In the fourth installment of our record label profiles (following Thrill Jockey, Merok and Ninja Tune), we’re taking a look at London label Transparent, who sent over a load of new and exclusive MP3s. Preview here and download at the end.
Beginning life in 2005 as many things do – a fanzine – the world of Transparent grew quickly to encompass gig promotion before shifting online to a blog that’s become a vital stop for new music fans (read it and sign up to the RSS here). Last year they got round to releasing something physical, and it was a 7 inch from Emil & Friends, and it was good, and lo, it sold out. Releases from the excellent Cymbals Eat Guitars followed before the likes of Small Black, Active Child, Yuck and Kisses. Here’s a taster of what they’re up to right now.
Psychobuildings – ‘No Man’s Land’
A Brooklyn trio centred around one guy, Peter LaBier, that will have you in the throes of XTC in no time. We featured them back in February in the Radar section, with a free download of ‘Dirty Rainbows,’.
Herzog – ‘Living Alone’
The key to understanding Herzog – aka Cleveland’s Nick Tolar – comes in the “Charlie Kaufman’s in my head” refrain to this track. Like Kaufman’s films this track distorts reality somewhat, throwing things that shouldn’t work together (slide guitar, mid-90s US jangle pop, digital squeals, West Coast harmonies) and forcing them to get along. Grab another track on the Transparent blog too.
Washed Out – ‘Feel It All Around (Toro Y Moi Remix)’
Transparent released this track as a 7 way before “chillwave” and “glo-fi” were even beginning to formulate in the blogosphere’s consciousness. With the genre now enjoying a derided renaissance, its godfather gets ready to release the track as a fully-blown single in October, backed by a Toro Y Moi mix that adds a nice sparkle.
Kisses – ‘Bermuda (Active Child Remix)’
A side project of LA indie band and Daily Download regulars Princeton (get tracks here and here), Kisses have been remixed by fellow label act Active Child. Download a free, synthed-up MP3 of the band’s single, ‘Bermuda’, along with the rest of the tracks below.