Rambutan / Universal Impulses and Kösmonaut / Songs For Healing – Available Now



Our two excellent new tapes, Rambutan’s Universal Impulses and Kösmonaut’s Songs For Healing , are available for purchase. Both are limited editions of 75 pro-dubbed, chrome cassettes with download card. Grab a copy on their respective release pages, and feel free to listen to samples of each on our Soundcloud. Don’t sleep on these!

Landing / Complekt LP – Out 11/25


We’re huge Landing fans here at These Are Not Records, so it almost goes without saying that we’re very excited to mention that coming November 25th will be Landing’s 10th full-length LP – Complekt. Since the last time we released an LP with Landing, new drummer John Miller has joined the band, and brought with him a return to some more organic sounding tunes. Complekt finds Landing channeling all their post-punk, shoegaze, and psych influences into some of their catchiest and concise material yet. If Landing’s self-titled on Geographic North was the band’s The Top, then Complekt might be their Head On The Door. This one has been a looong time coming, and will definitely be worth the wait.

300 copies on good, old-fashioned black vinyl with full digital download. Check out “Clouds II” below or through our Soundcloud.


Rambutan / Universal Impulses – Out Soon!


Eric Hardiman’s long-running Rambutan project has been blowing minds for nearly a decade with over three dozen(!) releases on labels like Stunned, Digitalis, Hooker Vision, No Kings, Avant Archive, Fabrica and his own excellent Tape Drift label. I was first turned on to Rambutan via Broken Infinity, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Coming in on the abstract side of Rambutan’s disparate sound, Universal Impulses brings to mind (at least this mind) a diverse roster of sounds and influences. Minóy, Asmus Tietchens, Robert Turman, Das Freie Orchester and acousmatic practitioners like Bernard Parmegiani and Pauline Oliveros. All open to individual interpretation of course.

Edition of 75 pro-dubbed, chrome cassettes with download card. This is currently in production and should be out sometime in late October / early November. In the meantime, check out “The Slow Pulse” below or through our Soundcloud.


Kösmonaut / Songs For Healing – Out Soon!


We’re excited to welcome back Colorado synth-voyager Patrick Pärk/ Kösmonaut with a brand new cassette – Songs For Healing. Songs For Healing is a very intimate release. This is an album of intense and occasionally beautiful music created via the process of grief and acceptance. From Kösmonaut himself:

“This release is dedicated to my daughter, Sevigny Aislin Pärk, who was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late 2015. She’s currently undergoing treatment and hosts her own blog: superseviblog.wordpress.com. Both Master Generator and Songs for Healing are deeply personal sonic journeys into the human psyche as it struggles to find love in a seemingly empty universe. These are my attempts at dealing with the bullshit of cancer, hope you enjoy.”

Musically, Pärk retains his love of Berlin School synth and progressive electronics but has now incorporated tribal and noise elements as well. As always, a trip to the brain is the first order of business for Pärk, and this album is no different.

Edition of 75 pro-dubbed, chrome cassettes with download card. This is currently in production, and should be out sometime in late October / early November. In the meantime, check out “III” below or through our Soundcloud.


Fish In The Sea

Tinniens – Dub Guns

Aaron Snow and Daron Gardner of Landing have a new project called Tinniens, and they’ve just released their debut cassette on Geographic-North called Dub Guns. Self-described as “loop based drone beat,” Dub Guns is comprised of countless layers of intertwining synths, guitars, beats and the occasional vocals. Obviously, there are similarities to some of Landing’s recent excursions, but this stuff goes somewhere completely different. Serious jams made by guys who are in it for the long haul. I’ve already listened to this thing a shitload of times. Fantastic stuff, and a free download for those who don’t do cassettes. And, as usual with Geographic-North, the presentation is top notch.


And check out this video of their first performance at Willmantic Records in CT:

Praise for Future Machines

Kind words have come in for Kösmonaut’s Future Machines. This comes as no surprise to us since we’ve always known how good this record was, but we’re more than happy to share with you the discerning words of others. Check out the snippets below, and follow the links to read each complete review:

Tiny Mix Tapes / Cerberus:
“It’s dangerous to start off a calendar year with a record like Future Machines because I’m not sure if it can possibly get better from here on out. Kösmonaut, their moniker teasing a kraut/prog sensibility, surge so far beyond the borders of that ridiculous genre it’s sick, approaching space from the opposite end of equally inventive bands like Kraus. Or maybe Mudboy commandeered the Star Trek Enterprise and set his phasers to ‘arpeggiate’ ”

Norman Records:
“For those unfamiliar with his outer-space bliss outs, Kosmonaut’s recordings tend to be split between gaping deep space drone marathons and more restless cosmic tomfoolery. I tend to prefer the latter, so I’m having a field day with this one, a robotically unfolding melange of looped synths, 16-bit explosions, robotic modular bleeps and fluttering bottom end.”

” Right from the off you are transported to stranger realms, the pulsing sequences of “City Deterioration” blended with harsher sounds, the music constantly shifting, glancing off itself at unexpected angles meaning you are never sure where you are headed. On “Prime Meridian” the music becomes fully immersed in Tangerine Dream Mode circa 1973, the drifting soundscape and ghostly sequences dancing through your brain like a dream you are yet to experience, the trippy mood suddenly getting darker as the low drone of “Haus Machine” enter the room, an electronic heartbeat leading the piece until over-excited sequences take over, each craving your attention as they crawl all over each other.”

Tru Luv:
“For an artist unashamedly rocking the umlaut, it is of no surprise to find a significant germanic influence at play. Like much of the album, ‘Haus Maschine’ is a consummate wonderland of Berlin-esque heavy arpeggiated analogue polyrhythms, occasionally interrupted by searing saw waves which will happily rip your face off should you so oblige.”

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