Review: Canadian label Seance Center (run by former Invisible City Editions co-founder Brandon Hocura) presents an album by acupressure expert and electronic composer Sam McClellan. Music of the Five Elements is 'a work of perfectly tuned healing music', by way of minimalism, American primitive guitar and psychedelia. On the album, McClellan provides voice, synthesizer, guitar, bowed bass, piano, effects and Chinese flute: all played by himself. Of the album, McClellan himself stated that the optimum effect of the album is achieved if each side of the recording is played through in its entirety, without interruption. Moreover, it should be used as a meditational or body work tool, rather than entertainment, and will increase in effect over time. However, overplaying or improper use may eventually diminish its designed effect. Re-mixed and mastered from the original master reels.
Review: Ontario, Canada based Seance Centre returns with a collection of songs by Californian voice artist and poet MJ Lallo. The works on this double LP compilation were all recorded in her home studio between 1982 and 1997, where she used digital processing techniques to create harmonising mantras layered with drum machine rhythms. Although Lallo's flight path is distinctly her own, her journey converges with other travellers as diverse as Jon Hassell, Laraaji, Stereolab, William Aura, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, Gertrude Stein and even Terry Gilliam - whose film Brazil was a big influence on her.
Review: It would be fair to say that MJ Lallo has enjoyed an eclectic career, juggling composing music for the likes of NASA and the Vatican Observatory with professional voiceover artist. Last year, Full Spectrum Records reissued her superb, self-funded, cassette-only 1988 debut album, The Channeled Voice and now Brandon Hocura's Seance Centre is preparing to put out a double-album of archive, unreleased material. This taster 12" is little less than superb, bouncing between the Herbie Hancock style, synthesizer-heavy jazz-funk of "Star Child Going Home" and the gentle downtempo bliss of the breezy "Aquarius Blue". Best of all, though, is the ethereal, new age influenced B-side "Deep Dreams", a synthesizer-and-voice composition aptly described by Hocura as an "an entrancing meditation".