Purveyor of: Devotional noise-collage dance grooves File Next To: Omar Souleyman, U.S. Girls, Dorothy Day Playing: #WL15 Night 3, Sunday Feb. 15 at The Garrison
Chrissy Reichert leavens her dance grooves with just enough sonic clatter to force you to take notice, but not so much you'd stop dancing. The Axe is Ready at the Tree, her first album as Tenderness, was a highlight of 2012, but the wait for a follow-up has gone on a little longer than expected. Over coffee at the Holy Oak, Joe Strutt chatted with Chrissy about a hiatus in Winnipeg, secret raver past lives, faith, and songs dipped in love. The new album will emerge in spring on Pleasence Records. [This conversation was subsequently collaboratively condensed and edited online.]
Purveyors of: Eerie reverb haunting atmospheric melodies; the soundtrack to a dark sci-fi/horror film. File Next To: Timber Timbre, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, Tortoise. Playing: Night 2 of WL15, Saturday Feb. 14 at Polish Combatants Hall.
Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield are Last Ex. The group was born from a project by their mother band, Timber Timbre, who had been approached to create an instrumental soundtrack for the horror film, The Last Exorcism II. While the soundtrack was ultimately abandoned in 2012, the effort wasn’t a total loss. Inspired by the haunting cinematic score they had developed, Trottier and Fairfield decided to continue working together and evolving their ambient supernatural sounds as Last Ex. Meghan Borthwick asked Simon Trottier about the band’s inception, their musical heroes, and how their 2014 self-titled album might soundtrack a film of their own imagining.