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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s excellent second album, first released back in 2000. Awing in its scope and ambition, and uniquely optimistic and joyful within the band’s discography. I’ll never forget when I first heard the trumpets creeping in during ‘Storm’, or on ‘Sleep’ where a New Yorker fondly remembers Coney Island at its peak. Truly special.
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

We thought we'd lost them forever but here they are with their first single length album since their very earliest days. Recorded in late 2013/14 with Greg Norman (not the golfer but the Electrical Audio engineer), 'Asunder, Sweet and other Distress' is described as Godspeed's most focussed and best sounding record to date. Clocking in at an anaemic (for them) 40 minutes, all the usual touchstones are in place, so expect enormo-crescendos, strings and guitars in glorious unison and exhilarating noise and drone explorations. For those with an interest in stats, track count is at 4 this time whilst exclamation mark total is at a lowly 2.    

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Luciferian Towers

Post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor return to another world phase of political turmoil and humanitarian crisis, with a record of their usual oblique serenade. Following the format of the two records of their modern era, it features four songs in sum and continues to rebrand them as God's Pee (make it happen). Luciferian Towers is inspired by a long list of inequalities -- "an end to foreign invasions, borders, the dismantling of the prison-industrial complex, healthcare" -- and will likely factor in as much quiet meditation as it does grandiose rock action.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Yanqui U.X.O.

Canada’s post-rock heroes Godspeed You! Black Emperor have long been Norman favourites so the chances are that you already know everything there is to know about them. For the uninitiated who find themselves here, Yanqui U.X.O. was their third album from 2002. It was recorded by Steve Albini, who has a habit of doing these things well. It was also the point when the band decided to move the exclamation mark from the end to the middle of their name. Classic stuff. Double LP on Constellation.
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Colin Stetson And Sarah Neufeld
Never Were The Way She Was

Available on 12” vinyl LP or CD from Constellation. Colin Stetson’s is renowned for his unique style with tenor and bass sax. Melding polyrhythmic blasts and clanks with prolonged and evolving drones as well as simultaneously vocalising through the mouthpiece. Joining forces with violinist Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) is not new to them, having collaborated live many times over the years, but now it’s on record.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP

Godspeed's most succinct document, Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada consists of two compositions -- one named "Moya", dedicated to one of the band's founding members, which builds around intricate orchestration towards a simple, cathartic climax (hey dudes, it sounds simple, but it's post-rock). "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" is the talking point though, utilising a chilling monologue to build political unrest ex nihilo. Terrifying and terrifyingly ambiguous, this is arguably the band's best work. Like Mr. Finnegan, we'll leave it at that.

T. Gowdy
Therapy With Colour

The fourth studio album - and first for the Constellation label - by Montreal-based producer and musician T. Gowdy. Diverse yet thematically part of a coherent whole, Therapy With Colour is possibly his most complete work so far, the five compositions taken from a series of longer-form interactions with light artist Laura Buckley. 

Markus Floats
Third Album

Markus Lake is a big noise in the Montreal DIY community. Over the past decade or so he has been releasing music under the name Markus Floats. Third Album is clearly his third album, but first for the Constellation label. He has a background in jazz, electroacoustics, post-punk and indie. All of his experience pours into the abstract soundscapes, shapes and textures on this LP.

A Separation Of Being

A Separation of Being is the third album from Joyfultalk (aka Jay Crocker). It comprises of a three part suite which blends together polyrhythms and minimalist compositions all borne out of Crocker's use of bespoke home made instrumentation. A mesmeric deep listen that brings to mind Steve Reich and Penguin Cafe Orchestra as well as more out-there composers such as Actress and Laurie Siegel. 

Rebecca Foon
Waxing Moon

Cellist and composer Rebecca Foon is a big, albeit gentle, noise in the Montreal music community. As well as being a solo artist under her own name and as Saltland, she was a member of Silver Mt. Zion and chamber ensemble, Esmerine. Her new solo LP, Waxing Moon, sees her writing some haunting songs that are both despairing and hopeful, concerned with climate change and personal heartbreak.

Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis

Matana Roberts has now reached the fourth instalment in her highly praised Coin Coin series. With the first three records exploring avenues of avant-garde composition, ranging from a large band down to solo work, Chapter Four: Memphis restores the collaborative motif, and sees Roberts lay out her most diverse musical vision yet, based on her scholarly research and passion for her subjects. 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! was the typically punctuation obsessed fourth album from Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was their first album in ten years and marked a surprise comeback for a band many listers had assumed were consigned to post-rock history. It was certainly worth the decade long wait winning the Polaris prize and showing that their ability to score truly affecting music remained intact. 

Land Of Kush
Sand Enigma

Sam Shalabi revives his psychedelic big-band Land of Kush for the project’s first studio album in six years. Fortunately, the lengthy hiatus hasn’t diminished their power at all - Sand Enigma manages to be both the group’s most ambitious and most accessible LP, encompassing avant-garde, psychedelic, jazz and electronic influences over 75 minutes and four sides of vinyl. 

A Silver Mt Zion
Horses In The Sky

Horses in the Sky was the fourth album from A Silver Mt Zion this time infuriatingly calling themselves Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band. Being the hippies they are they recorded it by a campfire by a river but it was the first album of theirs to feature lyrics on every track. Comes on a double 12" with the fourth side etched. 

A Common Truth

Saltland is Rebecca Foon, a core cello-playing member of Esmerine and Thee Silver Mount Zion. This epic solo album builds up luscious walls of strings and vocals over the course of four long tracks that take the most interesting and beautiful parts of post-rock and apply them to a non-guitar framework. A Common Truth also features Warren Ellis! On Constellation.

Hanged Up

Even back in the early days when Constellation were exclusively releasing weirdo-rock like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Fly Pan Am, Montreal duo Hangedup were pretty out there. The duo’s eponymous debut LP (2001) is largely wrought from viola and drums, with some homemade instruments and the occasional throb of bass thrown into the mix on occasion. This unique record remains pretty much unclassifiable almost two decades on from its release, but Boredoms, The Ex and O Yuki Conjugate would be good ways into Hangedup.

Fly Pan Am
C’est Ça

One of the Constellation label’s greatest early signings, Fly Pan Am disbanded in the mid-Noughties following a series of acclaimed, enjoyably messy post-rock albums. Reuniting a couple of years back, the Montreal band have effortlessly slipped back into their previous impressive form, with new album C’est Ça sounding like they’ve never been away. 

Sandro Perri
Soft Landing

Sandro Perri albums are like London buses - you wait ages for one, then two come along next to each other. We waited seven long years for last year’s In Another Life, and barely 12 months later, Soft Landing has arrived. Opening with the gargantuan 16-minute ‘Time (You Got Me)’, it sees Perri explore the guitar, his primary instrument, in greater detail than usual. 

Not Somewhere

Siskiyou is essentially Colin Huebert who was once a member of Great Lake Swimmers. His latest album, Not Somewhere, has taken a while to put together. This was mainly due to him relocating across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto. He’d written and recorded skeletal versions of the songs in Vancouver. Once settled in Toronto he got together with cellist Rebecca Foon, Joseph Shabason and JP Carter (Destroyer) to add some magic dust. The music veers between The Velvet Underground, Elephant 6 collective and subdued folk. On Constellation.

Plurality Trip

Do bands still get 'signed' to labels in the year of our lord, 2018? If so, Joyfultalk is the newest contract artist for the unimpeachable Constellation Records, the experimental Montreal imprint that seem to be deep-diving into electronic music of late. A project of electronic artist Jay Crocker, Plurality Trip is a honing of kosmische music, sublimating dance and glitch into a new, cerebral whole.
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More Than Any Other Day

First LP from Canadian post-punkers Ought here. ‘Today More Than Any Other Day’ laces a poetic, urgent style ala Parquet Courts with caustic jank in the Nation Of Ulysses vein. Surely one of the best debut records to emerge from the Western rock underground in the 2010s, ‘Today More Than Any Other Day’ contains fan favourites ‘The Weather Song’ and ‘Habit’.

