This land like a mirror turns you inward
And you become a forest in a furtive lake;
The dark pines of your mind reach downward,
You dream in the green of your time,
Your memory is a row of sinking pines.

Explorer, you tell yourself this is not what you came for
Although it is good here, and green;
You had meant to move with a kind of largeness,
You had planned a heavy grace, an anguished dream.

But the dark pines of your mind dip deeper
And you are sinking, sinking, sleeper
In an elementary world;
There is something down there and you want it told.

Gwendolyn Macewan, “Dark Pines Under Water”



Pinetop Seven – Heavens
(No Breath In The Bellows, 2002)

Six Organs of Admittance – The Ballad of Charlie Harper
(Luminous Light, 2007)

Grouper – Wind & Snow
(Dragging A Dead Dear Up A Hill, 2008)

Castanets – Bells Aloud
(First Light’s Freeze, 2005)

Norfolk & Western – A Hymnal
(Dusk In Cold Parlours, 2005)

Marissa Nadler – Loner
(Little Hells, 2009)

Akron/Family – Franny, You Are Human
(Akron/Family, 2006)

Mimicking Birds – Cabin Fever
(Mimicking Birds, 2010)

Espers – Cruel Storm
(II, 2006)


The shores on either side were precipitous and rugged beyond all description, looking like fiery lava steams which had been arrested by the sea, and cooled into gloomy, overhanging cliffs. The lava rock was of a deep dull slate colour, which at a distance looked black; and the blackness which thus succeeded into the whiteness of the snow behind us seemed like the funeral pall of nature.
– James De Melville, A Strange Manuscript In a Copper Cylinder

Nadja – Only Shallow (MBV cover)
(When I see The Sun Always Shines On TV, 2009)

Jesu – Walk On Water
(Jesu, 2005)

Isis – Stone to Wake A Serpent
(Wavering Radiant, 2010)

A Place to Bury Strangers – Ego Death
(Exploding Head, 2009)

Pyramids – This House Is Like Any Other World
(Pyramids, 2008)

Ancestors – Mother Animal
(Of Sound Mind, 2009)

Earth – Omen and Portents II: The Carrion Crow
(The Bees Made Honey In the Skull of the Lion, 2008)

Mogwai – Like Herod
(Young Team, 1997)

Mount Eerie – The Hidden Stone
(Wind Poem, 2010)

Fumi Mini Nakamura

I remember a story my father once told me. A boy is playing in the sandbox in the schoolyard, and darkness falls. He hears the voice of his mother calling him in for supper. On his way home, he loses his way in the shadows and walks until his feet are sore. He curls up against the side of a stranger’s house and falls asleep. In the morning, the sun pries open his eyelids. He is back in the schoolyard. He realizes he is not the boy at all, but the sandbox, and so he is already home.”
– Stuart Ross, “Bouncing”

Sharks Keep Moving – Sailor
(Sharks Keep Moving, 1999)

Medications – For WMF
(Completely Removed, 2010)

The Feelies – Raised Eyebrows
(Crazy Rhythms, 1980)

Maps & Atlases – Living Decorations
(Perch Patchwork, 2010)

Oxford Collapse – John Blood
(Bits, 2008)

Clinic – Internal Wrangler
(Internal Wrangler, 2000)

Electralane – Tram 21
(No Shouts, No Calls, 2007)

The Notwist – Boneless
(The Devil, You, + Me, 2008)

Broadcast – Man Is Not Not Bird
(HaHa Sounds, 2003)

Chad VanGaalen – Old Man + The Sea
(Soft Airplanes, 2008)