A group of Toronto music veterans have spent the past year or so playing lower key psych under the name The Saffrom Sect. Among them are Gaven Dianda, formerly of the late great Flashing Lights, and Jay Anderson. drummer in the infamous, unstoppable jamboree outfit known as The Old Soul.
Describing themselves as "modieval music" for dwellers of the "twilight parlour", the Sect might just be the spark to bring out Toronto's brewing psych scene. They have released their first EP, Phosphorous Flash, and it's so beautifully self-produced, one wonders why more music like this can't be made more often. It's available at Fig Records, run by the lovely Sara, who once hosted "The Tender Parade" a show that used ot be on the same day as ESB on CIUT. It's the first release on the label, but if Fig turns out to be anything like her old radio show, it wouldn't be a surprise if her endeavour reaches, or even surpasses levels concurrent with the likes of Paper Bag or the defunkt Three Gut.
Tune in to ESB this Friday to hear the EP in its entireity. It will hit you like salvia...you'll turn it on, fall right in, and then realize the whole crazy trip only lasted for about 13 minutes.
ESB PLAYLIST 6/23/06
LADY SOVEREIGN - Gatheration
SIKTRANSIT - Lindsay Wants What in the Face from lionel Richie?
DELIA GONZALEZ + GAVIN RUSSOM - Revelee (DFA Remix)
MATTHERW HERBERT - Moving Like a Train
MATTHERW HERBERT - The Movers and the Shakers
ROISIN MURHPY - If We're in Love
CANSEI DE SER SEXY - This Month Day 10
PINK MOUNTAINTOPS - Lord Let Us Shine
CODE PIE - Cement Truck
CITY FIELD - Make That Shape
THE HIDDEN CAMERAS - Awoo
THE HIDDEN CAMERAS - Learning the Lie
TINCTURE - Stanky Love
And now for your listening enjoyment, some Soviet-Bloc psych from Czechoslovakia's Prudy.