Review ~ Katie Dey – asdfasdf­ ~ by Michael Charles Hansford

It’s been almost a year since my last album review, so I apologize if any of my writing seems a bit dreamy, misshapen, or short of wanderlust. However, the show must go on: and today, I reviewing my favorite album of the last two weeks. The debut release ”asdfasdf” from underground sensation Katie Dey.

I stumbled upon this album over a massive twitter selected post. From many lo-fi/DIY legends of our time: Sam Ray, Mat Cothran, and a few others. I immediately decided to check it out, and after the first 5 seconds of twinkle acoustic guitars and pitch affected vocals I sunk into the esquire of the wonderful world of Katie Dey. Although these days, the underground happenings of thrust ward “bedroom pop” can be oversaturated, Katie seems to break the surface, her instrumentation is stunning and the immense talent that lies within her writing outstanding. The freshness of this album itself is what always draws me to through it on after a long day at work. I actually listened to it a couple weeks ago on a train ride from Montreal to Toronto, and believe me: not only was it fitting, it was an escape.

When it comes to similar sounding artists or perhaps even influences I can hear sounds from early Krautrock experimental bands from the 1970’s: Can, Cluster, and even Neu! In more recent cases I can hear similar sounds capes to Radiohead, Ricky Eat Acid, Boards of Canada, and Aphex Twin. Thought again, I have to stress how originality is the nail-biting true love that blossoms from this album. I see great things in the future for this artist, and I hope you reading take some time to enjoy something new in this negative calorie world.

You can pick up the album for “pay what you can” on Katie’s Bandcamp.

Favorite track: “you gotta get up to get up”

Text by Michael Charles Hansford
Photo by Katie Dey

VIRGO INDIGO IN EARS OF MICHAEL HANSFORD

I have been aware of the A. Powell / Fog Lake for almost a year now. I stumbled upon his music within an email I received from “birdtapes” after asking if they ever planned to do a release with Canadian artists – they replied with a FL’s Bandcamp link. However, asking me to keep quiet about it; I just couldn’t – Instantly; within minutes, I emailed Fog Lake and asked to do a collaborated effort from a song I wrote recorded after breaking a window in my apartment. He said yes. We finished the song, and ever since then have remained very connected with each other, for this: I am very thankful.

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Well now – let’s get to what is really important here – The newest work by Fog Lake, Virgo Indigo the 2nd 2014 release from the ever-growing label: Orchid Tapes (born in Toronto, now located in Brooklyn, NY).

Side note: Orchid Tapes are a heaven-sent label in sad state that is: the music industry.

As mentioned. I have had my fair share of alcohol induced nights staying awake till 5am screaming and shouting to the Holy Cross EP, but this new piece of work – really is, quite the magnum opus for a young musician like Aaron. Every time I listen to a song from this gent I think to myself “fuck, this guy is a prophet for everything in music I have ever needed.” – However, VI can really speak through translations to anyone avid open eared listener. With VI comes an advantageous effort to really stay true to yourself, and what you want to do with the sounds you enjoy. Flawlessly, Aaron triumphs his efforts with VI.

I am not entirely sure if there is a conceptual meaningfulness to Virgo Indigo, but I can’t help but picture the grayness’ that is the East Coast of Canada. I feel waves. I sense motion whilst deep within a heart capsizing itself. Drifting in from folk pop driven song like “nocturnal blues” – then wending itself outside with an ambient track like “transcanada” – but again, Aaron’s accomplishments blush with brilliance – almost effortlessly this man knows what he’s doing – and exactly how he is going to finish it. The track the personally whims my soul – is “erik”. From beginning to end I hear whispers of the Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, but with a dark twist. This is a brand new sound, all alone – Aaron has accomplished something unique. There’s so much more I can say about Virgo Indigo, but now I have to go and pre-order the cassette before they are all gone.
And shit dude, be proud of yourself – because so many of people around the world are.

Thank you, Orchid Tapes

Thank you, Fog Lake/Aaron Powell

Thank you, Filip

Michael Charles Hansford

THREE LOVE SONGS IN EARS OF MICHAEL HANSFORD

This is the first album review I have ever done. It will be short.

So I decided to walk around in this Southern Ontario snowstorm in the east end (no sidewalks in sight) whilst listening to Ricky Eat Acid’s newest LP for the very first time. I will also record my efforts when I get home. The time is 9:47pm.

As I walk down King Street in London Ontario during the heaviest snowfall of the winter I am completely swallowed by Ricky Eat Acid’s newest release “”Three Love Songs”” from the emerging Brooklyn based label: Orchid Tapes from Warren in Foxes In Fiction – I am connected. Sam Ray (also from Julia Brown and other jam acts from the area) has been known from myself as quite the limbed artist in our world. He can go from every angle from surreal and abstract – to literal and crisp to make it completely his own; seemingly effortless this man has undeniable talent.

Once in a while in the deep midst of this dark and ill world; something arises from the ashes in debris of the minimum wage life – something is born from the pain. And this album rises from surface of this benign void. This album does this to me. You can’t help but correlate your own sadness and what you think your worth within it.

Personally what I get from his newest release is something sadder and more excavated than any ambient release I’ve heard since some of Eno’s “”Apollo”” releases or even bleeding from the same veins from Ambient Krautrock releases from the 70’s (Cluster Neu and Bowie’s “”Low”” album that was inspired by the Krautrock mania).

There is something untowardly bare in “”Three Love Songs”” catharsizes of melancholic noise.

The album also features another Orchid Tapes beauty; Infinity Crush in the track “”It will draw me over like it always does”” which sounds like something you could mesh together on a walk in the streets of Mumbai when all the street musicians original merge together to create something entirely your own. Sam really has aligned so many genres into one with Three Love songs and the work and self-evaluation from his previous releases is finite and clear. The track “”Inside your house it; will swallow us too””  is the heaviest hitting composition in this great piece. It brings me to high school on the mornings after waking up from doing a new drug for the very first time or having lost your virginity to the wrong individual. It illuminates the regrets from my past while at the same time showing us a door or window on how to carry on with perseverance. The noise has a pulse on the hard-working DIY individuals that will admit they write for themselves to help themselves. It is beautiful.

Sam Ray is someone to look out for.

& Three Love Songs will find you. You have no choice.

Text by Michael Hansford

Photos by Ricky Eat Acid