Michael Vitrano is head of Desire Path Recordings, a label based out of Buffalo that has released music by Kyle Bobby Dunn, Charlamagne Palestine & Janeck Schaefer, and Nite Lite. Here are some releases that he enjoyed from 2012.
High Aura’d, Sanguine Features (Bathetic)
Anxiously awaited this as his Mooncusser cassette was one of my favorites from 2011. Sought out John. Splendid human being. Became car soundtrack. Traveled everywhere with it. Bought LP. Continue to be in awe.
Nathan McLaughlin, The Refrigerator is Emotional (Senufo)
Exchanged some music with Nathan and he sent me some cassettes and his LP. Put it on, walked into other room, stopped, came back, sat down, stayed.
Paul Buchanan, Mid-Air (Newsroom)
Of Blue Nile. Fragile voice with fragile piano for the fragile psyche. “The buttons on your collar/The color of your hair/I think I see you everywhere.” First words, first track.
Coppice, Holes/Tracts (Consumer Waste)
The most original music being done right now. I don’t know how they make the “music” that they do.
Kane Ikin, Sublunar (12k)
Kane is one half of Australian duo Solo Andata. I will listen to anything Kane (or his Solo Andata partner Paul Fiocco) create forever. Sublunar has seemingly little in common with his work in Solo Andata, but there is a mood explored here which bears some resemblance to Ritual, the album Solo Andata put out with our label.
Kyle Bobby Dunn, In Miserum Stercus (Komino) and Bring Me The Head Of (Lowpoint)
An everlasting moment and everything else washes away. To me, Kyle is making some of the most important music of our lifetime.
Andrea Belfi, Wege (Room40)
Blistery. Bric-a-Brac. Belfi.
Grasshopper, The Day America Forgot (SicSic)
How this duo is not well-known is beyond me. House of Alchemy put out an excellent tape of theirs called Miles in the Sky, which was my introduction. This release takes their unique sound even further into the sky.
Hallock Hill, The Union/Hem of Evening (MIE Music)
One guitar. With care, panache, elegance, poetry.