Posts Tagged ‘Tinariwen’
Welcome to the first mixtape for 2017.
January’s edition opens with the welcome return of Oklahoma’s finest The Flaming Lips with their latest studio album “Oczy Mlody”, released this month on Bella Union. Fellow indie greats Dirty Projectors also return, with Dave Longstreth’s soul-stirring lament “Little Bubble” – the follow-up to last September’s “Keep Your Name” – which makes the Dirty Projectors’ forthcoming full-length one of the most eagerly anticipated albums for 2017.
“Elwan” (translates to “The Elephants”), the new album by Malis’s beloved Tinariwen is sure to be found on many end-of-year lists come this December. The music again draws from Tinariwen’s homeland, a Saharan mountain range between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, which has been transformed into a conflict zone. “Elwan” was recorded at Rancho de la Luna studios in the desert of California’s Joshua Tree National Park during 2014, and again in 2016, in M’Hamid El Ghizlane, an oasis in southern Morocco, near the Algerian frontier.
Other intriguing new releases come from the Montreal-based group Avec le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche who release their exceptional second album “Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much” via Constellation, the follow-up to the band’s 2014 debut “Zubberdust!”. Having formed in 2011 in Montreal, Avec le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche features singer/songwriter Jean-Sebastien Truchy (of Fly Pan Am) as well as members of numerous other groups including: Panopticon Eyelids, Pas Chic Chic, Red Mass, Set Fire to Flames.
Of course, new releases only always paints one tiny portion of the wider picture, with so many exceptional re-issues always being repressed and made anew. This month sees Light In The Attic begin an exhaustive re-issue campaign for the music of Brazilian icon Erasmo Carlos, the first three albums showing an unparalleled appetite for fusing countless styles of music into his own unique, singular sound, heralding Carlos’ place as one of the most gifted songwriters from the seventies.
“Tumblers from the Vault (1970–1972)” by Syrinx (re-issues last year on RVNG Intl) was our favourite re-issue from 2016. Syrinx consisted of composer and keyboardist John Mills-Cockell, saxophonist Doug Pringle, and percussionist Alan Wells. Syrinx’s self-titled debut arrived in 1970, followed in 1971 by ‘Long Lost Relatives’, which is highlighted as the first album on Tumblers From The Vault.
Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E01 | January mix
To listen on La Blogothèque:
01. The Flaming Lips – “There Should Be Unicorns” (Bella Union)
02. Syrinx – “Syren” (RVNG Intl)
03. Erasmo Carlos – “26 Anos de Vida Normal” (Light In The Attic)
04. Mr. Tophat & Robyn – “Disco Devato” (excerpt) (Smalltown Supersound)
05. Tinariwen – “Sastanàqqàm” (Anti-)
06. Avec le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche – “Alizé et Margaret D. Midi moins le quart. Sur la plage, un palmier ensanglanté II” (Constellation)
07. Awa Poulo – “Dimo Yaou Tata” (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
08. Roberto Musci – “Water Music” (Music From Memory)
09. MJ Guider – “White Alsatian” (Kranky)
10. Gareth Dickson – “Atmosphere” (Discolexique)
11. Steve Hauschildt – “Same River Twice” (Kranky)
12. Run The Jewels – “Thursday in the Danger Room” (feat. Kamasi Washington) (Self-Released)
13. Plankton vs. Defcon – “Jealousy” (Karaoke Kalk)
14. Lee Hazlewood – “For One Moment” (Light In The Attic)
15. Duane Eddy – “This Town” (Ace)
16. Molly Burch – “Try” (Captured Tracks)
17. Patience – “Wait For You” (Night School)
18. Bézier – “Widows Tears” (Cin Cin)
19. Copeland & Gast – “Sisters of Control” (All Bone)
20. Tangents – “Jindabyne” (Four Tet Remix) (Temporary Residence)
21. Ólafur Arnalds – “Árbakkinn” (ft. Einar Georg) (Mercury Classics)
22. Dirty Projectors – “Little Bubble” (Edit) (Domino)
23. Odd Nosdam – “Daliman OG” (Glue Moon)
24. April Stevens – “End Of Desire” (Cherry Red)
25. Mica Levi – “Children” (Jackie OST, Milan)
26. Daniel Lanois & Rocco DeLuca – “Low Sudden” (Anti-)
27. Allred & Broderick – “The Ways” (Erased Tapes)
Compiled by Fractured Air, January 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.
