As previously reported, we’ll be unleashing Musique Fragile Volume 02 on June 26, and we’ve been unveiling more details and audio samples on the three albums included in the set during each of the past few weeks. This time it’s Transit of Venus, the staggering results of a collaboration between experimental drone pioneer Tony Conrad and Montreal’s steam-train chamber-punk legends, Hangedup.
See below for the info, including links to download album-track “Principles” as an MP3, or stream the towering “Gentil the Unlucky Astronomer,” via our friends at Ad-Hoc. The full run-down on the album, including pre-order links, can be found on our release page.
STREAM: “Gentil the Unlucky Astronomer” (via Ad-Hoc)
Tony Conrad needs no introduction, having made crucial contributions to avant-garde experimental film and sound since the 1960s. Hangedup – the Montréal duo of Eric Craven and Gen Heistek – released three searing albums of steam-engine percussion and layered, distorted, dive-bombing viola on Constellation in the early 2000s.
( photos: Scott McMillan/Bettina Herzner )
Conrad and Hangedup first met in 2003 at the k-raa-k festival in Belgium, which led to a series of shared concerts and collaborations in 2004 and a pile of live-in-the-studio recordings captured while the trio were working up various pieces and improvisations. These tapes rock. Having gone unreleased at the time, Craven together with Harris Newman at Greymarket Mastering recently plunged back into the archives and started shaping an album from the various 2-track and live-mixed multi-track source material.
Transit Of Venus documents this fertile collaboration and includes some enormous slabs of drone rock alongside more decomposed pieces and gorgeously gritty string duos.
The album will be available as of June 26 on digital formats, and on heavyweight vinyl as part of the Musique Fragile Volume 02 box set, which also features albums from Kanada 70 and Pacha. Check the Musique Fragile release page for more info, including pre-order links, and stay tuned for info on those albums in the coming weeks. If you haven’t yet, check below to hear the mixtape we put together for the set, featuring music from all three artists: