STILL WATER RECORDINGSStill Water Recordings is a new label emerging from New York City founded by Christopher Cruz of Post-Metal outfit So Hideous. The label’s main objective is to establish an artist’s vision without the boundaries or constrictions of genre. Still Water Recordings is currently home to a diverse roster of talented acts such as TIGER FLOWERS, Figmennt, Teleskopes and Everyone Dies In The End.

Christopher Cruz states, “I wanted to create an outlet that can shine light on local acts who deserve the efforts of exposure. I sign music that I ultimately feel should be heard by a larger audience.


20 Years of Incredible Artists In One Playlist

20th Anniversary PlaylistWith 20 years of music distribution under our belts, The Orchard has grown to amass a huge catalog of funky hits, slow jams, mind-melting metal and everything in between.

The Orchard was founded to share independent music with the world. These releases power The Orchard and inspire the future of the industry. To celebrate our long history of servicing talented creators, our playlist aficionados have put together a list of tracks to exemplify our talented family of artists and labels.


Welcome, Clint N.!

Clint NewsomIntroducing, Clint Newsom, Software Engineer, Physical Distribution

Hi, my name is Clint Newsom and I’m joining The Orchard as a Software Engineer on the Physical Distribution team. I’ve worked in software development professionally since 2008 and have developed web applications for a number of New York institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, The New York Public Library and Columbia University. My most recent projects include rebuilding and a wide array of engineering projects at


The Orchard Jumps On Jordan Ross’s “Thumper”

The Orchard’s film team won a gem at Tribeca, taking home the full North American rights to Jordan Ross‘s star-studded directorial debut Thumper

Written and directed by Ross, Thumper stars Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black, The Wire), Eliza Taylor (The 100), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Ben Feldman (Mad Men) to name a few. Luckily you won’t need to wait too long to see this crew in action as the film is slated for a 2017 release. (more…)

The Orchard Broadens Worldwide Reach

Red distribution

After 20 years of “distribution done right,” The Orchard is making its biggest move yet.

Sony Music Entertainment has combined all regional distribution efforts under The Orchard name. What does this mean for us? An increased global presence, a united team of industry professionals and a network of local support stronger than ever before with offices in over 30 territories worldwide.

We are extra excited in the NYC office as we welcome the RED Distribution team under our roof. As The Orchard, the unified company will offer unparalleled levels of comprehensive service to the independent community. (more…)