Women guitarist Chris Reimer passed away in February, more or less ensuring that the Calgary band (already on hiatus) would never record a follow-up to their fantastic sophomore album, Public Strain. However, some of Reimer’s solo recordings are now available, thanks to Reimer’s friends and producer Chad VanGaalen.
VanGaalen produced both of Women’s albums, and was working with Reimer to release his solo material as a limited-edition cassette before the guitarist’s death. Reimer’s friends assembled the songs he intended to include on the album, and laid it out with Reimer’s own writing and artwork.
Titled The Chad Tape because of VanGaalen’s involvement in the project, the album is available for sale at Reimer’s Bandcamp; all proceeds benefit the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships for children in music and dance education. It’s stark, serene ambient — really beautiful stuff. You can listen to the cassette in full below.