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Treacle Wall

by Marmots

Loose Warp 23:16


Marmots are rodents that whistle. Marmots play music (mostly written by Martin Arnold) that aspires to someone, or, better yet, a whole bunch of people whistling to themselves—long meanders with a really extrapolated, languid tune morphing around in their memories. 14th century polyphony, psychedelic lounge music, and highland heterophony are other points of reference for this current mixed consort music.


released July 16, 2021

Marmots are: Martin Arnold — Melodica, Unamplified Semi-Acoustic Electric Guitar, Harmonicas, Electric Organ, Tenor Banjo, Gated Tapes, Marble Can, Sleighbells; Sandy Baron — Violin, Gated Tapes, Mandolin; Allison Cameron — Electric Organ, Portable Sampling Keyboard, Autoharp; Eric Chenaux — Slide Guitars, Gated Tapes, Guitar; Ryan Driver — Analog Synthesizer, Mandolin; Kurt Newman — Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar; Stephen Parkinson — Guitar, Portable Sampling Keyboard, 12 String Banjo; Doug Tielli — Trombone, Gated Tapes, Portable Sampling Keyboard, Guitar, Wave Drum.

All compositions by Martin Arnold except "Sheath and Knife", Traditional, arranged by Martin Arnold. Recorded by Martin Arnold live at Mercer Union and at Eric's loft, both in Toronto, Canada.

Mastered by John Oswald at M Lab
Design by Lewis Nicholson Cover image: Treacle Wall by Karen Henderson, photographed by the artist.

©2001, Rat-drifting


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Rat-drifting Toronto, Ontario

Rat-drifting music searches for specificity, celebrates detail. It experiments with radical particularity and wonders about the possibilities and potentials of those experiments. If the music drifts, it does so in the hopes that the listener drifts with it—her/his imagination experimenting with the possibilities of the music as well, as they find their own route through their own experience. ... more

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