A Guide For Reason
March 23rd, 2013
The master is on its way to the pressing plant and we should have copies of the third A Guide For Reason album ‘Iconography’ in a month’s time. Originally slated as an lp release, the recording quickly changed into a double lp of 4, side-long tracks making the costs of issuing a double lp in today’s environment with out of control postage costs and more and more distributors being wary of carrying high ticket items from independent artists out of the question at this time.
The cd instead has been sensitively mastered in 24 bit / 96k audiophile fidelity using one of the industry’s best AD / DA converters to reflect the warmth inherent in audiophile vinyl pressings and to be quite honest, sounds much better than it could have on lp because of it’s enhanced dynamic field and separation sorely missing on most recent vinyl recordings being manufactured today in my opinion, but that’s the subject of another discussion altogether. It is also a pleasure to listen to these 4 tracks uninterrupted in one listen. The recording will be issued in a mini lp gatefold sleeve with a matte varnish finish, as the later orchestramaxfieldparrish recordings were. This is the 16th official Faith Strange Recording to date, not including private pressings without catalog numbers since 1992. We have plans to issue the 24 bit hi definition recordings on Bandcamp if their extensive file size will allow them to. By releasing this material on wider distributed glass mastered cd and 24 bit files, the music will hopefully reach more people who unfortunately missed out on the limited micro pressings of the first two albums. The next release to be issued soon on Faith Strange is Gods Of Electricity – ‘Thus Spoke‘, sometime in the Summer of 2013 on 180 gram lp. The next two A Guide For Reason albums, ‘The Vast Apart’ and ‘Interiors’, also to be released this Summer, look to be FLAC only releases at this moment, but this could change.
In conclusion, this is a recording that I am immensely satisfied with as it is keeping with the tone and direction of the project as unclassifiable, challenging, non-genre specific and unlike anything being released today but if I may add, is the sexiest music I have ever produced. – MF