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Entropy by Art Bergmann

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"Each discarded life jacket represents a North African, Afghan, Iraqi, or Syrian refugee who braved the waters for freedom at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos." Art Bergmann

Photo: Paul McNeill from the in-progress VR project, The Olive Grove

Art’s latest album, Late Stage Empire Dementia, will be released May 21, 2021 -- also Endangered Species Day -- on Toronto-based (weewerk), and pointedly demonstrates why he deserved the OC. On eight songs that sonically run the gamut from the jagged, speaker-shredding rock he’s long been known for, to the experimental, acoustic-based soundscapes he introduced on his 2016 Polaris Music Prize long-listed album The Apostate, he takes aim at political corruption, the dual unchecked epidemics of guns and drugs, and the plight of refugees yearning for a better life.

Art states, “The Apostate was more a long view of human history, whereas this new record is a reflection of what’s occurred over the past four years in terms of the masks of fascism being stripped off. These songs say, here it is folks, your history is right in front of you and these are the reasons why. Since the advent of social media, and with cameras everywhere, everybody now knows about police killings, the plague and climate catastrophe, and who these purveyors of this nightmare are. Who needs sci-fi anymore when we're living in the best Philip K. Dick novel ever?”

Art Bergmann is Canada’s most important trouble-maker, and that is evidenced on his new album, “Late Stage Empire Dementia.” It covers all of the bases of what I consider essential to his work: unapologetic political confrontation; deep insight and meditation on the grave injustices of humanity; a distinct, antagonizing, inimitable and cutting voice; and most of all, masterful lyrics set against great rock hooks. He is the real deal, and the mere fact that he has weathered the storm, and come out on the other side with important things to say, deserves our attention. There is so much more to unpack here, so suffice to say, the deeper you get into this work, the more insightful and rewarding it becomes. A classic.” - Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers)

“Art Bergmann is doing the best work of his career. His songwriting has achieved a level of greatness that puts him on par with some of the greatest Canadian songwriters. I include Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and The Band amongst his peers. Hyperbole? Perhaps. Listen and get back to me.” - Phil Saunders, author of No Flash Please: Underground Music in Toronto 1987-1992

"Art Bergmann is truly a political shit disturbing legend and hero!” -
Yvonne Matsell, Toronto concert booker and promoter

“Some people think Art Bergmann is screaming in the wilderness, but if they do, the wilderness should listen. Late Stage Empire Dementia is as good as anything he’s ever done and that’s saying something. Art at his acerbic, razor-witted best. Oh, and it rocks like 1995!” - Mike Campbell, programming director, The Carleton, Halifax NS


Boats in the water
Mouths full of sea
The old man was a refugee
Civil war 1923
He heard the bullets hit the train
Leaving Russian Ukraine

Was it the Red Army or White
Anarchists...rapists in the night
Became a small c christian-communist
I swear he did it out of spite

He was lucky to die
In his sleep
Turned to dust
At his own speed
Yeah Entropy
Will he lie still in peace

Walking out of Syria
History at our backs
Shot full of holes dragged back to the shore
Another prison for humanity

Now there's a baby on the beach
We refuse to reach
I know if you could you'd drink up the whole of
Muddy tyranny (mediterrannee)

We're lucky to die
In our sleep
Turned to dust
At our own speed
Yes Entropy
Will we lie still in peace

Now we're all refugees
Adrift on a rising sea
Boats in the water
Mouths full of sea

We're lucky to die
In our sleep,...


released March 19, 2021
Art Bergmann - Electric and Acoustic Guitars and Voice
Russell Broom - 10,000 More Guitars
Peter Clarke - Bass
Ian Grant - Drums and Percussion
Ghost of French speaking drowned refugee - Zoe Da Silva
Added Vocals - Danny Vacon, Kate Stanton and Art Bergmann


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