
2. The Potential Of The Unnecessary

Jima - Cover

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