Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Preview/mixtape/contest: X Avant X

X Avant X

October 15-18, 2018

This year, the Music Gallery's marquee festival is celebrating its tenth go-round — but this just happens to be an anniversary within an anniversary as the MG itself is celebrating its fortieth year. That means that this fiercely forward-looking festival is putting on its Janus mask to simultaneously reflect and celebrate. Concentrated into four nights (and without and offsite field trips this year), the programming manages to play past/present/future off each other in some crafty ways.

  • The opening concert (Thursday, October 15th) leads things off with CCMC, who invented the very notion of a "music gallery", and also pairing CCMC's Michael Snow with Casey Sokol, both founding members of the institution. And that's just a warm-up for Lori Freedman, playing a series of new works for clarinet — and pushing the instrument into new territory.
  • Friday (October 16th) sees a different sort of dialogue between past and present in MG Encore, for which curator Chelsea Shanoff has combed the archives to re-mount a series of compositions that saw their debuts at the Music Gallery. Allison Cameron and Martin Arnold, also known for their efforts in the improvising scenes, show off their compositional chops, while Ann Southam and Nic Gotham are remembered and celebrated through their works. There's a noteworthy ensemble of some of the city's finest players performing these, including the likes of Wesley Shen, Wallace Halladay and Dan Morphy. Expect an evening of chamber music at its least fusty.
  • New sounds move to the forefront with an avant-groove lineup on Saturday (October 17th), headlined by Tyondai Braxton (son of Anthony, and former Battles frontman) whose work should be well-complemented by the dancefloor/deep listening fusions of New Chance (a/k/a Vic Cheong of Healing Power Records). The electronics will be contrasted with a different sort of deep groove by Pantayo's kulintang (Philippine gong) set to start things off.
  • Perhaps the boldest nudge for inclusion into the MG's realm of the new and experimental comes on Sunday (October 18th), with Mississauga-based Keita Juma bringing his electro/bounce tracks to the pews. Brooding but electrically simmering, KJ is also an MC that can bring it live. The festival will be closed out with local art-rock darlings Absolutely Free, whose electronic textures and rhythmic thrum should reverberate quite interestingly in the sanctuary — they're promising "lost material + new material + borrowed material" plus a collaboration with Sandro Perri.

Besides the concerts, two other events are at the heart of the festival. Thursday's Artistic Direction panel matches current A.D. David Dacks with his predecessors in a reflection on how the Music Gallery has embraced its mandate and evolved with the times. Again reflecting the past/future duality, that will be balanced by Saturday's Town Hall, which exists as a forum for the wider MG community to think about the challenges ahead and wonder how a beloved institution can remain nimble, viable and relevant.


The Music Gallery has been getting ready for the festival by soliciting some mixtapes from some of the X Avant artists, and there's piles and piles of stuff to dig through already from Vic Cheong, Allison Cameron and Pantayo. They also asked me to contribute, and digging through my recordings from past festivals, I ended up gravitating towards some of the noisier moments, which I've compiled into this for your listening pleasure.


You can check out the details of all the festival's events here, and the MG has a user-friendly/wallet-friendly online ticketing system that makes it easy to book shows in advance. Advance tickets are also available at Soundscapes, and as always, Music Gallery members get a sweet discount. The talk and panel are free, and you could see the whole festival with a pass on sale for $40.


But if that weren't enough, complements of the Music Gallery, I have a pair of tickets to give away to Friday's MG Encore show.

To enter, shoot me an email to mechanicalforestsound@gmail.com, with "contest" in the title and your name in the body. I'll randomly draw a winner on Friday, October 16th at noon.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #118

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Gig of the week:

Pleasence Records 5 Year Anniversary (feat. Odonis Odonis / Soupcans / New Fries / Blonde Elvis) / Smiling Buddha 2015-10-16 (Friday) [FB event]

The biggest event of the week is definitely the X Avant festival, but I'm going to have more to say about that tomorrow, so for now I'm going to put a word in for this very worthy celebration. For five years now — and nearly fifty releases — Pleasence Records has been championing some of T.O.'s most inventive musical practitioners. To mark the occasion, they're gonna cram the Smiling Buddha full with a lineup that would be more than worth it on its own merits. Come out and give your heartiest congratulations to Deirdre and James — keeping a label going in this day and age doesn't happen without a lot of dedication and spiritual sweat.

This week's noteworthy shows:

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-13 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

bedroom / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-13 (Tuesday)

Cetacea (Hybrid Frequency / Hexzuul / Mandelbrut / Ruin) / The Steady Café and Bar 2015-10-13 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Myriad3 [October Wednesday residency!] / The Rex 2015-10-14 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Spectrum: Season Launch Party (feat. Dialectica Saxophone Quartet / Interface sound installation) / Emmet Ray 2015-10-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft [solo set! Mister, Mister CD Release!] (Ken Aldcroft/William Davison/Emily Denison/John Oswald) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-14 (Wednesday)

John Southworth and the South Seas (Daniel Knox) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-10-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Hip-Hop and N64 Night! (feat. Mega Ran / More Or Les / Wordburglar) / Junction City Music Hall 2015-10-14 (Wednesday) [FB event]

X Avant X (feat. Lori Freedman / CCMC) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-15 (Thursday) [more info]

Neoism Now! (feat. Istvan The King / Processor / Fresh Flesh / The New Matriarchy / Monty Cantsin) / Smiling Buddha 2015-10-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

Møød Man (Deliluh / Blunt Chunks / Dohn Valley / Crimcrom) / Ransack The Universe 2015-10-15 (Thursday) [FB event]

X Avant X: MG Encore (feat. compositions by Ann Southam, Allison Cameron, Martin Arnold, Linda Catlin-Smith, Erik Ross and Nic Gotham performed by Wesley Shen, Mara Plotkin, Sharon Lee, Bryan Holt, Wallace Halladay, Xin Wang, Dan Morphy) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-16 (Friday) [more info]

Playing the NAISA Space, Part I (feat. Lisa Conway) / NAISA Space 2015-10-16 (Friday) [FB event]

Ronley Teper's Lipliners / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-16 (Friday)

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Guerilla Toss / Buck Gooter / Connoisseurs Of Porn) / 8-Eleven 2015-10-16 (Friday) [FB event]

By Divine Right (Patti Cake / Nick Ferrio and His Feelings) / Junction City Music Hall 2015-10-16 (Friday) [FB event]

Eve Egoyan [Thought and Desire CD release concert] / Small World Music Centre 2015-10-16–2015-10-18 (Friday–Sunday) [FB event]

X Avant X (feat. Tyondai Braxton / New Chance / Pantayo) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-17 (Saturday) [more info]

Weights & Measures [reunion show!] (Boars) / Soybomb 2015-10-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Night Owl Festival Pre-party (feat. Kim and The Created / Heaters / Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor / The Auras / White Crowleys) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-10-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Alaniaris / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-18 (Sunday – afternoon show! 3 to 5 p.m.!)

Somewhere There presents (feat. The Imperative) / The Emmet Ray 2015-10-18 (Sunday – late afternoon show @ 5:30 p.m.!) [FB event]

Grand Festival Autumnal Happiness (feat. Aaron Lumley & Marielle Groven / Kyle Brenders) / Church of St. Andrew by-the-Lake 2015-10-18 (Sunday) [FB event]

Diane Roblin/Nicole Rampersaud/Raphael Weinroth-Browne / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-18 (Sunday – early!)

X Avant X (feat. Absolutely Free / Keita Juma) / The Music Gallery 2015-10-18 (Sunday) [more info]

The Visit (Snowday) / The Drake Underground 2015-10-18 (Sunday) [FB event]

Sean Nicholas Savage / Smiling Buddha 2015-10-18 (Sunday) [FB event]

Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

THE AMBiENT PiNG presents (feat. Snowday / Isles Day) / Ratio 2015-10-20 (Tuesday) [more info]

Myriad3 [October Wednesday residency!] / The Rex 2015-10-21 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Cheatahs (Spells Of Vertigo / B-17 / Shipley Hollow) / Comfort Zone 2015-10-22 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nailbiter [Formats release show!] (Mystic Triangle / Marriage / Bit Reduction) / Bambi's 2015-10-22 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nicole Rampersaud/Carl Didur/Colin Fisher [solo sets + trio set!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-23 (Friday) [FB event]

Pins & Needles [Mystic Woman album launch!] / Rivoli 2015-10-24 (Saturday) [FB event]

Playing the NAISA Space, Part II (feat. Scant Intone) / NAISA Space 2015-10-25 (Sunday) [FB event]

Myriad3 [October Wednesday residency!] / The Rex 2015-10-28 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Deciduous (Sweet Session [Rob Clutton/Randi Helmers] / Ryan Driver / Ratio 2015-10-28 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Piano Party 4 (feat. Anastasia Tchernikova / Jesse Levine) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-10-29 (Thurday – early!) [FB event]

