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Guest Mixtape: Two Medicine (Bella Union)

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To celebrate the release of Midlake bassist Paul Alexander’s debut solo album (under his Two Medicine pseudonym), the U.S. songwriter and musician compiles a stunning hour-long mix merging pop, tropicalia, folk, krautrock, and psychedelic spheres of enchanting sounds. Having played a key creative role in the recording of John’s Grant’s new album, Love Is Magic, Alexander will be joining his labelmate on his European tour this Autumn. Two Medicine’s debut record ‘Astropsychosis’ is out now on Bella Union.

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Last month saw the eagerly awaited debut solo album from Midlake bassist Paul Alexander. Under his Two Medicine moniker, Alexander crafts immaculate psych pop odysseys that navigate the hidden depths of the human heart. In a similar fashion to his Denton prog folk outfit of Midlake, Two Medicine’s songbook is at once wholly familiar and mysteriously unknown: sparse folk songs drift across the ether of Laurel Canyon and divine pop spheres dissolve across vast skies of Beach Boys grandeur. Like any remarkable record, the sounds captured on tape somehow permeates deep and far: forever delivering new meaning and rare significance.

As Paul explains, one key to its secrets lies in the project name’s nod to a national park in Montana:

“Two Medicine is a majestic place, without spoil. The land was ceded to the nation by the Blackfeet tribe. They were likely coerced into the deal, like most of the tribes who gave away their land. It is wild, humbling and probably collateral for the nation’s debt, where an inevitable capitulation looms. Beyond its geographical location, to me, the name Two Medicine represents a summation of this irony, whether created or inherited by the people of the United States.”

The stunningly beautiful lament ‘tmrw’ traces the lineage of those early 70’s folk masterworks of Vashti Bunyan or Bert Jansch. On the opening verse, Alexander sings “I got a call today/It’s curtains for the sparrow” beneath a soft strum of acoustic guitar. Quiet solace surrounds the melancholic shades of the fading dusk light.

The album’s title-track conveys the luminous space and artistic brilliance of Two Medicine’s debut full-length with reverb-laden piano notes and dazzling rhythmic pulses (akin to the era of The Band’s timeless ‘Music From The Big Pink’ LP). Alexander’s solo journey has only just begun.

 

Two Medicine – Fractured Air Mix – December 2018

01. Isao Tomita“Passepied – Suite Bergamasque, No.4” [RCA]
02. David Shire“Orange Light” [La-La Land Records]
03. The Magnetic Fields“Epitaph for My Heart” [Domino / Merge]
04. George Jones“The Race is On” [United Artists]
05. The Flying Burrito Brothers“Sin City” [A&M]
06. The Byrds“You Ain’t Going Nowhere” [Columbia / CBS]
07. Caribou“Melody Day” [City Slang / Merge]
08. Amon Düül II“Cerberus” [Liberty]
09. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard “Melting” [Heavenly Recordings]
10. The Valerie Project“Grandmother” [Drag City / Twisted Nerve]
11. The Incredible String Band“The Water Song” [Elektra]
12. Os Mutantes “A Minha Menina” [Polydor]
13. Novos Baianos“Brasil Pandeiro” [Som Livre, Mr Bongo]
14. Tinariwen“Mano Dayak” [Independiente]
15. Department Of Eagles“Phantom Other” [4AD]
16. The Cure“Plainsong” [Fiction]

‘Astropsychosis’ is out now on Bella Union.

http://twomedicineband.com/
http://bellaunion.com/

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December 17, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Step Right Up: Two Medicine

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One constant throughout the process was an expectation that the sound and feeling be something I desired to listen to repeatedly.”

—Paul Alexander

 Words: Mark Carry

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Last month saw the eagerly awaited debut solo album from Midlake bassist Paul Alexander. Under his Two Medicine moniker, Alexander crafts immaculate psych pop odysseys that navigate the hidden depths of the human heart. In a similar fashion to his Denton prog folk outfit of Midlake; Two Medicine’s songbook is at once wholly familiar and mysteriously unknown: sparse folk songs drift across the ether of Laurel Canyon and divine pop spheres dissolve across vast skies of Beach Boys grandeur. Like any remarkable record, the sounds captured on tape somehow permeates deep and far: forever delivering new meaning and rare significance.

