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  • Luciferian Towers Luciferian Towers Quick View

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    Luciferian Towers

    Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl


    Housed In A Gatefold Jacket With Printed Inner Sleeve


    Includes 24 x 24 Poster


    this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy - we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat.


    1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS - look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen - the wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!


    2. BOSSES HANG - labor, alienated from the wealth it creates, so that holy cow, most of us live precariously! kicking at it, but barely hanging on! also - the proud illuminations of our shortened lives! also - more of us than them!


    3. FAM / FAMINE - how they kill us = absentee landlord, burning high-rise. the loud panics of child-policemen and their exploding trigger-hands. neglect, cancer maps, drone strike, famine.


    4. ANTHEM FOR NO STATE - kanada, emptied of its minerals and dirty oil. emptied of its trees and water. a crippled thing, drowning in a puddle, covered in ants. the ocean doesn't give a shit because it knows it's dying too.


    finally and in conclusion;

    the "luciferian towers" L.P. was informed by the following grand demands:

    + an end to foreign invasions

    + an end to borders

    + the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex

    + healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right

    + the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again


    much love to all the other lost and wondering ones,

    xoxoxox god's pee / montrÉal / 2017

    1. Undoing A Luciferian Towers
    2. Bosses Hang
    3. Fam/Famine
    4. Anthem For No State
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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    Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything


    Marks The 15th Anniversary Of The Band, Founded And Led By Efrim Menuck Of Godspeed You! Black Emperor


    First New SMZ Full Length Since GYBE's Return To Action In 2011


    Recorded In Quebec By Greg Norman (electrical Audio)


    Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ) has traced a barbed-wire arc of
    genre-defying protest music since its inception in 1999. Formed by Efrim Menuck, with
    Thierry Amar and Sophie Trudeau, the initial iteration of the band was a predominantly
    instrumental trio that forged a more intimate and ragged chamber-punk than Godspeed
    You! Black Emperor, in which group all three founding SMZ members also played (and
    continue to play). Through seven albums from 2000-2010, SMZ expanded its line-up and
    shifted towards an increasing use of lead and group vocals, with Menuck penning politically charged lyrics to anchor long-form multi-movement compositions that juxtaposed electrified
    guitars against a 4-piece string section of violins,cello and contrabass.


    Most recently, SMZ has pared back to five players, with Menuck's massive spectrum spanning electric guitar sound emerging as the spine around which two violins, bass (now
    more often electric than acoustic) and drums are deployed. SMZ have managed a handful
    of short tours in the past couple of years (in the gaps between GYBE commitments) and
    as anyone who has seen the band in its recent incarnation can attest, their current sound
    is more honed, laser-guided and bone-rattling than ever, melding hardcore, blues, garage
    and dark metal influences that have nothing to do with anything so quaint as "post-rock"
    (a tag the group has always and rightly rejected).


    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 road tested 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. There are few other musicians who deliver social critique with the courage
    and honesty of lines like "All our cities gonna burn / All our bridges gonna snap / All our
    pennies gonna rot / Lightning roll across our tracks / All our children gonna die". Feel-good
    music this is not; but neither can it reductively be tagged apocalyptic or world-weary.
    Fuck Off Get Free rages with scorn and with hope, utterly passionate but pointedly
    unromantic. Thee Silver Mt. Zion once again demonstrates, like few other bands working
    today, that there is much to fight for and against, and plenty more fight songs to sing.

    1. Fuck Off Get Free (for The Island Of Montreal)
    2. Austerity Blues
    3. Take Away These Early Grave Blues
    4. Little Ones Run
    5. What We Loved Was Not Enough
    6. Rains Thru The Roof At The Grande Ballroom (for Capital Steez)
    Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
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    All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

    Known for bringing an emotional heft and sense of hope to a usually placid genre, Explosions In The Sky have experienced the kind of meteoric rise in popularity that flies in the face of music industry convention. Their songs are too long for radio play or commercial music videos; they avoid performing in LiveNation/Clear Channel venues; they didn't jump to a major label; and they don't sing. After scoring the film Friday Night Lights, they took two years to work on this record, which is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting. RIYL: Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono.
    1. Birth and Death of the Day, The
    2. Welcome, Ghosts
    3. It's Natural to Be Afraid
    4. What Do You Gome Home to?
    5. Catastrophe and the Cure
    6. So Long, Lonesome
    Explosions In The Sky
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    Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

