“Someone's Got A Secret,” the latest track from Brooklyn-via-Montreal vocalist/Tonstartssbandht member Edwin White's side project Eola appears on Taste of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music, a compilation album of Sean Nicholas Savage covers performed by some of the Montreal musicians most influenced by the prolific songwriter's eccentric body of work.
While Savage's original composition communicates a bizarrely funky, retrofuturist aesthetic, Eola's cover layers rich, Beach Boys-esque melodies on top of a shuffling, sun-drenched rhythmic loop. As Eola repeats the titular mantra over and over and over, the song reaches a strange sort of catharsis until it simply fades away, seeming like it could go on forever.
Taste of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music is out now on Arbutus Records. Download it for free here. Sean Nicholas Savage will also be playing alongside Doldrums at 285 Kent, Brooklyn on April 13.
Tonstartssbandht member Edwin White performed a gut-wrenching, a cappella solo set as EOLA during the Arbutus Records BBQ at this past Pop Montreal festival. Spencer Gilley, whose shot many Tonstartssbandht/EOLA/Andy Boay videos, filmed two songs, the yet-to-be-released "Hula/Futurehymns" and an Andy Boay cover of "Big Chestined Nights".
You can stream and buy Eola's recently re-issued Deo Gracia cassette on Bandcamp.
What is at the heart of Eola's new video for "Market"?
Maybe it's about the invisible thread that connects all living things, and the power of the universal spirit... It might partially be about that, but it is also about donuts. Maybe it's about love? Oh, it certainly is about love. The love between Edwin White (aka Eola), his brother Andy (aka Andy Boay). Edwin's exuberant vocal composition here is reminiscent of Harry Nillson at his most playful. Apparenty the eight-and-a-half-minute track was recorded over three takes of improvised overdubs. The result is akin to a succulent slice of three-tiered audio layer cake.
Anyway, this clip, directed by Spencer Gilley and Corbin Ordel captures Edwin's strange journey, flipping in and out of a more recognizable reality and a color-saturated claymation funhouse filled with reptiles and aliens. Edwin is looking for his missing brother, but satisfying his donut lust seems to be of equal importance to him. Both objects of desire seem to throw him into a tweaked out mania. Conveniently, Edwin finds himself in the aisles of a convenience store. What does he find in this land of plenty? Donuts, you fool! And these particular circular treats give him the power to revive his comatose brother. Like much of Eola's output (and the work of the White brothers in general), the combination of this video and song manage to be both expertly crafted, and refreshingly goofy-- almost as sublime as the layer of sprinkles on top of a frosted donut. (Visitation Rites co-premiere)
Eola's Deo Gracias is out today from Arbutus Records imprint, Movie Star.
A few years back when Matthewdavid launched Leaving Records with his partner Jesselissa Lisa Moretti, the first release was DISK, "a 2008 collection of the post-psychedelic dynamic" on CD-R's with hand-painted 5 1/4" floppy disks for sleeves. To date, it's one of his rawest (in a good way) collections; he showed off an early versatility its 21 cassette-melt vignettes well before his destined-to-be-classic Outmind, running the gamut from open space ambience to hip-hop mind nodder.
Now, DISK II has dropped in the same format and features a live KXLU performance as well as guest spots from good pals Run DMT, Speculator, and Eola. The amorphous, spiritual collaboration with Eola, "tape5," is available as a free download, and does total justice to MD's disclaimer that urges a deep, focused plunge into its canyon-like ambience regardless of what environment you choose to take the dive from. Also, he's still really good at making whale sounds.
DISK II is available now as a MEGA LIMITED 150 copy run on Leaving. You should peep these other nice, freedownloads for now while you're at it.