Friday, 14 June 2019

ODG107 : H.Soror / Live at Electric Meadow


Cover art by Regina Zheleznyakova



ODG107 : H.Soror / Live at Electric Meadow

Second live album from the non-jazz Ukrainian band H.Soror (see also their other live album ODG064 and their sax player solo album ODG100)!

Always carrying with their typical mix of heavy sound. Regina's heavy bass and Natacha's dynamic drums giving the tempo while Mykola blows his sax in his non style jazz! 
Three long tracks that demand a bit of attention to enter in their universe, but once you're in you'll enjoy their intense vibrations!

"H.Soror is difficult to tie up to a certain genre. Previously experienced in a wide range of music styles, they're creating an unapologetically unique sound on the crossroads of psychedelic rock and free jazz, expanding both with electronic influences. After playing numerous shows throughout Europe and headlining the Vilnius Mama Jazz showcase stage, they described as unusual and self-sufficient creators."

"...plowing a constricted furrow with great effectiveness at the juncture of rock, metal and jazz." (c) allaboutjazz.com



And a video trailer here.

Sax - Mykola Lebed 
Bass, vocals - Regina Zhelezniakova 
Drums - Natasha Pirogova 
Recorded at Electric Meadow Festival on July 8th, 2018.

Sound recording: Yuri Gryaznov 
Sound mastering: Dmitry Kachan 

Digital release on the 14th of June 2019.

Track listing:

1: Polaris - 08:10
2: 354738 - 07:51
3: Kangaroo Seeds - 05:25

They will tour Europe in June / Jully so if they play near you, don't miss them!
June 26: Katowice, Poland
June 27: Berlin, Germany
June 28: Brussels, Belgium
June 29: Dordrecht, Netherlands
June 30 - July 02 TBA
July 3: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

Friday, 7 June 2019

OVD026 / Manu Ribot / Future from the Past


Cover art by Manu Ribot



OVD026 : Manu Ribot / Future from the Past

Second solo album from Manu Ribot (The Claude Zac Ensemble in OBX001, see also OPV011) completely self recorded and mixed at his home. 

'Future From The Past' has been inspired by the Star Trek universe (from the Original series to Voyager) and his unique and bright vision of the Future, the space travels, the attitude towards alien species where difference is the norm, all of those through real science fiction stories.
It obviously includes pasteboard rocks on an alien planet with purple sky, wool based spacial anomalies, ornythoid life forms pupets on strings dying in fumes, outdoor scenes filmed in the same places as Zorro but in color, constant electronic background soundscape, and above all, those exotic spacial musics created by genius composers but played by musicians that no one forgot the names because nobody knew who they where on this side of the ocean and into present time frame.

Songs like 'NCC-1701' or 'Bolian Blues' remind us of Les Baxter and co but then 'Photonic Daydream', 'A City On The Edge Of Forever' or 'Betazoïd Eyes' are really what you would expect from a 21st century lounge composer. 
This exquisite album will make you travel from era to era and brings you The Past with The Future during 44 minutes!

Manu 'muchwI' 'IH' Ribot

Digital release on the 7th of June 2019.

Track list:

1: NCC-1701
2: Bolian Blues
3: Koh-Nar
4: Photonic Daydream
5: A City on the Edge of Forever
6: Betazoïd Eyes
7: Ornithoid Life Form
8: Friendship One
9: Fascinating Anomaly
10: Warp 9
11: Erosene Winds

Friday, 31 May 2019

OMT005 : El Gueye / You & Me


Cover art by A.L.



OMT005 : El Gueye / You & Me

El Gueye has already recorded 3 albums and is recognised as one of the best singer and composer in Senegal. 

The title of the album and the first song 'You & Me' is a discret allusion to the fact that both El and Youssoun N Dour voice and physical ressemblance are often an amusing private joke make to El while walking in the streets of Dakar from his friends and unknown people.

The album is talking about love, friendship, facts of life, success, misfortunes..etc. All the songs are sing in Wolof.
The music is what they call Mbalax (meaning "rhythm" in Wolof), it derives from accompanying rhythms used in sabar music of the Serer people of the Kingdom of Sine and spread to the Kingdom of Saloum whence Wolof migrants brought it to the Wolof kingdoms. The Nder (lead drum), Sabar (rhythm drum), and Tama (talking drum) percussion section traces some of its technique to the ritual music of Njuup.

The Senegalese musical heritage is better known than that of most African countries, thanks to the popularity of this mbalax style and Sabar drumming is particularly popular.

Senegalese music as well as other music in Africa has its origins in the songs of griots who sang to the glory of kings and princes. Upon the arrival of Islam, Muslims became master lyricists and developed the art of sung prayers.

El is preparing a new album that will include lots of new different elements going further away from Mbalax.

Takku Suf video:



Digital release on the 1st of June 2019.

