Vol 11: STUDIES IN TRANCE – Hazy Montagne Mystique / YlangYlang

15/04/2015

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We ended our split tapes series with Vol. 10 (sides 19 & 20) to focus more on full album releases. Seemed like the thing to do at the time. Now we return with Vol. 11 (sides 21 and 22) for no possible better reason than to release the conceptual split “Studies In Trance” by Montreal electronic dronesters Hazy Montagne Mystique and YlangYlang.

The title of this work could raise red flags for people. Cheesy house music budget compilation red flags planted in the sand of Ibiza beaches, that is. But rest assured the pair are long-time students of trance-inducing tones. For evidence see their collaborative project A Sacred Cloud whose album, ENSOLEILLÉ, 1972we had the pleasure of releasing in 2013. Clearly when they say “Trance” they’re talking “transcendental”; trance as in drone; trance as in cosmic youth and far out cosmic spaces.

“… two artists who excel in druggy, electronic trance music — but not that type of trance. Having already worked together under the name A Sacred Cloud, Montreal’s Hazy Montagne Mystique and YlangYlang manage to fill out Arachnidisc’s four-song Studies in Trance cassette with a rather epic sounding drone. Starting off with the 15-minute raga, “chant/il sera lointain,” Hazy Montagne Mystique channel late ’70s French Zeuhl music, as dramatic rumbles and tribal drums absorb mystic chants. YlangYlang contribute three brief compositions, keeping things less stagey but equally textured, as “Temple of Tears” melds field recordings with electronic hiss. “Smoking with Spirits” resembles a melted shoegaze single, while “In Da Zone” is the most rhythmic track of the lot. With Studies in Trance, Arachnidiscs have delivered an engrossing split release that feels like a fully realized piece of art.” ~ Exclaim!

“…with a soothing new symbiotic brain worm from two of the creative lobes responsible for Jeunesse Cosmique … if you only pick up on one eccentric Canadian split cassette series this season, make it [Studies In Trance].” ~ Decoder

“Hazy’s “chant / is sera lointain” is a beautiful car wash of white noise. The listener is placed at the center of the recording, with many objects and delights that flit across the stage for the entertainment of the ears. Initial voices, imitating chants of mystic quality, give way to static and throbbing bass synth notes. The piece is stripped, collecting nuances of natural disorder, and keeping things entrancingly not of earth. YlangYlang’s … highly pleasing “Smoking With Spirits” is a delightful collection of space debris, a wealth of synthesized sighs and melodic highs. Crowding the short minutes with a cast of drone-worthy characters, YlangYlang creates a fruitful cosmology, rich in contrasting tones.” ~ Grayowl Point


SEMEN PRIEST: Third Testament

01/04/2015

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THIRD TESTAMENT is, fittingly, the third album by Canadian post-punk/electronic duo SEMEN PRIEST. Evolving from the “industrial vapor wave” of their debut, the duo’s previous tape, Disco Horribilis, dallied with EBM tones. On their latest outing Epididymis Rex and Zsa Zsa La Borg dilly with a harder-edged sound inspired by classic ’80s and ’90s Wax Trax! records bands.

CALL IT: Post-Punk, Disco, Industrial. Electronic, Vapour Wave
SONIC COUSIN TO: PiL, Revolting Cocks, Underworld, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

“Toronto’s Semen Priest make some of the best gothic infused disco/post-punk this side of Silent Shout favourite Femminielli. Those of you who follow the blog know that a comparison to the Montreal italo-disco king is one of the highest honours that we can bestow on a band, and ‘Person Suit’ hits all the notes: an epically long song, half-sung spoken-word vocals over funky synths and a bass-line made for a late-night after-party … This album is an excellent foray into a dark underbelly of Canadian electronic music.” ~ Silent Shout

“Spraying us with another blast of sludgy … ‘Wrong Number’ is a crunchy post-punk stomper … “ ~ Quick Before It Melts


ALPHABETA 2 and 3 Ltd Ed CDs

26/02/2015

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We’ve released micro-batch CD-R editions of two new ‘ALPHABETA’ albums by BABEL. They’re both available in the merch section of BABEL’s Bandcamp.

The first is ALPHABETA 2: Outskirts. The nine tracks on this EP are first sketches, demos and out-takes from the original 2011 album sessions. Unlike the original album with its survey approach to genre, there’s a continuity of sound and approach found here—a sort of spaghetti western jazz along the lines of mid-90’s era Labradford, Tortoise and Godspeed.

