Nathan Kairis is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Asheville, NC. He crafts pieces of music made to bounce off all the nearest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, like shouting at those surrounding monoliths and listening to the evolution of your own echoes. Each of Nathan’s compositions are reflective, expansive, and imaginative in a different manner than the last. The excitement at the first tremble of thunder, the loneliness of a tundra stretching forever before you, the gentle joy of life with loved ones, and the dynamic interplay between all of these feelings. That is the music of Nathan Kairis.
Acherontia. The Death’s Head Hawkmoth. This album is about disconnection, reconnection, and fluttering between the two. The vibrations between these two emotions can be violent and visceral, or almost calming in their agitation. Here is where we find the shuffling trudge of “Solipsism”, straining pressure of “Surface Tension”, and the breakthrough of the title track. Acherontia is a sonic exploration of what happens in between, a transitory stage that most of us just want to get through.
An Ant And An Atom is a solo project of Sean Warkentine, based in Lethbridge, AB, commanding electronic noise, drone, ambient, and post-rock genres into a mass of sound. Having appeared at numerous music festivals including Calgary’s renown Sled Island Festival, Winnipeg's Big Fun Festival, Edmonton's Endless Bummer, and Lethbridge's Electric Eye, he has performed alongside diverse acts, including Big|Brave, R.Ariel, Technical Kidman, Bitter Fictions, Pigeon Breeders, Jung People, Pyramid//Indigo, and recently completed a prairie-provinces tour with the master of ambience, Valiska. Live performances join together An Ant And An Atom‘s love of intricate design and powerful immersion as he crafts slow burning melodies atop hazy vocal samples layered with visceral textures that explode into blasts of noise.
Following the successes of previous EPs and 2016's Entropy, a 24-minute experimental musical work created for an exhibition of art by Lauren Crazybull, new release, Exterior, comes as a new collection of 5 pieces looking outward and upward. With intense mastering treatment by the acclaimed, James Plotkin, this work heads to darker and dronier places than previous releases.
In support of these releases, An Ant And An Atom will be performing a few Alberta dates and across British Columbia with tourmate, FOONYAP, along with dates at the prominent SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL in Calgary, and the EDMONTON NOISEFEST in August. Full dates and show info is listed below:
June 23 - Calgary at Broken City, Sled Island Festival, with Midden & Ursa
June 30 - Tent City at Kinney Earthship, with FOONYAP
July 12 - Vancouver at TBA, with FOONYAP, Echuta, & guest
July 13 - Victoria at Copper Owl, with FOONYAP, Psychic Pollution, Prince Shima
July 15 - Nanaimo at White Room, with FOONYAP & Prince Shima
July 19 - Abbotsford at O'Neill's, with FOONYAP, Gold Gloom, Pacific Coliseum (a.k.a. Teen Daze)
July 20 - Vancouver at Hidden City, with FOONYAP & Hazy
July 21 - Kelowna at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, with FOONYAP & Neon Runner
July 22 - Vernon at Record City, with FOONYAP & Murphy Luzod
July 23 - Ymir at The Ymir Schoolhouse, with FOONYAP & Murphy Luzod
August 26 - Edmonton at The Ortona, Edmonton Noisefest
FOONYAP is announcing a new remix EP, Apropos, which features one An Ant And An Atom remix of her stunning piece, "Mourning Coup."
An Ant And An Atom has also contributed a track to the new compilation album, "It's More Like An Homage To You," a tribute to the renown Connecticut screamo, power violence, hardcore band, Jeromes Dream, dismantling and reworking one of their intense songs. It is being released on cassette by the Hamilton label, Zegema Beach Records and features 29 of the 3-piece band's songs redone by artists from around the world. All proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to FLINT RISING COALITION (flintrising.com) in support of the ongoing Flint, MI, water crisis.
My Craft Broke At Launch - 04:56
The Crush Of Gravity - 04:55
Locked In Adrift - 05:59
I Dreamt Of Reaching Space, But Couldn't Calculate The Escape Velocity For Reality - 03:52
Heat Up Another Planet, Burn Out Another Sun - 11:49
Presenting the new Dark Ambient Album from Xerxes The Dark, Named [Ab]Solution released on D.M.T. Records (Canada)
The Story behind the Album: The album is inspired by a true & heavy Overdose of Morego in fall of 2008, when he was 20 years old. He lived about 2 hours not on earth nor hell, but in a gloomy place like a limbo, after seeing many things and suffering from unknown disorders, experimenting flashes about his past and his death, he gradually came back into life by a mysterious cosmic power that changed the game. This album is a simulation of what happened in his darkened trip on that cold-foggy november night!!
Alex Bent + the Emptiness just released “Vanilla Blue” - his first single/video this year with many more to come leading up to his LP release.
"I decided on the title “Vanilla Blue” several months before I started writing the song. It originally came to me as a description of my appearance, but after running the name by several friends I realized that those two words could be interpreted in many different ways. One friend interpreted the title to mean "a sweet kind of sadness" and it stuck with me. I started working on the song shortly thereafter and wrote it with that meaning in mind."
onj. is an instrumental post-rock band that has been playing in and around Asheville, NC for about 4 years now. The four members of onj. are Marklar Klepac and Joel Wolfe on guitar, bassist Sean McAusland, and drummer Dylan Webb. Their first EP, "Opposition," was released at the beginning of 2014.
Over the past 3 years, onj. have been working on material for the new album, "Alone." The album attempts to capture the various feelings of being left alone while dealing with depression, loss, and separation.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.