Vague Embry and The Liquid Dwelling

by Havadine Stone

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Side A 21:10
Side B 21:14



One of the most rewarding aspects of running a label is constantly having your world flipped upside-down by artists who are uniquely and wholly transparent in their self-expression, while making clear leaps and bounds in their own creative process over time, leaving a body of work to admire and revisit. With that said, we're very stoked to finally present the next release on Reserve Matinee.

'Vague Embry and The Liquid Dwelling' is the solo work of Chicago's own Havadine Stone, one of our favorite artists who continues to challenge, inspire, and outright blow us away with her live performances and home recordings; particularly an unforgettable, jaw-dropping live set at the Options house in Albany Park in February of this year.

Digitized from the master tape that was left in our mailbox, 'Vague Embry...' leaves you feeling clued in on Havadine's personal journey while being thrust into a wild world of found sounds, textures, piano, guitar & voice vignettes, and dialogue. A certain tension is created from the cassette-baked blank spaces in between moments, and much of the "dialogue" we hear has a candid feel, often snippets of the artist speaking in a contemplative and beautifully poetic manner. The last 10 minutes or so of this tape is something to behold, displaying the true emotional and dynamic capacity of the human voice.

Split into two 21-minute sides, it's best to dive in and let go of what you might be expecting at any given minute, as this release will undoubtedly prove you wrong. Presented in the cassette format with artwork from the artist herself.


released August 24, 2018

credit to:
Watt Khmer Metta Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Chi)
Rizzo the dog prince
Hospital Staff
Airport Security
Billie Horse
San Francisco street performer
San Francisco Chinese Opera Club

Dedicated to Daniel Johnston


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