Badge Époque Ensemble
Air, Light & Harmony
Air, Light & Harmony completes a trilogy of triptych-titled works, following 2019’s Nature, Man & Woman, and 2021’s Future, Past & Present. All three of these releases feature compositions which resample loops and stems from prior albums. Air, Light & Harmony takes this gambit further with in-house recycling of snippets from dusty LP copies of their own work featured throughout to create warped and ambiguous moodscapes.
Welcome To Hell
What does hell look like? The introduction of Toy Machine skateboard's seminal 1996 video Welcome To Hell, with its pulsing overlay of the Stars and Stripes on top footage of police officers, businessmen, and fast food service workers, would appear to paint hell as the mirage of American exceptionalism.
Reflecting on this relationship and the Toy Machine classic would ultimately lead Shabason to wonder: what does hell sound like? The answer was a concept album that would push him to try something new: rescoring Welcome To Hell.
With Cruisin’, Toronto’s Bernice distils their playful sense of composition resulting in the most affecting collection of their young career.
Across fifteen tracks, a special kind of contemporary, jazz-inflected pop unfolds, miraculous for being both fun and musically adventurous, all in the name of emotional resonance.