Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion) takes a quantum leap of faith with new album Entanglement on Constellation, shares single and tour dates

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We attribute a lot to Ben Franklin. One thing that doesn’t get enough play was his ability to kill with music. Or so once thought. In the roaring late 1700s, Franklin attended a water-tuned wine glass performance and it got him randy enough to invent the glass armonica: a set of rotating glass bowls fixed to a rod. Wildly popular for a time (Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss composed for it), many medicos soon became skeptical of the instrument, thinking that it overstimulated the brain, causing dizziness, hallucinations, palsies, a multitude of “nervous problems,” and (potentially) death.

Luckily, Montréal-based violinist, electronicist, and consummate collaborator Jessica Moss (member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion, guest on albums by Vic Chesnutt, Carla Bozulich, and others) is making music in 2018; because back then, she would have left many a grieving widow or widower with a large supply of ruffled shirts and false-rumps to take to ye olde locale Goodwill shoppe. Now, death is not imminent from too much Moss — but celestial aural enjoyment is. Moss’ next multi-layered masterpiece is entitled Entanglement and it’s out on October 26 on Constellation.

This is Moss’s sophomore album and is very much anticipated after her beautiful, armonica-free debut Pools Of Light. For Entanglement, Moss turned to quantum theory and systems of entangled particles and fractals for inspiration and to find truths in “creating energetic connections through esoteric processes.” Heady stuff, but it’s another challenging warm-tone listen from an enchanting composer who never disappoints.

Entanglement is ready to pre-order on CD, DL, and 180g LP (w/poster) here.
Stream a fraction of the first single, “Particles,” down below and check out Moss’s upcoming tour dates galore in North America, UK, and Europe. Get all caught up, but don’t go nuts.

Entanglement tracklist:

01. Particles
02. Fractals (Truth 1)
03. Fractals (Truth 2)
04. Fractals (Truth 3)
05. Fractals (Truth 4)

A rolling Moss gathers no stone:

09.28.18 – Lasalle, QC – Centre Communautaire Henri-Lemieux
09.29.18 – Peterborough, ON – Sadleir House
10.05.18 – Montréal, QC – Centre PHI
10.26.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Park Church Co-op
11.03.18 – Budapest, Hungary – Trafo
11.04.18 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Kulturák klub
11.11.18 – Avellino, Italy – Godot
11.13.18 – Dublin, Ireland – The Workman’s Club
11.15.18 – Brighton, UK – The Rose Hill
11.16.18 – London, UK – Sebright Arms
11.18.18 – Hull, UK – The Adelphi Club
11.19.18 – Glasgow, UK – Bloc
11.21.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA
11.22.18 – Ravenna, Italy – Transmission Festival
11.23.18 – Ravenna, Italy – Transmission Festival
11.24.18 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Explore the North Festival
11.25.18 – Tincques, France – L’aureole Béthencourt
11.27.18 – Metz, France – 7(7) café
11.28.18 – Bruxelles, Belgium – Café Central
11.29.18 – Paris, France – Espace B
11.30.18 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Opera Concert Club
12.01.18 – Moscow, Russia – Pluton
12.04.18 – Braga, Portugal – Gnration
12.10.18 – Ottawa, ON – General Assembly
12.11.18 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood
12.12.18 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
12.13.18 – Rock Island, IL – Rozz-Tox
12.14.18 – Toronto, ON – The Burdock

Jerusalem In My Heart share “Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab” single from forthcoming album Daqa’iq Tudaiq, announce fall shows

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Artists tend to know a lot about themselves and continue their self-learning with each new song or piece they create. I’m sure Montréal-Beirut producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Matana Roberts, Suuns) recognizes his many creative lanes, but he seems to make his most interesting art when he swerves into the serendipities and shared sensibilities that come from working with other artists — in particular, his partner in Jerusalem In My Heart, the filmmaker and visual artist Charles-André Coderre. Jerusalem In My Heart is a modern Arabic audio-visual project involving two collaborators in different disciplines, but the results are singularly unique and sublime.

