Friday, 18 May 2018

OUC012 : Ben Bertrand / NGC 1999


Covert art by Zeloot


OUC012 : Ben Bertrand / NGC 1999

Ben Bertrand (see also ODG065 and OUC004) is armed with a bass clarinet and backed with sound effects, aiming in the direction of the contemporary classical section of your record collection. 
Dreamlike compositions that take you to his warm and minimal world. 
In the musical sauna, Ben Bertrand sits in between Gavin Bryars and Jon Hassell. 

For ‘les albums claus’, Ben Bertrand made 5 compositions overflowing in a musical crescendo, unfolding it’s character and talent in an unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques.
Ben Bertrand was influenced by fellow minimalists such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and in his work, he combines simple musical patterns, offset in time, to create a slowly shifting, cohesive whole. 
He makes use of his clarinet - effects and loop pedals - to construct modal, hypnotic grooves, over which he plays microtonally-inflected clarinet phrases. The use of loops
permits to phase patterns on which simple and audible processes let him explore musical concepts. Rich harmonies are built, always increasing in density, before the whole thing gradually fades out leading the auditor back on earth.

a nice review in Vital weekly :
"Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels is a fine space to see exciting concerts... Bertrand’s 
music is not as loopy or bouncy as the early works of the American pioneers. In the five pieces on this album Bertrand is more interested in playing a mellow tune, more ambient and the comparisons made by the label to Jon Hassell and Gavin Bryars make in that respect quite some sense. The bass clarinet is not always easy to recognize here; most clearly it sings in ‘V380 Orionis’, with some nice melody played over a repeating phrase. In ‘Sanctus Hubble’ the bass clarinet is introspective and the loops is kept simple. In the three other pieces the clarinet sound is much obscured by these effects and it becomes a bit blurred but in a very pleasant way. This is some truly fine minimal ambient music...
Hopefully there will be a follow-up album soon then! (FdW)".

The album was also part of the ninth MOJO playlist of 2018 along with new records of Brian Eno and Jim O'rourke !

Ben Bertrand by Julie Calbert

Composition, arrangement, bass clarinet, electronics : Ben Bertrand.
Voices on Post Scriptum to Valentina Tereshkova by Anne-Charlotte Bisoux & Manah
Depauw.
Recording, mixing and mastering by Christophe Albertijn.
Recorded live at les ateliers claus, October 2017.

This debut album comes out on vinyl and cd in a limited edition of 300
copies on the Les albums Claus label, cat lac011. 
All compositions are made and played by Ben Bertrand solo.
The design has been made by Dutch graphic designer Zeloot (New Yorker, DeMorgen, VrijNederland) and has been silkscreened.

Digital release on the 18th of May 2018.

Track listing:

A1 - Orion Molecular Cloud
A2 - V380 Orionis
B1 - Malkauns on Kitt Peak
B2 - Sanctus Hubble
B3 - Post Scriptum to Valentina Tereshkova

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

OVD021 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 4


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


OVD021 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere

Final part of Pierre's tetralogy ' The Art of Going Nowhere' (see Part.1&2 on OVD019 and Part. 3 on OVD020) is another 40 minutes long masterpiece. 
This time Pierre is enlarging the ambient atmosphere with a lot of drums and percussions making this part almost danceable and the more commercial of the four. 
He's using also his guitar in a more agressive way which gives a very different vibe to this Part than the 3 other ones.

The best way to enjoy this Part is like the three previous ones: in your house or in the fields, in the dark or in the daylight, quietly or at full volume!
Try also to play the four Parts as one long album... it's quite an experience!


This our Pierre as we like him!

Digital release on the 16th of May 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 4

Friday, 11 May 2018

OVD020 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 3


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



OVD020 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 3

Third chapter of the tetralogy 'The Art of Going Nowhere' is another 46 minutes long piece of bravery multi guitars layers, ambient noise and synthesizers. After the Part.1 and 2 (see OVD019), Pierre Vervloesem shows again that he is probably one of the most brillant musician in Belgium! Again to listen in the dark, in the day time, quietly or at full volume, through speakers or headphones, but definitively to listen to! Enjoy!


The inimitable Pierre

Digital release on the 11th of May 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 3


Thursday, 3 May 2018

OVD019 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part.1 and 2


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



OVD019 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part.1 and 2

Another masterpiece in 4 parts from Belgian maestro Pierre Vervloesem! 

The idea behind this new project was to record 4 pieces of exactly 40 minutes of ambient  and avant-garde ambient, numerous guitar layers played in one shot or note after note treated each in a different way, synthesizers and mellotron!

This first release (the 2 other parts are coming next and the week after) are the 2 first parts of this amazing project: inspiring music and typical Pierre virtuosity, though you have some heavy moments with drums, percussions and a Moroccan band! 

To listen quietly or at full volume, in the day time, in the dark, in your bed or in your car, but to listen for sure and enjoy for 40 or 80 minutes of pure pleasure!



Mister(y) Pierre!

Digital release on the 4th of May 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 1
2: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 2

Thursday, 26 April 2018

ODG080 : Matador / Matador


Cover art by Santiago Bogacz


ODG080 : Matador / Matador

"Matador is a solo project by uruguayan composer/guitarist/singer Santiago Bogacz. Starting in 2014 and having already recorded 2 EPs, 2 LPs and a live album the music presented in it combines Latin American and Northafrican, among some Eastern, folk music with ideas that are more related to contemporary classical, experimental, free jazz and improvised music. None of these are influences, but more like inspirations. 