If ever a lyric epitomized the spirit of a record it’s the gorgeous chorus refrain of lead single ‘Gold’. Alexander sings “If you dig this gold/It’s all you wanted and more” beneath crystalline synthesizer motifs and a seductive bass groove. ‘Astropsychosis’ becomes a journey of self-exploration, infiltrating the forests of one’s mind, desires and dreams. A sacred dimension is effortlessly – almost innately – tapped into here; as the songs inhabit the forest space (in which Two Medicine’s title blossomed from).

The glorious opener ‘SF’ contains rich psychedelic textures and sumptuous guitar tones that meld beautifully with Alexander’s heartfelt vocal delivery. Layers of shimmering vocals and electronics form a dense haze, evoking the spirit of Scandinavian groups – and kindred spirits – Efterklang and Dungen.

The stunningly beautiful lament ‘tmrw’ traces the lineage of those early 70’s folk masterworks of Vashti Bunyan or Bert Jansch. On the opening verse, Alexander sings “I got a call today/It’s curtains for the sparrow” beneath a soft strum of acoustic guitar. Quiet solace surrounds the melancholic shades of the fading dusk light.

The album’s title-track conveys the luminous space and artistic brilliance of Two Medicine’s debut full-length with reverb-laden piano notes and dazzling rhythmic pulses (akin to the era of The Band’s timeless ‘Music From The Big Pink’ LP). Alexander’s solo journey has only just begun.

‘Astropsychosis’ is out now on Bella Union.

http://twomedicineband.com/
http://bellaunion.com/

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Interview with Paul Alexander (Two Medcine/Midlake).

 

Congratulations Paul on your stunningly beautiful Two Medicine debut solo record, it’s a real pleasure to ask you some questions. Firstly, please describe this public park in Montana – in which your project name I believe was taken from – and the source of inspiration nature and this particular place’s history seeped into the songs make up?

Paul Alexander: Thank you for the kind words. Two Medicine is an area with immense, mountainous valleys and glacier fed lakes in the southeastern corner of Glacier National Park. I’m sure I’m no different from most folks who visit, the place makes an impression. There is something daunting and a bit foreboding about it, as if the mountains know your thoughts. I think similar feelings found their way into the songs for sure, directly and in metaphor.

The majestic harmonies, immaculate production and pristine instrumentation are just some of the hallmarks of this formidable record. I get the impression the making of ‘Astropsychosis’ was an incredibly liberating experience? I would love to gain an insight into the record’s inception and over what time period have these songs been blooming into life?

PA: Thank you. The record was written and recorded over a 15 month period, beginning in early 2016 and ending the spring of 2017. I had a few ideas when I started, but the majority of the material was written and arranged in the studio. At the time, I had sung a good amount of backing vocals, but had never been the main vocal, so it was definitely a stroll into the unknown! I half expected the project to be abandoned, not knowing if my writing would be strong enough to warrant the energy required to finish. In hindsight, it has been quite liberating, but the process itself was often overwhelming.

A truly timeless pop sphere permeates the headspace throughout the record’s nine tracks, echoing shades of Midlake but also beautifully navigating new sonic terrain. Did you have specific reference points (be it studio albums or feelings or colour) in terms how you envisioned this record (from the outset)? What were the most challenging aspects to the creation of ‘Astropsychosis’? 

PA: Initially, I was imagining a blend of Pet Sounds with late 80’s/early 90’s shoe-gaze/dream-pop. I’m not so sure that’s really what has emerged, but it’s the world I was looking towards at the time. Most of the songs started on acoustic guitar and I tend to stack vocal harmonies, so I suppose a kind of dream folk was always hanging around, for better or worse. The project was largely a solitary endeavor, so the hardest part was to not get swallowed up in a world of minutia.

