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connect_icut – Small Town by the Sea (Aagoo) 2×12″/CD/DL

connect_icut - Small Town by the Sea

Small Town by the Sea (Aagoo, 2014), is simultaneously connect_icut’s most accessible and most ambitious album. It’s the first to feature a truly solid rhythmic underpinning (aka beats) but it also packs in all manner of epic song structures, processed field recordings and general psychedelic madness. Dedicated to connect_icut’s home-base in Vancouver, Canada, Small Town by the Sea twists familiar environmental sound tropes (bird song, ocean waves) into new shapes, creating an uncannily powerful sense of place and time. As with all connect_icut productions, the results are both enveloping and ominous. The album is being issued in two completely different versions – a tight, punchy mix for CD/download and another, more expansive mix for vinyl. To provide the deepest, most immersive sound possible, the vinyl version has been cut as two 45rpm 12″ singles.

Praise for Small Town by the Sea

  • “It is a gripping-by-the-throat beauty.” – Caleidoscoop
  • “Six intriguing tracks and each one is effective and reflective. Smart and resilient electronic music from a different mental space.” – Babysue
  • A perfect album for those who are driven by curiosity.” – Paperblog
  • “With adventure aplenty while rich in sounds and effects, this album dwells in being one hell of a seaside resort excursion.” – Penny Black Music
  • “More than an album – a real psychic journey.” – ImpattoSonoro
  • “Has a pleasant weirdness that sparks your imagination without giving you a headache.” – WRUV
  • “It’s a place for daydreamers, deliberately instigating lapses in concentration.” – Rock-a-Rolla

Recommended if you like: Actress; Burial; Vladislav Delay; Demdike Stare; Fieldhead; Forest Swords; Holly Herndon; Monolake; Oval; Rhythm & Sound; Andy Stott etc.

May 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

connect_icut – Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again (Rev. Lab./Aagoo) LP/CD

connect_icut - Crows and Kittiwakes Wheel and Come Again
The new connect_icut album – Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again – is now available on LP (with deluxe eight-page booklet) and CD. The most intense and cosmic expression of the connect_icut sound so far, it anchors all manner of granular chaos and glitched-out abstraction in a solid foundation of three-chord pop. But don’t take our word for it: listen to a couple of songs on Soundcloud or watch the video for “Imperial Alabaster”.

And here’s where you can mail order a copy:

Distribution in North America is courtesy of Revolver. In the UK, distro is via Code7 and it’s through Orkhestra in mainland Europe.

Recommended if you like: Oren Ambarchi, Black to Comm, Kim Cascone, Sylvain Chauveau, Dalglish, Greg Davis, Vladislav Delay, Ekkehard Ehlers, Lawrence English, Farmers Manual, Fennesz, Ben Frost, Lee Gamble, Gas, Katie Gately, General Magic, Tim Hecker, Holly Herndon, Giuseppe Ielasi, Klimek, Machinefabriek, Stephan Mathieu, Mountains, BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa, Oval, Rosy Parlane, Pita, Roly Porter, Sébastien Roux, Sohrab, Tape, Rafael Toral, Tujiko Noriko etc…

Praise for Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again:

  • “Excellent” Simon Reynolds
  • “A faultless album for those who want to immerse themselves totally in the flow of their own consciousness,  for those looking for healthy and lawful means to cross the barriers of the senses.” Libero (Italy)
  • “An overwhelmingly great album!” Caleidoscoop (Netherlands)

December 12, 2013 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

connect_icut – Coping with Rejection (CSAF) download

connect_icut - Coping with Rejection
Available June 10th 2013 as a free FLAC or 320kbps MP3 download from the CSAF Digital Store. Remixes of tracks by Muchuu, Antipop Consortium and Loscil, which never really got used elsewhere, for one reason or another.

June 10, 2013 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

connect_icut – “Blonde Sound Forever” (CSAF) Video

Another slab of degraded digital detritus from connect_icut. This one is from an upcoming album called Blonde Sound. Watch this space for more details.

May 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

connect_icut – “Imperial Alabaster (Long Version)” (CSAF) Video

“A song from an album in progress, working title: Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again.

Yes, it’s supposed to look like that. Digital lo-fi, innit.

Shot on a regular photo camera by Kris, starring Heidi. Video editing and music by connect_icut.

For more connect_icut, visit csaf-records.com.”

March 16, 2012 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Not Me – lss 2011 (CSAF) download

The fifth and final EP in the 2011 12s series. Free download from CSAF Records.

Not Me - lss 2011

Not Me - lss 2011

Vol. 5: lss 2011 (CSAF133DL)

Long delayed (it was scheduled for October 2011 but wasn’t ready until December), this final volume in the series was definitely worth the wait.

It begins with a mix from Connecticut resident Darren Milos – aka – Lim. The deeeep dub techno of Darren’s “Verges of Tears” version sounds like the best damn 12″ Deepchord Presents Echospace never made. It’ll make you wonder why Lim isn’t a massive star of the international electronica scene.

Next up comes a submission from Mute Branches. Like the Lim mix, this is notable for its highly dynamic structure as well as the crystalline clarity of its mix. Mute Branches is, it turns out, James Cresswell, a prodigiously talented 20-year-old from the depths of England’s Black Country.

The B-side begins with a remix from legendary Vancouver electronica duo coin gutter, whose mix builds slowly, gradually ramping up the hypnotic intensity over the course of 11-and-a-half minutes. The series concludes with another murky, chaotic mix from CSAF mainstay connect_icut.

As ever, the full track-listing is provided below, with embedded players for previewing the individual tracks. Click on the download link to get the whole thing as a single .zip file.

