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Sacred Summits to reissue Mike Cooper album


Lindsay Todd and Stuart Leath’s label commit White Shadows In The South Seas to vinyl.

In 2013, Firecracker Recordings founder Lindsay Todd and Emotional Response boss Stuart Leath co-founded Sacred Summits, a label promising to offer a weird and wonderful arch of “cave-dwelling, tree-dwelling or synth-dwelling sounds.” The label’s first release came from Mexican multi-instrumentalist Luis Pérez, reportedly a specialist in the field of pre-Columbian musical instruments, while subsequent releases have come from Nurse With Wound and Current 93 associate Colin Potter (whose work recently made our Best Reissues column) and an all impressive chunk of Swedish proto-techno by Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia sourced from a 1989 cassette by Tilburg label Katheros Foundation.

Sacred Summits have revealed its next release will be a reissue of British folk, experimental and ambient producer/guitarist Mike Cooper’s White Shadows In The South Seas, a CD album originally put out by Australian label Room40 in 2013. Like this year’s Fratello Mare, an 11-track LP taking in Cooper’s lap steel playing mixed with field recordings captured on islands across South East Asia and the Caribbean, White Shadows In The South Seas can be heard as further extension of Cooper’s “on-going fascination with all things Pacific.” 

As Sacred Summits explain, “Cooper moves beyond a passion for Islander kitsch, creating a unique infusing music which translates the insights and challenges the notion of Blues and beyond… Fusing ambient, exotica and field recordings, the sound is of sunset-like dreams spanning the shores in pulsing waves of richly coloured rhythms, tropical sound fields and Polynesian-inspired slide guitar.” Preview the album below.

Sacred Summits will release White Shadows In The South Seas by Mike Cooper in December.

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A1. Dr. Derelict
A2. Beached
A3. White Shadows
A4. Po Mahina
B1. Night Flower Tapu
B2. Each Day At Dusk
B3. What Cares Paradise
C1. A White Shadow Passes
C2. Lung Collapse
C3. The Ordeal
D1. Tiki Tampoo
D2. Hilo Hanakahi
D3. Tapu Lifted
D4. Jalan Sam Heng

Header image by Greg Clovelly

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