Efrim Manuel Menuck
Pissing Stars

Extremely exciting news! It's onwards and upwards with the rebrand of Godspeed to God's Pee, the post-rock stalwarts here giving their frontman leave to make Pissing Stars. It's the second solo record from Efrim Manuel Menuck, following the meandering chamber stipulations of Plays High Gospel, and sees him writing a concept album about the romance of television presenter Mary Hat and son of an arms dealer Mohammed Khashoggi. Fans of Godspeed and their younger, more rebellious Silver Mt. Zion sibling take note.


From Montreal, an assault on your senses in the form of Lungbutter, a trio with a queasy name and a ferociously-thrashing sound. Honey is built from guitar and drums and voice, but within that pallette lies some absolutely-fucked skeins of noise, some mighty howls, and some real drum pummel. A short and sharp statement, out on Constellation.

Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria
Are Sing Sinck, Sing

These two seem to be good friends now. The Godspeed person and the Growing lad are now officially a duo having toured together mainly to play the songs off Efrim's recent Pissing Stars opus. Everything went so well on stage that they decided to work together in a more permanent fashion and these are the first fruits. It's a heartwarming tale.   

Jerusalem In My Heart
Daqa’iq Tudaiq

Montréal audiovisual duo Jerusalem in my Heart (Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and filmmaker Charles-André Coderre) return after three years with Daqa’iq Tudaiq. Set to excite such blogs ‘n’ mags as The Wire, A Closer Listen and The Quietus as much as did its predecessor If He Dies, If If If If If If, the album offers fascinating and unusual textures in two separate parts: a new orchestral reinterpretation of an Egyptian classic on side A and some full-on avant garde skewing of traditional Arabic styles on side B. Something highly modern, unique, diasporic and well-made.

Deadbeat & Camara
Trinity Thirty

Languid dream-folksters Cowboy Junkies released their trickling classic The Trinity Sessions in 1988. To celebrate the thirty-year anniversary, Deadbeat (Scott Monteith) & (Fatima) Camara, both Canadian Berliners, have covered the the whole thing for your neo-nostalgic listening pleasure. Sounds like electronic slowcore.

Joni Void
Mise En Abyme

Joni Void uses the realms of sound to address deep rooted anxieties, an aim for transcendence in sonic assembly and exploration. ‘Mise En Abyme’ uses field recordings - most notably that of friends voices - and sculpts the unique sound from their outwards. There’s this tremendous sense on the record of human connection, despite the lack of lyrical content or objective meaning.   

Do Make Say Think
Stubborn Persistent Illusions

The first album in eight years from this long running Toronto collective. Now in their third decade, the group have created a critically acclaimed back catalogue and have become one of the most venerated names in the post rock canon. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is another example of the bands DIY ethos all recorded and produced themselves balancing guitar based compositions with electronic influenced production.

Light Conductor
Sequence One

Light Conductor is a pair of modular synthesis dudes, one of whom, perhaps surprisingly, is Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes. Sequence One covers a lot of interesting ground, and feels like more than just modular jamming. A sense of bright meditation, spaced-drone textures and occasional fizzing fuzz blasts. Vinyl release by Constellation.

Jessica Moss

Entanglement is album number three from Jessica Moss. Moss earned her stripes with a fifteen year stint in Canadian post-everything band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (and all variations on that name). She has also worked with such luminaries as Vic Chesnutt and Carla Bozulich. The title of this album explains it all, really: She uses violin and her voice to create twisting, swirling, overlapping - tangling, if you will, soundscapes. LP and CD on Constellation.

Elfin Saddle

The band are called Elfin Saddle, so I think we can safely assume that Devastates ain’t gonna be too heavy on the ears. What it is, however, is a collection of earthy folk stomps that nod to both Richard Dawson and The Incredible String Band. The vocals of Jordan McKenzie and Emi Honda - his a reedy tenor, hers a full-throated alto - complement each other beautifully.

