Holy Page Compilation 2011
Christian Filardo has a lot of passion for music. Holy Page Records, his net label, shows this off. Since it first started early this year, it has released records at a breakneck pace. Even my devotion to music consumption pales in comparison to this great Arizonian. Until now you could only get these albums online. Well, things are about to change.
On July 1st Holy Records will offer their first physical release. The net label now is a real label. Besides being a fan of the digital format, Christian appears to be fond of the cassette culture. He’s mastered 50 tapes, complete with artwork done by hand. So all those collages you’ve seen him do can be physically felt, adored, cherished, and loved.
You don’t need to wonder about the music sounds like: all the tracks are free for download here. The quality is what you’d expect from Holy Page Records: endearing, lo-fi, and memorable. Some of these are new artists; others are ones which should be familiar to those who have followed Holy Page since its inception many weeks ago. As I typed that, I realized this label isn’t even a year old yet has provided me with some favorites of mine already, “arcsin(100)” and “Phoenix Sons” in particular, though I’m sure there will be more.
The compilation idea is genius. Christian has introduced a large amount of bands via his label already. A casual observer might have difficulty in keeping up with the volume of releases. 25 tracks is a rather large compilation but music should be large in general. Some of these artists haven’t been featured on Holy Page before. This is their first time. With some of the new artists I hope it isn’t the last time we’ll be seeing them. Keeping true to a ‘pop ideal’ none of the tracks goes much beyond five minutes, with most in the two to three minute range.
Each cassette costs $6 USD. For that you get a physical copy, evidence that Holy Page Records exists. I like this idea. After watching Christian constantly uploading new stuff, I’m glad to see him up to the next stage in his passion project: creation of a new, physical product. Considering the amount of time he’s spent on it he’s definitely earned it.
Why am I interested in this project? Besides the obvious answer “I like music” part of me feels Christian is a kindred spirit. Both of us offer a great product to the internet free of charge. Every day we return to our computers to offer something great to the mighty lord of the internet. He’s released this compilation cassette; I released an e-book. Together we try to bring music to more and more new ears, though his approaches involves actually making music, mine’s more of a ‘Public Service Announcement’ (PSA) deal.
Pre-order from him and you get a free digital zine (for those of you too young, a zine was like a blogspot but in print) and an original drawing from him. Did I mention he draws as well? Christian Fildaro works harder than me I guess but then I’m a sloth.
I’m excited. You should be too. Listen here. Enjoy!