Your Heart Is So Loud [A Fractured Air Mix]
To listen on Mixcloud:
01. Colleen ‘Your Heart Is So Loud’ [The Leaf Label]
02. Vashti Bunyan ‘The Boy’ [FatCat]
03. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis ‘West of Memphis’ [J-2 Music]
04. Linda Perhacs ‘Prisms Of Glass’ [Asthmatic Kitty]
05. The Troggs ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ [Repertoire]
06. Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler ‘Echo Sounder’ [Thrill Jockey]
07. Steve Gunn ‘Tommy’s Congo’ [Paradise Of Bachelors]
08. Xylouris White ‘Old School Sousta’ [Other Music Recording Co.]
09. Tinariwen ‘Toumast Tincha’ [Anti-]
10. Smog ‘Strayed’ [Drag City / Domino]
11. The Brothers And Sisters ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ [Light In The Attic]
12. Calexico ‘Untitled II’ [City Slang]
13. Brigid Power-Ryce ‘Let Love’ [Abandon Reason]
14. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh And Dan Trueman ‘Laghdú’ [Irishmusic.net]
15. Hildur Guðnadóttir ‘Til baka’ [Touch]
16. Stina Nordenstam ‘The World Is Saved’ [V2]
The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or their respective record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.
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Real Estate ‘Atlas’ (Domino)
New Jersey’s beloved Real Estate returned this year with ‘Atlas’, the follow-up to their sophomore classic, ‘Days’, the album which propelled the band to worldwide recognition. Recorded with producer Tom Schick (Rufus Wainwright, Mavis Staples, Low) at Wilco’s Chicago studio, The Loft, ‘Atlas’ features core trio Martin Courtney (guitar/vocals), Matt Mondanile (guitar) and Alex Bleeker (bass/vocals) joined by new full-time members Jackson Pollis (drums) and Matt Kallman (keyboards). The ten tracks cut from ‘Atlas’ confirms Real Estate as one of the most compelling and intriguing bands making music today.
‘Atlas’ is available now on Domino.
John Matthias ‘Geisterfahrer’ (Village Green)
The award-winning musician, singer and composer John Matthias has previously released three albums to date: ‘Smalltown, Shining’ (2001) on the Accidental label, ‘Stories from the Watercooler’ (2008) via the Ninja Tune / Counter label and ‘Cortical Songs’ with Nick Ryan (2008), a work for string orchestra and solo violin which includes remixes by Thom Yorke, Simon Tong, Jem Finer, amongst others, on the Nonclassical record label. ‘Geisterfahrer’, available on the highly impressive London-based label Village Green, finds Matthias melding folk and classical music traditions to soul-stirring effect.
‘Geisterfahrer’ is available now on Village Green.
Dean Wareham ‘Dean Wareham’ (Sonic Cathedral)
Legendary former Galaxie 500/Luna frontman Dean Wareham’s self-titled debut solo album is a breathtaking affair — produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James — featuring such irresistible gems as the delightful ‘My Eyes Are Blue’ and the nocturnal, introspective album closer, ‘Happy & Free’, Dean Wareham channels a highly intricate and hugely affecting lyrical masterclass across an impeccably realized, timeless record. Wareham’s self-titled debut full-length is effectively Wareham’s follow-up to last year’s wonderful EP-length ‘Emancipated Hearts’, also issued by London-based independent label Sonic Cathedral.
Dean Wareham’s self-titled debut solo album is out now via Sonic Cathedral.
Linda Perhacs ‘The Soul Of All Natural Things’ (Asthmatic Kitty)
Over four decades on since Linda Perhacs released her masterful debut — 1970’s beloved ‘Parallelograms’ — comes it’s highly sought-after follow-up, ‘The Soul Of All Natural Things’. It’s perhaps fitting Perhacs (who has worked as a dental hygienist) has found a new level of appreciation (and amassed a huge number of fans) over the intervening years, much aided by being championed by the a new generation of musicians, with the likes of Devendra Banhardt and Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden vocal admirers, while the contemporary Los Angeles music scene — including Julia Holter and Nite Jewel — have similarly ensured the music of Perhacs has not been resigned to the realms of myth. ‘The Soul Of All Natural Things’ is a celebration of life’s perseverance and the soul’s undying spirit, and showcases Perhacs’ distinctive and poetic lyricism which has only grown in beauty over the last forty years.
‘The Soul Of All Natural Things’ is available now on Asthmatic Kitty.
