Qualchan. Freedom From Fear (illuminated paths, 2016)
Con el paso de sus ediciones el proyecto de Qualchan va tomando una forma material más definida y estrechando la mente de sus escuchas hacia un mismo destino. Con Freedom From Fear (mi favorito hasta el momento) Qualchan nos remonta a la historia de la electrónica alemena y su era dorada de la Kosmische Musik, y eso es un buen augurio.
Meitheal. Early in The Spring, Late in The Fall (fort evil fruit, 2013)
"The material here is largely culled from the Sacred Harp tradition, with vocals backed by Gangloff and Langan's twin fiddles and Colohan's harmonium and shruti box drones. On the Tusk recording, each member sings lead in turn (culminating in what may be Colohan's finest recorded vocal to date). The unadorned, unaffected approach allows the musicians' characters, and the traditions that shaped them, to shine through. In this way the music effortlessly reunites the folk traditions of Ireland and the Southern United States, while being informed by the hillbilly drone of Henry Flynt. Songs that date from as far back as the 19th century are placed in an unusual yet sympathetic context, retaining their directness and emotional power." Fort Evil Fruit Mike Gangloff, Vicky Langan y David Colohan
Daniel Thomas Freeman. The Infinite and the Unknowable (blink in the endless, 2016)
The Infinite and the Unknowable was painstakingly constructed over a six year period from hundreds of layers of played and heavily processed electric violin, percussion and electronics and it includes the final re-worked version of the title track originally used in the devastating closing scenes of the Film 4 / BFI / Studio Canal feature film ‘Catch Me Daddy’. The voice of this instrumental music has been extended by the accompanying debut collection of poetry and photography. http://www.blinkintheendless.com/ .
The Skygreen Leopards. Gorgeous Johnny (jagjaguwar, 2009)
"Gorgeous" Johnny was a fringe member of the Skygreen Leopards in the group's early days; he didn't really play anything but neither could anyone else. Described by most as a phony and a self-confessed dandy, the band kept him around for his undeniable fashion sense. He would often quote Coco Chanels' views on Modernism and affected a British accent though he was from Orange County. This was a huge influence on the Donaldson/Quinn songwriting team. Eventually he moved to the south of France and no one has heard from him since except for a postcard that read: I'M STILL IN THE VAN! MUCH LOVE, JOHNNY. Anyway, his name's not really Johnny -- that's just a dick joke. It's been 8 years since the 1st SGL's record was released. Since then the boys have maintained their singular aesthetic while managing to dabble with faux-folk, avant garde pop, reverb-drenched lofi psychedelia, plastic country and blurry ballads. This latest effort finds them collaborating with Jason Quever (Papercuts) to create a melancholy world overflowing with itinerant dandies, urban streets, suburban teens, and more girls' names than I care to count, all set to melodic shuffles featuring harmonies, frail piano, and romantic guitars. As always with the Leopards the rhythms refuse to be bridled, the boys resist the urge to jam, and they won't ever learn to sing properly. This will frustrate the expectations of some. Others will find a sweet shadowy hiding place in these songs -- 3 minutes to hang out with girls who race horses, boys who never learned to dance, and a dirty uncle who steals your cigarettes. http://jagjaguwar.com/release/JAG147/ Take 496!
Dead Rat Orchestra. Dead Rat Orchestra Ghostband (self released, 2007)
"Recorded live at Colchester Arts Centre in April 2007 when the band supported Silver Mt. Zion, Ghostband is the group’s fourth live document. Featuring Robin Alderton and Daniel Merrill as a duo, the performance starts innocently enough with the fragmented melody of Music Box, descends into violent chaos and ends with a glorious take of Lullaby, augmented by the recorded voice of missing member Nathaniel Robin Mann. Self-released on CDR in April 2007 in a very limited edition, this has become highly sought-after.
Ghostband has been reissued as a limited edition glass-mastered CD in a reverse cardstock wallet, as part of a programme to make the Dead Rat Orchestra back-catalogue more widely available to a new audience. This CD is also available as part of the special offer Hopewell Sound Recordings three CD bundle." Antigen Records