Modern classical. Steve Reich’s work based on Gerhard Richter’s abstract film, as performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris in 2020. This is rather wonderful. The short video here with Steve Reich talking about the composition process and how it relates to the film is really interesting too.
Various Artists (Sahel Sounds) - Music from Saharan WhatsApp
This is a compilation from a nice 2020 project Sahel Sounds did called Music From Saharan Whatsapp where artists from the region responded to an open call and recorded tracks on their phone and sent them via Whatsapp. Sessions from different artists (including Nigerién techno, wedding rock, Woodabe guitar, Mandingue music, and more) were hosted for a month each on Bandcamp and then removed. This release collects some of the label’s favourite tracks from the series.
Pierre Bastien does sort of Heath Robinson orchestra stuff with weird mechanical instruments and sonic experiments like playing a trumpet underwater. So not everybody’s cup of tea. I think it’s one of those things where a lot of the delight and enjoyment comes from seeing the weird contraptions playing, so you lose a lot of that if you’re only able to listen to the records, though I do find some of his stuff really compelling even without the visual (e.g. Tinkle Twang 'n Tootle). Anyway, he’s got a new one. I don’t think this one has so much of the mechanical experimentation going on, but seems to employ a mass of different, mainly traditional percussion, instruments from all round the world, hence the Sonic Folkways title, I guess.
And just because my brief description above probably doesn’t suffice, here’s a video of Bastien’s Meccano-based piece from a few years back
Not been popped on YouTube yet but there’s a debut full length from Sunrise Patriot Motion, a side project of the Skarstad brothers of US black metal band Yellow Eyes. They’ve gone for a black metal-y Killing Joke which tbh is exactly what it sounds like.
Just catching up with an old GP show from a few weeks ago and heard this…
This is his debut album and it’s out on Alfa Mist’s record label Sekito Records. This track does sound similar to something that AM would produce so it should be right at home on the label.
To quote the Bandcamp page for the record…
Although the album largely features the classic format of the jazz guitar trio (guitar, bass and drums), he explores a vast array of ethereal, spacious and contemporary sounds. The songs featured on the album are led as much by tone and feeling as they are by traditional compositional structure or instrumental prowess, yet are expertly balanced with many moments that allow his lyrical style and razor-sharp chops as a guitarist to shine through.
I love this. Spotify suggests it came out in mid-May but Boomkat have it as today, so whatevs.
Taras Bulba was a German electronic duo formed by Tom Redecker (formerly of The Perc Meets The Hidden Gentleman) and Volker Kahrs (ex- Grobschnitt), responsible for forging a weird, undefinable compound of ambient, folk and techno. ‘Venier Le Temps’ is an excellent compilation of work spanning their career, from 1993 to 2004.