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Guest Mix: Spirit Fest (Morr Music)

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Spirit Fest are the esteemed supergroup built around some of independent music’s most innovative contemporary music-makers: Japanese duo Tenniscoats, and featuring members of Germany’s Notwist, Jam Money and Joasihno. May 2020 saw the release of Spirit Fest’s gorgeous “Mirage Mirage”, the group’s second full-length and follow up to their self-titled debut LP, once again issued by German independent Morr Music. Like it’s 2017 predecessor, “Mirage Mirage” effortlessly fuses an innate mastery for melody and intricately woven vocals, together with impeccable musicianship, always striving for time-honoured, organically evolved compositions, those infused with myriad, subtle nuances rather than anything overtly stylistic or straight forward. Forever tangible is a deep-rooted appreciation for a multitude of musical influences and, above all else, a shared love for the simple joy that shared collaboration brings. The resulting avant-pop masterpiece that is “Mirage Mirage” never yields a note that is anything short of  awe-inspiring and heart-stopping. The gifted quintet comprise the members: The Notwist’s Markus Acher, Saya & Takashi Ueno (Tenniscoats), Mat Fowler (Jam Money, Bons), Cico Beck (Joasinho, Aloa Input & The Notwist).

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“In this mix we collected inspirations, all-time-favourites and songs, we listened to, when we sat in the kitchen last summer at the time, we recorded ‘Mirage Mirage’.
A musical box of memories.”

Spirit Fest – Fractured Air Guest Mix.

01. Freddie Philipps“Musical Box”
02. Mayo Thompson“Dear Betty Baby” (Texas Revolution, Drag City)
03. The Chills“Kaleidoscope World” (Flying Nun)
04. Kevin Ayers – “Town Feeling” (Harvest)
05. Josiah Steinbrick“Fo Baro”
06. Bugskull“Squeeky Bagpipe” (Digitalis Recordings)
07. Nuno Canavarro“Untitled” (Ama Romanta)
08. A. Dobrohotov“Kamarinskaja” (Yazoo)
09. Alastair Galbraith“One Method” (Emperor Jones, MIE Music)
10. Richard Youngs“I Am The Weather” (Jagjaguwar)
11. Tower Recordings“Winter Of Frozen Mornings” (Shrat Field Recordings)
12. Robert Wyatt“Foreign Accents” (Hannibal Records)
13. Empress“Ballerina Beats” (Geographic)
14. Vashti Bunyan“Here Before” (FatCat)
15. Secret Museum of Mankind“Wishes Of Welcome” (Yazoo)
16. Ahmed Malek“La Silence Des Cendres” (Habibi Funk Records)
17. Manos Hadjidakis“Nocturne A Deux Voix” (Πολύτροπον, Lyra)
18. Grim“Noble Folk” (G.A.Propaganda, Eskimo Records)


“Mirage Mirage” by Spirit Fest is out now via Morr Music.

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August 5, 2020 at 11:53 am

Mixtape: Fractured Air – July 2020

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July’s mix features the majestic “Wondrous Love” by folk legend Shirley Collins who recently announced details of new album (and follow up to 2016’s “Lodestar”), “Heart’s Ease”, which is due for release via Domino on 24th July. It’s first single is the timeless gem “Wondrous Love”, as Domino state: “its tune comes from an 18th Century English ballad about the infamous sea captain William Kidd, who was hanged for piracy in 1701. Collins first heard the hymn at a Sacred Harp Convention in Alabama (Collins and Alan Lomax recorded it on their field recording trip in 1959). Shirley has decided to sing it now, she said , “because songs are stored in my memory for a great many years, and suddenly it seems the right time to bring them out again.”

Independent music treasure and visionary artist Julianna Barwick returns this month with the magnificent “Healing Is A Miracle”, her Ninja Tune debut after remarkable releases for numerous indie labels over the last decade including Asthmatic Kitty, Dead Oceans, RVNG Intl’s FRKWYS series and Gregory Euclide’s THESIS label. New York-based Barwick’s fourth full length once again finds the gifted composer meld her church choir singing background during her rural Louisiana upbringing with her deeply innate gift for building expansive, immersive and wholly transformative sound worlds. “Healing Is A Miracle” finds Barwick collaborate with special guests and  fellow music visionaries Mary Lattimore, Jónsi and Nosaj Thing.

Fresh from the release of  The Soft Pink Truth (Drew Daniel)’s fantastic “Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?”, M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel announced the hugely anticipated return of beloved electronic pioneers Matmos this month with the celebrated duo’s mightily ambitious and intriguing “The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises In Group Form” (Thrill Jockey). Featuring a dazzling array of contributions from 99 musicians (Daniel Lopatin, Marisa Anderson, Yo La Tengo, David Grubbs, Jennifer Walshe, So Percussion to name just a few), where the sole instruction was to “play anything that they wanted, but the tempo of any rhythmic material had to be set at 99 beats per minute”, the results are bound to yield some of the most rewarding music of 2020.

Back in June came one of this year’s true gems, “Arrow”, by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Lipstate via her Noveller guise. Like fellow contemporary guitar luminaries such as William Tyler or Aidan Baker, Noveller’s electric guitar compositions constantly evolve, expand and inspire, creating an enthralling, near-symphonic, free-flowing body of work in the process. “Arrow” is released via Ba Da Bing Records and is yet another wholly unique and breathtakingly original opus from one of independent music’s most gifted artists.

Other new releases in July’s mix come from: the special Numero Group compilation on Dale Warren’s fascinating 24 Carat Black project; Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson’s breathtaking collaborative album “Emanate” on FatCat’s ever-dependable 130701 imprint; Ricardo Donoso’s glorious “Content” full-length for Denovali; the legendary Jon Hassell returns with the eagerly anticipated “Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two)” – out 24th July on Ndeya records – so far unveiled are the magnificent pair of tracks “Fearless” and “Unknown Wish”; the sublime post-punk-infused debut self-titled EP by Sydney-based Loose Fit heralds a hugely exciting and intriguing opening chapter for this special band (FatCat); Ceaselessly innovative indie greats Dirty Projectors continue their glorious ongoing series of 5 E.P. releases scheduled for 2020 with this month’s “Flight Tower” (Domino), this time with Felicia Douglass at the helm.

Fractured Air – July 20 Mix

01. Flying Lotus“Fire Is Coming” (feat. David Lynch) (Warp)
02. INVŌKER“Batumi” (Azzur)
03. T. Gowdy“Up CTRL” (Constellation)
04. Darkstar“Wolf” (John Talabot’s Materia Dub) (Warp)
05. Ital Tek“Open Heart” (Planet Mu)
06. Rival Consoles“Vibrations on a String” (Erased Tapes)
07. Matmos“No Concept” (Thrill Jockey)
08. Ricardo Donoso“Forking Path” (Denovali)
09. Oneohtrix Point Never“Good Time” (Good Time OST, Warp)
10. Spiritualized“Spread Your Wings” (Fat Possum/Sony Music)
11. Noveller“Pre-fabled” (Ba Da Bing)
12. Spectrum“All Night Long” (Sony Music)
13. Television Personalities“Diary Of A Young Man” (Fire Records)
14. Charlie Megira & The Modern Dance Club“The Valley Of Tears” (Numero Group)
15. Loose Fit“Pull the Lever” (FatCat)
16. Protomartyr“Michigan Hammers” (Domino)
17. Girl Band“Ereignis” (Rough Trade)
18. Dirty Projectors“Self Design” (Domino)
19. Nightmares On Wax“Me And You” (Warp)
20. 24 Carat Black & LaRhonda LeGette“I Need A Change” (Numero Group)
21. Takashi Kokubo – “回廊の音楽” (Glossy Mistakes)
22. Jon Hassell“Fearless” (Ndeya)
23. Ka Baird“Imagination” (RVNG Intl)
24. Angel Bat Dawid“Transition East” (International Anthem)
25. Becca Mancari“I’m Sorry” (Captured Tracks)
26. The Beatles “Yes It Is” (Apple)
27. Roy Harper“One for All” (Science Friction)
28. Shirley Collins“Wondrous Love” (Domino)
29. PJ Harvey“Prayer” (The Virtues OST, Invada)
30. Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson“Procession” (130701)
31. The Transcendence Orchestra“Overview Effect” (Editions Mego)
32. Owen Pallett  – “Paragon Of Order” (w/ London Contemporary Orchestra) (Domino)
33. Max Richter“All Human Beings (Voiceless Mix) Pt. 3” (Decca/Universal)
34. Julianna Barwick“Healing Is A Miracle” (Ninja Tune)
35. Brigid Mae Power “Head Above The Water” (Fire Records)
36. Rebecca Foon“New World Reprise” (Constellation)
37. Arthur Russell“In Love With You For The Last Time” (Audika)

