the geography trip – Coastal Defences

Check out this stellar mix by ‘the geography trip‘ featuring “Fathom” by Synek.


Don’t Take Our Word For It…

Listen to what other’s are saying about SYNEK – Paradiba EP (Limited Edition Cassette)

Antònia Folguera
“The cassette is great, has a fantastic packaging (only thing I don’t like is that the Rano logo gets divided once you take the paper that holds everything together) I like Fathom very much, I’m especially a fan of the VLGRGRLZ remix. Rano should be really proud, this is an excellent minimalist dark ambient cassette! I’ll play it on the radio or add it to a mixtape soon!

Provided the sounds and looks of the Paradiba EP by Synekkkkk, the Rano brand looks very promising. The six tracks of Paradiba are minimalist and atmospheric and take the listener to an urbex promenade to post-communist eastern Europe abandoned spaces, through layers of drones and echoes here and there, that give a sense of spaciousness sometimes and others the lack of it, as if travelling through corridors of darkness. Paradiba takes advantage of the particular sound of the cassette format, there is never a moment of silence: the sound of the tape takes you from track to track. The DIY cardboard packaging is excellent and thoughtful, probably Rano will have to release a new edition soon!”

Best Available Technology
“Enjoying my copy. Fills a gap between the Eraserhead sound design (Alan Splet brilliance) and SunnO))) sonic moods”

“Synek tapessss look dope”

Haruko Hirukawa
“The sound combines the dark, solemn mood with an industrial atmosphere. It takes us to an expanding universe in our mind. Simply one of the best ambient EPs ever.”

Opal Tapes
“It’s a lovely item and in all honesty I haven’t opened it as I don’t want break the seal as such. I’ve burnt the digital to disc and play that and just stare at the exterior wondering what might lie inside.”

Sex Lies Magnetic Tape
“Been really enjoying the Paradiba e.p from Synek (Rano) recently, really deep and spacious with just the right amount of suspense and darkness to keep the listener engaged which is no mean feat over tracks of this length.
Fathom is a caustic and metallic plunge into the unknown whilst Paradiba throws layers of distortion and feedback onto a hissing, screaming fire of evilness, the VLGRGRLZ remix of Fathom takes this already massive soundscape and hammers it into something even more monolithic.
Packaging is first class too, a great release”

Spoonful Of Tar
“Get yourself some cold, minimal Polish noise. It’s all quite atmospheric and well thought out. There’s clattering and giant wooshes of scrawl but is still kind of ambient.
I quite like the label’s brief manifesto:-

Producing limited edition recordings of unique music from around the world. Our goal is to be sought after, not saturated. The items we create will never be mass-produced.
Good things come in small quantities!

Nice they’re doing it both ways. A short run (20) of well packaged, nicely done cassettes but also for FLAC download. Shows a confidence and belief in the sound. That they’ve actually put effort and thought into it. Y’know, not just something tossed out in ten minutes on Fag Tapes.”

“Setting the tone for a new tape label RANO, ‘Paradiba’ is a journey into abstract drones & digital static. While Ambient/Noise music is nothing new to us, Synek explores the sound with refreshing imagination. Perfect solitary headphone listening. Highly recommended. (I also enjoy the backwards flip) haha”

Ssalien Group
“Nice Drones, Keep it up”

The Outer Church
“Like taking a crawl through the long dark ventilation shaft of the soul.”

Although the tapes have sold out you can still download the album in digital format.


As you may know, last week we sold out of our limited edition cassette tape by Synek.  We are very pleased with the results of this first release and would like to thank the people from England, United States, Canada, Spain, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and Poland who purchased our music. We hope you will continue to support RANO.

Last week was a pretty big week for us as far as sales went, and we landed ourselves in (what looks like) the #1 spot on the Best Selling Electronic Cassette list on Bandcamp.

We know it’s not a Grammy, but we’re still very proud to have our humble little label on a list of any kind within our first month of operation. We could not have done it without your support.

Although we’re sold out of tapes, we hope you’ll tell your friends about us. Let them know they can still download the entire tape in digital format. You can name your own price and make a donation or have the music for free, but you will need to provide an email address for the latter.

Thanks again from all of us at RANO. We hope to see you back for our next release.