Running counter to the conventional wisdom regarding the current state of the music business, 2009 was a good year for the Albany-based record company Equal Vision Records, but 2010 is looking even better. In 2009, the label issued new releases from such established bands as CIV, the Color Fred, the Fall Of Troy and Portugal. The Man. In addition, Equal Vision also introduced breakout debuts from Closure In Moscow, Life On Repeat, Therefore I Am, This Time Next Year and We Came As Romans. Meanwhile, during the summer of 2009, the Equal Vision family expanded its sonic reach with the launch of the Krishna conscious-music imprint label, Mantralogy Records. “Ten Million Moons” by Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits, was the new label’s debut release. Here’s a clip of the Alabama-based folk group The Snake the Cross the Crown performing “In Time,” from the recently released Equal Vision DVD/CD set, “On a Carousel of Sound, We Go Round,” featuring a documentary about the band that was filmed by director Nicholas Kleczewski in 2007: And Equal Vision is looking forward to an even bigger year in 2010, as the Nippertown indie label pulls out all the stops in celebration of its 20th anniversary. You can expect highly anticipated new releases from Chiodos, Pierce The Veil, Sky Eats Airplane and Isles & Glaciers, as well as several others. In addition, Equal Vision – which released its label debut, Shelter‘s “No Compromise,” two decades ago – is promising a mysterious upcoming new release by “an Equal Vision Records alumni, who will return to release a special album in the Spring,” according to the record label. Let the guessing game begin… Despite the crash ‘n’ burn downward spiral of the the major-label recording industry in the past several years, Equal Vision owner Steve Reddy is optimistic about the label’s future. “I believe what has helped keep us thriving is our commitment to bringing fans the best in alternative/hardcore/indie and whatever new genres and sub-genres pop up, without compromising our integrity,” says Reddy.
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