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Flaws In The Glass

by Troth

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited to 50 copies.

    12" LP also includes a booklet (+ download PDF) featuring liner notes by Shaun Prescott, art, lyrics and photographs (regular edition includes insert).

    Total edition of 150 LP's w/ hand-assembled covers.

    A portion of all sales will be donated to Firesticks (an organisation supporting Indigenous fire maintenance practice and knowledge) and WIRES (animal rehabilitation and conservation in bushfire-effected areas).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Flaws In The Glass via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      $32 AUD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition of 150 w/ hand-assembled covers.

    A portion of all sales will be donated to Firesticks (an organisation supporting Indigenous fire maintenance practice and knowledge) and WIRES (animal rehabilitation and conservation in bushfire-effected areas).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Flaws In The Glass via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 14 days
    edition of 150 

      $28 AUD or more 

     

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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AST130 - TROTH - FLAWS IN THE GLASS 12” LP



Following sound installations in several galleries and cassette releases on Australian underground mainstays Moontown and Essential Minerals, Flaws In The Glass was recorded by Troth (Amelia Besseny and Cooper Bowman) over a period of a 4-week residency in Mt Wilson, New South Wales in January / February 2020.



Mount Wilson is an idyllic, historic village with no shops and very few permanent residents situated atop the Blue Mountains. In late 2019 and early 2020, the surrounding area (and Mount Wilson itself) were subject to some of the most devastating bushfires ever recorded in Australia.



Troth have turned their established ambient and experimental gaze on this landscape, attempting to authentically convey both the recent, charred tragedy and to celebrate the lush greenery that prevails (and was visibly beginning to re-sprout around them while the album was recorded). They’ve also turned their heads collectively toward experimental folk tracks, in the tradition of its use as a lens through which to view nature.

Many local sounds are used throughout; excited birdlife, creaking campfire steel, an out of tune piano in the village hall, benches on the schoolhouse grounds and the pipe of an incinerator in the studio’s backyard among them. To these, Besseny and Bowman have added zither, various electronics and their voices.



Although not directly referencing anything specific, some listening habits and thematic touchstones during it’s recording were the pastoral serenity of early albums by Cluster, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Eno + Harmonia’s Tracks and Traces. Polish modern-classical group, Księżyc, and This Mortal Coil both also provided influence via their ethereal takes on folk music and pop composition respectively.



A portion of all sales will be donated to Firesticks (an organisation supporting Indigenous fire maintenance practice and knowledge) and WIRES (animal rehabilitation and conservation in bushfire-effected areas).



From Yellow Green Red:

"Flaws In The Glass is Troth’s third Altered States release this year, but it’s the largest edition, and pressed to attractive 12″ vinyl, so if you were considering peeping this understated Aussie duo’s recordings, this is probably where you’d wanna go. It’s a nice collection, with various electronic and acoustic instrumentation that take different paths to locate the same general sensations: tranquil isolation, elusive beauty, relaxed restlessness. These tracks remind me of the hot-person-ambient I associate with the current Posh Isolation roster, as well as Civilistjävel! and the formless-drone / experimental sections of the respective discographies of Blackest Ever Black and Not Not Fun. Troth’s main distinction I’m noticing is that many current artists who pursue a similar aesthetic favor post-production processing and sound collaging, whereas Troth seem to have created their songs live, or at least with minimal overdubbing, the sort of music that can be conjured from a folding table of electronics and synths in front of a small but attentive audience. Not all abstract new-age ambient comes from the heart, but Troth’s is warm and beating."

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released July 26, 2020

Mastered by Mikey Young

All songs written and recorded by Amelia Besseny and Cooper Bowman.

Processed guitar and electronics on 'Flaws In The Glass' by Chris Colla.

We ackowledge and respect the traditional past, present and future custodians of the land on which this album was recorded, the Dharug peoples.

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