Caution Tape Sound Collective presents: "Singles" ["six world premieres of new solo works for electric guitar and percussion"] (feat. works by Patrick Arteaga / Jason Doell / Colin Labadie / August Murphy-King / Parisa Sabet / Bekah Simms) / Array Space 2015-10-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ivy Mairi [full band show!] (Devarrow) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-10-29 (Thursday) [FB event]

catl (The Cool Hands) / Dakota Tavern 2015-10-31 (Saturday)

Soybomb Costume Ball 2015 (feat. Respire / Fill Spectre / Ancress / HX KY / Drunk Chicks / High Preist) / Soybomb 2015-10-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

INVOCATION TO presents (feat. Tom Carter [of Charalambides] / Diseased Orphan / BABEL) / Ratio 2015-11-03 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Chandra (Bile Sister / New Chance) / Jam Factory 2015-11-12 (Thursday) [FB event]

Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins / The Great Hall 2015-11-12 (Thursday) [more info]

Bob Wiseman (Finchler / Bert Sugar) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-11-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Evening Hymns / The Drake Underground 2015-11-27 (Friday) [more info]

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Recording: Yo La Tengo with Dave Schramm

Artist: Yo La Tengo with Dave Schramm - Automatic Doom

Songs: Automatic Doom [The Special Pillow cover] + Season of the Shark + Today is the Day + Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind

Recorded at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, September 30, 2015.

Yo La Tengo with Dave Schramm - Automatic Doom

Yo La Tengo with Dave Schramm - Season of the Shark

Yo La Tengo with Dave Schramm - Today is the Day

Yo La Tengo with Dave Schramm - Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind

Echoing 1990's band-pivoting Fakebook, Yo La Tengo's new Stuff Like That There strips things down with its mix of covers, acoustic reinterpretation of the band's older songs and a handful of new tunes. Tying this tour even closer to the Fakebook concept, the band has invited former guitarist Dave Scramm out on tour with them, playing lead on electric (and some scintillating lap steel) while Ira Kaplan packed away his pyrotechnics, sticking to an acoustic as James McNew played an upright bass and Georgia Hubley used mostly brushes on her stand-up drumkit. So, while the band did play an acoustic set while touring Fade a couple years ago, in the hushed space of a soft-seat theatre this felt like an entirely quieter phenomenon.

Besides presenting a healthy dose of material from the new album, over two sets the group applied its aesthetic both to their usual dazzling range of covers (from The Parliaments to The Kinks to Devo) and to some new Fakebook-ed back catalogue excavations — whether taming rock excursions like "Pass the Hatchet" into a quietly-sizzlin' waterslide ride or or a digging out quieter deep catalogue gems like I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One's "One PM Again". The band also took their pains to make the show place-specific, not just in a heartily-received dedication to the Blue Jays, who had clinched the AL East that afternoon ("Not pandering," joked Kaplan) but also in dedicating songs to The Sadies and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet's Reid Diamond.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Recording: Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest

Artist: Ellwood Epps + Karen Ng + Paul Newman + Germaine Liu + Rob Clutton / Yves Charuest + Nicole Rampersaud + Joe Sorbara + Ken Aldcroft / Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest

Songs: [various improvisations]

Recorded at Array Space ("Audiopollination #34.2"), September 27, 2015.

Ellwood Epps + Karen Ng + Paul Newman + Germaine Liu + Rob Clutton - [excerpt, part 1]

Ellwood Epps + Karen Ng + Paul Newman + Germaine Liu + Rob Clutton - [excerpt, part 2]

Ellwood Epps + Karen Ng + Paul Newman + Germaine Liu + Rob Clutton - [excerpt, part 3]

Yves Charuest + Nicole Rampersaud + Joe Sorbara + Ken Aldcroft - [excerpt]

Ellwood Epps and Yves Charuest - [excerpt]

Excellent work all around at this Audiopollination night, featuring Montréal guests Ellwood Epps (trumpet) and Yves Charuest (sax). The first two sets saw them playing separately in larger ensembles of some of my fave local improvisers — Karen Ng (sax), Paul Newman (sax), Germaine Liu (perc) and Rob Clutton (bass) with Epps; Nicole Rampersaud (trumpet), Joe Sorbara (perc) and Ken Aldcroft (guitar) with Charuest. Neither of those were over-cluttered (the extended excerpts above should indicate that I found this to be more fun than a supermoon eclipse) but a concluding duo set stripped everything back to the essentials of beautiful interaction.

[You can watch video from the performance over at Audiopollination's site. The next Audiopollination is on Saturday, October 24th and has a set from Karen Ng, Germaine Liu and Bea Labikova's KGB plus a mix of short solos, duos and trios from a crew including Michael Snow, Diane Roblin, Nobi Kubota and John Kamevaar.]

