A. Hutchie — Potion Shop
(out November 6th on Cosmic Resonance Records — LP/CD/DL/ Interactive)
Genre(s): Psychedelic Pop, Soul, Electronic
RIYL: Caribou, Zara McFarlane, Arthur Russell, Lewis Taylor, Flying Lotus.
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About: Potion Shop is a pop record but embraces everything from ethereal folk to esoteric rhymes, from sunburnt soul to lysergic lullabies, all the while showcasing Hamilton’s A. Hutchie (aka Aaron Hutchinson) and his distinctive and decidedly psychedelic arrangements. One may know Hutchinson as a member of Haolin Munk, Eschaton or as one of the founders of celebrated venue/label HAVN. He has also collaborated with the likes of Lea Bertucci, JFM, Ellis, Zoon, and YlangYlang. Here, his crisp wind arrangements crawl forth from thick synth haze, as 808 drums rain down on choruses of birds, and muffled pianos meander past distended, muck-encrusted drum samples. It’s also a vehicle for songs courtesy of a diverse cast of guests, variously featuring Hamiltonian vocal protagonists Sarah Good and Benita Whyte of Persons Crew, Doom Squad’s Allie Blumas, pre-eminent MC Emay, Kirk Starkey of classical fusionists Quarteto Gelato, and countless others.
Review — Bryon Hayes, Dusted
Review — Raul Da Gama, The Whole Note
Review — Justin Christopher Poulin
Feature — Leonard Turnevicius, A sound man with a challenging plan, Hamilton Spectator