Our Deep Listening Station has literally changed the way customers can listen to music at our store in Amsterdam. We offer use of the turntable to those who want to get stuck into records on real HiFi sound. Recently we began making regular store selections of titles we recommend giving the long listen. We'll be sharing them with you, monthly, here.
2018 has already given us an incredible host of Deep Listening contenders. It wasn't easy, but this month we picked out all new music from artists who use very different techniques, attitude and approach to take us to the deeper depths.
LULLABIES FOR INSOMNIACS
Lullabies for Insomniacs brings you the debut release from the intoxicating Garland. A project which emerged years ago and subsequently developed and transformed through overseas exchanges. Influenced by popular media and musical practices the duo channels a resonating wonderland that echoes, calling for magic to ignite.
in we go... the intoxicating title track is lifted from the great 'Visions from Limbus'* cassette (2015), while the low slung 'The Well's Son', and the ultra doomy Dans Tes Limbes are much more recent creations to flow from Ernesto González's psychadelic fingers.... TIP!
* originally released by Lonktaar and Swollen Avant Garde. http://lonktaar.blogspot.be/ & http://swollenavantgarde.blogspot.be/
GROWING BIN RECORDS
Growing Bin burst into 2018 with a bang, crash and symbol splash, uniting a premier pair of per-cussion obsessives for a supernatural mission into the heart of the rhythm.
Dressed in the pitch black of Düsseldorf stands Wolf Müller, master of the tropical drums and seven time Salon Des Amateur breakdance champion. Repping Cologne and Berlin is Niklas Wandt, Germany’s funkiest drummer and a mixed musical artist as adept in experimental jazz as demen- ted Euro dance. Standing toe to toe in a no holds barred, no drum unstruck groove contest, these two titans will make you swing your pants like a Crash Bandicoot victory dance...so stretch out and step in to ‚Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World‘.
Taking to their task with the joyful abandon of two big kids getting creative with the Kindergar- ten music tray, Müller & Wandt marry dripping electronics, Froesean pads and rubber-limbed basslines with tribal polyrhythms, C2 claps and Indonesian shakers - and that‘s only on the A1. Comprising of three trance-inducing epics, a handful of medium-sized movers and a couple of freeform interludes, this dynamic double pack could almost pass as a lost Library masterpiece; but our mind guides go Furthur, fusing esoteric funk and free-jazz freak-out a truly transportive experience. Prepare to enter a world of techno totems and neon skulls, shades of Yello and excel- lent birds. Within these grooves lies a transdimensional pathway between the Temple of Doom, the Twilight Zone and De Palma‘s Paradise, brought to life in a shamanic rite.
Forget the healing frequencies of Growing Bin‘s ambient outings, this time we‘re dancing for mental health.
(words by Patrick Ryder)
MUSIC FROM MEMORY
Terekke drifts gracefully onto Music From Memory with a long player of looping ambient pad pressure...BIG TIP!
'The recording of Improvisational Loops began in 2012 during yoga classes at Body Actualized Center in NYC.
In the spirit of past ’New Age’ or Minimal music, it aims to open up a space within the room giving the listener a chance to explore inward or outward.
It was recorded using a digital synthesizer, reverb, and looper."
Terekke, January 2018'
Prolific experimentalist, Robert Aiki Aubrey Low, returns to Demdike Stare's quietly impressive DDS imprint, some 12 months on from his last outing on the label. Big Tip, and a recommended listen on our Deep Listening Station (in store).
Levitation Praxis: Part 4 is made up of two atmospheric works. Intriguingly, Lowes own voice (mainly employing haunting improvisations and tones) as much as his trademark droning sonics, gently throbbing synthesizer figures and wizard like effect processing. The results are hugely impressive. More fine work from one of electronic music's most distinctive modern composers.
ISLAND OF THE GODS
Jonny Nash (Guissian Curve / Melody as Truth) and Firecracker's Lindsay Todd get barefoot and turn out a stunner of an LP..
Over the course of twelve compositions we find the pair utilising their recordings in a whole host of ways, avoiding the well-trodden cliches of the “exotic” and instead attempting to achieve a personal interpretation of the flora, fauna and climate of the island. Spending time amidst the insects, rice fields and scorching sun, the pair gathered a library of found sounds which were then taken back to a studio space to be stretched, mangled and manipulated alongside a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments. The outdoor studio itself became a living instrument, with the duo setting up multiple microphones for durations of up to 12 hours around the space, layering and processing the results in tracks such as “Fauna Mapping” and “A Series Of Small Frogs”.
Tarawangsawelas are a musical duo from Bandung, mainly performing a contemporary version of Tarawangsa, the sacred music from Sundanese West Java. Here they are joined by their teacher and maestro, Pak Pupung Supena, together with, Pak Jaja, on Sekalipon. Wanci is a minimalist, cosmic album composed with a careful modern interpretation of one of the most mystical and spiritual genres in Indonesia. A gorgeous and infectious six track album. TIP!
Producer Rabih Beaini says "Last year, Europalia Festival commissioned me to work on a musical project with local musicians from Indonesia and develop a performance to tour during Europalia 2017. I chose to work with Tarawangsa, the sacred music from Sundanese West Java. Tarawangsa is played on two string instruments: a rababa-like two-stringed bowed instrument itself called Tarawangsa, and the Jentreng, a seven-stringed kecapi-like instrument. Typically from Rancakalong village in Sumedang, West Java, Tarawangsa is played as part of a ritual consisting of almost eight hours of music and dance, complete with offerings and prayers. During a performance, a selection from the forty two known Tarawangsa pieces slowly build up from a cosmic slow groove to more repetitive and hypnotic rhythms, inevitably bringing the listener and dancer to a trance state. During the residency I had the great honor to be able to develop new structures and pieces together with Tarawangsawelas, recording them in Bandung, and ultimately having them joined by their teacher and Tarawangsa maestro Pak Pupung Supena together with Pak Jaja on jentreng. This album is a modern description for one of the local Indonesian music scene, but mainly it is an offering for the Tarawangsa ritual, like the food and incense and the prayers, and the messages of the ancestors to the people of Rancakalong."
Composed and performed by Teguh Permana, Wisnu Ridwana and Rabih Beaini, except Sekalipun (traditional) performed by Pupung Supena, Jaja Rohmat, Teguh Permana & Wisnu Ridwana.
Recorded in Bandung, march 2017
Produced, mixed and arranged by Rabih Beaini.
Mastered by Neel at Enisslab.
Cover design by George Sowden, curated by M-L-XL,