Published Apr 09, 2014We've been avidly following Wist Rec.'s ongoing Book Report Series — in which artists create soundtracks to classic novellas — and now the Irish-Canadian imprint has launched a new project called Wist Ed. with a slightly more open-ended format.
These releases will be focused on songs, rather than the textural soundscapes of the label's usual output. A announcement explains that, for each instalment, "an artist or group is invited to create a set of songs based on or inspired by aspects of a life or work that is meaningful to them."
In other words, the music will pay tribute to a person of a piece of art, but there doesn't seem to be any restriction beyond that.
The music will be accompanied by watercolours by Wist Rec.'s go-to graphic designer and Berlin-based visual artist Manfred Naescher that will further illuminate the subject of the songs.
The first release in the series is Songs for Marie Bashkirtseff by Fan (which is Naescher's musical alias). The music pays tribute the Ukrainian-Russian diarist and artist, who lived from 1858 to 1884 before dying of tuberculosis. Below, listen to fragments of the four songs, which combine orchestral grandeur with shoegaze grit.
Songs for Marie Bashkirtseff is available to purchase as 5-inch CD-R right here.
Excitingly, future instalments in the series will come from doom duo Nadja (featuring Aidan Baker), Vancouver songwriter Nicholas Krgovich (of No Kids and P:ano), and experimental folkies the Moons of Mulagi.