Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recording: Northumbria

Artist: Northumbria

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Yonge-Dundas Square (Intersection – Day 3), September 2, 2017.

Northumbria - unknown

In recent years, the Intersection Festival would normally consist of a paid concert, usually the night before the day-long extravaganza in Yonge-Dundas Square. This year, however, under the continued guidance of Burn Down The Capital's Tad Michalak the festival expanded to four events, including a pair of concerts at The Jam Factory. The day-long marathon in the concrete canyon of commerce remains at the festival's heart, though, exploring the frissons of experiencing strange and occasionally abrasive sounds competing with the city's mersh heartbeat.

Excellent work from this ambient metal duo of Jim Field and Dorian Williamson, bringing one of the day's best sets to the big stage, and using the opportunity to bring out the big amps and bass cabinet to produce a truly immense sound. Although their recorded output now encompasses delicate moments of fragile beauty alongside the doom crunch, they clearly decided that this was not the time or place for subtlety. It's hard to convey on a recording, but at maximal allowable volume, the dark buzz-murk at the start of this track felt like a sort of grim fog pervading the square, shaking things up at the cellular level.

[You can see some footage from this set over at Brandon Caswell Douglas' Intersection playlist.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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