Published Jul 31, 2009One of the most atypical releases on Montreal's Constellation Records was the urban dance floor guerilla manifesto by Glissandro 70, composed of Sandro Perri and Craig Dunsmuir. Perri has since recorded the outstanding solo effort Tiny Mirrors and furthered his Polmo Polpo guise, while Dunsmuir has seemingly kept a lower profile.
Don't believe it. Dunsmuir is well known to Toronto musicians as one of the clerks at ace record store Soundscapes, as a "cough syrup electro" DJ, and as the custodian of Kanada 70. He's now made the entire output of Kanada 70's past two years available for download.
The project ranges from minimal dub sketches, to titanic blocks of noise to almost straight-up Afropop complete with Dunsmuir's warbly vocals. Those interlocking, slowly modulating guitars that so characterized the Glissandro 70 project are occasionally in evidence, but more often, the music is informed by the lugubrious drum machine stagger that so characterizes Dunsmuir's live DJ sets. Add to that the inevitable blizzard of processing that typifies so much home studio recordings, and you've got yourself a soundtrack to late summer nights when insects hiss along in harmony.
Click here to access Kanada 70s ten EP downloads.