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Mysterious CD-Rs have been appearing in records stores across Toronto for the last few years, all housed in photocopied Letraset sleeves with a $0.00 price sticker on the front, all under the moniker Kanada 70, the nom-de-plume of Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Max Gross). Culling from several of these releases between 2006 and 2010, all recorded at home on a TASCAM digital 8-Track, Meagre Means reveals the musically literate range of Kanada 70; from Dusseldorf to Detroit, Mali to Berlin; at times angular and deconstructed, propulsive and motorik, and even popped and jacking. Meagre Means is the Polyphasic guide to the verdant DIY world of Kanada 70. This album is an absolute must for fans of Cluster, Pan Sonic, Mr. Fingers, Thomas Mapfumo and Basic Channel.
In keeping with the K70 xeroxed sleeve tradition, this download comes with a ‘print-your-own-sleeve’ PDF.
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Named after the Brian De Palma film about the intimacy and invasive nature of sound recording (in his case a metaphor for filmmaking), this EP finds Toronto’s VOWLS eavesdropping on Pop music. The a-side Burlap swaggers around a drum machine beat that sounds like a New Order 45 played at 33rpm, with thick psychedelic layers of hazy MBV keys and VU ur-strum. The b-side is a much darker affair, which starts off with a creeping dub bassline surrounded by swirling electronic buzzes and floating voices. It then evolves into a throbbing call and response dirge that calls to mind Joy Division as much as it does Aphex Twin.
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About the Film
Inspired by Ron Hardy’s disco re-edits, Michael Marranda’s revised literary texts and Richard Prince’s appropriated photographs, this video is composed entirely from footage taken from D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary on the 1967 Monterey Pop music festival. Instead of using the iconic footage of the performances, VOWLS chose to focus on the audience, the colourful participants who they feel are the real spirit of the film. The edit attempts to revise the demise and failure of 60’s counterculture by focusing on rhythm, participation and unity rather than spectacle and consumerism.
About the Soundtrack
Originally released in 2007 along with the video, the original soundtrack by VOWLS uses the tropes of 60’s psychedelic music, re-contextualized as contemporary dance music. If David Mancuso’s egalitarian Loft parties had more influence on culture than the vapid fashion of Studio 54 then popular dance music might sound something like this.
Film Re-edit by Naomi Hocura
Soundtrack by VOWLS members Adam Trozzolo & Brandon Hocura
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Very little is known about the enigmatic Alpine Continuum, all we know is that the return address on this recording is a very small mountain village deep in the Swiss Alps. What is certain is that this is timeless cosmic music; a hypnotic interplanetary journey either to or from the center of the universe. Sounding something like a celestial offspring of Tangerine Dream, Carl Craig and Demdike Stare, this 40 minute tapestry of sound sometimes drifts weightlessly, as alien voices can be heard being transmitted from the farthest corners of the galaxy, at other times it moves at motorik light-speed past solar events and lush planets, which are lost as soon as they are discovered. This is new dimensional music, way beyond the horizon of your hi-fi.
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