Sandro Perri
In Another Life

Sandro Perri's newest record sees the avant-folk musician bringing in new aesthetics previously explored in his electronic project Off World. Utilising gorgeous guitar meanderings alongside creaking, squelching, zapping synths, he offers a twenty-plus minute track made with the aim of sounding "infinite". Verse after verse after verse, it sounds newly pretty; the second side of the record sees Perri improvise lyrics over a serene musical ballad in "Everybody's Paris", which is then reinterpreted by Destroyer's Dan Bejar and the Deadly Snakes' André Ethier. A fascinating u-turn.


Automatisme is the recording moniker for Canadian electronic musician, producer and record store employee, William Jourdain. His fourth physical album release, Transit, is his second for Constellation. The album is informed by organic time signatures such as heart rate and ocean waves as well as the more mechanical, albeit twisted and warped, like the clocks in Salvadore Dali’s Persistence Of Memory. 180g vinyl LP on Constellation.

Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Rare and underrated, Alanis Obomsawin's Bush Lady is a cult classic finally gaining new listeners through Montreal's Constellation. Considering the lives lived by Canada's First Nations, and the political threats to their existence, the record is both a crucial sonic document and activist statement, offering a record created with painstaking attention to detail by Obomsawin (who rerecorded due to dissatisfaction with an early take). An essential fixture in the history of folk music.

Carla Bozulich

One of Constellation Record's secret weapons, Carla Bozulich returns with Quieter an album of fleshed out unreleased tracks. The press release only compares her to other female musicians (rightly including the likes of Jenny Hval, Grouper, Noveller), but I've always thought of her as part of the male-dominated twisted-blues rules by the likes of Nick Cave and Tom Waits. If she were a man she'd be massive. 

Jason Sharp
Stand Above The Streams

If you can't get enough of Colin Stetson then try Jason Sharp. He also plays the saxophone and uses it to make immersive and layered electro-acoustic music. Following the phenomenal and Norman-loved A Boat Upon Its Blood, he produces four ten minute pieces which he says is an abstracted survey of organic nature. It's synth elements also fit in nicely with the latest vogue for synth composition influenced by John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream et al.   

Once More With Feeling

Constellation's very own rock 'n' roll band, Ought, came screeching out of the barriers earlier this year, with a record that recalled guitar geniuses such as Slint, the Talking Heads, Television and all other creative riff-makers. 'Once More With Feeling' is the follow-up EP to 'More Than Any Other Day' and doesn't let up on the band's restless energy and zest for life. 

Eric Chenaux
Slowly Paradise

Sounding like he's playing jazz and folk influenced guitar pieces whilst sitting in the hull of a tugboat on a particularly windy day, Eric Chenaux has a totally unique seasick sound that is ripe with invention. He blurs the lines between avant garde modern composition and the type of lop-sided fretwork also explored by the likes of John Fahey and Richard Dawson.  

Mechanics Of Dominion

Esmerine are one of the finest of the several acts that have grown out of the peripheries of godspeed you! black emperor. New album Mechanics Of Dominion is a diverse collection, with marimbas, amplified music boxes and horns all appearing in both brand new recordings and unheard material restored from the archives. Released by Constellations in CD and lovely LP-with-art-prints editions.

Those Who Walk Away
The Infected Mass

Those Who Walk Away is a contemporary music project helmed by composer Matthew Patton, also incorporating members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. New piece The Infected Mass mixes classical instrumentation with sinister drones and, remarkably, recordings from the black boxes of aircraft in distress, which certainly makes this a powerful listen. Released by Constellation.

Joni Void

Joni Void has already been through several artistic stages, despite his young age. After a whirl of self-released material, Selfless is the project’s first label-released album, and it is made entirely out of micro-samples, carefully sourced and then re-processed musique concrete style into the catchy, sometimes groovy pieces you hear here. Out on Constellation.

