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sacred places in the city

by Vlor

paper plane 02:03
heart shaped 02:01
automatic 02:50
metro 01:37
easy chain 01:37
final fire 02:46
post 01:19
red crushed 01:27
twin 01:38
pleas 03:22
an ending 05:17


Vlor originally started way back in 1992 consisting of best friends Brian John Mitchell (Remora) & Russell Halasz with acoustic guitars doing Cure & Bauhaus covers. A lack of money for delay & reverb & looping units led to experimentation with natural reverbs in odd rooms & repetitive guitar drones, arpeggios, & riffs. In 1997 Vlor recorded the
Lavished EP in a racquetball court & in 1998 Vlor recorded the
Luxate EP on a four track. Unfortunately 1998 seemingly marked the end of Vlor with Russell deciding to move to Florida for flight school.
The plans to do another release tentatively titled "sacred places in the city" seemed to be impossible as holidays, over-time work, & family time made demands on Brian & Russell’s time. In January of 1999 a few days before Russell moved they had a final recording session in Brian’s bedroom mixed through a four-track & straight into a mini-disc recorder. While the sound quality suffers at times from too hot of sound levels going in to the recorder, we like to think this lo-fi embrace translates to heart & honesty instead of sloppiness. The songs have a bit of variety with songs like “Pleas” being a clear clone of the Vlor song “Guilt Jersey” from Luxate, while tracks like “post” & “an ending” experiment with reverb units, & the tracks “paper plane” & “automatic” showcase the repitive guitar riff building that was always the signature to Vlor’s songwriting giving the songs a feeling of immediate familiarity.
While this collection was never really meant for release & has in fact sat on the shelf for seven years, with the re-birth of Vlor with the album "a fire is meant for burning" we thought it was important to let people hear the last recording of the original incarnation of Vlor.


released February 3, 2018


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