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The Furniture Moves Underneath

Inhabitants: The Furniture Moves Underneath (Drip Audio)

Vancouver 4-piece with members from Fond of Tigers, Tony Wilson 6Tet, Carsick, &c, merging jazz, noise rock and free improv into music with few sonic boundaries.

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product information:

UPC: 875531002539

Label: Drip Audio
Catalog ID: DA00253
Squidco Product Code: 9016

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack


JP Carter-trumpet

Dave Sikula-guitar

Pete Schmitt-bass

Skye Brooks-drums

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"JP Carter is a multiple Juno award-winning musician from Vancouver, Canada. Carter's singular approach to the trumpet and versatility as an improvisor and composer make him a vital contributor to the Vancouver music community. JP incorporates a variety of techniques into his trumpet playing, utilizing and experimenting with acoustic (traditional, extended) and electronic (effected, amplified) methods to create a wide spectrum of sound. Currently a member of several Vancouver-based groups, including Destroyer, Dan Mangan, Fond of Tigers, the Tony Wilson 6tet, Handmade Blade (with Peggy Lee & Aram Bajakian), Gordon Grdina's Haram, Michael Blake's Variety Hour, and the various New Orchestra Workshop ensembles. JP's main projects as a composer/performer continue to be Inhabitants, Aeroplane Trio, and Carsick. These three long-standing original projects have all released albums on Vancouver's Drip Audio label []. Most recently, JP has been working on a solo amplified trumpet project. He will be releasing a self-produced document of this solo work in 2017 entitled "Toy & Tool".

Awards & Achievements: Juno Award Winner (2012, Dan Mangan, Alternative Album of the Year); Juno Award Winner (2011, Fond of Tigers, Instrumental Album of the Year); Juno Award Nominee (2016, Destroyer, Alternative Album of the Year); Juno Award Nominee (2012, Destroyer, Alternative Album of the Year); Juno Award Nominee (2009, Inhabitants, Instrumental Album of the Year); Polaris Prize Short List (2011, Destroyer, "Kaputt"); Galaxie Rising Star Award (2005, Inhabitants, Vancouver Int'l Jazz Festival)


JP studied Jazz Performance with Kevin Dean and Andre White at McGill University in Montreal from 1993-96, and Jazz Trumpet with Alan Matheson at Vancouver Community College in 1992/93. As a teenager, JP studied privately for a brief time in 1990/91 with Vancouver-based trumpeter Bill Clark, while studying under David Proznick in the award-winning jazz program at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, BC."

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track listing:

1. Kurt's Dirt 8:00

2. Sad Friend 4:56

3. Remember 7:25

4. The Rancher 5:49

5. Phototropism 6:18

6. A Part Of You 5:18

7. Drop Descender 9:03
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"The Furniture Moves Underneath, is the Inhabitants second-full length on the Drip Audio label. The album documents a band continuing to push forward into new sonic territory, further exploring a singular approach to experimental sound, intuitive group interplay and instrumental songwriting.

Inhabitants are an instrumental four-piece from Vancouver, featuring JP Carter on acoustic and amplified trumpet/effects, Dave Sikula on guitar/effects, Pete Schmitt on bass/effects and Skye Brooks on drums. Close dissection of their music may reveal elements of experimental jazz, noise rock and free improvisation. However, the band prefers to approach their music without preconception of genre, creating a self-defined channel of composition and sound.

All active in the Vancouver creative music scene, the Inhabitants are, in part, a product of their environment. You may have seen or heard an Inhabitant playing with bands like Fond of Tigers, the Veda Hille Band, Great Aunt Ida, Josh Martinez, the Tony Wilson 6tet, Dark Blue World, Carsick and/or in collaborations with François Houle, Peggy Lee, The Buttless Chaps and the N.O.W. Orchestra.

In 2005, the Inhabitants released their self-titled debut (Drip Audio), an album Down Beat magazine described as "an aural introduction to a dream". also voiced approval, saying the band "strikes just the right balance between experimentation and structure". Later that year the group recieved the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2005 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In 2006, the Inhabitants toured Europe, performing at the Moers Festival in Germany. They were billed as "the most exciting new band in Canada"."-Drip Audio

"Their sound has been called experimental jazz, psychedelic jazz, creative music and post-rock instrumental, but no matter how you cut it, Vancouver's Inhabitants can't be packaged or labelled. They like it like that - they're self-confessed musical rebels. "Some musicians enjoy those boundaries," horn man JP Carter laughs. "I mean, you know there's always boundaries, but we try to ignore them."

This "no boundary thing" drives more than just Inhabitants' sound. It led them to seek the perfect home for their music and their experiments: Jesse Zubot's Drip Audio record label, which is known for its range of experimental jazz and creative composition projects. Nothing is mid-range or predictable in Zubot's stable. "We're all playing a lot of different projects," Carter says of his band. "There are a lot of different influences coming to the music."

It's not just varied ideas that energize this band, though - it's also the way they've come together as a group. They aren't a conventional quartet; in fact, their sound has been described by some critics as resembling two duos. That may well come from their earlier heavy experience as separate projects. Two of them, Carter and Dave Sikula, used to be members of Carsick, another Drip Audio project. Carter insists it was a natural progression for that group to evolve into Inhabitants because, in one form or another, these four musicians have known each other and gigged in side projects for years."-FFWD

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