CHIK WHITE / HOLIDAY RAMBLER (cassette)
Side 15 – Chik White: I Am Muck. You Are The Wind.
CHIK WHITE is the recording alias of Darcy Spidle, star and co-writer of the Canadian cult film, Lowlife, and the guy behind Canadian indie institution Divorce Records. Playing almost like a possible alternative soundtrack to Lowlife, I Am Muck sucks you into a starfish licking world of bizarr0 psych improvisations and avant soundscapes created from “experimental jews harp and acoustic guitar”. Exciting and fearless stream of consciousness music/noise/sound making—like the wind and tides blowing and flowing.
Side 16 – Holiday Rambler: It Lasted A Hundred Years, It Will Last A Hundred More.
“More like coal than gasoline”, HOLIDAY RAMBLER (aka D. Alex Meeks of Hooded Fang infamy) is one of those young men you meet where you simply know they have a time machine buried in their backyard. They’re just too comfortable wearing the attire and diction of yesteryear for it to be entirely an act. The title of this set of songs and sounds, It Lasted A Hundred Years, It Will Last A Hundred More, could be a reference to the timeless/old-timey nature of the Rambler’s American gothic folk-blues. Despite being a relatively young sprout, there’s a lot of gravelly down-home wisdom woven throughout the set of bluegrass and gospel informed tunes with a decidedly end-times feel. Kind of like a Smithsonian Folkways recording from the backwoods of Virginia in an alternate universe where the Great Depression never ended.
27:32 mins // Pro CD-R, thermal print // Spray painted white digipak // Numbered edition of 25
What starts off as a series of hypnotic, metallic pulses slowly gives way to nearly ambient washes of droning white waves (No-Waves to be exact?). On this three track EP of avant electric guitar improvisations, Jakob Rehlinger (of Moonwood) thwacks a prepared Fender Telecaster with mallets and layers those twackings with loop and delay effects. A real Chatham-esque one-man guitar orchestra (guitar solo is my life?). Recorded live in studio, direct to two-track.
Sound collage of news videos, film dialogue, vintage commercials, shortwave radio squelches and anonymous Facebook and Twitter updates read by a text-to-voice screen reader. Additional minimalist percussion and synth textures. A dark portrait of our times as seen through the eyes of the world wide web. Selections edited, compiled and remixed from BABEL’s TRANZMIT “mixtape” series. Includes selections from “Radio EnZyme”, “Interknot” and “Radio Flatline” plus new material.
SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE / MOONWOOD
C44 // edition of 50 // pro-duped // DL code // full-colour insert // special custom poly sleeve packaging Side 13 — SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE Track listing: Many Many Happy Returns / The Contours Of Perfect Distance. They say everything’s bigger in Texas. That includes the mind-expanding tones coming out of out of Silent Land Time Machine’s epic looped violin compositions that weave and drone like tumbleweeds on crack’d black asphalt. Good sounds from bad lands. “Many Many Happy Returns” recorded LIVE at Marigold Studios (R.I.P.) in London, ON “The Contours Of Perfect Distance” recorded LIVE at Le Cagibi, in Montréal, QC, with additional amenities provided by Khôra & Nick Kuepfer. BIO: SLTM; an inadvertent aural accumulator; a fractured signal; a concerted, compassionate memory resistor; the IN/OUT of an organic circuit experiencing itself for the first time; a starry-eyed-bliss-transformer; nerves attaching, detaching, strengthening, and severing; aimed at the clearing of neural circuitry with the frequency of white wind. Side 14 — MOONWOOD, Soul Oaks Track listing: Introlude / Drone #3 / Cardamom #2 / November /Cardamom #1 / Woodpecker Moonwood guitarist, Jakob Rehlinger, works through six electric and acoustic solo guitar improvisations trying to get somewhere in the Easts (Far- and Middle-) while remaining rooted in the Americas. Lyrical, soaring airs played over dark, oily drones. Recorded direct to 2-track live in Moonwood’s rehearsal studio between Nov 2011 and May 2012. BIO: Moonwood is the psych-improv project of Toronto (ON) guitarist Jakob Rehlinger, often joined by Jacqueline Noire on percussion, vocals and woodwinds. Solo or as a duo, Moonwood’s music is informed by (while not necessarily adhering to the traditions of) Tibetan funeral chants, krautrock, Balinese gamelan, classic psychedelic rock, traditional Japanese and South Asian music, dub, free-jazz and the usual grab-bag of avant-folk styles
