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Irrevocable Upgrade

by Various Artists

"This is music for art's sake, fearlessly plundering your well-worn notions of melody." - Kevin Press, Impact Magazine The best from Toronto's Music Underground circa 1992
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shut Up
Sick Little Slinky
1:33 $0.99
2. Gnocchi Coup D'Etat
Stüden Yatz
1:42 $0.99
3. I Squish Your Brain
Bartok Guitarsplat
6:14 $0.99
4. Accomplish the Impossible
Andrew Whiteman & Que Vida
3:39 $0.99
5. An Ephemeral Solution
Melon Collies
6:09 $0.99
6. Machine Song
Tracey Moore
4:15 $0.99
7. Liver Rut
5:57 $0.99
8. Infinity: five minutes of...
darinka blagaj
5:18 $0.99
9. Explore
Ritesh Das
5:15 $0.99
10. Akbar
Charlie Roby
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"Lately, independently produced compilations are sprouting up like weeds across Canada, with the intent to assist in the launch of upstart labels and to help provide exposure for new bands. Few collections, however, have a focus that aspires beyond awareness-raising and into the realm of art like Irrevocable UPGRADE ...this collection makes a clear statement of intent to present exploratory, unconstrained music."
- Ian Danzig, EXCLAIM

Here is a collection of works by pioneers in musical spaces of distinct natures, each a "Polaroid" of motion re-presenting a disruptive possibility, a dense alternative reality. Curated by Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Constant Change presents the best of Toronto's musical underground 1995 including such artist as Andrew Whiteman who later wen ton to join Broken Social Scene, and Ritesh Das who runs the world-famous Toronto Tabla Ensemble. This unique album truly captures the vital spirit of the city shortly before it exploded onto the world scene.

"This is music for art's sake, fearlessly plundering your well-worn notions of melody. From lush, haunting vocal spirituals (darinka blagaj) to in-your-face lo-fi electronic gadgetry (Philter), these artists offer up a looking glass view of late 20th-century cosmopolite. The disc is a melange of traditional and non-traditional sounds, providing a sort of Internet tour of the audio arts. Still, despite the obvious disparity in styles, the groups come together in a charming co-op setting. Imagine yourself at the hippest cocktail party of all time. Whether you want to sit everyone in a communal circle or spend a few moments with each individually is up to you. Both will leave your ears satisfied." - Kevin Press, Impact



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Derek J.

An amazingly eccelectic mix that still somehow works and pushes the boundaries
When you read the description for this CD you may think there is no way that 8-Bit electronica and Wiccan chanting can work together - but then you hear bands like Dead Can Dance, Fever Ray, Florence and the Machine, Cocteau Twins and it starts to make a little more sense.

How about tablas on one track and then Dave Torn-style echoplex guitars?

They aren't overlapping - they are just all on a record that is more about reaching out to all sides, than just sticking inside of a genre.

Amazing that this came out almost 20 years ago. But it is also what set the label apart from the rest, immediately.

If you ever feel like you need something to shake you out of your boredom, this is well worth the cost a couple Starbucks coffees.