A Netlabel offering experimental / electronic music
January 2019: MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMER - "Who Do You Think You Are"
"Who Do You Think You Are?" - a question that could be confrontational or contemplative.  A fitting duality for an album this varied.  It's been 3 years  since Mental Health Consumer's most recent album, 2016's ambient excursion "Early Spring Midnight Walks with Us" on Archaic Horizon Records), a long gap considering the prolific catalog from 2006 on.  Whereas "Early Spring Midnight..." was entirely beatless, with subtly shifting atmospheres and sparse melodies, there's nothing subtle or so soothing about "Who Do You Think You Are".  From the get-go, there's an aggressive edge to the analog synths and digital bass lines, layers of drum loops and unnerving effects.  Thematically and stylistically, the new LP hearkens back to MHC's rough-and-ready debut "Help Us Help You", covering a diverse set of electronic genres, mysterious subjects and propelled by big beats and brazen melodies. So who does Mental Health Consumer think they are -practitioners of ambient or aggro techno? Both, it seems, and continually exploring how to merge genres and evolve their unique sound.

October 2018: Jiri Blazek and Brian Ruskin - "Starlight EP"
A companion to the "Walk in the Park" LP, this collection features standout album track "Starlight", alongside an extended dance remix, and several other remixes from the sessions, circa 2011-2012. This was the beginning of the collaboration between Mr. Blazek (Liquid Green) and Mr. Ruskin (Advances in Obsolete Technology, Mental Health Consumer, Down Team Up, Gears in the Rain). It proved to be a prolific period of production, and these tracks represent a collation of versions that were in contention for the album. From the unique, driving, danceable title track, to the aggressive techno of "This Has to Happen Right Now", to the extended ambiance of "Pinot Gris", this EP  documents the mixture of styles and genres favored by the creators. Download at Bandcamp and at Believe in Billy Records!

July 2018: Advances in Obsolete Technology - "Tacit"
Maintaining the momentum of 2017's return on the "Avid Renewal" EP,  Advances in Obsolete Technology showcase their unique production with a glossy new LP entitled "Tacit".  Continuously mixed as a journey through moods and environs, soft synths give way to electric guitar, thunder and birdsong , and fractured beats.  Each track is a juxtaposition of genres, the live and the programmed, the introspective and aggressive. As the title alludes, Tacit delivers its effect through implication and without words of easy description. Listen and Download here!

April 2018: Jiri Blazek & Brian Ruskin - "Walk in the Park"
"Walk in the Park" is the first album-length collaboration between Jiri Blazek and Brian Ruskin, begun in 2012. Though they never met in person, tracks, files and remixes were exchanged over the ocean via email for several years. They merged their individual styles, creatively collaborating to produce a surprising, cohesive, continuously-mixed album. In its final form, "Walk in the Park" incorporates multiple electronic genres, and takes the listener down many paths, shifting between sunlight and shade.   Listen and download at Bandcamp...Includes a bonus pdf of album artwork.

January 2018:  Jiri Blazek & Brian Ruskin - "Remember To Let Go"
This is the latest collaboration between Mr. Blazek and Mr. Ruskin, who have been swapping files, loops, beats, tracks and remixes for years...across the ocean and many time zones. They've never met, but they share some key inspirations, and have an appreciation for expanding their tracks to incorporate each others' styles and strengths (see their 2015 release Steps Before the Final Installment).  

"Remember To Let Go" is a continuously mixed EP blends electro, techno, ambient and experimental elements.  Free to listen and download here!

September 2017: GEARS IN THE RAIN - "Entrainment"
The concept of entrainment through music (or "biomusicology") related to synchronization with a rhythm. Patterns of notes and especially beats can encourage the listener to move, dance, clap, or - in the case of this album - relax.  

Gears in the Rain returns with their first release since the 2012 album "Right on the Edge" (released on the late, great Secret Station Records).  The record is awash with atmospheric ambience, field recordings of nature, unobtrusive drums and palindrome note patterns that are designed to calm you and encourage some reflection or retrospection.  

The record is free to download and stream Right Here!
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January 2017:    ADVANCES IN OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY - "Avid Renewal" EP
The aptly-named "Avid Renewal" EP is a return to the hard-hitting, yet melodic techno and electro that Advances in Obsolete Technology specialized in during the 2000's. Resurfacing in 2010 with the  experimental "Scary Tale" EP and the immersive, edgy
 "If I Keep Up This Way" album, Advances in Obsolete Technology (a.k.a. AViD) have proven that heavy beats, rolling basslines and loads of synths can combine in ways that are both dance-able and well-suited for careful headphone listening.  

This new extended play powers through 4 uptempo tracks that relentlessly layer hook after hook.  Opening track "Infinite Runner" clocks in at 15:39, but you'd never know it, given its locked-in marathon groove and shifting melodies. Up next is "Groundwork", which builds a lattice of beats and old-school electro counter-melodies.  "Elephant's Room" features deep synth bass lines, acid squelches lumbering all about your head space.  Closing track "Late Night Mind (Intersession January '02)" lives up to its name, capturing the over-activity of a nostalgic insomniac with no time for sleep, thanks to driving beats and swooping synths on a bed of lush chords. 

"Avid Renewal" is available for free download from Believe in Billy Records! Go get it!

              "Early Spring Midnight Walks with Us" 

Calling all night owls and insomniacs: here’s the soundtrack for your late-night pondering. Available for free download from Archaic Horizon Records.

With “Early Spring Midnight Walks with Us”, Mental Health Consumer delivers an immersive, continuously-mixed record of ambient pads and drones, gently progressing melodies, and field recordings from a night outside. As the hours advance, the environs and moods shift, just as one’s perspective changes when seeing the world turned magical by moonlight, or when making memories on the other side of the clock.

Producer Brian Ruskin puts it this way: “I’ve always been a night owl and have struggled with insomnia. This album reflects that uneasy juxtaposition of wanting/not wanting to be awake with your thoughts.  That’s why nighttime on the edge of spring is inspiring, comforting to some but also slightly uneasy: it’s too warm to be this late, too cool to feel calm. Maybe I should be at home sleeping, or perhaps this is just when and where I will figure things out.”

The hallmarks of Mental Health Consumer’s sound, showcased on previous Archaic Horizon release “Same Places, Different Times” are firmly in place here: organic recordings and live instrumentation are integrated with programmed, yet emotive sounds. “Early Spring Midnight Walks with Us” is the most ambient, and perhaps most ambitious record in Mental Health Consumer’s catalog – forgoing beats entirely and concentrating on varied atmospheres that evoke those late night searches, private or shared.

 Also, do check out the incredible Archaic Horizon catalog of experimental electronic artists.

  Please check out our Artists' pages and Catalog  to find more music!