A Silver Mt Zion
He Has Left Us Alone

He bloody has, the bastard! The first LP from A Silver Mt. Zion was a way for Efrim Menuck and Thierry Amar to do something outside of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It also allowed Menuck to mourn the passing of his cat. As such 2000's He Has Left Us Alone - full title: He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… - is not exactly the cheeriest listen. A collection of baroque noise/post-rock replete with strings and drones, this mournfully beautiful set prefigures Forest Swords.

Sun Coming Down

Sun Coming Down is the much anticipated second full length from the Montreal quartet who have found love across the globe with their debut album which topped many end of year lists with it's twitchy economical sound and yelped David Byrne-like vocal delivery. This new album continues in that angular manner, an unpolished charge of politicised avant-rock.  

Off World

Off World got off to a flying start last year with I, a record released as part of a trilogy of electronic works on Constellation echoing back to their Musique Fragile Series. Featuring avant-folk artist Sandro Perri, the group's record offered beguiling instrumental twists that sounded like vintage coming back to life; the roster appears to have changed here, Perri joined by the likes of labelmate Eric Chenaux as well as Matthew Cooper, Susumu Mukai and others.

Eric Chenaux

Sometimes you gotta keep the unknowing masses at a distance. That’s what Eric Chenaux must have thought, because Skullsplitter is not filled with extremely hardcore techno. In fact, it’s overflowing with gentle and beautiful soundscapes, straight from his skull to the vinyl. Maybe that’s where the name comes from.

Sandro Perri
Spaced Out

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In Animal Tongue

Carla Bozulich has managed to drag her bunch of Evangelistas, kicking and screaming, into the studio to record their fourth LP. As with the band's previous efforts In Animal Tongue is collection of experimental songwry drawn from the primordial soup of the subconscious. The instrumentals Evangelista offer up here are all murk and muck, as much musique concrete as they are anything approaching a traditional ‘band’ sound. It’s oddly compelling, particularly with Bozulich doing her sort of sickly Lydia Lunch thing over the top. File In Animal Tongue next to This Heat and Nurse With Wound.

Jessica Moss
Pools Of Light

Jessica Moss is a key member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, contributing remarkable string parts to the whole. With Pools Of Light she steps out as a solo artist. The album, her first full-length solo statement, was recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart, and it positively shimmers with Moss’s rich violin drones and careful composition. Out on Constellation.

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche
Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche want to play! Their new album Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much is a vibrant brew of ecstatic dance rock via psychedelic deserts: wordless vocals, sharp and clean guitars, irresistibly flowing rhythms. Properly trance-inducing stuff. The album is released by Constellation: the vinyl version includes a poster and a download code.


Siskiyou use whispered lyrics, stacked acoustic guitars and stripped back minimal melody and drums to evoke a tightly-wound man haunted by something unknown. Inspired by lead singer Colin Huebert's year of illness and anxiety, the record captures the internal psychological terror and unease of his experiences. The deluxe 180g LP also contains Drebert’s 12 x 12 ink drawings inspired by the album.

Momentform Accumulations

One from the autumn flurry of Constellation releases, Momentform Accumulations is an offering of instrumental experiments based around ambient, techno and noise, recalling the DJed post-rock of 1-speed-bike from back in the label's old days. Automatisme is the project of the Quebec-based artist William Jourdain, whose project spans back a few good years now. Of the three records being released in this batch, Momentform is the chilliest.

Off World

Jazz folk song-warper Sandro Perri is no stranger to thee Constellation record releasing orchestra, though with new band Off World he takes a different tack. On 1 this fledgling band of musicians contribute to the label's triple-bill of instrumental Autumn releases, using a mix of electronics and acoustics to create short-form tracks that feel alien and mountainous, establishing patterns and them examining them on an insect level.