Life’s fleeting moments feel distilled on the album’s captivating title-track. ‘Gold’ is a timeless pop gem, a song I feel I have known all my life. The seductive groove to ‘SF’ is divine. But I love how the darker lyrical content is effortlessly placed beneath these pop motifs and intricate arrangements. Can you shed some light on your song-writing process and indeed if some of these songs proved much easier/quicker to write than others?

PA: Thank you. Honestly, I don’t have much of a defined process, especially since these are some of the first songs I’ve written. I tried a few approaches, yet there wasn’t much rhyme or reason to why one thing would work or another wouldn’t. One constant throughout the process was an expectation that the sound and feeling be something I desired to listen to repeatedly. Sometimes, I just didn’t think an idea was very good after I took a step back. At that point it didn’t matter how hard I had worked on it, I didn’t hesitate to find the delete button.

I suppose that most songwriters and composers can write quickly, but getting something I was willing to show others proved to be difficult. ‘Oblivion’ was probably the easiest from a composition standpoint, I had the core ideas in a few days and the arrangement came quickly compared to other songs. The synthesis aspect also developed quickly on that one, which was great. Every song developed in it’s own way, but that is mostly down to working solo, as I can only record one part at a time.

Please describe your studio set-up, a space you must be well acquainted with from Midlake recordings? 

PA: Eric Nichelson from Midlake acquired the bulk of the old recording equipment and the studio where we recorded AntiphonCourage of Others & John Grant’s, Queen of Denmark were also recorded on the same gear, but in a different studio. He was very kind to give me access throughout the entirety of the process, all I had to do was work off hours. It was a luxury for sure, as it was the only system I really knew at the time. The system is Radar, which is a bit different from the DAWs people usually use. You have to have a console and outboard, as it kind of works like a tape machine but records to a drive. It was one of the best opportunities of my life, to sit down with equipment I knew well and focus on being creative on my own ideas.

Please take me back to some of your most cherished memories with Midlake and making music together within this special group of musicians? 

PA: I really enjoyed our first Glastonbury, on the Park stage in 2010. It was a pretty great moment for us to be back on tour after the challenge of making Courage. The Glastonbury crowd was very gracious and made us feel like we belonged up there. Roundhouse in London the same year with John Grant and Jason Lytle was also really special. Speaking of John, making Queen of Denmark was a total blast. He wasn’t as well-known as he is today, but we all were really excited about his music and were super stoked to be a part of it. The Trials of Van Occupanther was a great record to be a part of, though very challenging to make. We often struggled in the studio, with lots of labor in delivery room. There were some nice times with Tim, the moments when I knew he loved what he was hearing. I think making the title track was one of those. The song was blowing us all away, then McKenzie and I started up the tape machine and got the bass and drums in a take, we knew it instantly.

A deeply spiritual and cosmic realm is wonderfully inhabited in this solo work of yours. Can you recount your memories of the recording process – and musical guests that guested on these sessions? Did you have this batch of songs fully formed in your mind prior to these sessions? 

PA: Making this record was arduous and cathartic, and I started it with so much doubt. The first 3 months were slow, I was getting a lot of sketches down but nothing had truly materialized into something I was confident in. One week, ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Kuopio’ both took really big steps almost simultaneously. I was really excited and sent them to Simon. He wrote back, was very encouraging and basically said, ‘I’m digging it!’ That had to be the biggest ‘wind in the sails’ moment. Eric Nichelson played some really nice guitar for me on a couple of tunes and my buddy Evan Jacobs played keys on another. Another big hat’s off to the great Matt Pence, who played all the drums and was basically my therapist during mixing.

