HOUSE WIND – LOCUSTS MAKE HONEY: MELODIES FOR PREPARED GUITAR

AK020 – HOUSE WINDLocusts Make Honey: Melodies for Prepared Guitar

A 16-track suite of altered, prepared, and shifted guitar tones evoking ‘familiar strangeness’, magic, and the ungovernable.  Mirroring the aleatory spectrum of sounds heard in nature, these melodies also affect a temporal and cultural shift, suggesting kinship with older music traditions, particularly non-Western ones, like Gamelan and Japanese shamisen and koto.  Locusts Make Honey pulses, buzzes, and enlightens.

Limited cassette run of 70 out June 1st.  Come catch a live performance and pick up a copy at the Toast Collective Sat June 1st.

$6-cassette with download code
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KAMIKAZE NURSE – BUCKY FLEUR

AK019: Kamikaze Nurse – Bucky Fleur

Kamikaze Nurse’s 10-song debut, Bucky Fleur, is an epic win from start to finish.  Swirling, sparkling, and swerving guitars, a virtuosic rhythm section, and poetically sensorial vocals all add up to a whole that can only be described as indescribable.  Just when you’ve tamed the vibe, it shifts into a brand new way.  With reference points of My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, and the Pixies, they aim high, and have created a rock masterpiece.

A limited cassette run of 50 will be available Sunday June 9th, at Music Waste, and here~!

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MASKARA – A VISITOR

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AK017: Maskara – A Visitor

Nic Hughes’ prolific output continues with AK017, A Visitor.  Maskara’s dagger sharp vocals castigates and scolds lovingly through the chaos of his controlled and elegant arrangements in this 9-track odyssey.  Despite the sonic punishment, there are riffs, arcing towards transgression.

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ECHUTA – EVEN IF LONG-WINDED WAITS

ECHUTA  – EVEN IF LONG-WINDED WAITS

AK014 is Echuta‘s sophomore release on agonyklub, Even If Long-Winded Waits.  In 7 songs, Andy Resto and Ace Martens develop a novelistic song-arc that rises and falls with the titular song as thematic centrepiece.  Reminiscent of Beckett’s Molloy, Resto’s unearthly human register contemplates the absurdity of existence.  This stream of consciousness is carried over chugging, dissonantly melodic guitar-scapes and atmospheric percussion that leads one into the dark and wild forest of the psyche.

$6 – cassette tape with insert

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HAZY-4 LETTER WORD

 

AK015 is hazy’s 4 Letter Word, the 2nd release by Vancouver’s own blanket of space-time.  4 Letter Word was recorded over a sleepless winter, riding the ghostly waves of the early AM in a Chinatown basement.  Her voice is mouthfeel in your ear, the guitars are shards of a thunderstorm.  The resulting album is a bit of a mystery, wrangled into whatever 4 letter word you need it to be.


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$6 – cassette tape