    "If Godspeed around the turn of the millennium felt like a band of the moment, now, in a time of rapid cultural turnover and bite-sized music consumption, they feel out of step in a very necessary way." - PITCHFORK


    "This Montreal collective still sound like nothing else The Godspeed ethos of wordlessly eliciting universal truths remains as devastatingly effective as ever." - THE GUARDIAN


    Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release
    since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress'
    clocks in at a succinct 40 minutes and is arguably the most focused and bestsounding
    recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg
    Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and MontrÉal, GYBE slowly
    and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with
    a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band's inimitable
    signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating
    overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorchedearth
    transitions.


    Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing
    live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
    release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to
    perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading
    festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past
    couple of years. Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet
    "Behemoth", GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and
    uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening
    unison riff in "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" giving way to increasing
    microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of
    massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and
    unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on "Lambs' Breath" and
    "Asunder, Sweet". The album closes with "Piss Crowns Are Trebled", a 14-minute
    piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin
    melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a
    pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos.


    'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling
    celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and
    'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and
    the sheer materiality of sound. The album is available on 180 gram vinyl in a
    gatefold jacket with printed inner dust sleeve and insert poster. Thanks for listening.

    1. Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'
    2. Lambs' Breath
    3. Asunder, Sweet
    4. Piss Crowns Are Trebled
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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    Godspeed

    Godspeed is the hi-octane, heavyweight new album from Danish keyboardist Morten Schantz. Founding member of the Danish group JazzKamikaze, Schantz has assembled a new band under his own name featuring long-term collaborators Anton Eger on drums and Marius Neset on saxophones. With a wealth of keyboards at his disposal, the music on Godspeed is full of life, a vibrant and bold statement that represents some of the most vital new sounds bursting out of the European scene. Note: LP Contains 8 of 12 tracks on the CD version of the album.
    1. Godspeed
    2. Growing Sense
    3. Martial Arts
    4. Ceasefire
    5. Airglow
    6. Escape Velocity
    7. Drill
    8. Nuclear Fusion
    Morten Schantz
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    Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder

    After 8 menacing albums, the kings of black metal return with their most dastardly tale yet. Chronicling the story of the world's first serial killer, French nobleman and soldier of Joan of Arc, Gilles De Rais. Like they had done with the story of Elizabeth Bathory, Cradle of Filth weave a tale of murder, the occult, and sinister deed around their trademark metal sound. Fueled by breakneck speed, crushing guitars, and haunting vocals- the band has delivered their hardest most aggressive and chilling piece yet.
    1. In Grandeur And Frankincense Devilment Stirs
    2. Shat Out Of Hell
    3. The Death Of Love
    4. The 13th Caesar
    5. Tiffauges
    6. Tragic Kingdom
    7. Sweetest Maleficia
    8. Honey And Sulphur
    9. Midnight Shadows Crawl
    To Darken Counsel With Life
    10. Darkness Incarnate
    11. A Thousand Hands Upon The Maid Of Ruin
    12. Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt
    13. Balsamic And Anathema
    14. Godspeed On The Devils Thunder
    15. Corpseflower
    Cradle OF Filth
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    Psychic Mess


    Colored Vinyl


    Creative Adult comes from the diverse musical breeding ground of California's
    North Bay Punk scene. The band's sonic blast careens between the harsh, noisy
    punk of Scratch Acid and Gang of Four while carrying the brooding emotion
    of Joy Division's darkest moments. This debut full-length is a grimey, paranoid
    acid trip through 80s west coast punk. Engineered and produced by Efrim
    Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Hotel 2 Tango Studios in Montreal.

    1. Control My Eyes
    2. Charismatic Leader
    3. Flash
    4. Far Out
    5. Half Way
    6. Hyper Aware
    7. Public Transit
    10. Psychic Message
    11. Deep End
    12. Everyone Knows Everyone
    13. Exposed
    14. Haunt
    Creative Adult
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    High Gospel

    Includes CD and Limited Edition Poster


    With his first solo record, High Gospel, Efrim Manuel Menuck (co-founder of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion) delivers a powerful and personal album that serves as an ode to his adopted Montreal hometown (where he has now lived for two decades), the passing of great friends (Vic Chesnutt, Emma) and new fatherhood.


