Friday, 15 November 2019

OJP039 - ODG112 : Wataru Iwata / Objet α

Cover art by Wataru Iwata

OJP039 - ODG112 : Wataru Iwata / Objet α

Wataru Iwata (see also OJP038) is a Japanese composer/Artist/Director engaged in TV advertising song production and playing in various pop, rock, electronic or jazz bands.

Objet α is the term used in the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. 
In the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacanobjet petit a stands for the unattainable object of desire. It is sometimes called the object cause of desire. Lacan always insisted that the term should remain untranslated, "thus acquiring the status of an algebraic sign".
The "α" in question stands for "autre" (other), the concept having been developed out of the Freudian "object" and Lacan's own explanation of "otherness"is within the whole”. 

Another way of saying it : The cause of desire appears in the order of beauty when “the way I sees the other” is equal to “what I is within the whole”. Also, the term is used to expound the irrational relation between universal and particular. In this state, it sounds rather an esotericism theory transpierce from ancient philosophy to the world religion than the psychoanalytic theory. 

We can also interpret and recognize the objet α as the fundamental source of art, music, philosophy, and science is a finger-like that points at the moon.

Wataru Iwata tries to describe all those feelings and theory through 10 introspective electronic pieces that will bring you closer to that unreachable object cause of desire.

Some videos. Trilogy was made especially for the Fukushima biennal in 2016. 


Digitally released on the 15th of November 2019.

Track listing:

1: Tone + Prayer
2: Eden
3: Prayer
4: Sine Pt.
5: Ring Tune
6: Sine 2
7: Solaris 8
8: Suite No. X
9: Pinknoise + Alpha
10: Objet α

Friday, 8 November 2019

OVD027 : Kings of Belgium / Quality Streets

Cover art by A.L. / P.V.

OVD027 : Kings of Belgium / Quality Streets

After Beersel (see OPV002) and Stockholm (see OPV006), as they go always farther nord, Kings of Belgium recorded their third album in Finland in studio Kïppu. 

As for their two previous albums, the way of working was always the same: enter the studio without any ideas, push the record button and just improvise for 2 hours! 
This is the result! Now just listen and jump!

Kings of Belgium are: 
Pierre Vervloesem on basses except 3/5/9 guitars
Gil Mortio on guitars except 3/5/9 basses
Didier Fontaine on drums.
Edited, mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem.

Digital release on the 8th of November 2019.

Track listing:

1:Gower Street
2: Pall Mall Street
3: Sayer Street
4: Grange Walk
5: Ungawa Timba Street
6: Oxford Street
7: Old Bailey
8: Faversham
9: Coventry

And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 1 November 2019

ODG113 : Domenico Solazzo / Kino

Cover art by Domenico Solazzo

ODG113 : Domenico Solazzo / Kino

Best known as the man behind PaNoPTiCoN, the free electric jazz improvisational collective (including most members of The Wrong Object and JJ Duerincjx from Ze Zorgs also on Off), Domenico Solazzo has also a great bunch of solo recordings behind him. 

Ten years after the acclaimed « Deadend », he surprisingly signs his return in 2019 with « Kino », another very personal affair but also his tenth installation so far. 
A new attempt in 14 crafted songs at defining a kind of atmospheric pop with blends of dark atmospheres, progressive hints, electronic landscapes and sheer melancholy.

The Inward secret :

Filling the Whole:


The album exist also in cd that you can order from Domenico's website here.
Two very good reviews to read in Bruit de fond and Guts of darkness

Digital release on the 1st of November 2019.

Track listing:

1: I Should Stop
2: Bohemian Grove
3: At the Core
4: A Benevolent Threat
5: Slow Down
6: The Expansion Suite A
7: The Expansion Suite B
8: The Expansion Suite C
9: The Expansion Suite D
10: Filling the Whole
11: Just Another Fix
12: Dive in Darkness
13: The Inward Sacred
14: Never Tomorrow

And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 25 October 2019

OMT007 - OUW003 : Shabaaz Mystik / Chant de l'âme

Cover art Shabaaz / A.L.

OMT007 - OUW003 : Shabaaz Mystik / Chant de l'âme

Enter the unique, mystical, roots, hip-hop, blues and poetic universe of an artist with multiple talents, poet, rapper, author, performer and director. Griot of modern times, Shabaaz Mystik, ex-MC of the Manitù group, paints an afro-mystical universe and roots hip-hop, a "resolutely personal and innovative" production at the antipodes of rap fast food. The music of Shabaaz is characterized by his almost naïve guitar playing and a few percussions. It is the illustration of the mixture of its Congolese roots and its urban everyday life. 

About 'Chant de l'âme' :

Songs like Tie li yee, Nzela or Ma langue generously open the door to simple and effective music in the service of words.
Mponguie with his acoustic approach plunges us into a curious atmosphere Jazzy-blues almost instinctive. The rest of the album forms an entity under which the apparent simplicity of the compositions hides a perfectly mastered plurality.
In this passionate universe where the voices of the ancestors are covert, a deliberately nonchalant literary and poetic influence takes place in a music to listen to when one wants to travel through styles and ages. It is an album which translates the association of several inspirations around the power of the verb. A corpus or the search for new vibrations through different experiences animated by a strong will of exchange and sharing. Shabaaz Mystik unveils here a subtle blend of blues and traditional music, which are revered to proclaim together the simplicity of life.


Nzela :

Digital release on the 25th of October 2019.

Track listing:

1: Tié Li Yé
2: Ma langue
3: Afro Mystik
4: Mponguie
5: Devoir de mémoire
6: Nzela
7: Chant du fleuve
8: Ma poésie
9: Fololo (Nagili)
10: Loba
11: Émeute (Expo) [Bonus Track]

And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 18 October 2019

OCD044 : Cassini Flyby / Grand Finale

Cover art by Vera Brüggemann

OCD044 : Cassini Flyby / Grand Finale

Grand Finale sees the avant garde experimental jazz rock prog trio lead by Chris Jones going further in their explorations. The combination gives us at time relax moods, at time very nervous inflections. Based around the story of the probe Cassini...a true journey!

In 2016 Tom Clarke (drums), Peter Marsh (bass & electronics) and Chris Jones (guitars) – all veterans of London's improvisational/experimental music scene - began regular sessions in the heart of London's Brixton. Combining a shared love of jazz, krautrock, Canterbury and electronica, the band began exploring the possibilities of improvisation, but combined with a strong rhythmic undertow. 

Simultaneously, NASA's Cassini-Huygens probe, which had begun its own exploratory journey nearly 20 years beforehand, had entered the final phase of its mission: a series of data-gathering 'flybys' of Saturn and its satellites. During the band's earliest sessions, the probe was regularly sending back sublime and awe-inspiring images of our Solar System that seemed to mirror the ominous yet driving aesthetic at the heart of the trio's music. Suddenly, the band had a name…

Like all semi-improvised music, this was a delicate balancing act between form and chaos; between the solid and the ethereal. At the beginning of 2017, Tom and Peter entered Baby Microbe studios in Brixton to record a set of backing tracks which were subsequently sent to Chris; now living in Northern Germany. Guitar overdubs were recorded in Germany and then taken back to London to be mixed.

The Cassini mission's final approach toward Saturn's surface was known as the 'Grand Finale': a carefully pre-planned and audacious dance between the various moons and rings of the giant planet that ended in a fiery plunge into the super-dense atmosphere. This combination of daring, science and auto-destruction also plays out in the band's debut album. From the vastness of space to the microscopic click's and buzzes of digital circuitry under duress, Grand Finale is a wild ride into the unknown…

Digital release on the 18th of October 2019.

Track listing:

1: Full Steam Ahead
2: You Know, We Can Never Come from This
3: F Ring 1
4: Picnic with Rhea
5: Dark Titan
6: Shitstorm on Tethys
7: F Ring 2
8: Final Dive
9: Intension
10: Enceladusian Birds (Bonus track)
11: Polar Hexagon (Bonus track)

CD price:


Friday, 11 October 2019

OUW002 : Dominique Maes, Jean-Pierre Jonckheere / Bestiaire de mon jardin secret

Cover art by Dominique Maes

OUW002 : Dominique Maes, Jean-Pierre Jonckheere / Bestiaire de mon jardin secret

Second release on the new (Un)spoken words, 'Bestiaire de mon jardin secret' is a collection of 21 texts full of humour about animals running in the secret garden of Dominique Maes. 
Born in 1957, to this day still alive and working every day to be even more. 
Writer, draftsman, clarinetist, he is also the generous director of the Poetics Grand Drug Store, a store of imaginary products. 
He is a member of the music group "Camping Palace Orchestra".


Jean-Pierre Jonckheere from Les Boucles Absurdes (see also OPV007 and OPV010) adds all the background music which typically matches perfectly the little poetry behind all the tracks. 
There are 3 pure instrumentals as well that give some space between all the texts. Dominique plays all the bass clarinets on the tracks. A discovery if you enjoy French speaking!

As Dominique says it: "Enter the secret garden. Dare to lose yourself, it's worth it. You will come out more alive. And you will then return, from time to time, when the need arises.
You will meet philosophical animals, tender, desperate, cruel, implacable as life, sweet as the moments of ephemeral joy that must have the art of taste when they
Stroll in the woods, the meadow or on the beach. The bestiary is infinite and happiness can arise under a simple dead leaf. All you have to do is find your gift of wonder."

Dominique and Jean-Pierre

Digital release on the 11th of October 2019.

Track listing:

1: Introduction
2: Le jardin secret
3: Le canard
4: Le Pinguin
5: Le loup
6: La valse
7: La truite
8: Le sanglier
9: La bête
10: Le moineau
11: Le requin
12: L'éléphant
13: L'oie
14: Klezmer
15: Le rhinocéros
16: L'hippopotame
17: Le poulpe
18: Les musaraignes
19: Lhassa
20: Le scolopendre
21: La crevette
22: Le cochon d'Inde
23: Le tyrannosaure
24: La barrière

Friday, 4 October 2019

ODG114 : Goudron et Plume / Low

Cover art by Goudron et Plume

ODG114 : Goudron et Plume / Low

The visionary sound of Goudron et Plume is back (see also ODG083) and this time it's much more electro-rock-blues-dancefloor.

The voice of Professor Plume is more busy than ever while the Doctor Goudron adds powerful beats and synths solo on the top of each track! 
An improbable mix and a bit like Jan Hammer would play with Nick Cave! A must!

Goudron et Plume

Digital release on the 4th of October 2019.

Track listing:

1: Jkd
2: Klez
3: Project #3 - Featuring Jonny Bonaccorso on some drums
4: God Drums - Featuring Luca Cacciatore on Saxophone​
5: Low
6: Pink Soda Tears

And on Bandcamp: