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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 – 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)

Step Right Up: Spirit Fest

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Interview with Markus Acher.

It was one of the best personal and musical experiences for me.”

—Markus Acher

Words: Mark Carry

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Warm percussion and soft strum of acoustic guitar opens the irresistible torch-lit folk pop gem ‘Deja Vu’. Welcome to the bewitching world of Spirit Fest: the newly formed supergroup built around acclaimed Japanese duo, Tenniscoats, and featuring members of Notwist, Jam Money and Joasihno. The intricately woven vocals – swapped between Notwist’s Markus Acher and Tenniscoats – reels you in deep, creating a haven of celestial sounds that swirl majestically in the ether.

The pair of Acher-penned tracks ‘Rain Rain’ and ‘River River’ are sublime avant pop gems that form the vital pulse of the debut album’s opening half. A journey unfolds as the immaculate guitar tones simmer beneath Acher’s achingly beautiful lyrics. The hypnotic quality is not unlike a ripple of raindrops falling onto the surface of water: the meditative refrain of “rain on me” rises beneath the ebb and flow of Tenniscoats’ ‘River River’ invites reflection, of the deepest kind as a healing force prevails throughout this gorgeous pop lament. The sumptuous layers of blissful tones offers solace and hope.

Spirit Fest is a vital musical document from some of independent music’s most treasured artists. This divine pop odyssey represents one of their most accomplished works thus far (in terms of Tenniscoats or Notwist studio albums and the many marvelous collaborations all of these musicians have undertaken). A journey to awaken and enlighten.

‘Spirit Fest’ is out now on Morr Music.

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Interview with Markus Acher.

Congratulations on the irresistible pop opus of Spirit Fest, a collection of stunningly beautiful pop songs, for the here and now. Please recount your memories of first discovering the music of Tenniscoats and what paths led to the inception of this inspired new collaboration?

Markus Acher: Thank you very much! I’m very happy you like it.

When we visited Tokyo for the first time in 2005 with Lali Puna, I was looking for independent-underground-music from japan apart from the pop- and noise-bands, I knew. A friendly lady at tower-records recommended the CD “Songs for Nao” on chapter-music, a compilation with bands mainly centered around tenniscoats and their label majikick. This CD to this day is one of my favourite albums, as it opened up a whole new world to me. The music is intimate, folky, experimental, strange and familiar at the same time, and incredibly touching… wonderful songwriting and singing.

So, from that point, I tried to find tenniscoats-CDs, where-ever I could, which is difficult in Europe. They became one of my favourite, or maybe my favourite band.
As our friends from the Tokyo-based label afterhours are friends with Saya and Ueno, I had the chance to meet them, and we also talked about a collaboration. When we had the chance to invite bands for our festival Alien Disko in Munich last December, they were the first band, I invited.

It is a joy to witness these songs unfold and the rich musical language that is shared and communicated between its members. There is certainly a fluency and clarity to these avant pop gems. Can you please take me back to the recording sessions of Spirit Fest and your impressions of these particular days, making music together? I can imagine as Alien Disko festival was happening around the same time, this energy and atmosphere channeled into the music in some way?

MA: We recorded all together in the small apartment-studio of our friend Nico. It’s only two rooms, one of them his bedroom, and a small kitchen, with a beautiful view on a playground and the river Isar. It was very narrow and intimate, but that worked very well. It was a great time, between jetlag and sleepwalking, somehow. Also, I was the only person, who knew everybody… it was a gathering of fine people, who didn’t know each other: greek ( Tad klimp), english ( Mat Fowler ), japanese ( Saya + Ueno ) and german ( Cico + me ). We played each other songs, and recorded, without much trying. Mostly everything you hear was recorded live, with some overdubs, and editing afterwards.

In terms of the songs themselves, it’s clear that different members brought songs to the table; where some recordings are tonged with the signature Tenniscoats sound whilst others are more Acher/Notwist oriented creations. I get the impression that the starting point of these songs were perhaps just rough sketches and you must have seen many of these songs undergo a blossom and transformation as the various members put their touches on the recordings? Were there many happy accidents, so to speak that happened during the recording sessions?

MA: The songs were all composed as far as chords and melodies and most of the words go. We played them to each other and everybody found their part. We added new words and parts sometimes. It was so easy, as every one of them has such a clear voice and idea. It was one of the best personal and musical experiences for me personally.

The beating heart of the album (for me) arrives with the sister songs of ‘River River’ and ‘Rain Rain’, both achingly beautiful and meditative laments from the pores of the heart. I’d love for you to discuss the construction of these songs and I wonder were these songs written around the time of the album sessions or were they in your conscience for quite some time? The heavenly harmonies and intricate layers of sonic detail beneath the poetic prose flows like a majestic river, and those clean, warm guitar tones melt into the mix.

MA: These ( and ‘to the moon’ ) were two songs, I wrote with the tenniscoats and the possible collaboration in mind. As their lyrics so beautifully take pictures from nature to tell stories, I wrote about rain and rivers. Also, these songs were composed in not so good times for me, so they are just plain sad, to be honest… that wasn’t a time to be clever…they are just what they are. But what everybody added to the songs, was incredible… and Saya added these new vocal-melodies and arrangement, which made them whole new songs.

I fondly recall the Notwist ‘On/Off’ documentary (circa the making of the classic ‘Neon Golden’ LP) and I was struck by how you were writing some of these songs while in the studio. I wonder would this be the case for many of your sonic ventures, Markus? Spontaneity must be a key factor for you (and this may serve a constant factor in Spirit Fest and your other compelling musical projects)?

MA: As far as singing goes, sometimes, the pressure of having to compose or write something very fast can have very good results, as you write more subconsciously. But actually, I’m not good in it, and try to avoid it 😉 That’s different with playing instruments. I can find parts more easily.

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As you and Tenniscoats have such a wealth of music made thus far, these must also provide good reference points for you when it came to beginning Spirit Fest? I wonder what aims and concerns did you have (and conversations did you share) from the outset prior to making the album? I also get the impression that this project was always going to happen, it was just a matter of time. For instance, the art of collaboration is something integral to you and Tenniscoats (and continues to be) so it must have been such a natural and fun process to undertake Spirit Fest. Can you shed some light on the band name too, it’s a perfect title!

MA: Saya and Ueno made many wonderful collaboration-albums. Their collaborations with tape , and also the wonderful “two sunsets” with the Pastels, another favourite band. So when they suggested to make a collaboration, I couldn’t be happier. I thought, it would be important to capture the intimacy and intensity of them playing their songs, and that’s why I asked our good friend Tad klimp to record and produce it. I know, that he understands, what we do, and can capture every little detail. Mat and Cico, I asked, because they are very good friends, too, and very individual musicians, who have an experimental approach to making music, but also like songs and pop-music. In the end, that was a very good combination of people.

‘Spirit Fest’ was Saya’s english title for the song ‘Hitori Matsuri’, a song about a spirit / ghost wandering around at night. When she suggested it to be the band-name, we all liked it very much.

‘Take Me Home’ is such a gorgeous and bewitching pop lament. Again, the rich instrumentation and the vocal harmonies shared by you and Tenniscoats is one of the infinite sparks of the record. When it comes to the stages of beginning and ultimately completing a song, are there perhaps similar happenings or moments that occur during this process? For ‘Take Me Home’, how the song builds and the myriad of immaculate sounds (child-like sounds, piano notes, percussion, bass) and the celestial harmonies continually build, producing such a heartfelt and contemporary pop song. What is a perfect pop song for you (ingredients and so on)?

MA: ‘Take me home’ is an older song by the tenniscoats from their CD “We are everyone”, that I already had covered once. We thought, it could be good to play together. It’s mainly recorded, as we played it, with only a few small overdubs.

Everything is a good song, that you find yourself in and get lost…that tells a story, even when it’s an instrumental. Saya and Ueno have written so many incredible songs over the years. Even, when they are sung in Japanese, I understand them, although I don’t understand the words.

The second edition of the wonderful Alien Disko festival in Munich takes place this December. Can you discuss the lineup for this edition (such an inspired choice of incredible artists) and your vision for this special festival?

MA: The vision is to bring bands to Munich, that normally don’t come here. Many bands skip Munich on their international tours, that’s sad…although there is a really great scene of artists and bands here. We try to invite bands, that do something special, ignore genres or borders, and are somehow uncategorizable. This year, we invited the Congolese family-band Konono N.1, Shabazz Palaces, Amiina from Iceland, Colleen from France, Michaela Melian from Munich, Sam Amidon, Sauna Youth from London, MS John Soda with my brother Micha, Vanishing Twin, and many more.
Spirit Fest will also play again… a sort of release-show and return to the beginning of the record 😉

Lastly, what records do you feel were defining albums for you, Markus? In terms of pre-Notwist, growing up and the vital sounds that led you on the music path in the very beginning?

MA: Oh, there are so many actually… after many Hardcore-records, like Rites of Spring, Jerry’s Kids, Bad Brains, etc… Talk Talk “Laughing stock” was very important, This Heat, too. I took a lot of the guitar-playing from the Wipers, and Dinosaur Jr was a revelation for us, when “You’re living alover me” was released. Pitchfork, the Clean, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Yo la Tengo, Stereolab…they were and are very influential.
In recent years, I would say the Pastels, Broadcast and the tenniscoats are bands, I return to very often. Friends.

 

‘Spirit Fest’ is out now on Morr Music.

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December 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E10 | October mix

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This month saw the eagerly awaited return of prestigious American musician John Maus with the release of ‘Screen Memories’; a synth pop masterpiece (and follow-up to the remarkable 2011 opus ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves’). Opening this mix is one of the heavenly synthesizer-based tracks culled from Maus’ recent Bleep mix.

Colleen is an artist very close to our hearts and the release of Cécile Schott’s sixth full-length ‘A flame my love, a frequency’ (via Thrill Jockey) marks 2017’s most bewitching, absorbing and deeply affecting records to have graced the atmosphere. Armed with just electronics and voice, the album’s eight otherworldly compositions transcend space and time: drifting majestically in the ether of unknown dimensions. Colleen’s tour dates (including U.S, North America and Europe) are listed here.

On the 14th & 15th December, the second edition of The Notwist-curated Alien Disko returns to Munich. The festival’s line-up reflects the boundless and pioneering qualities of the chosen acts, from Shabazz Palaces, Konono Nº1 and Amiina to Colleen, Sam Amidon and The Notwist. Tickets are onsale now.

This month’s mix also includes new releases from: Xylouris White; SAICOBAB; Spirit Fest; Lindstrøm; Sufjan Stevens; Gunn – Truscinski Duo and Les Filles de Illighadad.

Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E10 | October mix

 

To listen on La Blogothèque:

http://www.blogotheque.net/2017/10/31/fractured-air-x-blogotheque-s02e10-october-mix/

 

01. Peter Davison“Shadow” (Higher Octave Music)
02. John Maus“The Combine” (Ribbon Music)
03. Shabazz Palaces“Moon Whip Quäz” (feat. Darrius) (Sub Pop)
04. John Carpenter“Assault on Precinct 13” (Death Waltz Recording Company)
05. Severed Heads“George the Animal” (Dark Entries)
06. The Velvet Underground“I Can’t Stand It” (Verve)
07. The Cat’s Miaow“Not Like I Was Doing Anything” (Library)
08. Cymbeline“Look at the Stars” (Guerssen)
09. Gunn – Truscinski Duo“Flood and Fire” (Three Lobed Recordings)
10. Les Filles de Illighadad“Abadrarass” (Sahel Sounds)
11. SAICOBAB“One” (Thrill Jockey)
12. Xylouris White“Only Love” (Bella Union)
13. Guelewar“Ya Mom Samaray” (Kindred Spirits)
14. Wallias Band“Muziqawi Silt” (Manteca)
15. Don Cherry“Brown Rice” (EMI)
16. Spiritualized“Feel So Sad (Glides And Chimes)” (Spaceman, Arista)
17. Colleen“The stars vs creatures” (Thrill Jockey)
18. Spectrum“All Night Long” (Silvertone)
19. Slowdive“No Longer Making Time” (Dead Oceans)
20. Spirit Fest“River River” (Alien Transistor)
21. NSRD“Schwenn” (STROOM)
22. Lali Puna“Wear My Heart” (Morr Music)
23. Four Tet “Daughter” (Text)
24. Sufjan Stevens“Wallowa Lake Monster” (Asthmatic Kitty)
25. William Eggleston“On the Street Where You Live” (Secretly Canadian)
26. Lindstrøm“Bungl (Like a Ghost)” [feat. Jenny Hval] (Smalltown Supersound)
27. Daphni“Carry on” (Jiaolong)
28. Blanck Mass“The Rat” (Sacred Bones)
29. Colin Stetson“All this I do for glory” (52Hz)
30. Dirty Three“Moon On The Land” (Bella Union)
31. Cat Power“Metal Heart” (Matador)
32. Marisa Anderson“Amazing Grace” (Mississippi)
33. Jackson C. Frank“Milk and Honey” (Sanctuary)
34. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis“Three Seasons in Wyoming” (Wind River OST) (Invada, Lakeshore)

Compiled by Fractured Air, October 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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