Almost hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Joel Leoschke and Bruce Adams founded Kranky explicitly for the purpose of putting out Labradford’s Prazision LP. Since that time, not only have they (obviously) gone on to release a crap-ton of music from other great artists, but they’ve managed to reach the kind of status wherein most vagabonds of the Western independent music world knows the humble Kranky insignia when they see it. These days, it’s the label of choice for heavy hitters like Tim Hecker, Loscil, Stars of the Lid, Steve Hauschildt, and (recently) Grouper — and Liz Harris herself recently commented on how it’s “rare to find a label that has its heart in the right place and business ethics to match.”
Harris made that remark around the time of Kranky’s 20th anniversary; and now, she and other artists are back to further put their microphone where their appreciating mouth is (because that’s how musicians usually perform). 25 years for Kranky means a series of label shows in partnership with the event series Ambient Church, and that series will involve various Kranky artists performing in select cities around the United States beginning in mid-November. The label’s also reissuing Loscil’s 2002 album Submers, which is part of a deliberate move to release expanded versions of albums that have either been long out of print or not originally sponsored by Kranky.
Submers is coming out November 23 for your meditative pleasure. Hear the track “Argonaut I” below, and see a rundown of the upcoming shows afterwards.
25 and still Kranky:
11.16.18 – Portland, OR – First Cong. United Church of Christ *
11.17.18 – Portland, OR – First Cong. United Church of Christ #
12.01.18 – Los Angeles, CA – First Cong. Church of Los Angeles %
12.08.18 – Chicago, IL – Rockefeller Memorial Chapel @
12.15.18 – New York, NY – St. Ann & The Holy Trinity ^
* Loscil, Valet, Saloli
# Grouper, Benoît Pioulard, Strategy
% Grouper, Brian McBride, Less Bells
@ Windy & Carl, Pan•American, Steve Hauschildt, Justin Walter
^ Christina Vantzou, Forma, Earthen Sea, Saloli