Archive for January, 2011

DANNY SAUL: Kinison – Goldthwait (Hibernate Recordings)

themilkman on Jan 11th 2011 01:27 am

Danny Saul: Kinison - Goldthwait

Kinison – Goldthwait
Hibernate Recordings 2010
06 Tracks. 43mins43secs

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On his debut album, released over a year ago on his own imprint, White Box Recordings, Danny Saul wove a strangely ethereal blend of experimental folk songs and heavily processed textured instrumentals, and the latter also informs his second solo album, released on the consistently excellent Hibernate imprint.

‘This album is not intended to be puzzled over – although on playback I find myself doing so’. This reflection from Saul, printed on the inside cover, shows just how complex this record is, and not solely on its musical aspect. The project, from its overall title to individual track names, is based around a feud between American stand-up comedians Sam Kinison and Bobcat Goldthwait (best known, at least outside of the US, as Zed in the Police Academy franchise) about who had stollen whose material. The dispute culminated in a heated exchange live on air during a radio show in 1988. Yet, this has actually nothing to do with the music itself. Continue Reading »

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CEZARY GAPIK: Contrast I (White Box Recordings)

themilkman on Jan 7th 2011 12:52 am

Cezary Gapik: Contrast I

Contrast I
White Box Recordings 2011
02 Tracks. 37mins51secs

Born in the industrial city of Czestochowa, in the south of Poland, in 1963, when the country was under communist rule, Cezary Gapik grew up to become a punk activist in the early eighties before discovering the likes of Cabaret Voltaire or PIL, then later on avant-garde composers such as Stockhausen, Morton Feldman or La Monte Young, which have since partly defined his work, which has, until now, been entirely self-released.

As its title suggests, this very limited vinyl-only album, the first of three to be issued over the course of 2011 on White Box, is a contrasted affair, presenting two very distinct spaces, almost at opposite of the sonic spectrum. Continue Reading »

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themilkman on Jan 6th 2011 01:33 am

Priming Orchestra: Deep Blue

Deep Blue
GAC 2010
08 Tracks. 54mins35secs

A weathered jazz pianist and keyboard player, Swedish musician Harald Svensson has been an active member of the Scandinavian jazz scene for almost forty years. A member of numerous formations, most notably Entra, which also counted in its ranks Thomas Gustafsson, Staffan Svensson, Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, and with whom he released a number of albums between 1978 and 1993, Svensson has also worked with a wide array of international musicians and regularly performs as a solo artist. He assembled Priming Orchestra back in 2002, with the aim of bringing together jazz, improv, club music and electronics. The band released a first self-titled album in 2006. Originally a quartet formed of Svensson (keyboards), Staffan Svensson (trumpet, electronics), Johannes Lundberg (bass, keyboards, electronics) and Chris Montgomery (drums), the band has since expanded to a quintet with the arrival of Christoffer Berg (synths, drum machine, zither), who has previously been spotted alongside Fever Ray. Continue Reading »

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ERSTLAUB: Sleepwalking Into The Underworld (Highpoint Lowlife)

themilkman on Jan 5th 2011 01:06 am

Erstlaub: Sleepwalking Into The Underworld

Sleepwalking Into The Underworld
Highpoint Lowlife 2010
01 Track. 40mins35secs

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Scottish musician and sound artist Dave Fyans, who has been officiating as Erstlaub for over five years, returns to Highpoint Lowlife, this time with a full audio-visual project which combines a forty minute film and its accompanying soundtrack, available as a very limited DVD release. Built as one long evolutive piece, where various segments seamlessly slip into one another, their boundaries blurred beyond recognition, and ultimately resulting in one fluid narrative. Similarly, the video takes various black and white footage of bodies of water (rivers, ponds, puddles) and wooded areas, each one roughly corresponding to a defined sound set. Continue Reading »

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