Side A

1. Lim’s Verges of Tears (9:39)

2. Mute Branches Remix (7:04)

Side B

1. Coin Gutter Mix (11:24)

2. connect_icut 2011 Mix (7:43)

DOWNLOAD 2011 12s VOL 5.

December 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

Secret Pyramid, Fieldhead, connect_icut & More Live in Vancouver on Sept 30th

Blim Sept 30th 2011

Blim Sept 30th 2011

Add it to your Last FM calendar!

Do whatever weird stuff it is that people do on Facebook!

Listen…

And here are the full details…

Secret Pyramid, No Ufos, connect_icut, Fieldhead & Cloudface
Friday September 30th 2011 at 8pm
Blim, 115 East Pender St., Vancouver BC, Canada

Early show! Starts at 8pm and ends promptly at midnight.

SECRET PYRAMID | http://secretpyramid.blogspot.com/
– “Swirling washes, layers of howling feedback and cosmic buzz, soft whispers giving way to deep, dark ambiance. Creepy drones hover like grey mist, feedback swells echoing like flutes or distant birds, all building up to a gorgeous fuzz-drenched climax, beautifully whirling sound walls akin to the cryptic tones of Kevin Drumm’s ‘Imperial Horizon’, but less industrial. Secret Pyramid offers up something mystical, serene and ephemeral.” –

CONNECT_ICUT | http://csaf-records.com/
– connect_icut is an English artist living in Vancouver, also involved with Interim Lovers, The Bastion Mews and Not Me. connect_icut creates abstract, melodic, highly textured and expansive electronica. –

NO UFO’S | http://soundcloud.com/nice-up
“Pretty dang successful… the lateral aktion is most nod-worthy” Byron Coley, The Wire

FIELDHEAD | www.fieldheadmusic.com
– Fieldhead (P. Elam, Vancouver, BC) delights in tape hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analogue loops.

“…paints atmosphere better than a whole ream of his electronica comtemporaries ever could, creating unhealthy amounts of awe with his string slices and distortion washes…” –

CLOUDFACE | http://soundcloud.com/dssr
– Hypnotic synth driven scattering loveliness. -“

September 15, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Free Download EP from Not Me Featuring a Fieldhead Remix

Here are the details from the CSAF Records website

Not Me - nwt 2011

Not Me - nwt 2011

Vol. 4: nwt 2011 (CSAF132DL)

This volume begins with a typically excellent mix from Fieldhead (aka Paul Elam of The Declining Winter). Probably the most melodically developed and rhythmically solid track in the whole series so far, this is an ideal entry point for newcomers. If you were so inclined, you could even “skank” to this.

The next comes a mix from Ross Birdwise of Vancouver’s legendary EDR (don’t ask what it stands for) and hmbkr. Ross adds a virtual choir of extended vocal techniques to the mix. Scary and brilliant in equal measure, this will appeal to folks who enjoyed Carsten Nicolai and Blixa Bargeld’s anbb project.

The EP is rounded off by two new mixes from CSAF stalwart connect_icut. These are in a post-Basic Channel dub-techno style that fans of Deepchord Presents Echospace will appreciate.

Side A

1. Fieldhead Remix (3:30)

2. Ross Birdwise Nicotine Stain Banshee Mix (4:05)

Side B

1. connect_icut 2011 Mix (5:20)

2. connect_icut Infinite Mix (10:00)

DOWNLOAD 2011 12s VOL. 4

September 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Coming Soon to a Venue Near You (As Long as You Live in Vancouver)

Oval

Oval

Vancouver, BC, obviously. Not the one in Washington. If you live there, you probably have to drive into Portland when you want to see a show.

Aaaaanyway, the point is there are some very, very exciting shows happening in Vancouver over the next few months. The big news is that Oval is coming to town, with support from label-mates Mountains! Quite the Bubblegum Cage-friendly double bill (just as long as those Mountains fellas don’t play too much stuff from their rather disappointing new album – LEAVE THE ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZERS IN BROOKLYN! THEY ARE NOT WELCOME HERE!)

Ahem, anyway… Here’s a round-up of shows this here blog is excited about, for one reason or another…

Fieldhead, Thomas Jirku, Gunshae, Hong Kong Soap Operas
A superb line-up of local electronica artists, as part of TKG’s Panambient series. Wonder if there’ll be food at this one.
Saturday August 27th (in the afternoon)

At Blim

James Blake, Teengirl Fantasy
He’s supposed to be rubbish live, isn’t he? Mind you, he’s supposed to be rubbish full-stop and he clearly isn’t. Teengirl Fantasy are said to be very good too.
Sunday September 25th

At the stinky Commodore, unfortunately

Secret Pyramid, No Ufos, connect_icut, Fieldhead & Cloudface
A real friends-and-family affair this one. More details closer to the time.
Friday September 30th

At Blim

Oval, Mountains
This is the big one. Absolutely the most important musical event to happen in Vancouver all year. If you live here and you don’t go to this, you must have cloth ears and a heart of stone. No excuses!
Sunday October 2nd
At the Western Front

Gang Gang Dance
A phenomenal live band. Probably worth braving a shitty venue for.
Saturday October 15th
At this here blog’s least favourite venue on the planet Earth, unfortunately

Portishead
Don’t get too excited – the tickets for this one are prohibitively expensive (and quite possibly sold out, at this stage).
Monday October 24th

At the PNE Forum

August 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

CSAF Digital Store

connect_icut - LA (An Apology)

connect_icut - LA (An Apology)

CSAF Records now has a digital store where you can buy the connect_icut albums They Showed Me the Secret Beaches and LA (An Apology) as high-quality downloads (FLAC, 320k MP3, V0 etc.) for $1 US per album.

VISIT THE CSAF DIGITAL STORE

July 10, 2011 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

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