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The Out Door: Labeling the Future

In experimental music, record labels remain vital for supporting, curating, and even shaping the music itself - Marc Masters and Grayson Haver Currin

Immune Recordings: Strength in Smallness

This is the third record in a trilogy from Cleared, the duo of guitarist and noisemaker-at-large Michael Vallera and Locrian/Pan-American drummer Steven Hess. Drown cakes accessible themes and recognizable rhythms in sheets of sound and textures of bedlam, not unlike…”

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© Steven Hess, 2014

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© Steven Hess, 2014

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© Steven Hess, 2014

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© Steven Hess, 2014

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© Steven Hess, 2014

Locrian "The Crystal World" 2XCS (side by side) Utech Records will release Locrian "The Crystal World" 2XCS on July 12. Limited to 100 copies worldwide, the double cassette version contains “Extinction” previously only available on the 2XCD. This item is exclusive to Utech Records and Locrian. Pre-order your copy now.
**2XCD and 2XCS include the bonus track “Extinction” not available with the LP or D/L**Artwork by Justin Bartlett.

Locrian "The Crystal World" 2XCS (side by side)
 
Utech Records will release Locrian "The Crystal World" 2XCS on July 12. Limited to 100 copies worldwide, the double cassette version contains “Extinction” previously only available on the 2XCD. This item is exclusive to Utech Records and Locrian. Pre-order your copy now.

**2XCD and 2XCS include the bonus track “Extinction” not available with the LP or D/L**

Artwork by Justin Bartlett.

LOCRIAN - “Return to Annihilation” from the album ‘Return To Annihilation’ (Relapse Records)

Director: Francesca Marongiu

"When united as Cleared, Hess and Vallera approach the stripped-down avant-“rock” duo format as a workshop for extended atmospheric performance and finely sculpted tonal details. Drown, their third full-length LP on Chicago’s Immune Recordings, showcases a series of patient trudges built around…"

Read the full review, and preview a track HERE

LOCRIAN @ Roadburn 2014

Thanks to everyone involved and all those who came this year!

It was an honor to be there and share the stage with: 40 Watt Sun, Samothrace, Nothing, Conan, True Widow, and Graves At Sea.

LOCRIAN at DudeFest, Karlsruhe, DE

More photos HERE (Locrian/True Widow/Amen Ra/Oath Breaker/This Quiet Army/Hessian/more…)

all photos by Florian Schneider / scatterlens.net

NOW AVAILABLE
Cleared is the duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera, both veterans of the Chicago experimental underground. With their new album Drown, Cleared integrate elements of minimalism and sound design with the textures and spirit of early dream pop. Recorded and produced in Chicago, Drown weaves seamlessly between works of classic ambience and narcotic experimental rock. The band find themselves at the crux of both the light and dark components of their past material. The result is a truly lush and enveloping experience that is the sum of the band’s evolving style and approach to composition.
Drown is the band’s third full-length recording and the final installment of a trilogy that was conceived upon their formation in 2009. Hess and Vallera have spent the last several years building upon the stark and wintery environment of their first self-titled LP, transforming the tracks through live performance and constant revision. Their second offering, Breaking Day, saw the duo expand beyond the relentless drones and clouded rhythms of the previous record, elevating the role of traditional guitar and percussion while leaning toward a darkly psychedelic and visceral sound.
While Cleared have always favored patient growth and repeated themes, those core elements are now adorned with intense melodic composition and spontaneous bursts of electronic collage. Their most expansive and organic release to date, Cleared are proud to offer Drown as the apex of a five-year exploration of image, space, and sound.
Steven Hess is a Chicago based musician who also performs in Locrian (Relapse Records), Pan•American (Kranky), Innode (Editions Mego), and Haptic (Entr’acte).
Michael Vallera is a musician and visual artist who performs as COIN (Opal Tapes), and with Joseph Clayton Mills as Maar (Entr’acte, Umor Rex). He has also released material under his own name with Los Discos Enfantasmes, Catholic Tapes, and will be contributing to the Imaginational Anthem compilation this summer on Tompkins Square.
http://immunerecordings.net/

NOW AVAILABLE

Cleared is the duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera, both veterans of the Chicago experimental underground. With their new album Drown, Cleared integrate elements of minimalism and sound design with the textures and spirit of early dream pop. Recorded and produced in Chicago, Drown weaves seamlessly between works of classic ambience and narcotic experimental rock. The band find themselves at the crux of both the light and dark components of their past material. The result is a truly lush and enveloping experience that is the sum of the band’s evolving style and approach to composition.

Drown is the band’s third full-length recording and the final installment of a trilogy that was conceived upon their formation in 2009. Hess and Vallera have spent the last several years building upon the stark and wintery environment of their first self-titled LP, transforming the tracks through live performance and constant revision. Their second offering, Breaking Day, saw the duo expand beyond the relentless drones and clouded rhythms of the previous record, elevating the role of traditional guitar and percussion while leaning toward a darkly psychedelic and visceral sound.

While Cleared have always favored patient growth and repeated themes, those core elements are now adorned with intense melodic composition and spontaneous bursts of electronic collage. Their most expansive and organic release to date, Cleared are proud to offer Drown as the apex of a five-year exploration of image, space, and sound.

Steven Hess is a Chicago based musician who also performs in Locrian (Relapse Records), Pan•American (Kranky), Innode (Editions Mego), and Haptic (Entr’acte).

Michael Vallera is a musician and visual artist who performs as COIN (Opal Tapes), and with Joseph Clayton Mills as Maar (Entr’acte, Umor Rex). He has also released material under his own name with Los Discos Enfantasmes, Catholic Tapes, and will be contributing to the Imaginational Anthem compilation this summer on Tompkins Square.

http://immunerecordings.net/

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©Steven Hess

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©Steven Hess

LOCRIAN "A Visitation from the Wrath of Heaven"

Video directed by J.P. Bradburn

from "Return to Annihilation" LP/CD (Relapse Records)

"John Bradburn has crafted a nightmare-like vision from our song by flipping personas, timelines, settings to muse upon the nature of surveillance and identity"

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© Steven Hess

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© Steven Hess