Thursday, August 17, 2017

OUC006 : Prope Nihil / Sea of Tranquillity

Art cover by Prope Nihil, pic by Lucio D Cavallari

OUC006 : Prope Nihil / Sea of Tranquillity

Prope Nihil is a London based band fronted by Lucio D Cavallari (read more herewho's an Italian artist that combines a wide range of disciplines including painting, video, live performance and interaction design. 

He has exhibited widely, in the UK, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US and further afield. The range of work he’s carried out over the years includes videos and scenography for fashion, music and interactive installations. Has exhibited regularly over the last few years, as well as helping to produce exhibitions of interactive works.

He currently lives and works in London, UK.

Their music vogues between contemporary classical and jazz and 'Sea of Tranquillity' is a contemporary mix of electronics and double bass inspired by Mare Tranquillitatis (Latin for Sea of Tranquillity), a lunar mare that sits within the Tranquillitatis basin on the Moon, once thought to be an ocean. The basin has irregular margins and lacks a defined multiple-ringed structure, likely formed as a result of a very large impact in the Moon’s early history more than 3.9 billion years ago.
In February 1965, the Ranger 8 spacecraft was deliberately crashed into the Mare Tranquillitatis, after successfully transmitting 7,137 close-range photographs of the Moon in the final 23 minutes of its mission.

The music depict that place sometime sensibly, sometime with power...
It is the first track of a forthcoming album.

Lucio D Cavallari - Electronics 
Alessio Bruno - Double Bass 
Lorenzo Dalla Barba - Silent Piano

Digital release on the 18th of August 2017.

Track listing:

1: Sea of Tranquillity

Thursday, August 10, 2017

OAS005 : Even Less / Soundtrack to a Wasted Day

OAS005 : Even Less / Soundtrack to a Wasted Day

Originally released in 2012, the Ep 'Soundtrack to a wasted day' was recorded by Chinese based band Even Less.

The very first Depressive Rock band in China. Beautiful and melancholic music produced under the influences of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, Mono etc. Features 3 studio tracks plus an excellent cover of "The Day the World Went Away" by Nine Inch Nails. Light a cigarette and enjoy this melancholic moment.

One of his member is playing now under the patronyme of Broken Thoughts and is producing amazing electronic music. I encourage you to discover his Bandcamp page.

There is a review of the EP in Aristocrazia webzine written by LordPist:

"When it comes to alternative music in China, Beijing is the most frequently mentioned area when speaking about interesting bands and "Even Less" is no exception to this rule. This project was clearly inspired by Porcupine Tree (the name being taken from a track off the "Stupid Dream" album) and it only takes a snippet of the visual, lyrical and musical aspects to acknowledge the all but hidden influence that Steven Wilson's brainchild has had on this band.

Even Less formed in 2009 and in about a couple of years got noticed by the most dedicated Chinese rock/metal label, Pest Productions, which is doing so much in order to promote some of the top acts of the Chinese scene (this is also one of the relatively few bands that opted for English lyrics, helping them to get some international attention). After taking part in a compilation in 2011 with the "Opeth-esque" track "In Another Life", Luo Keju and the others went on to record their first official EP, "Soundtrack To A Wasted Day".

The dual lead vocalists combination is quite unusual for this kind of band, with guitarist Luo Keju and drummer Nong Andi alternating on vocals. The degree of similarity with the vocals and the interpretation of both Åkerfeldt and Renkse is nothing short of impressive. With eyes closed you could be forgiven for mistaking Even Less for Opeth or Katatonia.

Getting back to the EP, it contains four tracks, one of which is a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "The Day The World Went Away". The musical background is extremely clear, perhaps even too much, and sometimes it seems that Even Less don't want to try and get out of it as they are so comfortable within their environment. However, the disc is not a tough listen by any means and flows with ease. It works well as a "manifesto" and is coherent in both visual and musical terms. After all, this is something quite unheard of in China, especially played with such proficiency, even though this style is something that has been played around Europe for quite some time now."

 The back cover of the original EP

The band

Digital release on the 11th of August 2017.

Track listing:

1: Forgotten One
2: Dead End
3: The Day The World Went Away
4: Soundtrack To A Wasted Day

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ODX012 : Off - 10 Years in a Nutshell / A mix by Morgen Wurde

Cover art by Kiekebiche

ODX012 : Off - 10 Years in a Nutshell / A mix by Morgen Wurde

Off-10 years in a nutshell is a mix by German musician and DJ Morgen Wurde (see also OCD027) which celebrate the 10th anniversary of the label. 

