21 Jan 2018
BLAINE L. REININGER / The Blue Sleep (TWI 1237 CD) 
Night Air

The Blue Sleep is a new studio album by Blaine L. Reininger, the Colorado-born composer and founder member of avant-garde music group Tuxedomoon.

Written and recorded by Blaine in 2017, the album was mixed in his adopted hometown of Athens by noted electronic music producer Coti K. Like most of his previous solo projects, The Blue Sleep combines vocal songs with atmospheric instrumental tracks, three of which (Lost Ballroom, Jacob's Ladder and Odi et Amo) were written for Caligula, a theatre production.

"These days the music plays me," explains Blaine. "The unifying principle behind the songs on Blue Sleep is the method of composition. I apply fine old aleatory techniques - John Cage, William Burroughs, Tristan Tzara - and filter these through my instinctive knowledge of melody and harmony. Lyrics are generated algorithmically (I work with programs which assemble phrases according to mathematical rules) and then edited by me, with phrases suggested by the random output. That's pretty much my modus operandi in the 21st century."

The Blue Sleep will be released in March.

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27 Oct 2017
VIRNA LINDT / Shiver / TWI 195 

Les Disques du Crepuscule are pleased to present an extended double disc reissue of Shiver, the acclaimed debut album by seminal Swedish pop artist Virna Lindt, originally released by The Compact Organisation in 1983.

Written and produced by Virna Lindt and Tot Taylor, Shiver offers 12 slices of chic orchestrated pop informed by 'foreign film' soundtracks, movie composers John Barry and Ennio Morricone, Modernist musique concrete and Cold War spy thrillers. The album spawned three singles: Attention Stockholm, Intelligence and I Experienced Love. For the most part Lindt provides the voiceover for her own narratives, occasionally striking reflective poses amid orchestral swells and multi-layered atmospherics; a clear influence on later acts such as Pulp, St Etienne, The Cardigans and Air.

This new edition of Shiver showcases acoustically-enhanced mixes prepared by Taylor and Lindt in 1997, augmented with non-album singles Model Agent and Young & Hip, and immaculate instrumental versions of key album tracks such as Underwater Boy and The Dossier on Virna Lindt. The extended tracklist also finds room for a leftfield cover of Windmills of Your Mind, originally written by Michel Legrand for The Thomas Crown Affair and recorded for the Crepuscule compilation album Moving Soundtracks.

Cover image by E.A. Janes. The 2xCD edition is housed in a 6 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet. The double vinyl set comes in a stylish gatefold sleeve and includes a free digital copy.

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12 Sep 2017
Night Air

We're preparing an expanded 2xCD edition of the classic second album from Tuxedomoon member Blaine L. Reininger, originally issued by Crépuscule in 1984 and now newly remastered from the original analog tapes.

Night Air was recorded in Brussels in 1983, shortly after Reininger left Tuxedomoon, in collaboration with former Sleepers guitarist Michael Belfer. Other guests include Steven Brown and Winston Tong of Tuxedomoon, and Marc Hollander of Aksak Maboul. The final mix was supervised by Gareth Jones, famed for his work with Depeche Mode, Einsturzende Neubauten and Wire. The new bonus disc preserves a previously unreleased live recording from Bologna, Italy, on 19 March 1984.

The deluxe 2xCD set is housed in a 6 panel digipack. Photography by Charles Van Hoorick, with liner notes by Reininger, Michael Belfer and Gilles Martin.

If you pre-order a copy of TWI 267 CD from this site before 30 September 2017 you have the option of purchasing an additional Night Air booklet signed and personalised by Blaine himself. Offer is limited to 100 copies only. Simply purchase using the dedicated Pay Button, and email us with the text of the dedication you require.

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Virna Lindt - Shiver [TWI 195 CD + LP]
Virna Lindt
TWI 195 CD + LP
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TWI 158 / CD
Remastered double disc edition of the classic 1984 album by Swedish pop sophisticate Virna Lindt, now including non-album singles, b-sides and unreleased instrumental mixes. Available on CD and vinyl (+ digital copy)
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Anna Domino
East and West
TWI 187
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Remastered vinyl edition of the classic debut album by Anna Domino, with guests Virginia Astley and Blaine Reininger. Bonus single tracks and digital copy. Available on vinyl only.
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