We’ve come a long way since the days of churning out burned cd-rs and dubbed cassettes from Andrew’s strangely underfurnished apartment on Friendly Avenue. This is now Full Spectrum’s 12th year of operation, if you can call what we do as such, and to date we’ve released 99 recorded works by composers, noise makers, and friends. It’s a staggering amount of sound and vision, which we are humbled to have played a small role in bringing to the adventurous listeners of the world.
Now, we are pleased to announce our 100th release – the aptly titled FS100, by what you could call our label’s “house band,” Tender Crust. The ongoing project of the team who handle the artwork, curation, and publication for our catalog – namely, Gretchen Korsmo, Carl Ritger [FKA Radere], and Andrew Weathers – Tender Crust exists more as a framework for collaboration than a formal band.
Whereas the trio’s previous album, The Earth’s Axis and Hare, released via Oxtail Recordings in 2018, was sculpted around live sessions, FS100 was pieced together remotely over the course of several months in summer and autumn of 2020. This bricolage approach to the production process allowed for the inclusion of many layers of so-called ‘non-musical’ embellishments from the extended Full Spectrum family, including Aura Gaze, Lake Mary’s Chaz Prymek, Sun Hammer, and Cody Yantis and others. Fireside chats, a tennis game, slow walks through the woods, busted radios, the sound of rain dripping through the canopy – all occupy central space in the mix, mingling with dense mists of synthesizers, guitars, and voice.
Taken together, these sounds stand proudly as a 100-minute composition that is equal parts composition and found sound, musique concrète and folk balladry, and a pure meditation on the drone that was, the drone that is, and the drone yet to come.
It is OK to be quiet, friends. Make noise with each other, as you are not alone. Praise be the infinite future.
released May 7, 2021
Gretchen Korsmo - voice, electronics, electric piano, guitar, field recordings, percussion, whistles
Carl Ritger - guitar, electronics, synthesizer, field recordings, voice
Andrew Weathers - synthesizer, electronics, field recordings, whistles
Contributions from Sara Armstead, Brandon Blair, Jay Bodley, Mia Cheng, Seth Chrisman, Catherine Czacki, Molly Elwood, Andrea Fritsch, Justin Houser, Emy Martin, Lindsey Miller, Carie Nguyen, Cydnee Prince, Chaz Prymek, CC Sorensen, Cody Yantis.
Mixed & Mastered by AW at Wind Tide, Littlefield, TX
This is the album that has gotten me through the pandemic. It has provided peace when peace was nowhere else to be found. It has provided joy when joy was elusive. It has inspired gratitude when darkness and cynicism have crept in. Thank you Andrew. Woven Antelope