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THERE WILL ONLY EVER BE 3 SIX INCH RECORDS RELEASES. THERE WILL ONLY EVER BE 333 COPIES OF EACH RELEASE.
SIX INCH RECORDS is the project of artist and RADIOHEAD collaborator STANLEY DONWOOD, the man responsible for most of the band’s artwork since My Iron Lung back in 1994. Working with Thom Yorke on the brilliant artwork for Amnesiac, Stanley won a Grammy award in 2002.
Tonight he launches his record label with two of the three featured artists, THE JOY OF LIVING and MAX DE MARA in the opulent surrounds of the parlour at Sketch, who’ll be offering special cheap drinks for the night.
THE JOY OF LIVING create a gentle but colourful collision of acoustic and electronic instrumentation – evolving into a body of music that embraces a myriad of genres and styles. From Sunshine Pop to Cosmic German, Film Soundtrack, Folk, Experimental with an ocasional hint of Latin and Funk. The Joy Of Living continue to “…plough their own peculiar, quintessentially English furrow of baroque Psychedelia, where wordless Jazz/Folk harmonies, breeze gently into the liquid pulse of vintage Electronica..”
Composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist MAX DE WARDNER is an arch-experimentalist whose work weaves an atmospheric tapestry of gentle oratorio, tonal grandeur and shimmering, cut-up electronics. MARA CARLYLE is one of the most extraordinary singer-songwriters around, building beautiful compositions around her favourite elements of musical history. Joined by one of the UK’s most innovative string ensembles, the ELYSIAN QUARTET.
‘SIX INCH RECORDS’ is a project that may take a little explaining.
The story begins around the time of Christmas 2006, when I drunkenly decided to become a record label boss. Every man needs a hobby, or so the cliché has it, and if I was going to make a late-stage attempt at normality then that was one of the things that I should do. So, still reeling from red wine, I typed out a email to three musicians that I knew, suggesting that I release their music on my as-yet-unnamed record label. I have no record of what I wrote in that fateful email, and I had no recollection of it the following morning, when I awoke with a hangover.
I started to work out how my ‘hobby’ was going to work. It was true that the musicians I had contacted made music I liked, and I was fairly sure that other people would like it too. I liked music, but during the period that I had been designing record covers I had come to detest the compact disc. The CD, I had decided, was simply too small.
I began to muse on numbers, thinking about the twelve inch record, the speed of thirty-three and a third revolutions, and so on. Eventually I realised that releasing three six-inch records in editions of three hundred and thirty-three and charging six pounds sixty-six pence for each one was the only was to do this….
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