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Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S1E3 | March mix

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Welcome to part three of our monthly mix series. Presented in this month’s mix is the first in our new series of exclusive tracks which will be submitted by guest musicians each month. For March, we include “In the fields”, an exclusive unreleased track by independent music stalwart Benoît Pioulard (Seattle-based musician Thomas Meluch). Since the release of his debut opus “Précis” (via world-renowned Chicago-based Kranky in 2006), Meluch has amassed an incredible body of work, comprising both solo and collaborative recordings. Most recently, Meluch released the debut self-titled album under his Perils guise – Meluch’s collaboration with Canadian composer Kyle Bobby Dunn – as well as “Sonnet”, his most recent solo full-length and the solo E.P. “Noyaux”. Meluch has released music on some of independent music’s finest and most esteemed labels including: Kranky, Morr Music, Desire Path Recordings and Type.

Opening this month’s mix is the fascinating Walt Whitman-inspired collaborative E.P. “Leaves Of Grass” – thanks to Berlin-based Morr Music – where Iggy Pop reads excerpts taken from Whitman’s legendary poetry collection of the same name, while German musicians Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) together with Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram (Tarwater) provide the intriguing musical accompaniment. Elsewhere, we have selections from: Munich-based producer Skee Mask’s “Junt” E.P.; Canadian violinist and composer Sarah Neufeld’s glorious new solo album “The Ridge”; peerless U.K. producer Chris Clark; A Pleasure’s essential debut L.P. “Minor Youth” for Other People; Kevin Morby (ex bassist to Woods)’s masterful symphonic Dead Oceans full-length “Singing Saw” and Irish/U.S. super-group The Gloaming make their triumphant return with “2” (via Real World Records). Meanwhile, even Dale Cooper, resident FBI Special Agent to Twin Peaks, makes a guest cameo somewhere before the dust settles.

Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S1E3 | March mix

To Read/listen on La Blogothèque:

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Tracklisting:

01. Iggy Pop / Tarwater / Alva Noto“As Adam Early In The Morning / I Am He That Aches With Love” (Morr Music)
02. Anna Homler & Steve Moshier“Yesh’ Te” (RVNG Intl)
03. Julien Neto“Questionable Things” (excerpt) (Type)
04. Benoît Pioulard“In The Fields” (Unreleased)
05. Perils“The Unbecoming” (Desire Path Recordings)
06. The Gentleman Losers“Silver Mountain” (Büro)
07. Vashti Bunyan“Here Before” (FatCat)
08. Max Richter“Path 5” (Clark Remix) (Deutsche Grammophon)
09. Clark“Hide on the Treads 3” (The Last Panthers OST, Warp)
10. Mikael Seifu“The Protectors” (RVNG Intl)
11. A Pleasure“Arthur Russel” (Other People)
12. Skee Mask“Junt” (Ilian Tape)
13. Prins Thomas“E” (Smalltown Supersound)
14. Odd Nosdam“Sisters” (Boards of Canada Remix) (Leaving)
15. Arthur Russell“Habit Of You” (Audika, Rough Trade)
16. Woo“A Complex Art” (Drag City)
17. Kevin Morby“I Have Been to the Mountain” (Dead Oceans)
18. Bullion“Dip Your Foot” (DEEK Recordings)
19. Rayon“Il Collo e la Collana 02” (Alien Transistor)
20. Mary Lattimore“The Quiet at Night” (Ghostly International)
21. The Gloaming“Fáinleog (Wanderer)” (Real World)
22. Sarah Neufeld“Where the Light Comes In” (Paper Bag)

Compiled by Fractured Air, March 2016. 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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Step Right Up: RocketNumberNine

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London-based duo RocketNumberNine release their debut album “MeYouWeYou” this year on Norwegian independent label Smalltown Supersound. 

