Lindsay Dobbin’s Broken Deer
Photo: Karyn Haag
I’ve become interested in the work of Lindsay Dobbin, a 26-year old artist and musician living in the Land of the Midnight Sun, Home of the Northern Lights, the Yukon, Whitehorse, Canada. From her Myspace page:
Thanks to my grandfather’s interest in accumulating objects, I had a record and 8-track player in my room when I was four, five, six. I would spend hours alone listening to albums passed down to me from as far back as my great grandmother’s collection. I had no sense that more than one of each recording I possessed existed. I just assumed that Elvis, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, the orchestral disco guy and many others created the sounds I listened to for me alone. Music was this private, magical experience that tied everything together in my small world.
Cool, right? Through music, Lindsay expands her world, reaches out to others and reminds usperhaps reminds herselfthat we are not alone, that there is someone else out there, listening, at that very moment, to that same Elvis record.
Broken Deer, an artistic avenue through which Lindsay Dobbin speaks her dreams, has a new cassette available on "the world's worst hi-tech label," Al Bjornaa’s awesome Scotch Tapes. It’s a split-release with Fuck Montreal, and Al tells me that it’s something very special. Limited to 100 copies and packaged in a neat, yellow O-card, the Broken Deer/Fuck Montreal split may have a quiet, dusty fate. Al has a difficult time describing the music. “It’s totally different from anything I’ve heard before,” he says with some hint of frustration; he fears it’s one of those tapes that’ll wind up stuck on his shelves, selling few copies simply due to the bands’ obscurity. “If people listened, the tapes would be gone instantly.”
So, along with a bunch of Al’s other new releases, I placed an order for three copies of the Broken Deer/Fuck Montreal split. Can’t let this sort of deep magic collect dust on a shelf in Batchawana Bay, wherever the hell that is. It’s the sort of thing that should be shared with friends and spread all across the world, really.
“White Woman,” animated by Alice Cohen for Broken Deer’s upcoming album, POLARAURA.
You can also visit Lindsay's blog, Peel and Form, and let it serve as the deep, dark soundtrack to your day.