Jason Sharp
A Boat Upon Its Blood

Constellation's fall batch includes a new signing in Jason Sharp, whose music feels both quintessentially out-Montreal and also incredibly fresh: a saxophonist and sound artist, his music absorbs drone, techno and musique concrete, weaving together instrumental anthologies that cross all three paths. There are horrendous noise blasts, gorgeous pieces a la a Godspeed ballad and plenty more. A short but extremely vast record, is A Boat Upon Its Blood.

Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

River Run Thee is the third entry in Matana Roberts' so far incredible 12-part musical tapestry (as she called it for part two, "sound quilting") about civil rights and the history of creativity in America. Roberts' discipline is jazz, specifically avant compositions on saxophone, but, as implied with her involvement with Montreal's Constellation label, she is interested in a plethora of experimental genres including post-rock, ambient, opera, gospel and a capella. River Run Thee almost completely departs from her jazz work for a record that takes drone and electro-acoustic noise as its base, while interconnecting different utterances of Roberts' voice as it appears and disperses. There's still sax in abundance, but this time it's processed and sustained to create a haunting sound. 

Jerusalem In My Heart
If He Dies, If If If If If If

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh has had a long relationship with Constellation, Montreal's banner-label for post-rock and any experimental music that grows from its roots. He's produced records for post-punkers Ought and avant-jazz artist Matana Roberts, made albums with folk-warper Eric Chenaux, and he also makes records under the moniker Jerusalem In My Heart. Mo7it Al-Mo7it, his debut record, collated stuttering electronics with improvised buzuk playing. His new record, the gorgeous If He Dies, If If If If If If, sees the two aspects of his sound interact more formally, while also incorporating field recordings of the Lebanese ocean and steadfast flute drone.

Lost Voices

Esmerine have been producing high quality chamber rock for several years now, and Lost Voices finds them in more of a ‘rock’ mood than ever before. The delicate precision of the arrangements is still there of course, as you would expect from a group that includes members of godspeed you! black emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion. On Montreal’s Constellations, of course.

Last Ex
Last Ex

Timber Timbre chaps Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield dip their toes into experimental instrumental rock with new project Last Ex, which takes its name from an abandoned film which Timber Timbre recorded a soundtrack for a couple of years ago, which started the pair down this particular avenue. Mixing sweeping cinematic strings and Morricone-inspired guitar with elements of sound collage and tape manipulation and recommended for fans of "early Trans Am, early/mid Tortoise" in the press release, this could be interesting!

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche

The airtight experimental label Constellation continues to fly off the walls with their genres by enlisting Avec Le Soliel Sortant De Sa Bouche, a group based around the vocalist and bass player Jean-Sebastien Truchy, who used to make music with the abstract post-rock band Fly Pan Am. Now, he likes to make funky kraut rock, and the exuberant 'Zubberdust!' is the result.

Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres

The first instalment of Matana Roberts' 'Coin Coin' series is an edited 60-minute suite from a 90-minute live performance. Complete with 14 accompanying musicians at Montreal's legendary Hotel2Tango venue, Roberts blends avant-garde/spiritual jazz with spoken word and jazz poetry. There's heady psychedelic grooves in there, improvised sections, gentle instrumentals and numerous musical mood swings. 'Gens De Couleur Libres' is the beginning chapter of one of the most exciting series in modern jazz.

Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

The second part of Matana Roberts' projected twelve-part jazz tapestry is an extremely confounding and yet gorgeously structured work, based around four-pronged suites of free jazz, operatic vocals, smooth spoken word narratives and gospel chants. The record rises and falls around these passages of music to show the personal and political implications of civil rights and racism in America. 

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

180g LP audiophile pressing includes art poster + dl. CD in gatefold paperboard jacket. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is the first definitive document of the band's newfound sound and style as a quintet. It’s also their first single LP-length work since the band’s debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago, and features roadtested pummeling rock-outs “Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of Montréal)”, “Take Away These Early Grave Blues” and “What We Loved Was Not Enough” alongside the previously unheard lullabyes/minuets “Little Ones Run” and “Rains Thru The Roof At Thee Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steeze)” and the album centerpiece “Austerity Blues” with its closing lyric “Lord let my son live long enough to see that mountain torn down” sung in varying incarnations throughout the second half of this 14-minute epic. This lyric in many ways encapsulates Menuck's unflinching take on a world replete with shabbiness, greed and injustice, seen through the lens of parenthood, mortality, endurance and defiance. 

