Small Talk: LOOM

loomsmalltalkWho are you and what do you do:
I’m Brooke. I own and operate a shop in Roncesvalles that focusses on inspiring artists and designers, it’s called Likely General. I also write poetry and prose, and make music under the moniker Loom.

Current obsessions:
I am currently obsessed with Jane (a dog) and Ellie (another dog), certain smells like cedar mashed up with rose, and my new backyard.

A song or a record that will always put you in a good mood, without fail:
Hm. I thought about this one for a long time. I am the type of person that plays the same record or song over and over again until I have found another equally as effective piece that connects me to it. I listen to music to better my understanding to and relationship with sound and time, and sometimes it takes many listens to get to a place where I feel satisfied with my connection. Because of this, usually anything that I actively pursue for a long period of time becomes a favourite, and I listen because I enjoy the connectedness I feel. For the last three months I have listened to John Cage’s Dream a few times a day. This week, I have rediscovered my love for Otis Blue, and I just “got there” with the recent Modo Koagon/Matsiewicz split– it’s wonderful.

Tell us about an album or artist you think is really under-appreciated, and why they are deserving of more praise:
Interestingly, I’m unsure as to whether these artists want praise, but I know they are deserving of it. Three come to mind, although I am quite certain there are a million more. First, as mentioned above, Modo Koagon. I think he approaches sound inquisitively, uniquely, and with a great deal of freedom– listening to his recordings have taught me a lot about myself and my relationship to sound. Next would be Beard Closet, perhaps for the same reasons. I gather that his work is multifunctional and once accessed with the right understanding, it is truly a phenomenal listening experience. The other would be Lewis. His only album L’Amour has been discussed a lot lately (as it was recently re-released) and much like the Linda Perhacs phenomenon, that is a really wonderful thing. A friend introduced it to me by posting it on youtube several years back. I listened to it a lot and still do– he has long existed in a world in which I truly love to escape to, especially when it’s raining.

Most played track on your iTunes:
John Cage, Dream

Most cherished musical object:
I don’t have many musical instruments or objects but I really do love my guitar. I went looking for it specifically and I nearly had a heart attack when I found it. It’s a 1968 Gibson Sg, a beautiful dark brown-near-black finish. I probably don’t play it like it should be played but I do love it very much. After my dogs, I would try to save it in a fire.

Proudest moment:
I quite honestly can’t think of one worth mentioning.

Most vulnerable moment:
I played a show at Placebo Space for Wavelength several years ago and I completely froze while tuning my guitar. My fingers locked, I had a quiet but very obvious panic attack and I couldn’t remember how to do anything so I near-improved every song. Elaine Kelly was playing harp and Maya Postepski on keyboard– I was surprised they weren’t upset with me. I changed every key and nearly every chord and definitely all the lyrics and they just went with it. At first I felt paralyzed with fear, but then I remember Isla Craig’s beautiful voice giving me reassurance from the audience– the fear morphed into nakedness and then eventually, acceptance.

If you could score a film for anyone, who would it be any why:
Wow. Absolutely, without question, Victor Erice. His films have moved me in ways that not many directors do consistently– I think he is so brilliant.

Your favourite use of a song in a film:

Favourite venue to play in and why:
With Loom I love to play in churches or cathedrals- the natural acoustics and reverbs make me excited to sing.

Dream venue to play in and why:
I’d love to play at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t lJ in Amsterdam, but that would be ridiculous. I’d just love to see some music there.

First band t-shirt you ever purchased from a merch table:
There was a band called Fear of God that played at my public school. The shirt had a screaming girl on it with wild hair and her hair glowed in the dark.

Band you’d leave your bandmates for:
I wouldn’t leave my bandmates for any band ever. I’m extremely blessed and grateful to have a rotating group of supremely talented and gentle musicians that care enough about my music to want to be a part of it.

Album you want to expose your kin to whilst in the womb:
If I do bare children, they will be exposed to whatever my obsession is at the time and I just hope that it is a sound worthy of the miracle that is them.

If for some reason you lost the ability to make and play music, what would fill that gap:
I can’t imagine a situation in which I could loose the ability to make any type of musical sound. Naturally, the first sense lost in imagining is my hearing but my Mum and Dad both worked at the Ontario School for the Deaf and I grew up within silent walls that echoed just like John Cages 4’33. If I truly lost my voice or the ability to string a melody together entirely, after much heartbreak and at least a year of being mute, I could imagine I would probably experience sound quite differently and thus, perhaps I would make sound installations. I’m not sure. I’d do something though.

What was your last dream about:
I write most of my dreams down but I like to keep them to myself. I hope a sentence from the last one is okay: “This time, we walked, and although his face was a cloud, he was still so incredibly beautiful and he didn’t once drop any rain”.