Chik White (Darcy Spidle of rural Nova Scotia) uses a jaw harp, and Xuan Ye (Toronto) uses voice, percussion and field recordings, in this series of rich, peculiar, startling and altogether satisfying recordings that investigate a variety of approaches to their instruments, taking them to the fringes but bringing the listener along with them; oddly entertaining.
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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR051
Squidco Product Code: 28074
Recorded 2016 to 2018.
Chik White-jaw harp, voice
Xuan Ye-percussion, voice, field recordings
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"chik white (aka Darcy Spidle) began in 2004 as my stage name for crust-punk band The Hold. That project lasted for five years and saw two full lengths, multiple singles/EPs, and a number of Canadian tours. I kept the chik white moniker for doom metal outfit Vennt and art-damaged noise rock trio Attack Mode. I played drums in both bands. I also recorded under chik white for my experimental vocal project Shitcook, and I used the pseudonym for my role as an actor in Lowlife and a few short films.
chik white music took a minimalist turn when I moved to West Chezzetcook, on the rural coast of Nova Scotia, in 2009. Around then I acquired a collection of handmade jaw harps and began a regular ritual of improvising on the instruments in natural settings, a ritual that continues on a weekly basis. Over time, my harp project morphed into experimental territory and has come to incorporate preparations, techniques, and performative elements that tease uncomfortable vocalizations from my mouth, throat, and lungs. My latest sound work involves processing locally-sourced field records into sound sculptures and merging them with live vocal and harp improvisations mic'd at my windpipe. On occasion I also build instruments out of ocean refuse, as can be heard in my work from White Rabbit's 2016 Artist Residency.
As a jaw harp player, I've released seven albums on various labels. My work has been covered by The Wire (UK), Quietus (UK), Tiny Mix Tapes (US), Weird Canada (CA), Decoder (US), CBC 2 (CA), Canadaland (CA), among other outlets. For 2017, I have an LP upcoming on Feeding Tube Records. I am also planning tours for the spring and fall."-Chick White Website (https://darcyspidlesite.wordpress.com/chikwhite/)
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1. Precariousium 01:55
2. Satiate 02:29
3. As If By Bell 03:12
4. Long May I Sleeppppp 01:49
5. Homing Hymn 03:36
6. Polyphony Of Breath Fractals, No. 2 00:21
7. Polyphony Of Breath Fractals, No. 1 00:49
8. Wodd 02:42
9. Escalate,Escalate 03:53
10. Omnivore Machine 04:04
11. Crane 01:59
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"Initially, the music of Chik White (Darcy Spidle of rural Nova Scotia) and Xuan Ye (Toronto) are drastically different. Spidle improvises using the jaw harp, one of the world's most ancient instruments, on a series of stimulating and freshly invigorating releases, including two recent tapes on Notice. Xuan Ye has developed a dense, fascinating, radically cutting edge synthesis of video and aural performance, somatics, and computer programming, engaging acoustic instruments, voice, field recordings, and strangled frequencies. Spidle has a deep and intense relationship with the ocean; its many guises and characteristics have provided a catalyst for a personal and unique body of work, one that is devoted to his oceanic surroundings and the natural phenomena inherent to its existence. Both artists reference not only outsider folk traditions, but also esoteric strains of the avant-garde, noise, field recordings, and sound collage. This intimate release reveals their strong musical interplay, evident in the physicality and palpability of the tracks presented. Both are dedicated to the generation of raw sound, while reducing language into its constituent physical parts, as if dramatizing the struggle of human expression. They explore instrument and voice along what feels like very short and concise distances. At times, they branch out into explorations of spaces and objects that feel curious and almost narrative, with the "voice" often present but never remotely understandable. Both artists' boundary-pushing of physical performance finds a new route in this collaboration."-Notice Recordings
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