VDSQ - 021
Chuck Johnson's pedal steel guitar debut delivers a group of pieces for ambient meditation. Recorded in a single two-week session during late 2015, and subsequently arranged/constructed/treated in the studio in spring of 2016, Balsams is awash in layers of tonal perfection. The album constantly evolves while maintaining a unified approach across both sides. Balsams is a record that lives outside genre and time, one that continues to develop with each successive deep listen. A unique expansion in the VDSQ catalog, Balsams is an album created in the hopes of providing solace and regenerative energies for many years to come.
VDSQ - 020
Anthony Pasquarosa focuses the third eye back to 1910 to conjure a lysergic spaghetti Western experience. Expect to be transported to another realm where gunshots, galloping horses and psychedelic gunslingers mark the terrain. Pasquarosa reveals himself to be a master stylist and his third full length for VDSQ shows the widescreen breadth of his cinematic vision. Abbandonato Da Dio Nazione is expansively packaged with hand drawn artwork from the guitarist himself. Western's have never sounded like this.
VDSQ - 019
Mark McGuire reminds us why he is among the most beloved guitarists of our new age. McGuire returns to VDSQ with a beautiful album of fractal introspection, a succinct collection of deeply melodic and emotive themes. Ideas of Beginnings is a direct statement of modern guitar, running the gamut from brightly focused acoustic compositions to late night electric vapor trails. Ideas of Beginnings is another highlight from this iconic 21st Century guitarist.
VDSQ - 018
A widescreen, cinematic vision for acoustic guitar composition from this classically trained Icelandic artist. From minimal tone poems to densely melodic ballads, VDSQ solo acoustic Volume 14 presents a deeply personal approach to modern guitar that takes us on a journey of unexpected beauty.
VDSQ - 017
Rarely has a guitarist emerged with as distinctive and singular a voice as Dorji has with this series of nylon-string improvisations. Recorded in the U.S. and Bhutan, VDSQ solo acoustic Volume 13 stands as a defining document of a great 21st Century guitarist.
VDSQ - 011
VDSQ Records is proud to release the second album by Matthew Mullane, Hut Variations. Among the more revelatory contemporary guitarists, Mullane's new album is a further progression in terms of technique, composition and performance. Limited edition of 500 copies in heavy stock, spot-gloss jackets.
VDSQ - 011.1
An Improvisation in two parts, housed in a handmade letterpress sleeve. Limited to 250 copies.
VDSQ - 007
Anthony Pasquarosa-12-string alchemy from the wilderness of Western MA, Pasquarosa's compositions transfix with hypnotic finger-picked melodies of a true occult nature. Known for his work under the Crystalline Roses moniker, his acoustic playing resounds with mysticism and unknown pleasures.
VDSQ - 006
Four string minimal symphonies for the grey side of America. Each note perfectly placed for maximum solitude. Karpinski offers a starkly melodic album of nighttime instrumentals
VDSQ - 005 - Special Art Edition
100 copies signed and numbered by Thurston with exclusive art from Christina Carter and Bill Nace. Only available through VDSQ site and a limited number through our sister label’s site Thin Wrist Recordings.
VDSQ - 005
Solo, untreated, 12-string compositions in tribute to one of the greats.
An album of instrumentals in requiem.
VDSQ - 004
This recording came to us as an unsolicited demo and was a revelation in its intricate beauty and unique phrasings. Hailing from small town Ohio, this young player encapsulates everything exciting about modern composition for acoustic guitar. Performed live in one take. No overdubs.
VDSQ - 003
12-String songs and arrangements from a true master of the instrument, Brokaw shows a range from waltzes and ballads to experiments and rhythms.
VDSQ - 002
Melodic ballads and new pieces from Emeralds guitarist spark new inovations and memories thought to be lost.
VDSQ - 001
A new voice in the Ragtime and American Primitive guitar-playing lineage, Blatchley offers a unique interpretation of both new and traditional compositions.