‘Astropsychosis’ is out now on Bella Union.

http://twomedicineband.com/
http://bellaunion.com/

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December 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Guest Mixtape: Galya Bisengalieva (London Contemporary Orchestra)

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To coincide with the release of the gifted composer Galya Bisengalieva’s debut “EP ONE”, Kazakh/British violinist Galya Bisengalieva (also leads the London Contemporary Orchestra) compiles a stunning hour-long mix merging modern classical with electronic spheres and world music, comprising many artists Bisengalieva has collaborated with in recent years. The stunning “EP ONE” features three compositions performed by Bisengalieva on violin and electronics, written by Bisengalieva, Claire M Singer and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch. The stunning vinyl-edition of “EP ONE” can be ordered now via NOMAD Music Productions HERE.

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Galya Bisengalieva is an award-winning Kazakh/British violinist making her own work as a soloist, improviser and collaborator with artists and composers of varied genres.

She has performed solo shows throughout Europe, USA, India, Turkey, Brazil, and made her sell out debut in Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, where Galya received the Revelación Award by the Music Critics Association of Argentina.

Galya toured Brahms’ Violin Concerto as part of ‘There Will Be Blood: Live’, premiered Edmund Finnis’ ‘Shades Lengthen’ on BBC Radio 3 and recently co-wrote ‘Galya Beat’ with electronic producer Actress and percussionist Sam Wilson which was released on Ninja Tune. She has collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Laurie Spiegel, Suzanne Ciani, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros as well as commissioning and performing new works by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Sarah Davachi, Shiva Feshareki, Claire M Singer, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Mica Levi, and CHAINES.

Galya leads the London Contemporary Orchestra and can be heard on Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes Film Festival Winner ‘You Were Never Really Here’, Thom Yorke’s film score for the remake of ‘Suspiria’, Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ and Oscar nominated ‘Phantom Thread’.

Debut release EP ONE is out now, featuring new works for solo violin and electronics.

Galya Bisengalieva – Fractured Air Mix – December 2018

01. Claire M Singer“tùs” (NOMAD Music Productions)
02. Galya Bisengalieva“Tulpar” (NOMAD Music Productions)
03. Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch“Oparin” (NOMAD Music Productions)
04. Mika Vainio & Ø“Otava” (Sähkö Recordings)
05. İpek Gorgun“Neroli” (Touch)
06. Sarah Davachi“Wood Green” (Students Of Decay)
07. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band“Sao Sakit Mae” (Studio Lam)
08. Edil Huseinov“Tulpar Shabyty” (Topic Records)
09. Laurie Spiegel“Clockworks” (Unseen Worlds)

https://galyabisengalieva.com/
https://galyabisengalieva.bandcamp.com/

Guest Mixtape: Greg Fox (USA/RVNG Intl)

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Using the drums as his main outlet, Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher based in New York. Attaching sensors to his acoustic drum kit, Fox triggers sequenced synth lines to add melodic textures to his expressive percussion style. Combined with polyrhythmic virtuosity, this new method allow Fox to articulate himself within the post-free jazz manner. The results are audible on his exhilarating full-length ‘The Gradual Progression’.

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To coincide with this month’s eagerly-anticipated Greg Fox Quadrinity European live dates, we are delighted to present an exclusive guest mix by the New York-based, world-renowned drummer and composer Greg Fox.

Greg Fox Quadrinity tour begins this Sunday 11 November:

November 11, 2018 – Le Guess Who? – Utrecht, NL
November 13, 2018 – The Workmans Club – Dublin, IR
November 14, 2018 – Kings Place – London, UK
November 15, 2018 – Jazz Jantar – Gdansk, PL

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https://gregfox.space/
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November 9, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Guest Mixtape: Automatisme (Canada/Constellation)

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We are thrilled to present the latest installment of our guest mix series with prestigious Quebec-based producer Automatisme (William Jourdain). This shape-shifting electronic odyssey contains a host of exclusive remixes, reworks and alternative versions of formidable Automatisme creations (and more). Earlier this year, the gifted producer’s latest full-length ‘Transit’ arrived via the ever-dependable Constellation imprint. A scintillating exploration into the boundless orbits of dub techno, noise, electronic and drone sound worlds. Essential listening.

