Monthly Archives: May 2017

CST002: Sofa – Grey

The first real meaty release from Constellation, the dark and unsettling GreyLeaping off comfortably from the preceding 7″ single release of New Era Building, this is where we feel the full force and ferocity of Sofa. Mixing frantic and frenzied mania; tracks where the band launch a mentally anguished assault  in with slower passages of quiet contemplation, we as listeners are thrown deep into the psyche of the band. Brad Todd’s deep and dark vocals give a real edge to the music as it snarls and spits or crumbles and croons.

This perhaps feels like a band who’ve translated their own generation’s concept of fury, anguish and torment into their own branch of music, drawing influence from the music they no doubt grew up with years preceding the recordings of even their debut efforts. Though how does it all fit into Constellation Records repertoire? Arguably… it doesn’t really. It’s a bit of an outlier amongst the post-rock and experimental records the label have continually pushed out, with it being a messy lo-fi noisy barrage of post-punk and math-rock. It’s pretty miserable, but in that good cathartic way.

This release was the last for Sofa. Guitarist and co-founder of Constellation Records Ian Ilavsky will pop up again amongst various recordings, as well as part of the experimental electronic sound-collage duo re:.

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CST002: Sofa – Grey

 

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CST001: Sofa – New Era Building

 

 

Summed up by Constellation Records as ‘ground zero in the Constellation catalogue‘, the description for such a recording couldn’t be more apt. Our beginnings with this label is a dark mysterious force, one that feels very loose in its Slint-esque structures, though still manages to pack in its own branch of ferocity. With two tracks, it’s not much to really go on, but it does serve as a strong introduction to this short-lived band, and perhaps add more intrigue than to what their effort Grey offered (at the very least, it shows more to the band than what one release ever could do). Whilst interesting in its own right though, it’s perhaps in how loose it all is that we feel why this release doesn’t quite live up to the same level as Grey did, though for humble beginnings, it’s certainly an intriguing record, one that feels almost enigmatic in the label’s roster. Arguably, nothing particularly noteworthy but perhaps shouldn’t be dismissed.

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CST001: Sofa – Grey

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Constellation Records Archive

Project of working through each release from Constellation Records. (yes, just like Krankin’ My Way Through Kranky by Scott Tennent) Although I haven’t had the years of experience Tennent has had, nor probably the aptitude for such a project, I still feel this would be an interesting thing to undertake. This will be my second time working through each record on this list, as I have already done so under my own volition. Any review will simply be my impression of the album, and what it means to me. Anyone whose reading this and is deciding to do the same (or has done so) is welcome to express their own individual opinions!

Will update this page with links to reviews as well as new additions if and when Constellation Records update their roster. There’s no real plan to this project, as it’ll be updated whenever there’s a good time for it. Hope you enjoy!

 

CST001: SofaNew Era Building – C-
CST002: Sofa – Grey – B-
CST003: Godspeed You Black Emperor! – F#A#∞ [1995-1997]
CST004: Exhaust Exhaust
CST005: Do Make Say Think Do Make Say Think
CST006: Godspeed You Black Emperor! Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
CST007: SackvilleThe Principles of Science
CST008: Fly Pan Am Fly Pan Am
CST009: A Silver Mt. ZionHe Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corners Of Our Rooms
CST010: Do Make Say ThinkGoodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead

CST011: Fly Pan Am – Sédatif En Fréquences Et SillonsI
CST012: Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
CST013: Frankie Sparo – My Red Scare
CST014: 1-Speed Bike Droopy Butt Begone!
CST015: Re:Mnant
CST016: Hangedup Hangedup
CST017: Frankie Sparo Arena Hostile (VPRO Radio Recordings)
CST018: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraBorn Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
CST019: Le Fly Pan Am – Ceux Qui Inventent N’Ont Jamais Vecu (?)
CST020: Do Make Say Think & Yet & Yet

CST021: ExhaustEnregistreur
CST022: HangedupKicker in Tow
CST023: Frankie Sparo Welcome Crummy Mystics
CST024: Godspeed You! Black EmperorYanqui U.X.O. 
CST025: Do Make Say ThinkWinter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
CST026: Polmo PolpoLike Hearts Swelling
CST027: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra “This Is Our Punk Rock” Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing
CST028: Elizabeth Anka Vajagic – Stand With The Stillness Of This Day
CST029: Black Ox OrkestarVer Tantz?
CST030: Thee Silver Mountain ReveriesThe “Pretty Little Lightning Paw’ EP

