The master of Moog known as Stark Sound Lab has released its final EP for 2016, "Assembly Line." This EP was first published November 8th and has been enhanced for this release. It has been published on the Stark Records independent label, making it the latest in a flurry of quality Singles, EPs and Albums from Stark Sound Lab that include "New Day," "Wally's Woes," "Haunting Memories" and two volumes of "Vintage Undercover Moog," all dropped in Q4 2016. Marked by mechanical melody lines and deliberately synthetic syncopation, "Assembly Line" is poised to become the new flagship EP from Stark Sound Lab for 2016. Two of the most popular tracks, Doug's Garage Band and Ant Farm were released as singles on September 17th and Oct 24th, respectively.
Canada's Stark Sound Lab has cited as influences the Residents, Bob Moog, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Dick Hyman, Brian Eno, and Holly Herndon. Its own style is founded on a vintage collection of Moog keyboards which would fill any aficionado of classic instruments with awe. Its series of records explore the possibilities of these Moogs with clever enthusiasm, but also create collections of original songs which have their own individual character apart from the others.
And "Assembly Line?"
Stark Sound Lab says, "It was inspired by working on the line." It is described as "a collection of electronic dance originals that keep things moving."
They have also alluded to Track 4 on the EP, giving "Special Thanks to Donald Trump for inspiring 'Electrical Votes,'" as well as "special thanks to Lamborghini Uptown Toronto for the sounds of the Lamborghini Huracán used on 'Doug's Garage Band.'"
Stark Sound Lab's current official bio describes the project as creating New Age, Minimalistic and Experimental Sound Designs that invoke impressionistic and expressionistic experiences.
"Each soundscape is crafted so what you hear becomes illusory, with some sounds appearing to be inches from you, several feet away or far in the distance, while others emanate from directions that are virtually inexplicable."
The Stark Sound Lab story begins in Marin County and San Francisco, California, 1968, when the Moog keyboard sound was all but ubiquitous and revolution was in the air. The late 1970s brought SSL to the North Bay. Stark Sound Lab now writes, performs and produces music in Oakville, Ontario.
"Assembly Line" from Stark Sound Lab, as well as the rest of the growing SSL repertoire, is available at over 700 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.
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