Stunningly well-presented, potentially Kallax-buckling 2LP incarnation of the legendary (it's the company you keep!) 2000 CD-R compilation A Lowtides Rising.
Originally released on Antony Milton's PseudoArcana in 2003, it's an epic who's-who of the New Zealand underground at the turn of the century, a loose constellation of inspired/insane DIY musicians and home-recordists whose influence today belies their humble intentions and means of production/dissemination: Pumice, Peter Wright, Kunst/Veet (Witcyst), CJA & Anamarie, Sleep, Donald McPherson, GFrenzy, Kieran Monaghan, Swagger Jack, Birchville Cat Motel, Richard Francis, 1/3 Octave Band, Tim Cornelius, Seht, Antony Milton and James Kirk. Fördämning Arkiv, the reissue outgrowth of I Dischi Del Barone gives these lot the regal, big-boy treatment they deserve (but probably wouldn't dream of giving themselves), spreading the 16 tracks across four sides of vinyl and housing them in a "deluxe deluxe" (seriously, you can SMELL the quality) gloss gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Milton and FA's own Matthias Andersson.
An embarrassment of riches: G Frenzy’s ‘Tonight the Kids Sleep In The Car’ sounds like a demo for a Flying Nun island-hit that never was, Peter Wright and 1/3 Octave Band’s contributions repurpose downhome folk instruments and motifs for expansive, dronal free improvisation in finest Jewelled Antler fashion, James Kirk pushes things into fully crepuscular minimal ambient zone, and CJA instigate what sounds like the greatest sewer-rock-n-roll song of all time before abandoning it abruptly after 25 seconds and quite simply fucking off… too good. 16 tracks in all, hard-cut diamonds all. Yeah it's expensive... but diamonds are forever! Edition of 250.