    Entirely self-produced and tracked at various Montreal locations, the album offers a confident, focused, humble and enveloping song cycle. Features drummer David Payant (SMZ, Vic Chesnutt Band), violinist Jessica Moss (SMZ, Carla Bozulich, Vic Chesnutt Band), and vocalist Katie Moore as guest players. 180g LP includes CD and limited edition poster.


    1. Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificient Sorrows

    2. A 12-pt. Program for Keep On Keepin' On
    3. August Four, Year-Of-Our-Lord Blues
    4. Heavy Calls & Hospitals Blues
    5. Heaven's Engine Is a Dusty Ol' Bellows
    6. Kaddish for Chesnutt
    7. Chickadees' Roar Pt. 2
    8. I Am No Longer a Motherless Child

    Efrim Manuel Menuck
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    Hot Wax

    White/blue swirled vinyl!


    Grant Hart's first solo album of the 21st century is one of the best things he has ever done. The former Husker Du drummer and co-songwriter worked with the diverse cast of musicians from Godspeed You Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion on this new LP, Hot Wax, recorded in Montreal and Minneapolis. Grant on some of the some of the songs: the song Narcissus, Narcissus is my first attempt at combining ancient Greek mythology and American rock-a-billy. By merging those influences with an ice cream truck atmosphere I think I have found a style that defines this period of my career. You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water is one of the most organic rock and roll songs that I have ever written. It's style owes a lot to my devotion for patti smith. It was inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Panchen Lhama, who said of one candidate, he is the reflection of the moon on the water but he is not the moon.

    You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water
    Barbara
    Charles Hollis Jones
    Schoolbuses Are For Children
    Narcissus Narcissus
    California Zephyr
    Sailor Jack
    I Knew All About You Since Then
    My Regrets
    Grant Hart
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    Dalmak

    180g LP Audiophile Pressing Includes Art Poster


    Fourth Album From Modern Contemporary / Instrumental Rock Ensemble Led By Percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) & Cellest Rebecca Food (Silver Mr Zion, Saltland, Set Fire To Flames)


    Partly Recorded In Istanbul With Four Turkish Guest Players


    Mixed By Jace Lasek (The Besbard Lakes, Wolf Parade, Suuns)


    When Esmerine surfaced with La Lechuza in 2011, the album signaled many things: the band's first new recordings in six years, an expanded line-up, and a song cycle inspired by and dedicated to the life and untimely death of a dear friend and fellow musician. What wasn't immediately clear was whether this acclaimed record would mark the opening of a new chapter for the band, or stand alone as a singular work of eulogy and homage driven by emotion and circumstance.


    Esmerine's new album Dalmak emphatically confirms that the group has indeed continued writing, exploring and collaborating - definitively extending its horizons in this new iteration of the band's trajectory. Bruce Cawdron (marimba) resigned from his seat as drummer for Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2012, allowing him to focus more fully on Esmerine alongside co-founder and cellist Rebecca Foon (Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire To Flames); the two
    principals also recruited percussionist Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands) and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson as full-time members to solidify the group as a writing and performing quartet.


    European tours in 2011-2012 brought Esmerine to Istanbul, where the group's enthusiastic reception led to an invitation for an artist residency in the city. Dalmak is the fruit of that visit: the majority of the album was recorded in Istanbul, where compositions by the band's four Canadian musicians were augmented by a number of Turkish guest players.


    Dalmak is a Turkish verb with many connotations: to be absorbed in, to dive into, to bathe in, to contemplate, to plummet. As a title for Esmerine's new album, "dalmak refers in a literal sense to immersion in the culture and music of Istanbul but also appropriately evokes the range of music that emerged from this immersion: a collection of songs that shift between meditative pulsing and enveloping restraint to headlong flights into rhythm and groove. With Dalmak, Esmerine presents some of its most richly minimal and intimate music alongside what is surely its most explosive, energized and ornate. The album is a tour-de-force of cross-cultural music-making, emotive but unsentimental,
    deeply textured and detailed but never precious or pedantic, superbly guided throughout by a balance of DIY rock, new folk and modern classical/contemporary sensibilities.


