Announcing: Lea Bertucci ‘Metal Aether’ Limited Edition Vinyl

Today we’re very excited to announce brand new music from NNA Tapes artist Lea Bertucci. Following up her 2017 cassette release ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air,’ we’re thrilled to present Lea’s new full-length album ‘Metal Aether’now available for pre-order on Limited Edition Vinyl in our Shop. ‘Metal Aether’ develops a language of extended technique for alto saxophone that is based on a spectral, psychoacoustic, and non-linguistic approach to the instrument. Much like the recordings of her previous NNA release, the work continues to explore Lea’s acute interest in the nature of acoustics and the harmonic accumulation of sound, with its four pieces having been recorded in Le Havre, France in a former military base, and in New York City, at ISSUE Project Room.
Available everywhere on February 9th, 2018.


With the release of ‘Metal Aether,’ we’re also proud to debut our new LPX Vinyl Series. LPX Series Limited Edition Vinyl LPs feature boutique packaging and utilize locally-sourced manufacturers & small businesses from our hometown of Burlington, Vermont USA. Each LPX record is hand-assembled, numbered, and stamped to ensure limited edition authenticity. The vinyl, silkscreen-printed jackets, and stamps are all produced here in Burlington in order to support & sustain our local creative community.

In addition, its our pleasure to collaborate with ISSUE Project Room to announce a record release concert for ‘Metal Aether’ featured the incredibly talented Drew McDowall (of Coil) and NNA Tapes alum Olivia Block. This special event will take place at 8pm on Saturday, February 10th at ISSUE Project Room at 22 Boerum, Brooklyn, New York City. Official press release:

Saturday, February 10th, ISSUE presents an evening of site-responsive solo performances with composer Olivia Block, electronic artist Drew McDowell, and composer (and 2015 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence) Lea Bertucci. The evening observes each artist’s individual approach to presenting new work in ISSUE’s theater space, applying the room’s unique acoustics to inform their independent performative methods.

Olivia Block performs a new multiple speaker composition, continuing an ongoing investigation into the properties of wind and its related sounds and symbolic themes. Using a microphone and her breath, small fans, and other small objects on its surface, Block creates aural patterns and “currents” in the room, processing and moving sounds live on her laptop. At certain times, these currents, respond to the architecture and resonance of the space, swirling and flowing around the listeners in particular directions — as in the cold or warm currents of air over the oceans. At other times, all evidence of space and built shapes are erased, as microphone distortion obscures, then reveals additional sounds — voices, organ and piano — buried underneath the wind, settling in various locations in the room. The resonance of the room colors the wind sounds over time, as more tones enter into the mix.

The evening also features stalwart industrial and experimental pioneer Drew McDowall
presenting new works which will become the basis of an album to be released on Dais Records in the Fall of 2018, following his previous releases Collapse (2015) and Unnatural Channel (2017) with the label. For this performance, the pieces make use of a quadraphonic array and are informed by and respond to the acoustics of the space. This proves to be a focused opportunity to hear new work from McDowall, known for his crucial contributions to legendary British avant-pop act Coil, Psychic TV, and numerous collaborative and solo projects that have been foundational to the development of meditative drone and abstract sound.

In addition, for her return to ISSUE, Bertucci celebrates the release of Metal Aether, her second album on NNA Tapes (following 2017’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air), by presenting recent works for alto saxophone and tape that appear on the record, as well as a new composition that is directly informed by the particular acoustic qualities of 22 Boerum Place.

Birthing Hips ‘Internet’ Music Video Premieres on NPR

Boston, Massachusetts-based Birthing Hips releases a music video to the track ‘Internet’ which NPR calls “Beautifully Deranged”.  The video was directed by Mood Killer & feature monstrous hands, stark lighting and food fights.

Thanks to our friends at NPR Music for the premiere.

Use coupon code NNA2017 at check out to receive 25% off of Birthing Hips ‘Urge to Merge’ as part of our Year End Sale!  Only until January 1st.

 

The Ah Shares 6 Music Videos off of ‘Common Bliss’

Today Jeremy Gustin’s  The Ah releases shares a brand new set of 6 music videos off his debut release ‘Common Bliss’.  Many thanks to Uproxx for the premiere.  Jeremy collaborated with a host of talented individuals to create six whole videos from the release – each one unique yet fantastic, tied together Gustin’s vivid, evocative electronic works.

