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ckutmusic on 04/10/2015 at 06:44PM
Longtime CKUT favourite Nick Kuepfer works his magic yet again, summoning a whole range of otherworldly sounds out of tape loops and effects. While he's graced CKUT ears with in-studio performances in the past, this one is extra special -- it comes to us courtesy of the curatorial genius behing the Island Frequencies concert series, who took over the Montreal Sessions for the month of October 2014. While the whole month was a stunner, this performance in particular stood out to us: the warbly sped-up loops pitted against jittery electronics left us disoriented in the best way possible. It's not for the faint of heart, but what good music is these days?
ckutmusic on 03/05/2015 at 07:38PM
Making her recording debut with the words of Dorothy Parker set to acoustic guitar, Myriam Gendron explores the depths of what can be done with strings and voice. It is honest and disarming, varying between light-hearted strums and melancholic folk influences that mirror the bittersweet wit of Parker's own works. Gendron falls squarely into a tradition of earnest folk songwriters: her music is unassuming yet heartfelt, possessing a quiet beauty that reveals itself to listeners over repeated plays. We have the feeling Parker would be just as satisfied with Gendron's work as we are.
ckutmusic on 02/12/2015 at 03:18PM
Josh Zubot is Montreal's man-about-town for violin. Playing everything from free jazz to bluegrass, you can find his name in the credits of countless local projects: Subtle Lip Can, Ensemble Supermusique, Land of Kush, and the list goes on...
But now, Mr. Zubot is giving the violin a different spin. Enter Luke Loseth: the multi-instrumentalist behind Holobody and all-around electronics wizard gave Zubot's violin the special treatment with a healthy dose of live processing. The two musicians had never met before, and in true experimental fashion were put in a room and given the sole instruction of "make something." The resulting piece finds the traditional instrument being taken in a wholly different direction, with layers of effects bending its pitch and timbre into a finale of noisy cacaphony.
ckutmusic on 01/23/2015 at 07:37PM
A fusion of voice and electronics, ancient songs and modern technology, Hazy Montagne Mystique blends an array of synthesized noises while never losing its lively and deeply human essence. Whether it's the processed rhythms that bear striking resemblance to the human heartbeat or the otherworldly vocal tones that appear and disappear instantly within a song, there is something unique about the way HMM bridges the gap between the organic and the mechanic. You could call it ethereal but that doesn't quite do it justice. Perhaps it's best to just open your ears good and wide and let the music take you where it will.
ckutmusic on 01/16/2015 at 05:13PM
Echo Beach, aka Montreal sound sculptor extraordinaire Julie Matson, is no stranger to CKUT. She's joined us for performances on Venus and Modular Systems in the past, and now she's back with a couple new gems from a live in-studio on experimental program If You Got Ears. Throughout both songs her signature rich tones are omnipresent, buzzing around hushed vocals and hovering suspended yet wholly encompassing. Subtle movements in pitch and timbre create an array of textures cut through by playful synth bleeps. Open your ears and let it wash over you.
ckutmusic on 07/31/2014 at 03:37PM
Steve Jr. make a hell of a lot of noise for a duo. Ever since getting their latest self-released tape here at the ol' CKUT, folks have been going crazy over their heavy psych jams. Together, Corbin and Gleb meld crushing yet infinitely catchy riffs with pounding drums and wailed vocals and the result is a truly impressive wall of sound. We were thrilled to have them join us for an in-studio performance during New Shit, even though their volume shook the room enough to make CDs fall off shelves. We forgive 'em.
ckutmusic on 07/09/2014 at 07:16AM
Local duo Le fruit vert have become masters at building intricate sonic worlds. Layers of vocals, effects, and an array of acoustic and electronic instruments weave together, a web of finely-tuned sonic detail stretched out to envelope listeners in sound. We caught them live at Casa del Popolo on June 17th as part of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival, broadcasting their set over the airwaves for all to hear. Here's the audio for those who missed it -- and those who want to re-live the magic all over again.
ckutmusic on 02/24/2014 at 04:15AM
ckutmusic on 02/05/2014 at 12:30AM
Local artist Charlie Twitch aka ¡FLIST! came in for a live performance on CKUT's The Montreal Sessions—a show that provides a platform for a different community group, label, or artist to curate a month of programming. In January, local booking collective Loose-Fit hosted, and invited ¡FLIST! in for their final show.
Music that is as much Nick Cave as it is Thomas Dolby, what really sets ¡FLIST! apart is the incredibly emphatic live performance, the essence of which being hinted at in Twitch's new video for bug.
ckutmusic on 11/01/2013 at 12:30AM
Former LE FLY PAN AM bassist/Los Discos Enfantasmes founder Jean-Sébastien Truchy plays live on CKUT's If You Got Ears. In the studio, JS' operatic tenor shook the room, inside the headphone mix: lynchian soundscapes, eerie and beautiful.