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Friday, 30 December 2011

Psalm 12:7

After a truly exceptional year of releases from the likes of Area C, Deep Magic, Aaron MartinNickolas Mohanna, Fabio Orsi & Quiet Evenings, why isn't Preservation being showered with awed acclaim?

Like helloSquare, its predecessor as LMYE's Neglected Label of the Year, Australia's remoteness seems to play a role here. Though since Preservation's focus this year (reminiscent of its compatriot, Room40 -  our recently named Label of the Year for 2011) has been on international artists, particularly but not exclusively in its Circa series, this hardly explains it.

The series's limited-run nature (just 300 copies a time) may be more significant. But the Marrickville-based label has also served up compelling non-Circa releases from international artists - notably, Black Eagle Child's debut, Lobelia, a Richard Skelton re-issue & a raft of prominent remixers unleashed on Ous Mal's Nuojuva Halava - hear an exclusive breakdown of Marraskuu by the great Pimmon, an earlier Preservation artist (& a key element in Room40's output this year, incidentally) below.

Who knows? In any case, the label has powered its way this year into the pantheon of what you might call post-ambient music - deepening Australia's already rich tradition of artists & labels in this area still further...

& Circa, whose distinctive, systematised artwork (by Preservation partner Mark Gowing) has given it a sharp identity & sense of specialness, returns next year - with a new look, apparently.

Preservation 2011 playlist (Spotify).

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