The 4 parts mixes are based on ambient, downtempo and rock with a total of no less than 50 tracks representing around 65% of the label's music for about 3 hours and 17 minutes! And at a bargain price!

So enjoy, listen, discover and don't hesitate to look for more once you like one of the artist of this gigantic mix!

Kiekebiche is also back with a special made cover for the event!

Digital release on the 28th of August 2017.

Track listing:

1) Ambient & Beyond 

01 00:00 Quasi Una Fantasia - Infinito Nero 1 (ODG046) 
02 02:24 Roedelius, Christoph H. Muller - Silencio 2 (ODG020) 
03 04:00 Lark Wool - Event Blank (ODG033) 
04 08:14 Toshinori Kondo - Resonant Space (OCD004) 
05 11:09 Sachiko Nagata X Chiharu MK - Blue Flow Pt. I (OJP006) 
06 16:12 Tetsuroh Konishi - Early Morning in the Sea (OJP001) 
07 20:44 Morgen Wurde feat. Toby Mak - Offenbarte sich (OCD027) 
08 25:21 Giovanni Di Domenico, Arve Henriksen, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - Mlouk (ORT003) 
09 29:56 Les Boucles Absurdes feat. Seesayle - Broken Leg (OVD018) 
10 34:42 Chaos of the Haunted Spire - Het Bos 1 (ODX008) 
11 37:57 John Koenig - Gallbladder (OPV005) 
12 41:40 Okapi & Aldo Kapi's Orchestra - Gavia Stellata (OCD035) 
13 44:30 Dave Formula and Christine Hanson - Osseous Labyrinth (OCD015) 
14 48:34 Blaine L. Reininger - Alster (SCD016) 
15 50:09 Chiharu MK - Waterproof (OJP008) 
16 54:59 Gao Yanqin - Hedgehog in the Fog (OUC001) 

2) Downtempo & Vocal Beauty (part1) 

01 00:00 Emmanuel Borghi Trio - Secret Beauty (ODG005) 
02 08:23 Himiko Paganotti - Never let me go (ODG023) 
03 14:41 Dave Formula and Christine Hanson - Mistaken for a Dream (OCD015) 
04 19:29 Comfort - Iceberg (OCD010) 
05 22:36 In Heaven - My My (ODG025) 
06 27:36 Baby Fire - The Wolf (OCD018) 
07 31:12 Kurtisz - Superhighway (OCD034) 
08 35:39 Manu Ribot - Dano the Blind (OPV011) 

3) Downtempo & Vocal Beauty (part 2) 

01 00:00 Mai Lev - Die (OCD012) 
02 03:50 Internal Sun - Alcyone (ODG048) 
03 07:09 Kurtisz - Time to walk away (OCD034) 
04 11:36 Les Boucles Absurdes feat. Seesayle - Red Line (OVD003) 
05 16:31 Clara Engel - What's the Damage (ODG058) 
06 23:35 Amélie Nilles - Strange Fruit (ODG060) 
07 26:48 Maris - Perception Perception (ORT017) 
08 30:21 Boxface - Camels on the Moon (ODG066) 
09 34:50 ElectrOZorus - La Voix des Anges (ODG069) 

4) Rock, Funk & Reggae 

01 00:00 LAS Vegas - Champagne (OCD024) 
02 04:48 Baby Fire - Tiger Heart (OCD033) 
03 07:17 LAS Vegas - Cream (Remix by Sklif) (OCD024) 
04 09:33 Kurtisz - Wake me up (OCD034) 
05 13:13 Les Boucles Absurdes - Perversion (OPV007) 
06 18:24 Philippe Tasquin - Town without Pity (OPV009) 
07 21:15 Pierre Vervloesem - I wish (OVD006) 
08 24:51 Baja - With Animal Eyes (ODG018) 
09 27:55 Soldier Six - Wide Eyed Kid (OCD017) 
10 31:31 Pierre Vervloesem - Fringe (OVD004) 
11 37:52 Codswallop - Fat Freddy (OPV003) 
12 41:44 Pierre Vervloesem & John Litton Baroï - Teer Nai Tore (OVD007) 
13 45:07 Vansina, Verbruggen, Gudmundsson - Nr.4 Part 2 (ORT018) 
14 49:05 Robert Edwin - Myspace Addiction (OCD008) 
15 53:43 Pierre Vervloesem - Lion in Winter (OVD008)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

OJP021 : Ai Kisaragi x Tetsuroh Konishi / Moment Flow

OJP021 : Ai Kisaragi x Tetsuroh Konishi / Moment Flow

The 'Moment Flow' project was recorded by Ai Kisaragi on Theremin and Tetsuroh Konishi (see OJP001OJP002OJP011 and OCD027) on trumpet, electronics and production.

