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New Canadiana :: Zacht Automaat – Zacht Automaat

Zach Automaat - Zacht Automaat

Walk through the luminescent sliding doors and feel the weight evaporate from your body. Step through the archives of time and look out at the glass walls that hold back the drifting stars. Notice the spectral starships crossing paths in the distant view. The cosmic residue of their flight path carries waves of sound as they intercept the room’s speaker system. A digital screen scrolls like a conveyer belt filled with passing phrases, “Ancaster Heights”, “The Smiling Wilderness”, “Disturbed Ground’”, the script runs endlessly. The words are given meaning as each wave grows to an audible strength. On the outside, the distant vessels can be seeing touching down near foreign embassies, welcomed by euphoric sounds. The speculation is confirmed. Our own takeoff has begun, bound for the farthest reaches of these celestial zones. Set yourself free and take in the spectacular view.

This collection is a bag of magic borrowed from the enchanted hands of a band that evades hyperbole. Veterans of the interstellar scene, Carl Didur and Michael McLean have parsed the cryptex of popular music and entered into a new dialogue as Zacht Automaat. Adopting new methods and strategies, they have sewn together opposing forces before pulling them apart again to see all the pieces in a different perspective.

Through three years and 11 albums, ZA have melted countless minds and challenged the strength of an equal number of hard drives. Running in at around 80 minutes, this monolithic double LP and bonus CD nevertheless stands in a much bigger pool of music that is no less crucial. Those lucky enough to still find copies of the early Medusa tapes should not resist the urge to grip. Each album is a new zone to explore and this release should be considered the official tour for prospective visitors. Many thanks are owed to Calico Corp. for giving these songs the treatment they deserve.

The portal doors are open.

Procédez pas à pas par les portes coulissantes luminescentes et ressentez votre poids s’évaporer de votre corps. Parcourez les archives du temps et faites attention aux murs de verre qui retiennent les étoiles dérivantes. Remarquez les vaisseaux spectraux traversant ces sentiers dans le lointain. Le résidu cosmique de leur route de vol porte des vagues de son qui interceptent le système de haut-parleurs de la pièce. Un écran numerique se déroule comme une bande transporteuse remplie d’expressions passagères, “Ancaster Heights”, “The Smiling Wilderness”, “Disturbed Ground”, le script court infiniment. Les mots acquièrent une signification aussitôt que chaque son grandit à une force audible. À l’extérieur, les vaisseaux lointains peuvent êtres vus atterrissant près des ambassades étrangères, accueillis par des sons euphoriques. La spéculation est confirmée. Notre propre décollage a commencé, entraîné vers des confins plus lointains de ces zones célestes. Libérez-vous et profitez de la vue spectaculaire.

Cette collection est un sac de magie emprunté des mains enchantées d’un band qui évite l’hyperbole. Les vétérans de la scène interstellaire, Carl Didur et Michael McLean ont analysé le cryptex de musique populaire et sont entrés dans un nouveau dialogue en tant que Zacht Automaat. adoptant de nouvelles méthodes et des stratégies, ils ont cousu ensemble des forces opposées les ont rédéfaites pour pouvoir voir tous les morceaux d’une perspective différente.

Pendant trois ans et 11 albums, ZA a fait fondre bon nombre d’esprits et a défié la force d’un autant bon nombre de disques durs. Courant jusu’aux alentours de 80 minutes, ce monolithique double LP et son CD bonus se situ quand même dans une bien plus grande piscine de musique qui n’en est pas moins essentielle. Ceux qui ont la chance de trouver des copies des premières cassettes de Medusa ne devraient pas réffreiner un besoin urgent de s’en saisir. Chaque album est une nouvelle zone à explorer et cette libération devrait être considérée comme le tour officiel pour les visiteurs potentiels. Mille mercis sont dus à la Calico Corp. pour offrir à ces chansons le traitement qu’elles méritent.

Les portes du portail sont ouvertes.

Zacht Automaat – Triumphant Bridge

Zacht Automaat – The Smiling Wilderness

New Canadiana :: The Ednas // New Wings – Ground Sits on Ground

The Ednas // New Wings - Split

This split tape features ecstatic fuzz and aerial themes pulled straight from the Mongolian wilderness of Kitchener/Waterloo. The Ednas emerge from desolate swamps of broken laptops, fighting back waves of content. Jekyll and Hyde vocals trade off between doom and despair while a parallel universe keeps Kevin Shields stuck in New York. To recover from the frenzy and feedback, one only needs to flip the tape for the instrumental musings of New Wings. Although they come from the same noisy birthplace, these guys have their sights set on a different set of constellations, somewhere beyond these salty skies.

Cette cassette partagée offre du fuzz à l’extase et des thèmes aériens tous droits sortis de la Mongolie sauvage de Kitchener/Waterloo. Les Ednas émergent de marais désolés d’ordinateurs portables brisés en repoussant des vagues de contentement. Des voix à la Jekyll et Hyde oscillent entre désespoir et fatalité pendant qu’un univers parallèle retiens Kevin Shields à New-York. Pour se reposer de la frénésie et du larsen, il suffit simplement de retourner la cassette pour profiter des songeries de New Wings. Bien qu’ils viennent du même berceau tapageur, ces types ont le regard tourné vers d’autres constellations, quelque part au-delà de ces cieux salés.

The Ednas – Daybreak

New Wings – Zombie Layton for President

New Canadiana :: Yellowthief – Second Level Skills Vol. 1

Yellowthief - Second Level Skills Vol. 1

Vancouver’s Yellowthief (guitarist Adam Flood and now ex-drummer Poib Fehr), spent countless hours crafting bloodcurdling encryptions of songs that question all reason. These are the type of tunes that make you wonder where your black leather gloves are. Flood’s guitar cuts like precision medical devices used in the wrong hands, while Fehr sounds like an insane gorilla with sledgehammers. The duo has the skill, finesse, and brutality to showcase their love of free-jazz and extreme shredding on both sides of the wax.

Le groupe vancouvérois Yellowthief, composé du guitariste Adam Flood et de l’ex-batteur Poib Fehr, a passé de nombreuses heures à chiffrer des chansons qui savent glacer le sang dans nos veines et qui nous font douter de notre raison. Le genre de chansons qui nous font chercher nos gants de cuir noir. La guitare de Flood tranche telle une lame de précision médicale tombée entre de mauvaises mains, tandis que Fehr donne l’impression qu’un gorille détraqué s’est emparé d’un marteau de forgeron. Le duo a assez d’habileté, de finesse et de brutalité pour démontrer son amour pour le jazz libre et le shredding extrême, et ce, des deux côtés de la médaille.

Yellowthief – qwuqri vshii

Yellowthief – thriforf eii

New Canadiana :: Zacht Automaat – Bags Inside Bags

Zach Automaat - Bags Inside Bags
The depth of Zacht Automaat’s bag of tricks seemingly knows no bounds, as evidenced by this lysergic whirligig of a double cassette. The Toronto-via-Hamilton-via-The Spaceways duo bent minds with their inaugural 2010-11 onslaught (seven original albums and a Beatles cover record) and have now drifted back into the cosmic consciousness with another hour-plus of mood-altering bubblegum. For Bags Inside Bags, the O.G. pairing of Ganesha-armed multi-instrumentalists Carl Didur and Michael McLean have enlisted Louis Percival (a.k.a. Broken Tree Fort a.k.a. Onakabazien) to man the traps, and Colin Fisher (one half of NTW,NTF) to lay down some skin-peeling sax. This monster release travels from kraut stomp to interstellar bliss-out with stops at the circus and of course a day-trip to Canterbury. For a deeper dip into the Automaat ouevre, check this in-depth and in-the-know article from the desk of Slim Twig.

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Zacht Automaat – Side II

New Canadiana :: Crabe – ???

Crabe - ???
Crabe have unleashed a totally blasted and inexplicable artifact from the Montreal underground. Forging undefined links between Archimedean power pop and wasted Ramones covers, their unreadably-titled CDR gives the briefest glimpse into basemental prog conjured by the dialectically adventurous. Quintessentially bizarre. We’re not even sure if this is grippable.

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Crabe – Alvin Pex

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Crabe – I Want You Around (Ramones Cover)

New Canadiana :: Shaker Hymns – Dub Sawyer EP

Shaker Hymns - Dub Sawyer EP
Imagine following that silly rabbit down a hole and never finding the bottom. A soundtrack to your descent may sound frightening but in fact, after about two minutes of free falling, a sense of peace licks your brain and you forget what it feels like to keep two feet on the ground. Shaker Hymns whoop and flip chords to penetrate typical guitar riffs for the ultimate in desert spy movie darkness. A voice squelches from behind a dune but the bass ‘n’ drums are your canteen of agua. Lifesavers in a strange place that leave you afraid but intrigued. A plane in the sky writes a message that reads: “keep going”.

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Shaker Hymns – Juanita

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Shaker Hymns – Dub Sawyer

New Canadiana :: Solange – The Sweet Fondling Of Darkness, Too Pretty To Breathe

This time-warped transmission from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society drifts the listener deep into transoceanic distress. Sampledelic hydro vibes drenched in tape-warbled basement prog make for heavy loner moves in a cf. 2011 artifact of modern fringe. Solange’s radiophonic workshop spins skyward as a cast of disembodied voices spin the wheels of confusion. Grip?

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Solange – murder nutured by the brittle, cold teat of death

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Solange – let weeping corpses cry

New Canadiana :: Zacht Automaat – Smart Candle

Dense, hallucinogenic migrations emenate from the spinning magnetic strips tucked inside Zacht Automaat’s phased journey through pressure-wave manipulation. Each side is a colossal trip through transcended flares, beat cut-ups, major-key Kraut drones, and swathes of library dramatics. The tape defies all classification and straddles a wicked line between beats/samples and live shredding. Completely unassuming, understated, and unforgettable, with an extra make ‘em say un for the unique packaging. Must grip++

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Zacht Automatt – Museum Robbery

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Zacht Automatt – Sterling’s Over

New Canadiana :: Wyrd Visions // Castlemusic – My Boat b/w Voice of God

Wyrd Visions // Castlemusic
My Boat b/w Voice of God
(Blue Fog)
Toronto, ON
::web/sounds:: // ::web/sounds::


From the (blue) fog bath of Michael Deane:
The Bog Lord and Haunting Pixie return to add to each other’s tales, but gently, with contemplative, (blue) fog-bathed, repetitively folk-essed meditations. Side Wyrd finds Colin Bergh reveling in single guitar riffs that cascade from their centre into softly sung Nordic tales. Finger-plucked medieval guitar patterns sit in the back while a four-note bass line twists and repeats. Bergh’s voice brings you further into a trance, struggling to find the beginning and end. When Jennifer Castle joins him, the waves combine and the tide swells, prepping you for Queen-like vocal stabs that bring this to new levels of acoustic-black-metal-folk-prog. Side Castle flips the script with a delicately plucked minor guitar pattern and soulfully smooth, airy vocals examining the powers above. Sporadic toms fill in the emptiness to give a surprisingly lush start to this solo-turned-strange-duet. Bergh re-enters the fold, echoing CM’s questioning of the voice of God. Together, they create an epically surreal musical landscape. Grip Hurr.

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Wyrd Visions – My Boat

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Castlemusic – Voice of God

Departures :: Christmas – Heritage

Christmas
Heritage
(Daffodil)
Oshawa, ON
Originally Released: 1970


From the spirited christmas of Aaron Levin:
Bob Bryden‘s recorded legacy is a humbling testament to the zenith of teenage creative potential. At the age of eighteen, Bob walked into a studio to record his fourth LP, the second under the banner of his hand-picked band Christmas (having already recorded two LPs as a leading member of Reign Ghost). Heritage remains a brilliant synthesis of lysergic hard-rock and the emerging streams of progressive shreddery. Crisp, punchy drums burst through the continuous leads, crunchy guitar, and trademark machine-gun bass lines to reveal an imaginative, surprising, and radiant vision of pop musics’ future. One of the best and most creative records released in Canada and a great way to start adventuring within Byrden’s amazing career.

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Christmas – April Mountain

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Christmas – Heritage