Castle If and the Music Gallery present
Castle If: Sector 03 album release + Scott Hardware
The Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst
Following the acclaimed release of Plant Material, Castle If returns to The Music Gallery with the long-anticipated debut of Sector 03: a sci-fi concept album exploring themes of addiction and techno paranoia in a bleak near-future.
Castle If is the moniker of Canadian electronic composer Jess Forrest. Equipped with a small yet powerful assembly of analog synthesizers, she crafts retro-futuristic “cosmic exotica” inspired by the strange sounds of the synth pioneers that forged electronica. The eerie yet comfortingly familiar echoes of lounge and library music are shaped into a dream of the future. — Castle If has shared stages with as Faust, Silver Apples, U.S. Girls, Grimes, and Julianna Barwick.
Joining her is Scott Hardware. Having mastered the art of hazy, tape-soaked techno, his new works are an exercise in duality. Venturing into the avant-garde, he creates maximalist piano ballads swallowed by noise; imagine French chansons and singer/songwriters rubbing up against Detroit electro and experimental ambient music. Scott Hardware pushes the infinite possibilities of his gear, breathing life into each machine. This is music that pits the organic world against the digital.