H’art welcomes the new indie label FatCat Records

The British independent label FatCat based in Brighton was founded in 1997 by  David Cawley and Alexander Knight. It’s renowned for both its high quality and the broad diversity of styles that the label and its various imprints (Splinter Series / 130701 / Split Series / Palmist / FCR / 6Dimensions) have nurtured. Fired by an enthusiasm for the sounds emerging from Detroit and Chicago, FatCat began life in 1990 as a tiny independent record store in the London satellite town of Crawley. Ending up in Covent Garden, the shop rapidly gained a reputation as one of the country’s finest outlets for electronic music and became an early champion of the UK electronica scene that began to emerge in the early ‘90s.

 

Shutting its doors in the summer of '97, FatCat began to operate full-time as a record label. From the start, the label began to open up a more challenging and genre-defying space for itself, instead opening out a more adventurous and broad-ranging spectrum of music. After a year spent releasing nearly a dozen 12” singles that cut against preconception that FatCat would continue life as a techno label, FatCat began to release its first albums, building a diverse initial roster of artists - a process which has seen the label continually shift and expand itself to this day. Important bands and musicians are Sigur Rós, Max Richter, Animal Collective, Múm, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, Hauschka, Honeyblood, No Age and C Duncan. Since 2005 FatCat built up an office in Brooklyn, New York as well.

FatCat is focused on a musical range from divergent forms of electronica to all manner of post-rock, singer-songwriter and indie; minimal techno to contemporary piano-based composition to abstract / explosive noise and African guitar trance. The current roster of artists includes Vashti Bunyan, The Twilight Sad, Tal National, Knightstown, C Duncan, Shopping, Honeyblood, Tall Ships, Traams, We were Promised Jetpacks, Breathe Panel, Paws and Mice Parade.

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