M. Mucci: Secret Midnights
C70 high bias pro-duped cassette in velveteen bag with fold-out poster.
Guelph, Ontario-based master guitarist M. Mucci has graciously agreed to let us reissue two of his out-of-print cassette albums on one C70 volume. Both The Secret is Knowing When to Close Your Eyes and Midnights are featured here in their entirely, the former with previously unreleased bonus material included. Mucci is one of the most exciting instrumental guitarists working today and we’re deeply honoured to be able to make these titles available in a physical format once again.
PARTLI CLOUDI : Watermelon Cauliflower
C30. Pro-duped, high-bias tape. Special “seed package” envelope. $7 plus regional shipping.
Mild-mannered librarian by day, Vancouver Island’s Partli Cloudi turns into the mild-mannered basement recordist by late afternoon. A weaver of detailed audio tapestries, he adds his own acoustic flourishes and electronic embellishments to a secret world of woozy found-sound.
Vol 11: STUDIES IN TRANCE
C30, high-bias tape. Edition of 50. Custom envelope with insert card.
Vol. 11 (sides 21 and 22) of our split tapes series, “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, 1972, we 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.
C50 – High-bias tape, toxic green shell.
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.
Neue Übertragungen von einer Totenwelt
C60, high-bias tape. Limited to 30 copies.
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‘.
THE UNQUIET GRAVE: Whispers In The Wind
C40. high-bias tape. Cassette box encrusted with earth, twigs, grass, leaves and other detritus of nature. Each one is unique. Numbered edition. Limited to 40 copies. ($7 plus regional shipping)
Released: HALLOWEEN 2014
Dark, lyrical doom-folk from the gothic desolation of rural Canada.
“Wraithlike and enveloped in the dusk-dance solemnities of macabrely attuned spirit-surges, Whispers In The Wind is the last breath of manna before a trans-dimensional freefall through the nine circles of drone-buzz psychedelia. These epitaphs of contralto contortion slowly linger along the fine divide between ’80s gothcore and the post-neurosis of aphotic avant-garde ambience, suturing the two realms to the ashen trance of an extrasensory cannonade.” ~ Weird Canada
CALL IT: Doom folk, ambient goth, southern gothic from the rural north, hymns of spiritual angst.
SONIC COUSIN TO: M. Gira’s solo albums, Current 93, TG, Boduf Songs, a harsher lo-fi Black Walls.
Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro: Sine Qua Non
C50. high-bias tape. Custom envelope and 1″ button. Limited to 50 copies. ($7 plus regional shipping)
Purchase here: $7 (plus regional shipping)
Colin Fisher – alto saxophone
Mike Gennaro – drums
Recorded live in Toronto, March-May 2014
CALL IT: Free-jazz, post-bop, avant-garde, experimental, improvisation, fiery freak-outs, transcendental tripping.
SONIC COUSIN TO: Rashied Ali, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, you know… that kinda thing. Speaking of which, The Thing.
NITE AUDIT: The Audiot
C40. Packaged in custom envelope + fun bonus sticker for adhering to your math binder.
Purchase here: $7 (plus regional shipping)
Like a mix-tape from the ’90s found in some pre-Guiliani Williamsburg time capsule, Nite Audit‘s The Audiot, is noisey art-rock for the now. Psych-collage, abstracted and distracted vocals and discordant no-wave guitars over dub-informed beats. Add to that smatterings of punk and splatterings of kraut and it’s the kind of of album that assures old codgers like me that the kids are alright.
CALL IT: Art-rock, noise-funk, lo-fi pop, left-field indie
SONIC COUSIN TO: Ween, (early) Beck, Sebadoh/Sentridoh, Sonic/Ciccone Youth, an electro-punk Daniel Johnston, Alan Vega fronting an early DAF, various Jeunesse Cosmique bands, a hermit muttering into a CB radio late at night.
C44 high-bias tape. Download code included. Encased in plaster bandages. Pull black tab slowly and hear.
Purchase here: $7 (plus regional shipping)
Uvesen is a Norwegian duo of percussionist Børre Myklebust and the highly prolific Andreas Brandal who has been releasing challenging and transcendental music since 1994, racking up hundreds of releases over several projects. With Uvesen the two embark upon free-improv psych experimentation of the highest order. Deep majick drones and wild aural landscapes. Abstract, percussive textures and bowed strings mingle with wild freak-folk dances and expansive electric guitar.
