Today, Belgian label Dauw are proud to announce the forthcoming release of ‘Seafoam & Dust,’ a vinyl discography of modular artist r beny’s first four albums on a limited edition run of 300 clear vinyl. Individual copies of each album will also be available on a limited run with new artwork designed by skrewstudio.
The four albums that make up ‘Seafoam & Dust’ were all initially released on cassette and digitally, establishing r beny – the electronic ambient project of Bay Area-based artist, Austin Cairns – as one of the most gifted modular artists around. Blending fragile melodies with deep, textural washes, r beny is able to craft an organic sonic palette from purely electronic sources.
Having previously played guitar in industrial post-rock bands, Cairns found himself giving up music due to a frustration with the guitar and some personal difficulties around 6 years ago. Sometime later, a friend introduced him to modular synths and he found himself instantly connected like he had never been with the guitar. As he explored the sonic potential at his fingertips, he set up a YouTube channel using the name r beny (cribbed from photographer Roloff Beny) to show how he used his equipment.
His YouTube channel exploded due to the melodic sensibility he pairs with the deep, technical aspects of modular synthesis. It didn’t take long before he was being persuaded to release music – he did so through bandcamp, where his limited-run cassette releases sell out instantly, forging a real name for himself as an “artist’s artist”. Initially a placeholder name, r beny has become an underground phenomenon and one of the most revered names in ambient music.
Dauw is a Belgian label that focuses on minimal, ambient music and represents artists from all around the world. Since its inception in 2014, the label developed a visual aesthetic with graphic artist Femke Strijbol which resulted in a strong and consistent set of releases throughout their first five years of existence. Currently, Dauw are developing their visual identity by welcoming Maarten De Naeyer (skrewstudio) as a new in-house designer. More than ever, Dauw is offering a home for musicians and graphic artists, encouraging their practices and engaging interactions between different art disciplines.