NICK KUEPFER / KHÔRA split tape
C44 // edition of 50 // pro-duped // DL code included // 16 page full-colour mini-zine Side 11—Nick Kuepfer, Tape Test For A New Year / Audrey’s Aspin / Grackles: Grinding string harmonies drone from the celestial abyss. Birds sing, forests crumble. A ghost trains thunders across the prairies, hammers on tin roofs as it passes. Somewhere to the south, a bank robber dies in the tumbleweeds, clutching a satchel full of money with a dusty hand. An entrancing, cinematic soundscape; a travelogue of the spaces between light and shadow. BIO: Montreal-based guitarist Nick Kuepfer weaves nylon string and electric guitar pieces with live-sampled tape loops, recordings of animals, and drones from various sources. His predominantly wordless music ranges from subtle and static to frantic and abrasive, with a methodical, vigilant sense of experimentation guided by the search for consonance and dissonance with the sounds of “nature”. Side 12—Khôra, Foris: Ringing in the shadows of a European cathedral, tones weave behind a camel train on the spice road and twist like smoke beyond the bazaars of Turkey before erupting like an Icelandic volcano, black ash on white snow. BIO: Matthew Ramolo’s Khôra project is based chiefly on acoustic/electric guitar and field recordings, with extensive signal processing and digital interventions conditioning these sources to create an immersive soundworld of drones, chimes, rings and other pointillistic sonics. His longform compositions contain lovely stretches of relatively unprocessed and fully recognisable guitar work, with picking patterns and chord sequences that evolve/devolve into more signal-bent and DSP soundscapes. The results are highly organic and meditative while retaining plenty of icy shards, bubbling distortions and passages of controlled monumentalism, making this anything but an ambient listen.
AARON LUMLEY / THE KNOT split tape
C40 // edition of 50 // pro-duped // DL code included // hand-assembled window sleeves Side 9: Avant improv bassist Aaron Lumley has been making waves lately with his harrowing long-player Wilderness. We posit this improvised session goes one further, both visceral and teeming with expression in the traditions of Dave Holland and François Rabbath. Recorded by Matthew Dunn in Toronto who, in Lumley’s words, “brought the fuzz and grime to the fore.” And we have to agree. In the middle ages, people were burned at the stake for playing music like this—he’s clearly possessed by some kind of demon. Side 10: We’re pleased to present the debut release for The Knot, the duo of cellists Tilman Lewis and Nick Storring. With allegiance to both form and freedom, they embark on sonic explorations that draw on various folk traditions and experimental musics. The pair love to bend the instrument’s lyricism, drawing not so much on extended techniques as on an array of audacious contra-techniques: preparations/ apparati (practice mutes, hair-clips, clamps, wine corks, mallets, egg beaters, plectrums etc.). They still, however, permit the cello’s natural beauty to have its place. Their large palette of sonorities is channeled and combined into single unified textures, and everything from improvised heterophony, to stark contrast. Intertwining beauty and discord meeting somewhere between the gravel pit and the northern lights.
BABEL // GLOCKENGEISTER
79 mins // Pro-duped CD-R // Full colour 6-panel wallet // Edition of 50. Sixteen beautiful, serene and often unsettling pieces for electronically manipulated glockenspiel, bells, mixing bowls,drums, wood block and ornamental gongs. Resonant tones weave and drift through ambient, limnal spaces.
“There’s a real feeling of exploration … it’s a very soft, spiritual atmosphere that should be your next soundtrack for falling asleep into lucid dreaming.” ~ Offerings / Hippie Cult
BABEL // ALPHABETA
56 mins // Pro-duped CD-R // Full colour 6-panel wallet // Edition of 50. A conceptual work where the pieces are composed from notes corresponding to the letters in their titles. Ranging from white noise freak-outs to measured, melodic themes, the 17-part suite covers the history of modern compostion from the 20th century minimalists such as Cage or Reich through Miles Davis’ jazz-fusion to maximalist post-rockers like Godspeed! and Tortoise.
MOONWOOD – The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack, and the Strength of the Pack is the Wolf
CD – 13 tracks/48 mins. Atmospheric psychexotica. Pocket sleeve in translucent red lino block printed envelope w/ 3-pack of pin back buttons.
