So Cairo Records is gearing up to release Flexions' new album, Golden Fjord, this August. (This will actually be Cairo's second release; last year's Cold Jungle compilation included tracks from Witch Gardens, Secret Colors, and M. Women; Andrew Matson named it one of his top pop records of 2010). Robin Stein, who plays in Flexions and is also an integral player in the business of Cairo Records, checked in with me this morning, and had the following details to share about the label's inception:
I had been good friends with both Joel Leshefka and Justine Ashbee (founders of Cairo) for quite a while, and it seemed a natural place to start hosting events. As the family of bands started to coalesce around the space, I had talked with Joel about doing a compilation record to bring attention to what felt like a really exciting energy that was propelling many of these bands. The space seemed to provide a place where both experienced musicians and those who had just recently decided to pick up instruments and start a band would perform and be received as equals.
What also struck me was how widely the aesthetic qualities of the bands varied, yet they all seemed to be coming from a similar place or overall sensibility (I won't get started on ruminating on what exactly that sensibility is, though.) This is what we wanted to capture with the compilation The Cold Jungle. With The Cold Jungle turning up on many local best-of-2010 lists, it seemed that it would be a shame if we didn't keep pursuing this further.
We had a couple false starts, but it ended up that the record we could mostly quickly get out to the public was the Flexions record--admittedly my own band, though this is by no means the way that we intend [to] work. It is complicated because everyone at Cairo is involved in so many levels of it that inevitably we will end up releas[ing] music by ourselves, but I think that has more to do with the fact that many of the people who perform here end up getting involved with helping the space run and grow.
Speaking of Cairo, this Saturday's show at the space is a doozy, featuring Witch Gardens, Pleasure Beauties, and the return of Stephanie. Don't miss it!