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William Basinski

Melancholia

Label: Temporary Residence Limited

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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Originally released a year after the increasingly iconic The Disintegration Loops, a decade later Melancholia still stands as William Basinski's second most beloved album. To commemorate its 10-year anniversary, we are honored to present the first-ever vinyl edition of this otherworldly piece of music. Remastered from the original recordings and pressed onto audiophile-quality 100% pure virgin vinyl, this limited-edition vinyl reissue is packaged in a stunning gatefold jacket featuring all-new artwork. It is truly a sight and sound to behold. Like many of Basinski's most soul-stirring works, Melancholia began as a series of short tape loops captured in the early 1980s. Basinski then stored them away for decades, revisiting them at a different time in his life, at which point they took on a stunning new sound all their own – one that many consider to be among the finest of the past decade.

"This reissue of Melancholia, gorgeously packaged on high quality vinyl by the always interesting Temporary Residence, goes some way to advancing its reputation. It’s the type of record that deserves this kind of treatment in order to get the most out of it, making it easier to sink into the feelings of concern, threat, faith, and belief that are suggested as Basinski delicately plods through this world. The arcing piano motifs are reminiscent of Harold Budd’s collaboration with Brian Eno on The Plateaux of Mirror—an album released in the same decade as Basinski’s source material, and one that shares its sense of dysphoria morphing into optimism." (Pitchfork)

Details
Cat. number: TRR236LP
Year: 2014

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