    With initial recording by Barkin Engin and Metin Bozkurt in Istanbul, Esmerine laid down the
    live bed tracks for the up-tempo rhythmic songs at the album's core: Lost River Blues, Barn Board Fire and Translator's Clos. Marimba, cello, drums, tenor banjo, bass and trumpet are joined by bendir, darbuka, erbane, meh, barama, saz and electric guitar from local players for these centerpiece tracks, where extended melodic themes and short solos are passed around and woven through staccato grooves and polyrhythmic vamps in deeply
    satisfying fashion. The sessions continued back in MontrÉal at Breakglass, where Cawdron and Foon tracked the more studied cello and marimba songs Learning To Crawl and White Pine, and where the album's gorgeously saturated warmth, depth and propulsive grit was achieved courtesy of Breakglass head engineer Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes,
    Wolf Parade, Suuns) and Ian Ilavsky, who mixed the album alongside Rebecca and Bruce.


    We're thrilled to present this new album from Esmerine and to document the continued evolution of Bruce Cawdron and Rebecca Foon, two musicians with whom Constellation has enjoyed a decade-long relationship spanning multiple projects. Dalmak is a distinct and exciting highlight in their diverse and adventurous discographies.

    1. Learning To Crawl
    2. Lost River Blues I
    3. Lost River Blues II
    4. Barn Board Fire
    5. Hayale Dalmak
    6. Translator's Clos I
    7. Translator's Clos II
    8. White Pine
    9. Yavri Yavri
    Esmerine
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    New Bermuda (Deluxe)

    Limited Edition Deluxe 2 LP Set with Embossing & Foil Stamp


    San Francisco's Deafheaven found massive critical success when their 2013 album Sunbather was an unexpected crossover hit, earning the band a 92/100 Metacritic score and ending the year as the best reviewed album of 2013. No one could have anticipated a band that drew from equal parts Weakling and My Bloody Valentine ascending to such heights, and that incomprehensibility added to the band's singularity and allure.


    Two years later, founding members George Clarke and Kerry McCoy began working on their ANTI debut, New Bermuda, with a new perspective. Says Clarke: "Sunbather yearned for something better. New Bermuda focuses on the idea of false promise, achieving something and wondering if it's what you really wanted in the first place." McCoy shares that sentiment: "Sunbather sounds like people who have nothing but are satisfied with life. There's an uplifting quality to it. But New Bermuda is a very tense record." McCoy cites death metal demigods Dissection and Morbid Angel, the blackened death pioneers Behemoth, and Cliff Burton-era Metallica as influences on the new album.


    As New Bermuda progresses, Deafheaven travels further outside of their comfort zone, feasting on other niches of underground metal and offsetting the blunt force of their feral rage with more complex and nuanced beauty. A sophisticated and subdued pop element kicks off "Baby Blue", before the band abruptly shifts into an amalgam of NWOBHM's anthemic urgency and thrash metal's racing chugs. There's a brief comedown where the band veers into the musique concrete soundscapes and hushed melodrama of early Godspeed You! Black Emperor before "Come Back" resumes the band's merciless assault of stampeding drums and vitriolic guitar harmonies, only to shift mid-song into the somber territories of 4AD's early catalog. Which is not to say that Deafheaven have softened their approach; New Bermuda offers the most punishing music of the band's career in the wake of their greatest success.

    1. Brought to the Water
    2. Luna
    3. Baby Blue
    4. Come Back
    5. Gifts for the Earth
    Deafheaven
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    New Bermuda

    San Francisco's Deafheaven found massive critical success when their 2013 album Sunbather was an unexpected crossover hit, earning the band a 92/100 Metacritic score and ending the year as the best reviewed album of 2013. No one could have anticipated a band that drew from equal parts Weakling and My Bloody Valentine ascending to such heights, and that incomprehensibility added to the band's singularity and allure.


    Two years later, founding members George Clarke and Kerry McCoy began working on their ANTI debut, New Bermuda, with a new perspective. Says Clarke: "Sunbather yearned for something better. New Bermuda focuses on the idea of false promise, achieving something and wondering if it's what you really wanted in the first place." McCoy shares that sentiment: "Sunbather sounds like people who have nothing but are satisfied with life. There's an uplifting quality to it. But New Bermuda is a very tense record." McCoy cites death metal demigods Dissection and Morbid Angel, the blackened death pioneers Behemoth, and Cliff Burton-era Metallica as influences on the new album.


    As New Bermuda progresses, Deafheaven travels further outside of their comfort zone, feasting on other niches of underground metal and offsetting the blunt force of their feral rage with more complex and nuanced beauty. A sophisticated and subdued pop element kicks off "Baby Blue", before the band abruptly shifts into an amalgam of NWOBHM's anthemic urgency and thrash metal's racing chugs. There's a brief comedown where the band veers into the musique concrete soundscapes and hushed melodrama of early Godspeed You! Black Emperor before "Come Back" resumes the band's merciless assault of stampeding drums and vitriolic guitar harmonies, only to shift mid-song into the somber territories of 4AD's early catalog. Which is not to say that Deafheaven have softened their approach; New Bermuda offers the most punishing music of the band's career in the wake of their greatest success.

    1. Brought to the Water
    2. Luna
    3. Baby Blue
    4. Come Back
    5. Gifts for the Earth
    Deafheaven
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    Salome

    Marriages is a new band comprised of Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (vocals, guitar), Greg Burns (bass, synthesizer) and David Clifford (drums). Their sound is a singularly sensual kind of heavy, dramatic rock, but perhaps the most stark contrast to their other band, Marriages employs vocals in their songs. Their music is also considerably darker and more experimental, drawn from a wide range of styles and ideas. Emma's breathy, understated delivery provides a focal point, the eye of the proverbial storm. A haunting presence, as elusive as it is alluring, her voice is a shore upon which waves of overdriven bass, thunderous drums, and cosmic guitars and synths swell and crash.


    Kitsune is their 6-song debut release, a short introduction of an album whose undeniably epic proportions suggest massive things to come. Recorded with the formidable Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Red Sparowes, Tool) at the controls, Kitsune presents a collection of poignant, emotionally-charged tracks that wriggle free of easy classification. The comparisons are diverse; Cocteau Twins and Zola Jesus would appear to be as influential as Boris and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The songs came together quickly as the band wrote and played their first shows in November of 2011 and wrapped recording in January of 2012.


    Album opener Ride in My Place sets the tone, immediately revealing the undulating, reverb-cloaked darkness at the band's core. Sounding not unlike PJ Harvey fronting an overdriven rendition of Pink Floyd's Echoes, the fittingly-titled song arrives as a fully-formed companion piece for expansive landscapes, perhaps traversing the vastness of the American west. Hardly overstaying its welcome, the track soon gives way to Body of Shade, whose cryptic lyrics suggests a sort of transcendence echoed in the music itself while Clifford's steady backbeat, the tense rhythm and the swirling interplay of synth and cascading guitars recall the finer moments of The Verve's early recordings.


    Opening with a celestial keyboard loop and quickly gaining weight, third track Ten Tiny Fingers builds upon a heavy dirge-like rhythm punctuated by Rundle's vocals, which by now clearly occupy a place among esteemed peers such as Chelsea Wolfe and label mate Lisa Papineau. The song's cryptic, claustrophobic lyrics, contrasted with a loose (but by no means less thunderous) atmosphere and sense of impending collapse bring to mind The Cure, circa Pornography. The next track, Pelt, is born from the decaying remnants of Ten Tiny Fingers. A menacingly hypnotic three-minute meditation on minimalist doom, it serves as the perfect introduction to the distorted, bass-driven hard rock and wailing psychedelia of instrumental track White Shape.


    Seven-minute closer Part the Dark Again is a song whose cinematic scope recalls precisely the kind of grandiosity the Red Sparowes are synonymous with, taken to its logical extreme. The impassioned, struggling-against-the-odds sentiment of the vocals takes things over the top emotionally, culminating in a soaring, melancholic riff that grinds to a halt far earlier than you'd expect. Throughout, Rundle unassumingly steps to the forefront, showcasing her unique talents as a guitarist often overlooked within the Red Sparowes' three guitar onslaught.


    Kitsune is an exciting debut release from a band well aware of their potential, harnessing the skills to fulfill it. Marriages are an expansive, visionary development, a unique combination of elements, a sound signposting the path ahead. Kitsune will be released courtesy of Sargent House.

    1. The Liar
    2. Skin
    3. Santa Sangre
    4. Southern Eye
    5. Binge
    6. Salome
    7. Less Than
    8. Love, Texas
    9. Contender
    Marriages
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    La Lechuza

    Includes CD + Limited Edition Poster


    Co-founded ten years ago by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), Esmerine enters its second decade with the new album, La Lechuza and an expanded line-up which includes harp-player Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Barr.


    La Lechuza documents the evolution of Esmerine under the influence of this expanded membership, and is dedicated to beloved and internationally-renowned Montreal-based singer Lhasa de Sela, who died on New Year's Day 2010 at the age of 37. The album includes the posthumous track Fish On Land, an alternate version of the song that she recorded with Emserine and on which she sings.


    While primarily tracked in Patrick Watson's loft in Montreal, La Lechuza was mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, The Unicorns, Islands) with the exception of three tracks. La Lechuza also features guest appearances by Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) and Colin Stetson.

    1. A Dog River

    2. Walking Through Mist
    3. Last Waltz
    4. Trampolin
    5. Snow Day For Lhasa
    6. Sprouts
    7. Little Streams Make Big Rivers
    8. Au CrÉpuscule, Sans Laisse
    9. Fish On Land
    Esmerine
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    Shortwave Nights

    Shortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The two met in 2004 and struck up a musical friendship that led to three Growing records being made at The Pines (Bryant's recording studio in Montreal) and a separate collaboration between the two, initially in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux (also GY!BE's current 16mm auteur/projectionist). Rehearsal tapes from a set of sessions for a Lausanne Underground Film Festival performance in 2008 became the foundation and starting point for Hiss Tracts; David and Kevin continued working throughout 2009-2013, but much of the material from their earliest session is still present, in one state or another, within the tracks on this debut album.


    The sonic preoccupations of Bryant and Doria are well-known and well-documented across many highly acclaimed recordings over the past fifteen years, from the organic, group-based, semi-improvised collage albums of Set Fire To Flames to the glimmering, immersive minimalism of Growing and the more maximalist full-spectrum noise works of Total Life. David and Kevin are instrumental music practitioners of uncommon depth and intensity; Hiss Tracts opens new collaborative, procedural and narrative pathways for these fine musicians to continue exploring soundscape-based composition and production. Both are guitar players, and the electric guitar figures as both recognizable and unrecognizable source instrument on Shortwave Nights, but the deployment of a wide range of additional analog sources and signals ensures that there is no confusing this for a guitar-based drone, noise or post-rock record.


    Shortwave Nights defies categorization by terms like drone or ambient and it does not easily slip into any of the predominant subgenres that have proliferated around studio-based soundscape work in recent years. Insofar as drone is a touchstone, this has mostly to do with the approach to mixing, which tends towards a transcendent/trance-inducing integration of elements into a unified, saturated, wall-of-sound stereo field. The album contains no beats or programming and very little that is identifiably loop-based or overtly sampled and sampler-driven. Occasional deployments of digital signal processing remain firmly in the service of Hiss Tract's overriding framework and commitment to analog sources and human instrumentation. This is not an electronic record, nor does it sit comfortably at either the pastoral or spooky/sinister poles of any ambient or 'whatever'-wave spectrum; it can perhaps best be placed within the broad lineages of post-industrial and musique concrète.


    Meditative and visceral, humming with the electromagnetic atmosphere through which all manner of frequencies, transmissions and surveillances pass and collide, Shortwave Nights strikes an evocative balance between sonics captured-channeled-harnessed vs. composed-sculpted-performed, with an almost documentary rigour and restraint that nonetheless remains profoundly charged and engaged. Constellation is thrilled to introduce this new project with a brilliant debut album that has heavily infiltrated our brains and bloodstreams since Bryant and Doria first played us the nearly-finished recordings in the fall of 2013. Thanks for listening.

    1. ...shortwave nights
    2. half-speed addict starts with broken wollensak
    3. slowed rugs
    4. drake motel / 9 gold cadillacs
    5. windpipe gtrs.
    6. halo getters
    7. for the transient projectionist
    8. ahhh-weee dictaphone
    9. test recording at trembling city
    10. beijing bullhorn / dopplered light
    Hiss Tracts
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    A New Tide (Out Of Stock)

    A New Tide marks a return to the always-freewheeling British band's more experimental roots, with songs like Win Park Slope and Airstream Driver evincing a spirit born of boundless imagination and a long-standing collaborative relationship. A wide range of styles is incorporated into A New Tide's matchless musicial brew. Flavors of Delta blues, psychedelia and Krautrock all come into play, resulting in a musically mischievous and remarkably forward-thinking collection. In short, A New Tide is Gomez at their inimitable, incomparable best.


    A New Tide also sees Gomez accompanied by a number of illustrious guest musicians, including vocalist Amy Milan (Stars/Broken Social Scene), bassist Josh Abrams (The Roots, Sam Prekop, Godspeed You Black Emperor!), cellist Oliver Krauss (David Gray, Paul Weller, Beth Orton), and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie of Brooklyn's world-renowned Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

    1. Mix Listen
    2. Little Pieces

    3. If I Ask You Nicely

    4. Lost Track
    5. Win Park Slope

    6. Bone Tired

    7. Airstream Driver

    8. Natural Reaction

    9. Very Strange

    10. Other Plans

    11. Sunset Gates
    Gomez
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP w/ CD Insert -Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety (Out Of Stock)

    The Japanese group Toe when releasing their debut The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety must have come to conclusion to release something dynamic and free. While at heart their debut is a calming, melodic post-rock affair, it adds interesting stop and go rhythm sections within the bulk of some of the album, a clear math rock influence. What is telling about Toe's work on this album is their clear potential to become more. Their dynamic, yet limited buildups aren't the ones you hear from traditional, uproarious, and grandiose groups like Explosions In The Sky! or more traditionally Godspeed You! Black Emperor; instead their clean shaven take on guitar structure and fantastic drumming by Kashikura Takashi is what matters the most. Rarely, if ever are piano structures, obscure samples, or electronics of any kind are introduced within The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety, which frankly is impressive.


    The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety is at its core a strict representation of a minimalist post-rock affair. Its structures carry on by themselves without a huge ambient uplifting or pretentious, high-flying strings to back up any track. The album moves smoothly as it should, but Takashi's skill is exceptional, he carries this album with his smooth, diverse drumming. Amazingly it doesn't tire at all. Stylishly the band approaches an almost back-and-forth method between the rhythm portion of the album and its percussion - at times silencing out one to showcase the other, as seen in Past and Language. The album moves freely without hesitation or uncertainty, making the music so effective, but the parts not whole is really only needed as the structures don't need to be completely built up in an awe-inspiring 10-20 minute epic, but a melodic, serene, more or less peaceful 5 minutes of them almost jamming. Oddly enough this perception of them in a free-form basis of jamming is clearly not a reality because the rhythm structures and percussion fills are exceptional at their timings all over this debut.


    The biggest strength of this Toe's debut is their patience within these tracks. Unlike other short, quick outbursts such as Grails, Toe still find themselves building the song suitable to their strengths and comfort zone. When they decide to trek outside of these waters, they're very minimal, in an experimented quick duration as seen in Music For You and Hangyaku Suru Fuukei. When the group decides to ramp up a song, they do so immediately from the inner-workings of Takashi and by doing so carve out a quick, tasteful foundation to start off on, evidence by I Still Do Wrong. While their stripped-down approach that feels almost too pure for most post-rock listeners, they seem to take their strides from Do Make Say Think and their label associates Mouse On The Keys and Enemies. What The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety accomplishes is a rhythm section that is entirely tight and sustained, that at times should feel timid or stale, but the drumming is frankly superb, allowing the band to reach new heights.


    - Marko Polovina (Sputnik Music)

    1. Hangyaku Suru Fuukei
    2. Kodoku no Hatsumei
    3. Tremolo + Delay
    4. Mukougishi ga Miru Yume
    5. All I Understand Is that I Don't Understand
    6. C
    7. Past and Language
    8. Music for You
    9. I Do Still Wrong
    10. Metronome
    11. Everything Means Nothing
    toe
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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