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Too Significant To Ignore
Release Date: 18/03/2016
Catalogue No.: CS-NNA-089
Record Label: NNA Tapes
Format: Cassette Tape

NNA is pleased to release a special collaboration between two of Montréal, Quebec’s finest._x000D_ “Too Significant To Ignore” unites Andrea-Jane Cornell, a prolific improviser and former CKUT_x000D_ Radio music programming director, and Tim Darcy, best known as the guitarist/vocalist for_x000D_ Constellation Records’ four-piece post-punk band Ought. On this recording, the duo concoct_x000D_ a hazy bed of grey, melancholic psychedelia using synthesizers, field recordings, processed_x000D_ accordion, and manipulated objects to serve as a backdrop for Darcy’s deranged existential_x000D_ spoken word._x000D_ Recalling the spirit of post-punk’s more adventurous heroes such as Dome, The Shadow Ring,_x000D_ Sleaford Mods, and The Birthday Party, “Too Significant To Ignore” occupies a similar territory_x000D_ where punk ideals intermingle with electronic music and the avant-garde. AJ and Tim create_x000D_ a bleak sound world that lends itself well to the cold concrete and icy ambiance of_x000D_ Canadian metropolitan living. Subtle melodies coexist alongside smoldering, buzzing drones,_x000D_ sublime electronics, and indiscernible field recordings, all smudged together to forge a_x000D_ slow-paced swirling mass. A beautifully peaceful sadness is revealed, creating a perfect_x000D_ atmosphere of cosmic dread and a cinematic sensitivity that compliments the unfolding_x000D_ observational dialogue._x000D_ Darcy’s vocal delivery comes across as part Ferlinghetti, part Henry Rollins, and part Bill Hicks._x000D_ His drawled, surrealist lyrics ooze forth like a loogie sliding down a brick wall, reflecting a_x000D_ bored disgust and an isolation from society. He touches on apathetic voyeurism, city life,_x000D_ regret, self-reflection, human disconnection via accelerated technology, and the bleakness_x000D_ of modern sterility. The delivery and the content of the lyrics impeccably conveys the drab_x000D_ routine and impersonality of day-to-day life, like the disoriented narration of an existential_x000D_ crisis. Using repetition as a weapon, Darcy drills phrases into the listener’s brain, helping the_x000D_ lyrics recede into the music to create a coherent unity between the electronic ambiance and_x000D_ dry vocalizations. “Too Significant To Ignore” is a unique and non-referential pairing of_x000D_ electronics and spoken word, yielding an invigorating listen that stands on its own amongst_x000D_ new underground music. AJ and Tim succeed in communicating the confusing psychedelia_x000D_ inherent in the mundanity of modern human existence.

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AJ Cornell & Tim Darcy

Too Significant To Ignore

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