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Sessa - Grandeza LP


Vinyl/Digital

Grandeza, the debut album by Sao Paulo's Sessa, points to new, subtle directions for modern Brazilian music – a deep, minimalist, almost insinuated use of the rich textures that define the songwriting history of Brazil, one which Sessa now joins among its most promising new voices. His songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sensual lyrics in the vein of Caetano Veloso, and the melodic flourishes of Tom Jobim and Arthur Verocai. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen, with touches of tropicalia, psychedelia, and the mystic jazz of Moondog. Recorded in various locations between São Paulo and New York City.

 

 




 

 

 

THESE DUDES RIP

 

FET.NAT - Le Mal LP


Vinyl/Digital

"FET.NAT is basically constructing their own language" - Toronto Star
“FET.NAT is one of the best kept secrets, quite simply a major force of music" - La Presse
"A marvel that fearless creativity can lead to undeniable originality." - The Line of Best Fit
"So much fun that it was spilling out over the all-smiling crowd in waves." - Exclaim!

Since founding in 2010, FET.NAT has created a musical universe all its own, crossing leftfield punk, trip-hop, free jazz and afrobeat, on a backdrop of absurdist humour lit by the Rock In Opposition movement. The veteran Hull, Quebec, foursome – featuring the franglais poetics of JFNO, Pierre-Luc Clément on guitars, Linsey Wellman on saxophone, and secret weapon Olivier Fairfield (Last Ex, Timber Timbre, Andy Shauf) on drums – has made its name on fiery live performances that clash maniacal theatrics with confounding musicianship.

Today, with the release of Le Mal – a concept record with one side containing MIDI interpretations of the other – FET.NAT delivers a stunning document of their musical connectivity and precise recording vision. Instrumentals of experimental restraint, with menacing electronics and flashes of polyrhythm underscore JFNO’s warped, possessed poetry. The result is a full-player of discernible variety – an illusory mirror image of itself – with familiar but offset halves that consume each other.


FET.NAT Bandcamp

 

 




 

 

 

ERIC SLICK

 

Eric Slick - Bullfighter


/Vinyl/Digital

In his own words:
Bullfighter is a song cycle about the first Jewish American matador, Sidney Franklin. It’s also the story of coming to terms with my family’s Jewish identity. It was important to juxtapose Sidney’s struggles with my own. The name of the piece serves as a double meaning. It comes from my fascination with astrology - I’m a Taurus, and the bull is a stubborn opponent.

Bullfighter is comprised of vocals, string quartet, piano, synthesizer, and drums. The string quartet portion was written in a week and recorded in about 2 hours. My good friend Michael Johnson fleshed out the rest over the course of a year. He transformed a two dimensional picture into a beautiful panorama.

This piece of music is important to me. It’s not light-hearted. After releasing my first record, I realized that I had to tap into my own vulnerabilities more. I re-wrote the lyrics to Bullfighter over and over again in the hopes that I could get closer to my version of the truth. Writing it brought me closer with members of my family that I hadn’t spoken with in years.

I hope that it will be transformative for the listener. It’s a document of working through my own personal trauma. I wanted it to feel circuitous. In the end, I realized that death and life are all the same, and that suffering is fleeting.


Eric Slick Bandcamp

 

 




 

 

 

JUST KIDDING

 

Ape School - Old Mike 2018


Digital

In his own words:
This is my usable output from 2018. I began this record when I moved to a new home with an inhabitable basement. The previous owner (in glorious South Philly style) had it rewired to support his weed growing/gun selling business. Pristine, humless power. After the SWAT team showed up, the house was repossessed and my family were later the beneficiaries.

After the dark emotional turn of Death is Messy, I am quite happy that my absurdity gene is still intact. Most of these parts do not repeat themselves, and hooks abound. When i get an idea boiling in my head, I go downstairs and puke it into the microphone. I'm very happy with this new reality, and anticipate more fruitful days ahead. Thanks for listening, and happy new year. One can only hope that this is the year we destroy cartoon reality and return to our normal creeping dread. So let it be written, so let it be fun.


Ape School Bandcamp

 

 




 

 

 

Pulgas

 

Pulgas - Open to Most Things


Digital

With their second effort "Open to Most Things", Pulgas showcases an extraordinary ability to evolve. In layman's terms, their first album might be viewed as a dirty hobo whistling an enchanting tune. You come along, and you're intrigued by his sheer talent and potential, so you take him home, give him a bath and a shave, dress him up in new clothes and (as is tradition) fuse him with cyborg technology. A gold pocket-watch and a stovetop hat later, you've got the same energy and inventiveness of that original strain, but now it's a sleek machine. THESE BOYS CLEAN UP NICE. There are hints of menace and motorik among the experiments on this record. The sonic palette is vastly expanded from their debut. It's a little raunchy, a little cold and a little bit wiggly. All in all, it's a banger, and hints at bigger and better things to come for these two young garbage wizards.


Pulgas Bandcamp

 

 




 

 

 

SCATTERED CLOUDS

 

Scattered Clouds - 5xx


Cassette/Digital

Scattered Clouds is the sound of post apocalyptic romanticism. The Hull, Québec experimental band underscores auto-fictional narratives with brooding rhythm, cavernous vocals, and precise noise. Terse retro-synthetic soundscapes call to mind the works of Vangelis or Tangerine Dream, paired with the uneasy ecstasy of Suicide or the tense, thundering underbelly of SUUNS.


