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Pharmakon MTL - Pre Release Special

Nov. 27th, 2010

Ian Ferrier,Bongo Beat

To Call Out In The Night

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Bongo Beat Records is very proud to introduce the debut recording of Pharmakon MTL, an international collective of Montreal based poets, visual artists, and musicians. The foundation of the Bongo Beat label has always been about the poetic and the written word expanding the medium through musical adventure and Pharmakon MTL redefines everything you thought you knew into something extraordinarily prescient - a meditative elegy for an accompanying journey into night's warm embrace.
Pharmakon MTL
To Call Out in the Night

The poets and musicians of Pharmakon MTL launch their first CD, To Call Out in the Night (BongoBeat Records).

Almost 5 years in the making, this music is like nothing you've heard. Whispered words, haunting female vocals, first meditative, then driving guitar and percussion; each piece is composed live in real time, then blended for a landing on compact disc.   

With influences from spoken word, post rock and trance, Pharmakon MTL is a voice music improv project. It’s music that takes you on a journey, and its closest analogue might be magic mushrooms or mescal buttons—substances humans use for exploration and cathartic release.

The ingredients used are endlessly melodic arpeggios by electric guitarist Kris Mah, percussion and kinetic tension by long-time collaborator and drummer Doug Stein; whispered and spoken narrative and verse vocals by poet/musician Ian Ferrier; sung improv vocals by Metis poet and singer Moe Clark— Add bass, soundscape and mix by Jon Stein and the vocals of Valerie Khayat and you have the collective..

Each of these is thrown into the mix, and the result is a free exploration of a musical landscape bound to an intensely cinematic whispered and spoken voice. The percussion and guitar define the range and speed of the exploration, and give us the landscape and the feel. The voice says what will happen and is happening, and sung vocals tell us in detail how human it is to react and to feel.

cinematic kinetic melodic percussive evocative

The CD also premieres an absorbing video directed by renowned media artist pk langshaw. langshaw's projects are multimedia excursions into form and movement.

Complete info, lyrics, pictures, videos, and notes on the individual tracks are available here:

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