Juno-nominated Toronto-based composer Alaskan Tapes shares the latest track ‘W(e)ave’ from his forthcoming album Who Tends A Garden out January 13, 2023.
As the final track on the record, he explains the meaning: “For ‘W(e)ave’ I really tried to stick to my typical ambient track structure, fade-in intro, floating bass comes with the melodic tracks and then hide everything else. It feels stable, which I felt was very important for the last track on the album, especially as the track before it weaves in and out several musical ideas. This is what it is and isn’t trying to be anything else.”
Visionary Brady Kendall’s musical project, the new record explores the metaphorical and literal meaning of a garden, whether it’s noise or the dirt in your own yard. He got the idea for the garden in an old bookstore on a trip to the Adirondack Mountains in New York, where he came across Louise Seymour Jones’ book Who Loves A Garden, a 1935 title full of old poetry and essays on the subject .
The album will include his atmospheric September release “Then” and transcendent October release “Library Fields” as well as November’s title track. It marks the ambient compositional artist’s first full-length release since his acclaimed 2021 album For Us Alone.
Brady adds, “I wanted this album to be my stripped down album, but instead of the usual guitar and mic, I chose my ‘garden of sounds’, which consisted of my piano, trumpet, various synths and effects pedals, and my production knowledge . It’s also my first album since ‘We All Speak In Poems’ that just featured myself, no session musicians, it’s pure Alaskan tapes.”
Growing up, Brady played drums in metal bands before discovering the drum & bass scene. He began creating and posting fluid drum & bass tracks online before concentrating more on what he calls “stretched minimal sounds”. From these style tracks the project was born.
Beginning in early 2016 with debut EP Beyond the Streets and then full-length album We All Speak in Poems, later that same year Alaskan Tapes began releasing a steady stream of music that gradually ebbed and swelled into sonic Breaking new ground, and serving as a natural progression of Kendall’s taste and sonic experimentation, it even includes a popular full-length podcast with the same title as his debut.
With seven LPs in seven years and countless film scores and soundtrack compositions, Brady has allowed his work to grow organically and build on its foundations, earning millions of streams and fans in the process. He also became known for his cinematic music videos, which received numerous nominations and awards at film and music festivals and were selected several times for the coveted Vimeo Staff Pick selection.