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CIRCA 1983: Chile

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A few images from my travels through Chile this past December. Featured here are locations in the Atacama Desert, including Valle de la Luna, Salar de Atacama and Mano del Desierto. There are also two images from Santiago, which happen to be the final shots I captured with my D600 before having it taken from me at knifepoint a couple days later in Valparaiso. Fortunately, I had a back-up camera and was able to capture the trip north into the Atacama.

For more photos of my travels through Chile, you can visit my new portfolio (filtered for Chile): http://circa1983.ca/Chile

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Gacha + Body Boys + Streaming + Neo Image

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Lately i’ve been making Heathered Pearls material and just been trying to stay away from any influences but I keep diving into this ambient vocal dub. A lot of the material I go back to is always pretty lo-fi and almost New Age, seems like comfortable route to follow and explore. Here’s 4 tracks I found yesterday that grabbed my ear to help you get a better sense, some even have free downloads!

ISO50 Classics: Casino Versus Japan

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If you had to give me one musician to listen to for the rest of my life i’d probably settle on Casino Versus Japan even to this day. Here is part 2 of ISO50 Classic albums, the defining collection of what shaped the beginnings this blog. Glad to see you enjoyed the Yagya even if it was a repeat listen.

ISO50 Classics: Yagya “Rigning”

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Since the blog has been around since 2007 and its not always focused on new music I want to start a ISO50 Classics series where I share some of the albums that I think represent the blog perfectly. First, is YagyaRigning“, if you’re not familiar then you’re lucky to enjoy that first experience with it. Its like Gas but floating slightly higher off the surface. If you have listened to this album, share some favorites or stories, for me I would fall asleep to this album in an amber lit room and wake up half way through and just couldn’t imagine not owning it and relying on it.

ISO50 Presents HTRK Album Stream

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Pronounced Hate-Rock, this duo is like a shoegaze version of Sade, in love with this LP.

Psychic 9-5 Club marks the beginning of a new chapter for HTRK. It’s an album that looks back on a time of sadness and struggle, and within that struggle they find hope and humour and love. It’s Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang’s first album recorded entirely as a duo—former band member Sean Stewart died halfway through the recording of their last LP, 2011′sWork (Work Work).

Though the record is instantly recognisable as HTRK—Standish’s vocal delivery remains central to the band’s sound, while the productions are typically lean and dubby—they’ve found ample room for exploration within this framework. Gone are the reverb-soaked guitar explorations of 2009′s Marry Me Tonight and the fuzzy growls that ran through Work (Work Work). They’ve been replaced with something tender, velvety and polished. This is HTRK, but the flesh has been stripped from their sound, throwing the focus on naked arrangements and minimalist sound design.

The album was recorded at Blazer Sound Studios in New Mexico with Excepter’s Nathan Corbin, who had previously directed the video clip for Work (Work Work) cut “Bendin.” Inviting a third party into their world was no easy decision, but in Corbin they found a kindred spirit. The LP was then refined and reworked in Australia at the turn of 2013, before the finishing touches were applied in New York during the summer.

Of all the themes that run through Psychic 9-5 Club, love is the most central. The word is laced throughout the album in lyrics and titles—love as a distraction, loving yourself, loving others. Standish’s lyrics explore the complexities of sexuality and the body’s reaction to personal loss, though there’s room for wry humour—a constant through much of the best experimental Australian music of the past few decades.

Standish explores her vocal range fully—her husky spoken-word drawl remains, but we also hear her laugh and sing. Equally, Yang’s exploratory production techniques—particularly his well-documented love of dub—are given room to shine. They dip headlong into some of the things that make humans tick—love, loss and desire—with the kind of integrity that has marked the band out from day one. Psychic 9-5 Club is truly an album for the body and for the soul.

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CFCF + Watson + Beat Broker + Leimer

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Adult Contemporary as a sound is here to stay, its become more flexible than ever and has sneaked into every genre imaginable. The most in-touch musicians weave in and out of naturally through their careers and some never leave. I picked 4 tracks for todays playlist that wear that fusion of sound on their sleeve proudly.

ISO50 presents: Lobster Theremin

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Trying to do a few label focused playlists lately.

London based Lobster Theremin only has 4 vinyl releases under their belt with a 5th one on the way. We were fortunate enough to be offered the exclusive stream of the new Palms Trax. If you’re looking for more of what Trilogy Tapes and Opal Tapes offers than sift around Lobster’s soundcloud.

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