If you’ve ever stepped foot on a skateboard, you’re in the club for life. For Toronto-based saxophonist Joseph Shabason, this revelation provided the inspiration for his latest project: a new album-length score for the classic 1996 skate video, Toy Machine’s Welcome To Hell. With the blessing of company founder, pro skater, and visual artist Ed Templeton (who also provided album art), Shabason’s Welcome To Hell is a passion project dating back to his formative childhood memories.
Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing.
With Gymnopedie No. 1, Toronto saxophonist Joseph Shabason returns once more with a new fourth world adult contemporary tone zone, finding new resonance in Satie’s timeless memories.
Stunning video for Joseph Shabason’s “I Don’t Want to Be Your Love.”
What follows is an illuminating and wonderful dive into the sublime, via both the textures of Shabason’s beautifully spare compositions and the surrealist bent of the world created by writer and director Zach Shields. Dan Bejar’s hazy vocals float like the dust in those headlights, which remind us that overwhelming beauty can be found in the strangest of places.
Joseph Shabason has performed saxophone on recordings from the likes of Destroyer and the War on Drugs. Aytche , his first solo album, was released by Western Vinyl at the end […]