An extravaganza of mellowdom, a potpourri of noise effects, an examination of darker waters, a wink and a nod to comedic folk storytelling. Foundling (CA,DE), Merganzer (CA), Dean Roberts (NZ) and Nick Schofield (CA) weave together a delicate evening of music.
Foundling (Berlin/Montreal) make expansive soundscapes with lush choir vocals and effects, deep bass and broad synths, it’s alternative dream pop through a dark lens. Sonically and lyrically tracing the ridges of deep canyons and the depths of duality, exploring fissures in reality and geological time maps mirrored in our bodies. On the crest of the release of new album ‘Fault Lines’ Foundling’s Erin Lang performs solo for some select shows in Canada and Mexico.
Nick Schofield is a Montreal based musician, producer and radio host with a BFA in Electroacoustics. He performs and records with Saxsyndrum, Best Fern and Rêves Sonores. In May 2018, Nick is releasing his debut solo album, Water Sine, via Backward Music.
Merganzer is the experimental project of Violinist Mika Posen (formerly of Timber Timbre, Agnes Obel, Forest City Lovers). Expanding on the soundscapes, ambient textures, and melodic interludes she created for numerous bands over the past decade, Merganzer brings Posen’s musical craft to a slow-burning fruition. Her expressive pop-noir songs and minimalist instrumental pieces slip in and out of genres and transcend time periods, using everything from simple strings, to homemade beats, to soaring sine waves.
Dean Roberts (Staubgold/Kranky/Mille Plateaux/Ecstatic Peace/Poon Village) is one of New Zealand’s leading practitioners in the field of contemporary music and has produced a number of albums to critical acclaim. His releases on Staubgold, Mille Plateaux and Kranky Records are regarded as touchstones of contemporary experimental music. Weaving elements of rock, electro-acoustic, minimalism and free improvisation into unusually affecting song cycles that sound equally avant-futuristic and hauntingly ancient, like ghosts of songs past. He is an artist whose mercurial presence has manifested across the full spectrum of avant-praxis kicking off with his early NZ rock-informed improv/drone group Thela (Ecstatic Peace) and work under the White Winged Moth alias. He performed and recorded regularly as a member of Tower Recordings (with Matt Valentine Erica Elder, Tim Barnes, PG Six and others) during a lengthy stay in NYC. His later group Autistic Daughters (with Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr and Valerio Tricoli producing) are majestic examples of the possibility of detoured song-form.
Featured in the Wire Magazine’s “Seismic Performances: 30 Concerts that Shook the Planet: Jon Dale described his performance as “affecting a complete transformation of both songs and the performance space itself, ritualizing the interaction between guitar and voice and forcing himself through the barriers of his material with an intensity I had previously only witnessed on rare occasions..”