Californian keyboardist & beatmaker Kiefer (birthname Kiefer Shackelford) drops his debut LP on LR. Catch Kiefer crushing the stage NOW in the touring Mndsgn LIVE trio (Ringgo, Swarvy, Kiefer). “Kickinit Alone” is available now via our partners at Stones Throw Records. VINYL SHIPPING LATE SPRING / EARLY SUMMER, many thank!
Stephen Black – Clarinet, Saxophone
Huw Evans – Guitar, Synthesizer
Josh Klinghoffer – Marimba, Synthesizer
Cate Le Bon – Piano, Vibraphone
Stella Mozgawa – Bass, Marimba, Percussion
Josiah Steinbrick – Vibraphone, Piano
1. Banana A
2. Banana B
3. Banana C
4. Banana D
Recorded by Samur Khouja at El Sereno
Assisted by Nathaniel Eras
Mixed by Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen & Josiah Steinbrick at Stones Throw Studios
Assisted by Jake Viator
Mastered by Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound
“Banana B” contains elements from Part IV of Kolm Ballaadi Poistekoorile by Heino Jürisalu & Part I of Instrumentals Vol. II by Arthur Russell
Arrangements on A, B, & C by BANANA
Art Direction by Josiah Steinbrick
Image sourced from the archives of Michael Dumontier
The album itself was recorded live to reel to reel tape on March 29th 2016 to be aired as a special on dublab.com. This incarnation of the ensemble came together to serve as backing group for Cate Le Bon’s “Crab Day” promotional tour as well as the opening act. We performed in Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Cardiff, London, Los Angeles, and New York City. BANANA was a new experience for us. The sound of musicians I feel very connected to playing freely around composed pieces under my direction – exploring themes and theories of naturalism and modalism through repetition. For those in search of a bath, a rinse, a departure, or an expansion. Hopefully exotic, hopefully pleasant.
— — — — S.CANDLE is the DANCE DYSTOPIA of BARRETT AVNER (Sun Araw, Sic Alps, Black Bananas, The Shrine). S.CANDLE has always been an homage to his family tree (his grandfather used to style and party w/ Funkadelic, owning far-out psychedelic clothing stores in Cleveland Ohio, his mother Athabaskan Indian from Alaska), but filtered through murky electronics, screaming guitars, and a cynical view of the physical world that surrounds us.
The concept of Conditioned Reflex is the constant struggle to decode real information in the age of digital and technocratic gluttony, the pursuit of reality resulting in mixed emotions of freedom and paranoia. Conditioned Reflex is dance music, mostly recorded direct to a 2 track Tascam 122 MKII tape deck using various drum machines, synthesizers, sequencers, with guitar and digital elements added later to create a tension between the immediate, distant, organic and the synthetic. The message is as always, there is no everyone, and don’t live in fear. Electro music to break chains to.
All songs recorded, mixed, written, and performed by B. Avner
w/ additional technical assistance from Nadav Eisenman
Mastered by Ged M. Gengras
Cover photo by B. Avner in Fairbanks, Alaska
Layout/Art” Arien Valizadeh