As befitting the month of the Valentine, February will see the second release from No Love, a new label that officially launched on NYE 2015, but which has a history that goes back further than some Toronto musicians have been alive. Jakob Rehlinger is re-starting the label as an accessible offshoot to Arachnidiscs Recordings, his CD and tape label that focuses on fringe and experimental music by local and international artists.
Accessible, of course, is in the ear of the beholder. “When I decided Arachnidiscs was definitely going to be an avant garde label, and adopted the motto ‘weird music for and by weirdos,’ I was getting submissions that were really good and by people in town from bands that I liked, but I’d say no because it didn’t fit the aesthetic.”
Arachnidiscs Recordings has operated since 1999 in Canada, beginning on Vancouver Island and traveling with Rehlinger to Toronto eight years ago, shortly before he first started to put out international releases. If you haven’t heard of the basement label, it could be because you don’t collect cassette cases that self-destroy upon opening, tapes packaged in fuzz or covered in twigs, or albums marketed as “post-rock soundtracks for a lost David Lynch film.”
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