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The Ascensionist Series

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Feb 132021
 
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Produced in an ultra-small batch of 33, the first cassette in The Ascensionist series was released on March 30, 2018. Nine more editions followed, and all were sold-out within a few hours after the announcements landed on social media. The hand-made packaging is beautiful – screen-printed cardboard outer and inner sleeves; a large paper insert, gorgeously designed with liner notes and intricate imagery; a small envelope sealed with a wax stamp, containing a custom-made coin; and hand-numbered 1/33. This attention to detail and exceptional graphic design has become the standard on all output from A Thousand Arms, a boutique, independent record label from Bozeman, Montana (US), and home-base to Ranges and The Ascensionist. Each cassette’s elaborate package closely matches the design of the others in the series, and serves as a cohesive visual extension of the music contained within – moments of ambient exploration, quiet soundscapes, and gentle movement. Ranges fans will be comfortable here, as will fans of Harold Budd, Cocteau Twins/Moon and the Melodies, Talk Talk, and lovely music.

The final two cassettes in the series, IX and X, were released together in December 2020. Printed on the inside sleeve is this message:

DOWNLOAD CASSETTE IX // CASSETTE X
DOWNLOAD THE ASCENSIONIST // BABEL: CONFUSION OF TONGUES
SYNCHRONIZE THEM USING ANY SUITABLE METHOD

I spent a few hours syncing the tracks and then reached out to CJ Blessum to get his thoughts on a special presentation, featuring the two combined albums on 6forty web, along with a full shuffled playlist on 6forty radio of all of the cassettes, along with tracks from each of the Ranges releases. His reply, “Go for it. The goal for us with this was to hopefully get people to do exactly what you’re proposing.” You are about to experience something very special – the releases on their own are outstanding. Together, they are pure magic.

IX / The Ascensionist (click the arrow below to start play)

X / Babel: Confusion of Tongues (click the arrow below to start play)

The Ascensionist series on 6forty radio : http://www.6fortyradio.com/

Ranges / The Ascensionist
Bandcamp : https://ranges.bandcamp.com/
Bandcamp : https://theascensionist.bandcamp.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/rangesmusic/
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Web : https://www.rangesmusic.com/

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640.2020 || new releases || discoveries

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Jan 022021
 

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640.2020 || new releases || discoveries

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2020 heavy rotation

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Jan 022021
 

6forty’s goal is to be a comprehensive on-line resource for independent music, spreading the good word to as many ears as possible. As long as listeners are streaming and buying the releases that they read about on 6forty’s various social media feeds, or hear on a 6forty mix-tape or on the radio stream, my efforts have been a success. So when it comes to selecting favorites from 2020, I’ll leave that decision up to you. Listed below are 60 brilliant records (including a few collections/series) that have been on heaviest rotation at 6forty HQ throughout the year (release date order). Follow the links (click on the band names), press play, click buy, and most importantly, spread the word about the music that you love, and encourage others to do the same. Even if you can’t afford to pay for releases, a simple social media post can be an invaluable benefit to the bands. Thank you!

juneau  ’20/20′ by Juneau (Belgium) released January 5, 2020
holy_fawn  ‘The Black Moon’ by HOLY FAWN (United States) released January 17, 2020
glories  ‘Distant After’ by Glories (United States) released January 24, 2020

caspian  ‘On Circles’ by Caspian (United States) released January 24, 2020
besides   ‘Bystanders’ by Besides (Poland) released January 27, 2020
fleet   ‘Circumnavigate’ by Fleet goes North (Hungary) released January 25, 2020
kepzelt  ‘Samizdat’ by Képzelt Város (Hungary) released February 14, 2020
oiseaux  ‘TLAMESS (Sortilège) O.S.T’ by OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE (France) released February 14, 2020
allshallbewell   ‘ZWARTGROEN’ by All shall be well (and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well) (the Netherlands) released February 20, 2020
skrea   ‘Skrea’ by Skrea (Sweden) released February 6, 2020
hubris   ‘Metempsychosis’ by hubris. (Switzerland) released March 13, 2020
whalefall   ‘It Will Become Itself’ by Whale Fall (United States) released March 27, 2020
RO   ‘ATHALASE’ by RO (Spain) released March 27, 2020
astodan   ‘Bathala’ by Astodan (Belgium) released April 3, 2020
theysayweresinking   ‘Tidal Garden’ by They Say We’re Sinking (United States) released April 3, 2020
desbot   ‘Occult Tapes’ by Desbot (New Zealand) released April 3, 2020
mighty   ‘Remnants’ by The Mighty Missoula (United States) released April 3, 2020
vasudeva   ‘Generator’ by Vasudeva (United States) released April 10, 2020
barrens   ‘PENUMBRA’ by Barrens (Sweden) released April 10, 2020
sleeping   ‘Vorokhtah’ by Sleeping Bear (Ukraine) released April 21, 2020
mogwai   ‘ZEROZEROZERO’ by Mogwai (UK) released May 1, 2020
asunamissa   ‘Black Rain (I)’ by A-Sun Amissa (UK) released May 1, 2020
stillmotions   ‘Mirrors’ by still motions (United States) released May 1, 2020
amenra   ‘A FLOOD OF LIGHT Soundtrack’ by AMENRA (Belgium) released May 1, 2020
flies   ‘Final Quiet’ by Flies Are Spies From Hell (UK) released May 4, 2020
ofthevine   ‘Left Alone’ by Of the Vine (United States) released May 8, 2020
corin   ‘Moira’ by Corin (United States) released May 21, 2020
starofheaven   ‘To our memories’ by Star of Heaven (Sweden) released May 29, 2020
nostra   ‘C O N T R O L’ by T E S A (Latvia) released May 29, 2020
declining   ‘Occupying The Blanks’ by The Declining Winter (UK) released May 30, 2020
helicopter   ‘Runes’ by Helicopter Quartet (UK) released June 1, 2020
tangled   ‘Dread Sessions: Volume 1’ by Tangled Thoughts of Leaving (Australia) released June 5, 2020
bruges   ‘A Thread of Light’ by Bruges (United States) released June 5, 2020
zealand   ‘Brightness of an Endless Light’ by Zealand The North (United States) released June 19, 2020
jardin   ‘Letargo’ by Jardín de la Croix (Spain) released June 19, 2020
hum   ‘Inlet’ by Hum (United States) released June 23, 2020
hopetheflowers   ‘Sonorous Faith PT.1’ by Hope The Flowers (Thailand) released June 28, 2020
sleepmakeswaves   ‘these are not your dreams (EP trilogy)’ by sleepmakeswaves (Australia) released July 17, 2020
pillars   ‘Cavum Reimagined’ by Pillars (United States) released August 1, 2020
intides   ‘Silent Dusk’ by in:tides (UK) released August 3, 2020
collective   ‘The Ground Will Provide’ by A Collective Subconscious (United States) released August 28, 2020
laverite   ‘O’ by La Vérité (United States) released September 2, 2020
alphadu   ‘Paralysis’ by Alpha du Centaure (France) released September 11, 2020
mammal   ‘Captured Spirits’ by Mammal Hands (UK) released September 11, 2020
ihearsirens   ‘Stella Mori’ by I Hear Sirens (United States) released September 18, 2020
ranges   ‘Confusion of Tongues’ by Ranges (United States) released September 30, 2020
wslk   ‘Classical Re:works’ by We Stood Like Kings (Belgium) released October 2, 2020
coastlands   ‘Death’ by Coastlands (United States) released October 9, 2020
bow   ‘BOW’ by BOW (Belgium) released October 9, 2020
emergencyalert   ‘Perimeter’ by The Emergency Alert System (United States) released October 20, 2020
wangwen   ‘100,000 Whys’ by Wang Wen (China) released October 26, 2020
sairen   ‘Vestiges’ by Sairen (France) released November 6, 2020
format   ‘Coryphée’ by Format (France) released November 13, 2020
pglost   ‘Oscillate’ by pg.lost (Sweden) released November 20, 2020
gizeh   ‘We Hovered With Short Wings’ by Gizeh Records (UK) released December 4, 2020
laidellenubi   ‘Dione EP’ by Lai delle Nubi (Italy) released December 11 2020
kompressor   ‘KMPXP’ by The Kompressor Experiment (Switzerland) released December 12, 2020
felperc   ‘different ways’ by felperc (Austria) released December 16, 2020
ascensionist   ‘The Ascensionist‘ series VI – X (United States) released throughout 2020
spceco   SPC ECO 2020 monthly series (UK) released on the first of each month
postponed   ‘Post-poned: The Livestream Series‘ (#postponedseries)

