Mode Moderne Occult Delight Light Organ Records
Artistic duo; Musician James O-L and fashion designer Ana Stulic set up in their new downtown studio digs » Photos Jay Verspeelt
House of Stulic
A designer and an artist set up shop Natasha Marar Windsor fashion designer Ana Stulic has set up shop in a new downtown studio that she hopes will inspire creativity. Stulic is hosting an open house Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 from 12-6 p.m. to allow people to see the studio, watch a catwalk show and purchase new garments and accessories. This is Stulic’s first fashion line in two years. The local designer has recently moved back to the city after spending time working for designers in Toronto, Montreal and Berlin. “I’ve always been away from Windsor, working for other brands and labels … I got a lot of great experience. But I missed doing my own work, I just wanted to focus on my own label.” The studio spans the entire basement of The Chelsea building at 511 Pelissier St. “I was really set on this building, the Chelsea, it has always stood out to me. And it’s in a great location. I think Pelissier has always been an artist nook. A lot of artists have started in this area,” said Stulic. “Something drew me to this building and we were lucky it became affordable as well.” Stulic is joined in the studio by musician and visual artist James Oltean-Lepp. “I’ve made art for as long as I’ve been doing music,” said Oltean-Lepp, who has a BFA from the University of Windsor. “In the last few years I haven’t exhibited as much. I was more focused on sound, sculpture perfor-
mances, which was not really something I could sell.” “I was also making art from out of my home, and I just found I wasn’t happy with the space I was working in. It was hard to get work done. To go somewhere else is more motivating,” he added. For both artists, the space will allow them to be more productive, and by hosting public events there such as art exhibits and fashion shows, they hope to expose more Windsorites to their work. “I eventually want to open my own store. If I’m away from home, I’m open to more people not just my friends,” said Stulic. Oltean-Lepp is focused on creating and selling paintings, which he said are rooted in classical styles and imagery, but “with a rougher edge; not ignoring modernism and expressionism.” Stulic characterizes her fashion as a “mix of sex and death.” “My work is very feminine but rebellious.” Stulic said she hasn’t developed relationships with a lot of local artists due to working away from Windsor, but she would like to “collaborate with artists to use their prints on fabrics. That would be really neat, you’d get a lot of neat patterns, even wood carvings.” Oltean-Lepp is finishing some new paintings before exhibiting at the space’s first art show at the end of April.
Whatever you do, don’t say they sound like Joy Division; they really hate that. Vancouver goth-pop group Mode Moderne’s new album, Occult Delight, is sure to please fans of their older work. With Philip Intile’s deep and dramatic vocals, singing about severed heads, no sunshine for days and other dark subjects, you can’t escape the dreary, goth-like feeling when listening to Mode Moderne. Making Chart Attack’’s list of “Fifteen Emerging Canadian Artists We’re Really Excited About,” Mode Moderne has nothing to fear when looking to the future. With endless touring – their latest being with another goth outfit, Cosmetics – and two EPs and two full-lengths under their belt, this five-piece isn’t done brooding just yet. When people think about new wave and synthpop, they tend to lean towards 80s bands New Order and Psychedelic Furs, rarely thinking that such talent exists right here in Canada. Occult Delight brings more Ian Curtis-like moods, while keeping true to their own unique sound, drowned in heavy riffs and keyboard echoes. The first single, “She, Untamed,” is reminiscent of “She’s Lost Control,” but it’s still a happy/ dark danceable tune. If Mode was a movie, its genre would be dark comedy. Mode Moderne are currently on a Euro-tour bringing the eyeliner and heavy riffs overseas, but not to worry, it won’t be long before they make their way across Canada and the United States again. — Clara Musca
Biblical Monsoon Season New Damage Records
The second coming of Sound Garden has arrived and it’s name is Biblical. The Toronto band formed in 2010 and this month released their debut album, Monsoon Season, on New Damage Records. The album kicks off with the song “Second Sight,” which sounds like some of the heavier 90s grunge, but its sonic patterns still contain the curiously Canadian signature any Radio 3 snob has come to identify with. In some respects the album is all over the map. The listener could pick out influences from Sound Garden, Led Zepplin, Foo Fighters, some of the heavier 80s hair metal acts and even Choke if they played slower. It’s heavy and droning interspersed with clean guitar lines buried in the mix and solos that would melt even Jian Ghomeshi’s face. The cover art features two hands clutching eyes, suspiciously playing on the mystery of the illuminati. It complements the music well in that it’s a pseudo-religious experience. It’s the kind of album you make love to long into the night surrounded by pulsating speakers. With six songs on the record, it clocks in at around 35 minutes. That might seem a bit long for what qualifies as more of an EP than a full length, but the last title track is an epic 11 minutes long. It’s hard to say anything bad about this record. At worst the vocals are hard to make out, but it shouldn’t leave the listener bothered. The singer sounds like he’s shouting in a tunnel washed over by the waves of reverb swelling in the ears. If you’re not a God fearing individual, you should pray for the next album anyway. — jay verspeelt
Published on Mar 27, 2014
Published on Mar 27, 2014
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