Alias ‘Indiiggo EP’ (Anticon)
In celebration of his forthcoming Anticon LP, ‘Pitch Black Prism’, Brendon Whitney (AKA legendary US beatmaker Alias) releases ‘Indiiggo’, an EP of all new productions. The first taste of music since 2011’s ‘Fever Dream’ (an album inspired by Whitney becoming a father), ‘Indiiggo’ comprises densely layered electronic beats and a highly nuanced sound which makes the wait for forthcoming ‘Pitch Black Prism’ all the less painful.
‘Indiiggo EP’ is available now via Anticon and can be downloaded for free HERE.
Vermont ‘Vermont’ (Kompakt)
Vermont comprise the duo Marcus Worgull (Innervisions) and Danilo Plessow (Motor City Drum Ensemble) who release their debut collaborative work together via the forever dependable Cologne-based electronic label Kompakt. As Kompakt’s bio reads: “With Vermont, Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow submit a noticeably mature work that seems to come from a well attuned production duo, effectively concealing the fact that this is their first collaborative effort…and a decidedly informal one at that: these cuts were not conceived with specific aesthetic goals in mind, but emerged from a series of loose jam sessions disclosing the trespassing spirit of the sonic adventurer.”
‘Vermont’ is available now on Kompakt.
The Moles ‘Flashbacks And Dream Sequences’ (Fire)
One of the most amazing discoveries this year thus far has come from Australian underground legends The Moles. Led by Richard Davies, the band only released a pair of full-length albums, ‘Untune The Sky’ and ‘Instinct’, while Davies would later collaborate with Eric Matthews for Cardinal’s self-titled debut album, an orchestral pop classic from 1994. ‘Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of the Moles’ is the first comprehensive collection of The Moles’ entire recorded output and will be issued by British record label Fire Records. A special Record Store Day compilation release by Fire Records will be issued during April, featuring tracks by both Cardinal and The Moles (as well as the likes of Spacemen 3, ESG and The Lemonheads).
‘Flashbacks And Dream Sequences’ is available on 21 April via Fire Records.
Tinariwen ‘Emmaar’ (Wedge)
‘Emmaar’ (which translates as “the heat on the breeze”) is the seventh international album by Malinese sensations Tinariwen. The album’s complexities and themes can be best expressed by the band’s website: “If Tinariwen pays homage to old times, it’s because their present is in flux. Turmoil has embroiled their region once again, as governments and powers rise and fall, almost with the regularity of the seasons. Mali, it seems, is the forgotten, or ignored, brother of the Arab Spring, but on ‘Emmaar’, Tinariwen tells about the trials of their people and tells the world of the plight of their families. Though the band’s success has brought them around the world, they rarely can go home, facing threats of incarceration and death by thugs in power. But like creatures of the desert, they adapt and carry on, after all, Tinariwen is a band born into chaos.”
‘Emmaar’ is available now on Wedge in Europe and via Anti- in USA.
Moon Zero ‘Loss’ (Denovali)
Moon Zero is the alias for London-based composer Tim Garratt who releases his latest EP ‘Loss’, his follow-up to debut EP ‘Tombs’, this April via Berlin’s forever-inspiring label Denovali Records (Hydras Dream, Birds of Passage, Greg Haines). The inception of ‘Loss’ stems from Garratt’s time spent touring ‘Tombs’, his subsequent live shows would inform the basis for Moon Zero’s future recording. Loss was written & recorded last Autumn at St. George in The East Church in London, and features a wide range of instrumentation such ad drawbar organ, bass synth, vocals, fx processors and guitar pedals. As Garratt has stated: “I wanted to create a soundscape that had a propulsion to it, a sense of rhythm but without drums. I like sounds which are dynamic in terms of both volume and frequency range, they need to have a life to them and breathe.”
‘Loss’ is available on 25 April via Denovali Records.
Damon Albarn ‘Everyday Robots’ (XL)
Blur frontman Damon Albarn releases his highly anticipated solo LP ‘Everyday Robots’ on 28 April. Thus far, videos for both its title-track and ‘Lonely Press Play’ have been unveiled, the latter shot by Albarn on a tablet in Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, Iceland and Devon. The album is set to feature guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes. On his ‘Everyday Robots’ announcement last May, Albarn stated he would work with producer and XL Records label boss Richard Russell (who Albarn has previously collaborated with on the making of soul legend Bobby Womack’s ‘The Bravest Man in the Universe’ XL LP), when he described the collaborative process as follows: “Richard does the rhythmic side and I do everything else. It’s sort of folk soul.”
‘Everyday Robots’ will be released on April 28. Full details HERE.