Updated September 11, 2015
Archival Series launched with two Gods Of Electricity releases:
To release some of the many, many recorded works from the label throughout the last 10 years that have never been released for one reason or another, the Archival Series through Faith Strange has been started in digital form only for the time being but may be in hard format as well down the road. The first two releases come from 2008, ‘Spock’s Brain’ b/w ‘Miles Out’ from Gods Of Electricity, a 2-sided “digital 12 ep”, remixed and mastered specifically for the dance floor and beyond. The original versions were part of the follow up album to ‘Sundiving’ called ‘Miles Out’, finished but never released.
The second in the Archival Series is ‘Automatic’, originally recorded in 2009 and released on the DVD compilation ‘Lightwerx: Georges Méliès’ as ‘Mobilier Fidele’, this new version has been remixed and remastered for digital release. The track was part of the sessions that would have comprised the third Gods Of Electricity album ‘Night And The City’, a decidedly change in direction into organic, free form improv without the use of any synthesizers or electronics, still as yet unreleased. These two releases have been posted as ‘pay what you want’ for the time being and can be found here:
Other archival works are planned for release.
UPDATED June 14, 2015
The new redesigned website is finally up and running.
UPDATED May 30, 2015
A new review for A Guide For Reason XIII – XIV has been published in textura, the most extraordinary music magazine there is today:
UPDATED April 27, 2015
The faithstrange.com website is undergoing a long overdue overhaul onto new web design software and onto a new hosting computer. This is caused by the unexpected demise of its trusty home, an old Mac G4, which has finally traversed the Rainbow Bridge of computer hardware. I guess any computer that has lasted 16 or so years is cause for celebration but when it unexpectedly ceases, it always takes one by surprise nevertheless.
Any new updates to the site will occur here until further notice. Paypal buttons will continue to work as usual for those interested in ordering titles but if for any reason there are glitches, feel free to drop a line.
UPDATED March 23rd, 2015
XIII – XIV, the fourth A Guide For Reason album is released
UPDATED January 11, 2015
New interview with guitarist Mike Fazio in Musique Machine
UPDATED September 9, 2014
Some new works may see the light of day in the coming months. As of this writing, there are at least 10 finished works in the can. Whether or not some or all of these will be released in the next year is an unanswered question in this severely changed music industry. Formats are yet to be solidified due to the ever increasing costs to ship a 12″ overseas now ($19.00) which will bring any new limited edition lp close to $35.00 retail. CD’s are now $10.00 to ship for overseas mail. Since the international audience is the largest for all things Faith Strange, these realities are being weighed considerably. Amazon worldwide and CD Baby are still the best bet for buying anything still in print on Faith Strange and you can always drop us a line to buy direct which is always preferred. We will not be issuing anything new solely as a download only release anymore unless we secure a distributor who is willing to carry wav files instead of solely mp3’s and flacs, but downloads will be available after the physical format is finally released. This is being done to preserve this music on superior, longer lasting physical formats for true collectors who prefer music this way.
UPDATED October 20, 2013
UPDATED October 15, 2013
UPDATED June, 2013
A Guide For Reason – Iconography (fs16) – CD / 24 bit digital / 16 bit digital is released
Fazio – Interiors (fs17) – 24 bit digital / 16 bit digital is released
UPDATED May 7th, 2013
Well, I should never say any new work is going to be released when I think it is, since now I know all present day manufacturing plants cannot keep to their schedules and there are always bumps in the road that have to be put up with, so, Iconography, the third A Guide For Reason album (to borrow a phrase from Roxy Music) now looks like an end of May release. A whole lotta thanks to those who have emailed and asked about this, (all emails are welcome, so please feel free).
A short update to the release schedule for 2013 is as follows:
Updated May 2013 – A Guide For Reason – Iconography (fs16) – CD / 24 bit digital / 16 bit digital
The first 50 copies will have a printed insert with a free download code for 16 bit FLAC (or MP3, AAC, etc) digital files for fs17: Fazio – ‘Interiors’, originally recorded during the long hot summer of 2010 and part of Music From The Strange Box, which was a small micro, private pressing of a 4 cd box set, only given to record labels for promotional use only. Sorry for the ultra limited pressing but the cost of doing a 4 cd box set in recent years is one, most if not all small independent labels can do without. Interiors as well as Iconography will be released in 24 bit and 16 bit digital file sets and both levels of fidelity sound wonderful, whichever one chooses, and I feel the deluxe edition of Iconography that include copies of Interiors will be a nice surprise for those who purchase Iconography and a special thank you for their interest. Interiors consists of 3 tracks and are guitar based whereas Iconography consists of 4 (lp side long tracks) and is predominately electronic based, making the deluxe version the equivalent to 3 albums for the price of one.
