Friday 28 September 2018

OUC014 : Adam Matlock / Solo Piano

Cover art by Adam Matlock

OUC014 : Adam Matlock / Solo Piano

Adam Matlock is a trained classical accordion player (see his marvelous album Lungfiddle ODG050) who constituency tries to engage in various modern styles such as jazz, pop, contemporary classical or avant-garde. 

He also spend quite a lot of time on the piano, improvising music on the spot either in his place or on stage. 

Adam explains: "Solo Piano is the first evidence of the barriers between worlds dissolving. Let me explain: for many years as an artist, I tried to keep things separate - electronic music under one name, songs under another, experimental music under still another. At some point the pressures of keeping these things separate began to mount, and I began to try and combine some of these elements - improvising within songs, lending compositions from one project to another and seeing what was left after the inevitable combustion. 

“Improvisation 32517” is a meditation using themes from “Longest Night” by Nahadoth, a project of lo-fi electronic keyboard music. It would’ve been impossible to accurately capture the original composition on solo piano, and, using piano preparations and channeling the melancholy of the spring morning during which this was recorded, the journey very quickly left the intended path. I don’t think I will see this path again soon..."

'Improvisation 32517' a 26,34 minutes thrill for the listener!

Digital release on the 28 of September 2018.

Track listing:

1: Solo Piano - Improvisation 32517

And in Bandcamp:

Friday 21 September 2018

OPV013 : Pierre Vervloesem & Alinovsky / Invisible Quality

Cover art by Djeromebosch, pics by Pierre Vervloesem 

OPV013 : Pierre Vervloesem & Alinovsky / Invisible Quality

From September 2017 to December, Pierre Vervloesem (Flat Eart Society, Orchestra Exotica, XLegged-Sally…see his Off collections here for the physical and here for the digital) spent 3 months editing, mixing adding guitars and basses, keys and noises,spices and magic to a few recording sessions he did with Alinovsky (see ODG004ODG059 and OR002) who provided on command or improvised beats, percussions and keys.

The album features also Caroline Lumia, an electro acoustic artist who gave a full range of field recordings and house noises that Pierre used on most of the tracks.

The results is the album ‘ Invisible Quality’ which is a versatile mix of country - blues and Vervloesemesque guitars, dub basses, fantomatic or funky keyboards, experimental avant pop and even disco!

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 the invisible quality of the album! Enjoy!

A beautiful teaser:

 Caroline Lumia

The cover

Pierre Vervloesem: guitars, basses, keys, editing, mixing and mastering.
Alinovsky: beats, keys, percussions.
Featuring Caroline Lumia on tracks 1/3/4/5/7/9: field recordings, house noises.
Recorded and produced at Studio Fiasco 2 between September and December 2017.

Physical and digital release on the 21st of September 2018.

Track listing:

1: Disque Oh
2: En Trois Temps
3: Blouse Normale
4: Le Prince
5: Le Premier
6: V’la Au’t Chose
7: Loupe
8: Blouse Longue
9: Eddy Merckx

digital only bonus track:

10: Truc 1


Friday 14 September 2018

OJP029 : Shinpal / Promised Land

Cover art by Shinpal

OJP029 : Shinpal / Promised Land

Shimpal is from Osaka, Japan.
In his youth, he has been deeply influenced by German electronic music such as Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and also by Krautrock, then by English acts like Brian Eno or New Order. 

Now, he listen to a lot of new electronic genres such as EDM, Dub techno and ambient music. 
He composes and plays exclusively with a modular system and hopes to produce emotional and heartfelt  electronic music.

'Promised Land' is exactly that: ethereal music with emotions that works day or night, in the light or in the dark... Listen and stop thinking!


His modular system

Digital release on the 14th of September 2018.

Track listing: 

1: Sign
2: Particle Flow
3: Sun Bright
4: Evening Sky
5: Silent Land
6: Pray
7: Someday

And on Bandcamp:

Tuesday 11 September 2018

A new Spotify playlist to enjoy!

All the latest releases on a new Spotify playlist!
Off Three! : 64 tracks, 4h19 minutes of exciting music!
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Saturday 8 September 2018

ODG085 : Chisto Pole / Boria at Home

Cover art by Chisto Pole

ODG085 : Chisto Pole / Boria at Home

Chisto Pole aka Grin Shadowtrick is from St Petersburg. Most of his music consists of an habile mix between drones, fiel recordings, noise, electronics, abstract sounds and acoustic instruments.
He also performs under the pseudonym of TLFN (see here) doing a much more cyborg style of music, mixing natural analog sounds and crystal digital waves.

In 2015, he collected sounds from one of his friend. This is what inspired him to compose 'Boria at Home'.
This is what he wrote at the time:
"St. Petersburg, the end of winter, beginning of spring 2015. This is a true and sad story about the last days of the fragile world in which he lived, my friend Boris and his neighbors. 
I came to him and began to write down everything that happens on the recorder, trying to catch the ambient atmosphere of that time.  And what came out is memories, about the time and place that changed my life."

