Friday, 27 March 2020

OUC027 : Synapses / Introduction


Covert art by Mathilde Viot



OUC027 : Synapses / Introduction

Synapses is a Brussel based motley duo focusing on instant composition. 
By means of a sound sculpture, flute, imaginary language and electronics, they create a spontaneous music where classic, noise and ambient coexist to create an hypnotic language.
The musical sculpture of Christophe brings the element of force and noise while the flute of Line adds some lightness and melodies and her lyrics and spasms add the mystery and beauty for an intriguing and beautiful result.

A intriguing video for Seveneï Taïs:



And them performing live:






Christophe Grout: sound sculpture, revox, electronics
Line Daenen: flute, voice, electronics
Cédric Plisnier: Mix and mastering
Rudy Romanowsky: music sculpture designer - builder


 Christophe and Line



Digital release on the 27th of March 2020.

Track listing:

1: Introduction
2: Seveneï Taïs
3: Breathless
4: Extension
5: Intro a Gabrielu
6: Gabrielu




And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 20 March 2020

OVD032 : Pierre Vervloesem / Stardom


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



OVD032 : Pierre Vervloesem / Stardom

This is the first album created over a few days in his new studio Fiasco III since he moved out of the city of Brussels to live in the country. 
The house is completely isolated from the people and social life and lies in the fields. 
Those first few weeks in this new location are probably what influenced Pierre's music for this album. 
From pure improvisations to builded rhythms and melodies, sounding at times like a lost country album from a tired cowboy or like the sky ending close by, Stardom is definitively an album of huge perspectives of the world around him and of huge prospectives for a bright future full of new music!
3 tracks, each made of one long solo guitar recorded in one take...that's all folks!

Digital release on the 20th of March 2020.

Track listing:

1: Stardom 1 - 17,55 min.
2: Stardom 2 - 16,42 min.
3: Stardom 3 -   8,10 min.


And on Bandcamp:


Friday, 13 March 2020

OUC025 : Kostas Boukouvalas / Memories from a Sea View


Cover art by Kostas Boukouvalas


OUC025 : Kostas Boukouvalas / Memories from a Sea View

Kostas Boukouvalas is a Greek composer and pianist based in Athens.
Amateur theatre performances, short films, commercials, as well as school plays have been accompanied by his music. He has also been a member of art and electronic music groups from time to time.

In December 2011 he released his first personal recording “Few notes are enough to change the world”.
In 2016 he founded the ensemble “The Last of the Romantics”, with which he presents his music in various art venues in Athens.
In 2018 he composed the music for the “YOYO” Erasmus+ European Project (Educational Yoga for the YOLO Generation).

Memories From a Sea View” was composed during his one year stay in Crete. 
The savage and mystical environment of this beautiful Greek island exerted a big influence on him and inspired him to compose music significantly different from anything he had composed until then. “Memories” are 12 minimal-neoclassical-ambient pieces originally written for solo piano. He made the arrangements a few years later back in Athens with the purpose to capture and retain the unique mood that this magic place created for him.  

Kostas

All compositions and arrangements by Kostas Boukouvalas 
Kostas Boukouvalas: piano, synth, various samples, electronics, field recordings.
Stathis Apostolopoulos: acoustic and electric guitars
Matthew Dakoutros: violin

Memory Waves:



Digital release on the 13th of March 2020.

Track listing:

1: Star Dance
2: Imprisoned in a Dream
3: Sand Paintings
4: Listening to Bach on the Beach
5: Memory Waves
6: A Little Cancer Attacks
7: Sea & Sky Mating
8: Far Away but Still Here
9: Beach Party Echoes
10: Zorba's Gaze
11: Requiem for a Moment
12: The Irreversibility of Time



And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 6 March 2020

ODG120 : Baby Fire / Searching For Grace


Cover art by Alice Smith



ODG120 : Baby Fire / Searching For Grace

When the band takes to the stage you know what to expect. Because in terms of judicious collaborations these ladies are uncompromising (see also OCD018OCD033 and ODG070).