Friday, October 9, 2015

Recording: The Canadian Electronic Ensemble

Artist: The Canadian Electronic Ensemble

Song: Incipit Norma (Variations on "Piece For Bob")

Recorded at The Canadian Music Centre (Norma Beecroft: Pioneers Of Electronic Music Book Launch), September 26, 2015.

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble - Incipit Norma (Variations on "Piece For Bob")

Had composer Norma Beecroft come from elsewhere, she might be more celebrated by folks who pass around lists of "pioneers of electronic music". Emerging in our own backyard, it's good to see the Canadian Music Centre reaching out to help educate the public that we have a bona fide founder here of the genre right here in our midst. This event, though, didn't focus on Beecroft's own work as much as her research into her peers and inspirations — a series of in-depth interviews that have been compiled into the new e-book Conversations With Post World War II Pioneers of Electronic Music.

To celebrate its release, the CMC put this afternoon together, which began with Beecroft being interviewed before a packed house by musician/journalist Kristel Jax. After that (and before the mingling) her music was celebrated in this short performance by the Canadian Electronic Ensemble. Founded in 1971, the CEE is the oldest continuously-existing live-performance electronic-based group in the world. (And it has had a long relationship with Beecroft: in 1975, they commissioned her to write "Consequences for 5".) But instead of just reproducing one of Beecroft's pieces, the trio presented this improvisation on a theme from her 1975 "Piece For Bob" — Beecroft's first piece to employ digital sound synthesis.

Recording: In The Sea feat. Tristan Honsinger

Artist: In The Sea feat. Tristan Honsinger

Song: [excerpt from third piece]

Recorded at The Music Gallery, September 25, 2015.

In The Sea feat. Tristan Honsinger - [excerpt from third piece]

The Music Gallery launched the home portion of its fortieth season with a night exploring a couple quite different directions for cello. Leading off with the prog-pop of The Visit, the night concluded with something else entirely as Amsterdam-based American expat Tristan Honsinger teamed up with Montréal's In The Sea. Honsinger, a longstanding figure in the continental improvised scene known for his collaborations with Cecil Taylor and Derek Bailey, looks like he could also be the star of a series of silent figure comedies, his pliable countenance mugging to express broad emotions. Draped over his cello as if it were the only thing holding him up, he'd nevertheless occasionally spring to his feet to gesticulate wildly, or sing, or make surrealistic pronouncements. (This piece asks the all-important musical question, "is time a tomato?") None of that subtracted from the quality of his playing, even if he seemed utterly unbound by mere technique, veering from skronky abstract minuets to jaunty sea-shanties.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recording: Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu

Artist: Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu

Song: Crossfading Accents [composer; Germaine Liu]

Recorded at Ratio, September 23, 2015.

Bespoken feat. Germaine Liu - Crossfading Accents

Experimental chamber ensemble Bespoken made a welcome return to close out this show, playing three new pieces whose scores looked as unique as their composers. Viewed from across the room, Nick Storring's looked like a circuit diagram, with lines connecting different sections, while Matthew Ramolo's looked like a typewritten prose poem. Germaine Liu (guesting with the group in the stead of Brandon Valdivia) brought this piece whose score looked like a mystical code sheet, with a series of hexagram-like figures apparently showing the shifting accents in the ongoing patterns-of-six. With its slightly-unsteady percussive lurch, it sounded a bit like a loop of "Powerhouse" being processed on a cartoon assembly line.

Recording: Diatribes

Artist: Diatribes

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at Ratio, September 23, 2015.

Diatribes - [excerpt from first piece]

Putting together this show at Ratio, host Nick Storring programmed this Geneva-based duo between the Ido Govrin's restrained noise-wall and Bepoken's chamber experiments — which isn't a bad navigational cue for what the pair were up to. Combining intimately-scaled percussion and electronics, Cyril Bondi and d'incise crafted soundscapes that were conceptually indebted to (but not particularly evocative of) dub reggae. Implements included spring reverb, contact mic'd jar of water, steel wool, dollar-store handheld fan, cardboard tube, tart tins and more — but for all that there was a lot of space in the pair's sounds, and it was often quiet enough that you could heard the woosh of cars passing by down on College Street through the window.

Recording: Ido Govrin

Artist: Ido Govrin

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Ratio, September 23, 2015.

