Canaan Balsam releases an album, ‘Cruise Utopia’, available on cassette as well as a Bandcamp download via the Amsterdam/Barcelona label Passat Continu.
It’s the brainchild of Edinburgh-based Grant Campbell, formerly of Saint Judes Infirmary.
His electronic composition use field recordings and found sounds to create soundscapes which “explore the dead space between ambient and new age music”.
The instrumental backings are blended with samples from Edinburgh School for the Deaf, narrations by Desc frontman Daniel Mutch, video/performance artist Calvin Z Laing, Ron Nichols, Tabitha Brown and London-based artist Cosima Cobley Carr, plus vocals by former Saint Jude’s bandmate Emma Jane Stirling.
Recorded over the past three years and mastered by Pedro Vian, it’s Campbell’s first solo work since departing industrial act NAKED.
The limited edition tape, running to over 45 minutes of sounds, comes via Barcelona label Modern Obscure Music, which specialises in (as its name suggests) more esoteric sounds, with Sheila Chandra (formerly of 80s chart act Monsoon) and 1980s electronic artist Charles Ditto among its releases.