New Phurpa Releases Ready to Ship!

Phurpa return with two massive releases on Oaken Palace Records – more than 3 hours of material spread over a double LP and a super-long cassette tape.

The vinyl album (get it here) is a beautiful tapestry of ancient sounds, with varied passages of communal vocals complemented with singing bowl, rattle and traditional drums, over the faint organic hum of the ritual space.

The cassette (get it here) presents an astounding extended mantra, a single recording lasting one hour and forty-four minutes, on specially extended C105 cassette. These releases together comprise a staggering dark mass of ritual drone, austere but richly dense, relentless but profoundly meditative.

Sacred Sounds 18.12.16 (2LP) will be dedicated to the Amur leopard, (Panthera pardus orientalis) the most endangered big cat on this planet, with only 70 individuals remaining in the wild. Sacred Sounds 22.1.17 (tape) will be dedicated to the Amur tiger, (Panthera tigrus altaica) which came to the brink of extinction in the 1940s, and is only slowly recovering. All profits will be donated to the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance (ALTA).

OAK-011: Sacred Sounds 18.12.16
Sacred Sound 1 (19:39)
Sacred Sound 2 (20:06)
Sacred Sound 3 (18:42)
Sacred Sound 4 (21:25)
2LP, 79 min 52 seconds, 2LP, edition of 500 on 140g black vinyl.

OAK-012: Sacred Sounds 22.1.17
Sacred Sound 5 (51:59)
Sacred Sound 6 (51:55)
Tape, 104 min 54 seconds, edition of 150 on C105 purple cassette, of which 25 are hand numbered with special screen-printed cases.

Phurpa to Release Their Next Bön Ritual on Oaken Palace Records!

We are thrilled to announce that Bön-mystics Phurpa will release their next ritual on vinyl via our new Oaken Palace Black Series! Their album will be dedicated to the Amur leopard, the most endangered big cat on this planet, with only 70 individuals remaining in the wild. All profits will be donated to the Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance (ALTA).

By now, Phurpa no longer need a lengthy introduction. After the release of their first double-LP “Trowo Phurnag Ceremony” on O’Malley’s label Ideologic Organ, the Russian artists have recorded several of their rituals of ancient Tibet, supported Sunn O))) on tour, and played several obscure festivals.

Phurpa will record their Oaken Palace debut this weekend, and we expect to get it submitted to the pressing plant fairly soon. Stay tuned for updates and previews!

Louise Landes Levi to Release Tape on Oaken Palace Records

We are delighted to announce the first new release in 2017, which will take us back to the roots of Drone music. We welcome Louise Landes Levi to the Oaken Palace Records family and invite you to join her in the exploration of traditional Indian raga!

Louise is a founding member of  Daniel Moore’s Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company, the first fusion orchestra in the USA – fellow players included Terry Riley & Angus Macleise. Louise then trained with  the Indian masters Pandit Ram Narayan and Ustad Abdul Majid Khan on sarangi, and with Ali Akbar Khan and his sister, Annapurna Devi. She also  studied with La Monte Young  in NYC, where she monitored the Dream House, Young’s & Zazeela’s musical installation. Despite this vast musical experience, she has released very few solo recordings, so we feel especially honoured that she has agreed to contribute to our project.

We will release this new material as a limited tape that will follow her only and now sold-out LP “From The Ming Oracle”. More info on the album and the cause she will be supporting will follow soon. In the meantime, you can listen to an excerpt from her last album here:

And here you can find her two previous tape releases “Kinnari” and “Padma”:

First Corporate Sponsor

A few weeks ago we were approached by Seb from My Claim Solved, who offered us an annual contribution to running Oaken Palace Records as part of their corporate social responsibility scheme.

Looking at the impressive list of other environmental and charitable organisations that are being supported by My Claim Solved, including Bristol Zoo Gardens, Edinburgh Zoo, Paignton Zoo SOS Club, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, we gladly accepted this offer and are welcoming Seb and all other employees of My Claim Solved as new members of the Oaken Palace family!

Thank You All for a Fantastic 2016!

2016 is almost over – considering the many not-so-nice things that happened this year, we can imagine that many of you can’t wait to call it a year and move on. Even more important to end the year with some great news, then!

For Oaken Palace Records, 2016 has been the best year since we released our first LP in 2013. We put out just two new releases this year – our second and now almost sold-out tape, the Spliff Tape by our Belgian Psych-buddies Hellvete and Bear Bones, Lay Low, and Kakapo, the first solo-LP by Noise mastermind Merzbow – and both have been received very well by both fans and critics. In the meantime, people still showed interest in our earlier releases, many of which are now close to being sold out.

In numbers, this means that in 2016 we donated a total of £3,717.51, which equals €4,339.64 or $4,573.13 at the current (ridiculously low) conversion rate! This is almost £1,000 more than we donated in 2015!