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Automatisme is the electronic music project of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec-based producer William Jourdain, who has since 2013 self-released a brilliant series of albums and tracks under this moniker, exploring various intersections of drone, glitch, dub techno, ambient, electro-acoustic and noise. Starting with site-specific field recordings, Automatisme samples, processes, signal bends and transforms this source material into soundscapes charting a broad spectrum spanning minimalist pulse, methodically additive beat, stacked-tone maximalism, spatial drone and arrhythmic ambient/noise.

‘Transit’ by Automatisme is available now on Constellation Records.

https://automatisme.bandcamp.com/
http://cstrecords.com/

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AUTOMATISME FRACTURED AIR GUEST MIX TRACK-LIST & DESCRIPTION

1- AutomatismeStation 1 (Automatisme Solo Version), Liberation Through Hearing Records, Canada, 2018. This track will be officially released in late 2018 as a part of the Automatisme Featuring Thisquietarmy – Station EP via Liberation Through Hearing Records in Canada in cassette and digital formats.

2- Automatisme, Philippe VandalBlighted Apparatus (Automatisme Remix), Dream Disk Lab, Canada, 2018. This track will be officially released in late 2018 as a part of the Philippe Vandal – Embodied album via Dream Disk Lab in Canada in cassette and digital formats.

3- AutomatismeBateau (Version 2), Constellation Records, Canada, 2018.This track is a new version of the Bateau 1 & 2 tracks from the Automatisme – Transit album via Constellation Records. This track will be officially released in late 2018 as a part of a new Automatisme album.

4- AutomatismeTransit 2 (Version 2), Neologist Productions, USA, 2018. This track is a new version of the Transit 2 track from the Automatisme & Erinome – Post-Landscape 1 album available via Neologist Productions. This track will be officially released in late 2018 as a part of a new Automatisme album.

5- Automatisme & Erinome, Inwant2 Entrepôt 1 (Part 1), Neologist Productions, USA, 2018. This track is a part of the Automatisme & Erinome – Post-Landscape 1 album available via Neologist Productions in cassette and digital formats.

6-  Erinome, AutomatismeMars 2 (Erinome Remix), Neologist Productions, USA, 2018. This track is a part of the Automatisme – 2 album available via Neologist Productions in cassette and digital formats.

7- AutomatismeBureau 4 (Version 2), Constellation Records, Canada, 2018. This track is a new version of the Bureau 4 track from the Automatisme – Transit album via Constellation Records. This track will be officially release in late 2018 as a part of a new Automatisme album.

8- Automatisme, Joni VoidAesthetics Of Disappearance (Automatisme Remix), Constellation Records, Canada, 2018. This track is a part of a split digital 12″ featuring Automatisme & Joni Void remixing each other available via Constellation Records in digital format.

9- Automatisme Featuring ThisquietarmyStation 1 (Part 2), Liberation Through Hearing Records, Canada, 2018. This track will be officially released in late 2018 as a part of the Automatisme Featuring Thisquietarmy – Station EP via Liberation Through Hearing Records in Canada in cassette and digital formats.

10- Matrix, Isolation, Hidden track from the Various Films album, Chain Reaction Records, Cd, Germany, 2000. Not available in digital format. Only available in physical format.

11- Sturm (Reinhard Voigt), B1 Untitled, Part of the Die Glocken Von Sturm album, Mille Plateaux Records, Vinyl, Germany, 1999. Not available in digital format. Only available in physical format.

12- Komp (Andreas Tilliander), Lif, Part of the Vena album, Komplott Records, Vinyl, Sweden, 2000. Not available in digital format. Only available in physical format.

13- Silex (Fluxion), Clone, Part of the Alphabet album, Vibrant Music Records, Vinyl, Europe, 2002. Not available in digital format. Only available in physical format.

14- Motor, Gok, Part of the Gok 12”. Vinyl, Netherlands, 2001. Not available in digital format. Only available in physical format.

‘Transit’ by Automatisme is available now on Constellation Records.

https://automatisme.bandcamp.com/
http://cstrecords.com/

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October 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Mixtape: Fractured Air – “Everything Unfolds” – September 2018

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Our September mix opens with the utterly captivating new single “I Shall Love 2” from the peerless Los Angeles-based composer and songwriter Julia Holter. “That is all, that is all / There is nothing else” softly whispers Holter, beneath hushed silence before a cinematic synth back drop melds effortlessly with her majestic harmonies. The shape-shifting ballad continually builds with intricate layers of strings, percussion and double bass, forming a wholly shape shifting song cycle of stunning beauty. Her latest sonic creation journeys through astral planes – filled with hope and undying strength – in a search for inner peace and purpose amidst a world of chaos. “I Shall Love 2” somehow encapsulates one’s dreams inside one pulsating, vital heartbeat. The gifted composer’s fifth studio album ‘Aviary’ is released via Domino on 25th October 2018 alongside a European and U.S. tour.

Elsewhere, September’s mixtape features new releases from: legendary Minnesota trio Low; techno bliss courtesy of Djrum (R&S Records); Brendon Anderegg’s solo synthesizer explorations (Thrill Jockey’s “June” LP); the beautifully compiled Ivor Raymonde retrospective “Paradise – The Sound of Ivor Raymonde” (including his timeless arrangements for The Walker Brothers, Bill Fury, Dusty Springfield and many more); more essential re-issues via the Belgian imprint Stroom (Patrick Sellinger’s new wave/electronic opus “Businessmen” marking the label’s latest release); Carrie Cleveland’s soul treasure “Looking Up” LP (in a glorious expanded edition via London’s Kalita Records) and a gorgeous document of Sudan’s rich musical heritage on Ostinato’s new release “Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan”.  September’s mixtape also includes new soundtracks from Mogwai’s “KIN” score and the sorely missed Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s “Mandy” original score.

 

Fractured Air – “Everything Unfolds” – September 2018

01. Julia Holter“I Shall Love 2” (Domino)
02. The Majority“Wait by the Fire” (Bella Union)
03. Ennio Morricone“The Sundown” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly OST, United Artists)
04. Silver Jews“We Are Real” (Drag City)
05. WHY?“Good Friday” (Boards of Canada Remix) (Joyful Noise Recordings)
06. Carrie Cleveland“Love Will Set You Free” (Kalita Records)
07. Virginia Wing“Relativity” (Fire)
08. Jóhann Jóhannsson“Children of the New Dawn” (‘Mandy’ OST, Invada/Lakeshore)
09. Mogwai“We’re Not Done” (End Title) (KIN OST, Rock Action/Temporary Residence)
10. Jonny Greenwood“Sandy’s Necklace” (You Were Never Really Here OST, Invada/Lakeshore)
11. Kamal Tarbas“Forget Those That Divide Us” (Ostinato)
12. Ahmed Malek“Tape 19. 11” (Habibi Funk)
13. Djrum“Blue Violet” (R&S)
14. Curve“Falling Free” (Aphex Twin Mix) (Warp)
15. Patrick Selinger“Businessmen” (Original) (Stroom)
16. Helena Hauff“Qualm” (Ninja Tune)
17. The Space Lady“Across The Universe” (Bongo Joe Records)
18. Rachel’s“4 or 5 Trees” (Quarterstick Records)
19. Casino Versus Japan“Sunset Wake” (Self-Released)
20. Brendon Anderegg“June” (excerpt) (Thrill Jockey)
21. June11“Memories” (Stroom)
22. Low“Quorum” (Sub Pop)
23. Oneohtrix Point Never“Toys 2” (Warp)
24. The Gentle People“Journey” (Aphex Twin Care Mix) (Warp)

Guest Mixtape: Echo Collective

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Founded by Margaret Hermant and Neil Leiter in Brussels only little more than five years ago, Echo Collective are one of the true shining lights of the contemporary modern classical scene. Echo Collective consist of classically trained and professionally active musicians based in the Belgian capital (Margaret Hermant, Neil Leiter, Yann Lecollaire, Hélène Elst, Charlotte Danhier, Gary De Cart and Antoine Dandoy). The group have collaborated closely with many of today’s most singularly unique artists including: A Winged Victory for the Sullen; Stars of the Lid; the late Jóhann Jóhannsson; Laniakea and Christina Vantzou. Earlier this year, Echo Collective released “Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac” via the 7K! label, a breathtaking reinterpretation of the 2001 Radiohead classic, which stemmed from a residency at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels during the 2016-2017 season, culminating in a live performance at the inaugural BRDCST festival in April 2017. Recently, Echo Collective performed their seminal live show at Primavera Sound, Barcelona to widespread acclaim. Compiled by Margaret Hermant (violinist and harpist for Echo Collective), she is also a member of the groups Bow and Quatuor Mp4.

 

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“Tribute”
compiled by Margaret Hermant, Echo Collective (Belgium)

Tribute to close friends and musicians whom I have had the chance to meet, to work with, or see on stage along my musical journey.

Echo Collective is a group that I founded with Neil Leiter in Brussels Belgium. Though we have our own musical projects, most of our work is collaborative. We have had the privilege to collaborate with artists like A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Adam Wiltze, Dustin O’Halloran, Christina Vantzou, Erasure, MAPS, Daniel O’Sullivan, Laniakea, to name a few. Through these collaborations, we are able to bring our background as classical musicians to bear in this new landscape of Neoclassical music. And often times, through the collaborations, we meet fantastic other musicians on the road. It really is an amazing gift to be surrounded by and working with such beautiful music and musicians.

This is the first time that I have been asked to make a published playlist. I chose to take the opportunity to share music by people we collaborate with, have met along the journey, or had the chance to see perform. And because I am a violin player, I really wanted to share music that was string based, and showed all the wonderful atmospheres that strings combined in different settings can make.

“This playlist is perfect for a good whiskey, a warm bath, or even a long drive. A companion to the beautifully simple moments in life.”
*Thanks to Neil Leiter, Steven De Vliegher

—Margaret Hermant, summer 2018


Echo  Collective – “Tribute” (Fractured Air Guest Mix)

01. Aphex Twin – “Aussois” (from Drukqs, Warp 2001)
02. Christina Vantzou – “At Dawn” (from No 4, Kranky 2018)
03. Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Odi Et Amo” (from Englabörn, Touch 2002)
04. Otto Lindholm – “Cain” (from In Death’s Dream Kingdom, Houndstooth 2018)
05. Echo Collective – “Hunting Bears / Like Spinning Plates” (from Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac, 7k 2018)
06. James Heather – “Ruqia” (from Stories From Far Away On Piano, Ahead Of Our Time 2018)
07. Jens Maurits Bouttery – “The Day The Dogs Disappeared” OST
08. Mau Loseto – “Hologram Intro”
09. Peter Baert – “Verdriet / Titels” (from Facades OST)
10. Adam Wiltzie – “Bring This Place To Life” (from Salero OST, Erased Tapes 2016)
11. Simon Lenski – “I Like This” (from Oh City, self-released 2016)
12. Mica Levi – “Love” (from Under The Skin, Rough Trade, Milan 2014 )
13. Hildur Guðnadóttir & Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Leaving Home” (from Mary Magdalene, OST)
14. Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – “Barok Main” (from Remain Calm, Slip 2016)
15. Prairie – “Elephants Will Rise Again” (from After The Flash Flood, Denovali 2018)
16. Piloot – “B1” (Radio Edit) (from Piloot, Piloot 2017)
17. Laurent Plumhans – “After” (from In Memoriam, Cypres 2018)
18. BOW – “Bryanbaum”
19. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “I Am Consumed” (from The Kid, Western Vinyl 2017)

“Echo Collective Plays Amnesiac” is available now on 7K! Records.

https://echo-collective.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/collectiveecho/