BABEL: Mind Thief
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.
GOWN: Sound of Time
C38. Pro-duped, high bias tape, “Campfire” orange cassette shells. Origami folded poster case.
$7.00 CAD (plus regional shipping rates)
Along with his own sizable discography, Nova Scotia-based Andrew MacGregor, who records as GOWN, has played with several high-profile psychsters including Thurston Moore as half of The Bark Haze. He’s also toured and collaborated with with Sunburned Hand of the Man and other similar folks (including our own Partli Cloudi as the duo New Yaki, occasionally made a trio by my own presence). His solo recordings have received critical praise from internet taste-makers from Pitchfork to Weird Canada. After a period of self-imposed early-retirement from the outsider music scene, MacGregor has decided to return with Sound of Time. Unlike a certain Genesis ex-drummer, no one has started a petition to stop this.
MOONWOOD: Desert Ghosts
Transparent purple vinyl, first 150 copies come with limited edition 12×16 risographed print.
LP: $17.99 CAD (plus regional shipping rates) | Digital: $7.99
“Like Moon Duo hopped up on pure wormwood extract, the Toronto-based improv space-rock outfit known as Moonwood have plucked another full-length jewel from the ether. Drawing on a cornucopia of worldly throwback psychedelic influences from the Middle East, Asia and Germany, Desert Ghosts is a relentless assault on your psyche, bound to blow your consciousness out the back of your skull and into a kaleidoscope of interdimensional possibilities. …. The first half of Desert Ghosts is noted as ‘Earthbound desert rock,’ a voyage through the deserts of the American West with fuzz rock and cosmic surf grounded by motorik rhythms, and the second half is a Trans Arrakis Express suite, signifying the arrival on the fictional desert planet from Frank Herbert’s famed 1965 sci-fi novel Dune. The change in sound is audible; the first half propelled by frontman Jakob Rehlinger’s incendiary guitar and Luca Capone’s impertinent drums, while the second half is more meditative and mystical, featuring more of bassist Matt Fava’s violin. Both sides are united by filtered synth drones and Jacqueline Noire’s mesmerizing vocals.” ~ Exclaim!
Listen and order HERE or in the player below.
Pro-duped CD-R, glossy thermal print, lotus-fold envelope. 50 copies.
Based out of Hamilton, Ontario, LERO (aka Ben Dyment) is a solo project in operation since 2012. Shiftless, transient – secret gardens, slow drones and static hiss/hum, influence into expression. Plain hymns honest with pure truth airs.
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.
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.
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‘.
Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro: Sine Qua Non
C50. high-bias tape. Custom envelope and 1″ button. Limited to 50 copies. ($7 plus regional shipping)
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Pro CD-R, thermal print // Spray painted white digipak // Numbered edition of 25
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.
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
BABEL // GLOCKENGEISTER
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
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).
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).
Moonwood: River Ghosts (LP) $11.25 CAD + Shipping . Edition of 200 blue vinyl w/download.
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.
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.