Such is the case with « Searching for Grace ». 
Among the guests are Joe Goldring (Enablers, ex-Swans…), Eve Libertine from the legendary punk collective Crass, as well as multi-instrumentalist Mathias Bressan. 
The EP comes with a colouring/lyric book designed by British artist Alice Smith.
In the past, Baby Fire has worked with ex-Buzzcocks member Tony Barber, who produced their second studio recording. The band has also collaborated with Eve Libertine and Penny Rimbaud (Crass), Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) and Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, Swans…).
Baby Fire’s third studio album was produced by Pierre Vervloesem (dEUS, Madensuyu…).
The trio has played shows in France, America, Germany and the Netherlands and has supported Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Laetitia Sheriff, USA Nails, Lydia Lunch & Gallon Drunk, And Also the Trees, Mike Watt, Part Chimp, Bardo Pond.

« Searching for Grace » is comprised of four intense tracks. Intense as though a feline had ripped them from inside to let through rays of light.
Served by subdued lyrics and carried by the voice of a vocalist with English roots, « Searching for Grace » seduces with its naked beauty and haunted grace. The Post-Punk that emerges through the dryness of the guitar is a mere detail. Because you can’t tell whether it’s night or day, dark or light, or rather the fragile moment when it shifts from one to the other, in pursuit of grace.
Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock (voice, guitar, loops) and Cécile Gonay (drums, violin, backing vocals) have been joined by Lucile Beauvais on keyboards, guitar and backing vocals.


The video for 'I'll Take the Sun':



Digital release on the 6th of March 2020.

Track listing:

1: I'll Take the Sun
2: Perhaps the Hardest Lesson
3: Glowing Heat
4: Breath



And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 28 February 2020

OMT008 : Big-T / The World Within Me



OMT008 : Big-T / The World Within Me

Thabang Montsho AKA BIG-T was born in the township of Mamelodi in the east of Pretoria.
His love for music started when he was 2 years old. It all started with his grandfather who was an opera singer and played the piano. He would always listen to him practice and start doing the same and that’s how it all began.

He started out as a street rapper and DJ and as time went by he found the sound that he was most comfortable with. His beats and music are a South African blend of Hip-Hop, Kwaito, RnB and House music while his flow is a mix of English, Tswana and Zulu.

He's currently compiling a single that will venture into the newly found Kasi genre called Amapiano and adding that into the mix.
Music is his life and he honestly can’t see himself doing anything else.

Here is his first EP with four powerful titles that represent perfectly the man and his music! Time to listen and enjoy!



Big-T

Cover for Mashonisa

Digital release on the 28th of February.

Track listing:

1: Mashonisa
2: Stele
3: Lapeng
4: Waya Waya



And in Bandcamp:

Friday, 21 February 2020

OVD031 : John Koenig 2020 / John Koenig 2020


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




OVD031 : John Koenig 2020 / John Koenig 2020

Released originally in 2010 (see OPV005), Pierre thought that it would be fun and exciting to re release a new version of the album John Koenig for its tenth anniversary! 
There you are with John Koenig 2020 completely remixed and remastered. 
It's more fun, more powerful, more modern...it's Caca 2020!!!

Original cover

Digital release on the 21th of February 2020.

Track listing:

1: Africans on the Moon 2020
2: Gallbladder 2020
3: Simple Rites 2020
4: Walkathon 2020
5: Rubber Life 2020
6: To Drive a Carrot 2020
7: Funambulism 2020
8: Zink Wheels 2020
9: War Games 2020

For an obscure reason, the album is not available on Itunes or Spotify, but you can listen to it and buy it on Pierre's Bandcamp page here:



or in all the other usual digital providers here:



And you can still buy the original cd here:



Price





Friday, 14 February 2020

OUW005 : Remo Zanin / Violence


Cover art by A.L.



OUW005 : Remo Zanin / Violence

Remo Zanin is a contemporary musician who does sound experimentation. 
In the past he collaborated with Enrico Vezzi creating sound installations in Italy and France.
In 2018 Christa and Remo recorded the album 'Violence' at home using a computer, some outboards for effects, and a phone app for the drum beat.
As for the lyrics, they used the cut up technique, cutting words from a contemporary art newspaper.
'Violence' is a lo-fi album made also as a tribute to staying at home, relaxing and creating music without pressure.
The mastering of the album was done by Mark Kramer who has also collaborated with Allen Ginsberg, Half Japanese and Daniel Johnston among others.


 Remo and Christa

Digital release on the 14th of February 2020.

