Psychonavigation Records founder, Keith Downey returns with his latest musical offering, Buddha Bowl. Under the guise of No Mask Effect, the prolific Downey has just released his fifth project in under two years through Psychonavigation Records.
The album opens with “Be Good To Us”, a diverse mix of industrial complex beats, electronic and Afro-Caribbean inspired vocal snippets alongside an ear worm of a saxophone groove. On “Siren” the mood shifts with a lush sea of sound drifting from the speakers. A sinister yet tranquil string melody lurks beneath the audio waves, eventually emerging to create a beautiful piece of effortless ambient.
Meanwhile the mysterious bells, chimes and subtle, pulsing rhythm of “Hidden Surprises” takes Downey's long time love of Ambient music to new territory. With chattering electronic beeps and bleeps, celestial vocal samples and an ultrasound inspired bassline that is both intriguing and unexpected.
“Dark Emotion” however, reveals itself to be more enigmatic rather than pessimistic. An eight minute sensatory expedition of obscure samples both organic and electronic, nature sounds, glorious synths spiraling electronic loops are all included in the production. Music for headphones, this track's intricacies can only unfold with repeated listens.
With what is undoubtedly his most accomplished and eclectic collection to date, Buddha Bowl should satisfy long time No Mask Effect fans while exposing his unique sound to many new listeners.
Montreal experimental band AIM LOW is set to release Scratched Out on 12" format, a record that has been plagued with numerous issues from disappearing band members, lost recording stems, a messed up vinyl test pressing, artwork problems, and numerous other issues. Toss in a hospital visit (via ambulance, no less), and you can understand why the band is happy to finally release this three song collection of dense shoegaze-y drone density in the vein of early-Sonic Youth, Nadja, and Rhys Chatham. AIM LOW practically took everything into their own hands to get the lp out, right down to the spraypainting process of the lp jackets that can be seen here - https://youtu.be/bbZvcHV2HqQ
Lead off track "Tacit Approval" sets the sound for their forthcoming full length, currently being mixed by Jon Drew, bridging the more experimental nature of their now sold out CD-R Foulards and sold out cassette String Theory with a more structured sound based around the controlled chaos surrounding fuzzed out crackling spoken word vocals. The 12"'s centerpiece "Low Hanging Fruit" was recorded in a church in Montreal West to capture as much natural reverb possible to achieve a contextual Beach Boy sound, complete with "oooh" vocals that are heavily processed with the band's penchant for knob-twiddling effects pedals. And closing track "Phantom Cat" is a twelve minute highway ride of multiple layers and textures in the key of A with lung-straining chanting.
AIM LOW has previously played with the likes of Disappears, Weekend, Moon Duo, and Stephen O'Malley, and plan to support Scratched Out with more dates and a tour in the late Summer of 2017.
"The Vacation" is a fifth album by Endless Melancholy. It is a follow up to project's rather acclaimed full-length "Her Name In A Language Of Stars", released back in 2015. "The Vacation" was lovingly crafted over the span of two months, processed through the vintage reel-to-reel tape recorder for some analog warmth and received a thoughtful master from Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering studio. Wonderful artwork was created by Lita Akhmetova. The album was released on 27 June, 2017 via Hidden Vibes (CD + digital) and ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ (tape + digital).
They had wakened one morning and the world was empty - 04:35
Stillness mixed with stillness - 05:29
"Wouldn't we be lonely?" - 05:59
His voice faded - 03:06
Sunflower wildernesses - 05:12
Earth that was now no more than a meadow - 04:19
Enough to cost us a lifetime - 05:12
And he had walked her through the still and empty city streets - 04:41
Laurent Meunier is a french composer/producer, that produced various musical projects like Rusty Rope (folk song electronica), Ballast (post rock ambient), Sign of sight ( electro music). "Unconscious" is the new album from his latest project EASE THE SOUL (Electro experimental) . It's an 8 tracks album made with analog synthesizers, beatboxes and electric guitar. Every track of the project comes along with a video, mixing original shots, extracts from movies or documentaries (fallen in the domain public). It is 8 electronic improvisations which look after to heal the soul through an introspective journey. The tracks follow the stages of a shaman journey : entrance to the world of bottom to the awakening. "To make a shamanic journeying , is needed a starting point, it's necessary to have a hole, by which we have to access to the World from below, to connect to the earth and to the universe. "
An Ant And An Atom is a solo project of Sean Warkentine, based in Lethbridge, AB, commanding electronic noise, drone, ambient, and post-rock genres into a mass of sound. Having appeared at numerous music festivals including Calgary’s renown Sled Island Festival, Winnipeg's Big Fun Festival, Edmonton's Endless Bummer, and Lethbridge's Electric Eye, he has performed alongside diverse acts, including Big|Brave, R.Ariel, Technical Kidman, Bitter Fictions, Pigeon Breeders, Jung People, Pyramid//Indigo, and recently completed a prairie-provinces tour with the master of ambience, Valiska. Live performances join together An Ant And An Atom‘s love of intricate design and powerful immersion as he crafts slow burning melodies atop hazy vocal samples layered with visceral textures that explode into blasts of noise.
Following the successes of previous EPs and 2016's Entropy, a 24-minute experimental musical work created for an exhibition of art by Lauren Crazybull, new release, Exterior, comes as a new collection of 5 pieces looking outward and upward. With intense mastering treatment by the acclaimed, James Plotkin, this work heads to darker and dronier places than previous releases.
In support of these releases, An Ant And An Atom will be performing a few Alberta dates and across British Columbia with tourmate, FOONYAP, along with dates at the prominent SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL in Calgary, and the EDMONTON NOISEFEST in August. Full dates and show info is listed below:
June 23 - Calgary at Broken City, Sled Island Festival, with Midden & Ursa
June 30 - Tent City at Kinney Earthship, with FOONYAP
July 12 - Vancouver at TBA, with FOONYAP, Echuta, & guest
July 13 - Victoria at Copper Owl, with FOONYAP, Psychic Pollution, Prince Shima
July 15 - Nanaimo at White Room, with FOONYAP & Prince Shima
July 19 - Abbotsford at O'Neill's, with FOONYAP, Gold Gloom, Pacific Coliseum (a.k.a. Teen Daze)
July 20 - Vancouver at Hidden City, with FOONYAP & Hazy
July 21 - Kelowna at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, with FOONYAP & Neon Runner
July 22 - Vernon at Record City, with FOONYAP & Murphy Luzod
July 23 - Ymir at The Ymir Schoolhouse, with FOONYAP & Murphy Luzod
August 26 - Edmonton at The Ortona, Edmonton Noisefest
FOONYAP is announcing a new remix EP, Apropos, which features one An Ant And An Atom remix of her stunning piece, "Mourning Coup."
An Ant And An Atom has also contributed a track to the new compilation album, "It's More Like An Homage To You," a tribute to the renown Connecticut screamo, power violence, hardcore band, Jeromes Dream, dismantling and reworking one of their intense songs. It is being released on cassette by the Hamilton label, Zegema Beach Records and features 29 of the 3-piece band's songs redone by artists from around the world. All proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to FLINT RISING COALITION (flintrising.com) in support of the ongoing Flint, MI, water crisis.
My Craft Broke At Launch - 04:56
The Crush Of Gravity - 04:55
Locked In Adrift - 05:59
I Dreamt Of Reaching Space, But Couldn't Calculate The Escape Velocity For Reality - 03:52
Heat Up Another Planet, Burn Out Another Sun - 11:49
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’