Chisto Pole

Digital release on the 8th of September 2018.

Track listing:

1: Leach
2: Kitchen
3: Room
4: No Job No Home

Wednesday 5 September 2018

OAS009 : Lastboss - Emerge / Lastboss X Emerge

Cover art by Lee Prescott

OAS009 : Lastboss - Emerge / Lastboss X Emerge

Another dual release with the excellent Beijing based label Nasty Wizard Recording (see their Bandcamp here) presents the coupling of Lastboss (China) and EMERGE (Germany). Sci-fi ambient beats on the opposite side of immersive industrial drones, packaged with the artwork of British artist Lee Prescott.

The first track is from prolific German experimental composer EMERGE aka. Sascha Stadlmeier. 
The EMERGE sound is not one that can be easily pigeonholed as by design the work is not meant to fit into a narrowly defined categories. Instead by drawing inspiration from the traditions of experimental and noise music EMERGE aim to make listeners focus on the sounds, from which atmosphere and soundscapes quite literally emerge, being unique to the perceptions and biases of the individual listener. 
The choice of sound sources used is usually very limited. In most cases only rudiments of the original sounds are recognizable due to various treatments. EMERGE also uses and recycles raw material from a variety of artists/musicians.
In this instance we are presented with ‘Re-emanate’, a recycling of a digital download only track that was released on the Australian label Misspelled records. 
Yet this isn’t a simple re-issue, rather a mutation: sounds were neither added or deleted, instead reworked and to create something totally fresh. In the artist’s own words: “As all these original works are quite old it’s kind of dealing with my past, it’s a kind of going back to roots by treating sounds in a more contemporary way”.
The contemporary here is akin to a chilly dungeon of doom groans and low end rumble, through which fragments of beats drift, giving way to ambient drones that draw you closer to the center of something unseen. Over the course of the seventeen minutes and nineteen seconds EMERGE invites you to lie back and let your imagination play with the sounds, and see what wonderfully twisted places you might end up.

The next four tracks are from U.K. born, China-based producer Lastboss aka. Tate McNeil, currently residing in Zhuhai, China
As part of the UK/Europe based ’Not Music’ collective, Lastboss helped establish the ‘Breakcore’ genre in his hometown of Manchester in the early 2000’s.
He then left for Japan, a period which saw a definite progression in both production and live performance, with Lastboss on the weekly Shinjuku based ‘Dogwalt’ event roster. Lastboss also won the Laptop Battle Tokyo event in 2008.
Post Japan saw the gradual immersion into more soundscape arenas, and also coincided with his current China journey.

It is from this point that the present aesthetic can be really derived from. The China experience has seen Lastboss partake in several multimedia events including the Shanghai Decompression pre Dragon Burn event, Art Exhibitions, Radio Shows, DJ Nights and Workshops.
As a multi talented producer whose work spans almost every electronic genre thinkable, here we see Lastboss showing off his flair for ambient bliss, murky drones, and sci-fi atmospheres with four cuts that serve as the perfect introduction to Lastboss for the unfamiliar, but also some new surprises for fans and peers. 
It opens with ‘Crow’,a recreation of track produced over a decade ago, a dark and brooding atmosphere piece that would sit right at home in the Bladerunner 2049 soundtrack. Next the ironically titled live recording ‘Linguistic Imperialism’ descends to murkier depths to the dark side of ambience. ‘Hanging Horse’ picks up the pace with a cyber-industrial piece that speaks of future-shocked Asian cities with a beat lurking somewhere under the surface. Finally ‘Journal’ welcomes you into the inner sanctum of soothing church organ mingles with harps and off kilter drums before hard edge bass rises up and the beat shuffles around you, rising and rising up and up, and nicely bookending this side of the release. 

Finally, on the cover we find the artwork of Lee Prescott, a China-based British artist and a long term collaborator with Lastboss. Influenced by the minimalism of Bauhaus and Russian Revolutionary era art, Lee’s style is typified by simple motifs and sparse but striking use of colour, which is probably why his work has paired with Lastboss’s so well (the Lastboss Bandcamp page is like a permanent exhibition of Lee’s work). The piece used for this release also nicely complement’s the EMERGe track, given the non-linear quality of both, the journey from inception to completion being as much a mystery for the artist as the audience. As Lee explains “ I knew I wanted something geometric. With geometric stuff it all depends on the first shape that I draw. Everything stems from that. I draw the first few shapes and then I think of how I can work within those shapes. I’ll have more of an idea of what I want to do at this point. I’ll then start working into the initial shapes. Once that’s finished, I can draw the rest of the shapes and then work within them.”

Digital release on the 5th of September 2018.

Track Listing:

1: Re-Emanate - Emerge
2: Crow (Felled Recording) - Lastboss
3: Linguistic Imperialism Ready - Lastboss
4: Hanging Horses - Lastboss
5: Journal - Lastboss

And in Bandcamp: