Friday, 25 September 2020

OVD037 : Pierre Vervloesem / Influenza

 

Cover art by A.L., pic by Pierre Vervloesem


OVD037 : Pierre Vervloesem / Influenza

Back to basic for Pierre (see also all his physical releases here and all his digital releases hereor how he succeeds to influence himself by some of his favorite tricks! 

Pierre gives us again one of his long 39 minutes piece where you can (re)discover all his music from the last 30 years combined in a single track! 

An adventure for some, a delight for most of us!


digital release on the 25th of September 2020.

Track listing:

1: Influenza



And on Bandcamp:

 

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

A new Spotify playlist for your pleasure!

 57 new songs and more than 4 hours of music for your pleasure!


Subscribe and listen indefinitely, it's free or just listen and discover the last Off releases!

Thursday, 17 September 2020

OCD046 : Orientation of We / Emergence


 Cover art by Emily Mahon, pic by Praveen Kumar Mathivanan



OCD046 : Orientation of We / Emergence

The music on this album was not preconceived or premeditated in any way whatsoever. The ensemble's method of collaboration has been to begin playing without any discussion of what is to be played or how the music should be approached. The group was formed after a number of informal, but fruitful sessions. It was unanimous among the group that the musical chemistry and dynamic we shared was fertile enough to merit further exploration. 


Michael Irwin about the album:


« We went into the recording studio after several years of enjoying our apartment jam sessions and spent the day as we did at one another’s houses; playing the music as it came to us, talking about life, and laughing often. Reflecting how to describe or explain this music led us to contemplate the behaviour of large flocks of birds or schools of fish and how they can move in an agile, flowing unison without any discernible signals or guidance; as if the goal were to be as close together as possible without crashing into one another. Researchers call this kind of movement emergent behaviour. This was the inspiration for the album’s title, Emergence. The band took Orientation of We as our name from a drawing from Paul Klee’s concept of the Orientation of I in response to a work of art as described in the Paul Klee Notebooks. » 


Joe, James, Michael and Max, pic byMichael Brorby

James Brandon Lewis (b.1983 Buffalo NY ) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator  . Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in todays scene . Lewis has shared stages with  Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett , Hamid Drake , Ravi Coltrane , Jimmy Heath Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano  Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. James Brandon Lewis Lewis has been endorsed by Jazz legend Saxophonist Sonny Rollins  “ Promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders”. – Jazz Magazine (France). New York Times had this to say about Lewis " James Brandon Lewis , A Jazz Saxophonist in his 30's,Raw Toned But Measured, Doesn't sound steeped in current  jazz academy values There's an Independence about him." James Brandon Lewis Leads numerous ensembles and is the Co- Founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders   Lewis attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. 


“Johnson is an intrepid composer, architect of sound and beast of the bass...” (Brad Cohan, New York City Jazz Record). 

Harvesting a wild energy filled with joy, bassist and composer Max Johnson approaches his music with love and authenticity, whether he's playing jazz on tour throughout the world, performing with a bluegrass band at a festival, or composing complex chamber music.  Throughout his career, Johnson has worked with luminaries such as Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, Mary Halvorson, Muhal Richard Abrams, William Parker, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and has composed music for the Mivos String Quartet, janus trio, and the ECCE Ensemble.  With a non-stop touring schedule at top festivals and performing arts centers such as Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Lollapalooza, Bern Jazz Festival, Quebec City Festival, Max also has a prolific recording history, having released nine albums under his own name, and has played on over thirty records. In 2012 and 2014 was voted No.2 Bassist of the Year and No. 5 Musician of the Year in El Intruso's International Critics Poll, and his bass playing can be heard the Academy Award Winning Spike Lee film, "The BlacKkKlansman".  Max Johnson currently teaches at Brooklyn College, and has a beautiful chihuahua named Gabby 


Joe Hertenstein was raised in Germany. His mission remains to learn from and explore music with (m)any master musician(s), some of which he calls friends and colleagues by now. He hopes to encourage and experience the dialogue with all cultures through music, through the abstract, through friendship and inspiration. Joe is a thalassophile and divides his time between Lahr and Brooklyn. 

