Monday, March 23, 2020

Concert Listings Roundup #346

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.

Special note:

For the past six-and-a-half years, I've faithfully been cranking out these listings every Monday. Because of the unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in, I am choosing once again to leave this week's listings blank. Even if separation and the suspension of regular life are starting to grate, this is a vital week for everyone in Toronto to maintain social distancing discipline. The numbers are going to keep getting worse for a while yet, but foregoing social norms now will make a difference. Listen to music, go for a walk, take care of your own self.

Bandcamp corner:

At the very least, I've had more time to spend with the music of friends and people in my community that I respect so much. Here's some of the things I've been digging: why not support these — or an artist that's important to you — by buying their music on bandcamp?

  • Fiver moved the release of You Wanted Country? Vol. 1 up last week, unleashing a pretty spectacular EP. Pivoting from the investigations of the Audible Songs From Rockwood project, this is the first recorded evidence of Simone Schmidt's collaborations with Nick Dourado, Jeremy Costello and Bianca Palmer, who are here dubbed The Atlantic School Of Spontaneous Composition. (Although, to be sure, there's been some live manifestations of this powerful union.)
  • Ian McPhedran's oeuvre — from his work in seminal local unit Ostrich Tuning and onward — has carefully balanced popcraft with drone and occasional disruptive noisebursts. It wouldn't be quite right to say that this new album smooths out the edges, but the tunefulness here feels a bit less veiled than in might have been in the past.
  • Overleaf (the all-star improvising electroacoustic trio of Heidi Chan, Kayla Milmine and Mira Martin-Gray) return with their second album, once more mixing modular synth, soprano sax and no-input mixer noise into playful and wide-ranging sonic investigations. There's an increased feeling of freedom on this album, a sense of self-assuredness where the group can step out of their zones and play with new sounds and methods of presentation — as the avant-groovy remix of "Magic Spelling Bee" that closes things out proves.
  • Del Stephen's recordings include elegant ambient atmospheres as well as gentle group improvisations, but his new Folk Music mixes his poetry with "instrumental collage pieces". Take this one out for company on your daily isolation stroll.

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