Video: Eiyn Sof ‘Orchard’

17/03/2017

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Check out the magical animism of Ellie Anglin‘s animated short for Eiyn Sof‘s tune ‘Orchard’. The stop-motion adventures of an owly priestess perfectly captures the dreamy, earthy mood of album Meadow Thrum from which the ditty originates.

Meadow Thrum releases at 6:28 AM (EST) on the 20th of March, the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere for 2017. Pre-order it HERE.


EIYN SOF: Meadow Thrum

02/03/2017

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Hand-stamped CDr, lotus sleeve in poly envelope. C$6.00 (+ regional shipping).

At 6:28 AM (EST) on the 20th of March, the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere for 2017, we’re releasing Meadow Thrum by acid-folk practitioners Eiyn Sof. The creation of Melissa Boraski, Eiyn Sof delves deep into the mushroom laden undergrowth of mystical forests of the mind.

Purchase via Bandcamp.

As a teen Boraski sang contemporary gospel in charismatic evangelical church before defecting from church and faith to the Toronto music scene in her early 20’s. The birth of a child in 2008 prompted recording at home and self-releasing on the Springskull label. She released Bloodstreams on Rick White’s Blue Fog label in 2011. The albums Black ThreadLouise L’Amour/Cowgirl Slop PopNightrifting followed on Springskull in the following years.  And the autoharp-based Chthonic Tongue was released on Ur Audio Visual in 2015. All recordings, including Meadow Thrum, are primarily solo with the exception of the occasional guest. The Eiyn Sof live formation has morphed constantly since 2008.

Boraski on Meadow Thrum:
“It’s a murmuring attempt at animating an imagined landscape, and all manner of anthropomorphic entity within. I’ve been thinking of this album as druidic lore-play; it’s some pretty decadent fantasy. Hyper visual and hyper surrealistic, as far as lyrics are concerned. Threading in a lot of ’irreverent’ and intentionally loose percussive and organic sounds among more careful and familiar melodic stuff, which is gently reflective, I think, of the overarching concept and heart of the thing: play between two worlds. Above/below.

Sound: a whole lotta sprawling polyphonic vocal stuff, including a small men’s chorus, droning, and percussion using throat, tongue and breath. Lots of table-tapping, hairbrush-bristles-on-paper, jewelry jangling, and some cutting and pasting of found battle sounds (swords clinking, drop-kicks, etc.)  And of course, analog synth (Juno 60) and piano, acoustic string instruments (toy guitars, autoharp), electric bass, and bird song- mostly cardinals, robins and grackles.”


FORAGER: Sorrow and joy… cassette

28/09/2016

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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

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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


SEMEN PRIEST: Pink Skyline

30/08/2016

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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

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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’.


BEARD CLOSET: Deadly Force

15/08/2016

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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).

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BABEL: “Sacred Fire” sessions

29/07/2016

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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.

>> Ceci n’est pas le feu sacré (Nos. 1 & 2)

Recorded 2014-2015. Kosmische drones, no-wave jazz, fake gamelan and psychedelic-folk improvisation.

>> This Is The Sacred Fire (Nos. 1 & 2)

Recorded 2015-2016. Synths pulse and drone under plaintive reeds, guitars and psychedelic bells.

 

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King Pong Dub System: Islington West

23/06/2016

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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.

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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.


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