CST031: Fly Pan AmN’ecoutez Pas
CST032: Re:Alms
CST033: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraHorses in the Sky
CST034: HangedupClatter for Control
CST035: Elizabeth Anka VajagicNostalgia/Pain EP
CST036: HṚṢṬA  Stem Stem In Electro
CST037: Glissandro 70Glissandro 70
CST038: Black Ox OrkestarNisht Azoy
CST039:
CST2Comp: Various ArtistsSong of the Silent Land
CST040: Feu Thérèse – Feu Thérèse

CST041: Carla BozulichEvangelista
CST042: Sandro PerriPlays Polmo Polpo
CST043: Eric ChenauxDull Lights
CST044: Lullabye ArkestraAmpgrave
CST045: Do Make Say ThinkYou, You’re A History In Rust
CST046: Vic ChesnuttNorth Star Deserter
CST047: Sandro Perri Tiny Mirrors
CST048: HṚṢṬA Ghosts Will Come And Kiss Our Eyes
CST049: Feu Thérèse – Ça Va Cogner
CST050: EvangelistaHello, Voyager

CST051: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
CST052: Eric Chenaux Sloppy Ground
CST053: The Dead ScienceThrone Of Blood (The Jump Off)
CST054: The Dead ScienceVillainaire
CST055: TindersticksThe Hungry Saw
CST056: Jem CohenEvening’s Civil Twilight In Empires Of Tin
CST057: CluesClues
CST058: Land Of KushAgainst The Day
CST059: Elfin SaddleRinging for the Begin Again
CST060: Vic ChesnuttAt The Cut

CST061: EvangelistaPrince of Truth
CST062: Do Make Say ThinkDo Make Say Think
CST063: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraKollaps Tradixionales
CST064: CluesEndless Forever
CST065: TindersticksFalling Down A Mountain
CST066: Land Of Kush’s Egyptian Light OrchestraMonogamy
CST067: SiskiyouSiskiyou
CST068: Eric ChenauxWarm Weather With Ryan Driver
CST069: Elfin Saddle Wurld
CST070: Les Momies De Palerme – Brûlez Ce Coeur

CST071: KhoraSilent Your Body Is Endless
CST072: Nick KeupferAvestruz
CST073: Colin StetsonRighteous Wrath 7″
CST074: Pat JordacheRadio Generation/Radar
CST075: Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol.2: Judges
CST076: Pat JordacheFuture Songs
CST077: TindersticksClaire Dennis Film Scores 1996 – 2009
CST078: Efrim Manuel MenuckPlays “High Gospel”
CST079: Matana RobertsCOIN COIN Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres
CST080: EsmerineLa Lechuza

CST081: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
CST082: Evangelista – In Animal Tongue
CST083: Siskiyou – Keep Away The Dead
CST084: Colin Stetson – Those Who Didn’t Run
CST085: Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces
CST086: Tindersticks – The Something Rain
CST087: Elfin Saddle – Devastates
CST088: Eric Chenaux – Guitar & Voice
CST089: Kanada 70 – Vamp Ire
CST090: Pacha – Affiares Étrangères

CST091: Hangedup & Tony Conrad – Transit of Venus
CST092: Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol.3: To See More Light
CST093: Jerusalem In My Heart – Mo7it Al-Mo7it
CST094: Saltland – I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us
CST095: Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother
CST096: Esmerine – Dalmak
CST097: Land of Kush – The Big Mango
CST098: Matana Roberts – COIN COIN Chapter 2: Mississippi Moonchile
CST099: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
CST100:

CST101: Sandro Perri – Spaced Out EP
CST102: Carla Bozulich – Boy
CST103: Ought – More Than Any Other Day
CST104: Hiss Tracts  – Shortwave Nights
CST105: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Hang On To Each Other
CST106: Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche – Zubberdust!
CST107: Last Ex – Last Ex
CST108: Ought – Once More With Feeling…
CST109: Siskiyou – Nervous
CST110: Matana Roberts – COIN COIN Chapter 3: River Run Thee

CST111: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’
CST112: Eric Chenaux – Skullsplitter
CST113: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was
CST114: Jerusalem In My Heart – If He Dies, If If If If If If
CST115: Ought – Sun Coming Down
CST116: Esmerine – Lost Voices
CST117: Off World – 1
CST118: Automatisme – Momentform Accumilations
CST119: Jason Sharp – A Boat Upon Its Blood
CST120: Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions

CST121: Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche – Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much
CST122: Those Who Walk Away – The Infected Mass
CST123: Saltland– A Common Truth
CST124: Jessica Moss – Pools Of Light
CST125: Joni Void – Selfless

 

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