Climate Variations Désormais

Désormais, a French adverb meaning “from now on,” is an apt – if somewhat oblique — tag for the collaboration between Mitchell Akiyama and Joshua Treble. Begun in the fall of 2001, the resulting album, Climate Variations, is the product of mundane exchanges — sound file uploads, emails, phones calls, CD-R’s, etc. Despite the distance between the two musicians, both real and virtual (Akiyama is based in Montréal, Joshua Treble (aka Tony Boggs) in Cincinnati), the result is a total communion of personal styles and aesthetics.

Located somewhere between the drone rock of My Bloody Valentine and the glitch-scapes of Christian Fennesz, Climate Variationsis a mosaic of guitar shards, piano fragments, field complaints and borderline copyright infringements. It is a sublime and sometimes jarring work that is as captivating in its intricacy as it is in its raw emotional power.

Intr_version records head Mitchell Akiyama has been carving a niche for himself as one of Canada’s premier avant-garde electronic artists. Last year’s Hope That Lines Don’t Cross, on Alien8 recordings’ sublabel Substractif, was lauded by critics and became a staple on college radio charts. A follow-up on the prestigious German label Raster-Noton will be released in the near future. Not confined merely to the world of sound, Akiyama also works in multimedia and video art. He has performed extensively in North America and Europe.

Influenced by both electronic and traditional instrumental sounds, Joshua Treble is finally getting recognition for his uncanny blend of the two. With two well received EPs on his aii label and a full length on Pitchcadet (Cold Filthy Techniques to Keep You Close), Treble is sure to soon become an influential member of the international electronic music scene.

Climate Variations

Désormais

Mitchell Akiyama, Joshua Treble

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