Pour one out :’-( Patient Sounds says goodbye with final tapes from Spencer Adam Grady, Hakobune, and M. Sage

Pour one out :'-( Patient Sounds says goodbye with final tapes from Spencer Adam Grady, Hakobune, and M. Sage

This summer, Chicago based Patient Sounds announced that 2019 would be their final year, with a handful of new releases plus a final Chicago show.

Shortly after that, they shared a mix CD comprised of artists both familiar and new to the label, as a lead in to the show at Chicago’s The Hideout. Ah yes, it was the best of times, it was the blurst of times!

And with the gentle-yet-unceasing flow of time comes the final trio of tapes from M. Sage’s forever 10 year old label. The first spool of sounds comes from Spencer Adam Grady, whose Music For Passive Extremities (for Konrad D.) is described as “a devotional study in remembrance” and “deeply patient and reverent in their essentialist and elegant presentation.”

Next, Japanese ambient artist Hakobune (Takahiro Yorifuji) “abandons his electric axe and effects and picks up an acoustic guitar” on A Fan, Strings, and Two Guitars, which features Zeze Wakamatsu and was recorded by fellow ambient head Chihei Hatakayama (who also provides a B-side remix).

And, in appropriate fashion, M. Sage himself closes the label with Bias Folklore, a “set of side-long sagas reveals a shambolic ambient trickster at play, an unreliable instrumental narrator, a noise-table fabulist.”

Release dates have not been set, but stay tuned to the Patient Sounds shop for ordering info. While you’re there, browse the back catalog, with a veritable who’s who of experimental and ambient composers of the past decade. Farewell, old friends. I’m not crying, you’re crying!




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