Wasted Cathedral - Wine Valley (CDr)
£6.50 / Sold Out
Following up on his critically acclaimed releases for Adhesive Sounds and Prairie Fire Tapes, we are proud to present for your listening pleasure - Wasted Cathedral, solo project of Saskatoon-based musician Christopher Laramee (The Switching Yard, The Radiation Flowers, Shooting Guns and The Relaxation Company)
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Psychedelic music will always reign supreme for me above all other musics, specifically because of its namesake and literal origin in the idea of fucking with… the psyche. As one stumbles around the Wasted Cathedral, navigating spiral staircases to a rhythmic step, echoing while you tiptoe around a new mental state, sometimes you have to open the vaulted doors to the Pleasant Valley; for sheer mental bliss. Up in your head can be a good place to be, and with tracks like “Munroe and 17th,” “Entering Praise, Let Him In,” and the 23-minute lingerer “Bloom Diamonds,” the Spiritualized quote, “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space” holds true to the form of any and every brain that bears witness to it.
Although, tracks like “We Depart Memphis Moons” and “Pleasant Valley” are less bold in long-form, they still offer the same settling mental stability for the everyday cracked listener. Vibes not only immerse from the new C40 Pleasant Valley, but like an unraveling onion filled with diamonds. Thus, as the reel stretches along, the feeling of peace synchronizes with the listener, and time becomes less of a concern. Like breathing without thinking. Try it sometime. You’re probably doing it right now. Pleasant Valley is good practice: ride the mind! Grab Pleasant Valley on cassette from Toronto tape imprint Adhesive Sounds.
The importance of emotion is often debated in music. Though some would choose not to believe it exists, even if a clean room is created to completely sterilize its impact on the creation thereof, it’s impossible to eliminate. Even if the composer wrote emotionless, the receiver will find some emotion or talisman associated with a particular feeling surrounding the moment or surroundings in which the music was heard. It’s best when an artist embraces the emotion of music if for no other reason than the fun of trying to decipher their state of mind through our own experiences. We put meaning where none was intended. That’s not a problem with Pleasant Valley, eagerly living up to its name with an array of spaced electro-pop. The inherent spirituality at play with Wasted Cathedral is embraced as celestial melodies blossom from inorganic substances. Whatever feelings Chris Laramee planted in these five fugues, they are transparent in only that they exist and to ignore them is folly. This will not end a silly debate but perhaps create a new one where we begin to realize what I project, what you project, and what is projected by Mr. Laramee are all different takes on the same notion. I’m sure I Heart Huckabees made a far more interesting case about connectedness.
—Tiny Mix Tapes
Toon Town toiler Chris Laramee of Shooting Guns renown wafts out another late nite smoke ring from his solo-tripper guise. Woozing organs, twinkling synths and strange strings drift under a dense fog of disintegrating drone, but the real side-steps are the blown breaks of opener “Munroe and 17th”. The flip is a sidelong tone-float joined by fellow SK journeyman Chad Munson. Pleasant indeed…
Pleasant Valley is Saskatoon’s Chris Laramee’s debut on Toronto-based tape label Adhesive Sounds as Wasted Cathedral, and it’s my favorite thing so far on the nascent imprint. Top that, you guys! How’re you going to beat favorite? Good luck. But I’m not here to taunt anybody, let alone such nice people. So I’m going to instead opine on how pleasant Pleasant Valley is, and how this quick trip can easily become a much longer one if you turn your stereo on “repeat.” Because if it’s one thing I’ve learned, the most enormous doses possible of good things only make them more good!