Joe has released five albums as a leader with the bands HNH, POLYLEMMA, Future Drone and TØRN and many more as a sideman on labels such as MoersMusic, Cleanfeed, Red Toucan, jazzwerkstatt Berlin, Creative Sources, 2nd Floor/Loft-Cologne, Skirl, Leo, Engine, EvilRabbit, FMR, Chant, Gaucimusic, Konnex, Springstoff, Ravello/PARMA. In 2005, the magazine AllAboutJazzNewYork hailed his drumming style as "...shaping the music from the bottom up." and for April 2011, the Managing Editor of TheNYCJazzRecord, Laurence Donohue-Greene, selected Joe's album Crespect by TØRN as "Recommended New Release". The same year, the website allaboutjazz.com praised his album POLYLEMMA as thus: "The soloists' focused interactions intimate a highly artistic game plan that supersedes the tried and true." POLYLEMMA won Belgian music critic Stef Gijssels' freejazzblog's Happy-New-Ears-Award 2011 for "most innovative listening experience". Joe’s latest album HNH2 made it on Gijssels’ list of top 10 albums of 2015: “Fantastic trumpet, bass, drums trio redefining the format through inventive music.”  


Trumpeter and composer Michael Irwin grew up in New York City. Inspired by the sounds he heard throughout his youth, he studied Jazz at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase where he was the student of trumpet legend Jon Faddis. 

Michael has contributed to albums by Vampire Weekend, Brazilian Girls, The Budos Band, The Chieftains, and TV on the Radio. A presence among the New York Jazz and new music community, he has played in ensembles led by Kenny Wollesen, Federico Ughi, Joel Forrester and others. 

Michael’s wide-ranging musical interests have led to fruitful collaborations and international tours with singer/songwriters such as Elvis Perkins, Jocie Adams, The Walkmen, The Low Anthem, and The Woes.  


Michael Irwin - trumpet 

James Brandon Lewis - tenor saxophone 

Max Johnson - bass 

Joe Hertenstein - drums 


Recorded July 2017 at Acoustic Recording - Brooklyn, New York 

Engineered by Michael Brorby 

Mixed by Max Johnson 

Mastered by Alan Silverman


Digital and physical release on the 8th of September 2020.


Track listing:


1: Are You On Too

2: Principle of Differentiation

3: Emergence

4: Murmurs

5: Again

6: Out of Sight

7: Extra Heavy





And on Bandcamp:


CD HERE:

Price

Friday, 11 September 2020

OJP048 : Hidetoshi Kawanaka - Ryouko Aomasa / INSIDE


Cover art by A.L., pic by Hidetoshi Kawanaka



OJP048 : Hidetoshi Kawanaka - Ryouko Aomasa / INSIDE

The return of Japanese pianist Ryouko Aomasa, this time along harmonica player Hidetoshi Kawanaka. 
They both teamed to compose subtle melodies that remind nature (hasu- lotus), weather elements (ame- rain), time or events of the passing year. 
The music is at times very easy going or at times extremely fast and battling between both instruments. 
It can also reminds soundtracks or anime music typical of Japan though it is closer of a special mood from both composers. 
Alinovsky (see OVD038) added some synthesizers waves and far away rhythms and twisted electronically the general sound with added effects, mixing and production.
Pierre Vervloesem did the mastering.
Five songs to make you travel and relax!


Hidetoshi and Ryouko

Hidetoshi Kawanaka

Hidetoshi Kawanaka started playing harmonica at the age of 20 and playing live almost only his original songs.
While working as a harmonica instructor mainly in Tokyo, he also played live and recorded with various artists.It has a reputation for a delicate and emotional tone that goes beyond the boundaries of the blues harp.
He has released solo works on the Tears Label:
-2006: "a place to call home" 
-2016: "early bird" 
-2019: « HERE"

Ryouko Aomasa

Ryouko Aomasa (see also OJP024, OJP025 and OJP033) has played traditional Japanese music (koto and shamisen) for a long time before playing the piano.  
It's no wonder that her piano approach and base are extremely influenced and take their roots in this traditional Japanese music.
On the side of her solo activities, she collaborates often with various musicians and singers or plays along live readings or paintings in little cafes.

A trailer:



Digital release on the 11th of September 2020.

Track listing:

1: Ame (Ryouko.A)
2: Forget Me (Ryouko.A/Hidetoshi.K) 
3: Summer Train (Hidetoshi.K) 
4: Hasu (Ryouko.A)
5: Over Now (Hidetoshi.K)



And on Bandcamp:




Friday, 4 September 2020

OJP051 : momo's paw / Clutter distorted


Cover art by mom's paw



OJP051 : momo's paw / Clutter distorted

Mizuki Kataoka aka momo's paw is a Japanese electronic musician who started using computers and daw to compose and produce music when she was 16 years old. Since then she never stopped and released already 2 albums before 'Clutter distorted'. Her music is a mix of dubstep, experimental, avant-garde, contemporary, future techno but has a definitive Japanese spirit behind the music which reminds at times the Japanese electronic scene from the 80ties/90ties but with a modern and updated feel and an anticipation of the now and futur electronic sounds.

