Styles: Post-rock, ambient, kosmische, chill-out, drone, psych-folk
Sort of similar: Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Tortoise
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Dark Bird describes In A Milky Way as “lazy, hazy, cosmic, psych-folk electronica” and we describe it as “kosmische new age post-rock for stargazing.” Tomato/tomato.
See also, the trance-inducing intergalactic video for the title track by Melissa Boraski (aka Eiyn Sof).
Dark Bird was founded by Roan Bateman in 2005 in Toronto (2013 he moved to Waterloo), and has been the home for almost all of his home-recorded music. His sound is often personal and low-key, but covers a lot of ground. The influences range from psychedelic, folk, alternative, electronic, ambient, experimental and more. Roan is a singer/songwriter, but often records instrumentals. Usually these two approaches will be kept separate from album to album, but there is definitely some overlap.
Dark Bird self-released Long Gone in 2007 and played numerous shows around Toronto for a few years. It became too much to continue with music while juggling family & work. Roan became focused on visual art as a creative outlet—designing album covers, T-shirts, and concert posters for Hawkeyes, Comet Control, Skydiggers, Michael Hurley, and Marissa Anderson among others as well as artwork for effect pedals by Greenhouse Effects—only performing and recording sporadically.
2018 will see the release of two new albums. In A Milky Way, which is an instrumental EP of lazy, hazy, cosmic, psych-folk electronica. To be released by Arachnidiscs Recordings in the summer as a limited edition CD, and digitally on Bandcamp. The full-length album, Lay Low, will be released by Ur Audio-Visual this Fall as a cassette, and also digitally on Bandcamp.
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.
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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.
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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.