Illoin

Contradicting is a way of keeping yourself honest. Excessive and minimal, an emotional wreck of a party, a beautiful horrible moment you wish you could forget, the best and worst you can feel at the same time.... It's the only way to have truth. Illoin has no one way of doing things, and so much is contrary to the rules he has laid down in previous works. Expect nothing and appreciate every moment he brings you to.

Illoin lives on a busted up block in philly with crack dealers for neighbors. (sometimes you can hear them hollering in recordings) he built a sweat lodge in his backyard for his birthday. He has paintings of ships on almost every wall. Birds on the rest. He is accomplished in all things useless and aspires to quit everything functional.


it's true. illoin is a man so riddled with contradictions were not sure if he's working with us or spending every moment of every day working against us. he exudes a kind of mythical quality in everything he does. what kind of a person goes on a self-booked national tour alone in a van? setting up his circus of video projectors, toy instruments, drums, machines, and shifting from each between every song. is it true he spent most of his tour playing alone to the desert? does he really live in a crumbling philadelphia neighborhood? we'll probably never really know for sure...

we met illoin by conincidence, although it could well have been part of his design. someone was looking for a place to crash and venues to play across the southwest and after checking out his release on collision-collider records (under the name vertebrae) we offered him some help in austin.

little did we know that some band with lawyers would drive an end to illoin's collision-collider release by threatening legal action. artwork was fixed, records re-labeled, and soon illoin was re-released by notenuf. since then we've been firmly devoted to the cult of andrew.

it's hard to describe illoin's music because, as we've learned, it knows no limits. his first full length release "pinafore" is a somber collection of downtempo synthesis and hybrid-electronics. poppy melodies blend with sputtering percussion to paint a landscape reminiscent of icelandic pop-stars Múm and Morr Music releases. it is truely beautiful music. his latest work is more structured and up front, featuring more vocals and more complex instrumentation. he has also been making appearances with the philly-based VIP.

we never know what is going on. but we love it. and you will too.

RELEASES
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Illoin
Pinafore (CD)

Out of Print

pinafore is a re-release in conjunction with collision/collider records. formerly known as vertebrae (until a trademark dispute), philly's illoin recorded this album in a farmhouse turned recording studio in rural pennsylvania. utilizing accordions, acoustic drums, and sequenced electronics, illoin creates landscapes to worlds filled with sullen windmills and lighthouse ruins. andrew ryan met up with the folks at notenuf when he embarked on a month-long one-man show all across the U.S. his journey found him playing in cowboy bars, living rooms, and at the break of dawn to the joshua tree national park. when his sun soaked melodies and organic textures found their way to austin, he did nothing short of knocking our socks off. we are proud to share the deeply honest and emotionally genuine songs on "pinafore" with everyone who missed out the first time around.

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Illoin
Pinafore (LP)

Out of Print

pinafore is a re-release in conjunction with collision/collider records. formerly known as vertebrae (until a trademark dispute), philly's illoin recorded this album in a farmhouse turned recording studio in rural pennsylvania. utilizing accordions, acoustic drums, and sequenced electronics, illoin creates landscapes to worlds filled with sullen windmills and lighthouse ruins. andrew ryan met up with the folks at notenuf when he embarked on a month-long one-man show all across the U.S. his journey found him playing in cowboy bars, living rooms, and at the break of dawn to the joshua tree national park. when his sun soaked melodies and organic textures found their way to austin, he did nothing short of knocking our socks off. we are proud to share the deeply honest and emotionally genuine songs on "pinafore" with everyone who missed out the first time around.

[CLEAR VINYL VERSION] Please note that internationl shipping charges are higher for this than our other releases.

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