Use coupon code NNA2017 at check out to receive 25% off of The Ah ‘Common Bliss’ as part of our Year End Sale!  Only until January 1st.

Announcing our 2017 Year End Sale

We’ve breached the final month of the year, which means it’s time again for our annual Year End Sale! 2017 was an incredibly prolific, refreshing, and productive year for new NNA music, and we’re honored and humbled to have worked with such talented artists to release eleven forward-thinking, progressive new music titles. To celebrate the closing of another year, and to welcome in another, we’re offering 25% OFF all of our 2017 releases (with the exception of Ahnnu ‘Special Forces’) for the month of December only. Simply use the code NNA2017 upon check-out to receive the 25% discount. This includes the following titles:

» GRID (Nelson, Dahl, Podgurski) Cassette
» Lea Bertucci ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’ Cassette
» Wren Kitz ‘Dancing On Soda Lake’ Cassette
» Multa Nox ‘Living Pearl’ Cassette
» Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ Vinyl/CD
» Matthewdavid’s Mindflight ‘Ophiuchus’ Cassette
» Patrick Higgins & Josh Modney ‘EVRLY MVSIC’ Cassette
» Ryan Power ‘They Sell Doomsday’ Double Vinyl/CD
» Birthing Hips ‘Urge To Merge’ Cassette
» The Ah ‘Common Bliss’ Cassette

Sale ends January 1st, 2018. Thanks, as always, for your continued support.

Ahnnu ‘Special Forces’ Full Album Stream + Interview courtesy of Noisey

We’re excited to share today that Ahnnu‘s latest album ‘Special Forces’ is now available for listening in it’s entirety courtesy of Vice’s Noisey. Accompanying the stream is an excellent write-up and interview with Leland Jackson courtesy of writer Colin Joyce, giving some deep insight into Jackson’s musical philosophies and creative practices. Listen & read here.

‘Special Forces’ is available everywhere TOMORROW, December 1st. Order now to secure a copy on limited edition Translucent Red w/ Black Splatter vinyl (moving quickly), or pick up the T-Shirt Package which comes with a limited edition t-shirt featuring the album’s cover art, available exclusively at nnatapes.com – check it out here via our Shop.

Dig Boston premieres Birthing Hips ‘Urge To Merge’ Full Album Stream

Today we’re happy to share that Birthing Hips brand new full-length album ‘Urge To Merge’ is streaming NOW in it’s entirety, courtesy of our friends over at Dig Boston! Click here to listen and hear for yourself why Dig Boston’s Nina Corcoran asserts that “Urge to Merge is arguably the tightest Birthing Hips have ever been.” We’re so happy to release the final album by one of Boston’s most exciting, talented new bands. Order your copy of ‘Urge To Merge’ here from our Shop, officially available everywhere tomorrow, November 17th on Cassette and Digital formats.

The Ah debuts new music video “I Changed Colour”

Today we’re happy to debut a brand new music video from The Ah – the solo project of drummer Jeremy Gustin. “I Changed Colour” was directed by Jared Bulmer and presents a beautiful, hypnagogic visual accompaniment to the unique sound world of The Ah. Many thanks to our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes for sharing the premiere.

The Ah’s debut release ‘Common Bliss’ is available NOW for pre-order in our Shop – officially available everywhere on Friday, November 17th.

Announcing: Ahnnu ‘Special Forces’ LP + Music Video

Today we are thrilled to announce our final release of 2017 – and what a tremendous way to end the year. Ahnnu ‘Special Forces’ is available NOW for pre-order on Vinyl & Digital formats. We’re honored to welcome Los Angeles-based producer Ahnnu, aka Leland Jackson (Cakedog), back to NNA with a brand new full-length album. Following up 2013’s ‘Battered Sphinx,’ Jackson returns to push his sound collage expeditions further into the deep beyond by excavating fragments and ethos from music history’s past and infusing them with the electronic frequencies of a future landscape. ‘Special Forces’ continues the experimental & ever-evolving nature of the Ahnnu sound world, stripping the compositions further down to their core to reveal a hypnotic, alien minimalism that seems to transcend time and space.

We’re also happy to debut a music video for the track “Return of Junkman” featuring the computer animation of our comrade Peter Nichols. Check out the exclusive premiere from our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes here.

