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Music, Pop Montreal 2006

Surround Sound Depth Charge - Alien8 Showcase

Posted by Robyn / October 9, 2006

Tim Hecker, Nadja, Genou
Casa del Popolo - Fri, Oct 6/06


Friday nights are weird things in general, often a frenetic blend of tiredness and need to reward self for a week of work within the visible or invisible walls of social institution. So my theory goes. I suppose it's also just hard-wired that Friday is time to Let Loose, even if you've spent the week downloading classic rock and episodes of The Office between spurts of "research" and "writing". But I've been working really hard and consistently in recent weeks (truth!) and this week even ignored/medicated a cold in order to hit deadlines. What does this have to do with anything? Hells, this is a journo-blog - the personal is in the, uh, reportage, political or not.

So on this Friday night, a Pop Mtl Friday night, I actually bar-hopped, such was my energy. Beginning with the PopCast showcase and moving over to the Alien8 showcase at Casa del Popolo. I love Casa. So comfortable, with nice bartenders, good beer and cheap shots of whiskey, and a patio out back. You can make friends there.

But the show, the show, enough of this post-PopMtl relaxed-state blahblah. I didn't see Genou, as I was watching the lovely There Were Valleys at the Green Room, but have seen Emerald Cloud Cobra (his previous/alter? ego/name) a couple times before. Sitar pop noise action!

I walked in at the beginning of Nadja's set and instantly loved them. Because metal and endless drone, when done well, and, in this case, via guitar and bass (and a bunch of effects, obv), are a blissful fcking thing, I'm telling you. You just stand there and everything becomes sound and you find yourself doing the slowest headbang ever. I'm not even saying that the music is slow, because there's a lot going on in it, but that it's encompassing, it rocks out in a, well, personal, kinda introspective way. Emphasis on rocks.


And then Tim Hecker, whose soundscape-like multi-layered electro-drones paired up perfectly with the glow of his laptop (yes, laptop, but it works, believe me, plus he also has a Box of Knobs and Cords) and the huge rainbow + seagull painting that Casa has mounted behind the stage. This piece of art is pretty rad in its simplicity and adds a peaceful oomph to the no-frills reddish stage lighting.

I saw Tim Hecker's set at The Pines a few weeks ago, where he played before the great WestCoast duo Growing, and he blew me away then, so I had to go tonight. And I had to buy a CD even! Like Nadja, he fills the room with sound, but it doesn't grind the atmosphere as Nadja's so fantastically does. I feel like Hecker's music pulls pieces out of the atmosphere, mixes them with his own sounds, and then refills the empty spaces with this new noise. I am all about the layers; it's like they make everything more whole.

maybe a hippie thing to say, but there's nothing wrong with being overwhelmed by awesome.



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