This brings our total donation count to just under £9,000 – £8,991.04, to be exact – and means that next year we will surely crack the magical £10,000 mark – something I (and probably nobody else, for that matter) would have expected when I started this project. Just think of all the beautiful animals – polar bears, the ground squirrel, dolphins, orcas, orang-utans, insects, the Aye-aye, the Flores hawk-eagle, the Radiated tortoise, and of course kakapos – that benefitted from YOU enjoying great Drone and Psychedelic music in its various shades, and all the artists who selflessly contributed their music to this project!

Oaken Palace Records has always been a DIY label, and it will continue to be one in the future. So a big THANK YOU goes out to all the people who helped out with creating artwork, designing our new logo, translating stuff into Japanese, etc. – and of course to Owen, my new label-partner. Without his support, I would have had to quit all label activities at the beginning of this year. Instead, Oaken Palace Records is now doing better than ever!

We have big plans for 2017! So, as always, stay tuned and spread the word. For now, we wish you a good start into the new year, and everything you wish for yourself!

All the best,
Sven & Owen

Merzbow – Kakapo

Just in time for the weekend we’re thrilled to announce the next release on Oaken Palace Records: Introducing our all-new Black Series, Noise-mastermind Merzbow will contribute one massive, sprawling, noisy drone, spanning over both sides of the record, ready and willing to grill your synapses!

You can read more about the release and the new Black Series in an extensive interview for Echoes and Dust, which was published earlier this week – click here to read.

Merzbow has named his album after the Kakapo, an almost extinct, flightless parrot endemic to New Zealand – less than 125 of these beautiful and archaic birds are left, and we are particularly happy about his choice. All proceeds will be donated to Kakapo Recovery.

Artwork, tracklist, and more info will be revealed soon – stay tuned! For now, here’s a video that will give you a good idea of why the Kakapo is maybe not as evolutionary successful as other species:

Some News!

Short update: The new Hellvete / Bear Bones, Lay Low “Spliff Tape” will be up for pre-order very soon. We’ll order the tapes this week, and the cases are on their way from the US. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much longer the shipping will take due to incredible incompetence at USPS.

In other news, Kinetic Tones by Expo `70 has now covered cost, so from now on each purchase equals a full donation towards the protection of the Flores hawk-eagle. Don’t forget that each copy you buy via our website or Bandcamp comes with a free copy of the Plurals LP, as long as you pay the extra shipping.

More info soon. Stay tuned!

Big Update!

Out early December: Expo ’70 – Kinetic Tones
We are delighted to add a new LP release by Drone-mastermind Expo ’70 aka Justin Wright to our output! “Kinetic Tones” will be limited to 500 copies on bronze vinyl, and is dedicated to the critically endangered Flores hawk-eagle, of which less than 100 pairs remain in the wild. The records are currently being pressed and expected to arrive in early December. More news and pre-order info will follow soon!

Tracklist:
A1 – Static Harmonic Pendulum (10:32)
A2 – Eidetic Memory (07:56)
B1 – Lucid Landscapes (07:50)
B2 – Ascensions from Dusk (12:34)

Kinetic Tones front

Surprise tape release: Hellvete / Bear Bones, Lay Low split
Hellvete and his buddy Bear Bones, Lay Low, both ex-members of the mighty Sylvester Anfang II, will contribute brand-new tracks to a very special split tape on Oaken Palace Records! This should be out before Christmas and we expect it to move quickly, so stay tuned for more info!

Donation info: Blown Out – Planetary Engineering is making profit!
Not even two months after its official release, Blown Out’s newest work has already covered cost and made around £100 of profit. This means that every purchase from now can be regarded as a 100% donation to the Durrell Wildlife Trust, who work towards the protection of the Aye-aye, an endangered Madagascan lemur that suffers from quite a bad image – native superstition sees it as a symbol of death!

Help us to raise even more money for the protection of the Aye-aye, and get your copy in the Oaken Palace Store or on Bandcamp!

Get 1/3 off the remaining Oaken Palace label shirts!
We only have four label shirts left – 2x small, 1x medium, and 1x extra large. This design will not be re-printed, so get yours before it’s too late! The profit made from selling the shirts is currently clocking in at just above £260, and after the shirts are sold out, everything will be donated to Wildlife SOS in order to help them free even more Indian circus elephants from their horrible living conditions.

Get your shirt in the Oaken Palace Store, either on its own or together with the new Blown Out LP!

We are also running low on several other releases – there are only 12 copies of thisquietarmy’s Insect Kingdom tape left, 6 in the label store and 6 on Bandcamp. Finally, we only have 9 more copies of Eternal Tapestry’s Guru Overload – 4 in the label store and 5 on Bandcamp. Better be quick!

Thanks again for all your support!
Sven