Half-handed Cloud - Gathered Out Of Thin Air w/ Bookmarks (Pre-Order)
Catalog: AKR220 2xLP in gatefold sleeve Ships November 15, 2019 Pre-order now and receive a complimentary limited edition set of four bookmarks, designed by John Ringhofer!
Gathered Out Of Thin Air is a new Half-handed Cloud (John Ringhofer) double LP compilation of sixty freshly mastered, non-LP singles, recorded throughout the band’s second decade (2010-2019) in many different places, including Berkeley, California; Brussels, Belgium; Pretoria, South Africa; and Helsinki, Finland.
These songs come from all over the world, in multiple formats, and have been compiled from an array of seventeen different releases. Some of the sixty songs have thus far only seen digital release (such as 2015’s twin home-taped sound collage pop releases Foiled EP N°1 & Foiled EP N°2), while others were released only on vinyl (2011’s DOVE EP [which now features a new mix], and 2012’s Blood Brothers EP). One 7-inch EP collected here consists entirely of analog synthesizer song experiments (2016’s Jiminy Circuits), and a significant batch of hard-to-find loose tracks were originally released on various compilations—digital, compact disc, given out with a festival ticket, or along with a CD-R zine compilation.
Sections of this material have never seen the light of day at all, ever, until now, including a 7-track unreleased EP, and “Naaman,” a previously unreleased cover of a previously unissued Sufjan Stevens song (!!!).
Gathered Out Of Thin Air is special—special because it is truly a gathering of the sacred, put to song, brought to earth for the rest of us by a guy taking the whole thing seriously, accompanied by great levity, and with the sort of detachment that comes from breathing thin air. Like books borrowed from the library, these songs are a kind of gift. When the songs, after having been crafted and loved by Ringhofer, finally leave the speaker, they find homes in our hearts.
Double LP gatefold vinyl, with song notes and artwork by John Ringhofer
Vinyl includes full 60-song digital download
All material newly mastered by John Dieterich (Deerhoof)
Physical media debut of 38 Half-handed Cloud songs
Digital media debut of 20 Half-handed Cloud songs
An unreleased 7-song EP, + a HHC version of a completely unreleased Sufjan song
A limited set of 4 Gathered Out Of Thin Air bookmarks, available from Asthmatic Kitty Records