Our sixteenth release comes from Žhii out of Edmonton, Alberta. No Frontier is a collection of four songs that tread everywhere from '60s psychedelia and UK bass to hip-hop and drone metal, riding on waves of luminous guitars and cavernous sound effects, limber live drums with heartbeat kicks, and churning, capricious synthesizers – a forward-thinking flourish of sounds unabashedly borrowed from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Further-era Chemical Brothers in equal measure. No Frontier reinterprets messages, ideas and textures as it moves from one physical space to the next. Thematic undercurrents of suffering, faith and duty emerge from field recordings of the Prairie backcountry, the crackle of a car's AM radio and the furor of protests in cities across North America.
"I wanted to combine a bunch of contradictory sounds into a single sensory experience. A lot of the samples are from walking around Edmonton, San Francisco or the forests near Frog Lake in northeast Alberta. I tried to make the whole EP feel like the experience of stumbling into somewhere, something or someone foreign and coming out a different person." -Žhii
In order of first appearance, No Frontier features the voices of: Qais Akbar Omar, John Henry Jackson, Emma Jane Kirby with Carol Off, Fred Hampton, Thomas W. Laqueur, Jonathan Kim with Carmen Segarra, Barbara Nichol with Dave Carley, Mrs. L. Reed and Mrs. T.A. Duncans, and the Como Mamas with Mary Moore.