I do hope these releases are found by others just as musically moving and eclectic as I find them. If anyone will like to reserve one of the 50 copies, please feel free to drop a line at info (at) faithstrange (dot) com
* As of this writing, there are about 25 or so left.
Updated May 2013 – Fazio – Interiors (fs17) – 24 bit digital / 16 bit digital
UPDATED January 12, 2013
For those so inclined, I have started a new blog about celebrating the art of music making. It is called:
I hope to add posts on a fairly regular basis as time permits.
UPDATED December 13th, 2012
Scheduled for release in 2013 on Faith Strange:
Gods Of Electricity – Thus Spoke (fs16)
A Guide For Reason – XXIII – XXVI (Iconography) (fs19)
UPDATED September 2nd, 2012
“…September’s here again. September’s here again.”
Work has progressed rather nicely on the next Gods Of Electricity release which will be titled ‘Thus Spoke’ (fs16), surviving a studio multi hard drive crash and monitoring system malfunction (what next?), this high definition state of the art recording consists of two tracks and showcases an expanded line up which includes fellow Chill Faction comrade David Conrad (on upright bass), along with Fazio (etc…) & Hamlin (drumming). ‘Thus Spoke’ can be seen as the logical next step from 2006’s highly acclaimed ‘Sundiving’ in that it is firmly grounded in the forward thinking and free form improvisation of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew period, with all of the electronic experimentalism that Gods Of Electricity has pushed the forgotten genre into. There have been several recordings done since ‘Sundiving’, mostly unreleased, with the exception of the work for 17 Pygmies ’13 Blackbirds’ (2007) and the Trakwerx Collective’s ‘Mobilier Fidele’ (2009).
UPDATED May 24th, 2012
Several Digital Editions of Faith Strange Recordings are now available through Bandcamp.
The first two Digital Editions are A Guide For Reason ‘I – VI’ and, A Guide For Reason ‘VII – VIII’. There are plans for others to be posted, in particular some of the out of print Life With The Lions recordings circa 1992 – 2008, which some dear people have inquired about. This will enable others the opportunity to hear these releases who do not own a stereo system anymore and only listen to music on portable digital devices and it will be in line with the desire to keep the recordings catalog available after the initial pressings are out of print in the physical domain. This will also open the door for others to purchase superior sounding FLAC files as well as 24 bit wavs (when available) through the only artist-friendly on-line music service giving recording artists the freedom to offer these choices. Faith Strange has also made it possible the opportunity for those who want the choice of receiving both the digital edition immediately as well as the physical format mailed to them, together at an economical price.
UPDATED March 29, 2012
Two new recordings have been released:
Fazio – Élégie
The first of two guitar works for March 2012, Mike Fazio steps out of his orchestramaxfieldparrish nom de plume and delivers a work of riveting guitarsonics for the ages. Expanding on the concept of abstract guitar improvisation started on the Actualities Tapes series from the 1980’s New York underground DIY scene, and later on widespread cd form with 2008’sThe Silent Breath Of Emptiness, Élégie takes this concept one step further into three, long form, electric guitar compositions. Part of a planned series of abstract guitar recordings to be released in the future.
Strictly limited one time cd edition of 200 in a matte finished digipak, handmade booklet & vellum wrap.
Recorded and mastered in 96K / 24 bit audiophile audio.
This exquisite guitar work can be purchased in the Faith Strange shop.
Soundbites can be heard on the soundpage.
Fazio – All At Once The Remote Go Forth My Soul And My Seeking, The Unknowable Becomes Known
The second of two guitar works released March 2012, this one on Quiet World out of the U.K., is now available. This new work consists of improvisations for guitar, recorded in one pass on the beautiful morning of August 21, 2011. A unique collection of sublime, mystical and thought provoking guitarsonics. The track ‘Extending Wings’ can be heard here.
