Volume 036

Shapeshifters

August 2018

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Side A

A1: Cautious Clay – “Cold War”
A2: Payton Odom – “At My Door”
A3: Shyla Buff – “An Indication”
A4: Women In Love – “Tonight”
A5: The Millennial Club – “Love Is So Hard!”

Side B

B1: Catching Flies – “Komorebi”
B2: VIMALA – “Crystal”
B3: Georgi Kay – “Guilty Pleasures”
B4: DIICE – “Do Wrong”
B5: Sassy 009 – “Are You Leaving”

Features

  • Gatefold jacket with evocative abstract artwork
  • Three double-sided phenakistoscope inserts that combine and animate on your turntable
  • Translucent red vinyl with yellow splatter
    • VIP Variant: Clear vinyl with red, blue, and yellow splatter
  • Intro letter
  • Lyrics & art info insert

About the artist:

There must be magic at play in the shapes of Tessa Rose Jackson, for even though her art features few recognizable objects beyond staircases and thresholds, her pieces still evoke complex emotions. Jackson’s abstract scenes blend the distinctive geometric figures of Piet Mondrian, the impossible realism of MC Escher, and the emotive-yet-muted color palettes of Wassily Kandinsky, while still maintaining a strong personal style. Perhaps because of the dark colors, or perhaps because of their dreamlike quality, much of her art feels nocturnal, although nothing feels at rest. She constantly plays with motion, changing forms, and shifting perspectives. We’re thrilled to have her morph this month’s volume into something truly special.

Tessa Rose Jackson is a multi-disciplinary artist who has created visual art, music, film, and more. She releases her work in all their formats under the moniker Someone, to direct focus on her creations rather than her identity. And there’s a lot to pay attention to. After exploring the visual art of Volume 036: Shapeshifters, we recommend diving into her Chain Reaction EP, then watching the accompanying short films.

– Jason Adams

Intro Letter

As the sun moves across the sky, expanding and contracting the shadows below, it fills our world with shifting shapes. When the sun retires for the night and predictable shadows give way to a blanket of dark, the shapes get more interesting. City lights and their varying hues often illuminate as much as they distort. Headlights reveal as quickly as they cast back into darkness. This is the true time for shape shifting.

Shapeshifters is a record about bodies and minds that dance in that world. When everything lays still under the moonlight and our heads drift into that netherworld between a hazy waking life and a vivid dream space. Past, present, and future pool together in a rippling puddle of thought.

It is a mood that can lull you to sleep as easily as it keeps you awake with ever-rustling thoughts. If you can’t sleep, then embrace the darkness and try to bend your mind around the phenakistoscopes that accompany the music. Find instructions at vinylmoon.co/volume036. See you on the other side.

– Brandon

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