Stay in bed a little longer this morning as Vancouver-based ambient musician, Loscil, surrounds us with a breathless and dense mirage.
Creating his name from the compound of “loop” and “oscillate”, Loscil primarily deals in icy textural atmospheres with eventual compositions opening up to include collaboration, improvisation, voices and acoustic instrumentation.
For our friends in Europe, Loscil will be performing in London, Nantes, Milan, Bergen and Wrocław this October and November.
Secret Pyramid - A Descent
Loscil: “Fellow Vancouverite Amir Abbey makes music filled with mysterious mirages and shadows. He’s one of my favourite local producers and his works sound especially good on cassette which I would highly recommend seeking out for a Sunday morning listen.“
Sarah Davachi - Ghosts And All
Loscil: “Sarah is basically another local having lived in Vancouver for a time. Her works are wonderfully microscopic and stripped down. With this track, apparently, she primarily used the EMS-Synthi, a machine I also borrowed use of from my friend Josh Stevenson for my last record. Sarah is a master of the ancient synths.“
Kara-Lis Coverdale and LXV - Informant
Loscil: “I am relatively new to the music of fellow Canadian Kara-Lis Coverdale but I did see her perform a couple years back at Vancouver’s New Forms Festival and have been really enjoying her records. Very amorphous, rich and ever-shifting sound worlds with a forward momentum.“
Loscil — Monument Builders
Sanjay: “Like flowers sprouting through the cracks of an abandoned locomotive, ‘Monument Builders’ is a tender record with fleeting and stark melodies throughout. Lose yourself this morning in a cavernous melancholy atmosphere.“
Isnaj Dui - East
Sanjay: “I saw Isnaj Dui (Katie English) perform at Servant Jazz Quarters in London a few years ago and immediately reconciled this track with an episode like this. She delivered a brilliant performance of overlapping electronic loops from her flute, bass flute and a small homemade stringed instrument as she fired pulses of breath through the microphone to support her atmospheric vibrations.“
Linda and Irene Buckley — Corpus Christi
Sanjay: “Linda Buckley was one of my first guests on MailTape and this episode is as good an excuse as any for a reintroduction. Perhaps a little early in the year for a carol for some but this feels like a glacially majestic addition to this morning’s mirage.“
Anna Clock — Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded
Sanjay: “I don’t know a lot about Anna Clock’s work, but I’ve recently been enjoying some of her many varied compositions and collaborations. In her own words, this is ‘a kind of cover of an auld Irish tune that I love. Listen with headphones if you want to hear binaural bits’.“