The second album, ALPHABETA 3: Organizm, is a revisiting of the ‘ALPHABETA’ concept (creating compositions by using the letters of words as notes) using organ and echo loops in the manner of Terry Riley or Steve Reich.


THE HOLY GASP – The Last Generation of Love

10/02/2015

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Toronto’s hottest party, THE HOLY GASP are set to release their debut album as the second release on our resurrected NO LOVE imprint! The bomb drops on Feb. 24th.

These boys self-identify as “a damn-the-Man beatnik revival conga revolution, a boxcar and a jug of wine, a groove, daddy, and the farthest thing from a king sized bust” and we can’t really add more to that. The most fun you’ll have with two ears and two feet.

Call it: Post-punk, jazz-funk, surf revival, afro-cuban, urban blues
A sonic cousin to: Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Pig Bag, Haircut One Hundred, Gil Scott-Heron.

 


Cassette: Neue Übertragungen von einer Totenwelt

08/01/2015

TRANZMIT‘s second cassette of Übertragungen audio collages. Contains elements of recent digitally released EPs, chopped and screwed, stretched and chewed. Broken beats, erratic static. Ghost voices speak to you through these ‘New Transmissions from a Dead World‘.

Releases January 14,  2015 (TRANZMIT will be tranzmitting live at The Central in Toronto that evening)

Listen/purchase ($7.00 plus regional shipping) at the Bandcamp link below.

 

Or listen to the continuous “mixtape” version at Soundcloud (a download of which comes as a “secret” bonus track with the cassette).


ADR 2014 in review

31/12/2014

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At a label fair last night, while perusing our table with a friend, I noted, “Shit… I had a pretty good year!”

In 2014 we released 15 physical albums and 9 videos. That is three more releases than we planned to do and six fewer videos (calculating that we’d meant to create some form of video for every release). We got 24 (to our knowledge) positive reviews on various blogs and print publications. Two titles sold out. We put on a small handful of shows and relaunched the NO LOVE imprint (just today, actually). And I indulged in our most excessive package to date for one of my own pet projects.

As we were at the start of 2014, we’re planning to drastically scale back operations in 2015. As with 2014, we’ll see how that goes (we already have two releases scheduled for January and one in February).

2014 Year End Top 5

(of Arachnidiscs Recordings 2014 releases according to Arachnidiscs Recordings)

#1. Dominic Marion: Totenbaum Träger / Projet Muet

Creeping drones and cinematic post-jazz improvisations.

#2. Uvesen: III

Creepinger drones and dark, reverb-drenched noise improvisations.

#3. Clara Engel: Ashes & Tangerines

Something like the haunting folkiness of Vashti Bunyan corrupted by the bombastic gloom of Nick Cave.

#4. Nite Audit: The Audiot

Apparently the Ween brothers, Beck and Lou Barlow had an orgy and Nite Audit is their love child. There’s something wonderfully ’90s yet incredibly current about Kyle’s music.

#5. Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro: Sine Qua Non

It’s like Rashied Ali and John Coltrane on bath salts. Free jazz that breaks the chains of your mind.


NO LOVE in 2015 and RAINBOARD too

18/12/2014

NoLove2014 A little under a year ago we announced the intention of definitely possibly maybe resurrecting our previous incarnation, NO LOVE, as an “indie-rock” imprint. This was pretty much for the sole purpose of releasing a cassette by a friend’s band, but that discussion sort of faded away somehow and now they seem to have broken-up.

In the meantime we jumped on the chance to give an ecstatic “yes” (instead of the regretful “no” we’d prepared) to Rainboard as we were doing this thing anyway.

And thank heavens because The Midnight Slide is a corker set of ’90s alt inspired noisy shoegaze and space-rock, fuzzily psychedelic with no waves to be found. Not entirely a throw-back to the pre-grunge post-punk era of youths who were sonic or dinosaurs who were junior, it’s current to the noise-rock scene. It has the seasoned, mature sound of alt-rock veterans and the visceral edge of upstart indie-punks.

We’re releasing it, and launching the imprint, on December 31st, 2014. You can “pre-order” it now (inverted commas because we’ll ship immediately, holidays allowing) and take a listen below.


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