Paper Bag Records is very excited to announce the addition of Montreal’s Moonface, Tim Hecker and The Luyas to their label roster in Canada. All artists are currently working on new material. The Luyas are scheduled to release their second studio album later this year and Tim Hecker and Moonface will unleash their label debuts early in 2013. Paper Bag Records is also making exciting plans to celebrate their 10th anniversary later this year. Stay tuned for more details.
Let us introduce you to the new family members…
Tim Hecker, a Canadian-based composer and sound artist, has spent the last decade inhabiting a unique intersection between noise, dissonance, and melody. In his varied and celebrated works, digital and organic sources tightly intertwine. The result is a hybrid aesthetic that recalls electronic abstraction and psychedelic American minimalism. Hecker purposefully obfuscates the clear tonal distinctions of traditional instrumentation, preferring to cultivate enigmatic, uneasy soundscapes. His most recent record, the Juno Award winning, Ravedeath, 1972, was awarded the Best New Music title by Pitchfork.com, and was included on the long list for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
Hailing from Montreal, The Luyas are Pietro Amato, Mathieu Charbonneau, Bucky Wheaton, Sarah Neufeld and Jessie Stein. It is easy to get lost in the Luyas’ musical world. Their retro-futurist songs are drenched in echo, and built from guitars, French horn, piles of keyboards, drums and percussion. Singer/guitarist Jessie Stein expands the band’s already wide musical vocabulary when she plays the Moodswinger — a 12-string electric zither designed by the Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman. The band’s brilliant debut album, Too Beautiful To Work was embraced by critics and was also included on the long list for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
Moonface is singer, songwriter, keyboardist, Spencer Krug, known previously by his former bands Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes and Swan Lake. It was a mere two songs that Krug wrote and recorded alone in his Montreal home which was resurrected in his love for home-recording. The following two albums were made in the same way, written and recorded alone, in Montreal, when he wasn’t busy with other projects. Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums IB was released in 2010, and Organ Music, Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped released last year. Moonface recorded his third album With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery in Finland. The album was released this past April.