The two of them have been collaborating a lot on various multi media art performances in the last few years, though they never recorded music together.
Tetsuroh promised Ai to play together on the first occasion and as they were invited in the TOBI hotel (in Ise Mieshima prefecture) for a few days, they took the opportunity to finally try a few things.
The songs were completely improvised in a few hours and days later, Tetsuroh started the editing and production work.

'Moment Flow' is the result of their first collaborative music work and depict that 'Moment' where the music is finally 'Flowing' to us!

Tetsuroh San

Ai San

Ai Kisaragi 如月愛:
From the beginning of 2010, she works extensively on the theme "Travel of time and memories with paintings".   
She had exhibitions in New-York, London, Vietnam, Nepal, Estonia, Hongkong, Korea and more overseas, while organizing multi media performances in Tokyo inviting artists like dancers, musicians, videographers...
You see all her works HERE.

Tetsuroh Konishi 小西徹郎:
A fan of ambient music or contemporary classical, Tetsuroh uses to play his beloved trumpet in lot's of various projects in Japan or abroad as a side man, composer or improviser.
When he is not playing, he loves to writes essays in various magazines, musical or not.
You can see some of his works HERE.

Special Thanks to TOBI HOSTEL & APARTMENTS Mie Iseshima (see here).

Digital release on the 21st of July 2017.

Track listing:

1. Find out
2. Blue hole. uh…Blue
3. Tobi

Thursday, July 13, 2017

OJP019 : Yuichi Onoue / Vongole

OJP019 : Yuichi Onoue / Vongole

Yuichi Onoue is one of the most busy artist on the alternative rock scene in Tokyo ( see OJP003 Wananabani-en / Wani No Niwa and their poly-rhythm, irregular bars and unique melodic/chord progressions and OJP017 Androgena and their typical Japanese synth pop from the mid 90ties).

From the late 80ties until now, he has played solo or with a lot of bands from many different genres, from rock to electronic pop to post rock to avant folk... 

He is also a very atypic musician as he always performs with house made instruments he created and invented such as the ribbon or the one chord electric viola... 

This album was originally recorded and released in 2005. All the music was composed and played by Yuichi and is typical of what he does and loves to play. 
The album was re mastered slightly by Pierre Vervloesem.

This is what Yuichi San tells about the album in his own words:

"On this album, I play the guitar, bass, and my handmade instruments -
Ribbon Controller and Kaisatsuko. As well as the performance of more rare my musical instruments such as 24 equal temparament guitar, 24 equal temprament keyboard and Noise Synthesizer are featured. And not only musical instruments playing, I used computer for drum/percussion programming, algorithmic composition and digital signal processing. It includes ultimate bizarre original pop songs which are arranged so well. It can be said as culmination of mine on this point."

Original cd cover

The inside liner which explains the way and different instruments Yuichi used to record

Yuichi today

Digital release on the 14th of July 2017.

Track listing:

1: Bamboo
2: Chicken Shack
3: Ionization-Reflection
4: Blue Room
5: Bones of Hototogisu
6: Soft Rime
7: Kumotori
8: Birth of Cluster (Endless Circumference)
9: Vongole 24
10: Horserider on the Meadow
11: The Rainbow of Twilight
12: Warp, Pt. 2

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Another Spotify playlist to enjoy more artists for the Off 10th anniversary!

And to continue to celebrate Off 10th anniversary, there is another new Spotify playlist to enjoy!
64 titles and more than 4 hours of music covering what you don't have in part.1 and full of new songs!
Just click on it and download in your playlist user on your free or premium Spotify account!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

OUC005 / John Franek / I Have Not Seen as Others Saw

Art cover by John Franek

OUC005 / John Franek / I Have Not Seen as Others Saw

Another album by prolific American composer and performer John Franek (website) (see also ODG063 and OUC002).

Third release on Off  'I Have Not Seen as Others Saw' music is a radical change from his usual contemporary classical pieces for solo piano or orchestra. 
If anything more than the powerful images the album shares in the two first tracks wall of sounds and then what seems to be a subtle clavecin track which starts gently to finally finishing the album with the same intensity than the previous pieces, it shows the darkest side of his electronic compositions and composing in general. 

Digital release on the 7th of July 2017.

Track listing:

1: As Others Saw
2: As Others Where
3: I Loved Alone