Guest Mixtape: Peter Broderick “Shelled Up With Shel”

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Presented here is a guest mix by the renowned U.S.-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick, dedicated to the poems, songs and writings of American writer Shel Silverstein (1930 – 1999). During 2020, Broderick has himself published his first book of children’s writing, with the self-published “Bob & Stuff”, illustrated entirely by Broderick also. This year has also marked the release of the second volume of Broderick’s covers of the legendary Arthur Russell with the live record “Peter Broderick & Friends Play More Arthur Russell”, culled from various performances across the UK and Ireland in 2019.

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Peter Broderick – “Shelled Up With Shel MIX”

01. A Light In The Attic
02. A Front Row Seat To Hear Ole Johnny Sing
03. Have Another Espresso
04. Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too
05. Dirty Ol’ Me
06. Broken Down Mama
07. Plastic (excerpt)
08. Squishy Touch
09. Thumbsucker
10. Someone Ate The Baby
11. It Does Not Pay To Be Hip
12. The Floobie Doobie Doo
13. Time
14. Boa Constrictor
15. Backward Bill
16. You’re Always Welcome At Our House
17. So Good To So Bad
18. 26 Second Song

All tracks by Shel Silverstein.

 

 

It started when I recorded some new tunes last summer and shared them with some close friends and family. One dear friend (shout out to Mr. Daniel O’Sullivan!) told me my songs reminded him of Shel Silverstein. Shel Silverstein! I grew up reading the poems of Shel Silverstein! And now I read them sometimes with my step-son!

I don’t think Shel Silverstein made it quite as big over here in Europe, but in America, around my generation, you’d have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t know who Shel Silverstein is. I remember thinking as a kid, He sure does like like a weirdo, when seeing his strange portraits on the backs of his books. I always thought he looked kind of scary, and definitely very mysterious.

And at some point, several months ago, I got curious and started looking him up online. Who IS this guy, anyway?. And I was fascinated by what I read. Born in 1930, he was drafted into the army, where he got a job making cartoons! Cartoons in the army! And shortly after that he was making cartoons for Playboy magazine. How on Earth did this guy end up making all these children’s books?

My curiosity rocket-launched when I discovered that this guy, the same Shel Silverstein, wrote many hit songs for many different singers (including ‘A Boy Named Sue’, made famous by Johnny Cash), and released a handful of solo records of his own. So I tracked down one of these solo records on the internet, and then I got another, and another, and another, and then I couldn’t stop until I had acquired them all.

The first thing you’ll notice upon hearing Shel Silverstein on record is that the guy is an absolutely maniac! I suppose it’s not hugely surprising that his own music career never really took off. But it’s quite remarkable that he did as much as he did, and personally, I just adore him. So unique, so strange, so himself . . . just being his wild self. It sounds like he can’t help it! The man seems to have made many musician friends throughout his life, and by all accounts that I’ve been able to find, he was an incredible friend to have. Full of life, and hyper creative.

I must confess, there are some aspects of Shel’s humor which are a bit hard for me to swallow, especially considering how sensitive today’s culture is in regards to political correctness. But I must also confess, that I am not deterred by these sometimes off-putting gags. I find so much to love in Shel’s thrilling, wild spirit. Some folks may find him a bit too abrasive, but I’m really grateful for the bravery and integrity of this demented, shouting, loveable monster.

This mix sounds a bit lo-fi because it was recorded directly from my turntable into my laptop, with less-than-ideal equipment. But I hope it might let enough of Shel’s essence to shine through and just make you stop for a second and go, Wait, what?!?!?

—Peter Broderick, 2020

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https://www.peterbroderick.net/

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July 6, 2020 at 11:54 am

Mixtape: Fractured Air – June 2020

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June’s mix features the hugely anticipated debut solo LP by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Bear. Released under the American drummer and multi-instrumentalist’s Fools moniker, “Fools’ Harp Vol. 1” is available via the forever dependable Music From Memory label. What’s immediately apparent on listening to the album’s thirteen tracks (more will be made available shortly, via a cassette edition with bonus tracks) is the considerable gestation period these compositions undertook (Bear plays every instrument himself) before bearing fruition as a fully formed record. Recorded in between Grizzly Bear tours, the album took it’s final shape over a six week period in summer 2019, the results are a breathtaking insight into this truly independent and wholly creative spirit whose technical ability and improvisational spirit shines throughout his Fools’ debut.

Another masterful drummer in the contemporary independent music scene is the ever-prolific New York-based artist Greg Fox. “Contact” is released by the hugely influential RVNG Intl label and sees Fox traverse even further sonic boundaries – always tirelessly seeking to push the envelope further with each subsequent work – creating one of the year’s most defining records in the process.

Other 2020 gems included here are courtesy of the celebrated cellist and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Foon (the Saltland composer releases her first album via her own name, once again via Constellation); extraordinary South Korean cellist Okkyung Lee releases the majestic “Yeo-Neun” (Shelter Press); Julianna Barwick returns with the magnificent “Inspirit” from her much anticipated “Healing Is a Miracle” album (Ninja Tune); world renowned drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White) joins acclaimed American guitarist Marisa Anderson for the breathtaking collaborative album “The Quickening” (Thrill Jockey).

 

Fractured Air – June 2020 Mix

01. Yasuaki Shimizu“Seiko 3” (Light In The Attic)
02. Yoshiaki Ochi“Ear Dreamin’” (Light In The Attic)
03. Inventions“Spirit Refinement Exploder” (Temporary Residence)
04. Hiroshi Yoshimura“Creek” (Light In The Attic)
05. Nicolas Jaar“Gocce” (Other People)
06. 2814“恢复” (Dream Catalogue)
07. Giuseppe Ielasi“8” (12k)
08. DJ Python“oooophi” (Incienso)
09. Minor Science“Polyglottal” (Whities)
10. Jamie xx“Idontknow” (Young Turks)
11. Four Tet“Insect Near Piha Beach” (Text)
12. Hood“They Removed All Trace That Anything Had Ever Happened Here” (Domino)
13. Warren Ellis“Time to Run, Time to Drive” (Mustang OST, Milan)
14. Bill Callahan“Circles” (Drag City)
15. Jim White and Marisa Anderson “The Quickening” (Thrill Jockey)
16. Xylouris White“Inland” (Drag City)
17. Batsumi“Moving Along” (R & T)
18. El Wali“The People of El Aaiun” (Sahel Sounds)
19. Hailu Mergia, Dahlak Band“Embuwa Bey Lamitu” (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
20. Fools“Nnuunn” (Music From Memory)
21. Greg Fox“Ill Being” (RVNG Intl)
22. Julia Kent“Imbalance” (The Leaf Label)
23. Hildur Guðnadóttir“Fólk fær andlit” (Deutsche Grammophon)
24. Okkyung Lee – “The Yellow Porcelain Bird” (Shelter Press)
25. Daniel Ögren“Levi” (Sing a Song Fighter)
26. Julianna Barwick“Inspirit” (Ninja Tune)
27. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds“Leviathan” (Ghosteen Ltd.)
28. Jóhann Jóhannsson“The Navigators” (Last And First Men OST, Deutsche Grammophon)
29. Arvo Pärt, Paul Hillier “My Heart Is In The Highlands” (perf. Else Torp, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent) (Harmonia Mundi)
30. Rebecca Foon – “Another Realm” (Constellation)

 

Mixtape: Fractured Air – May 2020

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Featured in May’s mix are a number of 2020 gems, some reissues, film scores & old favourites.

We’re really happy to share an exclusive track from the hugely anticipated new album by beloved Irish songwriter Brigid Mae Power. “You Have A Quiet Power” is taken from the Fire Records album Head Above The Water (out 5th June), recorded at Glasgow’s The Green Door and co-produced by Power, Peter Broderick and Alasdair Roberts. “Head Above The Water” is yet another masterful and soul-stirring album by the Galway-born artist, destined to be among the top of many end-of-year lists for 2020.

As always, much gems surface on the wonderful Bandcamp, and this month’s mix features the fascinating Anticlines Outtakes”  by Europe-based, Colombian-born artist Lucrecia Dalt, comprising the stripped back sketches and outtakes to her breathtaking “Anticlines” full-length from 2018 (released on the legendary RVNG label). The intimate 7-track e.p. provides a fascinating insight into the aesthetics and practice of one of independent music’s true treasures.

Brooklyn musical institution RVNG Intl continues to deliver utterly unique and singular releases: Russian artist Kate NV’s heavenly avant pop masterwork “Room for the Moon” comes out on 12th June; Michele Mercure’s latest anthology of exceptional analogue cassette recordings is lovingly compiled on “Pictures of Echoes” and Sign Libra’s spring release “Sea to Sea” is the Latvian solo artist’s compelling fourth world infused contemporary pop sphere of exquisite sounds.

Other 2020 treasures include: Spirit Fest’s stunningly beautiful “Mirage Mirage” (Morr Music), Japan Blues’ single “Kotonoid” (Bandcamp), the brilliant “Strange To Explain” by the ever-brilliant indie kings Woods (Woodsit), The Soft Pink Truth’s “Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?” (Thrill Jockey), Inventions“Continuous Portrait” (Temporary Residence), Golden Retriever & Chuck Johnson’s “Rain Shadow” (Thrill Jockey), Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett’s marvellous sonic odyssey continues (under CV & JAB) with “Landscape Architecture” (Bandcamp).

Also featuring film scores by Warren Ellis; Mica Levi and Colin Stetson.


Fractured Air – May 2020 Mix

01. Warren Ellis – “This Train I Ride” (This Train I Ride OST, Invada Records)
02. Mica Levi “Monos” (Monos OST, Invada Records)
03. Colin Stetson“Friday’s Child” (Age Out OST, 52Hz)
04. Brian Eno & Jon Hassell “Chemistry” (Virgin Records)
05. Lucrecia Dalt – “Let My Touch” (Anticlines Outtakes, Bandcamp)
06. Sign Libra – “Sea of Islands” (RVNG Intl)
07. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “The Steady Heart” (Ghostly)
08. Bitchin Bajas – “Angels and Demons at Play” (Drag City)
09. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – “Shifting Sands” (Reprise Records)
10. Woods – “Strange to Explain” (Woodsist)
11. Maston “Swans” (Be With Records)
12. Mankyy “Subscribe” (Unscene Music)
13. Nina Simone “Fodder In Her Wings” (Verve Records)
14. Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari “Poem 1” (Dub Store Records)
15. Harry Mudie – “Full Dose of Dub” (Moods International Records)
16. Uschi Classen With Robert Owens – “Only In Your Eyes” (Nwachukwu Innervision 1) (Beats In Space)
17. Kate NV “Marafon 15” (RVNG Intl)
18. Portable – “Surrender” (feat. Lcio) (Needwant Recordings)
19. Lee Noble – “New Year” (Bandcamp)
20. Batsumi “Anishilabi” (Matsuli Music)
21. Spirit Fest – “Mirage” (Morr Music)
22. Japan Blues“Kotonoid” (Bandcamp)
23. Mdou Moctar“Ibitlan” (Sahel Sounds)
24. Michele Mercure “Rhythm Of Life” (RVNG Intl)
25. Vazz “Cast Reflections” (STROOM)
26. Benoit Pioulard“If I could be anything I’d be nothing” (Bandcamp)
27. The Soft Pink Truth “May Increase” (Thrill Jockey)
28. Clerk 5“Intro (World Premiere)” (The Unscene)
29. Inventions – “Calico” (Temporary Residence)
30. The Sea and Cake – “Lyric” (Thrill Jockey)
31. CEEYS, CONTSTANT PRESENCE, Peter Broderick, Daniel O’Sullivan “Nothing Special” (THESIS)
32. Brigid Mae Power – “You Have A Quiet Power” (Fire Records)
33. Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson“Lupine” (Thrill Jockey)
34. Kate Tempest “Hold Your Own” (Republic Records)
35. CV & JAB“Stone Circle” (Bandcamp)
36. Lee Hazlewood – “Wait and See” (Reprise)