Words: Mark Carry, Illustration: Craig Carry

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RocketNumberNine are a London-based duo consisting of brothers Tom and Ben Page, who craft a compelling mash-up of electronic, dance, punk and jazz. Recently, the highly anticipated debut full-length, entitled ‘MeYouWeYou’ was released on the prestigious Oslo-based independent label, Smalltown Supersound. Home to luminaries such as Lindstrøm, Kim Hiorthøy (whose stunning artwork graces the sleeve), Toy, Pechenga, Drivan, and many more, RocketNumberNine fit right at home. The sound that the Page brothers conjure up is something unique and utterly contemporary, where the dazzling rhythms and hypnotic beats transport you to far-away reaches of the soul. A cosmic spirit is forever inherent in RocketNumberNine’s sonic creations, where space is indeed the place.

My first introduction to the highly gifted Page brothers was the 12″ release of the band’s epic ‘Matthew & Toby’, home to Kieran Hebden’s TEXT imprint. Across thirteen euphoric minutes, RocketNumberNine journey through the inner and outer reaches of the rhythmic universe, recalling the likes of Steve Reid and Four Tet. Halfway through, the track evolves into a spaced out dimension of futuristic electronica and sustained tones. Minutes previously, a colossal force of frenzied post-rock infused jazz soundscapes flood the atmosphere. RocketNumberNine would play ‘Matthew & Toby’ each night of their support-slot tour to Four Tet (Kieran Hebden), where Hebden soon realized the vital importance of recording this track in a studio, as he witnessed the intensity this mind-blowing music was capable of transmitting.

“We recorded all analogue to get the sound right and if you buy this (‘Matthew & Toby’) on vinyl you will have a recording that has never touched a computer, which I think is the way it needs to be done sometimes. I’ve done a remix for the b-side … more of a club version. I discovered RocketNumberNine through Steve Reid who was great friends with the drummer from the band, Tom Page, and you can hear Steve’s influence and spirit in this music without doubt. Steve passed away just a couple of weeks before we made this recording and we have dedicated it to his memory.”

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‘Matthew & Toby’ – amazingly recorded and mixed in a single day – closes the debut album, ‘MeYouWeYou’, which serves the ideal climax to a breathtaking sonic voyage. The album opener ‘Lope’ – which music video was recently released – opens with swirling drumbeats and gorgeous synths. The track builds upon intricate layers of instrumentation, as an eerie atmosphere is created recalling the likes of Seefeel. The tempo remains at a slow, seductive pace. Some while later, the bass groove rhythms come to the fore, sharing shades of Ninja Tune’s roster of talent. The immense ‘Rotunda’ follows next. Polyrhythms and trance-dance beats guide this marvel through the desert plains of Africa, and vintage Detroit techno. Four Tet’s remix is irresistible as he transforms the piece into an organic house creation. ‘Steel Drummer’ showcases the peerless drumming skills of Tom Page. The cosmic spirit of Steve Reid radiates vividly throughout – a dedication and appreciation for a close and dear friend – as the synthesizers of Ben Page escalate into new dimensions of lost sound. The musical telepathy between the brothers is wonderfully set alight here. The results are nothing short of staggering.

‘Black And Blue’ is one of the centerpieces of Part B. The brooding space-age ballad is one of the hidden gems of ‘MeYouWeYou’. A plethora of sounds escalate from the percussion and synths/keys as the dynamic changes to a crescendo of menacing terror towards the close. Again, the drum patterns are a joy to behold. London-based Soul Jazz Records released the band’s ‘Lone Raver’ E.P. in 2011, featuring ‘Black & Blue’ on the A-side. ‘Lone Ranger’ is the penultimate track on the debut album. The opening flurry of noise containing waves of percussion conjures up the sound of Sun Ra (RocketNumberNine is named after a song of the same name by the legendary artist), before the infectious synth-led melody dominates the headspace. Halfway through, the keyboard and synth sounds are processed through new registers, creating in turn, new shades and textures of shadow-filled streets and neon lights.

