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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)

Chosen One: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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My only musical philosophy is… the world is never without sound… so I will never be without inspiration.”

—Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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The highly anticipated new solo full-length from American composer, artist and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith showcases divine ambient sound worlds whose rich textures, vivid colours and cosmic riches forge an utterly timeless and deeply immersive listening experience. The boundless nature of Smith’s visionary music has long been a trusted constant in the LA composer’s cherished songbook but ‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ feels like the astral explorations navigate even further – and deeper – into a far-reaching, otherworldly state of being.

The opening verse of American multi-instrumentalist – and kindred spirit – Laraaji’s celestial psalm ‘All Of A Sudden’ could best describe the effect of Smith’s latest visionary electronic voyage: “All of a sudden/It’s another time/In another world/And another state of mind.” From the opening lush tones of fourth world spheres captured on ‘Unbraiding Boundless Energy Within Boundaries’ we are immediately displaced into the slipstream of our inner-self: someplace else.

The gorgeous meditative lament ‘Remembering’ is awash with celestial harmonies and hypnotic rhythms which very much belongs to the here and now. As the organ-like sustained melodies ascend into the foreground, time and space fold into itself. Some moments later, the addition of Smith’s mesmerizing vocal refrain further heightens the sumptuous sonic landscapes, cultivating an engrossing and captivating psychedelic expedition.

The back-to-back pairing of ‘The Steady Heart’ and ‘Carrying Gravity’ is a pinnacle moment of this transformative musical soujourn. The sublime crystalline avant pop sphere of ‘The Steady Heart’ reveals infectious pop brilliance with overlapping harmonies and luminous electronic beats where Smith invites you to “open your heart” beneath a flurry of soothing electronic flourishes.

The ambient bliss of ‘Carrying Gravity’ orbits planets, stars and even galaxies such is its far reaching and shape shifting qualities: a piece of music that permeates each and every heart pore. Infusion of soul into art.

Smith has described ‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ as being her “expression of love and appreciation for electricity”. As the song-title suggests, the glorious album closer ‘Expanding Electricity’ serves a vital cornerstone to the album. It is almost as if all points lead to here, like a river finding its sea.

A deep spiritual connection is forged amidst Smith’s achingly beautiful vocal delivery embedded within rapturous orchestral arrangements and swathes of synthesizer. The mantra of “I feel it, can you feel it expanding?” becomes the very essence of the gifted composer’s latest masterwork: the point of total transcendence is met.

‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ is out now on Ghostly.

https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/

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Interview with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

 

Congratulations on the sublime new full length ‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’; filled with an intricate array of divine sound worlds. 

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Thank you! 

Can you discuss the main themes of this new record and your primary aims from the outset?

KAS: The inspiration for this album came to me in a sudden bubble of joy.

When the inspiration came it was accompanied with a multitude of shapes that were moving seamlessly from one into the other.

When the shapes came to me they were made by the human body.

I felt the inspiration for this album in response to contemplating my appreciation for electricity.

I have spent a lot of time collaborating with electricity and transforming electricity into music.

I have also spent a lot of time in my life collaborating with what it means to have a physical body and be embodied.

I began to notice that what allows me to feel embodied in my physical body is also electricity.

The inspiration for this album came to me both through music and through visuals of movement.

I have synesthia and have always experienced that through the combination of sound, movement and visions.

I am not a dancer but have always had a deep connection with movement.

I wrote this album with specific movement shapes in mind.

Accompanied with this album is the visual movement language that first inspired the music – intended to be cymatics made by the body. https://youtu.be/OIm1jT0JZDE

I guess in one sentence this album is my expression of love and appreciation for electricity.

I approached this album the way I approach my physical practice… show up everyday with dedication and will power, without expectation and with the intention of expressing joy.

I wasn’t naturally a physically capable person, none of these movements came easily to me and have taken a lot of daily work to develop.

I was not naturally flexible or strong.

My movement practice has been a constant transformation piece by piece.

I made this album in the same way.

Everyday I would transform what I did yesterday on it into something else.

This album has gone through about 12 different versions of itself.

Can you discuss your studio set-up and what new processes you may have experimented here?

KAS: Right now I have sectioned off a piece of my studio for practicing the live performance of this album. I am using a Buchla 200e, Buchla lightning wand, and some middi controllers.

