Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Fire! Orchestra

Enter (2014) ...

Jazz progressives from Sweden on Rune Grammofon.  'The creator has a master plan' Pharoah Sanders meets Sun Ra meets Prodigy ...

Enter part 4 ... 


 The result is four sides of blissed-out transcendence, galvanised by an immediacy that anchors the ensemble to soul and free jazz even as its joyous riffing takes it in the direction of psychedelic and progressive rock. Opening with a hypnotic Fender Rhodes motif, 'Part 1' sees vocalist Mariam Wallentin (Werliin's partner in Wildbirds & Peacedrums) set out the Orchestra's vision in deep, soulful cries of "Let us all go… let them all go… let it all go… feel it all go…" Metallic sheets of electric guitar are joined by the Mellotron, no less, its distinctive frosty tone harking back to the late '60s as surely as do Wallentin's ecstatic vocals. 'Part 2' kicks in with another '60s reference, as a deranged take on the Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' morphs into a livid collision between guitar and electronics before giving way to a hymnal section for horns and brass... thequietus.com ...



Enter live at Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, 2014 ... 



Fire! Orchestra is the group Fire! (Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin) combined with other musicians from the scandinavian free jazz, noise and improvisation scenes.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Sanguine Hum

Now We Have Light (2015)

Oxford based progressive band ... 'it's a double concept album!!'

Chat Show ... 
 A quality not unlike much of the music that came out of Canterbury in the 1960/70s from groups like Egg, early Soft Machine and Hatfield and the North—the latter, in particular, one of the more important of Sanguine Hum's many touchstones (along with everything from Frank Zappa and Steve Reich to Bass Communion, Mahavishnu Orchestra and ECM Records). While the members of Sanguine Hum are unmistakably accomplished musicians who live in the world called post-progressive rock, their music possesses the same lack of self-importance, excess and "look at me" attitude that some say plagued many of progressive rock's bigger names but which those Canterbury bands managed to largely avoid.

Sanguine Hum may, in fact, be based in Oxford, England, but they're Canterburians at heart...albeit Canterburians of an unmistakably modern bent with a similarly bizarre sense of humour and a belief that, no matter how complex the music gets, melody—albeit pushed to its greatest extremes—remains paramount. Sanguine Hum may have many touchstones in the past, but its music is undeniably 21st century...in the case of Now We Have Light, perhaps, even farther ahead, as its story takes place at an unidentified future time when the story's hero, Don (just Don), has been the cause of an apocalyptic event that has reduced the earth to "The Circle"—a gated community constructed by rich survivors to protect themselves from the consequences of a ravaged planet—and the nearby village of ramshackle homes that survive only due to its proximity to "The Wheel." It's in one of these homes that Don lives, with both his neighbors and those living in "The Wheel" thankfully (for him) unaware that he was the singular creator of all their woes... allaboutjazz ...

Derision ... 

Bubble trouble ..

 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Else Marie Pade

Faust (1962)

Danish composer of pure electronic soundworks, Else Marie Pade ...

Faust (1962) ... 


Prolog I Himlen 0:00
Faust Og Mefisto 4:21
Faust Og Magrethes Kærlighed 11:22
Magrethes Fordømmelse 18:46
Rejsen Til Bloksbjerg Og Valborgsnat 23:03


Listen to Else Marie Pade with Jacob Kirkegaard ...


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Mica Levi

Under The Skin (2014) ...

Soundtrack to one of the very best movies of 2014, Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin ...

Love ...


 That hovering dust-cloud of strings, which Levi referred to as "like a beehive" in her and Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer's recent Pitchfork interview, pops up repeatedly throughout the score with minor additions and tweaks representing the journey of Johansson's character: in "Meat to Maths", there are clanging bell-like sounds behind it, while in "Mirror to Vortex" it's half-submerged in the amplified sound of its own echo. In the context of the film, these additions feel like the messiness of lived experience muddying Johansson's template, the imprint of the lives she begins to grapple with as her time on Earth extends. The hollow knock of a single drum, like a single dragging foot, is another repeating theme, giving the score a reiterative, hesitant quality. Inasmuch as you can be invited into Johansson's character's head in Under the Skin, the music does the heavy lifting. The score has the feel of a thought process, albeit one conducted by a being you have no genetic relation to.  pitchfork.com ...



Lipstick to Void ...



Drift ...
 

BFI meets Mica Levi ...



Loving the alien ...

Monday, 9 February 2015

Hydra's Dream

The Little Match Girl (2014) ...

Dreampop from Swedish duo Anna von Hausswolff and Matti Bye...

The Joys of a New Year ... 



  The sound of The Little Match Girl boasts both the group’s firm grasp on the classical composing of music and a duo who wants to push “music” beyond any category in which it is currently comfortable. The title track is their sonic reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of finding hope only in death and the rest of the album is equally high-minded, telling a profoundly existential, and often somber, tale with each of the 9 tracks.  But while each track stands alone as a concise narrative, when strung together, as an album they would seem to serve as a broader commentary on a single theme, much like Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen.  And like Paris Spleen, that theme would seem to be the beauty that can be found in the wretchedness of the world by those who best understand the circumstances of humanity... philthymag ...



Hypothermia ... 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

AC Marias

One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing (1988) ...

Angela Conway and Bruce Gilbert of Wire in cool indie experimental mode ...

One of Our Girls Has Gone Missing ... 




Just talk (live on Tony Wilson's Other Side of Midnight)...



Just Talk ... 


  
Time Was (Canned Heat) featuring Bruce Gilbert, Barry Adamson and Rowland S Howard ...



To Sleep ... 

'To Sleep’ is just a beautiful song, a carefully-crafted piece of moving electronica and euphoric guitar drifts which is mesmerising; it’s a suitably pastoral accompaniment to Conway’s poetry, which comes and goes like waves onto the shore. Entrancing and enchanting – you get the idea. ‘Looks Like’ is delivered in warped waltz time and, with its simple melodic synth pad swells could be a Vince Clarke composition were it not for the occasional intrusion of rippling guitar sounds. ‘Sometime’ is dark and edgy, a throbbing bass pulse and a ratchety sound culled straight from Wire’s ‘Advantage In Height’ offset by a pleasant strummed melody and a divine layered chorus of Conway’s voice(s). ‘One Of Our Girls Has Gone Missing’, released as a single, concludes the cassette and vinyl editions, while the CD includes the warped cover of Canned Heat’s ‘Time Was’, also released as a single... Documentary Road ...

also
The Whispered Year (Touch Meridians 1 cassette, 1983) ... 


 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Spell

Seasons In the Sun (1994) ...

Dark pop from Strawberry Switchblade's Rose McDowall and Boyd Rice, paying tribute to the tragic side of Sixties and Seventies pop ...

Terry ... 



Seasons In The Sun ... 



Stone Is Very Very Cold ...