Saturday, January 17, 2009

Geographic North releases Tarentel 7-inch

Posted By on Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 11:28 PM

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Geographic North has unveiled the third installment of the "You Can't Hide Your Love Forever" 7-inch series. This latest addition is a minty blue single from San Francisco's Tarentel. On the a-side, "Space Junk A" is an amorphous cluster of percussive rhythms that snake and grind into a wall of bright black feedback that phases in and out of overdrive. On the flip side "Space Junk B" is a slower bout of groaning drones, feedback and machine textures that swell with a sinister hue.

The record spins at 33 1/3 RPMs, but I played mine on 45 at least three times before realizing that it was going at the wrong speed. In reality, both speeds sound pretty cool, so in essence you get two records for the price of one.

As with the previous 7-inches from A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Tussle, the packaging aesthetic is minimal but soild. At a glance the attention to lavish detail can easily be overlooked. But the heavy duty cardstock and off-set printing on the sleeve really give weight to the record. It's a jam for collectors to be certain, and if your interests are piqued you should act quickly. Each record in the series is limited to only 300 copies.

Six-month subscriptions to the series are available for $36, which gives you a little bit of a break on the price. But if you'd rather hunt them down at one of the local record stores they'll set you back anywhere from $6-$8. The smart money is on the subscription.

(Photo by Geographic North)

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