This music is such a beast we had to encase it in plaster for your safety.
REVEREND MOON: Coyote Gospels
Reverend Moon: Coyote Gospels // Limited to 25 copies. High-bias C44 cassette tape. 20 page 5×8 perfect-bound lyric book. 1-inch “coyote pyramid” insignia pin and 3x illustrated lyric cards in linen bag. 1 full colour fold-out poster of cougars riding on the backs of bears. Download code included. (Another 25 copies available as cassette/download only).
REVEREND MOON is Jakob Rehlinger of Toronto-based psychedelic space-rock band Moonwood and founder of the Arachnidiscs Recordings label. Over the past 20 years the Reverend has been slowly working on Coyote Gospels, an album of 13 songs of ersatz-praise and upside-down faith. The song cycle was born in the manger of university poetry workshops beginning in 1994. It grew into an awkward adolescence at the dawn of the millennium when Rehlinger suffered a nervous breakdown and was paid for his trouble in what he called several “dark prophecies” in the form of visions. These hallucinatory cosmic messages from beyond are recounted in the songs “A Message for You”, “Black Sun Rising” and “Old Graves” — wherein animals reclaim the Earth from humans. Since 2007 Rehlinger has been polishing these heretical-hymns and pseudo-psalms over several demo versions before setting out to record them in earnest beginning in 2012.
“One of the most immediate and essential albums of this year…. as dangerous, imperious and wonderful as the title itself.” ~ Music Musings and Such
TOTENBAUM TRÄGER / PROJET MUET
TOTENBAUM TRÄGER / PROJET MUET // C60 // $7 (plus shipping)
High bias tape, transparent red shells, fold-out poster and stamped edition cards featuring art by Lenny P. Robert, packaged in a translucent red envelope. With download. Edition of 50.
Purchase here: $7 (plus regional shipping)
Last year’s Neurinomes CD by Mad/Mod was probably the release we were most proud of. So much so that, even though we’ve ended our split tape series, we didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance to release a tape split between two of Dominic Marion’s (“Mod”) other equally accomplished projects. Not so much a split tape, as a split artistic personality that combines into a unified statement.
With Totenbaum Träger he explores sometimes blissful, sometimes harsh guitar drones and noir-ambient spaces. A post-rock soundtrack for a lost David Lynch film.
The chamber trio Projet Muet travel similar roads to both Totenbaum Träger and Mad/Mod, but to different destinations and by different modes of transportation. Projet Muet rides waves of minimalist harmony on a raft woven from free-jazz and experimental no-wave. Churning, industrial thrum mix with meditative drones and zentropic bells.
FILE UNDER: post-rock, free-jazz, ambient, drone, chamber ensemble.
SIMILAR ARTISTS: Mad/Mod, Don Cherry, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Angelo Badalamenti, Ennio Morricone, Morton Feldman, Do Make Say Think, Tortoise, Silver Mt. Zion.
Listen and purchase at the Bancamp link below.
Clara Engel: Ashes & Tangerines
C56 / 11 tracks § edition of 50 § smokey cassette shells § burlap sleeve § stamped and numbered tags § fold-out poster/lyric sheet § download code
Burlap. It conjures the innocent fun of potatoes sack races. It evokes the scents of coffee beans or even its own rustic spice. And it haunts us with the cruel tragedy of kittens, drowned in a sack at the first light of dawn.
Clara Engel‘s enchanting Ashes & Tangerines is infused with the dark heart of the Nick Cave, the gruff sensuality of PJ Harvey, and the storied lyricism of the Cohens and Dylans of the world. It was a pleasure to put together the packaging for this album; an album which is every bit as smokey as the noir-tinted cassette shell and coarse and earthy as the burlap it comes wrapped in.
“Clara Engel’s voice comes to me from that deepest of all places, imaginative space, from which she visually retrieves an inner landscape converted by breath into the rock equivalent of poetry. Rarely has a voice sounded so authoritative, so unapologetic in its disclosures, so sure of its direction in going home into song.” ~ Jeremy Reed (UK poet)
“The album’s production blends Clara’s poetry with her music, so as to produce a very interesting mixture of strong senses. “Ashes and Tangerines”; destruction and reboot. Now and never. Everything exists in her fantasy, inside the forest of the tale where she landed, stayed and perceived, among other stuff, the rare blending of fantastic and real things … She introduces herself and invites you to enter the world the way she perceives it. It is a fairy tale experience for grownups. One you definitely should not lose.” ~ Metacapsule Says
Téléphone Maison: Toujours Partout
C40. Foil sealed cassette boxes with stamped enveloped and numbered insert cards.
