Friday, 31 January 2014

ZACHT NACHT

ZACHT AUTOMAAT 2xLP IS SOLD OUT...


dream on another pressing if ya like.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

ZACHT AUTOMAAT SHOW


Now that we have both Carl & McLean (collectively known to the world as Zacht Automaat) in the same province for a short period, it seems like as good a time as any to both ring in the new year and officially celebrate their fantastic wax debut. A show is in order, and a show is to be delivered...

The wonderful Doc Dunn will accompany Coca-Cola (that cosmic duo comprised S. Twig and M. Remy - otherwise known as the muscle behind Calico Corporation) in a compliment towards the out-of-body experience the mighty ZA will surely bestow upon us.

We will have records, music, perhaps some candy - and most certainly fun. See you there Torontonians (and Japanese collectors who surely must be flying in specifically for this majestic event)!

'This collection is a bag of magic borrowed from the enchanted hands of a band that evades hyperbole. Veterans of the interstellar scene, Carl Didur and Michael McLean have parsed the cryptex of popular music and entered into a new dialogue as Zacht Automaat. Adopting new methods and strategies, they have sewn together opposing forces before pulling them apart again to see all the pieces in a different perspective.' - Weird Canada

'Their work encompasses intermission music for hockey arenas on Saturn (“Don’t Worry It’ll Be Future”), acidic psych-jazz splatter (“A Trip to See McLean on Holidays Pts. I, II & III”), and the most blissfully epic, otherworldly tribute to a Steeltown suburb ever (“Ancaster Heights”). In every instance, Zacht Automaat’s dizzying instrumentals emphasize the joyful, inclusive qualities of free experimentiation without teetering into indulgence, and the anarchic thrill of colouring outside the lines while still paying respect to those who laid down the rules.' - The Grid

'Next up, please check out the superb I CAN FEEL THE MOLD IN ME from Canadian duo Zacht Automaat, which brews up some well-stewed W. Coast Sandozian freakout, plenny of nightmarish J. Meek and channels some tremendously mucky sub-‘Ultima Thule’ T. Dream motorik clatter, and all o’this via found sounds, berserk organ’drum duels and peak periods of Bavarian Knees-up. Imagine Holger Czukay and Uwe Nettlebeck constructing a mash-up LP from early German jazz, TV themes and Soft Machine out-takes and yooz close to hitting these druids’ pleasure centres, who (I must add) never outstay their welcome, each sonic foray involving audacious opening moments then fucking off right quick like. It’s a canny approach that leaves listeners still requiring more more more.' - Julian Cope

'This shit is the best.' - Me

ORDER THE RECORD HERE!

U.S. GIRLS TEES!

New U.S. Girl's tees are for sale! I'll leave it to the girl herself:

New groovy shirts for sale! Lots of sizes, colors, and different gradients. Email for inquiries! Or paypal $20 (Canadian) to us.girlss@gmail.com along with your size preference and be surprised by the color scheme you get!




Image on the shirts is a section of this collage I made:




Monday, 7 October 2013

ORDER ZACHT AUTOMAAT 2xLP



ORDER THIS PUPPY RIGHT NOW.

HAND NUMBERED, LIMITED TO 333 COPIES.

COMES WITH EXCLUSIVE BONUS CD-R ALBUM'S WORTH OF UNRELEASED AUTOMAAT MATERIAL + DOWNLOAD CODE.

OFFICIALLY RELEASED NOV. 1st.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER 2XLP OFF OUR BANDCAMP MERCH PAGE.

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The ZA sound is one entirely difficult to pin down. While they’ve clearly (and admittedly) spent years worshipping at the altar of Soft Machine and their Canterbury cohorts, part of ZA’s great ability is to seamlessly and originally fuse sundry outsider musical strains. Echoes of Sun Ra, White Noise, Terry Riley, the Residents, Faust and baroque psych can be heard in their colourful works. Their innovative treatment of acoustic instruments (drums, piano, guitar, glockenspiel, flute, saxophone, etc...) to achieve otherworldly and synthetic tones swings at times between the eclecticism of pre-Autobahn era Kraftwerk, and the pop-quirk of Joe Meek.

