The first in a Fat Nancy series digging out album cover art from shut down or rare record labels. The first is Tonpress, a polish label from 1980′s. Belonging to KAW – Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza (The National Publishing Agency), their catalogue consisted of foreign albums, singles, audiobooks and Polish records. Tonpress was shutdown in 1990, due to the Polish government discontinuing most of the state-controlled publishing houses and agencies. Much of Tonpress’ collection was lost when it was split between two privately owned music labels. Tonpress records are still available at on-line auctions.
Erased Tapes Records is a London-based contemporary label that is widely recognised for releasing avant-garde music that crosses over various genres and styles. The record company was established by Robert Raths in early 2007 and has become a melting pot for innovative musicians from all around the world. Its roster of contemporary classical music composers includes Ólafur Arnalds from Iceland, German composer Nils Frahm, Ukrainian continuous music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk, electronic producer Rival Consoles, American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick, Japanese vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita, Brooklyn-based trio Dawn of Midi, the collaborative project A Winged Victory For The Sullen by Stars of the Lid-member Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, English film composer Michael Price, singer songwriter Douglas Dare and nordic electronic duo Kiasmos. “The heart-string-tugging London label that floats gently between 20th Century composition and ambient music” (Rolling Stone)