It's a truism: there's so much good music out there. Probably more than we can handle. Tracks that deserve repeat status sometimes languish on dusty Bandcamps. And so we welcome those voices that say, "hey, more gold over here." Since it began in early 2015, it's been Toronto label Art of the Uncarved Block's mission to mine the overlooked, illuminating talent across North America with boutique cassette releases.
Founded by brothers Peter and Rob Johnson, and aided by the artistic guidance of collaborator Jordan Seal, the label has made it its mandate "to not only release music by hardworking, like-minded idealists," Peter told us by email, "but also to archive music by artists that would otherwise fall between the cracks of obscurity."
Autumn of the Uncarved Block is a free digital album celebrating the community the label has fostered that features the best of fall releases and other upcoming projects. It's a strong and eclectic compilation that puts the likes of Toronto-based Shahman's prog punk beside gloomy bedroom folk from Boston's Dust From 1000 Yrs and mathy, DeSoto- and Dischord-indebted post-hardcore by Nouveau from Chicago.
You might just find your new favourite band.