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Wounded Knee

Shimmering New Vistas

(Benbecula; US: Available as import; UK: 9 Mar 2009)

Edinburgh’s Drew Wright is walking a righteous path. I bought one of the fuzzy cuddly’s first self-released cassettes back in ‘04, a minimal yet lengthy affair falling in the dronecore genre. Now, some five years and eight limited CDr releases later, he has finally stepped from self-bootleg to a fully fledged debut LP on Scotland’s finest underground label Benbecula. Wounded Knee has also gone from dreary analog noise to a mesmerizing lo-fi mix of vocal loop manipulation and field recordings that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


Shimmering New Vistas is guaranteed to put you in a smiling, tribal trance. You’ll be amazed how far these sounds will take you if you relax your expectations and let your mind float down stream. It’s like Bobby McFerrin if he was Scottish, realistic, cool, raised on electronic music that never truly satisfied him. You might not remember the Alamo, but you will remember Wounded Knee’s proper debut record.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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