05 August 2015
Utech Records Needs Our Help!
Utech Records has been one of the most important record labels in recent years; key releases by Aural Fit, Fushitsusha, James Plotkin, Sachiko, Skullflower, Lasse Marhaug and Aluk Todolo (at least to me) were sent out to the apathetic world to remind us of great creativity in music/sound art, which provide some solace for many of us in this increasingly bleak world.
Utech Records also released output from Singapore's Arcn Templ (Leslie & Vivian of avant rock band, The Observatory) and facilitate the small but critical sonic emissions from this island to the rest of the world.
If the world of politics are made up of heartless and apathetic technocrats, corporate-sponsored bureacrats and self-serving leaders then the Underground is contrarian to everything that it represents.
Help the family in grief in whatever we can.
Utech Records has, over the past decade, released critically acclaimed albums from established artists such as James Plotkin, Lasse Marhaug, and Justin Broadrick, as well as fostered the work of newer projects like Locrian, Nadja, and Horseback. Many of those artists appear on this digital compilation with exclusive or live material unavailable elsewhere. It is nearly four and a half hours of music, with all of the proceeds going to support the Utech family at this incredibly difficult time. In an era where so many crowd funding campaigns are simply a cash grab, this is one that will truly help a family in need.
The digital compilation is available at http://utechfamilybenefit.bandcamp.com
Kim Utech lost her battle against breast cancer on July 1, 2015. She leaves behind her husband Keith and their two children, 12-year-old son Jackson, and 9-year-old daughter, Piper. Keith's sister-in-law, Michelle Kubler Utech, created a GoFundMe page to raise funds to assist Keith with living expenses while he takes time off to be with their children and to help with the expenses incurred while Kim was receiving treatment.
This compilation, assembled by friends and supporters of Utech Records, contains forty-one tracks worth of exclusive material–some previously unreleased, some recorded live, some created specifically for this release–with a runtime of nearly 4 1/2 hours.
100% of the proceeds (after Bandcamp and PayPal take their cuts) will be donated to the Utech Family Fund.
For more information about the Utech Family Fund, visit the GoFundMe link below: