Nathan Ivanco’s Shadow Pattern, based in Hamilton, Ontario, is a project for whom the term ‘under-the-radar’ is a cute understatement. Operating with scant regard for the cultivation of listenership or exposure, Ivanco’s work – both as Shadow Pattern and through his Hamilton Tapes label – usually manifests via subterraneously low-key tape editions that rarely if ever make out of his home country of Canada. Typically these releases are procured by direct contact with Ivanco himself and forgo the usual online Noise tape hype cycle. No bandcamp, no webstores, no promo, no bullshit. Lucky for those of us a bit further afield, then, that Ivanco has allowed adhuman to present ‘Chimerism’: a timely gathering of mostly self-released titles circa 2019-2023 in a handy 2xCD primer.

In speaking of Shadow Patterns musical approach one could mention similarities to the mid 00’s era of grimy USA basement noise and home taping, interpreted perhaps by the lo-fi obscurantism of fellow countrymen Korea Undok Group or the equally murky Makade Star outfit. Mangled, stripped-back samples are subjected to the crudest of electronic processing whilst washed-out ambience saturated with tape hiss and eerie recurring motifs gently propel themselves across multiple tracks. Elsewhere more outwardly experimental and… more
released April 26, 2024

Mastered by Julian Tardo at Church Road Studio

All music originally recorded during 2019-2023 and previously released on Hamilton Tapes and Radiant Clay Records

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Weight 0,095 kg