The barrage of signifiers in the previous paragraph does little to acquaint you with just how exuberant and alive the Automaat listening experience can be. Their adherence to structured composition and the elated sense of melody they bring to their music is at odds with the academic persona that often comes with the notion of experimental musicians. Also to consider is just how modern their music can seem, putting them less in debt to their influences and more in line with a tradition of accessible yet innovative music making. Fans of modern music may see parallels with the lo-fi modernism of late Broadcast or Black Dice at their most accessible.

At their best, Zacht Automaat make music for all ages - for the child whose sense of wonder is easily inspired by the playful and exotic in music, to the refined older music fan who seeks a sense of the cosmic (or kosmiche) in their listening. Truly, ZA is for everyone.

Friday, 4 October 2013

ZACHT AUTOMAAT 2XLP IS A REALITY



Calico Corp. started largely as an idea to release a record for the band known as Zacht Automaat. We are happy to announce that two years and five releases later, that idea has come to fruition.

Over the past couple years, the duo of Carl Didur and Mike McLean have released 11 albums worth of mind scrambling instrumental gold under the Zacht Automaat moniker. This wildly original and exciting music has gone criminally unnoticed despite being released for FREE on the internet.

This double LP compilation collects the finest moments from their diverse catalogue. The package also includes an exclusive bonus CD-R containing an album's worth of outtakes from the inexhaustible Automaat archives along with a download card for the compilation proper.

Please stay posted for a preview video, album stream, and order link.

If you live in Toronto come say Hi at an event we will be holding to celebrate the availability of this latest Calico release. On October 12th Carl Didur will be manipulating a tape loop installation between 8pm - 1am at Grasshopper Records on Dundas St. West. Calico Corp. DJs will also be in attendance.

Lastly, if you'll be in New York for CMJ please check out our label showcase in association with Panache Booking at Silent Barn.



Thursday, 20 December 2012

TAKE A HOUND HOME

Download a new mix made by Slim Twig himself to celebrate and serve as entry into the labyrinth that is A Hound at the Hem...

A Hound at the Hem MIX.

1. Harumi - 'Talk About It'
2. 
Nilsson - 'Everything's Got 'Em'
3. 
Led Zeppelin - 'In The Light'
4. 
Michael Nyman - 'A Watery Death'
5. 
Jean-Claude Vannier - 'L'enfant, La Mouche...'
6. 
Barry White - 'Gonna Love You Just a Little More'
7. 
Bowie - 'Right'
8. 
Gainsbourg - 'L'Hotel Particulier'
9. 
The Delfonics - 'Round & Round'
10. 
The Left Banke - 'Nice to See You'
11. 
William Sheller - 'Hare Krishna'
12. 
The Walker Brothers - 'Orpheus'
13. 
Gainsbourg - 'Cargo Culte'


DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

Do you need more convincing to take home one of the most elaborate albums of the year??

'...much of the record owes a sizeable debt to Scott Walker, from the cryptic lyrics and the deep, velvety club-singer croon Turnbull often employs to the swirling ‘Jackie’-esque strings of ‘Heavy Splendour’ and ‘Shroud By The Sheetful’’s spiralling, off-key hook. Even “All This Wanting”, with its jaunty rolling piano and fuzz guitar, exudes an air of almost malicious mischief, making Hound a wholly satisfactory solution for those Walker fans who find themselves torn between the full-bodied melodrama of his earliest solo work and the often impenetrable soundscapes of the post-Climate Of Hunter years.' - The Quietus

'While this album will take a few listens for those unfamiliar with the challenges of incorporated orchestral and rock elements within a conceptual work; fans of the Jacques Brel-Scott Walker school of transgressive baroque will have found a new masterpiece to dissect for years to come. Those that can get behind the sometimes atonal, dead pan crooning, dark veiled setting arrangements and lurid subject matters will discover A Hound at the Hem to be one the best post-glam concept albums not made in the slippery 70s.' - Impose Magazine

'It’s all buoyed on a darkly seductive current, giving every soaring high a queasy, industrial chill. Slim Twig may fly the weirdo flag, but hey, where would you rather be: smoking crap drugs with Ed Sheeran, or hunting space aliens with Matt Bellamy? If the latter, get your creep on and hand your heart to A Hound at the Hem: a record to reclaim the ‘guilty pleasure’ tag for purposes altogether more sinister.' - Drowned In Sound