Sackville released two albums on Montreal label Mag Wheel through the mid-90s, and then brought these five songs to Constellation as the group was winding down. Sackville made wonderfully damaged roots music, charting a path through country and pop traditions while distilling a wider range of folk, rock and avant influences. The Principles of Science is their most cohesive, accomplished and modern work, driven by Gabe Levine’s vocals and finger-picked acoustic guitar. Violin by band co-founder Genevieve Heistek (Pest 5000) is rich in drones and understated melodic accents. Bassist Harris Newman (Howard North) and guitarist/pianist Ian Ilavsky (Sofa) add to certain tracks, and drummer Pat Conan (Tinker) joins the band on two songs, highlighted by his sparse, expressive playing on “Four-Alarm Fire”. A guest vocal appearance by Jessica Moss on “If His Shadow Moves on the Water” rounds out the cast of Montreal musicians involved in these sessions, which took place at Mom and Pop Sounds and at the Constellation Room in 1998. Our first 10" slab of vinyl.
10" comes in a thick paperboard jacket with credit insert.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve.
Pat Conan: drums
Genevieve Heistek: violin, vocals
Ian Ilavsky: piano, organ, guitar
Gabe Levine: vocals, lyrics, guitar
Harris Newman: bass
Jessica Moss: voice on Track 2
Recorded and mixed by Howard Bilerman at Mom and Pop Sounds in Montreal, winter 1998.
Piano and acoustic guitar recorded at the Constellation Room.
Mastered by Harris Newman.