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Martial Canterel‘s first full-length CD release entitled Refuge Underneath is a compilation of the artist‘s first two long-deleted self-released cassette tapes Drilling Backwards (2006) and Sister Age (2004) as well as 5 previously unreleased tracks, all digitally re-mastered.
Over the past 5 years the state of electronic music has seen artists slowly remove themselves from their work and visceral musical ‘expression‘ in general. Traditional electronic machines have been replaced by the computer as the dominant generator of contemporary sounds. It is in this climate that Sean McBride, aka Martial Canterel, began performing at bars, clubs and private parties in Brooklyn, NY in 2002, functioning singlehandedly as the pioneer and instigator of what has now become a new movement of minimal electronic bands in the United States.
Martial Canterel records and performs using only vintage analogue synthesizers and sequencers, producing a highly-crafted, complex, and idiosyncratic form of electronic music that is simultaneously romantically melancholic and affirmatively aggressive. Inspired both by the first wave of relatively unknown minimal electronic bands in Northern Europe (a musical genre also often referred to as ‘minimal synth‘) and the seminal industrial noise bands such as Throbbing Gristle, SPK, and Cabaret Voltaire, Martial Canterel presents a new optimistic paradigm for electronic music in which the analogue synthesizer functions anew as a folk instrument of humanist resistance to a virtual ‘soft synth‘, iPod, and iTunes saturated world of ‘click and drag‘ dematerialized abstraction.
1. Refuge Underneath
2. Lips Not Listening
3. Two Before Four
4. Frozen Ghetto
5. Foreign Birthplace
6. Drilling Backwards
7. Open and Shut
8. 3 Days
11. Sister Age
14. Listener Dead
16. Harbors and Martyrs
18. Page and Fold
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