Friday, 22 February 2019

OCD043 : The Wrong Object / Into the Herd


Cover art by Marc Atkins


OCD043 : The Wrong Object / Into the Herd

Zachary Nathanson: "Listening to their new album, I almost get the feeling that Michel Delville, who launched the band back in 2002, hasn’t forgotten his roots. The Wrong Object are still going strong and they’re showing no sign of stopping... From the moment you listen to the opening title-track and Mango Juice, you can tell that Michel channels the styles of Brian Godding (Blossom Toes, Magma). From Pierre’s wah-wah bass introduction, you can tell that the band are going straight back into the Egyptian’s tombs of Emehntehtt-Re to see where the missing clues are hidden. The snarling tones that Delville brings into the opening composition is almost a revelation on what secrets the Egyptian king has hidden from every historian buff ..."

Pete Pardo: "Easily an early contender for jazz-rock album of 2019, _Into the Herd_ is a musical joy from a supremely talented band at the height of their powers"

Duncan Heining, Jazzwise: "Suppose you've a friend, who thinks jazz-rock an aberration and fusion noodling its inevitable nadir. Here's what you do. Strap them to a chair, put The Wrong Object on at full volume and leave them a few hours. If by then they still don't get it, find another friend."

Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player: "Belgium’s The Wrong Object is brimming with artful compositions and quirky guitar work. Originally a Zappa tribute band, guitarist Michel Delville and his colorful cohorts have pushed the quintet’s music far beyond homage status, into an oeuvre combining structural complexity with emotional authenticity, much as their mentor’s music did."

Kev Rowland (NZ), Rog Archives: "It is as if Frank Zappa and Robert Fripp have pulled together a band so they can explore not only their own musical stylings but also combine it with the Canterbury Movement and then thrown in avant garde jazz and even some RIO just for the hell of it. After 15 years of an existence marked by extensive touring, recording and numerous collaborations with international jazz and rock luminaries (Elton Dean, Harry Beckett, Annie Whitehead, Alex Maguire, Stanley Jason Zappa, Ed Mann, Robin Verheyen), The Wrong Object continues to push boundaries and blend different musical styles in a way which is both invigorating and exciting."



Since its creation in 2002, The Wrong Object has been hailed as one of the most original and powerful bands on the progressive jazz-rock scene.  

Into the Herd is the band’s seventh official release (their first one was a collaboration with Soft Machine’s Elton Dean which appeared in 2005).
Merging jazz, rock and classical sensibilities with samples and electronica, influenced as much by Stravinsky and Bartok as by Gong and Zappa, the Belgian sextet continues to expand its vision of intriguing rock and jazz expressed in exuberant shifting accents, superb melodies, contrapuntal complexities and colorful arrangements.
The result is a new opus of thundering monumentality, whose artistry and sound remain unmistakably their own and create a diverse and vibrant listening experience, one which has become well-known in jazz-rock and progressive rock circles and which All About Jazz describes as a mixture of “spunky world-music interludes, outside jazz treatments and scorching movements amid majestic, prog-like escapism”.

With a line-up comprising members of seminal acts such as Univers Zero, Machine Mass and FlatEarth Society, Into the Herd is one of the Wrong Object's most accomplished releases and arguably their strongest offering thus far.

--LINE UP--

Marti MELIA: tenor sax, clarinet, backing vocals
François LOURTIE: tenor & soprano saxes, vocals
Michel DELVILLE: guitar, Roland GR09, vocals
Antoine GUENET: keyboards, vocals
Pierre MOTTET: bass
Laurent DELCHAMBRE: drums, percussions, objects, samples

All tracks recorded by Maxime Wathieu, mixed by Etienne Plumer and mastered by Mark Wingfield.

Marc Atkins beautiful art website: marcatkins.com

Physical and digital release on the 22nd of February 2019.


Track listing:

1. Into the Herd (Delville) 4:11
2. A Mercy (Delville) 4:55
3. Rumble Buzz (Delchambre) 7:10
4. Another Thing (Delville) 6:52
5. Filmic (Delville) 5:34
6. Mango Juice (Delchambre) 8:58
7. Many Lives (Guenet) 6:09
8. Ship of Fools (Delville) 6:39
9. Psithurism (Delchambre) 3:42




The Cd is Sold Out!


Friday, 15 February 2019

ODG097 : The Paul Swest / Eyeshadow Falls



Covert art by Jimmy Fountain



ODG097 : The Paul Swest / Eyeshadow Falls


Charles Chace is an artist and musician from Massachusetts who has exhibited in galleries in New York City, Miami and North Carolina.
His recent works consist of a multimedia installation that included paper collage, video, and
manipulatable noise machines.
Other recent work includes a series of portrait paintings that musician Dave Bazan (Pedro The Lion) used for a series of record covers.
His avant-garde free jazz musical project is called “The Paul Swest”. Using multi-track recording he plays an array of instruments: upright bass, drums, guitar, wooden flute, bells etc. Through this process he’s able to create works that sound like group improvisation. They range from composed motifs to free form splatter, from Cecil Taylor’s Unit Structures to Derek Bailey.


Charles Chace

Interview for All About Jazz:

Q - Teachers and/or influences?
CC - Except for a brief study with guitarist Fred Fried, I'm primarily a self-taught guitarist who has played for over twenty years. My main influences are Robert Johnson and Cecil Taylor—I appreciate the former for his unstoppable tone and the latter for the incredible force of his creative power. With Taylor, you always need a second listen to get what he's doing as an artist.
Q -Your sound and approach to music?
CC - I’ve worked hard to develop my sound by listening carefully to other players and studying a lot of different techniques. At first, I only wanted to match that thick fat crispy tone that Charlie Christian captured. But listening to guys like Eugene Chadbourne and Derek Bailey caused me to expand my tones. So nowadays I just try to play the noise that fits the music. The results are, I think, much more interesting because now I explore all the sounds that I can get out of my instrument. But no pedals. That sound just doesn't work for me.

Charles Chace - Guitars, Prepared Guitars, Drums, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Wood
Flute, Glockenspiel, Melodica, Bells, Shakers

Recorded and Mixed at BeepWave Studio
Mastered by Chris Colbert

Digital release on the 15th of February 2019.

Track listing:

1. Eyeshadow Falls
2. A Special Talk
3. Diamond Shopping
4. Dave’s A Richard



And in Bandcamp:

Friday, 8 February 2019

OJP035 / OUC017 : Atsuko Hatano / Bleeding Heart


Covert art by Saskia Griepink : 'Bloedend hart'  



OJP035 / OUC017 : Atsuko Hatano / Bleeding Heart

After releasing the beautiful EP 'Endless Birthday / Yellow Boys' (see OJP031 / OUC015), Atsuko Hatano returns with her new amazing mini album 'Bleeding Heart'.

Atsuko Hatano is a Japanese Viola player using her instrument with a lot of electronics to add textures and layers to her sound. In this case she recorded playing with a  5 strings viola with leslie speaker. Definitely contemporary classical but with a very electronic approach. 
All music by Atsuko Hatano, recorded at Hoshi To Niji studio.

She has been playing and recording in solo or in collaboration with various artists : site.

Atsuko San

Digital release on the 8th of February 2019.

Track listing:

1: Twisted Compass
2: Down in the Dirt
3: The Heart Is a Muscle
4: Sinkhole
5: Funhouse Mirror
6: Bleeding Heart
7: Blind Alley



And in Bandcamp:

Friday, 1 February 2019

ODG094 : Out of Tune Wolf / Cognizant


Cover art by Nathan Tersteeg


ODG094 : Out of Tune Wolf / Cognizant


Cognizant is a conceptual sonic experience much like a lucid dream connecting similar and
unrelated elements in a linear motion. Arise from an ambient surface, grasping on to familiar
sounds to echolocate yourself, only to find you are lost in an unfamiliar territory. 
The audience is meant to travel along with each track, metaphorically or physically finding their place inside of the journey. By the end of the album hopefully cognizance is discovered in beautiful melodies and jaring textural chaos.

"The album is a collection of musical and soundscape compositions utilising instrumentation, lo-fi and high quality samples. I focus on the imperfections of recordings as much as the crafted rhythms and melodies. Samples are collected from various methods using equipment not always practical or purposeful. I think of sound as a material to be manipulated painstakingly and appreciated in its rudimentary recorded form."

Out of Tune Wolf is Josh Rodenberg, who is a sound artist living in Richmond Virginia in the
United States. He spends his most of his days dreaming while juggling his time being a spouse, a father, a studio artist, a skateboarder and his career at the university. He does the best he can.


Josh

 Performing live


Digital release on the 1st of February 2019.

Track Listing:

1: Built a City
2: JK
3: Craft a Bath
4: Waiting
5: A Drift Has Come
6: Confusedd
7: Piano and the Pond
8: Drone
9: Passing Through
10: Top on Top
11: Connection
12: Destroy
13: Structure
14: More Questions
15: July But June