Erased Tapes is Ten...

On February 5th 2017 Erased Tapes opened the doors to their new East London home, marking the 10th anniversary by introducing their fans and the public to the new Erased Tapes Sound Gallery.

Head on over to the new Erased Tapes website to download Erased Tapes Collection VIII ... entirely for free! It is exactly what we needed to perk us up on a very gray morning. A reminder that as part of their tenth-anniversary celebrations, Robert Raths and the Erased Tapes team will be curating a very special label showcase at our 15th Century Church during Sea Change. 

Ten years of one of the most important record labels of the last few years
— Gilles Peterson

The free compilation - entitled Erased Tapes Collection VIII - marks the welcome the iconic Penguin Cafe to the roster amongst tracks from new signing Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick) and Peter Broderick’s duo project Allred & Broderick. It also includes recent compositions by Rival Consoles, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Ben Lukas Boysen, Douglas Dare and Immix Ensemble & Vessel, as well as a previously unreleased Ryan Davis remix of Erased Tapes stalwarts Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm which was recently favoured by Aphex Twin and an exclusive edit of Woodkid & Nils Frahm’s score for JR’s Ellis, with spoken words by Robert De Niro.

Songs We Love: Jake Xerxes Fussell, 'Have You Ever Seen Peaches...'

Our good friend Laura Snapes has picked Jake Xerxes Fussell's "Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On A Sweet Potato Vine?" as her current 'Songs We Love' for NPR.

The track - a cover of Jimmy Lee Williams - was recorded for his exquisite forthcoming second album What in the Natural World, that comes out late March via Paradise of Bachelors. You can pre-order it now at Drift.

Read the full piece here.

Fussell’s burly, winking voice is made for storytelling.
— Laura Snapes, NPR

Sea Change Present: Daniel Bachman & Jake Xerxes Fussell

We are delighted to announce that we are bringing a little bit of the August Bank Holiday magic to this year's May Bank Holiday. On Saturday 29th April we have invited two of our most favorite current players to Totnes. Daniel Bachman and Jake Xerxes Fussell will be playing an intimate show for us in Totnes at Unit 23. 

There is a facebook event here where you can invite all your buds and you'll be wanting to pick up tickets here. Advance sales just £6.

DANIEL BACHMAN is a 6-string and lap guitar player from Fredericksburg, Virginia currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. From 2008 to present he’s been releasing material of almost exclusively an instrumental nature while touring everywhere from Istanbul to Los Angeles. He has been playing what he describes as “psychedelic appalachia” since he was a teenager, releasing small run editions of tapes, CDs and LPs for the past three years, with a sound that evolved from drones and banjos to a now guitar centered focus. Touring off and on since the age of 17, Bachman has managed to cover thorough ground across the US, sharing stages with like-minded folk such as fellow Fredericksburg native Jack Rose, for whom he fashioned the artwork for the posthumous release of ‘Luck In The Valley’. His newest effort is himself-titled LP on Three Lobed Recordings, his eighth solo album to date. It’s his most thoughtful release to date, filled with mindful reflection and confident patience. Even during his snappiest songs, Bachman takes time to consider where he is and where he’s going. When his pace starts to rush, he pulls back, ringing out a long chord or even stopping completely to avoid just going with the flow. Bachman takes the listener on an aural journey through the back roads of the foothills of the blue-ridge to calm coastal waters.

Acoustic guitarist Daniel Bachman’s second self-titled album is his most thoughtful release to date, filled with mindful reflection, confident patience, and a sense of ecological awareness.
— Pitchfork

JAKE XERXES FUSSELL is a singer and guitarist from Durham, North Carolina. His self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmuted ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that’s his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer. Fred’s fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music, and to some of the songs herein) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.) Fussell’s new album, ‘What in the Natural World’ on Paradise of Bachelors takes the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humour, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments.