Digital

TKR 026 – Rework

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Tracklisting

Disc 1
1. Music in Twelve Parts, Part 1 – My Great Ghost

2. Rubric (Remix) – Tyondai Braxton

3. Knee 1 (Remix) – Nosaj Thing

4. Alight Spiral Ship (Philip Glass Remix) – Dan Deacon

5. Warda’s Whorehouse Inside Out Version – Amon Tobin

6. Etoile Polaire: Little Dipper – Silver Alert

7. Floe ’87 (Remix) – Memory Tapes

8. Opening From Glassworks – Cornelius

Disc 2

1. NYC: 73-78 – Beck

2. Protest (Remix) – Johann Johannsson

3. Mad Rush Organ (Remix) – Pantha du Prince

4. Island (Remix) – Peter Broderick

produced by Beck
mastered for vinyl by Bob Weston (Shellac)

TKR 024 – Priorities

Tracklisting
1. Chrome Heart Shining (5:47) 2. Prototype (6:18) 3. Crop Circles (13:33) 4. Wintermore (7:33) 5. A Just Shoot (6:21)

produced by J.Robbins (Jawbox)
mastered for vinyl by Bob Weston (Shellac)

“The album showcases what Tone does best – shimmering, guitar-driven songs that swell and expand with each layeredrepetition. Album opener “Chrome Heart Shining” captivates with a trancelike spell as a lilting guitar melody floats over a sea of sustained chords.” The Washington Post

DKR 004 – Ornament EP



Tracklisting:
1. Fever and Foam 2. Inventress of Ill (and Everything) (Eluvium Remix) 3. Rites of Spring (Tobias Lilja Remix) 4. Shape and Colour of Things Gone Blind (MAB III Remix)

Ornament is a collection of remixes from Fredrik’s 2011 album FLORA along with the new instrumental track ‘Fever and Foam‘ that was originally intended to close side A of the FLORA vinyl a spot ultimately filled by the jumpier “North Greatern”. The EP features remixes by Portland-based ambient producer EluviumGregor Samsa (MAB III), and Swedish electronica composer Tobias Lilja. With its nods to the great horror movie soundtracks of the 70’s, the EP makes a dramatic and colorful addition to the Fredrik catalogue.

TKR 021 – Flora

Fredrik

Tracklisting
1. Ylva 2. Vattenfront 3. Chrome Cavaties 4. Rites of Spring 5. The North Greatern 6. Caleido Kalahari
7. Inventress of Ill (and Everything) 8. Naruto and the End of the Broken Ear 9. The Shape and Colour of Things Gone Blind 10. I’m Pretty Sure He Said Killdren 11. Axis

Recorded in their ramshackle garden studio last summer, Flora marks a departure from the wintry moods of the band’s first two outings as according to Fredrik, flower season is anything but limonades and hammocks. The music paints a vision of summer as the darkness beneath, a busy, feverish, sprawling organic chaos. The three members build songs from dense, wavering textures of voice, strings, brass and twinkly home-made folk instruments, all couched on top of a smattering of haywire orchestral drums and swirly electronics. In keeping with all their previous work, there’s the attention to detail, the unfailing knack for melody-making and the misadventures in hyper-soprano singing,  not to mention Fredrik Hultin’s restful, abstract storytelling.

DKR 003 – Losing Colour

Stricken City

Tracklisting:
1. Some Say 2. Animal Festival 3. Bella Writer 4. Corridors 5. Pull the House Down (Skellington Remix)
6. Office 7. Lost Art (ii) 8. Don’t Spit at Her Face 9. I Know a Place 10. Losing Colour

Drowned in Sound – 8, It’s a shame that Stricken City aren’t more widely recognised upon their departure as these songs certainly have the makings of cult gems.

Line of Best Fit – Steeped in 80s guitars a la Joshua Tree, ‘Animal Festival’ slinks along with a jangly main guitar line, loose percussion and Raa’s slight allure in perfect harmony. It’s a mix extended from ‘Some Say,’ the album’s opener that rides the same guitar vibe. ‘Corridors’ achieves the same cohesive beauty with an entirely different palette – elongated synth, darker guitar tones and white space taking over. The surprising saxophone on ‘I Know A Place’ takes a while to settle, but by the end of Raa’s swirling psych party, it feels right at home. It’s a lighthearted note before the album’s (and band’s) final bow: the title track, ‘Losing Colour.’ Each instrument, each element grabs and refuses to let go through the track’s slow build toward an inevitable triumphant wall that eventually crumbles to let Kit Godfrey’s drumwork close things out.

TKR 019 – Only Stories

Aidan Baker

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    Tracklisting:
    1. Everything Becomes Something Else 2. Wartorn 3. Don’t Make a Scene  *4. Only a Story
    * bonus material featured on digital download

Only Stories is Aidan’s second release on The Kora Records. The album continues in the “drone folk” style first heard on his (nearly out of print) Kora release, Scalpel. All of the sounds on the record were created by voice and 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars. Aidan penned the three long compositions featured on Only Stories a long time ago, but they were never properly recorded until the fall of 2009, and Kora is ecstatic to release them now in a beautiful fold out letterpress vinyl release limited to 500 copies.

TKR 020 – Origami

Fredrik

Tracklisting
1. Dance of the Peacock Phantom 2. White on White 3. ABC

Fredrik spent the summer folding Japanese paper figures in between recording sessions bearing the name of their new EP and complex craft, Origami. Those familiar with Fredrik will recognize the dream like groove of opener Dance of the Peacock Phantom, the wintry chimes, and soothing choirs heard on White on White, and the submersed cadence reverberating throughout the seven minute B side, ABC. The three songs provide insight into the band’s ever-evolving soundscapes as they ready their third full length album in their garden studio in Malmö, scheduled for release in March 2011. Three is also the magic number behind the group as Origami is the first release featuring instrumentalist and singer Anna Moberg as she joins original members Fredrik Hultin and O. Lindefelt.

TKR 018 – Songs About People I Know

Stricken City

Songs About People I Know

Tracklisting:
1. Gifted 2. Pull The House Down 3. Tak o Tak 4. Small Things 5. Killing Time 6. P.S. 7. Sometimes I Love You 8. Five Metres Apart 9. The Traveller 10. Terrible Things

BBC – What makes Stricken City stand out from the bunch of new UK indie bands currently attempting something along similar lines, though, is a palpable sense of belief and passion about their music married with a willingness to experiment beyond the sometimes narrow confines of the genre.

Pitchfork – 7.5, a fine record; despite its length, it’s fleshed out and full of flourish. If anything, it’s all over way too soon.

NY Times – Most of the songs on Stricken City’s debut album, “Songs About People I Know” (The Kora), chime like late-1980s new wave. Rebekah Raa overdubs her wholesome voice into pop harmony choruses while her keyboards, and Iain Pettifer’s guitar connect for galloping, celebratory riffs. But the splintered words she sings are more contentious, full of tensions between parent and child, between friends, between lovers: “Broken people breaking ties give cause to doubt what’s seen as right,” she sings over a jaunty march beat in “Tak o Tak” (whatever that means). Now and then the misgivings surface in the music too — particularly in “Terrible Things,” a cryptic warning set to piano and very few other instruments — to show there’s depth behind that chipper exterior.

SPIN – 8 out of 10, Stricken City’s debut swings moodily from tough, angular clang to tender, introspective melodies — the organ and stuttering woodblock beat of “Pull the House Down” are more likely to inspire fierce ’80s club posing than an actual trip to the club. Singing breathlessly of boys and boredom, Raa plays the charismatically pouty bedroom diva, asking, “Whatever happened to old-fashioned romance and dancin’ and singin’?”

h Magazine – One of those magical albums that’s a seeming masterpiece from start to finish with nary a mediocre ditty in its grooves.

The Fader – We’re so enamored of the shambolic harmonies on Stricken City’s debut, Songs About People I Know… we are going to invite them to every slumber party we throw henceforth.

Giant Robot – Rebekah Raa has a happy voice, and her sugary keyboards are fun element but sophisticated at the same time. From beginning to end, all 10 songs are solid.

TKR 017 – Trilogi

Fredrik

Trilogi

Tracklisting:
1. vinterbarn 2. milo 3. holm 4. den sista fabriken 5. vanmyren 6. ava 7. flax 8. under vattenverket 9. ner 10. tretusen violer 11. viskra 12. locked in the basement 13. omberg

Pitchfork – sophisticated and ingenious…it’s gorgeous and clever throughout. The songs come together like puzzles, the pieces scattered on the floor and gradually snapped together in way that feels both meticulous and organic. It’s forceful, sensuous music with a refreshing clarity of intention.

Delusions of Adequacy – a dreamily distinctive album… innate enigmatic elegance.

NPR – a mesmerizing new concept album…dreamy, ethereal…also just gorgeous and hypnotic.

Under the Radar – … the ambient super group Jose Gonzales forgot to join, there’s little not to like in this gentle unassuming gem.

TKR 016 – Letter from New Virginia

Donny Hue and the Colors

Letter from New Virginia

Tracklisting:
1. into the woods 2. you’re on your own (we could help) 3. i speak of the hayseed cousins 4. snakes entwined 5. lady tomcat and the turning trees 6. home of the apple #1 7. callidope 8. woods 9. that whistling in my ears 10. a good night’s dream 11. fairlady of the springboard 12. out of the woods

Song, by Toad – A cracking album… put together really well – sequenced in such a way that it flows, and with the right combination of interludes and instrumentals, sad songs and happy ones to make it work extremely well as a single, whole piece of work… The band have a knack for the a gentle, roll-along version of Subterranean Homesick Blues-era Dylan.