RocketNumberNine have toured extensively with Radiohead (having been invited by Thom Yorke to open a show at The Roseland Ballroom in New York, in late 2011), Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet, Dan Snaith’s Caribou, Nathan Fake, and James Holden. This stellar lineup of innovative artists says all there needs to be said for the sonic mastery of the Page brother’s blend of modern dance music. The band’s incendiary live performance is immaculately captured on ‘MeYouWeYou’, creating one of the year’s most exciting and innovative records. An array of collaborations have also been introduced to the world on precious vinyl format that forms an indispensable part of any invaluable record collection. The collaborative work with Four Tet (available on TEXT) produced two sublime tracks, ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Roseland’, the latter evokes the spirit of Alice Coltrane, Steve Reid and beyond. Also, a collaboration between singer-songwriter, Miss Neneh Cherry resulted in another heavenly sonic creation.

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“MeYouWeYou” is out now on Smalltown Supersound.

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August 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

Ten Mile Stereo

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Laura Veirs “Warp and Weft” (Bella Union)
Laura Veirs has firmly established herself as one of the finest songwriters making music today. Even despite her unwavering consistency, it is nonetheless a remarkable achievement to consider this is Veirs’ ninth studio album. “Warp and Weft” (a weaving term), can be seen to sum up her music perfectly as her output has been beautifully nuanced and lovingly crafted since her self-titled debut back in 1999. Renowned producer (and husband to Veirs) Tucker Martine is on board once again. The album is a darker and denser set of songs and is another stunning achievement from Veirs that draws much inspiration from the landscape, motherhood, love and violence (the latter in the form of suicide, war and gun crime). Featuring a host of contributors including Jim James, kd lang, Neko Case and members of The Decemberists, the album sees Veirs at her beautiful, brilliant best. According to Neko Case herself, “It’s masterful; as a listener, it makes me feel loved. As a musician it makes me feel challenged and engaged.” “Warp and Weft” will be released 19th August 2013 on Bella Union.

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Various Artists “Rare Cajun Recordings” (Tompkins Square)
Some of the finest compilations this year has come courtesy of the incredible San Francisco-based Tompkins Square label and their ongoing Long Gone Sound series (whose goal is “to create a catalyst for musical and cultural transformation.”) My personal highlight has been “Let Me Play This For You”, a collection of rare Cajun recordings made between 1929-1930. The tracks are by Babineaux & Guidry, Angelas LeJeune and Blind Uncle Gaspard. As the sleevenotes state: “Most of the performances on this collection have not been heard since they were original recorded on 78 rpm disc and yet they serve as a discrete Rosetta Stone for the traditional Cajun and Creole repertoire that exists today.” Also essential is “Turn Me Loose : Outsiders oF ‘Old-time’ Music”, a collection of 78 rpm records curated by Frank Fairfield, also available now on Tompkins Square.

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RocketNumberNine “MeYouWeYou” (Smalltown Supersound)
London-based RocketNumberNine comprise the brothers Tom and Ben Page who have toured extensively with a hugely impressive number of acts, including Radiohead, Four Tet, Caribou, Nathan Fake and James Holden. In fact it was Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden who released RocketNumberNine’s first material, courtesy of the 12″ “Matthew & Toby” (released on Hebden’s own Text imprint) which closes “MeYouWeYou”, their debut album, available now on the wonderful Oslo-based independent label Smalltown Supersound (the incredible sleeve is courtesy of the impeccable talents of multi-disciplinary artist Kim Hiorthøy).

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Laurie Anderson “Homeland” (Nonesuch)
Have been revisiting Anderson’s songbook since Colleen’s Influences mix for Second Language to coincide with Colleen’s new album “The Weighing Of The Heart” which includes Laurie Anderson’s “Big Science” (from 1982’s “Big Science” LP, Anderson’s first part in her extensive portrait of the United States). Also essential in Anderson’s considerable output is “Homeland”, released in 2010 on Nonesuch, her first album in a decade. Features the haunting sounds of Anderson’s singular violin playing, as Anderson says in the sleevenotes: “Homeland” is built on groove electronics and new string sounds for the violin. I spend a lot of time inventing new ways for the violin to sound. The string filters created melodies that turned into songs.”