Photo by Daniel Bashin

‘Special Forces’ is available now for pre-order in our Shopofficially available everywhere December 1st. and we’re also offering an LP+Shirt Bundle containing a vinyl copy of the album along with an exclusive limited edition t-shirt featuring the cover artwork by Leland Jackson. PLUS, the first 100 LP copies will come on Translucent Red w/ Black Splatter vinyl – first come first served, no additional charge.

Birthing Hips Announce New Release + New Single “Droplet”

NNA Tapes is very excited to welcome Boston, Massachusetts-based Birthing Hips to the family.  Their 2nd release, ‘Urge to Merge’ is record full of blistering noise rock + virtuosic performance.  Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on November 17, 2017.

Post-Trash premiered the first single “Droplet” and call ‘Urge to Merge’ a “noise rock masterpiece.”

The Ah Announces New Release ‘Common Bliss’ + Shares Music Video for “High Low”

Today we’re pleased to announce new music from The Ah, the solo project of NYC-based musician Jeremy Gustin. Perhaps best known for his talents on the drum set with groups like Delicate Steve, David Byrne, Albert Hammond Jr., & Rubblebucket to name a few, The Ah is a different world altogether, conceived by Gustin as the product of collaboration with his own imagination and the world around him. It’s tough to describe The Ah’s sound with words, but one listen to Gustin’s electronic collages will leave you curious and craving more.  Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on November 17, 2017.

Paste Magazine just premiered the music video for the track “High Low” featuring a beautiful music video of found footage by Gustin himself.

NEW Ryan Power single “The Cavalry” + Album Release Concert

It is a truly special day when a new Ryan Power track is released, and this one is particularly excellent. The Cavalry takes a slight step back from the more electronic flavors of Ryan’s recent work, and opts for classic smoothness and melodic beauty, giving a nod to soft rock favorites. Take a listen and read some nice words from our friends at Stereogum.

You can also listen to “The Cavalry” on Spotify, along with the previous single “Empty the Jewels.”

We’re also happy to announce:

THEY SELL DOOMSDAY Album Release Concert
featuring Tredici Bacci and Matt Mitchell

Friday, October 27th, 2017
at The Owl Music Parlor
497 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY
7:30pm Doors | 8:30pm Music
Facebook Event Page

$10 Entrance
* $15 Entrance + Compact Disc
* * $28 Entrance + Double Vinyl

Act I – 8:30pm
Ryan & Matt Mitchell

Act II – 9:30pm
Ryan & Tredici Bacci

Over the last 1.5 decades, Vermont-to-Brooklyn based songwriter/producer Ryan Power has tirelessly embarked on the quest to write the definitive song-based music, full of accuracy, refinement, deliberation, and perfectly-placed shifting harmonic puzzles. This show will be in celebration of his new NNA release: They Sell Doomsday. Ryan will perform two sets: one with Matt Mitchell, one with Tredici Bacci. Ryan is looking forward to this.

Pre-order ‘They Sell Doomsday’ Here.

 

Kalbells NEW Music Video + Tour Dates with And The Kids!

Today we’re thrilled to share the second official music video from Kalbells‘ debut album ‘Ten Flowers’! “Alonetime” was created and directed by Kalmia Traver herself, featuring lyrics translated to Chinese, Russian, German, and Spanish. Many thanks to Paste Magazine & Robert Ham for spreading the love. Check out their post here, or watch the video below:

We’re also very happy to announce that Kalbells will soon embark on their Fall 2017 Tour around the USA supporting And The Kids! Two very amazing live bands, be sure to check them out when they roll through your area. Dates below:

 

Resident Advisor streams new Matthewdavid’s Mindflight track “Geddes”

Matthewdavid’s Mindflight shares a new track “Geddes” via Resident Advisor from his upcoming NNA release ‘Ophiuchus.’

“The beautifully spaced-out ambient track from Matthewdavid’ latest new age release is a homage to LA synth wizard M. Geddes Gengras.”

Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.

Los Angeles residents – catch Matthewdavid’s Mindflight LIVE alongside Ahnnu & Sun Araw at the ‘Ophiuchus’ Album Release Show on Thursday, September 28th! Click here for more info.

The Wire Magazine streams Patrick Higgins & Josh Modney’s ‘EVRLY MVSIC’

We are excited to see Josh Modney & Patrick Higgin’s debut release streaming in full over at The Wire Magazine.

‘EVRLY MUSIC’ presents an incredibly original fusion between ancient European musical history and distinctly American experimentalism, hinged on the nexus between improvisation and chamber music, and fueled by a deeply personal musical alliance.

Pre-orders are available in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.

Ryan Power announces NEW double-album & NEW single

It is with tremendous pleasure that we announce ‘They Sell Doomsday,’ the third full-length NNA album from acclaimed songwriter & producer Ryan Power. Nearly four years since his incredible previous album ‘Identity Picks,’ Ryan is back with a 15-song behemoth of a record – and perhaps his most complex and refined work to date. This is also a landmark release for NNA as it is our first Double LP, and the first 100 copies will come on decadent green & purple vinyl. Pre-order your copy here on CD, Vinyl, or Digital – officially out everywhere on October 20th.

Listen (and dance) to the debut single “Empty the Jewels” below:

Check out the album trailer, made by Ryan himself:

And thanks to our friends at The Line Of Best Fit for spreading the word!

Photo: Annakalmia Traver

 

Patrick Higgins & Josh Modney announce new collaboration and debut release, ‘EVRLY MVSIC’

Today we’re thrilled to announce a new Cassette/Digital release from two of NYC’s most intriguing instrumentalists – Patrick Higgins & Josh Modney.  Their latest release, ‘EVRLY MUSIC’ is a musical dialogue and interpretation of the evocative moods of medieval music. Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.

Tiny Mix Tapes premiered  the title track “Renaissance Recap” along with a nice album trailer put together by Higgins himself:

Announcing NU GROUND: A Celebratory Showcase of Live NNA Music

In the 21st century, operating a music label dedicated to releasing progressive, boundary-pushing music on physical media can be challenging within our modern music industry. With NU GROUND, NNA has joined forces with our diverse roster of musicians to present a night of eclectic new music, with financial proceeds going to help advance our work and vision as a label. These talented artists will gather in one place for one night to celebrate NNA’s continued efforts in bringing great works of art into the world.

NNA Tapes & Brooklyn Bazaar present…

NU GROUND: A Celebratory Showcase of Live NNA Music

featuring:

Lea Bertucci 
Kalbells
Erica Eso
Ryan Power
Tredici Bacci
Patrick Higgins
Birthing Hips
Wren Kitz

+ DJ Sets by Ambient Church
+ NNA Pop-Up Shop w/ special deals

Wednesday, October 4th 2017
at Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, New York City, USA

$12 Advance / $15 Day of show
Pay an extra $5 at the door and receive 3 FREE LP’s from the bin at the door!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE 

New music & visuals from Matthewdavid’s Mindflight

Today we’re extremely excited to announce a new Cassette/Digital release from one of the masters of Modern New Age – Matthewdavid’s Mindflight. His latest release, ‘Ophiuchus,’ presents two long-form electronic works intended to promote elevated consciousness through active listening. Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.

FACT Magazine just premiered the official music video for the title track “Ophiuchus” featuring expansive, radiant, and mind-altering visuals by Los Angeles-based video artist Adam Ferriss.

Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ Available NOW

Today we are overjoyed to release Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ into the world. This record has been a long beautiful organic process that birthed music filled with joy, wonder + the human spirit. We get to hear the collaboration between Rubblebucket’s front woman Annakalmia Clark Traver and producer + NNA Tapes artist Ryan Power as musical worlds collide to produce a record that hopefully everyone can find a moment within to enjoy.

Continue reading Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ Available NOW

Lea Bertucci Tour Dates Announced

Lea Bertucci has some really exciting shows planned for this summer and Fall and stay tuned for a European tour in November !

July 22nd – Solo @ Knockdown Center for Sontag Shogun’s record release party

July 28th – Solo and Cage Shuffle performances at The Walker Museum, Minneapolis, MN

August – Silo City Artist-in-Residence, Buffalo NY (I’ll be writing a saxophone quartet specially designed for resonant space)

September 23-24, El Nicho Festival, Mexico City

September 30th – Solo at The Renaissance Society, Chicago

Kalbells Interviewed on Bandcamp

A glorious interview with Annakalmia Clark Traver of Rubblebucket on her debut solo record, “Ten Flowers”. Kal talked the origins of the record, battling cancer, working with NNA artist Ryan Power + the joy of writing music.

“Writing the album was a big part of my healing, because the record is so much about detoxing and letting your body and your cells express what they need to. That period of writing was pretty transformative for me.” – Annakalmia Clark Traver