Moribund Tree is one of those anomalous, ultra-niche record labels that you can't believe is based in Orange County. Founder Steven Antonio decided to create a label that releases only
It sounds extreme, "but there are a lot of nature and spirituality themes," he explains. "The ambiance is a good way to project the feeling of nature into music." In addition, most of their releases are on cassette to capture that feeling more accurately.
Antonio always wanted to start a record label, he said, and he started Moribund Tree (named after a song from Pan's Labyrinth) in 2007. It's a purely DIY venture: each release is made up of 30 tapes, and he makes five cassettes at a time. He makes the packaging himself, dubs the tapes and works directly with the artists that he finds on "MySpace, mostly."
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On his roster? "There's lot of ambient black metal coming from Canada right now."
2. Niege & Noirceur
3. Venowl ("an extreme noise project")
4. Yuko Imada ("Anaheim native that makes both harsh noise and ambient music as well as runs local record label Zoom Lens")