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Marsen Jules Trio “Presence Acousmatique” (Oktaf)
Marsen Jules has long been responsible for some of the most quietly breathtaking and tenderly beautiful music released over the last decade or so. Albums such as “Herbstlaub”, “Les Fleurs” and “Golden” have established Dortmund-based Jules as one of the finest composers making music today. As the Marsen Jules Trio, Jules is joined by twin brothers Anwar Alam and Jan-Philipp Alam on violin and piano. Across the six pieces on “Presence Acousmatique” Jules and brothers Alam create heavenly music featuring abstract ambient spaces and textured passages of impeccable musicianship.

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Waxahatchee “Cerulean Salt” (Don Giovanni)
Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project began with 2012’s debut LP “American Weekend”. This year saw the release of follow-up “Cerulean Salt” (also on New Jersey independent label Don Giovanni Records). The former P.S. Eliot singer Katie Crutchfield establishes herself as one of the most promising American songwriters where her introspective, personal songs are set to wonderfully crafted guitar-based songs. For the set of songs on “Cerulean Salt” much inspiration is drawn from her family and Alabama upbringing.

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fieldhead “a correction” (Gizeh Records)
fieldhead is the moniker for Leeds-born ambient/electronic composer Paul Elam who will be joining Kranky’s Loscil in Spring of next year for his European tour. As well as making his own compelling and hugely immersive ambient material, Elam is also the full-time member of Hood side project The Declining Winter and a part-time member of Glissando’s Fleeting Glimpse Ensemble. Elam’s fieldhead soundscapes are beautifully augmented by the wonderful talents of violinists Elaine Reynolds (The Boats, The Declining Winter) and Sarah Kemp (Lanterns on the Lake, The Declining Winter). Since 2010 Elam relocated to Vancouver, Canada, and has two full length studio albums to date, a host of EP’s, as well as an impressive number of remix work.

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White Denim “Corsicana Lemonade” (Downtown Records/MapleMusic Recordings)
“It has taken five records to make one that sounds the way we do on stage” is how White Denim’s James Petralli describes the band’s forthcoming album “Corsicana Lemonade”. The Austin outfit will be touring with Tame Impala in October, while “Corsicana Lemonade” has been produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (whose production duties has included recent albums by both Low and Mavis Staples). LP due 28 October 2013.

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Suuns “Images Du Futur” (Secretly Canadian)
Currently, Montreal’s Suuns are performing live across Europe in support of their current LP “Images Du Futur”, released earlier in the year by Secretly Canadian. Lately, the band’s profile increased with the inclusion of the track “2020” for the UK trailer to Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” where Ryan Gosling reunites with Refn for the first time since 2011’s “Drive”. “Images Du Futur” features a tight, visceral set of songs where the influences of Wire, Clinic and Radiohead can be heard.

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Julia Holter “Loud City Song” (Domino)
One of the most anticipated albums of the year comes from Los Angeles-based artist Julia Holter whose previous two albums – debut “Tragedy” and follow-up “Ekstasis” – elevated Holter’s status to being hailed as one of music’s modern greats. “Loud City Song” is Holter’s first album for the Domino label (who she signed to after previous “Ekstasis” album was released on RVNG INTL) and again displays Holter’s truly individual and captivating artistry where divine musical arrangements are combined with enriching and emotionally charged songs. In fact, the origins of this set of songs predates Holter’s 2011 debut “Tragedy”, and were worked on in late 2012. Holter has expressed inspiration from Collette’s 1944 novella Gigi, the music of Joni Mitchell and the poetry of Frank O’ Hara. “Loud City Song” is released by Domino on August 19th, 2013.

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