Start Your Morning With ‘Balanced Breakfast’

Dawn breaks over the horizon line. The shade of night slowly recedes and a new day is born. The gentle glow of the morning sun and a cool, soft breeze awaken the senses.

Early to rise, two old friends have met on common ground to share stories over the first meal of the day. The smell of incense & coffee hang thick in the air, conjuring fond memories of time spent together days gone by.

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Like a two-headed quarter, Balanced Breakfast is a double A-side split of morning comfort from two of BARO’s longest-running players. Drawing Trees is the field-folk-collage project of Frank Broder, who composes vignettes of found sound, bursts of rapid-fire fingerpicking, and drapes of warm textured drone. Ant’lrd should be no stranger to those following the label, as his most recent long-player “Sunnup” proved to be a fan favorite and definitive portrait of his plunderphonic craft.

Both players have honed in on the tranquil nature of the early morning hours and the ritualistic preparation and enjoyment of breakfast. This collection has been lovingly crafted & presented to be just as much a part of your day as your morning cup of java. Limited to 100 copies on high-bias cobalt cassettes.

Start your day off right.

Onward & Upward!

G R E E T I N G S

Before any words are said, we here at Breathing & Receiving Oxygen would like to thank YOU, our loyal listeners and ferric oxide enthusiasts, for your continuing gusto & support. It goes without saying, but we would not be able to run this small & intricate machine without you.

Somehow, we are now half way through the year 2015. It’s been a delight so far, overwhelming feelings of positivity follow the spring rainfall as we ride our way into summer. 2015 has been a year of transition & change for us here at BARO. As you may (or may not) have noticed, our offices have split into two camps- BARO Chicago & now BARO Portland. So far, so good, our mitosis has allowed us more freedom in our day-to-day label operations.

Since it’s inception in 2009, BARO has always been the curatorial output of it’s founders- in digital form. Summer 2013 was when we decided to step up our game & bring our releases into the real world. Coinciding with a showcase at the Empty Bottle, BARO offered up our first batch of cassette tapes, including Odd Nosdam‘s now classic TRISH.  We have been incredibly lucky (& proud) to be able to coast by on our initial investment for two years now. It is now time to step it up once again.

In order to foster future growth of the label for our artists & fans alike, we are raising the bar on quality & output. We are raising our cassette prices by one dollar more as a result. What is your extra dollar buying you? We want to be able to offer our artists more options – professional mastering, 4+ panel J-cards, premium high-bias Chrome Plus cassettes, commissioned/licensed artwork, & bigger production runs to be able to provide more tapes for our artists to sell at shows/tours/personal sites. We want you, the fan, to have a richer, more immersed experience in our music & packaging. We are honored that the majority of our releases sell out quickly, but we would love to give more fans the opportunity to own & cherish the physical artifact. It’s a bit of a bummer when you are late to learn of a release by one of your favorite artists and the tapes/LPs are already sold out, with no re-press in sight. We believe our music should be accessible to all who wish to hear it, and you shouldn’t have to fork over triple or quadruple the retail price to obtain a secondhand copy from Discogs.

We don’t want to spoil anything just yet, but we have some truly killer releases in the chamber for the latter half of 2015. I leave you with the announcement of BARO47- “Balanced Breakfast” is a double-A-side split between longtime BARO projects Ant’lrd Drawing Trees. This release is Frank Broder’s first new work as Drawing Trees since 2013’s “Meadows Exist” and also first outing on magnetic tape. A whirlwind of Frank’s signature rapid-fire picking style amongst field recordings, familiar conversation, and warm sonic blankets. It is quite lovely if we do say so ourselves. Ant’lrd follows up this January’s sleeper hit Sunnup with three new sonic worlds, traversing familiar territory but exploring new paths. It it akin to a camping trip for your ears.

Thank you so much for reading. Balanced Breakfast will be released just in time for your independence day celebrations, and is available to pre-order here.

BARO proudly presents Olli Aarni’s shrouded opus “Peite” on magnetic tape!

We are so very pleased to announce Finnish sound painter Olli Aarni has joined the BARO family.

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Originally self-released in an edition of 59 charmingly hand made tapes, we have brought Aarni’s late 2014 cassette suite Peite to the states. Simply described by the artist himself as “a blanket of fog,” Peite is a dense sonic adventure through and throughout. On the surface, Peite sounds like it could have been a compilation of unused Bernard Herrmann incidental music, film cues for a lost Hitchcock classic that were recently excavated from a landfill and caked in dirt & debris. Once you put the headphones on and crank your volume, it becomes so much more.

On side A, Aarni takes us through a foreign land, a humid & dense jungle, deeper & deeper. Hidden caves, pockets of undergrowth, thick plumes of vegetation populate our surroundings in our quest to find what we seek. As we travel downward into unexplored terrain, the layer of fog becomes more & more dense, enveloping our bodies in a comforting shroud of ferric oxide.

Suddenly, we reach a clearing.

Side B brings us shimmering slivers of sunlight, piercing through the fog which now lays dense atop our head. We have found what we were looking for all along, a safe place miles away from civilization where, for once, we can hear our thoughts and truly reflect. The gentle flow of water can be heard in the distance, but our sense of direction obscured prevents us from locating the source. As we settle in & lay in the dense tapestry of mist and moss, we become one with mother earth and the beauty that surrounds us.

Limited to 100 copies, Peite can be obtained on cassette here.

 

Julian Lynch joins the BARO family!

It is our honor to present lo-fi pop genius Julian Lynch’s long out-of-print debut LP “Orange You Glad” on magnetic tape. Recorded to four track around 2009 in and around New Jersey and Wisconson, this majestic collection of psychedelia sounds rich, warm, and just right on the cassette format.

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Sounding nostalgic and sometimes melancholic, Julian’s first collection of tunes established the blueprint for his ethno-psychedelic pop sound further fleshed-out on his subsequent trio of LPs, Mare, Terra, and Lines. Orange You Glad is a rich tapestry of muted wah-guitar, bass clarinet, hand drums, and half-whispered vocals. Absolutely prefect tunes to celebrate the coming of spring by relaxing outside with your boombox or taking a nature hike with your walkman. Limited to 200 copies.

Obtain your copy here! 

BARO proudly presents “Skyward Territories”

 

It is with much enthusiasm that we present our first four-way split- “Skyward Territories.” This release has been in the oven for quite some time. Bringing you fine-picked selections from both Chicago and Asheville, Skyward Territories is the first in a series of ethereal compilations showcasing the talent of our extended network.

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Tape one is split between recent Chicago transplants, meditative synth wizard Kyle Landstra and modular drone evangelist Gardener. Mr. Landstra fires up his machines, easing the listener’s journey into a dome of pure modulated emotion. Sparks of pure nostalgia fly by as your consciousness is suspended by glowing orbs. Gardener continues the skyward journey with a steady pulse, climbing upwards upon layers of modular kraut meditations. Your body enters a stasis and is then vaporized by his pulsing rhythms and haunting wordless vocals.

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Tape two compounds two of our favorite Asheville-based Bathetic Records veterans, Difference Clouds and Villages. Right away, Difference Clouds informs the listener they have arrived in another world. A sci-fi landscape of bright neon lights and flying machines await, as the mind is taken on a journey of futuristic, yet familiar scenes. Dark clouds form across the horizon, and the skies darken. Villages helps us begin our downward descent towards Earth. Melancholic clouds of textured piano and strings take us back into our dim candle-lit room where we began our journey.

This release has been carefully assembled by the BARO team and mastered by our main man Odd Nosdam for your listening pleasure. This release is one of a kind and limited.

Begin your ascent.

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