New York indie label Unfiltered Records has specialized in unadulterated alternative pop since their first release by Brookville in 2003. Unfiltered was initially a label oriented around releasing musician/producer Andy Chase's own circle of projects including the entire catalog of his critically acclaimed group, Ivy.
The label has also released two albums by Chase's other band, Brookville and Paco, the side project of Ivy's singer Dominique Durand. The label quickly gained traction and began to carve a niche for itself in the world of "moody dream pop."
The Unfiltered artist roster also includes the critically acclaimed debut album from The Postmarks (who spent 5 weeks in the CMJ Top 20) and Brooklyn via New Zealand's The Grey Race.
As a producer, Andy Chase has enjoyed success with the French pop group Tahiti 80, whose debut album "Puzzle" was a critical and commercial hit around the world. Chase also co-owns Stratosphere Sound recording studio in NYC with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Ivy band mate (also in Fountains Of Wayne) Adam Schlesinger.
Stratosphere, a fully-equipped 24 track facility built around a classic Neve console, has quickly become one of the premier "go to" studios in NYC. Unfiltered has recruited Michael Galbe as General Manager. Galbe, who will be handling day to day operations, is joining Unfiltered Records from MTV Networks where he served as Vice President of Music and Talent. Prior to his time at MTV, he spent 9 years as an international marketing executive at Jive Records.
Unfiltered will christen the new partnership with the release of The Postmarks Memoirs At the End of the World on 08/18/09 followed by Brookvilles third album Broken Lights in September. Unfiltered also recently signed Ukrainian/New York ingénue, Lana Mir. Her blend of vintage tinged alternative pop has elements of Feist, Nouvelle Vague, Sade and even Billie Holiday. Look for her debut EP this September featuring a cover of the Stone Roses classic "I Wanna Be Adored." 2010 will bring a full length from Lana Mir as well as a brand new Ivy album.
The Postmarks new record comes on the heels of their critically acclaimed 2007 debut and well received 2008 covers album By The Numbers. Pitchfork raved that "The Postmarks self-titled debut may prove to be one of 2007's most sublime pop albums." and Rolling Stone added that The Postmarks "mines the same vein of indie folk popularized by Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian."
The Miami trio fronted by the sultry indie-songstress Tim Vehezkely is currently putting the finishing touches on Memoirs At The End of the World at Chase's Stratosphere Sound in NYC. The Postmarks plan to tour extensively this summer behind their new record. Summer tour info to be announced in the near future.
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