VARIOUS ARTISTS – ” Sounds from Mothland Volume I ” Mixtape

Posted: June 8, 2021 in MUSIC
Montreal's Psych Scene Comes Together for 'Sounds from Mothland Volume I' Mixtape

Montreal has been home to many psychedelic acts over the years, and Mothland has emerged in recent years as the scene’s nucleus. Since the organization was founded in 2017, they’ve served as a booking agency, an artist management firm and a record label, taking whatever means necessary to spread Montreal’s psych vibes to the world. Now, they’ve brought many of the scene’s biggest names together for their first mixtape, “Sounds from Mothland Volume I”, .

The mixtape features Montreal psych acts like Birds Of Paradise, Paul Jacobs, Yoo Doo Right, The High Dials, Red Mass and UUBBUURRUU along with a few contributors from beyond the city limits, including Quebec City’s Victime, Tel Aviv-born Gladys Lazer and Belgium’s Le Prince Harry.

Along with the announcement, Mothland have previously shared the mixtape tracks by Paul Jacobs — who also drew the mixtape’s artwork — and Yoo Doo Right.

“Thanks,” Jacobs’ off-kilter tune, stays true to his fuzzy, buoyant DIY rock stylings. In a statement, Jacobs says: that the song is “about appreciating the moments of creative inspiration, and acknowledging the fact that it comes and goes.” As for the arrangement, he says, “I wanted to record some beats in 5/8 and track some bass on top. Figured I’d add some guitar since I have one. Then I thought, a shaker would really get this going. Next thing you know I’m singing on the dang thing. After that point, why not add some synth?”

Yoo Doo Right’s contribution to the mixtape, “Marche Pt. 3,” is a collaboration with Ottawa’s Jasmine Trails, fitting her dreamy, soulful vocals on top of the band’s jammy, kraut-adjacent explorations. Say the band, “This track was our response to Mothland’s request for an irregular [track]/B-side/demo that would put us outside of our usual comfort zones. With the thought of making a disco song, ‘Marche Pt. 3’ is what came out of it. We immediately knew we wanted to collaborate with Jasmine Trails on this track, adding her breathy, enchanted approach to the song.”

More than just an agency, Mothland is an extra-dimensional space, a frame of mind, but even more so a tight-knit family sharing new sounds, colours and textures through multiple art forms and unique events. The collective also aims to provide visionary artists in the psychedelic, experimental and art pop genres, with an alternative label

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