This marks James’s first release with us and due to the global pandemic we are focusing on releasing works digitally for the remainder of 2020. Please help support the label and music the artists make in these uncertain times we are all faced with.
*a note from the artist: This album was written during the winter of 2017, a very turbulent time in my life. I was in the process of writing a new album when lots of my equipment began to break down on me; during the recording process, the broken equipment caused lots of unintended artefacts that later became the basis for this album. The equipment failure seemed to echo many of the personal issues I was having in my own life at the time. Relationships, housing, jobs amongst other things all seemed to be falling apart and with the added pressure of core equipment failing on me I began to reflect on what it means for something to be broken, and whether or not broken can be fixed.
Thank you to everybody that supported me through this time and to everybody that helped make this album possible. A huge thank you to Mark for his patience and help in getting this album out into the world during these very crazy times. - James Osland
released April 11, 2020
All music + production by James Osland
Mastering by Mark Kuykendall
supported by 6 fans who also own “Things That Were Almost Broken”
I did not find this the easiest or most immediate album to get into on first listen, but on repeated listens it is really growing on me. Moody Iranian experimental ambient with scraping/droning strings, field recordings, noise, hypnotic folky vocals, and a slightly chaotic, dislocated vibe all of its own. Unusual, haunting, and recommended if you have time to dig past the surface. Very rewarding. David Smith