Found the keys!

Well, well, well…. where have we been?

B U S Y  A S  A L L  G E T  O U T

We find ourselves steadily rounding the first corner of 2016. Our lives are just flying by… It’s almost as if we’ve forgotten to update the website! We can’t have that now, can we? Where did we leave off… The sublimely dark and majestic frequencies of HKE and t e l e p a t h ‘s split floated us into the icy peaks and valleys of spectral bliss of Gardener’s latest..


which is still available, by the way. Trust your ears!

What’s next?

Quite a few fun little things. We are so very excited to announce the next two releases!

First off- Forage. A new record by Drape!

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You may remember them from late summer 2013’s EVENSONGS– or their beautiful expansive LP on Infraction– or their stone cold classic split tape with Odd Nosdam. Maybe you are new to the Drape bandwagon- in which case, you’re in for a treat. Drape have shared with us a new video for Phosphenes, the second cut from Forage, directed by Brett Walters.

Seems our friends in Drape are a bit more restless then the last time we saw them.. The glacial, monolithic slabs of smeared sound have been replaced by smaller movements- more concise brush strokes- micro-sonic flourishes. We think the result is nothing short of phenomenal. Forage is the kind of record that you can fall asleep to, start your morning with, or use as a study/work aid. Odd Nosdam’s mastering helped bring Drape’s sonic worlds to the forefront, and we are still discovering new details hidden away in the mix with every listen. We can’t wait for you to have your own experiences with it.

Forage will be available Friday, May 20th on compact cassette (limited to 100) and digital formats.

Next order of business- You might have noticed our old pal Bracken has a new record coming out on Home Assembly Music. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered up with them to  release High Passes on the beloved cassette format.

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Seems quite a few of you really dug his last record, Exist ResistWe sold out of 2 runs of tapes, Norman Records called it the best album of 2014 (and sold out of a vinyl pressing) and it currently hold the honors as the most-streamed album on the BARO catalog. How to follow up? With a new collection of songs that give everything that Mr. Adams has ever done a run for their money. Trust us, it’s that good.

The LP is available to pre-order from Norman Records, and the tape will be coming in the next few months. Follow us on Twitter to stay current with updates and pollute your feed with Hardvapour.

Last but not least- we are very happy to finally be entering the digital frontier! By the end of the summer, most of the BARO catalog will be available for streaming on all major platforms- you will be able to listen to your favorite BARO classics when you are away from your tape collection!

Until next time!







Falling into place.

Fellow beings of light, greetings from BARO Chicago HQ! It’s been a while since there’s been any sort of an update here. What can we say? Life. We’d like to give you a bit of insight into what’s going on around here, past, present, & future.

A few weeks ago we released Benoit Pioulard’s magnificent two-part opus Stanza I & II in collaboration with Portland, OR record shop/label, Beacon Sound.


The Stanza I & II  collection is the companion piece to Benoit Pioulard’s excellent full length released earlier this year on Kranky, Sonnet. Together, they form an equilateral triangle of decayed guitar ambiance, faded polaroids, and wistful contemplation.

“Stanza is, for the most part, muted and thoughtful– an afternoon lying in the grass on a beautiful day near the end of summer. Stanza II is the steady crawl of orange light over the earth as evening approaches– it steadily grows more mysterious and plaintive, with the emotionalism of Meluch’s guitar surfacing more frequently in the mix as the the sun dips out of sight. The tones that Meluch has struck here, as well as the conciseness of his phrases, particularly in the last three pieces of Stanza II, are marks of a master. Stanza and Stanza II are all of a piece– together they are ultimately even more melodically, harmonically captivating than their precursor.” -Matthew Sweeney, Foreign Accents

We couldn’t have phrased it any more beautifully ourselves.


These high-bias type-II cassettes are limited to 200, complete with 4-panel fold out j-card with artwork from both EPs and housed in a heavy card stock slipcover. This is an amazingly beautiful package (if we do say so ourselves) and we have very limited amounts left, so act fast!

Looking ahead, we are excited to officially announce our fiftieth release, one that’s been in the works for quite some time.

It’s no secret that we here at BARO are massive fans of UK-based label Dream Catalogue. DC label supergroup 2814’s 新しい日の誕生 currently stands as one of our top releases of the year so far, and we have something very special in store for its fans.

BARO is pleased to announce GATEWAY アセンション, a split release between HKE and 

t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者

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GATEWAY アセンション will be released on November 20, 2015 as a limited edition cassette as well as digital download. This release takes place in the same universe as 新しい日の誕生, but marks a mitosis of 2814 in which both artists explore a mirrored sonic realm as separate entities. A trial takes place. An event is triggered. The gateway opens. Transition. Rebirth.

“They will meet again.”



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.


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.