It’s no secret that the music that trickles out of Montréal’s Mile End neighborhood through the legendary Constellation Records is loved by millions, and its latest is as impressive as the other 136 in its catalog. Daqa’iq Tudaiq is the third album by JIMH (after the acclaimed Mo7it Al-Mo7it and If He Dies, If If If If If If ) and it comes out October 5 on CD, digital, and 180-gram LP (pre-order here).

An album with two distinct sides (Side A is a four-part suite of ensemble songs reinterpreting “Ya Garat Al Wadi” by prominent 20th century Egyptian composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab; Side B is “solo” new music incorporating voice, buzuk, and electronics by Moumneh), Daqa’iq Tudaiq is Jerusalem In My Heart at its most liquid and pure, as evidenced on Side B’s quiet rush of contemplation “Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab”. The single and video (directed by Coderre) can be seen below, right before the album artwork and full tracklist. Upcoming tour dates in Canada and Europe are listed below as well.

Daqa’iq Tudaiq tracklisting:

01. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 1)
02. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 2)
03. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 3)
04. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 4)
05. Bein Ithnein
06. Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab
07. Layali Al-Rast
08. Kol El ‘Aalam O’youn

JIMH live:

10.03.18 – Toronto, ON – The Burdock
10.04.18 – Ottawa, ON – General Assembly
10.05.18 – Montréal, QC – Phi Centre #
10.19.18 – Durbe, Latvia – Zemlika Festival
11.08.18 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Le Guess Who
11.14.18 – Paris, France – Le Petit Bain
11.15.18 – London, UK – Café Oto
11.21.18 – Torino, Italy – Cinema Massimo
11.23.18 – Verona, Italy – Arci Kroen
11.24.18 – Ravenna, Italy – Transmissions Festival

# record launch show w/Jessica Moss

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce positively ghoulish European tour in October (that’s when Halloween is)

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Hmm, wait a minute…isn’t it a little weird for a band so preoccupied with dystopia to be appearing in public this often? I don’t know about you, but I like the world that I live in to be free of barely-contradictions, and in addition to eating popcorn being acceptable only when a movie of 90 minutes or longer is playing, it’s also preferable to me that all traffickers in dark or apocalyptic theory never EVER exude anything that could even be remotely considered “social” behavior (exceptions can be made if the people in-question disappear from society for an extended period of time; or if, every time they do appear in public, it’s as mysterious, amorphous figures dressed in black, a la the Nazgûl from Lord of the Rings).

THANKFULLY, Montreal’s favorite doom cult Godspeed You! Black Emperor have more or less achieved those aforementioned requirements, chiefly by going on a roughly 10-year hiatus beginning in 2002. And I don’t know if their early shows had quite the same aesthetic, but the one that I caught on their reunion tour was definitely one of the literally-darkest that I’ve ever attended. Luckily no hobbits were stabbed. (Sauron’s still a dick, though.)

Anyway! The band’s latest — and possibly SPOOKIEST — appearance in the physical realm is set to take place this October in the land where all that shadowy, gothic, Lord of the Rings-type shit was invented: Europe. While you’re waiting for the seance to begin, check out TMT’s review of Godspeed’s most recent album, and peep the full listing of those tour dates — including a sure-to-be-terrifying Halloween show in London — down below:

Godspeed You!ropean tour 2017:

10.13.17 – Rome, Italy – Romaeuropa Festival
10.14.17 – Rome, Italy – Romaeuropa Festival
10.15.17 – Fribourg, Switzerland – Frison
10.16.17 – Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
10.17.17 – Bordeaux, France – Krakatoa
10.18.17 – Rennes, France – Théâtre National de Bretagne
10.19.17 – Rouen, France – Le 106
10.20.17 – Lyon, France – Le Tobogan
10.21.17 – Strassbourg, France – La Laiterie
10.22.17 – Lille, France – La Condition publique
10.23.17 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
10.27.17 – Glasgow, UK – ABC
10.30.17 -Bristol, UK – Motion
10.31.17 – London, UK – Troxy
11.01.17 – Brussels, Belgium – Venue TBC
11.02.17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11.03.17 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.05.17 – Hannover, Germany – Indiego
11.07.17 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre