Canartic is a psychedelic, dub-influenced duo from Austin,TX
whose members are: Jon Coats and Randall Peterson. Canartic moves along just fine with plenty of slow, psychedelic jams that
call to mind The Orb on bovine testosterone, Bill Laswell on downs and turntable guitarist Andre LaFosse takin’ it real
chill. A decidedly perfect sound for late night trips––those at home, those in the club and those in the car.
Space is still the place and in good hands with this duo.
What is it with Texas
and outsider psychedelia? Ever since Roky Erickson and his Thirteenth Floor Elevators became the first band described in print
as ”psychedelic”, there has been a special, rainbow coloured noise emananting out of the Lone Star State that
seems to have no rational explanation attributable to habitat (peyote buttons excepted), the proximity of the Mexican border,
or the weather. Perhaps it´s an Austin thing, that urban boehmian aberration deep in its Republican heart. The local
motto is, after all, ”Keep Austin Weird”.
Ten years ago a surprising
dub/psychedelic hybrid emerged in the form of Sub Oslo´s ”Dubs in the Key of Life”. That eight-man effort
shares a similar meandering, patient pace in big space with Canartic. However, the duo of Jon Coats and Randall Peterson have
a tighter grasp on their trippy reins which, as paradoxical as it sounds, gives the mind more room to move around within the
music and vice-versa.
Impeccably steady drumming worthy of Style Scott anchors
a soaring electric guitar speaking many tongues, all of them perfectly intelligible, and synthesizers that hum and ripple
like wings cutting through the air or bubble like tropical fish swimming round the coral reef.
It´s a perfectly seamless jam that lays you down comfortably while it lifts your spirits. As one of
the samples whispers, "it´s so fabulous".
Posted by Stephen Fruitman
Canartic is a stunning and highly
refreshing journey into chilled ambience and cool/warm textures. It's not your typical Amethystium/Delerium/Enigma grooves
(not that there's anything wrong with those). Nor is it slowed disco downtempo like Chicken Lips. Neither is it straight
ambient tones. Then again, it's not dub, either? So what is it? Who cares what you call it (except that this challenges
the poor reviewer)? It's delicious and capturing (both the ears and soul). It's soundtracky in a positive way (in
other words, I'm not saying it's background music), having the flavor of something you might hear in a movie set in
dark clubs and soulful nighttimes, but it's got personality and doesn't sink into oblivion, suitable only for casual
consumption. Lots of tastes and textures flow through here. At the core is a sexy but subtle jazz sensibility informing the
music. The beats are downtempo and very content with themselves; they create so quietly such a strong groove. I envision lovemaking
and a city skyline. Steamy streets. Ambience oozes from the various elements that make themselves known from time to time:
ultra-chilled guitars, quiet but knowing beats, gentle but assured electronic tones, ambient ice floes and that souljazz spirit
deep within. Airy but not vapid, thickly atmospheric but not weighing-down, Canatic's "Headphone Test" is among
the best chillout you're sure to hear in a long while. -- review by Kristofer Upjohn - raves.com