Sat 23 September 2023
Safe Sounds Presents... 1-6PM @ GEARY ART CRAWL
This is a Free show to attend. This event will be held outside so dress appropriate to weather.
Note that alcohol will not be allowed outdoors this year so bring your own pop if you need refreshment. Alternatively alcoholic drinks can be purchased and enjoyed responsibly indoors at 302 Geary Ave where this event takes place.
Zine #2 will be available to pickup on the day while stocks last (edition of 50). Each copy includes a Mix Tape download which is a special compilation featuring a track from each of those performing... including never before heard demos!
Be there or be SQUARE. But seriously, this should be fun and we hope to see ya for some sunny September fun!
May 26, 2023
My Memory Is The Object / My Feelings Are The Memories
The Dark Tapes and Bill Cutbill collaboration of your dreams – OBELISK [SS119] – is released today worldwide!
OBELISK is a journey through time and space in another realm, featuring hard breakbeats, pitch-shifting vocals and drone synthesizers. Everything leads in one direction to what one can only describe as "obelisk".
Dark Tapes, aka, Chris Hadzipetros, is an experimental online-based artist working in realms of vaporwave, hardware synth jams, ambient music and breaks.
Bill Cutbill's solo material to date has been more tranquil, experimental folk electronic, though people familiar with his other project, World News, will feel at home with the textures in OBELISK... like a duckling cut off from its mother that must jump into a new body of water to rejoin the family.
OBELISK undoubtedly belongs in the tech noir sci-fi realm, with Bill Cutbill & Dark Tapes describing the genre purely as dystopian.
There will be a very special one-off live performance of OBELISK on JUNE 3rd at HANDLEBAR in Toronto. Unmissable - all the details here.
The future is dark. Darker than Terminator 3.
May 12, 2023
Dark Tapes and Bill Cutbill Unite In Formation
It's release day at Safe Sounds HQ, and a brand new project has just been born!
That's right, Dark Tapes and Bill Cutbill have joined forces on a four-track electronic dystopian EP ~ OBELISK [SS119] ~ which arrives May 26th via Safe Sounds. It's the collaboration you never knew you needed, and can now not bear to live without.
Debut single IN FORMATION is available to watch and stream immediately worldwide on all platforms in existence.
The track features that signature Dark Tapes sound with snarling beats, harrowing strings and a whole lot of glitch, combined with Cutbill's vocals, warm synthesizers and processed soundscapes. Brace yourself and join the adventure now.
OBELISK will be released on strictly limited edition black cassettes with full black Norelco cases. "But how do I pick one up", I hear you shout?!
Dark Tapes concludes - "The OBELISK Cassette is a mysterious artifact, regarded by many experts in astro-science to be NOT of this world. Do you dare look into the onyx-black void, and are you prepared for total destruction of ego as you project your consciousness across a trillion dimensions of time space and physics."
Welcome to the future. The future is dark. Darker than Terminator 1, and way, way darker than Terminator 2.
Mar 14, 2023
Bill Cutbill Stars In The New Music Video for Lighter
We're continuing to pump a barrage of RUM DO content into the atmosphere for the first time in years. It's all in anticipation of the new EP, 'You Just Have To Be.'
Today marks the release of the music video for 'Lighter', which follows Bill Cutbill on a tranquil psychedelic walk through the Canadian bush at Lake Superior Provincial Park in Ontario. It's the chillest moment on the EP, and probably the least produced song as well.
RUM DO is very much an audiovisual project, with all the music released over the duo's lifespan arriving alongside accompanying visuals. The moving pictures stretch continuously between tracks as a never-ending consciousness, though the format has morphed over time.
Bill Cutbill, who handles the visuals for RUM DO says —
"With this, the final EP, we wanted to reflect the history of RUM DO in the visual progression.
Our debut EP featured visuals in a 3:4 SD format, for a VHS quality, which suited the footage I wanted to use which was shot on old mobile phones. We then raised the bar to 16:9 HD visuals for the second EP, which was then expanded to 4k with the intervening double-a side release.
For this EP, we've circled back to 16:9 HD, whilst incorporating a mix of digitally generated footage, mobile phone footage and manipulated visuals that have been so synonymous with RUM DO. This final chapter is intended to complete the full circle that this project represents."
Jan 18, 2023
RUM DO's Single Lighter Will Put Your Mind At Ease
The first single No Worries which was released in December, represents some of RUM DO's most upbeat sounds to date; funky bass, warm textures and calming vocals.
Well they've very much carried on in this vein with the release of Lighter, which is an airy upbeat classical guitar track with washing ambience, soft synths and an organic rhythm.
Speaking of Lighter, Bill Cutbill of RUM DO said —
"This was written and recorded during the stay-at-home order. I was very much trying to use music and the recording process to channel some inner peace and tranquility at that time.
"To me, No Worries and Lighter will forever be linked by that conscious effort to meditate on a feeling of lightness and joy.
"Being stuck at home was both stressful but also in some ways calming. I hope that people listening to the single will absorb some of those feelings that I was able to conjure while recording it at home.
True to RUM DO's style, Lighter has a lot of hidden texture. What's slightly different in the case of this single, is the lack of digital percussion, the use of open space, and the light use of vocals.