For the making of the album I made some of it at a residency and some of it at my home studio. I often use residencies for the making of my albums so I can have access to rare instruments. My intention was to write parts for orchestral accompaniment for this album. I have all the parts written but I was unable to find the resources to record an orchestra, so I delegated those parts to synthesizers. I still hope to perform with orchestras when artists are able to perform again.

I just love how each of these tracks effortlessly flow into one another, the album truly feels like a single shape-shifting piece of music. The glorious album closer ‘Expanding Electricity’ serves a vital cornerstone to the album. Can you discuss your compositional approach to this piece? It feels like each and every detail of the sonic canvas leads to this final track- in many ways becoming the essence of the record.

KAS: Thank you – That was the first piece that was written for this album and is the piece that sums up how I feel about electricity through sound. ☺ The rest of the pieces are intended to be an introduction to that piece. ☺

Your music is very much at one with nature – and akin to a study of the self. Can you describe the practice of listening within and how you visualize music, so to speak?

KAS: For me, listening is my meditation… I tried pushing my thoughts aside in meditation and quieting the mind and I always felt a struggle… a while ago I decided to invite all my thoughts in and listen to each one fully and what is beyond the thoughts… until finally after I heard all of my thoughts…then I heard sound… then I decided to embrace all the sound I heard and listen to it fully… until finally I heard music… I continue to practice listening to each layer as it arises and learn from it.

What is your musical philosophy?

KAS: My only musical philosophy is… the world is never without sound… so I will never be without inspiration.

‘The Mosaic Of Transformation’ is out now on Ghostly.

https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/

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May 19, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Mixtape: Fractured Air – April 2020

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It’s been a while. The beautiful light of spring has finally descended upon us; filling the void (of current circumstance) with birdsong, blooming flowers, blue skies and all signs of glittering life. Even though nature does not mirror the dark surface that permeates all of our lives at this present moment; remember all things must pass. These days offer moments of introspection and quiet: to be at peace with your own self during this slowed down, prolonged period.

The art of music remains a trusted constant. Light In The Attic’s lovingly assembled compilation of Seattle-based recording engineer Kearney Barton is an exceptional document of divine pop, soul and R&B spanning the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. ‘Architect of the Northwest Sound’ is filled with a seamless array of timeless musical discoveries.
Another essential compilation is Morr Music’s soon-to-be-released ‘Minna Miteru’: collection of hard to find music from the Japanese independent scene, compiled by Saya, who plays in the iconic duo Tenniscoats. We have an exclusive track (peformed by Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong) on this month’s mix.

The L.A-based composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s shape-shifting sonic explorations continue to evolve on her Ghostly debut ‘Expanding Electricity’: an epic and enriching foray into visionary fourth world dimensions. Essential. Russian electronic musician Kate NV’s forthcoming full-length ‘Room for the Moon’ on Brooklyn music institution RVNG Intl represents another singular voice in the contemporary musical landscape of today.

The debut collaboration of Australian drummer Jim White (Dirty Three/Xylouris White) and renowned guitarist Marisa Anderson arrives soon on the legendary Chicago label Thrill Jockey (and first single ‘The Lucky’ offers the first glimpses into this enchanting body of work). Cellist Helen Money’s new Thrill Jockey full-length and Rebecca Foon’s latest Constellation solo release are things of beauty and boundless magnitude.

Inventions is the immense collaborative duo of Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions In The Sky). Their new single ‘Outlook for the Future’ is a joyous, uplifting sonic voyage. “What is your outlook for the future?” is asked beneath colourful woodwind patterns and rhythmic pulses, before an elderly female voice responds: “I don’t worry about the future”. Live in the present: in the here and now. Music never ceases to surprise and awaken something deep inside of us all.

 

