Séance Centre is a Canadian label and publisher which listens for timeless music from the past, present, and future. Their outings, both archival and contemporary, amplify captivating and under-known sound-worlds. Releases are contextualized with interviews, essays, photos, and documentary storytelling, exploring all of the elements that coalesce the indelible works that moves us.
Where are you from ?
Brandon : Dundas, Ontario.
Naomi : Invermere, British Columbia
Earliest musical memory ?
Brandon : I was sitting in my living room while my father recorded some of his records to a little cassette player which only had a small built-in microphone. We had to be really quiet. It was my childhood Alvin Lucier experience.
Naomi : Listening to Anne Murray on my Sesame Street record player. Also the Dr. Who theme song—it gave me nightmares.
Why did you start a record label ?
Our first label was created to release our own band’s music. Subsequently, it felt more meaningful to talk-up other people’s music.
How would you describe the label’s sound ?
There is no sound per-se, just a gathering of artists and stories that we connect with.
Some insight on the mix you recorded ?
Thinking back to my formative musical experiences brought back places, moods, and memories, mostly from my late teens and early twenties. For the mix, I wanted to connect those salad days with my long-term interests; basically I chose some foundational favorites and filled the spaces between them with sonic portals, linking then and now in my mind.