Release Date: 17th March 2016
Spring Theory is proud to announce its latest release, from San Francisco-based experimental producer and label alumni Aria Rostami. Titled Agnys, it's an intensely personal and introspective reflection on friendship, loss and rebirth in our hyper-connected society. A rumination on a collaborative project started with Rostami's now deceased production partner, roommate, and friend Shawn Dickerson.
a1. Aria Rostami - Clepsydra
a2. Aria Rostami - Seven - Segments
a3. Aria Rostami - A Square Tablet Strewn With Dust
b1. Aria Rostami - White White
b2. Aria Rostami - Soroban
b3. Aria Rostami - Beghilos
Spring Theory alumni Keita Sano returns to deliver the latest EP on the San Francisco/Paris-based label. Titled Miles, it's an adventurous sample collage of a three-track EP that showcases the rising Japanese producer's knack for crafting unusual yet effective cuts for left field dancefloors.
The EP begins on a jazzy tip with the sample heavy drive of the titular "Miles." Deep and percolating, it features a jigsaw puzzle of piano riffs, vocal blips and symphonic murmurings that build into one neatly designed sonic sculpture. Never one to be satisfied with the ordinary, Sano breaks it all down with a trumpet-led interlude that evokes the muted coolness of the track's namesake.
"Blue" constructs a similarly jazz-indebted sonic tapestry. Its chugging, almost tribal drums provide a trance-inducing rhythmic base for a moody mix of saxophone wails and lush keyboard runs.
And while jazz may seem like an overarching theme, Sano finishes the record with a blur of digitally chopped ritual chanting on "Varna." Complete with jittering voices, droning gongs and weaving calls to prayer, it's the kind of weirdo psychedelic track that'd perfectly soundtrack the shift from a late-night to an early morning.
Release Date: 01.12
Spring Theory alumni Sage Caswell returns to the San Francisco-based label to deliver his debut album Hoop Earring. It's an enigmatic record that comes from the producer's own movement through personal transformation. It follows 2015’s 'Sleep Quarters', Caswell's introspective label debut, and offers 10 tracks spread out across two 12"s. Hoop Earring is heavily informed by surrealist visions and archetypal images from Caswell’s past that have crystallized within the context of this longplay album. Hoop Earring successfully paints images with broad brushstrokes and allegorical song titles that allows one to fill in fine details of a landscape built within the framework ten songs. “Ray Of Light 95’” alludes to a moment in time that smartly places you alongside an adolescent Caswell while songs like “Here We Guard Upon The Soul” land locks squarely in the middle with a poignant, nail-on-the-head statement. "Zora Scales (Step 1)" provides a focal reference to the fantasy world that this album might be the soundtrack to.
a1. Ray of Light 95'
a2. Introduction to WS
a3. Danny's Telephone Voice
b2. All of Gardens
b3. Here We Guard Upon The Soul
c1. 31514726 (Step 2)
c2. Joy Tel
d2. Zora Scales (Step 1)