We are delighted to share the news we’re releasing three new albums on our label. Now in pre-order till April 30th, 2021 for a beautiful bundle price of 35 EUR (incl. postage worlwide). Order here or on our bandcamp.
Check them out here below.
ARVIND GANGA AND RICCARDO MAROGNA – BALLADS FROM THE WRECKED SHIP (cd)
“Arvind Ganga and Riccardo Marogna are no strangers to letting their imagination run free. Both are part of the small but creative scene of The Hague in the Netherlands, the former a guitarist continually expanding his stylistic and sonic range, the second one a musician, curator, researcher and instrument builder also looking for new modes of expression. Using T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land as a touchstone, the musicians create a highly unusual interconnection with electric guitar, woodwind instruments, objects and electronics. One that is as spontaneous and imaginative as it is hypnotic and focused. “Oed’ und leer das Meer,” a phrase that Eliot borrowed from Wagner’s Tristan Und Isolde, gets an apt musical fit here, one that reflects the desolation and emptiness of the ocean with a carefully balanced interaction that withholds its destructive powers, hiding behind layers of semi-ritualistic trance, only to (threaten to) derail in the second half. Elsewhere, the lines become more jagged, the temperaments more restless, with the instruments taking on animalistic properties, reacting to each other in unpredictable ways and adding tension by distorting clarity or grotesquely inflating intimate whispers. The physical meets the ethereal and the abstract completes the ‘figurative’. It moves beyond harmony, melody, rhythm and preset structures, sculpting with unusual shapes and sounds instead. And it forms a cohesive whole; free and unpredictable, yet filled with the satisfying agreement of a meaningful discussion. It grants Ballads From The Wrecked Ship that enviable balance, one that matches imagination and impact with natural candor.” Guy Peters
Arvind Ganga Electric guitar, objects Riccardo Marogna Tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, electronics Recorded at Helicopter, The Hague (NL) on November 9th – 10th 2018. Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium)
PIERRE GERARD – PIECES OF APPARATUS (cd) “Pierre Gerard is the kind of artist whose work you discover by accident or association. The man has produced a substantial discography, but for the most part it was released on smallish – by now often defunct – labels or by himself, usually in very limited editions. Several of those homemade releases appeared in runs of only 21 copies. You might call him a minimalist, free improviser, or reductionist, but most of all, an intuitive creator. He is also a visual artist, which might explain his attention to gestures, assemblage and a careful sense of architecture, even in his free improvisations. It is often said that minimal music is as much about what isn’t there as it is about what is. While that might be true, you also risk, by stressing the process of omission, to devalue the impact and expressive power of what is actually there. Ideally, it is a two-way interaction, with both silence and sound providing context, contrast and a meaningful dialogue. Pieces Of Apparatus is a pertinent example in case.” Guy Peters
Improvised & recorded in January 2019 by Pierre Gerard. Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium)
ALAN WILKINSON & DIRK SERRIES – ONE IN THE EYE (2cd)
“Sound is abstract, so why not embrace that, and focus on the range of sounds, extended techniques, density, dynamics and the here and now. With its suggestive ‘song’ titles and variety of approaches, One In The Eye is an interesting example to consider. Despite some earlier creative encounters, a few of which were previously released by this label, Alan Wilkinson and Dirk Serries interact with an openness that fully embraces this ‘arena in which to act’. Verging from a pugilistic physicality to restrained sound exploration, the album demonstrates a willingness to try out diverse approaches. It combines studio recordings with live material, captured not even two months apart, and even though the live improvisations are more extended, the album is a remarkably cohesive one. With Serries on acoustic guitar, it also requires both musicians to adapt. Wilkinson can produce quite a voluminous racket, but here he is a remarkably versatile improviser, often working with rhythm, repetition, extended techniques and dynamics, displaying an indebtedness to some of jazz’s old school heroes while delving into sheer abstraction as well. And you will love his Howlin’ Wolf impression! The musicians obviously relish the possibilities of the moment, working with their material and instruments, but also with each other’s responses. Their method doesn’t offer classic examples of transparent dialogue or imitation (God forbid!), but instead works with simultaneous action that occasionally might be abrasive, but also uses space, flow and consensus. And that’s why One In The Eye, despite its fickle character, is an event that most of all impresses with its unreserved glee; the joy of making music together, from scratch.” Guy Peters
Alan Wilkinson bass clarinet, baritone and also saxophones, voice Dirk Serries acoustic guitars Disc 1 : performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium) on November 29th 2019. Disc 2 : live in concert at A New Wave Of Jazz festival, Hundred Years Gallery (London, UK) on January 22nd 2020, recorded and mixed by Martin Clarke. Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium)