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No Rent Records is proud to present the monumental new album by Howard Stelzer, a 3-part epic of soaring, genre-resistant cassette-tape music. Invariably Falling Forward, Into the Thickets of Closure is Stelzer’s major statement, a euphoric 2+ hour adventure that mines dub, drone and disco, obliterating tension and torrential tape manipulation.
Over the past several years, collaboration has become a defining element of Stelzer’s work. Invariably… finds him reaching out from the hermetic confines of his rural New England studio, enlisting friends from around the world to help flesh out this portrait of a social world full of vibrant color.
Includes guest contributions from Windy Weber (Windy & Carl), Michael Anderson (Drekka), Stephen Clover (Seht), Peter Wright, Antony Milton, Peter Hope, Bill Ironfield, Elisabeth King, Sarah Hennies, Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory), Tom Smith (To Live & Shave in LA) and Audrey Chen. Art & design by Matthew Revert.
released October 13, 2020
HS - Invariably Falling Forward, Into the Thickets of Closure
Invariably Falling Forward, Into the Thickets of Closure was written & recorded by HS at the Hotel Amnesia (Lowell, MA) & the Sun Room (Ashburnham, MA), 2019 & 2020. Words on “Violet” by P. Nelson. Art & design by Matthew Revert.
HS - tapes, percussion, instruments, voice, machines, etc.
Michael Anderson - tapes on “Olive”, “Blue” & “Violet”
Jeff Barsky - guitar on “Blue” & “Maroon”
Audrey Chen - voice on “Violet”
Stephen Clover - electronics on “Navy”, “Emerald” & “Mahogany”
Sarah Hennies - percussion on “Maroon” & “Mahogany”
Peter Hope - words/voice on “Teal ” & “Lilac”
Bill Ironfield - words/voice/guitar on “Burgundy”
Elisabeth King - words/voice on “Emerald”
Antony Milton - words/voice/guitar on “Blue”
Tom Smith - words/voice on “Red”
Windy Weber - guitar on “Indigo” & “Maroon”
Peter Wright - guitar on “Blue”
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I cannot praise this album enough. This album is absolutely terrifying! The many starts and stops creates this very h settling tension. Each start expands on the stopper idea previously. It’s like the music equivalent of walking through thick fog while passing out multiple times throughout trying to find a place to orientate yourself. There may or may not be something sinister in that fog, but you don’t want to stick around to find out. Bought the vinyl so I summon the fog demons through spe showhornwithteeth