Land Of Kush
The Big Mango

Osama Shalabi's project Land of Kush is where esoteric sounds congregate: his mix of free whatever-you-want (as long as its improvised) is met with vocal howls and hums, strangely programmed electronic work in one big sonic ambiguation. The Big Mango uses this lens of odd sounds to consider gendered oppression in his own society, considering misogynistic violence and suppression.

Jerusalem In My Heart
Mo7it Al-Mo7it

This 2013 record may have been Jerusalem In My Heart’s debut LP, but the project had been running for almost a decade prior to the release of Mo7it Al-Mo7it. An ongoing audio-visual series centred around the efforts of Lebanese producer/musician Radwan Ghazi, the sonic output of the project weds experimental electronica with classical Arabic modes. The potent, smoky productions here nod to Carla Bozulich and Suuns.

Tony Conrad + Hangedup / Kanada 70 / Pacha
Musique Fragile Vol. 02

Constellation Records (Tindersticks, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) with something of a lucky dip here. Musique Fragile Vol. 02 brings together a pretty disparate collection of artists. Included is a self-titled collaborative record from experimental rockers Hangedup and experimental … man Tony Conrad, a set of super-leftfield hip-hop beats from Kanada 70 (think Dabrye but, like, waaaaay weirder), and Affaires étrangères, which is an Arabesque post-rock opus from Pacha. It’s all over the place, but somehow Musique Fragile Vol. 02 just works.

Eric Chenaux
Guitar & Voice

Chenaux what we think? What we think is that Eric Chenaux is bloody brilliant. There is pretty much no-one operating in music today who can coax the range of tones, textures and timbres from a six-string. Guitar And Voice, his fourth LP for Constellation, is another masterpiece from the Canadian. The stretched-out ballads here are so unique that they could pass for Boards Of Canada, something off of Radiohead’s Amnesiac or Chet Baker without ever really sounding much like those things at all. Chenaux's soft, kind voice and quixotic lyrics are the icing on the cake. Guitar And Voice is a singular achievement from an artist who specialises in singular achievements.

Les Momies De Palerme
Brulez Ce Coeur

Let us take you behind the bespoke, velveteen Norman Records™ curtain for a moment - Les Momies de Palerme’s debut LP came out in 2012, but we’re only getting around to writing this description in 2019. Oopsie. However, this oversight has actually worked in our favour, because if we’d knocked up a description at the time of Brulez Ce Coeur’s release then the fact that this Canadian duo boast a certain Marie Davidson among their lineup would likely have passed us by. Given that Xarah Dion (Land Of Kush) completes the pair, we can confidently say that there are some serious musical chops on display. Brulez Ce Coeur doesn’t disappoint, presenting us with a set of eerie electro chansons that are part-Farah, part-oOoOO and part-Inga Copeland.

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges

Aside from being awarded with Norman's Album of the Year for 2015 for 'Never Were the Way She Was' with Sarah Neufeld, Colin Stetson has also recorded the exceptional trilogy of 'New History Warfare' albums and composed the terrifying score to the equally terrifying modern horror classic 'Hereditary'. Often being confused with a jazz musician simply for using a (massive) saxophone, the second volume leans closer to minimalism with its hypnotic repetition. An excellent entry point into the world of Stetson.

Keep Away The Dead

Vancouver’s Siskiyou release their sophomore LP on Constellation. Keep Away The Dead is a collection of the sort of ramshackle indie-rock that has descended like a fog over the musical landscape these past couple of years. You know, that post-Funeral, post-‘Float On’ sound that's all thousand-yard guitars and vocals that are as much yelp as they are singing. If you’re into this sort of thing then Keep Away The Dead is a very good go at it. There’s even some accordion on here, which is nice.

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