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by AK + Watchword

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    Ltd. 50 black c32s in clear Norelcos with full color art

    Includes unlimited streaming of Fracturing via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Side A 15:10
Side B 15:09


The collision of Andrew Kirschner and Jeff Hatfield's Watchword project, two Cleveland heavyweights in their own right coming together to make a beautiful synth Voltron. You probably know Andrew from his Mistake By The Lake imprint, his impressive and diverse catalog of solo and collabo releases that traverse a long list of the Midwest's most vital tape labels, or perhaps as the dude with impeccable tastes sitting behind the counter at Hanson. Hatfield likewise should need no introduction, from his Field of Hats and Watchword solo jams, to his unfuckwithable work in Fragments (with Zach Troxell) and Outer Space (with John Elliot).

Needless to say, this jam was long overdue. You may have nabbed their split tape when they toured through your town in 2014, or caught Andrew's prior collab with Fragments proper, which Mistake By The Lake dropped last year. Together, on "Fracturing" they reboot a long-dormant alien super-computer found among the ruins of an ancient civilization and use it navigate distant galaxies and traverse star systems unknown.


released November 30, 2016

Andrew Kirschner and Jeff Hatfield - Synths


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