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Cosmic Range, The - New Latitudes
Cosmic Range, The
New Latitudes
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Idee Fixe)
20,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Matthew “Doc” Dunn is a Toronto based artist, singer/songwriter and renowned multi-instrumentalist. His decade plus career has produced an astonishing volume of work that includes both his recent solo excursions and countless collaborations with peers including contemporary international music makers Bob Egan, J Mascis, Kevin Morby, Ayal Senior, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and Woods. Well noted as a frequent contributor to the prolific output of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder (MV/EE), and as a member of their “Golden Road”, it was in between his extensive touring with MV/EE that Dunn wrangled his own amorphous ensemble of local heads, The Transcendental Rodeo. The group expanded upon his lifelong embrace of “social music”, sometimes numbering twenty players, the band Dunn described as “both extremely fun and positively unwieldy” was documented in 2015’s posthumous and expansive box set Kanata. The band, which at the time of Kanata’s release was described as an “expanding head band” who dealt in “communal hillbilly raga”, wound down in 2011. Retreating from the group dynamic to concentrate on his own personal output, Doc released the deep study of feedback, wow and flutter that was 2012’s Tecumseh. Acoustic guitars, harmonica and free drumming acted as source material for his dub-wise tribute to the historical roots of Upper Canada. Within twelve months Matthew released the self-produced and self-performed All Is. A maximalist layering of organs, flutes, vibraphone and swung drums which together collaged an interstellar soundtrack reminiscent of spiritual musics old and new. It was the response from peers and followers to All Is that led Doc to form The Cosmic Range. Starting in late 2014 a core membership drawn from Toronto’s most enlightened music makers joined Doc on stage to reinterpret All Is’ themes into a blend of free jazz, world boogie and galactic funk. A year later in late 2015 The Cosmic Range entered the studio. With Kieran Adams (Diana), drums and electronics; Brandon Valdivia (NTWNTF/Lido Pimienta), congas and percussion; Mike “Muskox” Smith (Jennifer Castle, Sandro Perri), keys and bass; Jonathan Adjemian (Hoover Party), keys and synth; Max “Slim Twig” Turnbull, guitar and wah-wah; Andy Haas (John Zorn, Spermic Brotherhood), saxophone and electronics; Isla Craig (U.S. Girls, IC/JC/VC), voice; and Doc on organ, piano and vibraphone; the group came together to create in just two days their debut record New Latitudes. As New Latitudes opens with Morning, Ontario the listener can be forgiven if they fall into a state of trance as bells, vibes, piano and synths bring the calm, filling space and time with The Cosmic’s ode to infinity. This feeling of calm soon dissipates as the rhythm machined intro of the LP’s eponymous track prefaces The Cosmic Range in full flight. Heavy funk fades into the foreground with Andy Haas’ treated horn teleporting us to somewhere all together other. Organs establish the theme, a framework, a jumping off point to which Haas responds with his sax primally screaming into the fractured rhythms Adams and Valdivia explore. As Adjemian, Smith and Dunn provide the pulse, the drums roll into Turnbull’s no holds barred frenetic fuzz storm and when Haas returns to overblow his horn it feels like there is truly a riot going on. Downtown’s on fire. At this point it’s clear that several lifetimes of music making exist within the assembled cast. Years of playing and listening. With many members having collaborated together for decades, an unspoken language has emerged. Taking cues from Miles Davis’ electric era, the group use form as an entry to improvisation, a place where one can explore without fear. You can hear it in Love II as warming up gives way to another exercise in funk. As Brandon Valdivia hits the shakers and Turnbull hits the wah, we hear Isla Craig introduce her voice - percussive and fully inside the groove. The band almost collapses from the intensity Craig ushers in with Adams rolling across bars; Isla finally catches her breath, the chase now over. You hear it in side two opener±Toronto, ON CAgh, VT-NY
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Jennifer Castle
Pink City
LP | 2014 | US | Reissue (Idee Fixe)
19,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Greeted in Canada with five star reviews from Now Magazine and the country’s national daily The Globe and Mail, Castlemusic firmly established Jennifer as one of the country’s most talented singer/songwriters. Her intuitive take on musical tradition coupled with a deeply affecting and instantly recognizable voice soon found its way beyond Canada when Castlemusic was rereleased 8 months later on American label No Quarter Records. Profiles and reviews for the record subsequently appeared in Spin, NPR, Time Out New York and Brooklyn Vegan as Jennifer toured in support of the record throughout North America including support for kindred spirits Cass McCombs, Kurt Vile and Lower Dens. Perhaps the most notable praise was from Greil Marcus, writing for The Believer, who stated “Castle reaches a pitch of mystical transport so gorgeously ethereal she seems about to drift off into lands that don’t appear on any map”. With promotion for Castlemusic slowing down in 2013, Jennifer returned to the studio to work on Pink City. A collection of intimate reflections on both the internal and external world, Pink City displays a sharpened musical focus showcasing Jennifer’s powers as a writer and performer amidst a new sense of sonic clarity. The reunited production team of Castle, Dave Clarke and Jeff McMurrich invited a host of musical friends to embellish their vision. Owen Pallett provides string arrangements for a number of songs including the cinematic opener Truth is the Freshest Fruit and stirring ballad I’m Like A Gun. Other notable guests include American folk legend Kath Bloom providing inspirational harmonica on side A closer Down River. Throughout the album downtown Toronto’s finest musical stalwarts, such as Ryan Driver (piano,flute), Mike Smith (bass, arrangements), Paul Mortimer (guitar), Jonathan Adjemian (piano and keys) and Brodie West (saxophone), provide stunning support.
Highest Order, The - Still Holding
Highest Order, The
Still Holding
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Idee Fixe)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The Highest Order are Simone Schmidt, Paul Mortimer, Kyle Porter and Simone TB, veterans and ambassadors of Toronto’s downtown underground and collaborators with kindred souls Jennifer Castle, Slim Twig, US Girls and Milk Lines. Three years after the release of their critically acclaimed and well travelled debut album If It’s Real the band return with Still Holding. If their debut was a work of cosmic country then the band have doubled down on the cosmic. Highlighting the band’s growing mastery of the recording studio, smashed tape collages, phase shifted psychedelic guitar duels and varisped everything surround Still Holding’s mastery of song. It’s the songs that stay with you, fully realized as though they have always existed, vessels for Schmidt’s words. Deep truths. Athletic metaphors. The Highest Order are Still Holding and they saved some for you.
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