Anni Rossi & Whitman

June 27, 2009 at 12:43 am

This past week People in a Position to Know Records partnered with Folktale Records to release a gorgeous 10” re-release of a collaboration between Anni Rossi and Whitman, originally released as a limited-edition CD-R on Folktale. The new version was pressed on both burgundy and black vinyl, with the former in limited quantity and guaranteed to those who pre-ordered the album through PIAPTK (from whom I purchased the album, and, incidentally, the burgundy is awesome). I can’t quite make out the name, but the album artwork was apparently done by a certain “Kristina Co[il]antes” and is among the most striking examples of such that I’ve ever seen. Here’s a picture of the album artwork from PIAPTK:

Anni Rossi & Whitman Album Cover

The music is a bit inscrutable at times, but undeniably fun for those in the right mood, with Rossi’s wonderful vocals and the murky noise-folk of Whitman. I recommend it highly and plan to set it aside in my mind as a prime art object; beautiful packaging, beautiful materials, and beautiful music. For those unawares, Anni Rossi is preparing to release a new album and shows every sign of approaching a larger audience. I love it when small labels with exceptional values occasionally release work from what might be called more prominent artists. Though Folktale Records is new to me, their website leaves a great taste in my mouth, with an impressive distribution section and a catalog of well designed releases. People in a Position to Know Records is a bit more familiar, and never ceases to impress with a huge catalogue of lathe-cut, small-run vinyl albums and singles, as well as larger projects like the 500 lp run for Anni Rossi & Whitman.

Even if you don’t feel like buying the album, both websites are worth exploring. I’d be surprised if anyone couldn’t find something they liked. In the meantime though, here’s a track from the 10”

Anni Rossi & Whitman – Val Verde

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