Volume 019

Sacred Dust

March 2017
Look & Listen

Listen Now

Side A

A1: Sjowgren – “Now & Then”
A2: Hey Way – “Fast But Slow”
A3: Richard Houghten – “New Mexico”
A4: Soy Christmas – “Get Upset”
A5: Foreign/National – “Mombasa”

Side B

B1: Treasureseason – “The Rush”
B2: Memoryy – “I Thought You Needed My Love (ft. Odd Year)”
B3: Hannah Gill and The Hours – “Change in Blue”
B4: Warm Binary – “Twin Oaks”
B5: Ben Taimi – “Play”


Drift along with Sacred Dust in Volume 019 and its…

  • Rearrangeable, totem pole-inspired outer shell
  • Gatefold jacket featuring a starry, spiritual scene
  • “Midnight blue” colored vinyl
  • Intro letter
  • Lyric & Artist info booklet

About the artist:

Nathaniel David Utesch is a graphic artist and self-proclaimed, “professional burner of the midnight oil.” After working as an art director in advertising for more than a decade, Nathaniel left to pursue a career as a visual artist in the music industry. Since 2014, Nathaniel has been one half of the Secretly Group art department (a record label group made up of Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian) and designed more than 70 records for bands including Suuns, Foxygen, Jens Lekman, Small Black, Preoccupations, Sharon Van Etten, Julianna Barwick, Tig Notaro, and Destroyer.

Nathaniel is also the owner of a small-press publication called Ferocious Quarterly. Ferocious Quarterly was first launched in 2010 and collects a new cast of artists and short story authors with each issue. It’s a slightly-larger-than-pocket-sized coffee table zine filled with illustrations, comics and pulp-inspired short stories.

Rounding out Nathaniel’s trifecta of workaholic credentials, he has moonlighted as an electronic musician under the moniker, Metavari, since 2015. In 2017, Metavari will release an original re-scoring of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film, Metropolis, with the Belgium-based label, One Way Static Records.

Intro Letter:

My senses are a bit confused. It will take them awhile to adjust to these seasonal changes. I’m sitting outside right now, my hi-fi speakers pointed out the window, my eyes squinting through the glare, my nose inhaling dust particles. Sure, right now I’m only sitting but as that sun heads higher in the sky I’ll be doing so much more. We all will!

If you have ever been to an outdoor music festival you understand the dust. We kick the dust and the dust kicks back. The dust doesn’t care who we are or how clean we prefer to be. The dust is king and we are merely its (dirty) subjects. But while the dust may assault our noses and eyes, it leaves the ears free to do their thing. For that I thank the dust. (And I thank it again if it stays away from my records…)

My skin is starting to tighten across my squinting face. Time to find some iced tea. Time to finally mount that hammock. Time to flip this record again. Time to kick up some more dust.

– Brandon