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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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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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