Preview :: Local Winds - “Small Towns” | Upcoming Record: In The World of Ours
Here’s a nice little electronic meditation of an EP coming from Scott Dickson (of Closed Cassette) under his new moniker Local Winds. The upcoming EP, In The World of Ours is filled with electronic - electricity, and soft calming synths that indulge you into a world of charm and chilled vibes. Above is one of the eight tracks off the album to whet your appetite. The record is out Feb. 22nd on tape, mini cd and digitally. Cover art photo by Haley Luna.
Co-Premiere With Nofop: Local Winds “Small Towns” From In The World Of Ours(2010)
I tend to be anti premiere / co-premiere.
This is because I think it cheapens the blog to be swayed in what you post based on the exposure it gives you, as opposed to how good it is.
So, that being said, I agreed to do it here because:
A: The songs good
B: It allowed me to open with a rant about premiere’s and co-premiere’s.
But, you won’t see a lot of them here and you’ll never get one I agree to post without hearing it first.
That precursor out of the way, Scott Dickson of Local Winds and Closed Cassette was a pleasure to work with on Collaborations and delivered one of my favorite jams off that tape in “For Now”, his collaboration with Top Girls. With his new project, Local Winds, he’s taping further into the spacious electro soundscapes he works so well with.
I’ve always liked Scott’s seeming tendencies towards organic inspiration in his pieces. And in “Small Towns”, the first track released off his upcoming In The World Of Ours, this is absolutely present. The slow grow of urban sprawl displacing plant life and animals in it’s parasitic advance, only to house middle class mundania at it’s finest.
Or maybe that’s just my interpretation. But one of the best things about Scott’s tracks is there’s enough space for anyone to breathe whatever world they’d like into it.
We are all starting to feel a little more jolly as the season approaches so, in light of that, and as a reprieve from list-making, we asked two of our staff to curate a Christmas-themed cassette for the season.
Side A is provided by Simon Roche and features the track from the now-ubiquitous…
Closed Cassette’s newest creation Alright is a fresh breath of air. As Australia warms up this track feels perfect for driving extended distances with the windows rolled down.
Putting a strong emphasis on his perfectly layered vocals, his sound becomes as saturated in colour as the image posted above. Lush synth chords and twinkling arpeggios also create a welcomed underwater vibe to this track.
I am proud to announce the first ever, all exclusive Unholy Rhythms mix and just in time for Halloween! “Abraded Ghosts” is really a celebration of Halloween through the eyes of artists of different genres. I asked 13 wonderful musicians to give me their interpretation of creepy Halloween…
I’m waiting for you, I’m waiting for you, I’m waiting for you. At the bus stop, underground, outside of class, with flowers, with the books, I’ve got an arm full of magazines for you. I can’t look ahead, I look side to side, all the people on the street, every person I see looks like you, are you coming? I tap my leg, play with the ring on my finger, the one you gave me in February after we made it through the decade, after we made it through the fire and the thunderstorms, candles were lit after the power went out and I waited for you to make the sandwiches we ate with the cats, love cats, lover cat, I’m waiting for you.
And then we dreamt about the end of the world. We were the sole survivors of complete destruction. Instead of being devastated, we saw hope in this action. Why did we feel this way? There shouldn’t be solace in annihilation. Panic had not set in. Instead, we lie in the grass - searching the sky for answers.
After much contemplation, we decided to pack up and survey the carnage. Local Winds provided the soundtrack for the end of the world. As we bicycled across the street, sharing headphones, the thumping sounds filled our ears. They reminded me of the waves we used to listen to - how we would observe them frolicking from the distance. I could get lost in this soft noise.
♪ File under: ambient, electronic, until the end of the world
This track is another unbelievable effort off the first release by a collaborative label started by the inventive genius that is Mike from Dead As Digital.
For Now is dense and layered. Closed Cassette provides a charming lofi backing to Top Girls’ famous R&B influenced falsetto vocals. Top Girls does another collab on the cassette with my buddy Guerre so be sure to check that one out as well.
The cassette/mix is called Collaborations and is released by Dead As Digital, The Road Goes Ever On and Stadiums and Shrines. It has so many unbelievable tracks on it I had to order it. I strongly urge you to do the same. Its truly supporting great music and the idea of sharing among each other. So many talented artists have taken time to send music back and forth between each other (sometimes between continents) to make something for it.
New track! A collaboration with TOP GIRLS! “For Now”… It will be featured on Collaborations - http://wegetby.bigcartel.com/ HUGE thanks to Dead As Digital, Stadiums and Shrines, and The Road Goes Ever On (also special thanks to Think Or Smile for the outstanding artwork!) PRE-ORDER this tape filled with amazing artists working together to produce something very very special!
Song Premiere:Holy Spirits and Gem Club “Fingertips” From The Collaborations cassette (Limited Edition of 100)
Early in July, I, together with Dave from Stadiums and Shrines, and Cam from The Road Goes Ever On came together with a plan. Having noticed the increasing number of collaborations happening between (mostly) DIY artists we decided to capture this movement. What was intriguing about these joinings was that in some cases enormous geographical distances separated most of the artists and quite a few had never even met in person. Not that to say this had never happened before, but the regularity with which it was occurring was amazing.
The plan was to release a tape that captured this rising trend in a bubble. We wanted to preserve the artists both in their personal infancy (The majority of the artists on the tapes had risen to prominence only within the last year) and in the infancy of their long distance creative joinings.
Each of the us tapped some of our favorite artists and asked them if they’d like to release a track for a cassette/digital release, the catch being that the track had to be in collaboration with another artist.
The task ranged in difficulty for each selected pair. For example, Edmonton, Canada’s Kumon Plaza and Los Angeles’ Rachel Levy, who had already collaborated on an albums worth of songs. For others it was a whole new enterprise. New York’s Holy Spirits and Massachusetts’ Gem Club had a mutual respect for each other, but had never collaborated on anything together, or even talked about it. But slowly the artists started pairing off. From Manchester, England to Texas (Star Slinger and Pandit), Sydney, Australia to South Carolina (Guerre and Top Girls) and Laguna Beach to the UK (Pepepiano and Warm Waves) they found each other. Musicians sent tracks via file sharing services and e-mailed in abundance, sharing ideas and building something out of nothing. Distances it would have taken months to travel just 100 years ago proved to be no barrier as the “send” button quelled the significant distance.
The artists participating and tracks submitted ranged significantly in styles: from the beat heavy sample based hip-hop soul of Star Slinger to the fuzzy R&B of Top Girls to the electronic nostalgia pop of Teen Daze and Warm Waves. Gem Club, Holy Spirits and Pandit with their intimate dream-pop and Ghost Animal with his blend of fuzz rock. Despite this wide stylistic differences, somehow all the tracks seems to fit together like pieces of a puzzle.
In the end, I think everyone involved in this project is just extremely proud of what we’ve finished with. these tracks will stand up under any scrutiny. A beautiful ode to the digital age and the power of collaboration.
Other than 1 track which is exclusive to the tape, the tape will be released for free download on the 1st. However, we’d love for you to order it. This tape is professionally dubbed, from uncompressed audio files directly from the Master recording. It’s also printed with mind-blowing artwork by Nathaniel Whitcomb over at www.thinkorsmile.com. Nothing about this was skimped on. Putting something like this out physically is something that’s important to us, and your support on that will be what determines our ability to do that in the future. We also encourage every one who buys the tape to feel free to re-dub it and distribute it (for free obviously) to friends. Let’s take mixtapes back to the medium they belong on!
In exchange for buying it, you will receive a link to d/l the tape (minus the exclusive track) a full week before it’s release, you will also get the exclusive Ghost Animal/Rachel Levy track that is will only ever be released on this analog version, as well as whatever else we can come up with to surprise you.
As a teaser, featured above is one of the songs that will be on the tape. A truly amazing collaboration between Holy Spirits and Gem Club that for me highlights what can be done by these artists when they get together. “Fingertips” features a flawless string covered instrumental track, intwined with haunting vocals resulting in a track that feels so beautifully personal and pulls together so well, you can’t imagine these two haven’t been working together for years.
1. Top Girls and Guerre “Melt” 2. Teen Daze and Jaded Hipster Choir “Low Glow” 3. Weed and Foxes In Fiction “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry Cover) 4. Closed Cassette and Top Girls “For Now” 5. Ghost Animal and Rachel Levy - “We Don’t Care”* 6. Ghost Houses – “Ritual”
7. Holy Spirits and Gem Club - “Fingertips” 8. Seeing Suge (Star Slinger, Emay, Blackbird Blackbird) - “Breaking (DEMO)” 9. Pepepiano and Warm Waves - “Air” 10. Gay Boiz (Kumon Plaza and Rachel Levy) - “High Level Alchemy” 11. Star Slinger and Pandit - “Self Love”
These days a lot of the music I work with makes me think people have finally managed to take the synth excess of the 80’s, and tame it into something that’s actually listenable. Like the lion tamers of old, they take an unmanageable beast and coax and sooth it into doing things never thought possible in the days of our ancestors.
“Time Trials”, the latest from Scott Dickson (Aka Closed Cassette) is a perfect example of this. Low key organ drone and arpeggiated synth twinkles inform the landscape of “Time Trials” all presided over by delayed vocals and drum machine snare hits. Beautifully prepared, sequenced, and ready to play over a John Hughes montage.
Having heard a few of the Closed Cassette’s tracks from some of my tumblr contemporaries, I was already impressed by his small body of work, and this cements him in as one of the artists I keep an eye out for.