Santiago Bogacz uses nylon and steel-string guitars, always detuned to the lower zones of these instruments, in order to make the sound more about the materials rather than the notes, about the strings itselves. Voices are the second important instrument of this project, non-lyrical, onomatopoeic. Somehow, both guitars and voices are treated as one, trying to be melted, in order to create one big non-stoping visceral flow. All these are a mean, in the end, to establish an ambient, a ritual. A dark and intense one (maybe even scary), but, for Santiago Bogacz, a very freeing one."

Santiago

Digital release on the 27th of April 2018.

Track listing:

1: 20
2: FFF
3: Queaufio
4: Shinù
5: Wouwe-É
6: 9 Cuerdas
7: 7/8-4/4-X/X
8: S'Cúrroa
9: Yoy Yoy Yey Yey
10: Chucapúm

Thursday, 19 April 2018

OMT003 : Didan & Petit Pierre / Ata Ndele (Tôt ou tard le monde va changer)


Cover art by DJeromebosch


OMT003 : Didan & Petit Pierre / Ata Ndele (Tôt ou tard le monde va changer)

Second album on the Off-Matonge series by Didan & Petit Pierre.


At the end of 2017, after composing the music of Quentin Noirfalisse's film / documentary "Le Ministre des Poubelles" (see OMT001), Didan & Petit Pierre brought together a bunch of eminent musicians to record five songs that they dedicate to their country of origin: the DRC.

Established in Belgium not far from Matongé (the Brussels African neighborhood that adjoins the European institutions), the group is composed of renowned artists who played in some legendary big bands in the history of Congolese rumba (Franco and the TPOK Jazz, Vévé of Verckys, Zaiko Langa Langa, Dizzy Mandjeku, etc.).

Didan Dibwidi (tenor saxophone), Pierre Monongi Mopia (rhythm guitar), Malage de Lugendo (vocals), Muki Muindila (trumpet), Alonzo Nzau (percussion) and Toms Ntale (guitars and musical direction) have concocted a small wonder that brings together different musical styles that established this famous rumba born between Kinshasa and Brazzaville after the second world war.

Between bakolo miziki and soukous passing by the song of charm or the bolero, these musicians of great talent tell us the fate of "mikili", those who are supposed to have reached the Eldorado, in other words Europe for those who remained in the country. This fabulously rich Congo, which has gone through colonization, independence, dictatorship and wars, is now at the heart of international geopolitics. The resources of the DRC arouse all the envy of a crazy planet launched in an absurd race subject to dictates of financial returns.

But here's the good news: Ata Ndele!
"Ata Ndele Mokili Ekobaluka!"
"Sooner or later the world will change!"


Push the volume: it is still allowed to dance irresistibly or to dream tenderly.

5 songs dedicated to Congo DRC :

- Mon Congo (Rendez-moi Mon Congo!) :
Created in 2013 by the talented Jean Mikili (his punk / soukous album is worth to investigate). This version multiplies the interpretations probably because the world is complicated. Not enough to pull the mouth, you can check it through the clip available on You Tube.





- Ata Ndele :
Composed by Adou Elenga in 1955 this "protest song" addressed to the Belgian colonial power of the time remains surprisingly modern and has even gained international relevance.

- Motema Ya Nkolo :
The superb tenor saxophone by Didan Dibwidi unfolds an instrumental bolero that balances spirituality with invigorating lyricism.

- Le Temps Des Cerises :
It seems that there are no cherries in Congo. But this ballad that was written at the end of the 19th century seems cut for Malage de Lugendo, singer of irresistible charm to many expert ears. The disturbing and bloody text also owes its fame to the legendary fate of its author (Jean-Baptiste Clément) who participated in the insurrection of the Paris Commune in 1871.

- Monga Mweku :
Pierre Monongi Mopia is the author of a melancholic text that illustrates the existential tearing of the "Mikili" cut off from their family by emigration. He mentions the death of his father and his dismay at being at this moment 8000 km from his family.


Didan Dibwidi & Pierre Monongi Mopia 
featuring Malage de Lugendo, Toms Ntale, Muki Muindila, Alonzo Nzau.

Musical direction : Toms Ntale
Production : DJeromebosch

Physical and digital release on the 18th of April 2018.

Track listing:

1: Mon Congo (Rendez-moi mon Congo!)
2: Ata Ndele
3: Motema Ya Nkolo
4: Le temps des cerises
5: Monga Mweku






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Friday, 13 April 2018

ODG079 : Nimzo-Indian / B


Cover art by Andrew Spackman


ODG079 : Nimzo-Indian / B

Nimzo-Indian are electronic music project of musician and artist Andrew Spackman (see the fabulous compilation and remixes on ODG052 or one of his another name darker noisier   and powerful EDM project Sad Man on ODG072).

Nimzo-Indian music has been featured on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and BBC 6 Music and reviewed in music blogs such as Monolith Cocktail, the Wire magazine and Mojo Magazine. 

No explanation, just listen!

Andrew

Digital release on the 13th of April 2018.

Track Listing:

1: The Nutcracker
2: Up
3: The Magician
4: Spitfire
5: Friday
6: Bushes and Briars