Cody Yantis / Nathan McLaughlin / Josh Mason / Joe Houpert – Line Drawings (12″ vinyl LP / Digital)
A line in the sand…
A subtle phrase.
What is not subtle is the end: things will not be the same.
Drawing a line.
Does this line separate us? Or does it mark our progress?
Line Drawings is our attempt at creating a community of musicians that challenge each other to make deliberate music. Born from a range of frustrations, the line initially served as a divider, separating purposeful music from aimless music.
But what’s beyond?
The act of line drawing can become self-defeating.
And so the motivation shifted from division to marking our progress. The line marks where we were, our eyes continually focused upstream. Our steps are calculated, our progress deliberate.
These pieces document the joy and struggle of definition, of realization.
Of making deliberate music.
Of fostering community.
Line Drawings is rooted in the shared intentions and working methods of Cody Yantis, Nathan McLaughlin, Josh Mason, and Joe Houpert. What started as a set of exercises under the banner of A Line in the Sand now encompasses seven releases on varying media and features the work of a range of musicians and artists.
Alice Sketches, released on Digitalis Recordings, is a 54-minute cassette of conversations in which Houpert, Mason, McLaughlin, and Yantis consider and respond to challenges and questions posed by one another.
The Line Drawings LP then takes the cassette and refines it—these eight pieces are clear and confident musical statements born from the risk and experimentation heard throughout the Alice Sketches.
The final facet of the project, Studies, which aims to highlight the importance of collaboration and community, is a series of five 7-inch records wherein each of the four open this sonic dialog up to additional musicians: Olli Aarni, Norm Chambers, Anne Guthrie, Mary Lattimore, Brad Rose, and illustrator Chris Koelle. The end result is an exciting and varied survey of purposeful sound.
Line Drawings | 12” LP on Desire Path Recordings – Pathway008
Studies | 7” split series co-released by FET Press & Desire Path Recordings in a limited edition of 100 copies each
Alice Sketches | CS on Digitalis Recordings – Ltd265
Portraits | 12-page tabloid edition of Chris Koelle’s ten musician portraits, plus a unique portrait remix
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Cody Yantis / Mary Lattimore – FET010/Pathway008.1
Nathan McLaughlin / Anne Guthrie – FET011/Pathway008.2
Josh Mason / Olli Aarni – FET012/Pathway008.3
Joe Houpert / Norm Chambers – FET013/Pathway008.4
Chris Koelle / Brad Rose – FET014/Pathway008.5
Line Drawings 7″ LP Series Bundle
Mastering by Erich Steiger
Artwork and design by Chris Koelle
Pathway001: Solo Andata – Ritual LP/Special Art Edition LP
Pathway005: Nite Lite – Megrez LP
Pathway007: Federico Durand – El idioma de las luciérnagas LP
Pathway008: Yantis/McLaughlin/Mason/Houpert – Line Drawings LP
Tangent001: Nicholas Szczepanik – Not Knowing CD