FORAGER: Sorrow and joy throng the gate, weal and woe in the same land
Format: C30 Cassette
Styles: Drone, improv, experimental guitar, new age, American primitive
RIYL: Loren Mazzacane Connors, Six Organs Of Admittance’s early work, Tom Carter, Barn Owl, M.Mucci
Calgary Alberta’s Forager is guitar composition, improvisation, and experimentation by Ian MacLean and occasional collaborators. Sorrow and joy throng the gate, weal and woe in the same land is a solo recording with no overdubs.
“The album represents a journey into a sacred temple. There are four gates, each with different challenges or gatekeepers. The seeker circles the temple until finding a way in. In the seeker’s mind the gates and challenges are sequential. Once inside the temple and its inner sanctum, the seeker can see that the four gates are indivisible from the whole structure, and all have equal importance, not just the gate that was used to enter the temple (and anyway, the fourth gate seems suspiciously similar to the first…would things be different for another seeker, approaching the gates differently? Or would entrance only ever be allowed once all gates have been visited?). The resulting knowledge hopefully causes one to dance between gates, trials, without worry. The drawing [a source of inspiration for the recordings] is a section of larger drawing and sequence by Masaharu Takasaki and Eiji Takasu from Japan Architect 53 Feb 1978, 14. It is titled “Confusion” or “Plan”, with no further explanation as to the utility or building. To me, it looks like a temple with four gates, surrounding a courtyard and inner sanctum.”
~ Ian MacLean
Artist: SEMEN PRIEST
Album: Pink Skyline
Label: Arachnidiscs Recordings
Format: C30 Cassette, real-time dubbed,
Styles: Dub, post-punk, electro, vaporwave, industrial vapopdub
RIYL: Adrian Sherwood / On-U Sound; PiL; Egyptian Lover as a reanimated mummy; Cabaret Voltaire; Bob from Twin Peaks’ 1985 rap album
Toronto’s electronic/post-punk outfit SEMEN PRIEST return with a reinvigorated sound on Pink Skyline thanks to production by KING PONG DUB SYSTEM. The Etobicoke producer cut the tempos of the tracks they’d be working on by half, creating a chilled-out environment for their menacing vocals a discordant guitars to take root.
Features the single ‘Police, Thieves & Private Armies’ — a mash-up cover of Junior Murvin’s ‘Police & Thieves’ and Vivien Goldman’s ‘Private Armies’.
Artist: BEARD CLOSET
Album: Deadly Force
Format: Cassette. C30, real-time dubbed, hand stamped shells.
Styles: Drone, noise, experimental guitar, noise-ambient
RIYL: Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Alan Licht, Sunn(((O))), Eno records run through a distortion pedal
We’re honored to issue Toronto experimental guitar and electronics artist, Beard Closet‘s wordless (but not silent) scream of rage and frustration at the continuing culture of murder and brutality in North America’s police forces.
$6.00 CAD (plus regional shipping).
The culmination of years of time spent in the studio, BABEL presents four complete albums released on two 2xCD sets. The four volumes of kosmische drones and noise-jazz improvisation explore similar themes but follow divergent psychedelic paths to adjacent destinations. The four-disc cycle forms a cohesive whole while each volume stands own as a thematically contained album.
Limited edition, numbered, individually hand-stamped discs, chipboard wallets. $9.99 (CAD) + regional shipping each. Click titles below to purchase.
Recorded 2014-2015. Kosmische drones, no-wave jazz, fake gamelan and psychedelic-folk improvisation.
Recorded 2015-2016. Synths pulse and drone under plaintive reeds, guitars and psychedelic bells.
C40, type II, real-time dubbed.
KING PONG DUB SYSTEM: Islington West
From the “Bored Nation” south side of Etobicoke (the north side gave us everyone’s favourite “crack mayor” Rob Ford and his Trump-esque “Ford Nation”), comes 40 minutes of head-and-booty stimulating electro-dub. An ode to Muhammad Ali, a Kim Deal-sampling homage to the mix-tape era, and a disco elegy to the Pulse nightclub mix with the bass sounds of life on the Lakeshore, best-side suburb of the 6ix.
Styles: Dub, house, acid, electro
RIYL: Adrian Sherwood, Black Uhura’s “The Dub Factor” album, Front Line Assembly’s spliffy moments, Material’s house-y side.
2XCD compilation in full colour card wallet. $10 CAD (+ regional shipping)
Genre/style: Retro-electronica, synthwave, ambient, drone
Sonic realm: Tangerine Dream, Craig Leon, Klaus Schulze, John Carpenter, Jodorowsky’s Dune OST, Beyond The Black Rainbow OST
BABEL‘s “Grid” series of albums and EPs—released digitally and on cassette at various points over 2015—are an homage to analogue synth music pioneers such as Craig Leon and Klaus Schulze as well as early-’80s synth-based sci-fi and horror film soundtracks. The sessions culminate in the epic 35-minute morphing space-drone of the previously unreleased “Apogee“. Mind Thief collects the recordings in their entirety on two compact discs.
Polar Vortex (dir. Philip Baljeau, Toronto)
Désespoir (dir. Jesse Russell Brooks, Los Angeles)
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