We'd like to start our reflection on 2012 with a gesture of appreciation. Dustin O'Halloran – at his stunning live performance at the Barbican Hall in May this year – mentioned his relationship with FatCat and his label-mates. Though we were pleased, flattered, at the time, it is rare that we have opportunity to return our gratitude and express our thanks to the artists who make our jobs so rewarding, enjoyable and fruitful. So, if you have released a record with us in 2012, worked with an artist, put on a show, allowed us to feature your demo on our mini-site (etc. etc.), you are likely to be on the expansive list of people to whom this small gesture is offered. This would all be a lot more difficult without you.
There was a certain dread of the workload we had set ourselves when we initially wrote out our 2012 release calendar at the end of last year. A brief scan through our release list for the year reveals one of the busiest schedules FatCat has undertaken since its inception. It has included 10 full-length albums – including 3 debut LPs and 2 remix albums – as well as their respective satellite single or EP releases and a handful of short-run limited editions. Happily foiling this, however, is our confidence that plenty of the music here will soon come to represent an important, indelible part of the personality and history of the label, released by artists whose names may eventually serve as real currency in our future endeavours. PAWS, US Girls and Breton – to name just the debutants – might come to be the bands that we mention when opening conversations with a brand new artist whose work we admire.
Our post-classical imprint 130701 recorded another successful year, principally guided by its figureheads Max Richter, Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran and Johann Johannsson. The latter three composers toured the Transcendentalists triple-headliner across Europe in early May (as mentioned above) to rapturous response, with the accompanying Transcedentalism 12" EP selling out almost immediately. The stable also expanded to include Parisien composer Sylvain Chauveau this year, who released his gorgeous unreleased collection Simple in November. Elsewhere, Hauschka boldly widened his remit beyond the orchestral sphere to release a series of remix EPs (here and here) featuring heavyweight guest collaborators; an album continuing the project followed digitally in November, and will be released physically in February.
We approach 2013 with a similar balance of apprehension and excitement. The release calendar for next year is already beginning to closely resemble the scale of 2012's, but already neatly and satisfyingly mixes new signings with returns from more established artists. Already ready for preview is music from Mice Parade's fantastic Candela album; the long-awaited, aforementioned physical release of Hauschka's Salon des Amateurs remix project; the first single from Ores and Minerals, the follow-up to Mazes' acclaimed 2011 LP. Amazon recently made available a free, 10-track sampler made up partly of forthcoming material, which can be found here.
Following this write-up will be a collection of artists' and staff top ten picks for the year just passed – further reasons to celebrate 2012 in one sense, and a final review in anticipation of 2013 in another.
So, to book-end this write-up: thank you for reading; we'll see you next year.
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