Sled Island and Alberta Music present Selci, Body Lens, Future Womb and Matthew Cardinal
Encasing you in layers of ambient beats and jazz-infused electronica, Selci is a journey that takes you to the ethers and back again. Hailing from Winnipeg, the now-Calgarian is incubating her potent vision in the local underground electronic scene. She weaves vibey synth and layered harmonies in with her classical background to create a form of free-standing art pop that is truly effervescent.
This Lethbridge five-piece play hooky and kooky, 21st-century post-punk. Centred around melodic call-and-response guitar work, an economical rhythm section and dispassionate, low-register vocals, Body Lens casts a very distinct shadow that begs to be seen and heard.
Led by singer-songwriter/dancer/actor Mikaela Cochrane, Future Womb’s sound is vulnerable, but mighty. Cochrane’s ethereal voice is accompanied by her own synth-heavy arrangements, with a full band to fill out her moody sound. With a new album full of songs detailing stories of trauma and recovery, Future Womb captivate through their (relatively) quiet intensity.
Matthew Cardinal might be known to you as a member of nêhiyawak, but that will do little to prepare you for the avant-garde improvisational work he does under his own name. This is meditative music caught on the interplay of freeform guitar and synth.