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Review: Retribution Body, "Baphomet"

By Steve Dewhurst

For Baphomet‘s creation, Matthew Azevedo decamped to Methuen Memorial Music Hall, replete with its 160 year old Great Organ and famed four-second reverberation.

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A Folk Music of Sorts: An Interview with Zefan Sramek of Precipitation

By Jason Cabaniss

"For much of my work, both musical and otherwise, the notion of place is very important. That’s one of the reasons I like using field recordings."

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Inbox #10: Real Life Ambient Top 10

By Emmerich Anklam

Greil Marcus, whose books like Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces and The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs deepen the mysteries of rock music instead of explaining them away, has kept up his Real Life Rock Top 10 column with few interruptions for more than thirty-five years. This edition of The Inbox is structured after his column and dedicated to him.

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Guest Playlist #08: H. Anthony Hildebrand

By Steve Dewhurst

“The first album I was given was Rolf Harris’ Greatest Hits... that’s how not cool the music happening at our house was."

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Video Premiere: Steve Bates, “These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder”

Having started out in the Winnipeg punk scene of the 80s and 90s with bands like XOXO and Bulletproof Nothing (who once opened for Fugazi), Steve Bates has made his name as a collaborator with Canadian (and Constellation) luminaries such as Elizabeth Anka Vajagic and GY!BE’s Sophie Trudeau. As a well-known supporter of the avant garde with a dedication to introducing experimental music and sound art to Canadian audiences, Bates also founded the Send + Receive festival in 1998 before moving to Montreal where he performed as Black Seas and formed Lanterner. 

All that considered, it’s fair to say Bates is something of a legendary figure in Canadian underground music, so it’s perhaps surprising how rarely he performs solo. Thankfully, that’s about to change, because 23 September will see the release of Bates’ first new solo work for over a decade in the form of All The Things That Happen – on Constellation, no less, in what seems like a significant – if completely natural – step up from the days of funnelling all his output through his own label, The Dim Coast

“These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder” may be a familiar track by now to Bates’ fans, having been released not long after the initial announcement of the album. The video, however, has only just arrived, and it joins the clip for “Destroy the palace” as the perfect visual accompaniment to its subject. A quieter, more sinuous track, “These problems…” dials back the silt and static to reveal the undulating sonic mechanisms themselves at work, revolving and reverberating against one another to create a groggily propulsive music independent of their aim – the very objects of Bates’ trade allowed to guide the way through a miasma of seasick loops and ringing feedback. 

All The Things That Happen is released by Constellation on 23 September. Underscore is proud to present the premiere of the video for “These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder.”  We hope you enjoy watching below.