Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer

It’s Counterpart

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Faitiche welcomes two young artists from Canada: Jonathan Scherk and Daniel Majer hail from the post-rock and experimental scene in Vancouver, where they shared a studio for several years. In artistic terms, too, there is a surprising coherence: on 'It's Counterpart', their solo work naturally blends to create a joint album, making it hard to distinguish between their contributions. Majer describes his part as a shadow-like reflection to Scherk’s brightly meandering collages. The album’s title refers to this: 'It's Counterpart' presents two solo artists who have met their match in one another.

Scherk and Majer produce contemporary sound collages on samplers, laptops etc. using raw material drawn from YouTube videos, field recordings, cassettes, and LPs from the dollar bin – the kind of rightly forgotten obscurities that have long since lost their audience, if they ever had one. In the hands of Scherk and Majer, they become abstract sound objects. The two artists don't concern themselves with the material's original context – the sound's character is most important. This sets them apart from other collage artists. Their work might be called a contemporary upgrade of the classic tape collage: here, channelling a wealth of information is the main focus. So are these collages that trigger neither associations nor contexts? Au contraire! 'It's Counterpart' is like an overheated centrifuge whose spinning extracts and joins together all of the harmonies ever pressed on vinyl. Melodies run amok.

Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer: It’s Counterpart

Untitled Jonathan Scherk 1' 17''
Touch Jonathan Scherk 2' 24''
Sure of You Jonathan Scherk 2' 03''
Gulp for the Whole Jonathan Scherk 2' 12''
Way of Saying Jonathan Scherk 1' 49''
Wristed Jonathan Scherk 2' 52''
Get a Little s Jonathan Scherk 1' 05''
Wince Jonathan Scherk 2' 07''
Little Faith Daniel Majer 1' 29''
Something There Somewhere Daniel Majer 2' 18''
Piaget Daniel Majer 2' 49''
Recognize Daniel Majer 2' 07''
Mourning Tide Daniel Majer 58''
She Barely Spoke Daniel Majer 3' 20''
Halls Daniel Majer 3' 06''

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