Local electronic ensemble The Bastion Mews have been quietly operating on the outskirts of the Vancouver improv scene since 2005. The Full Employment EP sees current members Larissa Loyva (AKA Kellarissa) and Samuel Macklin (AKA connect_icut) expanding on the improvisational aesthetics of their 2005 debut (the infamously scarce Live at the Vernal Equinox) with two long-form pieces of haunting beauty. The rigorous aesthetics of the band members solo projects gives way here to a communal sense of play, with stunning results. And while two releases over a span of 15 years may seem like evidence of a defective work ethic, it's exactly in line with the group's methodology of waiting, listening, and only acting when the time is right. As music continues its deep slide into cultural devaluation and disembodiment, it's worth remembering that listening is valuable work.

Larissa Loyva – Vocals and electronics / Samuel Macklin – Electronics / Mastering by Stephan Mathieu / Cover painting by Leah Bradley / Published by SOCAN.