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.

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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.

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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 

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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.”