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a brief history of Vlor:
The first incarnation of Vlor dates to 1992-1994 as an alternative pop band (there are no recordings from this era). The two prominent members were Brian John Mitchell on vocals & Russell Halasz on guitar.
In 1997, Russell Halasz & Brian John Mitchell decided to see what it would sound like to play acoustic guitars in a racquetball court. It was recorded with a Sony VAS recorder, sounded far better than expected, & eventually went on to become the majority of the first Vlor cassette - Lavished.
In 1998 Mitchell & Halasz recorded Luxate in a bedroom using amplifiers & the VAS recorder.
In 1999 Mitchell & Halasz started the album sacred places in the city recording on to four track cassette, but the album was never completed.
In 2006 after working on making the original Vlor catalog available as digital releases, Mitchell re-started Vlor as a Silber all stars project. Writing guitar parts in the style of the original Vlor pieces & having the songs completed by Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), Mike VanPortfleet (Lycia), Nathan Amundson (Rivulets), Jessica Bailiff, Martin Newman (Plumerai), & Paolo Messere. The result was the album a fire is meant for burning.
2008-2009 marked the recordings of six-winged with a line-up Mitchell (Remora/Small Life Form), Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise), Martin Newman (Plumerai/Goddakk), Michael Wood (Something About Vampires And Sluts), Jessica Bailiff, Annelies Monsere, Jim DeJong (Infant Cycle), Michael Walton (mwvm), & Paolo Messere (6 P.M.).
Vlor in the end is about two things,
friends & music.
CD 2009 | Silber 075
16 tracks, 50 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~83 megs))
The Silber super group returns this time featuring Brian John Mitchell (Remora/Small Life Form), Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), Brian McKenzie (Electric Bird Noise), Martin Newman (Plumerai/Goddakk), Michael Wood (Something About Vampires & Sluts), Jessica Bailiff, Annelies Monsere, Jim DeJong (Infant Cycle), Michael Walton (mwvm), Paolo Messere (6 P.M.), & more. Sounds go from indie pop to punk rock to drone ambient.
|a fire is meant for burning
CD Album 2006 | Silber 051
12 tracks, 41 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~77 megs))
|sacred places in the
MP3 EP 1999/2006 | silber 054
13 tracks, 33 minutes
download zip file | Archive.org page
Originally recorded in 1999, the final sessions from Vlor in the original Halasz/Mitchell line up. Like a low-fi drum-free Mogwai.
Limited CD-R 1996/1998 | silber 005 & 006
34 tracks, 71 minutes
download zip file | Archive.org page
track listing: aver, fin, conceal, through this, in the sea, desire is weak, haunted, decay, edge, serk, go ahead, new days, unseen, ministruct, ion, beneathe, guilt jersey, hiver, valge, intrinsic, lastep, spoke, lack of distance, anonymous heart, swag, comfort, unwant, her house, in spain, oh well, fourty-three, gel
This is so fucking DIY. Totally shit recording, but their hearts are in the right place so that pretty much makes up for it. Musically this should appeal to people into both folk & experimental noise. Good stuff. Pray for a better recording next time...please?" - 6 Hours One Week
Vlor are a duo consisting of Remora's Brian John Mitchell on guitar & Russell Halasz on guitar & bass. Though they are quite experimental at times, Vlor never stray from their keen pop sensibilities on this excellent cassette release. Though very lo-fi - most of the songs here were recorded in one take using a hand held recorder - it's not hard to find the passion in these dark, enchanting instrumentals. Fans of Flying Saucer Attack, especially the early stuff, would probably dig Luxate. - Vendetta
My tape player sits underneath the table & this is the first music that sounds at home there. - Alan Sparhawk