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Surface Tension

by Chad Munson

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jesssssssse Super heavy and lush! Love Love the mystical organ drones on track IV... nice subtle hauntology/lost future vibes going on here! Favorite track: IV.
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    Chad Munson’s Surface Tension (Muzan Editions) is the aural equivalent of a lake. Yep, a body of water, surrounded by trees and mountains, a repository in the middle of nowhere. And there aren’t any people around — that would just spoil the whole vibe anyway, what with their campfires and their backpacks and their fracking and whatnot. So it’s simply a lake with its own aquatic ecosystem, stretched there in the cool afternoon under the clear autumn sky.

    Studying the lake reveals its changes. These changes do not happen quickly, although you may miss them if you’re not paying attention. Ripples form from a variety of stimuli — rain, wind, … fish, uh … leaves? — and reverberate outward. But most of the time it revels in its placidity, a mirror, a mask, an opaque shimmer obscuring what’s beneath it, what’s behind it. Munson builds and recedes with the weather patterns, but in the end he’s a constant presence, a sculptor of mood way out here, owning the zones among the glory of the natural environment.

    Which is sort of weird since I was all like, “there aren’t any people around,” etc. I guess Munson’s the only one.

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I 12:17
II 08:23
III 06:57
IV 11:11


Those already familiar with Chad Munson’s talent for playing with sonic weight and texture on stand-out releases like Albedo and Soft Metals on his own Magnetic Domain imprint can expect more hypnotic and enveloping sounds. If you’re not- this is a good opportunity to get familiar. The four pieces on Surface Tension unfold in grand measure, full of shifting tectonic mass and steely, wraithlike harmonics that orbit each other and dissolve across a gradient of cosmic, plaintive and majestic, near-holy tones. -Muzan Editions


released August 30, 2019

Instruments and production by Chad Munson
released August 29, 2019

Artwork by Lindsey Rewuski @ghosthousestudio
Layout by Joseph Bastardo
Mastered by Joshua Stevenson


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Chad Munson Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Chad Munson is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from the Canadian prairies. At the age of 7 he received a malfunctioning analog synthesizer. Listening to the broken synthesizer drift, drone and distort sparked a fascination with texture that has defined his musical output since. ... more

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