Last year, legendary downtown New York musician and artist Chandra Oppenheim joined Vancouver, BC-based musician and journalist Jesse Locke to give a home to some of their favorite noisemakers with their collaborative record label, We Are Time. To introduce their roster to the world, they released the playful and adventurous Chandra Mixtape Vol. 1. This sampler featured projects from members of the CHANDRA band including Motorists, New Chance, Body Breaks, Blonde Elvis and Chandra’s dub-influenced electronic project GNDN.
Now, with a fresh calendar hung up on the wall, We Are Time are set to release the Chandra Mixtape Vol. 2. Set to release on March 4th and coinciding with Bandcamp Friday, the new nine-song mixtape collects unreleased collaborations, remixes and hard to find nuggets from the extended Chandra-verse. The release will be available digitally and as a limited edition cassette and will feature contributions by bedroom freak folk hero Chad VanGaalen in collaboration with UncleBibby, a remix of New Chance by the minimalist techno party-starters Pelada, and so much more.
To give you a first taste of the Chandra Mixtape Vol. 2, Ears to Feed is proud to premiere the collection’s collaboration between MISZCZYK and Marker Starling, the long running project by Toronto songwriter Chris A. Cummings. “The Leaves” starts off as an unassuming ballad, as a tape warble leads into a lo-fi recording of downtrodden piano chords with Cummings’ rich honey-soaked vocals. Before you know it, the song combusts into technicolor as sounding like Robert Wyatt fronting a Wayne Coyne led boombox experiment. It’s a brief moment of bombastic grandeur setting the table for the rest of this fantastic mixtape. You can check out the track below and preorder here.