Watch: Scattered Order ‘National Adjustment Scheme’ from Marks Of Provenance III – A Bushfire Fundraiser
The last few weeks have been so fucked up for so many of us. Here in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, the Gosper “mega fire” is being contained about 15 kms away. It’s been that way for the last ten days or so, and we’ve become a little too relaxed about the fact that we’re no longer in any imminent danger.
All the same, we’re the lucky ones – we’re safe and healthy and our house is intact. Of course, the same can’t be said for thousands of others. Becki Whitton and I have out together a Provenance fundraiser compilation, Marks Of Provenance III – A Bushfire Fundraiser, with all the proceeds going to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
The Provenance Spotify playlist has been rebuilt from the ground up, and is the perfect jumping on point if you’ve yet to have the pleasure. The new selection takes a completely fresh look at the catalogue, drawing new parallels between artists and their work – and also points the way to a growing slate of new releases for 2020.
This time last year, I wasn’t sure there would be another chapter in the Provenance story. Whilst the label was never intended to be part of a music ‘industry’, attention and acclaim and metrics were all nonetheless benchmarks for success; and low returns on all fronts put me in a difficult place. I put the label to sleep, conflicted about its place and purpose, possibly never to wake up.
But here we are, 12 months later, with four releases out this week from Sia, Melissa, Seb and Andrew – aka Shoeb Ahmad, Sebastian Field, Arrom and Ahm, coupled together as The Definitive Action Series.
Marks Of Provenance II is the second annual compilation from my label, Provenance, and features nine exclusive, unreleased tracks from Aphir, KAIAR, Medicine Voice, Arrom, Lortica, Kris Keogh, Shoeb Ahmad and Brute Canon.
It was originally released on Bandcamp at the tail end of 2017; but this week finds itself newly nestled in every other music service; the Spotifys and Apples of the world.
This music recommendation is from close to home – the latest release from my Provenance label. It comes from Melbourne producer Arrom, and is a collection of reworks from her debut album Take My Lymphs. Each new variation draws on the experimental pop, ethereal choral vocals and dark, organic electronics of the original album, and moves it, with a great fluidity, into new spaces. It’s a miscellany of avant electronics – dark pop, abstract, minimal and even a momentary slice of breakcore.
Last April I started a new playlist on Spotify – ‘Degrees Of Provenance’’ – music that has inspired the artist on my record label, Provenance. Since then, the playlist has been constantly morphing, with a different member of the Provenance family curating the playlist each month (currently featuring selections by Medicine Voice).
To launch the series, I curated my own playlist, which I’ve recreated on my Spotify account @StuBuchanan.
‘The Roman / Crossing The Fourth Threshold’ is the new single from Medicine Voice, the second track to be singled-out from the album ‘I And Thou‘ (out now on Provenance). To mark the moment, Medicine Voice has collaborated with artists Louisa Clayton and Kevina-Jo Smith on a beautiful new film clip, shot on location in the Blue Mountains.
Super-excited to finally release the excellent ‘Always’ EP from Lovely Head through Provenance – a six-track experimental pop EP from Sydney producer, ex-No Art guitarist & writer Vivian Huynh. Exploring themes of tension, distance and lust, ‘Always’ is a combination of desert guitar, misshapen beats and quiet longing. Available on digital and super-limited lathe cut 10” vinyl, shipped with full-colour sleeve print.
Last year, when I started to think about the artists that I was keen to have in the Provenance family, Vivian Huynh was an early addition to the list. I loved No Art and was a superfan of her solo work as Lovely Head. I’m stoked that Viv agreed to come on board, and doubly stoked to be releasing her new Lovely Head EP ‘Always’ on 21st October.
I am the type of Aphir fan who will think nothing of assembling a cheer squad to turn up at her gigs wearing matching t-shirts and furiously waving pom poms. I am thus immensely excited that she is joining the Provenance family for her upcoming album, due later this year.
Lortica writes tracks using an omnichord, piano, synthesizer, samples and fabricated trombones, before wrestling the source material into a punishing ordeal of pitching, stretching and heavy effects treatments. I adored his debut album ‘Mialle Tapes’ released on Phinery and Feral Media in 2014, and I’m likewise smitten with the follow-up ‘Phellemens‘, which I will be releasing on Provenance on 26 August 2016.
Two years ago, Sar Friedman sent me her album ‘I And Thou‘ and asked if I wanted to release it. I adored it, to me it sounded like Bat For Lashes backed by Sunn O))) – a beautiful combination. But I didn’t have a record label, so I declined Sar’s offer. Another year went by, and Sar asked me again. I thought “if no one else is going to release this, I’ll just need to start a label and release it myself.” And here we are. Provenance is a real thing, thanks to Sar.
It has been a mental marathon getting here, but the day has arrived. The first three records from my Provenance label are all now available from wherever you buy your music. iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp, Amazon and so on and so it goes. Vinyl & Cassette editions also available through the online store, or can be ordered via your local record emporium (Repressed in Newtown already has a few vinyls). You’ll find them in all these places, waiting to be loved, yelping to be taken home. Treat yourself.