Friday, 17 May 2019

OMT004 : Dolicia Keta / Bouwele - Africa

OMT004 : Dolicia Keta / Bouwele - Africa

Dolicia Keta is a 30 years old Congolese from RDC, born in the oriental Kasai. 

She is into music since her youth and has collaborated with various musicians including the first all women band in Congo RDC called Elefio Music. 
She is now a solo act, playing with 4 other musicians. 
When not performing or recording, she does also film soundtracks.

Her songs combine elements of folk, acoustic guitars and a more rhythmic tempo than the popular rumba . 
'Bouwele' is typically the sort of songs she usually play live while 'Africa' is a very soft ballad which sees her adding some jazz vocalise touches at the end of the song.

Her videos are a pleasure to watch and she certainly has a bright future in front of her seeing the number of followers she has when playing live!

Bouwele video:

Digitally released on the 17th of May 2019.

Track listing:

1: Bouwele
2: Africa

Friday, 10 May 2019

OUC019 : Phoebe Tsang / Button Music

Cover art by Sullivan Hismans

OUC019 : Phoebe Tsang / Button Music

When things go missing, we can get lost in the spaces they leave behind.  

Button Music blurs the line between poetry and song. 

It’s an album of linked pieces for voice and violin, where one word can say as much as a cascade of echoing chords. It’s a manual for everyday magic, the magpie’s almanac. 

Minimalist songwriting meets rhapsodic improvisation. Acoustic violin and vocals lead you on a flaneur’s pilgrimage through a Brueghelian underworld of lost buttons. Lush string textures and quirky melodies conjure buttons and buttonholes, presence and absence, the things we let go of and the things we can’t live without. 
This is music from the cabaret where Duchamp plays card tricks while Breton reads your tarot cards.
All the lyrics of Button Music are HERE!

Phoebe Tsang (website here) is a Hong-Kong born British-Canadian writer and violinist. She writes with a Lamy Safari and composes on a 1907 violin by Paulus Pilat of Budapest. Her poetry and fiction has been published in the US, Canada, England and Hong Kong. Her songwriting blends classical contemporary with experimental folk.

Violin, vocals, text and composition: Phoebe Tsang
Recording and sound editing: Tom Stiles
Sound editing, mastering and album cover: Sullivan Hismans
Recording and production made possible through the Artist Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center (Seattle, WA). 

Digital release on the 10th of May 2019.
Track listing :

A: Unbutton
1. No. 1  |  4:27
2. No. 2  |  3:23
3. No. 3  |  1:43
4. No. 4  |  3:34
5. No. 5  |  2:19
6. No. 6  |  4:46

B: Cards from the Tarot de Marseille
7. King of Cups  |  4:35
8. The Hermit  |  3:56
9. Le Pape  |  4:57

Friday, 3 May 2019

ODG098 : Ben Sluijs Quartet / Somewhere in Between - Live

ODG098 : Ben Sluijs Quartet / Somewhere in Between -  Live

Another reissue from the Ben Sluijs Quartet (see also OCD039ODG086ODG095 and ODG096) originally released in 2006 on the W.E.R.F. label, Somewhere in Between was recorded live at De Meent and Vooruit, JazzLab Series tour, September-October 2005. 
"A Set of Intervals" is inspired by and dedicated to David Liebman. 

Alto Saxophone, compositions: Ben Sluijs
Double Bass:  Manolo Cabras
Drums: Marek Patrman
Tenor Saxophone: Jeroen Van Herzeele

David Liebman wrote on the 8/11/2006:
'GREAT CD: he whole band--you are burning-the tenor is burning-and the tunes are fantastic -I have to listen again -and it gave me some inspiration for the band I have with Ellery Eskelin-same instrumentation.'

Originally released as W.E.R.F. 056.

Digital release on the 3rdd of May 2019.

Track listing:

Schooled Mind:
1: Schooled Mind part.1
2: Schooled Mind part.2
3: Whistling
5: Somewhere in Between
A Set of Intervals:
6: Wide
7: Perfect
8: Close

Friday, 26 April 2019

ODG102 : Earl Van Scandal / The Ballad of Joe Wuss

Covert art by Silas Plum

ODG102 : Earl Van Scandal : The Ballad of Joe Wuss

Earl Van Scandal lived for a few nocturnal years in the early 2000's. 
Each piece intentionally resists resolution, withholding that satisfaction in an attempt to unsettle.

"The Ballad of Joe Wuss" is the instrumental story of a fearful man, unwilling or unable to move past his point of comfort. It is claustrophobic, with occasional glimpses of the glorious outside world. Every song expresses a distinct feeling, known or unknown, but even lacking labels should identifiable by the human heart. 

Mr. Van Scandal has since passed from this place, but these remain. 
26 pieces of electronica, minimal techno, contemporary unclassical, experimental disco and more make the soundtrack of this ballad. Enjoy.

Zach Witt aka Earl Van Scandal

Zach Witt tend to make art and music under pseudonyms. His main job is as a visual artist, which is where all the paintings and album art comes from under the Silas Plum name. Zach lives a simple life in a small town in Virginia.  Born and raised there, moved away for a while, came back. Art and music are most of what he cares about. He writes as well, short stories mostly, some long form. Not big on personal details, really. He likes to create biographies for his musical counterparts. The truth behind Earl Van Scandal is he was spending a lot of time alone, getting over a serious relationship and whenever an emotion got too intense, he would work on something. It helped greatly and the songs from ‘The Ballad of Joe Wuss’ are the result of that.

Digital release on the 26th of April 2019.

Track listing:

1: 1 / 3 Piano
2: 4:30
3: Antlers
4: Bronchus
5: Cancelled
6: Demons
7: Donne
8: Drumless
9: Exploding Arms
10: Goose
11: Headphones
12: Iron Matches
13: Kettle
14: La Boca Esta Serrado
15: Maze
16: Mineshaft
17: Monkey Face
18: Monkfish
19: Newt Life
20: Orangutan
21: Pigmeat Markham
22: Red Rudolph
23: Saint Nick the 20th
24: Silky Matches
25: Ten Gremlin Shuffle
26: Windy

Friday, 19 April 2019

OUC018 : Whalt Thisney / Thiscore

Cover art by Whalt Thisney

OUC018 : Whalt Thisney / Thiscore

The music of WHΛLT THISИEY  is a solitary soundtrack to nowhere, a non-tourist map into the unknown; music and images to create new, fully immersive environments, an intriguing aural pilgrimage with no destination in time and space, nuances and labyrinths.

WHΛLT THISИEY selects and mixes music for the mind and body in the same quantities that emerges from encounters between the past and the present, drawing beauty of the commonplace, wiping, polishing it, giving it life again, so to produce the same effect of the original freshness and spontaneity, a mirror that transforms it absorbs and reflects.

 WHΛLT THISИEY mixes impressionist piano atmospheres, spoken wordcore, drone, experimental, library, hypnotic escapism music and this is exactly what the album 'Thiscore' delivers: subtil (un)classical music to dream on.

WHΛLT THISИEY aka Fernando Cerqueira is the founder member of Thisco record label, publisher of Antibothis anthologies and the founder member of the late 80's SPH tape / record label.

WHΛLT THISИEY has several works released through Symbiose, Thisco, Illuminated Paths, Blocsonic, La Nostalgie de la Boue, Grain of Sound, HNM Rec. Grado,Klappstuhl, EE tapes, Vuz Rec. Tape Safe, Spettro Rec., DigitalDizzy, Floppy Kick, Kitsh Magik, Placenta Recordings, Attenuation Circuit, Petroglyph, Post Global rec., Drone Works International, Naviar, Pilot 11, Sea ov Clouds, Attenuation Circuit, Petroglyph, Urubu among others and recorded several tracks with Jarboe, Von Magnet, Emil Beaulieau, Merzbow, Smell&Quim, Wild shores, Antonym, Shhh, Amantra, Harsh Noise Movement, Lolipoop, among others.

Extensive discography via his Bandcamp

Digital release on the 19th of April 2019.