From the meditative opener, “So The Darkness Shall Be The Light, And The Stillness Be The Dancing” to the rambling opium den epic of “Where The Flowers Blossom Red”, the album smoulders with Javanese go-go gamelan gongs, smoky Cambodian funk, wicked Celtic ragas, deep Saharan blues, simmering Sufi surf and spacedout Indian soul. A heady fusion for heady times (times like, say, 1972 or, possibly, 1912). RIYL: Six Organs of Admittance, Dengue Fever, Robbie Basho, Ry Cooder (if he took a lot of peyote or opium). Espvall/Jakobsons/Szelag: Improvisations for Strings and Electronics CD. 5 tracks / 43:13 mins. Multi-layered handmade transparent outer-sleeve, lino-block printed envelope. Limited edition of 100. BUY NOW! North America: $10 CAD + $2 CAD shipping BUY NOW! Rest of World: $10 CAD $4 CAD shipping On the aptly titled Improvisations for Strings and Electronics, Marielle Jakobsons and Agnes Szelag (Myrmyr) team up with cellist Helena Espvall (of Espers) on a series of, you guessed it, improvisations for strings and electronics. Recorded in Oakland, CA, Jakobsons and Szelag created graphic scores for the occasion. Ethereal and rapturous beauty tempered with sinister, creeping danger looming ominously in the shadows. “To make references to pieces by Arvo Part of Henryk Gorecki is easy, but also to the point. But then less composed and all improvised. Music that is dealing with long form, sustaining but also bending of tones, making this both melodic yet also abstract, gentle and majestic, moody and atmospheric. Somewhere in between modern classical music and improvised music, this is an excellent release. ” ~ Vital Weekly “It’s particularly affecting during its mournful nachtmusik passages, such as during the opener, “Black Frost,” where the strings etch serpentine pathways as they coil seductively around one another, and “Arctic Rains,” where the playing is at times so restrained it almost retreats altogether into silence … bluesy explorations and a lovely plaintive coda so lovely it verges on hymnal … “Ice Age,” for example, offers a dense and brittle treatment that renders its sound-world rather daunting and disturbing, while the skeletal “Lunar Horizon” exudes an appropriately ethereal character.” ~ Textura Track #2: Fissure BABEL: Limbus. Limited edition of 25. 13 track CD in hand-stencilled cloth bags and tins. Comes with full colour “posterette” insert . 59 mins. $9 CAD worldwide. Inspired by the lifecycle of a tree—from seed to recycled paper—the Limbus suite sprawls skyward while rooting itself deep in the rocky murk. Drawing parallels between the root systems of plants and our own limbic system, harsh, bowed guitar drives over delicate, leafy arpeggios backed by percussion textures ranging from sparse to pummelling. “Limbus IX” More samples here: soundcloud.com/babel_ensemble Also available in a deluxe stencilled jewel case version. Limited edition of 25. 13 track CD in hand-stencilled cloth bags (same as above) and spray-stencilled jewel cases. Comes with full colour “posterette” insert . 59 mins. $9 CAD worldwide (includes shipping). Andy Futreal / Babel (C-46) 2011. Deluxe cloth bag edition of 50 w/two full colour inserts. Free digital download link included. Loosely based around “Tectonic Disasters in Asia”, this is the first themed release in the split tape series. $7.00 CAD (includes shipping) Side 7: Andy Futreal — Night Train to Xi’an / For Wenchuan A vivid soundscape travelogue collaged from field-recordings and performances recorded in China during. 2008-2010. Andy has created vivid journey out of everything from a metal dishrack to the ambient sounds of Zhengzhou train station and the overnight train from to Xi’an. A piano score is derived from Sichuan Wenchuan earthquake gravity wave traces mixed with edited VOA broadcast. A haunting tribute to a harrowing disaster. (www.myspace.com/andyfutreal) For Wenchaun Side 8: Babel – Morpheum (1-4) / 4 Bowls / 4 Japan
Theo Angell / Moonwood (C-80) 2011. Deluxe cloth bag edition of 50 w/full colour insert and sticker. Free digital download link included. $7.00 CAD (includes shipping) Side 5: Theo Angell – Live @ Secret Project Robot 4-17-11 Mightily impressed by his Auraplinth and Dearly Beloved albums, we’re pretty excited to present this 40 minute live set by Theo Angell (JOMF, Hall of Fame) accompanied by one Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) recorded at Secret Project Robot in March. Arcane Eastern ragas and spooky Appalachian rags; ethereal whispers and raging acoustic freak-outs; jaunty alpine whistles and deep desert ceremonies. This here is bare bones psyche-folk wedding the weird and the beautiful to make babies with odd numbers of limbs and psychic eyes. Side 6: Moonwood – The Path Recorded by Moonwood during the same sessions as the mostly instrumental River Ghosts material, these nine vocal songs are vaguely woven together by Taoist mysticism and modern day beards. Southwestern reverb, droning psychedelic fuzz, Eastern percussion and plucked acoustic instruments mix with ritual chants and soft-spoken tales about death and small woodland animals. Moonwood: River Ghosts (LP) $11.25 CAD + Shipping (North America $1o / World $17). Edition of 200 blue vinyl w/download. Airmail Can/Expedited USA /Mexico AIRMAIL Europe / Overseas
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We’re pleased to announce our first vinyl release is from resident psyche-folker, Moonwood. Subtitled Music For Water Borne Disease, the album’s 10 instrumental tracks wind like a river through far eastern modes and southwestern reverb. Multi-instrumentalist Jakob Rehlinger layers bowed strings, Romanian lap harp and gourd flute over fuzzy psyche-guitar and ethnic percussion, bells and gongs. Includes free digital download (via Moonwood’s Bandcamp site) plus an exclusive download of Ghost Aberrations, a 70-minute album of out-takes of rarities from the Coal Aberrations and River Ghosts sessions. “Earlybird” edition: The first 60 copies include a hand-printed, signed and numbered lino-block print by Jakob. Ecconomically priced digital version available at Moonwood’s Bandcamp site (does not include Ghost Aberrations album). 3/4 : Healthy Animal / Summer Amp (split cassette) 40 mins (total). Edition of 34. 2-sided full-colour poster insert. Cloth bag. Free mp3 download links.
Side 3: Healthy Animal – 7X Untitled. Seven nameless compositions from the East Coast of the USA. Rhythmic and fuzzed-out, Healthy Animal’s music is as much a part of the No Wave and Krautrock traditions as it is the new schools of Chillwave and Shitgaze. But who cares about labels? HA bury pummeling rhythms under waves of blissed-out white-static psych haziness. Sounds kind of like a possible score to Charles Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole as performed by aliens who only know earth music from hearing Brian Eno on a poorly tuned radio-station. Side 4: Summer Amp – Danger Zone. Five pro-wrestling inspired psych/noise jams from the West Coast of Canada. Features members of New Yaki and The Madonna Bangers. The vibe might be described as the sunburned hand of Tully Blanchard. Or tribal/industrial folk music for life at the end of the universe when there’s no electricity to play your Can and VxPxC records. BABEL : zahlreiche Hand-stamped cloth bags and discs. Full colour inserts. Edition of 25. $7.00 CAD A new album from Jakob of Moonwood‘s percussion side-project, BABEL. Ten numerically composed pieces written for hammered guitar, kitchen utensils and various metal objects. Informed by Branca, Chatham and Neubauten, the music falls at the intersection of Cage‘s Three Constructions, traditional Japanese folk music and a jet turbine factory. 12: Gown / RobRobRob (split cassette) 2010. Cassette. Deluxe cloth bag edition w/fold-out (limited run of 50). Free digital download link included. $6.00 CAD world (incl. ship) Side 1: GOWN - Jake’s Strut (Live in Sackville, 2009 w/Omon Ra) (20 mins) Side 2: RobRobRob - Water / Garden at Night / Pocket Thesaurus / Untitled / Sun on curtains (20 mins) Moonwood : Coal Aberrations 2010. Lino block cover, hand stamped discs. $8.99 (CAD). Limited edition of 25 copies.
Download for free at moonwood.bandcamp.com Collaborations with New Yaki cohorts Stephen (Partli Cloudi/Summer Amp) and Andrew (Gown/the Bark Haze) as well as a host of others including Healthy Animal and robrobrob. Moonwood : Aubade (CD/DVD) 2009. Hand-stamped lino-cut cover. $7.99 CAD
Digital download available at Moonwood’s Bandcamp site (see below). “… invokes elements of Ry Cooderian Western slide , the intimacy and rootedness of Lau Nau and the psychedelic influences of a drone band congealed into a meandering crystalline rivulet of moonlit notes. Handclaps, piano, dilatory drumming and subdued synths furnish a flamboyant and delicate backdrop to the acoustic guitar; the guitar is invariably central and imperious on Aubade. Hints of vocalisation add a touch of mystery or discomfiture to the work. Nice job. “ — robrobrob “Though it has a decidedly improvised feel at times, Aubade comes across as a remarkably focused and exceedingly mellow album that could be the soundtrack for nearly anything—a long daylight walk, a harsh chemical comedown, new love, or even a heavy-hearted morning separation.” — The Georgia Straight Moonwood – Forest Ghosts (Edition One) 2009. Hand-stamped lino-cut cover. $5.99 CAD
Digital download of Edition Two available at Moonwood’s Bandcamp Site. Various improvisations recorded between 2007-2009. Only a few remaining copies of “Edition One” left, “Edition Two” will feature a slightly different track-listing.