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Various Artists

"A Blossoming" CDR

Aritao Records

Genre: various

May 2006

A Blossoming marks the birth of promising young Chicago label Aritao Records, an eclectic little imprint interested in all sorts of music, ranging from electro and IDM to math rock and shoegaze. This sampler offers a little taste of what's to come, and if it's any indication, there should be some interesting music emanating from these folks in the near future. Some of the most notable contributions on this disc are Emily Jane Powers' brand of electronic-tinged folk-pop, STAR's hazy shoegazer, and the serious electronic pop of Such, Broken Glass. There's also a lot of mediocre stuff on offer, from bland IDM courtesy of For Larousse to the tiresome electro-rock of The New Addiction and Switchblade Romance. As well, there are numerous more experimental artifacts that spark a bit of interest but fail to provide anything special or remain intriguing past one listen. Overall, though, this is mostly good stuff... for an eclectic, varied label sampler, A Blossoming does not disappoint.

MP3s (from STAR - White Fear, Dr. Manhattan - The Party's Opinion, KT The Band - Not Just A Bird


Fun Fact: According to Wikipedia, Aritao is "a 3rd class municipality in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines." It is divided into 22 barangays, each one a small community of around 50-100 families. Aritao has a population of 31,705 according to the 2000 census.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]