Hotspring - Obit For Sunshade
It has been quite some time since we've heard from Canadian label Mood Hut, a label known for good vibes and hazed-out disco and house tracks. It is not so bound by genre, though, as it more encompasses the sound of the city scene, and by extension, the surrounding Canadian lands. It is beyond the fabric of a city that this record by Scott Gailey, aka Hotspring feels right to place.
Instantly, from the opening track 'Peace Whorl', we're given a soothing dose of gorgeous, rippling keyboard, jazzy snare work, and smooth vocoder vocals blending with the blooming tones. The album could be described as semi-ambient, incorporating rhythmic sounds that do more to accent than carry a groove, until the last track 'Warmlight v365'. All in all, it is a remarkably calm collection of tracks that are mixed splendidly well.
Written on the back of the release are notes on the location the recordings were created. This is actually a "land acknowledgement", and is a common practice in Canada for civic and community events. It is to recognize the traditional, ancestral, and un-ceded lands first used and occupied by First Nations. It recognizes the lands, names them, and in doing so, strives to keep the history and relationship alive and encourage engagement in reconciliation. Those lands are Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, and are recognized when hailing from Vancouver.
The cover art is a painting by Simone Jarvis, a young visual artist from Calgary.