Jun 08, 2022
Bill Cutbill AMAZONAS LPs Ready To Ship
We'd just like to take a moment to thank everyone who made it out to the AMAZONAS LP release party at The Cameron House last week. Wow. It was a really special night of celebration, made possible by all the people involved including those who attended.
Our very own Provincial Parcs brought the stage to life with his incredible analogue visuals. If you've not checked it out already, listen to his debut jazz album, Scenic Equilibrium which we released last year!
Shout out to Idious Carrie, whose beautiful haunting melodies spun us right round. You can check out the most recent single here. Kiss Kali Die Die's solo performance also sent shockwaves through the atmosphere - how incredible to see such incredible performers lay it all on the line in such an intimate space.
Finally, Bill Cutbill and the Schmoozy Lighters brought the Amazon rainforest to Toronto for an hour or so, and from the feedback we've had people came away feeling something profound ~ "rise, shine, look around!"
And with that, AMAZONAS is now available on vinyl. Thanks to everyone who grabbed a record. If you didn't no fret, you can order it direct with us by messaging on Instagram @safesoundscollective for free delivery in Toronto or via bandcamp for international and Canada-wide postage. We also have a limited number of copies shipping from the UK (£20 all in), so again, get in touch with us or Bill directly to secure your copy.
This is the first ever commercial vinyl release on Safe Sounds! Don't worry, it just marks the beginning and we've got some very exciting release announcements to make in the next few weeks.
May 25, 2022
Medicine Tree Springs To Life
Bill Cutbill's centrepiece to AMAZONAS, 'Medicine Tree' has just been given the music video treatment with never before seen footage from Bill's travels in the Brazilian jungle!
It's premiering now over at It's Psychedelic Baby Mag, so go check it out to immerse yourself in the weighty yet calming atmosphere of the rainforest.
In the article, Bill also discussed how the song came to be from a piece of poetry written in the jungle. Here's a little taster ~
"My guides would occasionally point out plants, trees, or gooey saps seeping from them, and explain their medicinal properties; sometimes it might be a natural insect repellent, but others were treatments for things such as malaria. It really got me thinking about the amazing power of the Amazon – there is still so much potential for healing, yet through deforestation powered by greed, I really do wonder if it, or we, will be here long enough to find the cures that no doubt exist there."
AMAZONAS arrives on limited shiny 140g black vinyl [SS107]. It's the first 12" record released on the label/collective and we're holding an awesome release party at The Cameron House on June 2nd.
Grab your tickets now to secure your spot for this intimate night of music featuring Bill Cutbill & the Schmoozy Lighters with support from Idious Carrie (of Kali Horse) and Kiss Kali Die Die (of Bad Waitress) with visuals from Provincial Parcs.
Thu 02 June 2022
Bill Cutbill's AMAZONAS Vinyl Release Party
We're delighted to be announcing the first 'Safe Sounds Presents' of the year...
AMAZONAS Vinyl Release Party
Bill Cutbill & the Schmoozy Lighters
with support from Kiss Kali Die Die (of Bad Waitress) and Idious Carrie (of Kali Horse)
Thursday June 2nd @ The Cameron House
Every advance ticket purchased comes with 1 entry to win a test pressing of AMAZONAS with a hand painted sleeve! It's a low capacity show so secure your seat and be in with a chance to win!
To celebrate the vinyl release of Bill Cutbill's debut LP, AMAZONAS, Safe Sounds has curated a very special event...
The show will open with a performance from Safe Sounds' Idious Carrie (lead singer of psychedelic rock masters, Kali Horse) followed by an acoustic set from the enigmatic Kiss Kali Die Die (lead singer of the acclaimed punk band, Bad Waitress).
Bill Cutbill will then transport you to the Amazon rainforests of Brazil for a very special one-off performance of AMAZONAS in full, featuring the recorded sounds of the jungle alongside compositions for guitar, synth and piano. Featuring the poetry and stories from his month long stay in South America alongside backing band, the Schmoozy Lighters (Desiree Das Gupta, Quentin Mitchell).
Aug 03, 2021
Sonja and Friends Mix by DJ Cutbill
DJ Cutbill has a new mix out today via the Sonja and Friends series. Bill was set the challenge to work around soundscapes, so this is a (mostly) tranquil mix combining the sounds he recorded in the Amazon rainforest with a downbeat vinyl set.
A few shoutouts to Canadian faves BADBADNOTGOOD and Paul Jacobs who appear on this mix, but don't let these names fool you as there is still very much an electronic edge overall.
Bill's Amazonas Sound Library, if you didn't already know, is a free resource for filmmakers, musicians and creatives. You can listen to the raw files and download them here.
Check out the full Sonja and Friends series now.
Mar 12, 2021
Gloin Remix EP Arrives Today - Sft Mnstr Rmxd
Toronto heavyweights Gloin, have today released a full remix EP called Sft Mnstr Rmxd - listen here. The original EP, 'Soft Monster', has been reenvisioned track-by-track by Lia Braswell, Teepy Slime, Ceremony East Coast, Moss Harvest and our very own Bill Cutbill.
Bill Cutbill's AMAZONAS remix makes use of the free sound library of Amazon jungle samples Bill unleashed upon the world in 2020. The library features 100+ samples he recorded in Brazil, and is free for artists, filmmakers, musicians and creatives to download and use in their endeavours.
Please check out the sounds of the Amazon now, and if you use any of the samples, all you gotta do is reference Bill's Amazonas Sound Library as one of your sources!
Bill would like to thank Gloin for inviting him to be a part of this release -
"I spend a lot of time hiding under the ground so that I can pretend I'm swinging between the trees. This project gave me something to focus on. Without the shackles and limitations of rules, I had a great time exploring the possibilities within the stems I was given.
"Starting with the bass and guitar lines, I found joy in pitch-shifting the two to create some new melodic paths. Having been given multiple drum channels, I then loaded them all into a session and pulled individual stems back or forward to find new rhythms from the original recordings. The bleed from the mics adds natural counter-rhythms and by finding areas that gave me satisfaction, I was able to create loops using the existing drums that had a completely different feel and supported the new melodic direction.
"Adding a combination of original synth samples and others I generated using a Juno-106 (which I believe I'm right in saying was the same instrument used on Gloin's original track), I finally layered the vocals take-by-take to create something that I hope will prove soothing to listeners out there in the great unknown.
"If you enjoy the track, please consider downloading AMAZONAS and making an optional donation to the Rainforest Trust to protect the endangered rainforest and the species that call them home."