Track listing:

1: Darkspace
2: Fossil
3: Lost Station
4: Magnethism
5: Moon Spell

Friday, 12 April 2019

OJP036 / OUC020 : TRIOLA / Chiral

Cover art by Saskia Griepink

OJP036 / OUC020 : TRIOLA / Chiral

Chiral is the brand new album from Japanese duo TRIOLA and took 2 years to prepare, compose and finally record.

The project TRIOLA was reborn in 2016 with the introduction of a new violinist: Anzu Suhara. 
Base member Atsuko Hatano (see also OJP031 and OJP035) provides all the compositions and the band still fonctions as a duo violin / viola plus the guests when playing live or on recordings.

Though Atsuko regards her compositions as simple ones, one can directly hear the complexity of the arrangements and the always search for special sounds and layers.

Anzu Suhara (violin - Japan) is interested in experimental music and has collaborated and recorded with various orchestra such as ASA-C HANG & pilgrimage, NHK dynasty gong and Hikaru Utada as "Anzu Suhara  strings » and many other acts.

Atsuko Hatano (viola and composition - Japan) is a viola player using her instrument with a lot of electronics to add textures and layers to her sound. Definitely contemporary classical but with a very electronic approach.  She made a conceptual, avant-garde and organic album in 2018 called ‘Cells #2’ which sounds like a full strings orchestra tough it’s entirely played by herself adding layers with her string viola in form of ‘Cells’.    When not playing solo, Atsuko is extremely active recording, collaborating and playing live with Jim O.Rourke, Eiko Ishibashi, Mocky and many more acts.   

 Anzu & Atsuko

'Phantom Waltz' video directed by Atsushi Harata:

Anzu Suhara (violin, chorus)
Atsuko Hatano (viola, cello, contrabass, chorus, piano etc)

Eiko Ishibashi (drums on 1,2,6)
Joe Talia (percussion on 3)
Jim O'Rourke (bass on 1)

All composed by Atsuko Hatano 
Recorded by Joe Talia, Atsuko Hatano 
Mixed, Mastered by Joe Talia
Recorded at Hoshi To Niji studio, studio Microbe
Designed by Yosuke Watanabe
Cover : Saskia Griepink "Masdevallia" 2018

Digital release on the 12th of April 2019.

Track listing:

1: Chiral 11
2: Phantom Waltz
3: Runaway Mirrorball
4: Halo
5: Twin Spirals
6: 13HZ Cipher
7: Back Fire
8: Masdevallia

Friday, 5 April 2019

ODG101 : Von Stroheim / Love? Who Gets Love?

Cover art by David Crunelle

ODG101 : Von Stroheim / Love? Who Gets Love?

Von Stroheim, described as some variation of a "doom band", fulfills that promise in ways very possibly unintended by those claiming either (or both) doom and bands: they've made a record that's a soundtrack for the doomed. Which is almost totally different. With a nod to Austrian director Erich von Stroheim, the record 'Love? Who Gets Love?' is a biting treatise on love soured where all of the femmes fatales are fatal and as voiced by singer and theremin player Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock (see also OCD018OCD021OCD024 and OCD033) with guest appearances by Pete Simonelli from Enablers and Caroline Blanchet (ex-Choo Choo Shoe Shoot), set in stone in a darkening world view successfully evinced by the guitar and synth work of producer Raphaël Rastelli.

Eight songs, violins by Franz Krostopovic (Pale in Grey), guest vocalists, artwork by David Crunelle, and surprises galore make this sleeper release of 2019 totally unlikely to let you sleep. 

The trio has been described a cinematic doom, compared to PJ Harvey singing with Black Sabbath, Neurosis featuring Jarboe, OM, Hexvessel, and even “Amon Duul II in salsa stoner”.

Line up
Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock: voice/film samples/theremin 
Raphaël Rastelli: guitars/synths/theremin
Yannïck Daïf: drums

CD available here.

Raphaël, Dominique and Yannïck

And a bonus track in video only:

This track was supposed to appear on von Stroheim's debut album Love? Who Gets Love? but they didn't get the rights due to Pete Shelley's untimely death.

Digital release on the 5th of April 2019.

Track listing:

1. Moth
2. For a Beautiful Girl
3. Pulp
4. Spit
5. Cigarette Smoke
6. Wire
7. Red Raw
8. Blood Institute

And on Bandcamp: