Pole of Cold

by Ice Yacht



Originally released 2015 on cassette by Fragment Factory
[FRAG34] Pole of Cold - C40 cassette, 100 numbered copies - now sold out

by Aquarius Records
Philip Sanderson has told more than a few tall tales in his time. Back in the early '80s, he produced a handful of industrial-dirge-drone tracks under the pseudonym Claire Thomas and Susan Vezey, nearly convincing the nascent Cherry Red Records to publish a full album from Claire and Susan until they found out that two women were not behind the project. Sanderson and his cohort Steven Ball were the miscreants behind The Storm Bugs and they ran the very impressive Snatch Tapes imprint, much of whose back catalogue had been finely reissued by Vinyl On Demand. Sanderson had also been the author to the project Ice Yacht, which had only released a single track on one the Snatch Tape compilations. The story behind this tape reads as follows - Sanderson (or as the press release states, just Ice Yacht) had the daft idea of retracing the journey of Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen to the North Pole sometime in the early '80s. Here's where the story breaks down, as Sanderson / Ice Yacht somehow lost the only recording of an unreleased album while on that journey, only to have the 'vacuum-sealed tape' find its way into the hand of Fragment Factory in Germany. Hardly plausible, but then, many were convinced of the authenticity of those Jurgen Muller recordings. While there could be something about there being a long-lost Ice Yacht recording from back in the '80s, it's more likely that Sanderson has recorded in this day and age. Thankfully, he's bolstered his fictions with a deliciously vintage sounding album of crude/cold sequences for oblique metallic synth-noise monotone. Somewhere between Factrix, Thought Broadcast, and of course Sanderson's own Storm Bugs. Numbered tapes of just 100 copies.


released March 17, 2016

Producer/Performer – Philip Sanderson
Artwork [Uncredited] – Michael Muennich



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A DIY post-punk experimental label started by Philip Sanderson, three compilation cassettes (Snatch 1-3) were released between 1979 and 1981 as well as tapes by Storm Bugs, David Jackman, and Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey. Since 2001 there have been numerous re-issues on vinyl and CD. This Bandcamp site features digital versions of old and brand new material. ... more

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