Fractured Air – April 2020 Mix

01. Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks ‘Through Eyes and Glass’ (Light In The Attic)
02. Maki Asakawa ‘No Ga Kowai’ (Honest Jon’s)
03. Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong ‘Party On A Floating Cake’ (Morr Music)
04. Kate NV ‘Sayonara’ (RVNG Intl)
05. Inventions ‘Outlook for the Future’ (Temporary Residence)
06. Group Listening ‘A Little Lost’ (PRAH)
07. Cate Le Bon & Group Listening ‘Here It Comes Again’ (Mexican Summer)
08. Hamish Kilgour ‘Crazy Radiance’ (Ba Da Bing!)
09. Arthur Russell ‘You Did It Yourself’ (Audika)
10. Yves Tumor ‘Gospel For A New Future’ (Warp)
11. El Michel’s Affair ‘Rubix’ (Big Crown Records)
12. MF Doom ‘Ninjarous’ (30th Century Records)
13. Four Tet ‘Something in the Sadness’ (Text)
14. Cucina Povera ‘Saniaiset’ (Night School)
15. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith ‘Expanding Electricity’ (Ghostly)
16. Laraaji ‘Hare Jaya Jaya Rama II’ (Numero Group)
17. Drab City ‘Working For The Men’ (Bella Union)
18. 24 Carat Black ‘You’re Slipping Away’ (Numero Group)
19. Pentangle ‘Light Flight’ (Sanctuary)
20. Jim White and Marisa Anderson ‘The Lucky’ (Thrill Jockey)
21. Enablers ‘Even Its Lies’ (Lancashire And Somerset)
22. Helen Money ‘One Year One Ring’ (Thrill Jockey)
23. Rebecca Foon ‘Ocean Song’ (Constellation)
24. A Winged Victory For The Sullen ‘Adios, Florida’ (Ninja Tune)
25. Brian Eno ‘Deep Blue Day’ (Editions EG)
26. Tropical Rainstorm ‘Flying Bird’ (Light In The Attic)
27. Aoife Nessa Frances ‘Less Is More’ (Basin Rock)
28. Dark Arts ‘The More Things Stay The Same’ (STROOM)
29. Windy & Carl ‘Crossing Over’ (Kranky)
30. Colin Self ‘Once More’ (RVNG Intl)

Mixtape: Fractured Air – January 2019

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Our January mix features a host of sumptuous sonic gems that surfaced – for the most part – throughout last year. Vital reissues from Amercian dream pop artist Happy Rhodes (Numero Group); Robert Rental’s sublime post-punk explorations culled from 1980 demo tapes (Optimo Music) and Dublin artist Stano’s seminal 1983 solo debut released on Dublin’s Allchival re-issue imprint.

More sensational African funk emanates from the formidable Berlin Habibi Funk imprint (the label’s latest two releases are featured). With thanks to the XLR8R top tracks of 2018 piece, we’ve been introduced to the remarkable ambient opus ‘Nothing To Loose’ by DJ Healer, released last year to widespread acclaim. Peter Broderick (with a little help from his friends) has released his eagerly awaited “Sings Arthur Russell” album. His gorgeous rendition of “The Ballad Of The Lights” closes out our January mixtape.

Thanks as always for listening.


Fractured Air – January 2019

01. Christina Vantzou“Glissando for Bodies and Machines in Space” (Kranky)
02. DJ Healer“Great Escape” (All Possible Worlds)
03. Cucina Povera“Demetra” (Night School)
04. Eno Moebius Roedelius“Old Land” (Skyclad)
05. Beverly Glenn-Copeland“Color Of Anyhow” (Super-Sonic Jazz Records)
06. Sarah Davachi“Gloaming” (Ba Da Bing!)
07. Thom Yorke“Open Again” (XL Recordings)
08. James Heather“Ruqia” (Echo Collective Rework) (Ahead Of Our Time)
09. Djrum“Sparrows” (R&S Records)
10. GOSSIWOR“Fields of Helyon” (5 Gate Temple)
11. Severed Heads“Gashing the Old Mae West” (excerpt) (Ink, Virgin)
12. Lucrecia Dalt“Tar” (Jan Jelinek Remix) (RVNG Intl)
13. Happy Rhodes “When The Rain Came Down” (Numero Group)
14. Jinjé“Solace” (Kicks & Drums Records)
15. Robert Rental“Moving My Blue” (Optimo Music)
16. Kamal Keila“Al Ashafir” (Habibi Funk)
17. The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr“Shaikan Music” (Habibi Funk)
18. Noname“Blaxploitation” (Self-released)
19. El Perro del Mar“Walk On By” (Saint Etienne Remix) (Self-released)
20. Leon Vynehall“Envelopes (Chapter VI)” (Ninja Tune)
21. Yves Tumor“Licking An Orchid” (Warp)
22. Stano“Out of the Dark, Into the Dawn” (Scoff / Allchival)
23. Stuart A. Staples“Step into the Grey” (City Slang/Lucky Dog)
24. David Shire“Theme From The Conversation” (The Conversation OST) (Intrada)
25. Barnes & Trost“Holidays in the Old City” (LM Dupli-cation)
26. The Beach Boys“All I Wanna Do” (Reprise)
27. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith“Tides III” (Bandcamp)
28. DJ Healer“End of the World” (All Possible Worlds)
29. Peter Broderick & Friends“Ballad Of The Lights” (Pretty Purgatory)

Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E09 | September mix

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Australian-born composer and songwriter Carla dal Forno’s eagerly-anticipated new material comes in the form of “The Garden”, a 12” for UK’s Blackest Ever Black, due for release on October 6th and folow-up to her sublime debut full-length “You Know What It’s Like”. Dal Forno is also a member of the trio F ingers (alongside Samuel Karmel and Tarquin Manek) who release their second LP, “Awkwardly Blissing Out”, this month. Recorded in Melbourne and Berlin between 2015–17, the album is the follow-up to the trio’s 2015 debut album “Hide Before Dinner”. Dal Forno’s own mixes (originally made for Berlin Community Radio while residing in the German capital; she now compiles monthly hour-long shows for NTS Radio) are always an indispensable source for music (Circuit 7’s “Eastern Dreams” from our September mixtape is one such example).

The forever-inspiring Chicago-based artist Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) releases her magnificent fifth studio album “Reaching For Indigo” on U.S. independent Drag City on 20th October. Unveiled so far is the mesmerising new single “Black Fly” which confirms Fohr as one of independent music’s most singular voices and fascinating contemporary music-makers.

Anthology Recordings – Mexican Summer’s reissue imprint – release the majestic compilation “Feel The Music Vol. 1” next month. Compiled by Paul Major – pioneering record dealer and frontman of the band Endless Boogie – this truly special record effortlessly spans sounds and styles (folk, psychedelia, blues, rock n roll) while unearthing a plethora of truly unique (and largely unknown to wider audiences) songwriters from a golden age of music.

September’s mix also features new releases from possibly the year’s most anticipated pair of albums which come courtesy of both Four Tet (“New Energy”, Text) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation). Electronic maestro Four Tet and his monumental “New Energy” album (available via his Text imprint from 29th September); Montréal’s mythical Godspeed You! Black Emperor unleash their sublime seventh album “Luciferian Towers” via Constellation which confirm the band (as if confirmation was ever necessary) as one of the world’s most ceaselessly innovative and breathtaking bands.

Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E09 | September mix

 

To listen on La Blogothèque:

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01. Godspeed You! Black Emperor“Fam/Famine” (Constellation)
02. Dungen“Achmed Flyger” (Version 1) (Versions by Prins Thomas) (Smalltown Supersound)
03. James Holden & The Animal Spirits“Each Moment Like The First” (Border Community)
04. Circuit des Yeux“Black Fly” (Drag City)
05. Forest Swords“Raw Language” (Ninja Tune)
06. Yasuaki Shimizu“Seiko 1” (Crammed Discs)
07. Ariel Pink“Feels Like Heaven” (Mexican Summer)
08. The Smiths“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” (Rough Trade)
09. Arthur Russell“Get Around To It” (Rough Trade, Audika)
10. Nausea“No Conversation” (Ecstatic)
11. Circuit 7“Eastern Dreams” (Minimal Wave)
12. Carla dal Forno“The Garden” (Blackest Ever Black)
13. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith“To Feel Your Best” (Western Vinyl)
14. Richard Horowitz“Eros Never Stops Dreaming” (RVNG Intl)
15. F Ingers“Your Confused” (Blackest Ever Black)
16. Geinoh Yamashirogumi“Kaneda” (Akira OST, Milan)
17. Sanza“Sounout” (Original Mix) (Music For Dreams)
18. Burial“Rodent” (Hyperdub)
19. Four Tet“Scientists” (Text)
20. Actress & London Contemporary Orchestra“Audio Track 5” (Ninja Tune)
21. Carmen Villain“Red Desert” (Smalltown Supersound)
22. Blue Iverson“Who Shot Lucious Lyon?” (Self-Released)
23. Darius“I Feel The Need To Carry On” (Anthology Recordings)
24. Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker“Dragonfly” (Drag City)
25. Ry Cooder“I Knew These People” (excerpt) (Paris Texas OST, Warner Bros.)
26. Sun Kil Moon“Si, Paloma” (Caldo Verde)

Compiled by Fractured Air, September 2017. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.

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