Track listing:

1: You & Me
2: Namo Dara
3: Yaye
4: Succès
5: Massata
6: Teen Bi (Feat. Red Black)
7: Takku Suf

Friday, 24 May 2019

ODG104 : Silsila / Silsila


Cover art by Tereza Veselkova



ODG104 : Silsila / Silsila

Silsila is a music making collective based in an independent studio at the side of the Jeseníky Mountains, in the Czech Republic, close to the Polish border.

The project draws in a diverse group of Czech musicians, each active in the Czech indie scene in their own way, to contribute to songs written by UK born artist, Darren Eve.
The project started when the studio was set up, with people just being around at the right time when something was being recorded. After a few months it had bloomed into a project just itching to arrange itself into an album.


Darren

"Silsila is a very rewarding and interesting project for the listener. Where else could you find slavic experimental jazz influences popping up above the surface of soulful English balladry in the form of compact, poetic pop vignettes?
Presented here is a delicate creature of an album with elements of soul, jazz, pop and electro, suffused with a diy ethos and a moody isolation. There is a rhythmic swagger throughout, happy to veer off the beat and bubble away but the overall mood is contemplative, yearning and emotionally complex. Thouroughly enjoyed it." - Jack Wawrzyn 

A video for 'Allumettes' :



and a live version of 'To the Harbour's End and Back Again' :



Line up

Darren Eve - writing, vocals, guitars, flute, keys, percussion
Jiří Křesina - saxophone
David Patera - guitars, keys, arrangements
Vendula Pukyšová - bass guitar
Miloš Rais  - drum kit
Nikos Mistakidis - drum kit
Andrew Wooten - arrangement assistance
Jiří Sládek  - sound design
Simon Kaye - mastering

Digital release on the 24th of May 2019.

Track listing:

1. Lie to Me
2. Mint Tea
3. A Winter Sun
4. Crusher
5. The Key
6. 8 dotted I's
7. Allumettes
8. Adrian
9. Just the Way
10. To the Harbour's End and Back Again

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.
Phoebe

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
4:Earth
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, irr.app.(ext.) 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



And in Bandcamp:

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:




Chiral:
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:

Friday, 29 March 2019

OPV014 : Pierre Vervloesem / Artiste Belge


Pic by Pierre Vervloesem 



OPV014 : Pierre Vervloesem / Artiste Belge


52nd album from Pierre Vervloesem ( Flat Eart Society, Orchestra Exotica, X-Legged-Sally…) and his 23rd solo in 28 years!!! (see all his albums on Off here and here!).

Pierre spent 2 months, 7/7 and almost 16/24 editing, mixing, playing a lot of guitars and basses, keys and noises, spices and magic for what he calls ‘ His best ever played and produced ‘ album.

The album is a follow up of his ‘ Not Even Close’ one, only this time he plays a lot of guitars and not only synths.
The results is the album ‘Artiste Belge’ which is a versatile mix of Vervloesemesque guitars, basses, funky keyboards, heavy programmed drums and crazy percussions, experimental avant pop and even re recordings of his first ever solo track ‘Phillip!
Take your time to listen as there are so many little variations in each songs that you’ll need at least ten hearings before enjoying those 13 amazing compositions and the monstrous work in mixing the album! Enjoy!

The album itself has 13 tracks while the digital version comes with 5 extra bonuses!
The racks on the digital version are also slightly different mixes from the cd album.

Lee Henderson in Big Beautiful Noise magazine:
"On Vervloesem's planet, there is always space for growth, new germination of experimental seeds, and permission to invent as one sees fit. THAT HE DOES!  This new solo is packed with all sorts of technical goodies, and a mindset far above the clouds. 13 tracks of anything can happen. The album is all instrumental, as fans might expect, but remember no one can predict until it is released. 
With hermetic mind control, Vervloesem played, recorded, mixed, and mastered this imaginative hurtle of libertine document. All in a selfless act, so his true fans could partake of more brilliance by the one of a kind inventor. If you think I am laying it on heavy, just buy the album and take a listen, but pay close attention, and keep a focus on what is going on at all times. This is music from a sordid think tank of checkered bickering between melody lines, prickly notes across a set of measures, often invading the sanity of the norm (and normal), finally throwing pale hands up in the air with surrender, in the acknowledgement that Mr V. will have his way, no matter what. RECOMMENDED."


enjoy 2 videos, directed and edited by Pierre himself!

Olé Hop!:



Fet:



Physical and digital release on the 29th of March 2019.

Track listing:
1: A Great Composition
2: Olé Hop!
3: Tango Tango
4: Fet
5: Onze à Table
6: Le Mulet
7: Fish Eye
8: Statut de Point Artis
9: Über-Mensch Tango
10: Stravinsky & Hutch
11: Phillip
12: Oui mais…, Non
13: Another Reich

Digital bonuses:
14: Almost Chinese
15: Angor De Prinzmetal
16: Canicule mon cul
17: Removal
18: The Void



CD is a 200 copies limited edition!



Price



And in Bandcamp: