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.
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.
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.
Agony Klub and Publication Studio Vancouver are pleased to present Whitney Houston, vol. 2. A continuation of Whitney Houston, et. al., editor/author Casey Wei invites six writers to reflect on their relationship to popular music in film, keeping in mind that popular music has always been as much about the desire for an image as about the catchiness of a song. The resulting essays on Elliot Smith, Amélie, Real Genius, The Pixies, Drive, and The Conversation explore themes of time, love, and evolution.
AK012 is here: Puzzlehead, O! Puzzlehead Puzzleheart, wandering pieces of Folly, O Fate, O Free, Will You come meet ?
The jester reigns supreme in Sadeh/Artless, the scorching six-track album by the one and only Puzzlehead. Sadeh is Persian for naive, innocent, and unadorned — in other words, unaffected, plain, and artless. What is there when nothing is there? Wonky and tight, jagged and greasy, dissonant and enchanted: Puzzlehead leaves the stars twinkling.
JSN’s debut 10-track album is a transformative journey into the minds of Vancouver-based artists, Johnny, Steve, and Nikolai. Written and recorded at DUPLEX over the last year, the music is an extension of the artists in their studio. With a steady backbeat setting an eerie internal stage, JSN’s lyrical meanderings take the listener into the soothingly weird and reflective mind of three-become-one.