On Labels // Archives

over time i’ve become really enamoured by labels, their entire discographies, the consistency across the album artwork. in some ways I follow certain labels more than I do so particular artists.

in reality most artists have quite a low volume output (perhaps, except, for artists like Machinefabriek 🙂 ) but with a label, you get a release maybe once a month at the very least, and wind up with this large coherent collection among stacks of releases.

i think for me, after getting hooked on certain labels I really developed a taste for wide and deep catalogues. maybe it’s because of this sort off ‘on tap’ music world we live in now – there’s so much music out there, for me it’s kind’ve hard to hunt down individual releases or artists. I love stumbling upon a newly found and loved label and being able to, for lack of a better word, feast on a whole catalogue of new music, all the while discovering a bunch of new artists.

looked at another way it means you’re always listening through fresh stuff, rather than the same stuff over and over ( however listening to certain music over and over has its merits also )

i think labels serve well this kind’ve feed-based world we live in, but also shuffle, loop, playlist type concepts that purvey modern ways of music listening.

that said, one of the things that bums me out about modern streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music, is the surprising inability to search by label, or for labels…

for this reason it really makes sense to connect with labels on Bandcamp, which is pretty label centric. but Bandcamp is very ‘album’ focused – you cant just play a labels worth of music on random or continuously, you have to listen to each album individually, or in their track based feed.

but I figure, if the label does release on Spotify or Apple Music, then making a public, label centric playlist is great way to add that functionality onto those services

which brings me to Archives:

I absolutely adore this label. Run by Agustín Menas’, Archives focuses on ambient music and dub-inspired soundscapes. Hailing from Spain, Archives also provides a platform for Menas project Warmth, while Archives sister label,  Faint sees releases from Menas SVLBRD project, among other top artists such as Purl.

Both labels are backed by the brilliant photography of Alexander Kopatz, otherwise known as GO70NORTH , where Archives provides a platform for Kopatz wilderness photography, and sets the tone of the nature and landscape theme for both labels.

It’s all very inspiring for me and gives me plenty of thought for my own work and projects.

And based off my observations above about the misgivings of various music platforms, I made an Archives playlist on Spotify for the easiest way to check out the entire catalogue:


enjoy ~

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