hello, the leo weekly, a local newspaper, put together a playlist of halloween songs and i guess since a song of mine called has ‘bones’ in the title, it made the cut. ‘local bones’ is from a cd release that west main development put out a few years ago. read the article here: beasts, blood and bones: 8 haunted local songs.
The most chilling track, “Local Bones” feels like the moment in the nightmare when escape is not an option. A modular synthesizer spins a web of vibrations entangling the listener. The sound waves shift from low to high frequencies with a garble of notes that rattle inside your skull and cause disorientation. Imagine a blinking fluorescent light bulb in a strange hospital ward and the feeling of creep is complete.julie gross
I don’t think I posted this review of “Wave to the Wind” by Syd Bishop in the LEO Weekly over the summer, so here is a link. Here is the text:
Shedding has always been about existing in a constant state of evolution. The project has remained largely the solo domain of Connor Bell, who has used Shedding as a platform to explore his multifaceted interests, which have materialized in the past through singer-songwriter fare, an indie band and found sounds. Currently using modular synthesis as his muse, Wave to the Wind underscores his core manifesto, a sonic landscape that shifts from track to track, growing and mutating throughout. Bell explores tiny sounds that flutter in and out of existence, an almost gaseous fluidity to the movements that expand the basic concept of composition in interesting ways. —Syd Bishop
Both Shedding tapes that Obsolete Staircases put out this year were included in the Tabs Out ‘top 200’ this year. I’m not a big lists kind of person, but I am thankful to everyone who listens and even more thankful to anyone who enjoys what they hear. So here is a link to their list.
Finally, I’m holed up trying to be productive and exploring various Flocking themes with the idea of playing a few shows next summer with a very tight focus. I’ve also decided to stop updating Facebook. That place has gotten increasingly creepy and functionally pointless due to the manipulation of what you can see, so – don’t bother going to my page there anymore.
Hope everyone had a wonderful year, see you in 2019.
the nice peoples at never nervous just posted a little interview where i talk about my work process for the tunes that would eventually be compiled on “plod and play”. vol. 1 is available on city state tapes. vol. 2 is available on obsolete staircases.
two-ish week summer tour with josh mason is coming together with a new cassette release due in time for that. stay tuned.