“For the past few years I’ve been the lucky recipient of a series of stunning (both visually and aurally) albums from New York musician Mike Fazio. Working under an array of pseudonyms – ‘Gods Of Electricity’, ‘orchestramaxfieldparrish’, ‘A Guide For Reason’ – he has provided me with hours of immersive fun. Now simply using his surname, Mike has provided us with a stunning set of improvised solo guitar pieces that will bend your head in all mannner of interesting ways.”
– Quiet World label description
UPDATED December 02, 2011
Planned for 2012 are several new Faith Strange Recordings. The beginning of the year will see Fazio – Élégie (The Years Between The Wars – Volume I). Somewhat delayed due to several pressing & printing conflicts but will now be released in the early part of 2012 on cd. There is a Volume 2 & Volume 3 in the works but these will not see the light of day until 2013.
There will be another guitar album from Fazio also to be released in the early part of 2012 but this one will be on another label run by a dear fellow traveler of the Æther, but any more than this bit of info will not be divulged until then. These two albums can be seen as somewhat of a continuation of ‘The Silent Breath Of Emptiness’ being collections of guitar improvisations but very much stand on their own as unique guitar statements.
There will be two Gods Of Electricity works released, ‘Thus Spoke’ & ‘Night And The City’, both only available on extremely limited runs of 180 gram audiophile lp’s, the first commercially available recordings since 2009’s contribution to ‘The Trakwerx Collective’. These albums showcase the new expanded line up of the ensemble and will act as the springboard for their first live shows in the New York area in the new year.
There are two A Guide For Reason releases finished (IX – XI – Interiors) & (XII – XXII – The Vast Apart) and these will be available as 24 bit downloads as well as in several other formats. Both of these works take the project two steps further towards redefining the unclassifiable. Interiors being quite a tense listen and The Vast Apart being just the opposite.
viva la revolución
MF’s 20 favorites of 2011:
(in no particular order)
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
Gavin Friday – Catholic
Peter Gabriel – New Blood
Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Volume 1
David Sylvian – Died In The Wool – Manafon Variations
Johann Johansson – The Miner’s Hymns
Peter Murphy – Ninth
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins – A Scarcity Of Miracles
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd – Bordeaux
Levin Torn White – s/t
Ian Holloway & Banks Bailey – A Slow Feather Falls
Chubby Wolf – Turkey Decoy
Autechre & The Hafler Trio – ah3eo & ha3oe (ae303)
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Summvs
Andrew Chalk – Violin By Night
Elodie – Echos Pastoraux
Conrad Schnitzler, Borngraber & Struver – Con-Struct
Van Der Graaf Generator – Grounding In Numbers
ø – Heijastuva
Vladislav Delay Quartet – s/t
UPDATED on June 25, 2011
Ye of all things of strange faith are happy to be presenting Gods Of Electricity for the live stage in the future. Shows are being addressed and will be announced when finalized…
Two new works have been released May 2011:
A Guide For Reason – I – VI
A Guide For Reason – VII – VIII
– more info on these two wonders of creation can be found here: A Guide For Reason
A short video has been posted on Vimeo for “One Of These Is True. This Is True.” taken from VII – VIII. Minimal and to the point. It can be viewed here.
faith strange recordings now out of print:
Jo Gabriel – The Unreachable Sky – fs4 (please visit jogabriel.com for reprinted edition)
Jo Gabriel – Tinderbox – fs3 (please visit jogabriel.com for reprinted edition)
l.w.t.l. – a.k.a – fs11
life with the lions – The Garden
life with the lions – …these dream days – fs1
life with the lions – …of dream days
– this blog was designed to elaborate on the musical works of composer M. Fazio and vocalist J. Ladd within the context of the experimental dream pop ensemble of life with the lions (est. 1992), the solo work of M. Fazio under the nom de plume of orchestramaxfieldparrish (est. 1999) and the left field electronic explorations and remix work of duo M. Fazio and T. Hamlin working under the project name of Gods Of Electricity (est. 2005), as well as an assortment of other projects that may or may not be in progress at one particular moment, all under the umbrella of Faith Strange Recordings (est. 1992) – a totally independent music imprint.
occasionally this blog will comment on the works of fellow travellers near and dear to us as well as reviews on the works of other experimental artists that have truly inspired our own music.
and occasionally this blog will (hopefully) spur discussion and debate about happenings that have affected us, more often than not, in a very direct manner.
moreover, this space will be used to comment on the present state of affairs of today’s independent music scene and how it affects the daily lives and careers of experimental artists, with the goal of bringing together like-minded artists to instigate change in the present status quo.