Track listing:

1: Violence, Pt. 1 (Feat. Christa)
2: The Sky
3: Sorry! (Feat. Christa)
4: Dreamer
5: Four and a Half Years
6: Awake
7: Bubblegum
8: Job Hunting in Italy (Feat. Christa)




And on Bandcamp:

Thursday, 6 February 2020

OVD030 : Caca 2020 / Sketches of Pain


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



OVD030 : Caca 2020 / Sketches of Pain

Released originally in 2010 (see ORT001), Pierre thought that it would be fun and exciting to re release a new version of the Album Sketches of Pain for its tenth anniversary! 
There you are with Caca 2020 completely remixed and remastered and with 3 bonus tracks never released on the first version. 
It's more fun, more powerful, more modern...it's Caca 2020!!!

The band Caca in 2010!

And the original text of the release then:

"Caca is the new band of Pierre Vervloesem.
This new megalo delirious adventure is based on second degree, starting by the name of the band which, quoting Pierre, has nothing to do with scatology.
Here, he renews his taste for big formations like he did with X-Legged Saly or still does with Flat Earth Society.
With Caca, he signs a very interesting parody of Jazz working with two noisy quartets.
The first one being guitar, bass, drums and keyboard while the second being alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxes.
The composing is without concession, like a rock, sometime out of tune, but ultimately ultra melodic and reaching at times some of the best John Barry ambiances.
Most of the musicians on the album (and live) are coming from the Jazz scene, which is also kind of fun for Pierre.
The music is an heritage from the New-york scene from the 70-80ties but has an instant modern echo which makes you want to move your frets on it!"

Original cover

Digital release on the 6th of February 2020.

Track listing:

1: Exposé 2020
2: Brajil 2020
3: Nancy 2020
4: Twist 2020
5: Blue 2020 - Bonus track
6: Sweet 2020
7: Dick Dogs 2020 - Bonus track
8: Strav 2020
9: Abracadabra 2020
10: Jelly 2020
11: Johnny 2020 - Bonus track
12: Wobbling 2020
13: Zgrol 2020
14: Koyaanisqaqatsi 2020

For an obscure reason, the album is not available on Itunes or Spotify, but you can listen to it and buy it on Pierre's Bandcamp page here:



Or in all the other usual digital providers here:



And you can still buy the original cd here:


Price

Saturday, 1 February 2020

A Spotify playlist dedicated to Pierre Vervloesem!

Here you are: Pierre Vervloesem - Artiste, un point c'est tout! a dedicated Spotify playlist with some of the songs in solo or in bands! Subscribe, it's free and it's fun!



Friday, 31 January 2020

ODG118 : Ensamble Desmembrado / Cuarenta y Ocho Azotes


Cover art by Gustavo Madrid



ODG118 : Ensamble Desmembrado / Cuarenta y Ocho Azotes 



Static tribal mantra of deafening delicacy and tearing mercy 

On this new project, Gustavo Madrid decided to mutate one more time and use a new disguise. 
Once it was Mutantes Melancólicos (see the mysterious and powerful ODG034), then NO:ID., after that Madrid Solo and now it is Ensamble Desmembrado. 

Even if he created the whole album by himself, alone in his studio with no collaborators at all, this piece of music could have been a collective creation for its complexity and duration. Contrary to the principles used on previous projects, he decided to use the maxim “more is further more”. This can be appreciated not only on the quantity of the piece`s arrangements but also on the variety of instruments and sounds that are unfolded throughout the 48 minutes of this work`s length. 
He started to work on this conceptual album in 2015 using a guitar arpeggio as starting point. He added sound passages taken off improvisations and layered them on top of diverse sound samples and loops giving shape to the cinematic feel of this new piece of music. In-between extended instrumental parts he included a song that he`d written in his Sherbrooke Est apartment in Ville-Marie, Montréal, Québec, Canada, sometime during 2004. 
For the period of the 4 years that lasted the conception of the piece, Madrid`s interests and influences took diverse and new paths allowing unexpected variations and fruitful sources of inspiration to give place to the coexistence and marriage of ambient passages à la William Basinski and the neo-psychedelia of the Legendary Pink Dots, of “field recordings” 
and Jacques Brel`s chanson, of Black Heart Procession`s gloom and Jon Hassell`s “Fourth World”, to ally minimalism and “World Music” adding electronic manipulation to certain sound elements looking forward to creating a new kind of noise expression. 

