[Many local labels are offering obscure reissues and innovative new releases on all conceivable formats. Label Sampler is an occasional column that profiles a different Bay Area independent label in each edition.]
Name: Moon Glyph
Owner: Steve Rosborough
Headquarters: Moon Glyph is currently located in Rosborough's home in downtown Oakland. He recently relocated from Minneapolis, where many of the label's artists are based.
Musical focus: To encapsulate the genre focus of his label, Rosborough reluctantly uses the term "psychedelic." The tag is misleading, though. While a thread of otherworldliness runs through the kaleidoscopic fabric of Moon Glyph's roster, a sole adjective doesn't do justice to label's 50-plus releases since 2009. Rosborough's personal affinity for ambient electronic (the genre of his own music as Olives and other monikers) makes it well represented. So are PC Worship's crude rock experimentalism and Leisure Birds' hypnotic and cosmic rock. Drone, musique concrète, electronica -- Moon Glyph's eclecticism illustrates Rosborough's open-mindedness and refusal to deal in codified sounds. "I'd rather listen to a half-baked new idea than a hyper-polished old idea," he says.