Scattered Clouds Bandcamp

 

 




 

 

 

APE SCHOOL

 

Ape School - Death is Messy


Digital

It's a long story. Go to the Bandcamp and read all about it, but beware for there is little cheer involved.


Ape School Bandcamp

 

 




 

 

 

GLADYS LAZER

 

Absolutely Free- The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Releases August 21 on
Limited Picture Disc/Digital

Stream/Download

Absolutely Free has released its cover of the classic "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" in honour of today's solar eclipse. The Toronto 'astro-beat' trio gives a celestial tint to the song originally recorded by Frankie Valli in 1965 and later popularized by The Walker Brothers. This version for August 21, 2017 is auspicious and serene, tape degraded yet futuristic, shot skyward by starry synthesizers, cavernous bass, shimmering highs, and Matt King's atmospheric vocals.

The single is out now digitally and available for purchase as an extremely limited 7" picture disc.

Proceeds will be donated to Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization that protects natural resources and promotes healthy communities.


Absolutely Free Bandcamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLADYS LAZER

 

Gladys Lazer - Candy World/Bye Past EP

Releases July 20 on
Casette/Digital

Gladys Lazer is nomadic music. The solo project of Tel Aviv born musician Gal Lazer – known for his unfathomable drumming with Yonatan Gat of Monotonix – distills Lazer's memories of a time when he had no home and travelled the world solely on music. Recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in the countryside of SW Georgia, the debut EP, Candy World/Bye Past, features eight instrumental pathways: sonic vignettes that combust breakbeat, post-jazz, krautrock, and trip-hop in a cycle of pastoral daydreamscapes and electronic dirges: all percussive, melodic delights.
Gladys Lazer is tinted with the instrumental excursions of 90/00s Chicago experimental rock, coursing with primal, terrestrial rhythm, cut with fragmented noise and eternal trip-hop.


Gladys Lazer Bandcamp

 

 

 

 

 

FET.NET - GAOLER

 

Pulgas - S/T

Released May 25 on
Lathe Cut 8" Picture "disc"

Pulgas is undeniable garbage wizardry. Their self titled debut release sounds like it was recorded in a trashcan with a modified trash-mic by trash people, but that belies the boundless creativity and musicianship contained within. Guitar record of the year? If you smoke trash, DEFINITELY. Hot licks galore, meaty beats and hooks that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1974 Philly soul. (More accurately, a soul hopped up on huffed fumes from that undeniable summer Philadelphia stench. Nacho cheese and boiled hotel washcloths, folks. You know what I mean.) It’s not easily classifiable, but it fucking rules.


Pulgas - "Out of the South" video by Julia Harley


Pulgas Bandcamp

 

 

 

 

FET.NET - GAOLER

 

Fet.Nat - Gaoler EP

Releases May 19 on
One side 12".

FET.NAT is a Hull, Quebec band that creates a bombastic and off-kilter mix of punk, free jazz, and noise. Punctuated by the nihilistic franglais poetics of vocalist JFNO, the four piece (bass, drums, sax, machines) evokes the absurdist humour of American Wrestling and kung fu movies, while carrying the torch of the Rock In Opposition movement.


FET.NAT is a tonic that transcends languages and provinces, reorganizing overlappingnations into one confounding groove. A collage of art punk, improv, breakbeat, afrobeat,
and spoken word comprises the band distinct sound on the new two-track EP Gaoler, a 12-minute 12-inch offering of demented boogie and twisted trip-hop.

 

TOUR DATES | SUMMER 2017
MAY 14 MAI | MONTRÉAL QC @ FESTIVAL DISTORSION L’ESCO
MAY 23 MAI | ST-JOHN N.B @ CALLAHAN’S
MAY 24 MAI | MONCTON N.B @ CLAUDE’S HOUSE
MAY 25 MAI | CHARLOTTETOWN I.P.E @
MAY 26 MAI | FREDERICTON N.B @ SHIFTWORK ART STUDIO
MAY 27 MAI | HALIFAX N.S @ OBEY CONVENTION
MAY 28 MAI | QUÉBEC QC @ SCANNER ~
JUNE 01 JUIN | HULL QC @ LE TEMPORAIRE
JUNE 14 JUIN | OTTAWA ON @ OXW CLUB SAW
JUNE 23 JUIN | GUELPH ON @ DSTRCT
JUNE 24 JUIN | TORONTO ON @ RATIO
JULY 6 JUILLET | QUÉBEC QC @ FESTIVAL OFF
JULY 21 JUILLET | SUDBURY AREA ON @ RIVER & SKY FESTIVAL


FET.NAT Bandcamp

 



VanillaLord - Macro Plaque PAC

Released May 25, 2016 on
cassette/digital/limited square 8 inch.

First 25 8 inches packaged
in a wearable burlap mask. SOLD OUT.

MASKS


Vanillalord - Toroidal / Mouth Organ (Studio Session) from Boiled Records on Vimeo.


 

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Scott Churchman - Fear Everything

Ape School - Death is Messy

 

 

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