Lately it seems that I have been buying less and less records for a multitude of reasons. Running out of space. Trying to not spend as much money. Not many releases out now or coming out soon that are really grabbing me by the balls.
But it’s safe to say that if and when an Aaron Turner-related project gets released, I get giddy like a little girl. It’s not surprise that I was beyond stoked when I heard that Lotus Eaters‘ Wurmwulv would get the vinyl treatment. Not only is this a project by Turner, but also in the group are Sunn O)))‘s Stephen O’Malley and Atomsmasher‘s James Plotkin. The group plays what would be called “experimental electroacoustic” music…which sounds about right. Wurmwulv was initially released in 2007 by Troubleman Unlimited. It wasn’t until now that the vinyl version was just released by Taiga Records. If you don’t know Taiga you should. They’re a vinyl-only label out of Minneapolis and they put out mostly (if not all) experimental and genre-defying albums by artists and bands that are hard to categorize. They had already released Lotus Eaters‘ Mind Control For Infants 2xLP back in November 2009 and it was a phenomenal release. From the superb packaging to the great sound, they knocked it out of the park.
It is the same killer release with Wurmwulv. A 2xLP with an etched D-Side (completely original design by A. Turner) it’s on heavyweight 200gram virgin vinyl and all housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket which was designed by O’Malley. All the artwork was all original done specifically for this vinyl release.
(It was a bit of a pain to get a good shot of the etched D-side)
The total pressing run for this release was out of a total of 1,000:
100 Cola Bottle Green
I opted to go for the Cola Bottle Green which is a color that I’ve always been a sucker for. This is probably due to back in the day when I first got into hardcore and punk music, my first “color” vinyl record was a cola bottle green. I think it may have been the Endpoint – Idiots 7″ from Doghouse Records.
As I expected, Taiga did a killer job with this release. Not only does it sound great and it feels sonically superior to the CD, but it’s also great packaging. One thing that I am sure some people will bitch and moan about is the price ($33.00 in the U.S.), but rest assured that it’s well worth it and more. It’s a bit rare when an independent label goes above and beyond in not only putting fantastic releases but also in killer packaging that is just as artful and important as the music contained within.
Get into it. Quick. Cola Bottle Green and Silver are already sold out.