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makeShift:shelter- a makeShift LP (SAA1145)

The fateful, final album from Austin, Texas four-piece makeShift:Shelter, a makeShift LP finds the group powerfully incorporating more synthetic/electronic sounds into their live band arrangements. The group stretches out with tasteful playing and, as always, purposeful compositions. Bill Brown’s propulsions on drum kit and vibraphone take on new colour with drum machine textures and Reagan Van Matre’s jazz-twang is given extra weight with Brian Tomlin’s guitar and thick keyboards and tastefully nimble bass playing from Mark Foley.

makeShift:Shelter- a makeShift EP (SAA1127)

Incorporating elements of jazz, fusion, electronica and rock, makeShift:Shelter iron the edges out of each genre. This Austin, Texas based quartet succeed where most other guitar-led instrumental outfits fail: the songs. “Faux Hawk” and “Africaine; give steady stomp propulsion. With proper twang and pulse the melody and texture throughout these tracks find the fertile ground which birthed Pat Metheny’s Bright Size Life. Each bass line, each cymbal sizzle converse and exist for a reason. The economy of all four songs contained on a makeShift EP provide the listener with a rare treat: moving music which will age with a simple timelessness.

Strata- A Young Person’s Guide To Experimental Music (SAA1125)

An ambitious compilation of noise, electronic, hip-hop, free jazz, prog and experimental music, Strata- A Young Person’s Guide To Experimental Music is a primer for those of any age. Featuring rare, new and unreleased tracks from: Create (!), Bizzart, Melk The G6-49, Lafcadio, Soul-Junk, MakeShift:Shelter, Manners For Husbands, Receptor Sight, Electric iLL and others. Collected from the Sounds Are Active and Joyful Noise record labels, Strata- A Young Person’s Guide To Experimental Music, presents both previously unreleased and downloadable tracks with album cuts.