Gustavo


Composed, performed, edited, produced and recorded at El Rosario from 2015 to 2018 by Gustavo Madrid. 

Digital release on the 31st of January 2020.

Track listing:

1: Cuarenta y Ocho Azotes - Intro
2: Cuarenta y Ocho Azotes - Outro
3: Azote - Song



And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 24 January 2020

OUW004 - OJP041 : Evoke / No Directions


Cover art by Masahito Hiranuma - Pic by Yukiko Hiranuma




OUW004 - OJP041 : Evoke / No Directions

'Evoke': Poetry reading, so to say, or poetry accompanied by music? 
No, this album is a rich flow of beauty, an atmosphere of words and voice and music and sound, as a whole. 
The electro ambience, noise/silence, the crisp and sophistication of sound effects are created by Wataru Iwata.
Yukiko Hiranuma generates her scenes of poetry, her voice full of life and charm, sometimes like a monologue, or a spirit in speech.
The emotion and spirit of each poem co-exist and fuse with the futuristic electro ambience where one can even notice some melodies of classical taste. 
Deep somewhat dark but lighthearted, pure and cruel ...and touching, is this album of 8 pieces “no direction”.

Wataru Iwata (see also OJP038 and OJP039) :
He grew up and learned music in the field of free jazz in New-York. Plays in duos, trios etc. as a pianist but his activities are in various fields, from classical music to electro ambient, composing, playing and producing, painting, creating video artworks. Now planning and launching some Trans disciplinary art projects.


Wataru


Yukiko Hiranuma :
I read, I write. I read aloud.
I turn my thoughts, my joy and sorrow, my spirit into poetry. I love to put my words into syllables, into dialogues, into scenes by my voice.
They come deep down from my heart.


Yukiko

Both musicians have extended YouTube channels that give an excellent idea of them in various bands and actions : Yukiko's one and Wataru here and here.

Digital release on the 24th of January 2020.

Track listing:

1: Rayure d'or
2: The Warm Winter Rain (feat. DJ Kou)
3: No North, No South
4: Alpha et omega (feat. Kiyohito Yamada)
5: Lullaby
6: Walk with Me: Fulfilling Moon
7: Current 2016
8: Ambient Noiz (feat. Kiyohito Yamada)



And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 17 January 2020

ORT023 : Leap/detach / Singer Featherweight





ORT023 : Leap/detach / Singer Featherweight

This album is a result of a two-year research project called “Artificial Extensions of Acoustics” at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. 
Vitja (see his beautiful solo album ORT022), Hendrik & Casper wanted to explore the richness of their instruments in terms of timbre, time and form, regardless of any means and in interaction with each other. 

The ensemble Leap/Detach became the playground of the project that they literally consider as ‘leap in the dark’ with their custom made electronic instruments and preparations, in which new-made sounds arise that exist ‘detached’ from their origin. They like to think of it as painting together on a large canvas, sharing colours or stating opposites.

The music is a direct outcome of the tools they created and learned to control in relation to each other. Acoustic and electronic elements blend together in symbiosis, sometimes in abstract context, sometimes in more lyrical ways. For some tracks the threesome worked with specific guidelines or limitations while others had a totally free approach. All tracks are improvised except for Myrte which was composed by Vitja.

This production is a collaboration between the research department of AP Hogeschool (Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen), Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen and Werkplaats Walter (which will distribute the Lp as Walter005).
Recorded and mixed by Dries Van Ende at Zennestudio, Anderlecht (Brussels)
Mastered by Gert Van Hoof, Cochlea Mastering





Vitja Pauwels – acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, live sampling, hard- & software processing
Hendrik Lasure – piano, live sampling, hard- & software processing
Casper Van De Velde – drums, objects, computer processing

Leap/detach - Jewelry video:



she was terrific to hold hands with video:



The album is out on Rat records and Walter Label and digitally released on Off on the 17th of January 2020.

Track listing:

1: partir
2: jewelry
3: buy me
4: prairie trot
5: klein insectenboek
6: magic hour
7: myrte
8: kapla
9: amber
10: crocodile tears
11: kalk
12: tevergeefs 
13: migraine
14: she was terrific to hold hands with
15: vijvermuziek




And on Bandcamp: