Brothers and Sisters Records presentthe Room Control music video for ‘Glass House’ directed by Split Signal. The track is taken from the band’s EP, ‘Past The Breakers’, released in October 2016.
The video was filmed by Split Signal (Ludwig Manahan and Erik Naumann) at Montreal artist-run centre Studio XX.
“This is our first video as a band and Split Signal just ran with it. We’ve been fans of their tripped out visuals even before they began working on our live shows. A real rhythmic, psychedelic, dreamlike vibe, which really works for a song like Glass House.”Richard Bunze (Room Control)
“Split Signal is about exploring transcendent visual experience in the wilderness between the lens and the screen. We started Split Signal as a monthly live VJ event and recently started working with Room Control on their live sets. For our first music video collaboration we wanted an ideal expression of the live experience and to create something trippy and psychedelic but also modern.”Split Signal
UPCOMING SHOW:Saturday February 25th, 8PM @ Pressed in Ottawa, ON – w/ Pachyderm & Clavius Control.
Brothers and Sisters Records presents, ‘Das Totenschiff’, the fourth release from krautrock torch bearers pachyderm - Tom Jarvis (guitar) and Nico Braesch (drums).
Three of the pieces are un-edited improvisations that capture the telepathic nature in which pachyderm are able to create instant epic music. As with their previous album, ‘Two Weeks of Spring’, the band uses field recordings to create a ‘naturalistic’ environment for their music to exist in.
The title of the album, ‘Das Totenschiff’ (the Death Ship), was coined by the pseudonymous author B. Traven, whose real identity has never been definitively confirmed. It refers to any type of boat that is in such bad condition, it is worth more to its owners over-insured and sunk at the bottom of the sea. The fates of the people on these boats is not a consideration to the owners.
“Some straight-up krautrock, some experimental drone, some improvised jamming and some kosmische ambience – that’s more ideas on one EP than many bands can muster in a career. The impressive thing is the ease with which Jarvis and Braesch turn their collective hands to each approach. Pachyderm appear to be a unit that could turn their hands to pretty much what they want and you just know it’ll be top quality. This is one impressive EP.”Dayz of Purple and Orange
“Ladies and gentlemen! The music that you are about to hear contains sorcery, trickery, danger, the conjuring of spirits, and all sorts of mental and physical illusions. Although we are trained professionals in the arts of magic, the occult, and the many forms of deception, our very lives and mental health were constantly at risk while composing I L L U S I O N. But be warned! For your safety and well-being, it is of most utter importance that you follow these specific instructions: Dim the lights. Turn up the volume. Sit very still. And do not be alarmed by what you may experience…it only appears to be real.”
I L L U S I O N is the fourth album by V O Y E U R, a Montreal based duo featuring Byron (vague mémoire / Room Control) and Tom Jarvis (pachyderm / Hey Majesty). The album is available in a specially packaged CD and as a high-quality download.
V O Y E U R are enthusiastic observers of sensational sonics, manipulating samples from pop to classical music, and using analogue drumbeats, synths, tape loops and delays to create a bittersweet rapture of sound that is both melodic and dissonant. Their music follows in the tradition of Electro-Spectralism, which was founded by the avant-garde Mexican music school, Los Espejos, in the early 1970’s.
On I L L U S I O N the duo have incorporated vocal recordings of magicians such as, Harry Houdini and Dai Vernon, performing acts of magic. The art of the sleight of hand is in the ability to use the body as an instrument of deceit and manipulation. In the manner of the great illusionists, V O Y E U R utilise both the grand gesture of distraction and the subtle movement of trickery. Channeling the spirit world, samples of old field recordings from actual exorcisms, séances, spells, along with the duo’s musical improvisations, combine to create moments of tension and release.
Brothers and Sisters Records present Yesterday Was Yesterday, a compilation of re-mastered demos and studio recordings by the 60’s UK band known variously as, The Planets / Barry Lee Show / The Performin’ Lees. It is the first official re-issue of their music, and includes tracks that were produced in Abbey Road Studios with legendary producer Norman Smith (Pink Floyd).
The tracks on this compilation span the period between 1963-1969 before the band became The Brothers Lees, a musical-comedy act, with which they featured regularly on British television throughout the 70’s and 80’s. All the songs are original compositions by band members Roger Reynolds and Tony Dyball. The songs that the band produced in Abbey Road Studios, which have more orchestral arrangements, were originally released as singles on Columbia Records and Parlophone Records. Other songs on the compilation show the influence of their touring days as The Planets, when the band were playing covers by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Hollies and such like.
All the recordings were re-mastered from either 45/RPM vinyl or acetate discs, which were a type of phonograph record used for direct-to-disc recording with the band performing live. As much undue hiss and noise was removed from the recordings without affecting the original sound, but you will still hear a few crackles and pops that give away the origins of these recordings!
What shines through on the music the band made, is the melodic songwriting, superb vocal harmonies, swinging rhythm section, peak 60’s pop production and lyrics that capture an era of innocence yet with significant cultural change in the air.
Brothers and Sisters Records present ‘Past the Breakers’, the first official release by Room Control, who have been throwing down lightning bolts into the Montreal music scene in the last year with their epic live sets of swirling heavy grooves.
The band is an instrumental trio consisting of; Byron on synths, effects, samplers; Richard Bunze on bass, effects; Dan Stefik on drums, percussion. Their music fuses a range of genres including, Psych, Krautrock, Electronica, Prog, and Post-Rock, blending these and other styles to avoid easy categorization. Unlike many contemporary psych bands they are not trying to replicate the retro sounds of yore, but are building on them to head towards the horizon in search of new sonic havens.
The EP is available to download or purchase on CD via Bandcamp. It is also streaming on Spotify.
Brothers and Sisters Records present : V O Y E U R : AU STUDIO XX
One week ago : V O Y E U R : performed at Studio XX : Montréal : this is what happened :
This album is an : unedited : live : improvisation : the creaking floorboards : the opening of beer cans : the occasional exchange of conversation : the bum notes : and the moments of misfiring machines : are an intrinsic part of this recording.
Travelogue is a sound collage of music improvisations/performances and ambient sounds I recorded in Addis Ababa in May, 2009. At the time I was accompanying a film crew making a documentary entitled ‘Destino’, for which I had been asked by the film’s director, Caswell Coggins, to compose the music score.
The documentary follows two internationally acclaimed dancers, Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal Sendi, as they return to the city of their birth to perform and choreograph an ambitious community performance. Both the performance and the film were produced by the UK based charity Dance Utd.
I tagged along with the film crew around the city, taking the opportunity to capture the sounds wherever we went onto my portable Roland 4-track recorder; traffic, rain, conversations in cafes, dance rehearsals, market places; a collection of ambiences and memories.
A large part of the music on Travelogue is taken from an afternoon spent in the company of Tewolde, who was working as an assistant at the National Theatre were the dance performances were being held. He was also a folk musician and invited me into his home to play some music together; myself on nylon string acoustic guitar and Tewolde playing a variety of Ethiopian instruments such as the ‘Masenqo’ and the ‘Krar.’ The improvised pieces we recorded are a communication of different cultural backgrounds, that manage to find a common ground in melody and rhythm. This experience strengthened my belief that music transcends all divisions of language and culture and unifies us in spirit.
The psychodysleptic sonic exploration of these cats is surreal.
Brothers and Sisters Records are excited to announce the release of a split cassette featuring pachyderm and The Archaics on June 9th. The cassette is being released in conjunction with Sweety Pie Records and is also available to download/stream.