Francesco Cavaliere & Tomoko Sauvage - Viridescens (Marionette)
For their first release on Marionette, Francesco Cavaliere and Tomoko Sauvage embody a tactile audio visual display, radiating the color green into sounds and painting meditative music. By transforming collected objects into invented instruments and scenography, each motif becomes a dedication to a specific situation, an anecdote or a symbol, sometimes real and other times absurd, that the artists have encountered through their travels and conversations: the Chinese myth about a man wearing a green hat, naming convention of Japanese traffic lights, or even the imaginary chants of frolicking twin dolphins. This inspired the duo’s personal research on experimenting with raw and synthesized idiophones, stage landscape design, spontaneous field recording and organized improvisation.
Jake Blanchard - Bryophytes (Was Ist Das?)
Jake Blanchard is a freelance illustrator and musician living and working in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. His work is often inspired by the natural world as well as mythology and ancient cultures. Much of his work embraces the aesthetics of psychedelia. As well as working as an Illustrator Jake also runs record label and zine publishers, Tor Press.
Joelle Leandre / George Lewis / Pauline Oliveros - Play As You Go (Trost Records)
This piece was recorded live at the festival "VS. Interpretation" in Prague, on July 17, 2014, for Czech radio and comprises Joelle Leandre (on contrabass and voice), George Lewis (on laptop electronics and trombone) and Pauline Oliveros (Roland button v-accordion).
Katharina Ernst - Le temps - a solo for drums and metal objects in five states (Ventil Records)
In her recent work Le Temps
, Austrian artist and drummer Katharina Ernst lays the focus on the playful possibilities of an acoustic setting and show that a drum kit is a subtle and versatile instrument. Without any amplification and through the direct effects of specific sounds, intimacy and closeness are to be created and the listener is directly touched by the clear tones. Classical styles of playing the drum set are complemented using mallets and instruments from traditional Korean music, the samul-nori, as well as by everyday used objects such as bicycle bells or bathtub plugs, thus creating a detailed and hybrid sound image of an extended drum kit.
Leon Duncan - Fuck A Rosetta Stone for My Brain Waves (Hakuna Kulala)
Growing up in Nairobi, Leon Duncan learned to produce music by experimenting with recording software in his high school’s computer lab. Before long he was selling beats, but his restless, anxious mind quickly drew him closer towards extreme music. Duncan had never played guitar, but answered a call for guitarists from local heavy metal band Lust of a Dying Breed. Together with vocalist Martin Kanja (now half of Nyege Nyege’s Duma), he developed an idiosyncratic form of Kenyan industrial music, patching a synth that sounded as serrated as distorted guitar and getting kicked out from his apartment in the process. When a track made its way to Nyege Nyege Tapes, Duncan was extended the creative freedom to develop his sonic experiments.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Dissent (Modern Recordings)
Moritz von Oswald Trio returns with Dissent
, a striking new album that explores the scope of jazz and dance music within abstracted electronic music. It follows the Sounding Lines
LP from 2015 with a further explorative and daring sound, which dives through broad ambiences, uptempo dance and jazz sensibilities. As ever with albums from the Moritz von Oswald Trio, this new album, recorded during November and December 2020 in Berlin, emerged from a series of long extended jams that were then edited down.