New Music: Brandon Munro’s Armgods

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Something warped is in the Peterborough water. I say this with the deep affection of someone whose family tree’s roots have been slurping the groundwater for 80 years.

Brandon Munro’s delicately wonky wanderings on Armgods were written in February for the RPM Challenge (10 songs or 35 minutes in 28 days). With looped & detuned electric guitar lines, relaxed toms, and slightly hoarse, removed vocals, this is a solid bedroom pop album just begging for an electronic remix.

Relaxing, unpretentious, and easy, Armgods reminds me of a nursery mobile spinning with bent plastic arms, drooping so low into the cradle that the pilled, dangling zoo animals graze the mattress with every rotation.

Best Tracks: Newsno, NightHome, and BED.

New Music: Castle If’s Plant Material

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Plant Material is Toronto experimental electronic musician Jess Forrest‘s 7-track love letter to her apartment’s large-n-luscious house plant collection. The album idea sparked after legendary taper/music curator Joe Strutt asked her to play his Music Gallery show, EMERGENTS IIIJoe told Jess to play, “anything she wanted,” and the concept was born.

Castle If’s previous releases are messages received and decoded from the endless drone of deep space—colourful Moog Lil’ Phatty nebulas flanked by milky way Oberheim oscillations, all dubbed to deliberately hissy tape. With Plant Material, Jess returns to earth—or more precisely, she reaches her hands down into the mossy loam of her plant pots, scoops up mineral-rich handfuls, and watches the dark grains of soil tumble back down onto the glossy leaves.

With delicately rendered cover art by painter Anna May Henry, file this release firmly in the card catalogue under library music; urban tropicalia, creature comforts.

Best Tracks: Sedum Morganianum, The Grass Is Greener, and Sansevieria Trifasciata.

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Indie-licious Tues June 14th 2016

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Three ambient, dreamy, looping artists. Get lost in the woods of your own tangled brain.

1. Blunt Chunks at La Sala Rossa – March 31st 2016*
2. C.J. Boyd at Holy Oak – June 5th 2016
3. Sarah Davachi at Holy Oak – June 5th 2016*

*Canadian

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For repeated, sustained pleasure, here are the individual performances of C.J. Boyd and Sarah Davachi.

 

Byron Westbrook – Precipice (2015 via Root Strata)

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Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Brooklyn-based composer and sound-artist Byron Westbrook at Ratio along with Dirty Inputs, Fleshtone Aura, and Germaine Liu. Westbrook ended with a track that made my ears feel like they were stuffed with wadded cotton balls that were being slowly twisted.

Precipice is Westbrook’s first full length and came out via Root Strata on October 2nd. I wish I could’ve grabbed a copy, but he sold out in Chicago. Nonetheless, I’m very excited to listen to this album and I’ll try to grab it when I can. At times ebullient, at times subdued, it flexes between warm synths, crystalline sequences, and synesthetic tingling. Check it out if you’re into Craig Leon, Popul Vuh, or Terry Riley.

Favourite Canadian songs of 2015

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A lot happened this year. I booked my first show. I started a new job. I made 33 episodes of Indie-licious. I wrote 24 pieces for Weird Canada.

No one really asked for this list, but then I got carried away and now here we are. Songs are roughly sorted into clusters that sound nice together. Support your local community!

Michael Ondaatje’s World – Germaphobes

 

Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis 

 

(but) i need you – Kurt Inder

 

Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room

 

Full Moon – Pee Wee

 

Shy Boy – Nakedchillen

 

Tact of Animals & I Don’t See It – Quaker Parents

 

NOVO SARAJEVO – Gretchen

 

More Like You – Novel

 

Mechanical Rhythm – Painted Fruits

 

Textiles On Mainstreet – Slim Twig

 

Sailin’ On (Bad Brains cover) – Haolin Munk

 

See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight

 

Jasz – New Fries

 

Senators – No Spectrum

 

tiergarten – Sarah Davachi

 

 2 – Jonathan Scherk

 

Désorganism – French Pretzel

 

mar mar mar – Guidewire

 

The Trouble – Fantasy Blondes

 

jxpg – The Passenger

 

Buschbabies – JOYFULTALK

 

NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE

Bed Bath and Beyond – Fresh Flesh

 

Haagen Baadz – Bile Sister

 

Damn That Valley – U.S. Girls

 

TIVOLI – Phèdre 

 

HELL Demo A – Lee Paradise

 

HOTFOOT – Doldrums

 

Night of the Assassins (Les Rallizes Dénudés) – Zacht Automaat

 

Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (feat. Damian Abraham) – Fresh Snow

 

In Silence – The Acorn

 

LOSING GROUND – Special Costello

 

A Better Deal – Merival

 

Again – Faith Healer

 

Tooth Hound Sand (AIA) – Sivani

 

won’t – boyhood

 

Attention Seeker – Etiquette

 

Thailand – Hush Pup

 

SOFTEN / SOFTER – Prison Hair

 

Test of Faith – JFM

 

every fucking day – Shaun Weadick

 

Threnody – Myriam Gendron

 

guardian force – Brandon DeVries

 

Waist of the Sea – Blunt Chunks

 

Human Garbage – Vulva Culture