8 TRACKS: OF 130701

There are many words which could be used to describe the output of 130701: tasteful, inspired, subtle, contemporary, beautiful, enchanting.

8 TRACKS: OF 130701

There are many words which could be used to describe the output of 130701: tasteful, inspired, subtle, contemporary, beautiful, enchanting.

There are many words which could be used to describe the output of 130701: tasteful, inspired, subtle, contemporary, beautiful, enchanting. The FatCat sub label has remained at the forefront of a post classical movement which remains focused on musical output and quality rather than hype or anticipation. A label built for the artists who seek to break the boundaries and limitations of genre, it has released music from the likes of Max Richter, Hauschka, Set Fire to Flames and most recently Ian William Craig. Titled after the date of it's inception on the 13th of July, 2001, it has remained true to its early roots, having carved a niche for itself amongst an often saturated market. We asked 130701 founder Dave Howell to talk eight tracks...


Visit the 130701 site HERE. The 15th anniversary compilation will be released on the 15th of July. Ian William Craig's album 'Centres' can be pre ordered HERE

SET FIRE TO FLAMES - STEAL COMPASS / DRIVE NORTH / DISAPPEAR [SINGS REIGN REBUILDER]

Tracking back 15 years ago, Set Fire To Flames were the sole reason we set up 130701. They were a collective of 13 musicians from Montreal, including seven members of Godspeed plus members of assorted other bands kicking around that scene - Fly Pan Am, A Silver Mt Zion, Hanged Up, HRSTA, etc. Their two albums were both founded out of super-long, intense communal recording sessions that were like experiments in extended-duration improvisation, later brought together through some pretty stunning editing. This is the third track on the debut album. It's just such a brilliant, emotive, epic building track. But it's just one angle from an album that is full of a myriad different angles - kraut motorik-style pieces, chamber-like string ensemble pieces, hacked electronics noise pieces, sections of field recording, drone pieces - which to me that made it it way more interesting than Godspeed. It's a stunning, stunning record, an intense labour of love realised to an amazingly high standard. The packaging on both albums was pretty incredible but crazily expensive, which was why it never got repressed.

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