Track Premiere: Black Ox Orkestar “Viderkol (Echo)”

Just because a world is haunted doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful and inviting. The legendary Black Ox Orkestar’s return in 2022 is an unexpected gift. Few groups can hold so many disparate feelings and ideas together in the same breath, but the stunning “Viderkol (Echo)” occupies this impossible space. Black Ox Orkestar’s boundary-pushing exploration of Jewish folk music sounds forward-thinking while simultaneously simmering inside a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Black Ox Orkestar “Viderkol (Echo)”

Premiere: Kee Avil “saf”

Kee Avil’s debut album Crease is a force. On the second single, “saf,” the Montreal-based project led by producer and guitarist Vicky Mettler, fractured dreams morph into real-world anxiety. A hypnotic furor takes hold as Kee Avil slinks along splintering rhythms while phantom layers of Mettler’s voice swirl like black smoke promising the ominous fire to come. Oblique guitar passages flicker like a light giving up the … Continue reading Premiere: Kee Avil “saf”

Fly Pan Am’s Lifelong Curiosity

Fly Pan Am may have been dormant for a while, but their presence was always there, woven in the ethereal maze of not just Montreal’s experimental scene, but throughout different pockets of space around the world. Their early records on Constellation were a huge jumping-off point for me, and in a city and on label full of heavyweights, their work has always stood out. Their … Continue reading Fly Pan Am’s Lifelong Curiosity