The solo project of Alexis Maurice Brien of the Jeunesse Cosmique collective, Téléphone Maison is a rabbit sized electronic k-hole of psychedelic world pop. He takes the sound of the house band at some Bartertown disco and warps the grooves through a Neuromancer lens. Features contributions by YlangYlang and Eddie Wagner. The cassette comes sealed in adhesive foil for maximum freshness (instructions for opening the cassette HERE.)
THIS CASSETTE ALBUM IS INTENDED TO BE EXPERIENCED ALONE, IN THE DARK, WITH HEADPHONES.
EBM sound collage audioscapes meet darkly psychedelic hip-hop constructions. All sounds and voices sourced from the internet. Tones created on web-based virtual synths, samplers, sequencers and drum machines.
61:46 // Pro CD-R, thermal print // Vellum sleeve // Numbered edition of 50
While the city the rumbles with the subterranean boom of frost-quakes, RILLINGEN (meaning “Shivers” or “Chills” in Dutch) burrows deep into a frozen landscape of trembling souls, burning themselves to keep warm as they freeze to death in an orgy of winter ecstasy.
On this hour-long polar vortex of solo electric guitar improvisations, BABEL‘s more lyrical side returns to join the percussive, extended techniques of the previous two EPs—HEURTER and STURM und DRANG—finally bringing two halves of BABEL into one cohesive whole.
ROSS BAKER / TRANZMIT (split tape)
C60 // Pro-duped // Stamped, numbered download card with stamped envelope // Sticker-sealed obi sleeve // immediate download
SIDE 19 — ROSS BAKER: Terra Incognita.
ROSS BAKER has been making music since he got a hold of a tape recorder at the age of 10. From early tape and radio abuse, his music has been linked by a love of contrast and collage.
A half-hour collage salvaged from at least three hours of recordings, soundtracking the countless distant landscapes and buildings glimpsed momentarily during 28 years of car, bus and train journeys. Sprawling farm and forest punctuated by sinister undentified buildings and distant motorways. Ambient washes and sci-fi movie memories with a synth-pop interlude.
SIDE 20 — TRANZMIT: Deep Video
TRANZMIT began as a radio wave sound-college side project of BABEL in the early 2000’s. In recent years it has moved with the times, “mashing-up” (in the contemporary parlance) audio material sourced from the internet.
Film dialogue and Star Trek sound FX. YouTube video collage and movie trailer audio. Retro television commercials. Public transit, elevator and busker field recordings re-mixed. Augmented vocoder demonstration video audio. Spam emails read by text-to-speech and modified Bach. Voice synthesized random phrase generator and Twitter and Facebook updates. Digitally synthesized zen monks.
Ѫΰϯᶓԃ Ʀѧϊᵰѣѻὦ: Intuitions CD
Pro-duped CD-R, hand-assembled, sticker-sealed, folder with window. Stamped, numbered edition of 50.
Michelle Proksell (aka Muted Rainbow) resides in Beijing and loves/lives China as a dreammachine of animated .gif images, weird montages and awesome t-shirts. She also makes music through an open site of collaborative gradient exchange called Ѫΰϯᶓԃ Ʀѧϊᵰѣѻὦ: deaf improvisation based on colors and hues, blue(s) gospels in unknown languages, seas of shimmering drones, electro-acoustic processing and outdated acid folk. Classical without class, psychedelic without psyche, songwriting without writing.
Intuitions is the result of sparse improvisational sessions conjured in Shanghai bedrooms and living rooms during 2012. Hours worth of recordings were trimmed, mixed and mastered with poetic freedom at Zulmàt studio in Rome, Italy. For this incarnation, Ѫΰϯᶓԃ Ʀѧϊᵰѣѻὦ involved Michelle Proksell, Gabriele de Seta, Gregorio Samsaro and Pupa Tang, some strings and a wide array of electronics.
BABEL: STURM und DRANG ep
STURM und DRANG is part 2 in BABEL’s trilogy of improvised, extended technique pieces for prepared electric guitars. As with HEURTER (part 1), guitar and bass are primarily treated as percussion instruments. These pieces also feature delay loops, junk percussion, wind instruments and electronically manipulated vocal performances.
PARTLI CLOUDI Two Moron Ever Nose
Pro-duped CD-R, hand-assembled folders, edition of 50, stamped, sticker-sealed, 12 tracks. Wonderment.
From Canada’s far-left coast, a deep folkloric journey into the library of the transcendental mind. Twelve cuts of spoken word collages, tribal percussions and primal psychedelias.
Stephen Wolf (of noise combo Summer Amp and avant improv trio New Yaki) returns in his solo form from a far too-long hiatus. This isn’t the bedroom cut-up of yester-year, this is cabin fever-induced hallucinations for the now. What will the future bring? Tomorrow never knows, but Partli Cloudi is a window into the present state of world (un)conciousness.
BEARD CLOSET / PRIMATE PYRAMID (split)
Sides 17 and 18 of the Arachnidiscs Recordings Split Tape Series.
Toronto’s Beard Closet and Primate Pyramid administer 40 minutes of essential Skullflower-esque doom-gaze guitar improvisations. White noise bliss. Harmonic reverberations. Avant post-rock drone. Ambient guitar experimentation. Hypnagogic feedback dreams.
High-bias cassette tape. Gold cassette shells. Hand assembled, fur-covered cassette boxes.
A SACRED CLOUD: ENSOLEILLÉ, 1972
You can now pruchase the limited edition cassette release of A SACRED CLOUD‘s album ENSOLEILLÉ, 1972 via our Bandcamp site.
A Sacred Cloud is the Montreal based experimental electronic / guitar / drone / ambient / noise duo of Maggie Cho and Johnathan Woo. The album was mastered by Sandro Perri. Vinyl LP edition will be released by Jeunesse Cosmique.
Order via Bandcamp or check out the sounds below and be prepared to drift into a the ecstatically bleak retro-futurist android sheep daydreams of Vangelis-in-hell on a cloud that’s only silver linings.
SEMEN PRIEST cassette
C40 // w/DOWNLOAD // $6.66 (CAD +$3.34 int’l shipping)
Electro-funk, post-punk dystopian dub nightmares. Chilled psychedelic pop daydreams. Futuristic streams of anime unconsciousness. Gothic bubblegum doom fantasies. Romance. Violence. Action. Wealth. Decay.
MAD/MOD : Neurinomes Second Edition
We’re very excited to announce the 2nd run of Mad/Mod‘s debut album Neurinomes. This numbered edition of 25 copies differs from the first edition in that the cover image is indigo instead of magenta and a typo in the liner notes has been corrected. The track listing and audio content remains identical.
Neurinomes (a type of nerve tumor that can affect the inner ear) is the haunting debut by the duo of Montreal-based reed player Marc-Antoine Dagenais (Mad) and guitarist Dominic Marion (Mod).
Shimmering drones and angular melody lines dance and collapse against hazy ambiance and fractured glass surfaces; ecstatic meditations give way to deep noir melancholy and fiery avant expressionism.
The album revolves around improvisation, rewriting of improvised sounds, resonant mappings, organic acousmatic, combination tones; a process one may call recomposition, using recordings of spontaneous interactions as draft mapping, free to be reinvestigated and refined. All timbers were produced solely by miking acoustic sources. With the exception of a wine glass slowed down to a low drone, these soundscapes remain faithful to original acoustic production.
The duo has developed their own vocabulary through research of improvised music based on harmonic specters, thoroughly experimenting in the fields of peculiar textures and frictions that their instruments can provide. Marion often, but not always, treats his guitar signal through a certain range of effects, working a specter of textures, going from delicate jazzy chords to screaming organ like sounds. Blending with those amplified sounds, Dagenais uses different extended techniques (trumpet sounds, multiphonics, screams, circular breathing and others) on the saxophone and flutes as well as different parts of the instruments to produce unusual soundscapes.
File under: Chamber music, post-rock, free-jazz, late-20th century minimalism, soundscape, ambient expressionism, drone, harmonic resonance
CHIK WHITE / HOLIDAY RAMBLER (cassette)
C50 // edition of 50 // pro-duped // DL code // glossy accordion fold insert // cloth bag with hand stamped product tag.
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.
BABEL (Tranzmit): MetaMeme
Pro CD-R. Numbered edition of 10.
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 – $6 plus regional shipping
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.
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.
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.
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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). “Earlybird” edition: The first 60 copies include a hand-printed, signed and numbered lino-block print by Jakob.
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)
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.