Ido Govrin - [excerpt]

I'd seen Ido Govrin doing some collaborative work a while back, but this solo set stripped things back even further from the minimal grace I saw him deploying there. Armed only with one small dial-covered box that he manipulated as he crouched above, Govrin created a slow-building wave with mechanical hums and white noise winding into each other. Meticulous and very, very patient work.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Recording: Julie Doiron & Friends

Artist: Julie Doiron & Friends

Songs: Borrowed Minivans + Dance Me

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Garden Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Julie Doiron & Friends - Borrowed Minivans

Julie Doiron & Friends - Dance Me

You can read my general notes on the festival here. Julie Doiron has headlined at BOFF for three years in a row, and despite those performances falling over a stretch where she's not performing new material each has been quite different. This set was even more varied and lived up to its billing by having a rotating cast of collaborators add up to at least three different backing bands as the night wore on. Not only were there Sackville friends (some of whom she'd played with the afternoon before in Weird Lines), there were also the members of Construction & Destruction, sundry Wooden Stars such as Julien Beillard plus a lot of guest guitar from Stanley Brinks, tossing out advanced solos (some on songs that he was hearing for the first time). The realtime adventure that happens at every Julie Doiron show was accentuated by this shifting cast and there were some interesting explorations through the nooks and crannies of her back catalogue.

Recording: Absolutely Free

Artist: Absolutely Free

Song: My Dim Age

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Main Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Absolutely Free - My Dim Age

You can read my general notes on the festival here. By having things alternating back and forth between two stages, the festival could also give the feeling of having two headliners. With Absolutely Free playing on the big stage as the sun went down and a cool, damp chill settled onto the lawn, there was definitely not just an end-of-the-weekend feel, but the sense of a farewell to summer as well — a pleasantly wistful feeling that felt just right with the expansive glide of the band's music.

[Absolutely Free will be closing out a rather different (but also quite excellent) festival when they play the Music Gallery's X Avant on Sunday, October 18th.]

Recording: Stanley Brinks & Freschard

Artist: Stanley Brinks & Freschard

Songs: Tweet Tweet + It's a Hard Life

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Garden Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Freschard - Tweet Tweet

Stanley Brinks & Freschard - It's a Hard Life

You can read my general notes on the festival here. The most exciting discovery of the weekend down at this fairly locally-based festival came all the way from France. Stanley Brinks was formerly a member of Herman Dune, which explains his connection to Julie Doiron. Clemence Freschard (who performs under her surname) was also associated with that band — and both of them have also recorded with The Burning Hell, who made up the pair's backing band for this set. Freschard's material was an absolute delight, careening along a bit like some funhouse-mirror version of the Velvet Underground if they'd gotten hooked up with une chanteuse charmante de yé-yé instead of a stern Teutonic siren. (On record, she comes across like a casual, off-the-cuff counterpoint to, say, Keren Ann — a dig through her bandcamp page, starting with Boom Biddy Boom, is highly recommended.) The subtler material with Brinks fronting the band suffered a bit in comparison, but his recorded material, which roams from roots-rock to calypso, is pretty charming too.

Recording: Overnight

Artist: Overnight

Song: Unsinkable

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Garden Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Overnight - Unsinkable

You can read my general notes on the festival here. The pleasantly sunny Sunday weather brought out a healthy afternoon crowd, including lots of full families, with parents and kids enjoying the music together. (You can hear vocalist/guitarist Carla Gillis giving a shout-out to all the small fry at the start of this one.) Alongside sister/drummer Lynette Gillis and keyboardist Caitlin Dacey, there's plenty of shiny vocal harmonies on this one — and also a recent video as well.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Recording: Walrus

Artist: Walrus

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Garden Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Walrus - unknown

Walrus - unknown

You can read my general notes on the festival here. Walrus deploy the musical grammar of psych-rock, but that seems as much a tool to hack away at popsong structure as a consciousness-expanding worldview, so some other sonic elements (like hints of shoegaze) don't distract from that template too much. Based around Haligonian brothers Justin and Jordan Murphy, the touring band seems subject to variation (here a quartet, one finds plenty references to five- and six-piece versions) but based on some rock-solid basslines and slightly off-kilter dual vocals, this was a pretty tasty set. Veterans of several splits and EP's (only one of which seems to be online right now) a full-length is said to be on the way soon, so expect to see the band back in these parts before too long.

* Does anyone know the titles to these ones? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Shi Wisdom

Artist: Shi Wisdom

Song: Young Gunner

Recorded at Christie Pits Park – Main Stage ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival V") September 20, 2015.

Shi Wisdom - Young Gunner

You can read my general notes on the festival here. Another stylistic shift saw Shi Wisdom take to the stage. Flanked by a pair of co-vocalists, she dropped some R&B abstractions, the tracks well-suited for mellow park head-nodding. This one, with its ripped-from-the-CP24-headlines topicality feels rather close to the here and now, but other tracks ranged outward for some more cosmic musings.