DESOTO

Recording since the late '90s, Desoto has specialized in a ramshackle, lo-fi fusion of psychedelia and country-funk. Over seven albums (and two EPs), Desoto's recordings have ranged from quirky instrumentals to introspective songs to long, loud improvisations. Not to forget, of course, the eclectic assortment of covers. 

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The Four Track Years: Selected Analog Recordings 1996-2003

2016 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

Between 1996 and 2003, Desoto recorded extensively on a Marantz PMD-720 four track tape recorder. Recently unearthed, this archive of over a hundred songs and instrumentals has now been restored with a full digital remix and remastering. This album collects the best tracks from the period and presents them in the best possible sound while still preserving the charming lo-fi character of the original tapes. 

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Eland

2015 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

A new collection of songs written and recorded in 2014 and 2015 that carries on the bigger, more layered sound of The New Desoto All-Stars with perhaps even more of a jazz and disco influence while still maintaining the indy-alt.country-rock sound of earlier releases. Recorded in Merrickville, Ontario with contributions from two local musicians: percussionist Gary Roberts (on brushed drums) and singer-songwriter David Ellis (on mandolin).

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Heavy Duty Contents [EP]

2014 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

A four track EP containing two outtakes from The New Desoto All-Stars as well as remixes of "Viva Bactra" (David Taylor's "The Business Version") and "Ballad Of A Slenderman" (Col. Bickerstaff & His Orchestra's "ToTheArkestra Version").

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The New Desoto All-Stars

2013 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

Though the Desoto name was retired in 2009, new recordings have continued to be made and are collected together on this album. Featuring a bigger, more layered sound than on previous Desoto records, The New Desoto All-Stars showcases a variety of influences from library music to disco to Ethiopian tezeta.

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Viva Bactra

2009 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

Essentially a compilation of over four years of recording boiled down to ten cuts, all entirely made through the wonders of the digital age.

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Sherman The Monkey & Other Holiday Favourites [EP]

2009 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

Small helping of tracks from the same period as Viva Bactra.  Includes a library-groove-ish reading of "The Safety Dance".

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"Musicians Are Cowards"

2005 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

Album of covers commissioned by The Influx, including songs by the Grateful Dead, The Slickers, and Will Oldham.  Recorded on four-track (for old time's sake) and mixed on to VHS!

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Cow Tree & Other Songs

2004 | Download - Wave | Download - 320kbps mp3

Mainly leftover tracks from orleansontario given the benefit of improved sound quality thanks to Desoto's discovery of digital recording.

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orleansontario

2003 | Download no longer available!

A strong collection of songs that (despite the questionable album title) constitutes the culmination of many years of recording on a Marantz four-track machine.  A 2009 remastering somewhat ameliorated poor sound quality.  A remixed and remastered version may see the light of day sometime soon.

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Songs For A River

2002 | Download no longer available!

Early album with most parts recorded on four-track and extensive digital overdubs (and mixing) courtesy of David "The Business" Taylor.  Resequenced and remastered in 2009.  A remixed and remastered version may see the light of day sometime soon.

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