Another big love of momo's paw is painting which she started at the age of 25. Now, being 27, her new challenge is to produce video works.  'Clutter distorted' is her unique creative world view and anomalous rhythm of life.

momo's paw

Mix and mastering: CaseK(ocstract).
special thanks: drowsiness, Kazuhito Havu and all the listeners.

Digital release on the 4th of September 2020.

Track listing:
01. Reindeer march in the desert
02. Thought and hope to jump
03. You will feel your eyes closed
04. Ceremonies for the toast
05. Countless faces and shouts
06. Expectations for dynamics and collapse
07.  Distorted virtue
08. Impulse of destruction
09. Destroy it
10.  Reflected on the moon
11.  I was dreaming
12.  Heart beat fast
13.  Why is this world
14.  How Wild Nature is... (Yao Chung-Han Remix)



And on Bandcamp:


Friday, 28 August 2020

ODG127 : Xtof Calis / Actif et réactif

1

cover art and pic by Pedro Bruneel



ODG127 : Xtof Calis / Actif et réactif

Xtof Calis is the moniker of Belgian musician and composer Christophe Calis (see ODG122).
As a philosophy student Calis discovered the work of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. This inspired him to develop the concept of ‘devenir-son’,  ‘becoming-sound’ and to explore how sound can territorialize the body. With the aid of laptop, synthesizers and guitar, Calis' sound-sculptures create contemplative and meditative affects in a unique style of ambient music, marked by an experimental and glitchy edge.


Xtof Calis about his album:

"This album is a follow-up of my first album, “Le tragique” (2011). Both or inspired by a book by Gilles Deleuze, namely ‘Nietzsche et la philosophie’.The first album was made in about seven days, this second one took me about seven years. The reason for this time-lapse is called “fatherhood”. Becoming a father of two sons, renovating a house and having a full time job changed my life drastically. I never stopped making music, but I just couldn’t focus on finishing this album. I made more than a hundred sketches of songs. During the summer of 2019, I finally could bring back my full attention to this project.  I started to select the sketches that I liked the most and started to improvise over them with only one goal: finishing what I started, to explore the concept of sound-becoming further."



Composed, played , recorded and mixed by Xtof Calis.

Digital release on the 28th of August 2020.

Track listing:
  1. Le corps 
  2. La distinction des forces
  3. Quantité et qualité
  4. Nietzsche et la science
  5. Premier aspect de l'éternel retour : comme doctrine cosmologique et physique
  6. Qu'est-ce que la volonté de puissance?
  7. La terminologie de Nietzsche
  8. Origine et image renversée
  9. Problème de la mesure des forces
  10. La hiérarchie
  11. Volonté de puissance et sentiment de puissance 
  12. Le devenir-réactif des forces 
  13. Ambivalence du sens et des valeurs 
  14. Deuxième aspect de l'éternel retour : comme pensée éthique et sélective 
  15. Le problème de l'Éternel Retour


    And on Bandcamp:

    Friday, 21 August 2020

    ODG128 : Ringhold / Turning Corners


    Covert art by A.L. from the original band logo



    ODG128 : Ringhold / Turning Corners

    RINGHOLD are an Estonian duo who plays unorthodox & experimental blues. 
    Some call it melancholic, some say it’s sort of a freaky danceable music. 

    eleOnora on vocals has been described as Jim Morrison channeling Meredith Monk. A machine gun? No problem! Dadaist gibberish? Easy! 
    Kalle Tikas on electric guitar has been titled as one of the leading guitar pickers in the Baltics. 
    Active since 2014, the duo has released two studio albums – debut album “Ringhold” in 2016 and “Hello Bob!” in 2018. 

    Their new album "Turning Corners" was recorded live during their 2018 tour in various European cities.

    eleOnora and Kalle live in Tallinn Rockstar - pic by Sanna Larmola

     and live in Pölva Underground

    Digital release on the 21st of August 2020.

    Track listing:

    1. Hello Bob! (Kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Kaur Faltis)
    2. Riga Rambler (Kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Kalle Tikas)
    3. Somebody Keeps On Calling Me (Fred McDowell / aranged by kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Kalle Tikas)
    4. Blake Or Doe (Kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Kaur Faltis)
    5. Black Betty (traditional tune) (mixed by Kenneth Cosimo)
    6. Mississippi Boweavil Blues (Charlie Patton / aranged by kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Kenneth Cosimo)
    7. High Water Everywhere (Charlie Patton / aranged by kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Peeter Salmela)
    8. CC&O Blues (Pink Anderson / aranged by kalle Tikas, eleOnora) (mixed by Peeter Salmela)

    EleOnora : voice 
    Kalle Tikas : Electric guitar
    Mastering by Pierre Vervloesem




    And on Bandcamp:

    Friday, 14 August 2020

    OJP045 - OUC028 : Fuji Yuki / Synchronicity (Live at the Église Saint-Maximin de Metz)



    Cover art by A.L.



    OJP045 - OUC028 : Fuji Yuki / Synchronicity (Live at the Église Saint-Maximin de Metz)


    Fuji Yuki is a Japanese singer who performe in a Japanese Experimental / Improvisation music scene. She is a big part of the Japanese experimental music scene.

    She uses her voice like an instruments using some special vocal techniques, glossolalia and electronic pedals to twist the sound of it.
    She is best known as the vocalist, improviser, performer, bassist and vocalist of the duo Sarry.
    When performing solo, she sings in her self style which as she's explaining is " a deep trip drone that connects this world to the next". 

    Her musicality transforms the vocals like a ambient drone or early church music reminding at times a prayer.
    Her performances are always different depending of the place and space and by the inspiration coming from the spirit of buddhism and shintoism which are widely followed in Japan.

    Yuki performing at the Église Saint-Maximin de Metz

    Digital release on the 14th of August 2020.

    Track listing:

    1: Synchronicity, Pt. 1 - 14:11 min.
    2: Synchronicity, Pt. 2 - 18:59 min.



    And on Bandcamp:


    Thursday, 6 August 2020

    ODG0124 : Mathieu Babinot / Ghost Hands



    Covert art by Mathieu babinot



    ODG0124 : Mathieu Babinot / Ghost Hands


    Mathieu Babinot, a 31-year-old self-taught musician, started music by learning the guitar on his own in parallel with his studies in applied arts. 
    It was through the discovery of artists such as Tangerine Dream and Morton Subotnick that he became more interested in electronic music and let himself be guided in more “experimental” directions.

    What he is saying about Ghost Hands:
    "The EP is about fatality, the desperation of not having control over what surrounds us, of being overcome by events and, in a sense, by the powerful who intervene in our destinies.
    I chose to narrate this subject thinking to the bombing of Hiroshima where the Americans, to demonstrate their powers to the Russians, bombed the Japanese who were about to surrender. Far away from conflicts, life stopped for a whole city and population when it was not necessary.
    Ghost Hands is a term that refers to people who survived the blast, having skin burnt by radiation, especially on the hands and the rest of the body."


    Digital release on the 6th of August 2020, the 75th birthday of the Hiroshima atomic destruction.

    Track listing:

    1: Ghost Hands, Pt. 1
    2: Ghost Hands, Pt. 2
    3: Ghost Hands, Pt. 3
    4: Ghost Hands, Pt. 4



    And on Bandcamp:

    Friday, 31 July 2020

    OAS012 : Nekroma / This Is Not Another Love Song


    Cover art by Su Nan



    OAS012 : Nekroma / This Is Not Another Love Song

    Nekroma is an experimental post doom quartet based in Beijing (bio). 

    While the group began as a collaboration between the bands Nakoma and the GUIGUISUISUI (see OAS001 and OAS010), Nekroma has taken on its style and identity distinct from the two bands that forged it. 
    Drawing on a range of influences from all over the globe Nekroma utilizes vocals, skateboard guitar, drums, bass, electronic samples, and synths to create a backdrop for twisted fairy tales and Lovecraftian fantasies.



    Live they mix theatricality akin to a silent horror film with digital painting created in real time using the groundbreaking Tagtool app and projected over the band, creating a feedback loop between sight and sound. Nekroma beckons.




    Dann Gaymer: Diddly Board, lapsteel guitar, vocals, synth 
    Su Nan: vocals, synth, percussion 
    Nico Mazzei: bass, synth, percussion 
    Linda Westman: drums on 'Introduction', 'The Tower', 'Interlude', 'Hemlock'
    Kris Ruiz: drums on 'Oss', 'Krankenwagen', 'The Ocean of Eyes', 'A Whisper in the Void' 
    Rudi Botes:  cello on 'Krankenwagen', 'The Ocean of Eyes', 'Hidden Passage'

    All songs written Nekroma.

    'Introduction', 'The Tower', 'Interlude'  'Hemlock' recorded at Fuda (Beijing, China) and Golddust Studios (Bromley, England).
    Mixed and mastered by Shen at Ran Music (Beijing, China).

    'Oss', 'Krankenwagen', 'The Ocean of Eyes' recorded by Wayne Riley at Snipersounds.com (Beijing, China) and Hyenaz HQ (Berlin, Germany).
    Mixed and mastered by Tyron Naude (Beijing, China).

    'Hidden Passage' recorded live at DDC  (Beijing, China).
    'A Whisper in the Void' recorded live at 一场 Impromptu Cafe (Beijing, China).

    The Ocean of Eyes:



    Digital release on the 31st of July 2020.

    Track listing:

    1: Introduction
    2: Oss
    3: Krankenwagen
    4: The Tower
    5: Interlude
    6: Hemlock
    7: The Ocean of Eyes
    8: Hidden Passage (Live)
    9: A Whisper to The Void



    or direct links here:
    Itunes: Here
    Spotify: Here
    Tidal: Here
    Qobuz: Here
    7Digital: Here
    Junodownload: Here

    And on Bandcamp:





    Wednesday, 29 July 2020

    OVD038 : Alinovsky / 5


    Cover art by A.L.



    OVD038 : Alinovsky (feat. Pierre Vervloesem) / 5

    After '4' (see OVD026), this is '5'! 

    Alinovsky recorded again in Merida (Yucatan) some electronic tracks using also this time some mobile recordings from Asia and a portion of a violin played by Phoebe Tsang (see OUC019) on track 4.
    And again like on his album '4', Pierre Vervloesem added his genius touch of mixing, more rhythms and heavy basses. 
    The result is yet another powerful dance-trance-experimental-electro-minimal house-future something! Enjoy!

    A video for Merida 9 (edited by Jean-Pierre Jonckheere):



    Digital release on the 28th of July 2020.

    Track listing:

    1: Merida 5 - For Carpenter (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)
    2: Merida 6 (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)
    3: Merida 7 (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)
    4: Merida 8 - For Chon Po Sak (feat. Pierre Vervloesem and Phoebe Tsang)
    5: Merida 9 (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)
    6: Merida 10 (feat. Pierre Vervloesem)



    And on Bandcamp:




    Friday, 24 July 2020

    OJP049 : Alinovsky - John Americus Witt - Itachi Mode / Music for Robert Edwin exhibition


    Cover art by A.L., painting by Robert Edwin




    OJP049 : Alinovsky - John Americus Witt - Itachi Mode / Music for Robert Edwin exhibition

    Robert Edwin was first best known as a musician. He released 2 albums, a compilation and an EP (see OCD008ODG006ODG027 and OJP016) with his unique style of compositions full of humour, crazy rhythms, heavy guitars and Japanese romanticism! 

    He then switched to painting using only but ball pens. First only in black and white little drawings then expending using also colour ones in larger pieces. 
    Some of his pieces can take 4/5 months in the making.

    As he is going to have a large exhibition in Tokyo in September and had an introduction video ready, he asked Alinovsky to make some music for it.
    The club version was a bit too powerful for the gallery so another more ambient track was made and is the one that goes with the video.

    Alinovsky asked later to 2  musician friends if they wanted to try some remix.

    Here you are then with the club version of John Americus Witt (USA, see ODG102ODG115 and OUC026) and the ambient version of Itachi Mode (Japan, see OJP037 and OJP040).

    The video:



    And the video in situ:



    Digital release on the 24th of July 2020.

    Track listing:

    1: Edwin exhibition ambient (Alinovsky)
    2: Edwin exhibition club (Alinovsky)
    3: Edwin exhibition club (John Americus Witt Remix)
    4: Edwin exhibition ambient ( Itachi Mode Remix)

    Player with links to digital providers here under:



    or if easier for you choose direct links here under:
    Itunes: Here
    Spotify: Here
    Google Play Music: Here
    Tidal: Here
    Qobuz: Here

    And on Bandcamp:



    Friday, 17 July 2020

    OUC026 : John Americus Witt / Abyssopelagic


    Cover art by Silas Plum




    OUC026 : John Americus Witt / Abyssopelagic

    The return of one of the most strange American composer: John Americus Witt (See also ODG102 and ODG115).

    This time, he gives us 4 movements of music which are based and follow the different levels of the sea, from Sunlight to The Trenches. 
    We find again his strange mix of loops, old organs and contemporary classical music. 
    The music definitely gives you an impression to be balanced between the waves, the current, the flows without drowning but more like floating above the sea... quite a unique experience again with John!

    Silas Plum is his moniker for his art paintings and graphics and I encourage you to visit his beautiful site here.

    Digital release on the 17th of July 2020.

    Track listing:

    1: Epipelagic
    2: Mesopelagic
    3: Bathypelagic
    4: Hadalpelagic




    And on Bandcamp: