This vinyl record compiles three low-key, handmade releases by Bloomington-based recording artist Vollmar. Each was originally disseminated in a very basic form: a miniature CDR with a handwritten insert and a two-tone black and white cover image.
Vollmar launched these short-length do-it-yourself releases as a way to explore musical ideas with somewhat more immediacy than was possible in the context of a proper “album” project. The simplicity of the process allowed for material to be recorded and released in one fell swoop, with a minimum of slaving over mixing boards or waiting on record labels and pressing plants.
This record’s contents, then, were shaped by a very particular strategy—i.e. conceived of as three discrete, internally cohesive installments in a series meant to be as direct as possible, both in terms of musical creativity and physical delivery.
Even several years after the fact, the musical results retain their sense of urgency. Vollmar is audibly liberated by this more intuitive platform, roving at length into sonic territory that had only been hinted at on previous full-length albums.
“Monsters / Avery” and “When Love Love Love” feature some of Vollmar’s best rock songs, and most inventive arrangements. By the time “The Shower” lets loose its free-noise downpour, we have a sense of just how panoramic Vollmar’s vision is becoming.
Also includes immediate download of 11-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.