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After our participation in the music industry #TheShowMustBePaused initiative on June 2, we are committing ourselves to serious change going forward.

Outside of ongoing listening, protesting, educating ourselves, and sharing resources, we will be:

– Donating all $$ (both label and artist shares) from Bandcamp Days on June 5th and June 19th to various Black and anti-racist organizations.

– Making monthly donations to similar organizations at home in order to help build our communities.

– Pulling all ads with Facebook & Instagram, instead spending these budgets on smaller, progressive outlets.

– Improving diversity and focusing on inclusivity within our roster, with events we are involved in, and on our team.

We welcome any other suggestions on how we can use our platforms and resources to help so please stay in touch.

Neigh,

Team Forward / Backward

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“a beautiful, moody atmosphere” – Culture Collide
“a lush, idiosyncratic backdrop for stories of longing, heartbreak and forgiveness.” – CBC Music

 On her fourth release Gianna Lauren is at her art-rockiest, but that also may be in part thanks to the artists she was listening to as she weaved through the fog of Nova Scotia’s south shore to produce this EP: Some of indie-rock’s boldest voices and most insightful perspectives, like the heart-rending Mitski, the dramatics of Weyes Blood, the intimacy of Big Thief.

From the first crunchy chord, you are immersed into Gianna Lauren’s world of mellow guitar riffs and angelic vocal tones.” – Xune Mag

– Listen to Spark // Pre-Order Vanity Metrics EP  –

Spark, the lead single from the upcoming EP, was conceived in a late night studio writing session during the recording, centering around Lauren’s lyrics on social justice and struggling with feelings of helplessness about making real change. The band performance gradually intensifies throughout the song, amplifying the subject matter, but the choruses introduce an offer of hope and reconciliation when singing “before I die, I will tell you, I love you”

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“as soothing as ASMR” – The Coast
“undiluted gorgeousness” – PopMatters
“stylistic and visionary” (8/10) – Exclaim!

 Dance Music vol.II: More Songs for Slow Motion, Joshua Van Tassel‘s sixth LP, is held together by a string quartet, electronics to create beautiful sounds in a time replete with ugliness, and the Ondea – a contemporary re-creation of the famed french synthesizer the Ondes Martenot.

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“meditative…like sand reshaped by wind” – Aquarium Drunkard
“elegant and expressive” – Headphone Commute
The Ondes Martenot (OHND mar-tə-NOH) is an elegantly intricate hand-built machine that lives with the theremin as one of the world’s earliest electronic instruments (c.1928). Its inventor, the cellist Maurice Martenot, was a radio operator in WWI and wanted to duplicate the accidental overlaps of tones between radio oscillators, but with the expressiveness and emotion of cello. The Ondes is a rare collectible now, but there is an option in the Ondea. Itself an exclusive membership, they’re Ondes modernized by Calgary’s David Kean. 

– Read Jennifer Kelly’s interview with JVT for PopMatters –

Van Tassel, no stranger to concepts and themes, made the first Dance Music, 2014’s Songs For Slow Motion, as a gift for his dancer wife to play in her sessions as a craniosacral therapist. Between that volume and this one, he’s busied himself with his regular gigs: Playing with Donovan WoodsAmelia Curran, and Rose Cousins; producing albums for Sarah SleanMegan Bonnell; and composing music for Laurie Brown’s podcast Pondercast.“I love making this kind of music and I do a lot of it for Pondercast. But I’m careful—I don’t want to be pegged as ambient man,” he says. “I don’t think of Dance Music as ambient music. It’s composed music, it’s written to have a certain vibe. It’s not just presets in a keyboard.”That vibe of meticulously composed intention extends to the entire package. Van Tassel again teamed up with the Halifax artist Geordan Moore – who illustrated 2018’s Crossworlds, about an old woman defending her small island from a giant sea creature – who has printed the album’s cover on seed paper.“You’re going to be able to plant the prints and they’ll grow into wildflowers,” says Van Tassel. “You can put the record on, and literally watch a plant grow.”

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