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2019 heavy rotation

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Dec 312019
 

6forty project’s goal is to be a comprehensive on-line resource for independent music, spreading the word to as many ears as possible. As long as listeners are streaming and buying the releases that they read about on this site or on 6forty’s various social media feeds, or hear on a 6forty mix-tape or on the radio stream, my efforts have been a success. So when it comes to selecting favorites from 2019, I’ll leave that decision up to you. Listed below are 50 brilliant records that have been on heaviest rotation at 6forty HQ throughout the year (release date order). Follow the links (click on each band name), press play, and most importantly, spread the word about the music that you love, and encourage others to do the same. Even if you can’t afford to pay for releases, a simple social media post can be an invaluable benefit to the bands. Thank you!

At the end of this post is a compiled list of the 2019 weekly releases along with links to all 6forty project social media feeds and radio stream. The weekly releases document includes live links for your convenience – countless hours of music to explore and enjoy. Feel free to download and share the PDF.

<<6forty project’s 2019 heavy rotation>>

some_became_hollow_tubes  ‘In 1988 I Thought This Shit Would Never Change’ by Some Became Hollow Tubes (released January 1, 2019)

 

 

 

Black-Flak  ‘It’s Only Permanent’ by Black Flak and the Nightmare Fighters (released January 10, 2019)

 

 

 

TEOTO  ‘-aire’ by The End Of The Ocean (released January 18, 2019)

 

 

 

Old-Solar  ‘See’ by Old Solar (released January 18, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Endless-Dive  ‘Falltime’ by Endless Dive (released January 18, 2019)

 

 

 

Des-Astres  ‘Traxx’ by des Astres (released January 14, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Long-Hallways  ‘Close Your Eyes To Travel’ by Long Hallways (released January 27, 2019)

 

 

 

Da-Voile  ‘Lilac On The Diary’s Pages’ by Da Voile (released February 1, 2019)

 

 

 

Mono  ‘Nowhere Now Here’ by MONO (released January 25, 2019)

 

 

 

Elcia  ‘1. Awaken The Stars’ by Elcia (released January 25, 2019)

 

 

 

Lai-delle-Nubi  ‘Tueri’ by Lai delle Nubi (released January 21, 2019)

 

 

 

unshaped-form  ‘The Final Score’ by Unshaped Form (released February 2019)

 

 

 

Elephant  ‘Lungs’ by Elephant & Centipede (released February 28, 2019)

 

 

 

Their-Silhouettes  ‘Death Is Rich When Life Is Poor’ by Their Silhouettes Looming (released March 1, 2019)

 

 

 

Wander  ‘March’ by Wander (released March 1, 2019)

 

 

 

 

SleapingDreaming  ‘Victory Roses’ by SleapingDreaming (released March 8, 2019)

 

 

 

minor-movements  ‘Bloom’ by Minor Movements (released March 15, 2019)

 

 

 

Paint-The-Sky-Red  ‘There is a Tomorrow You Don’t Know’ by Paint The Sky Red (released March 21, 2019)

 

 

 

Pirate-Ship  ‘Emitter’ by The Pirate Ship Quintet (released March 29, 2019)

 

 

 

Town-Portal  ‘Of Violence’ by Town Portal (released April 5, 2019)

 

 

 

Outlander  ‘The Valium Machine’ by Outlander (released April 19, 2019)

 

 

 

Lost-In-The-Riots  ‘Bonds’ by Lost in the Riots (released April 26, 2019)

 

 

 

Astrid  ‘A Porthole (I)’ by astrïd (released May 10, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Pillars  ‘Cavum’ by Pillars (released May 17, 2019)

 

 

 

 

HNIC  ‘Animal Choir’ by Her Name is Calla (released May 31, 2019)

 

 

 

Catacombe  ‘Scintilla’ by Catacombe (released June 7, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Cavallo  ‘Interstices’ by Cavallo (released June 14, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Often-The-Thinker  ‘Greatest Possible Tenderness’ by Often the Thinker (released July 5, 2019)

 

 

 

Heron  ‘Sun Release’ by Heron (released July 19, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Glacier  ‘No Light Ever’ by Glacier (released July 22, 2019)

 

 

 

Oh-Hiroshuma  ‘Oscillation’ by Oh Hiroshima (released July 26, 2019)

 

 

 

The-Ascent-of-Everest  ‘Is Not Defeated’ by The Ascent of Everest (released August 16, 2019)

 

 

 

Dutch-Elm  ‘In Hindsight’ by Dutch Elm (released August 24, 2019)

 

 

 

Immanu-El  ‘Structures’ by Immanu El (released September 9, 2019)

 

 

 

A-Sun-Amissa  ‘For Burdened and Bright Light’ by A-Sun Amissa (released September 13, 2019)

 

 

 

PSOTY  ‘Sunless’ by PSOTY (released September 13, 2019)

 

 

 

Sire  ‘Chasing Light’ by Sire (released September 19, 2019)

 

 

 

Tides-From-Nebula  ‘From Voodoo to Zen’ by Tides From Nebula (released September 20, 2019)

 

 

 

Underhand  ‘The Secret History of Nothing’ by underhand (released September 20, 2019)

 

 

 

Ranges  ‘Babel’ by Ranges (released September 30, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Syberia  ‘Seeds of Change’ by Syberia (released October 4, 2019)

 

 

 

TSS  ‘How Are We to Fight the Blight?’ by The Shaking Sensations (released October 4, 2019)

 

 

 

We-Lost-The-Sea  ‘Triumph & Disaster’ by We Lost The Sea (released October 5, 2019)

 

 

 

Codes-in-the-Clouds  ‘Codes In The Clouds’ by Codes In The Clouds (released October 11, 2019)

 

 

 

Oiseaux  ‘From Somewhere Invisible’ by OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE (released October 18, 2019)

 

 

 

Vaudlow  ‘Vaudlow’ by Vaudlow (released November 1, 2019)

 

 

 

Pray-For-Sound  ‘Waves’ by Pray For Sound (released November 8, 2019)

 

 

 

Kokomo  ‘Totem Youth’ by kokomo (released November 15, 2019)

 

 

 

Powder-Go-Away  ‘Lost happiness’ by powder! go away (released November 25, 2019)

 

 

 

Ciempies  ‘Larvae’ by Ciempiés (released December 23, 2019)

 

 

 

640.2019 || new releases || discoveries

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640.2019 || new releases || discoveries

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Dec 312019
 

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640.2019 || new releases || discoveries

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. movietone at the beehive .

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Dec 202019
 

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. pittsburgh . pa . us .

00:00 – 05:10 hydra
05:30 – 09:20 noche marina
09:30 – 05:44 1930’s beach house
16:04 – 18:30 star ruby
18:30 – 23:22 year ending
24:20 – 28:12 useless landscape
29:15 – 34:48 the blossom filled streets

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640.2018 || new releases || discoveries || miscellaneous

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Dec 312018
 

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640.2018 || new releases || discoveries || miscellaneous

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cocteau twins . treasure hiding

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Jun 022018
 

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cocteau twins  |  treasure hiding – a collection

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heaven or las vegas
pale clouded white
rilkean heart
the itchy glowbo blow
aikea guinea
carolyn’s fingers
great spangled fritillary
squeeze wax
ups
blue bell knoll
plain tiger
bluebeard
ella megalast burls forever
lorelei
pur
melonella
iceblink luck
summerhead
treasure hiding

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seam . pins and needles

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Mar 302018
 

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01 . rafael
02 . sky city
03 . the prize fighters
04 . hey latasha
05 . bunch
06 . the wild cat
07 . atari
08 . pins and needles
09 . decatur
10 . two is enough
11 . berlitz
12 . sweet pea
13 . get higher
14 . road to madrid
15 . haole redux
16 . intifada driving school
17 . stage 2000
18 . in the sun
19 . little chang big city
20 . granny 9x
21 . something’s burning


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