AMBIENT NEO-CLASSICAL ARTIST ALASKAN TAPES ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘WHO TENDS A GARDEN’ OUT JANUARY 13TH; RELEASES TITLE TRACK
November 4, 2022 BY Claire Julian
Today, Toronto-based composer Alaskan Tapes announced his new album, Who Tends A Garden, will be released on January 13, 2023. The musical project of visionary Brady Kendall, the new record explores the metaphorical and literal meaning of a garden, whether it’s composed of sound or of the dirt in one’s yard. The concept for the garden theme came to him in an old bookstore on a trip to the Adirondack Mountains in New York, where he came across the book, Who Loves A Garden by Louise Seymour Jones, a title from 1935 filled with old poems and essays on the subject.
Brady adds, “I wanted this album to be my stripped-back album but instead of the usual guitar and microphone, I chose my ‘garden of sounds’ which consisted of my piano, trumpet, various synths and effects pedals, and knowledge of production. It’s also my first album since ‘We All Speak In Poems’ that has only had myself on it, no session musicians, it’s pure Alaskan Tapes.”
To celebrate, he shares the ethereal title track. The record will also include his atmospheric September release, “Then” and transcendent October release, “Library Fields.” The upcoming album is the first full-length release from the compositional ambient artist since his acclaimed 2021 album, For Us Alone.
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Growing up, Brady played the drums in metal bands before he discovered the drum & bass scene. He started to create and post liquid drum & bass tracks online before becoming more focused on what he calls “drawn-out minimal sounds.” Out of these style tracks, the project was born. Starting in early 2016 with the debut EP Beyond the Streets and then a full-length, We All Speak in Poems, later that same year, Alaskan Tapes began releasing a steady stream of music that gradually ebbed and flowed into new sonic territory and served as a natural progression of Kendall’s tastes and sound experiments. Prolific with seven LPs in seven years, plus a myriad film scores and soundtrack compositions, Brady has allowed his work to progress organically and build upon its foundations, gaining millions of streams and fans along the way.