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First Listen: GIGA)PUDDY by JOYFULTALK

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We are delighted to premiere GIGA)PUDDY, a special 39-minute instrumental DJ mix of original material from JOYFULTALK’s Jay Crocker. The critically acclaimed Constellation duo play Canadian shows this weekend (details below).

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The brainchild of instrument builder and sound alchemist Jay Crocker – joined by multi-disciplinary artist Shawn Dicey – JOYFULTALK is a junked-analog duo operating from a secluded outpost on Nova Scotia’s mystical South Shore. We were introduced to the critically acclaimed duo last year with the arrival of their utterly transcendent – and Constellation full-length debut – trance-like odyssey of masterfully sculpted analogue soundscapes, ‘Plurality Trip’.

Following its release they’ve been performing across North America and Europe to strong acclaim. Their touring action continues this spring with an appearance at MUTEK SF in May, and leading up to that show we’ll be sharing GIGA)PUDDY, a special 39-minute instrumental DJ mix of original material from JOYFULTALK’s Jay Crocker.

“GIGA)PUDDY is a collection of solo improvisations. It is a playful documentation of the soft transition from darkness to light when winter lets go and spring melts the ice and softens the ground. It is an interpretation of this fundamental change through the lens of immediacy, the evolution of palette in context with an exploration of process. NO MISTAKES. NO WRONG TURNS. NO TURNING BACK FROM THE LIGHT.”

—Jay Crocker

 

 

Tour dates:

Saturday 04 May 2019: King Eddy, Calgary, AB, Canada

Sunday 05 May 2019: The Rec Room – South Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, Canada

https://joyfultalk.bandcamp.com/

https://cstrecords.com/

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May 3, 2019 at 6:16 pm

First Listen: “Reliever” by Kuba Kapsa (Denovali Records)

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We are delighted to premiere new music from Polish pianist and composer Kuba Kapsa, taken from his forthcoming album ‘Supersonic Moth’ released at the end of the month via Germany’s Denovali Records.

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The world-renowned German independent label Denovali return with the first releases in 2019 coming at the end of March. “Supersonic Moth”, the wonderful new album by Kuba Kapsa, who is a Polish pianist and composer – also known as the leader of the avant-jazz combo Contemporary Noise Sextet. Beyond that he’s a renowned composer for film and theater plays.

“Supersonic Moth” is basically written for upright piano played through felt, programmed electronic sounds and processed piano recordings in order to create in-depth atmospheres and sonic landscapes with a wide range of stimulating moods.

Supersonic Moth” is the musical realization of a specific trait in human existence, dealing with the disruptive contradiction of desiring something that might break one down or even kill. Everything that might be tempting. Everything that can push you down. And you know it. But you can’t resist it.” —Kuba Kapsa

We are delighted to premiere the album’s utterly spellbinding penultimate track ‘Reliever’, built upon hypnotic electronic soundscapes interwoven with sublime piano patterns. The towering crescendo serves one of the highlights of Kapsa’s latest master-work, creating a highly emotive modern classical exploration.

 

 

 

‘Supersonic Moth’ is out on Denovali Records on 29th March 2019.

https://www.denovali.com/kubakapsa/

https://www.facebook.com/kubakapsamusic

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March 19, 2019 at 3:01 pm

First Listen: “Never, just as you wanted” by Benoît Pioulard

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We are delighted to premiere an exclusive new track by world-renowned Seattle-based ambient artist Benoît Pioulard. The divine ambient exploration “Never, just as you wanted” is taken from Thomas Meluch’s forthcoming album ‘Slow spark, soft spoke’ due out on 17th November via Ghent-based independent label Dauw.

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Shortly after releasing his highly acclaimed ‘The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter’, Pioulard left on tour to Europe in order to promote the album. This tour took him to several distinctive places ranging from urban Brussels and Cork, Ireland to rural France and the mystic capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Once returned to Seattle, these new impressions and memories formed the inspiration to make ‘Slow spark, soft spoke’. Not surprisingly, the album continues in the same vein as his tour cd ‘Lignin Poise’ – which was recently repressed on vinyl by Portland’s Beacon Sound -and is characterized by slowly moving lo-fi ambient.

Slow spark, soft spoke’ will be released on November 17th on Belgian based label Dauw on limited edition tape (first edition of 150 handmade copies) and digitally. The tape comes with original hand-printed artwork by Femke Strijbol and will be accompanied by a dried flower and a unique signed polaroid taken by Meluch himself.

‘Slow spark, soft spoke’ will be released on November 17th on limited edition tape and digital via Belgian label Dauw.

