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)



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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".


Dominique

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
arise.
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