Two new releases in the Moonwood live rehearsal tapes series. Both feature Stephen Wolf (Summer Amp, New Yaki, Partli Cloudi, etc) on percussion, prepared bass guitar and, we think, moaning vocals.
Vol. 3 is over an hour of live jams recorded straight to 2-track as a duo over 2 days somewhere between the pyramids and the cosmos.
Vol. 4 (aka “Moonwolf”) is a half-hour set recorded live as a trio on October 6th. “Mowgli” is a straight live take whereas “Akela” is three live jams spliced together, adding analogue synth and a barrage of percussion instruments into the usual Moonwood stew.
The second in our series of split tapes. This time we’ve paired up Healthy Animal (FLA) with Summer Amp (BC).
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.
40 mins (total). Edition of 34. 2-sided full-colour poster insert. Cloth bag. Free mp3 download links. $7.00 CAD
We’re pleased to announce the official release of Coal Aberrations by Moonwood. Click the image to go to the Arachnidiscs Store.
This is the first Moonwood release to feature performances by musicians other than multi-instrumentalist Moonwood (Jakob Rehlinger).
Moonwood collaborators include Rehlinger’s New Yaki cohorts Andrew Macgregor (Gown/The Bark Haze) and Stephen Wolf (Partli Cloudi/Summer Amp) as well as Ameen (Healthy Animal), Robert Gray (robrobrob), Elgin-Skye, Eli Korsorado (Brave New Waves), Richard Holiday Cartwright (Everything Is Geometry), Rose Redweed (Dirtnap), Mandi Hardy and Kyprieth.
Operating under the maxim “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts“, Moonwood invited an international group of musicians to submit solo improvisations on their instruments (from tin cans to cellos) sight unseen—or sound unheard as the case may be—for him to build full compositions in and around. Some takes were mixed directly into existing arrangements (Eli’s sax/Kyprieth’s flute), others were used as a launching-pad (Dirtnap’s piano/Heathy Animal’s rhythm drones/Gown’s guitar) for whole new pieces.
The result takes Moonwood’s loose acid folk to both freer/noiser extremes (“Deep Soul #3“) and towards more structured, almost neo-classical/post-rock compositions (“We Are Already Dead“) while retaining the brooding, free-form feel of the previous release, Aubade.