First, the station was locked down. Then, I had to figure out some shit on my end. Now, I’ve finally got a good setup cobbled together to be able to produce the show from home. It’s a great feeling to be bringing in the third season of Sleepwalking during this surreal time.
This week’s episode of Sleepwalking will feature brand new instrumental tracks from all around the world. Here are a few of the artists I’ll be featuring.
First off, from right here in Ottawa, we have Tariq Anwar’s Ambient Rain One. Locked out of his regular Wednesday performances at The Atomic Rooster, Tariq has turned to Facebook Live. Foregoing his standard bluesy, dark interpretations of Radiohead, Tom Waits, and R.E.M. covers, Tariq put together a wonderful Ambient piece for one of his first performances. Having the foresight to record the event, he subsequently posted the piece to his Bandcamp page. Split into a side A and side B, Ambient Rain One fits in perfectly with the direction Sleepwalking has been taking lately. You can find Ambient Rain One in its entirety at Bandcamp.
Next up from Tasmania, we’re continuing to play pieces from the All India Radio & Josh Roydhouse. Their album R E A L M was released on March 26.
What is R E A L M? You could say it’s somewhere between the melodic ambience of Brian Eno and Harold Budd and the grainy electronics of Boards Of Canada. Josh plays an upright piano and Martin plays guitar and creates soundscapes with effects pedals, a 4 track cassette recorder and a Korg Minilogue synth.
I’ve been a fan of Martin for a while and this collaboration with Josh is pure beauty. It is something I will be listening to quite a bit.
R E A L M is available on Bandcamp.
Lastly, we’re coming back to Canada for something new from Joshua Van Tassel. With a surreal collection of instruments and other collected sounds, Van Tassel imbues beautiful emotion in these songs. Although Dance Music volume II: More Songs for Slow Motion will not be released until September, the track Their Love Was Alive Before They Were Dead is available on Bandcamp. Beginning with soft piano and strings, this five-minute piece ebbs and flows between dissonance and resolution and subsequently leaves the listener wanting more of the same.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for listening. You can hear Sleepwalking every other Thursday at 10 pm on 93.1FM and likewise at any time on ckcufm.com.
Here is the link to this weeks show;