Exciting new haps are brewing in the world of local record labels. First, brand-spanking new label Versicolor—a venture owned by Chris Early, who works at Light in the Attic Records as Warehouse Manager—will release its third album in February. “It’s still kind of coming together, we’re starting small,” said Early just now over the phone. “But this is something my wife and I have wanted to do for a while, so we’re doing it.”
Light in the Attic, who reissue obscure releases from a wide range of labels, will distribute the retail end of the deal, while Early, who also plays in Gold Leaves and Grand Hallway, will focus on creating a quality roster of local artists (the label’s other two releases are an EP from Grand Hallway and Gabriel Mintz’s Future Wars.) “We are thinking about casettes, too, and have CDs, though they are more of a marketing tool,” Early says. “But we really want to focus on putting together a nice vinyl package, like the kind I would want to buy.”
Versicolor’s forthcoming release, an album from Seattle singer-songwriter Bill Patton, who has played guitar with Fleet Foxes, Low Hums, and Gold Leaves, will feature contributions from Zach and Josh Tillman on bass and vocals. “Starting out, it’s really just friends and people I know,” Early says. With connections like those, however, Versicolor’s future looks bright, and we’ll keep you posted as we hear more from them.
Next up, Funk Farm, “a Northwest collaborative” project that promotes the art and music of groups like Fox and the Law, Iska Dhaaf, and Kingdom Crumbs, has announced its Psychedelic Holiday Freak Out, what label rep Drew McCornack says will be a “two night, 38 band music festival in December on Capitol Hill.” The event takes place Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th, and “highlights top performers across a wide swath of genres,” he writes in an email. Those acts include “sonic futurist Vox Mod, hip-hop fire spitters Kung Foo Grip and hard-driving garage rockers Fox and the Law. Individual stages will be hosted by legendary radio DJ Marco Collins, consummate sci-fi cowboy Brent Amaker and local hip hop veteran Bishop I of Oldominion.” Well, yee-haw if that doesn’t sound like a party! Eat your heart out, Macefield Fest! Tickets and more info are available