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[Review: Nite Lite, ‘Megrez’]

Buffal0-based label Desire Path Recordings‘s latest release Megrez, by Portland-based duo Nite Lite, is a fitting addition to the label’s young, but steadily growing and always stellar catalog. The vinyl-only release (limited to 300 copies) shares many qualities with previous releases by the label, i.e. inventive use of field recordings, re-configurations of spacial reality through sound, and subconsciousness ruminations explored via collage. Thus, Megrez serves to further elucidate what seems to be Desire Path’s emerging ethos.

Listeners will recognize many of the sounds that were collected via field recording for this record. None of them are unique or uncanny, instead they are all echoes of what is ignored or hardly noticed everyday by everyone. Similarly to Mira Calix’s utilization of natural organic sounds to weave weird rhythmic tapestries, Phillip and Myste French of Nite Lite (who were formerly the masterminds behind the now defunct, but still revered Stunned Records) use those same type of sounds to remarkable effect but in a subtler, quieter way more in the vein of Australian duo Solo Andata (also on the Desire Path roster).

The sounds here, for the most part, are naked or– in audio production terminology—dry, meaning very little manipulation is applied. Now it very well may be that there has been substantial treatment and/or processing of these sounds, but, you see, it doesn’t sound that way to the listener, which is it what makes it impressive. Instead of obliterating their pristine field recordings with tidal waves of delay, or avalanches of artificial reverb, or mountains of mangled modulation, Nite Lite–in John Cage’s immortal words—“let sounds be themselves.” The duo’s creative contribution comes in the skillful arraignment of the sounds into eerie soudscapes of the subconscious. Ducks, footsteps, overpasses, human voices, clicking, clapping, clucking, and more all blend and fold into one another until an orchestra of mostly mundane worldly sounds is made into a magnificent audio mosaic.

Is there something that the duo is implying by presenting this seemingly random juxtaposition of organic clatter? Perhaps, like the universe we inhabit, what may on the surface appear as random clatter is in fact ordained by skillful unseen hands revealed only in brief moments that can easily be missed. This is just one of many interpretations that Megrez will perhaps suggests to its attentive listeners.

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Review by Taylor Waite

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[Archive: 1.16.13]

The Upstate Soundscape, 1.16.13

1) God Speed You Black Emperor, “Their Helicopters Sing,” Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
2) Nite Lite, “Participation Mystique,” Megrez (Desire Path Recordings)
3) Alog, “Spanish Record No. 9,” Unemployed
4) Jealousy Mountain Duo, “Latino Heaven,” No. 2 (Blunoise Records)
5) Off the International Radar, “Sans Ohmm,” OTIR 003
6)  Mountains, “Liana,” Centralia (Thrill Jockey)
7) Creation VI, “Mu-ar,” Pantheophania (cae-sur-a)
8) Damian Valles, “Old Quarters,” The Upstate Soundscape Vol. I: Winter 2013
9) VWLS, “Witch in the Carpet,” Broadcast in the Moss (Bad Drone Media)
10) Cages, “First Seed”
11) Parashi, “Undulate,” Parashi/Chapels Split (House of Alchemy)
12) Trance, “Monk On Fire,” Guitar Noise EP (Charnel House Productions)
13) Zelienople, “Out of It,” The World is a House on Fire (Under the Spire)
14) Quintron, “Train Ride,” Sucre de Savage (Goner Records)
15)  Brandon Terzic and Ravi Padmanabha, “Hamza al Hendrix” Western Skies, Eastern Dreams
16) Golden Rain, “Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant” Explorer Series: Balinese Gamelan Music (Nonesuch)


[Archive: 12.5.12]

The Upstate Soundscape, 12.5.12

1) Scott Walker, “Tar,” Bish Bosch (4AD)
2) Mercury Rev, “BLue and Black,” Yerself is Steam (Mint/Jungle) 1991
3) Tony Conrad and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, “Demilitariuzed Ozone,” Taking Issue (Dais)
4) Michael Pisaro, “New Orleans,” Tombstones (HEM)
5) Alfred Brown, “The Seagull: An Overture,” The Seagull: A Song Cycle (Abandoned Buildings)
6) Robert Phillips, “Shindo No Su,” Performed by  Talea Ensemble
7) Mike Parker, “Forward – The 5am Mix” Pulse Trader EP (Prologue)
7) Ay Fast, “For Shemmmm,” Nice Arps (Schematic)
8) James Ferraro, “SO N2U,” Sushi (Hippos in Tanks)
9) Believer/Law, “The Task at Hand,” Fox Hole Prayers/The Task at Hand (cae-sur-a)
10) Lee Gamble, “M25 Echo,” Diversions 1994-1996 (Pan)
11) Cinnamon Aluminum, “Forest of Leisure,” We Ate the Wrong Crab Spirit (Level 4 Activated)
12) Slowpitch, “Subtle Multipurpose,” The Upstate Soundscape Sampler, Vol. I (Wampizdat)
13) DeTrop, “Four Stages Apostasy,” Man, Woman & Beast (House of Alchemy)
14) Nite Lite, “Fire Walkers,” Megrez (Desire Path Recordings)
15) Tired Wires, “The Luthier”
16) Paper Armies, “Together”