Dauw.bandcamp.com

Pioulard.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

Never, just as you wanted” is the first track off the eagerly awaited forthcoming Benoît Pioulard studio album. ‘Slow spark, soft spoke’ will be released on November 17th on limited edition tape and digital via Dauw.

Never, just as you wanted” is a timeless odyssey of complete transcendence with gradual bliss of guitar tones – and meticulously crafted sounds – that somehow map the ocean swell of human emotions – of the innermost kind – embedded deep within us all. This formidable tour-de-force could be a sister companion to the Beacon Sound-released vinyl ‘Lignin Poise’ as Meluch continues to develop and evolve his utterly unique lo-fi ambient sound worlds.

Dauw is a Ghent based label which primary aim is to combine music with the graphic work of Femke Strijbol. The labels’ current focus is on ambient and electro-acoustic music with a profound love for the more minimal side of both styles. After meeting Pioulard during a concert as part of their Living Riving Concert series (other concerts including Peter Broderick, Will Samson, Machinefabriek, David Allred, Gareth Dickson…), Dauw now presents the new studio album of Benoît Pioulard which marks their 25th release in almost 4 years of existence.

‘Slow spark, soft spoke’ will be released on November 17th on limited edition tape and digital via Belgian label Dauw.

Dauw.bandcamp.com

Pioulard.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

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October 27, 2017 at 11:46 am

First Listen: “Permanently Midnight” by The Gentleman Losers (album teaser)

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We are delighted to premiere the new album teaser by Finnish duo The Gentleman Losers. This beautifully shot video is the first official announcement of the Helsinki-based band’s soon-to-be-released third studio album ‘Permanently Midnight’ (scheduled for release on 8th December 2017 via Estonian boutique label Grainy Records). The Gentleman Losers possess an uncanny ability to capture unfathomable beauty through the art of sound – as captured on the band’s first two utterly captivating studio albums – where endless subtle details are interwoven in the sonic tapestries of their shape-shifting compositions. The brand new track sees electronics added to the mix, with gorgeous strings, reverb-laden piano notes and ghostly guitar, representing a beautiful first glimpse into ‘Permanently Midnight’s otherworldly, far-reaching world.

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The Gentleman Losers is an experimental musical group formed in 2004 by the Finnish brothers Samu and Ville Kuukka. Since then they’ve released spellbinding music on several labels including Büro, City Centre Offices, Warp, Nothings66 and Standard Form. Their two full-length releases – 2006’s self-titled debut album and 2009’s sophomore effort “Dustland” – have been universally acclaimed, winning the hearts of many esteemed music-lovers worldwide, while also being championed by such independent music stalwarts as Germany’s Nils Frahm and UK’s Bibio. The forthcoming third record – the brothers’ latest venture into blissful instrumental music of unknown pleasures – is due to be released this December via Estonian boutique label Grainy Records, in what is destined to become (just like the band’s first two albums) a timeless classic. The Gentleman Losers’ self-titled debut album is available now on Büro; follow-up “Dustland” is also available now on City Centre Offices.

‘Permanently Midnight’ will come out on December 8th on the Estonian boutique label Grainy Records, on vinyl, CD, DL, and a limited edition CD with a photo book of pictures by Samu and Ville.

Pre-order “Permanently Midnight” by The Gentleman Losers HERE.

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheGentlemanLosers/
https://soundcloud.com/the-gentleman-losers

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October 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm

First Listen: “Black Fly” by Circuit des Yeux

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We are delighted to host the mesmerizing new single “Black Fly” by the singular Chicago-based artist Circuit des Yeux. This cathartic tour-de-force is taken from Haley Fohr’s eagerly awaited fifth studio album “Reaching For Indigo” available on 20th October 2017 via Drag City.

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On the meditative and mesmerizing new single ‘Black Fly’, Haley Fohr’s empowering voice unleashes a kind of catharsis like no other (a trusted constant which has only heightened with each of Fohr’s five spellbinding full-length albums under the Circuit des Yeux moniker). Beginning with angelic, hushed tones – soft strum of acoustic guitar and Fohr’s fragile, whisper-like voice – Fohr sings “Nobody said it was easy”.  The timeless spirit of Leonard Cohen radiates throughout these opening verses as intricate arrangements of immaculate instrumentation is gradually interwoven beneath Fohr’s singular voice. The song’s glorious rise – as Fohr’s achingly beautiful falsetto soars majestically beneath gorgeous strings – creates a purging of the rawest of human emotions as a catharsis is emitted like rays of shimmering light. “You’re not the dark star they want you to be/You’re just a black dot in the sky” Fohr cries over distorted noise and thundering drums signalling the dichotomy of worlds the listener becomes beautifully engulfed by; the radiant light of hope and depths of darkness.

 

 

 

Song from “Reaching for Indigo” LP/CD, available on October 20, 2017 from Drag City.

Imagery by Julia Dratel
Processing by Nick Ciontea

Pre-order “Reaching for Indigo”:
Drag City
http://www.dragcity.com/products/reaching-for-indigo
Apple iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1264016548

“Reaching for Indigo” LP/CD, is available on October 20, 2017 from Drag City.

https://www.facebook.com/CircuitdesYeux/
https://www.facebook.com/dragcityrecords/

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September 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm

First Listen: ‘Crystal Palace’ by Fadi Tabbal

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We are delighted to premiere ‘Crystal Palace’ by renowned Lebanese artist Fadi Tabbal, taken from the forthcoming full-length release ‘Museum of Disappearing Buildings’ co-released by Portland’s Beacon Sound and Lebanese label Ruptured.

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The prestigious Portland-based label Beacon Sound are co-releasing an album by Beirut artist Fadi Tabbal on 6th October 2017 with Lebanese label Ruptured. The Lebanese musician, producer and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal’s work consists of guitar-based drone soundscapes fused with utterly transcendent ambient flourishes. ‘Crystal Palace’ is the sublime closing piece to Tabbal’s newest solo release (which is limited to 300 vinyl copies).

Fadi has been central to the Beirut music scene for the last decade, running Tunefork Studios and playing in multiple groups. Museum Of Disappearing Buildings is his second solo album and first release to appear on vinyl. It is an album of ambient guitar drones and grainy electronics that reflects the precarious political and social environment of Beirut while also being inspired by the impossible structures of Russian paper architects Brodsky and Utkin. He is featured in the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut by Thomas Burkhalter (Routledge; 2013), which advocates against Euro-American centrism in the realm of music in favor of a ‘multi-sited global avant garde’. This is the first collaboration between Beacon Sound (Portland) and Ruptured (Beirut).

 

Fadi will also perform live with fellow Beirut musician Munma in Berlin on November 4th 2017 at the 3rd iteration of A Happening, co-curated by Beacon Sound.

The Portland-based label have released a diverse range of internationally-renowned artists: Terry Riley, Colleen, Peter Broderick, Johann Johannsson, Lucrecia Dalt, Gareth Dickson and many more. Forthcoming releases include upcoming albums by Benoit Pioulard and Lau Nau, as well as a repress of minimalist-piano classic The Book Of Sounds by German composer Hans Otte.

‘Museum of Disappearing Buildings’ is out on 6th October 2017 via Beacon Sound and Ruptured (Pre-order HERE).

http://www.faditabbal.com/

http://www.wearebeaconsound.com/

http://www.rupturedonline.com

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September 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm

First Listen: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Garth Knox – “Tasseography” (Diatribe Records)

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We’re delighted to preview “Tasseography”, a track by world-renowned musicians Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Ireland) and Garth Knox (Ireland-Scotland). The composition is from the forthcoming collaborative full-length album “All Soundings Are True” by Ó Raghallaigh and Knox which is due for release on July 1st 2017 via prominent Ireland-based label Diatribe Records.

The nine compositions on “All Soundings Are True” (featuring a trio of traditional compositions, the remaining pieces are penned by Ó Raghallaigh and Knox) provides an unforgettable listening experience as both composers (both collaborators in the truest sense) clearly revel in each other’s presence and playing. Having met while Ó Raghallaigh was at a residency at the Irish Cultural Center, Paris, the pair’s own deep-rooted love and appreciation for their own chosen instruments – Ó Raghallaigh’s hardinger d’Amore fiddle and Knox’s viola d’Amore – provides the glorious opportunity to plough new sonic terrain while pushing the duo’s own distinctive sound palettes into wondrously open spaces and uncharted territories in the process.

Award-winning fiddle player and composer Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has performed extensively as both a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O’Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of both The Gloaming and This is How we Fly. Ó Raghallaigh is based in Dublin, Ireland.

Classical viola player and composer Garth Knox is most known as viola player of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble intercontemporain and has performed works by some of the world’s leading 21st Century composers such as The Kronos Quartet and David Lang. Knox has recorded extensively for the prestigious ECM label (featuring both solo and collaborative works) and plays viola, viola d’amore and medieval fiddle. Knox is based in Paris, France.

 

 

“All Soundings Are True” by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Garth Knox will be released on 1st July via Diatribe Records, the launch gig for “All Soundings Are True” takes place on June 17th (with Ensemble Ériu) at The Complex Dublin. 

Event Page for launch gig HERE.

Pre-order LP via Diatribe Records HERE.

https://caoimhinoraghallaigh.com/
http://www.garthknox.org/

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June 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm