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In 1982, a group of friends deep into post-punk, jazz and dub got together in Mad Professor's studio and lay down their youthful interpretation of a NYC disco cut. Their unique take included trombone, vibraphone, piano, and an ital dose of tape delay. They called the song Trouble and released two versions (vocal and dub) on their friend Tony McDermott's !Drum! label with artwork inspired by Russian Constructivism. TIP!
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The group, comprised of Justin Langlands, Chrysta Jones, John Schofield, Tom Dixon, and Dave Killen, decided to call themselves A-Team, having no idea that Mr.T and Co. would make them almost totally ungoogle-able 30 years later. The result of their adolescent studio idealism sounds akin to otherdisco misfits like Arthur Russell, Maximum Joy, Talking Drums and wouldn't sound out of place on legendary NYC label 99 Records. Remastered with an extended Club Dub formaximum dance-floor action.

Created in 1987 for an exhibit of sculptures in Taos, New Mexico, Joanne Forman’s "Cave Vaults of the Moon" is a mesmerizing score for voice, Ensoniq Mirage, Juno 106, flute, guitar and effects. The playful extra-terrestrial recording wafted through the exhibit every day for its duration and then lay dormant for nearly 30 years. Unearthed now, "Cave Vaults of the Moon" sounds prescient and timeless, as if Pep Llopis and Iasos scored a Wicker Man remake set on Mars. 
We humans, the nascent beings that we are, still haven’t quite figured out the full potential of music. Dancing, meditating, emoting, protesting; these are all pretty basic. But what if we communicated more complex ideas with music? What if we codified all of our activities with music? This idea came to composer Joanne Forman when commissioned in 1987 to create the soundscape for an environmental exhibition of sculpture called Artifacts from an Alien Civilization in Taos, New Mexico. The sculptures, elaborate ruins that had been found on the moon, begged the question: who created them and for what purpose?
Joanne Forman imagined that Earth’s moon was a vacation spot for advanced beings from another galaxy. In her mind, the sculptures in the exhibit were the remnants of a deserted playground. "Cave Vaults of the Moon" became a collection of sonic texts describing the recreational activities that went on there; earth-viewing,collecting information, building and playing.

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Patrick says: More esoteric excellence for Canada's Seance Centre here via a welcome reissue of Joanne Forman's exhibition accompaniment "Cave Vaults Of The Moon". Entirely otherworldly, the set sweeps through imposing electronic suites, dark fourth world excursions and blissful new age pieces, perfectly in keeping with the sculptures it soundtracked.

Sam McClellan

Music Of The Five Elements

Acupressurist and electronic composer Sam McClellan's "Music of the Five Elements" is a work of perfectly tuned healing music. A deeply felt distillation Minimalism (in the Tony Conrad / La Monte Young school), American Primitive guitar (Fahey & Basho) and even psychedelia. The album is a continuous sound voyage for voice, synthesizer, guitar, bowed bass, piano, effects and ciao (Chinese flute) all played by McClellan himself. Although divided into sections, the journey is best undertaken as a whole, without distraction. As McClellan himself wrote on the original liner notes:

"The optimum effect of Music of the Five Elements will be achieved if each side of this recording is played through, from beginning to end without interruption. Music of the Five Elements, when used as a meditational or body work tool, rather than entertainment, will increase in effect over time. Overplaying or improper use, however, may eventually diminish its designed effect.”

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Patrick says: Draw the curtains and light a candle. Draw three chalk figures on the floor and feel the air in the room tremble - incredible esoteric psych-folk here unearthed by the excellent Seance Centre - don't sleep.

MJ Lallo sings to trees and distant planets. She plays drum machines, synthesizers and processes her voice to sound like percussion, space ships, trumpets, birds and words from an unknown language. For almost 40 years she worked in post-production music and SFX, founding her own company MJ Productions in 1983. Although she wrote, performed and recorded music for films constantly over the years, she only released one Hi-NRG 12” under a pseudonym, a small-run cassette in the late 80s and a CD in the early 2000s. Now Séance Centre explores Lallo’s unique and fascinating body of work with this maxi 12” and a 2LP compilation planned for spring 2018.
The "Star Child" 12” focuses on Lallo’s love of movement in body and mind. "Star Child Going Home" is a late-night FM boogie transmission, a soaring wordless ode to an interstellar visitor departing. The song conveys a complex synthetic love beyond the realm of language, using voice, Juno 106 and deft LinnDrum programming. "Aquarius Blue" moves languidly, a sun-soaked Californian cosmic cruiser. Lallo’s voice plays in the waves of synth and motion of drum machine, like sun-rays across the sea at magic hour. Filling the entire B-side of the 12” is "Deep Dreams", an epic entrancing meditation for synth, drums and voice. A journey and transference of the mind from verbal consciousness to pre-lingual dream-state. Remastered and pressed loud at 45rpm. 

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Patrick says: Well this is the effin' tits isn't it! Seance Centre shine a well deserved spotlight on the cosmic boogie, coastal cool and mind expanding new age of sonic genius MJ Lallo. Someone get Elon Musk on the phone, we've found his new theme tune...

Mexican guitarist and ambient artist Eblen Macari's "Música Para Planetarios" (Music for Planetariums) was originally composed for weekly performances in the Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium in Mexico City to accompany a voyage through the galaxy. The album, released in 1987 was based around Macari's solo performances using Ensoniq ESQ-1, a Korg Poly 800, two guitars and pre-hispanic Ocarinas. The expanded arrangements recorded for the album include a full stable of pre-hispanic percussion and beautiful baroque harpsichord played by Macari's wife. This expansive interplanetary soliloquy is undoubtedly Macari’s masterpiece. Remastered from the original master tapes.

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Patrick says: Seance Centre win this week's award for deepest digging, treating us to a beautifully presented and perfectly pressed reissue of Eblen Macari's space age ambient suite "Masica Para Planetarios". Originally composed for playback in a Mexican planetarium, this is inter-dimensional, transcendent and mystical music from way beyond your fourth world.

Double LP compilation of Dutch electronic artist Michel Banabila focusing on his incursions into otherworldly and imagined realms. LP1 is a compilation of works spanning over 20 years that acts as a bridge between his earliest work and his contemporary practice. LP2 is a reissue of his early masterpiece Marilli, a highly sough-after album that acts as both an LSD inspired DIY tribute to Byrne and Eno's Ghosts and a youthful exploration of Banabila's personal background and his experience as a squatter in Amsterdam in the early 80s. Gatefold LP with archival pics, essay and artwork by Alan Briand.

Invisible City's Brandon Horcura launches his latest reissue venture, the superbly titled Seance Centre, with a re-release of Beverly Glenn-Copeland's "Keyboard Fantasies" with a new carefully reconstructed glasswork design by Alan Briand. Beverly Glenn-Copeland is already known amongst collectors and music heads for two sought-after albums of folky jazz in the key of Joni. But it was this album, originally self-released on cassette in 1986 that blew Brandon's mind. The album, entirely recorded on DX-7 and TR-707, lies somewhere between digital new-age and (accidentally) early Detroit techno experiments. The inimitable style of BGC here is both peaceful and meditative while simultaneously rhythmic and bass heavy. The album was recorded in the northern Canadian town of Huntsville where BGC was living at the time and is a beautiful fusion of personal vision, technology and place. Reissued in absurdly limited quantities by ICE last year, this astonishing LP is the perfect way to kick off Seance Centre.

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Patrick says: Invisible City's Brandon Horcura kicks off his new Seance Centre imprint with a new reissue of Beverly Glenn Copeland's techno-leaning new-age gem with lush new artwork. Buy-on-sight!


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