 


[Archive 11.21.12: ft. guest host Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

 

1) Kane Ikin, “In the Shadow of the Vanishing Night” Sublunar (12k) 15
2) Loud & Sad, “Track 5” Unknown Species (GreenUp Industries)
3) Akira Rabelais, “Gymnopedie 3” Eisotrophobia (Returnal)
4) Charlemagne Palestine, “Part 2,” Four Manifestations on Six Elements (Sonabend Gallery)
5) Ben Bennett, “I’ll Call You When I Get Creamed by a Motorist,” Spoilage (Experimedia)
6)) Andrea Belfi, “D,” Wedge (Room 40)
7) Prayer, “Night Vigil,” Sequence 5 (Future Sequence)
8) Nite Lite, “Mythopoeic Imagination,” Megretz (Desire Path Recordings)
9) Grasshopper, “Side A,” The Day America Forgot (SicSic Tapes)
10) Jon Mueller, “Impatience,” Death Blues (Home Tapes)
11) Nathan McLaughlin, “Unknown,” The Refrigerator is Emotional (Senufo)
12) High Aura’d, “Sleep Like the Dead,” Sanguine Futures (Bathetic)
13) Rust Worship, “Side A,” Terrestrial Society (House of Alchemy)
14) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “In Praise of Tears,” In Miserum Stercus (Komino)
15) Virginia Astley, “From Gardens Where We Feel Secure,” From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (Rough Trade)
16) Leafcutter John, “A Slowly Growing Beautiful,” Tunis (Tsukoboshi)
18) Alfred Brown, “Drawn To a Withered Hand,” Music for Moving in Slow Motion (Asthmatic Kitty)

[Preview: Guest Host Michael Vitrano of Desire Path Recordings]

Tonight’s show will feature guest host Michael Vitrano, head of Buffalo-based label Desire Path Recordings.

Vitrano will take over the programming tonigh so can’t tell you as of now what we’ll be in store for, but I’m willing to bet you’ll hear a preview of his label’s upcoming release, Megrez by Nite Lite, plus some other stuff from the label’s excellent back catalog.

Show starts at 8pm on 91.3FM WBNY. Stream at WBNY.org.


[Preview 11.7.12: Alfred Brown, Megrez, Cave and more]

Nite Lite – Megrez (Desire Path Recordings)

Lots of new stuff to get to tonight on The Upstate Soundscape, including a song from the upcoming album The Seagull – A Song Cycle by Buffalo artists Alfred Brown and a track from Nite Lite’s Megrez, which is due out soon on Buffalo label Desire Path Recordings.

New stuff as well from Buffalo’s Ay Fast, the cae-sur-a label out of Rochester, and a collaboration between Ithaca sax player Keir Neuringer and Toronto vocalist Paul Dutton.

We’ll also preview a couple of interesting shows going on in the region, including Rochester-born Lydia Lunch in Hamilton, nu-kraut band Cave in Buffalo, and Steven Severin’s live film score to Blood of the Poet  scheduled for this Sunday at the Market Arcade.

Show starts at 8pm. Tune in to 91.3FM WBNY or stream at WBNY.org


[Archive 11.23.11: Desire Path Recordings Special]

1) Bob Ohrum, “The Mess (You Left),” All Around Me (Relaxed Machinery)

2) SIGHUP, “City Passage,” City Passage (Feedback Loop)

3) Jacob Gotlib, “Slow Splintering”

4) Charlemagne Palestine and Janek Schaeffer, “Side 1,” Day of the Demons (Desire Path Recordings)

5) Benoît Pioulard, ” Autochoral,” Benoît Pioulard Plays Themla  (Desire Path Recordings)

6) Kyle Bobby Dunn, “Statuit,” Ways of Meaning (Desire Path Recordings)

7) Solo Andata, “Aggregate,” Ritual (Desire Path Recordings)

8) High Aura’d, Side B,” Mooncusser  (Ydlmier)

9) Cory Allen, “Shutter Echo,” Still (Quiet Design)

10) Nite Lite “Corvid,” Marlene (Stunned)

11) Shiflet, “(Sufferers),” Sufferers (Type)