Looks like those fat cats over at FatCat are getting a little too fat for FatCat! In order to thin themselves out, they’ve recently announced that they’re spilling some of that fat over into a new UK-based sister label. And unlike those despicable sell-outs over at FatCat who are all “I drive two Mercedes at once down to my sunny Del Boca Vista vacation condo that’s made entirely of that Jurrasic Park-grade mosquito amber,” the new label — called Palmist — promises to be so indie, so underground, and SO UTTERLY CLANDESTINE that light itself cannot escape the surface of its hand-drawn logo.
But seriously folks, the new label has this to say about itself:
Based in Brighton, UK, the Palmist label is an independently run sister label of FatCat Records. It is a labour of love project dedicated to releasing limited vinyl-only runs of artists we love and think more people should hear about. Generally much of the music we release comprises of home recordings, or comes from artists with roots in the DIY tradition.
We believe in the beauty of imperfection over glossy sheen, in doing it yourself rather than paying someone else to do it, and, most importantly, in substance over style. At the same time we also appreciate the physical nature of records and this label is a rejection of music existing only as computer files or internet streams. Most of the packaging is done in-house, we hand number and stamp each record and our label is a celebration of natural individuality, from the music we release to the packaging it comes in.
So far, Palmist has put out several 12-inch splits by the likes of Lotus Plaza (other Deerhunter dude’s thing), Odonis Odonis, Bitches, U.S. Girls, Yuppies, and Slim Twig. Check out the Palmist website for more info on those artists and the various totally innovative ways in which they use reverb. Oh, and speaking of “appreciating the physical nature of records” and rejecting “computer files and internet streams” and all that crap, you can download the Lotus Plaza song here and stream everything else online at their site. Cough.