After 50 LP releases, the label that’s released that likes of Joe McPhee, Call Back The Giants and Moniek Darge says it is time to “pull down the blinds”
New York's Kye record label will cease trading this December. Announcing the news via Facebook, founder Graham Lambkin stated: “Now is the time to say goodbye. After 50 LPs and 60 overall releases it feels like the right time to pull down the blinds... I would like to thank all the artists, distributors, friends and supporters who helped keep Kye alive, varied and interesting.”
Its first release was 2001’s Tomb Of Speed, a small run chapbook of Lambkin’s poems and lyrics with a CD-R, later republished as part of the collection Dumb Answer To Miracles by Penultimate Press. Since then label has worked with Jason Lescalleet, Helm, Vanessa Rossetto, Dan Melchior, The Wire’s Matt Krefting, fellow Shadow Ring member Tim Goss's group Call Back The Giants, fellow Poughkeepsie resident Joe McPhee, and many more. The label has explored its own distinctive area between field recording, art and lo-fi experimentation, including notable archival projects by European artists such as Moniek Darge, Henning Christiansen and Anton Heyboer.
“I always found the idea of a conscious conclusion far more appealing than a ‘whatever happened to...?’ scenario”, explains Lambkin on email. “It's also becoming increasingly ridiculous/frustrating to have vinyl produced in the US... as someone who has had to sit on numerous occasions and physically place every LP of a 500 run on the turntable to check for warps the enthusiasm does tend to ebb.”
The final two releases are already out: Absence, a part live, part archive release of "visionary cassette-based constructs" by Maths Balance Volumes, and Gabi Losoncy’s HH, which Lambkin describes as “two sides of psychologically dense nothingness,” concluding: “The coffin lid comes down on the rainbow.”
Kye will be taking orders until 1 December, and there are plans for a new London based label on the horizon. Listen to Dumb Answers To Miracles below: