avant . leftfield . post-rock . drone . experimental

WEEK STARTING 3 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of Introspectio by Mario Batkovic.

Mario Batkovic

Introspectio

    Mixing classical and contemporary sound, Mario Batkovic seeks to explore the sonic possibilities of the accordion, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. Challenging, hypnotic and grandiose; Batkovic’s symphonic vision is unique and he has received widespread critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone magazine who voted his self-titled debut album in the Top 10 ‘Best Avant Albums of 2017’

    ‘Introspectio’ is a self-questioning, self-examination of society and the meaning of sound. Featuring collaborations with electronic sorcerer James Holden and former BEAK> member Matthew Williams aka MXLX, in addition to drummer Clive Deamer (Radiohead/Portishead/Robert Plant/Roni Size), saxophonist Colin Stetson and concert choir Cantus Domus, Batkovic questions the place of sound, clichés and prejudices, taking the listener on a journey through infinite universes of sound.

    Musical contrasts run throughout the album. Sound aesthetics versus compositional ethics play out, it all about creation and destruction as our sound researcher creates his very own macrocosm of music and sound. Whether solo or in collaboration, ‘Introspectio’ invites us on a rhythmically pulsating trip somewhere between dissolution and new beginnings.

    TRACK LISTING

    SANATIO
    REPERTIO (w/ Clive Deamer & MXLX)
    CHOREA DUPLEX (w/ James Holden)
    QUIS EST QUIS (w/ Colin Stetson)
    SURROGATUM
    PRIMORDIUM FINALE

    ‘Fleuves de l'Ame’ is the debut album of Paris-based Tunisan artist Houeida Hedfi, produced with Olof Dreijer of The Knife. Originally a percussionist, ‘Fleuves de l' me’, is an elegant marriage of traditional folk music and contemporary sound design drawing references from Hedfi's drumming expertise and the textures of Tunisian music alongside a startlingly broad array of global genres.

    Hedfi came to music late, getting her first drum kit aged 27 when she was already established as an academic in the field of economics / mathematics. Alongside teaching she toured playing a contemporary spin on stambeli, a genre of Afro-Arab sufi trance music heavy on rhythms. “I loved it,” she recalls, “but I had this need for melody. There was no room for that within our group, so I realised I had to start my own project.” She enlisted the help of Tunisian violin player Radhi Chaouali and Palestinian bouzouk player Jalal Nader and began rehearshals. Over nine years of travel between Tunisia, France, and Dreijer’s Berlin studio, Hedfi refined each composition with a perfectionist’s ear and found a home in melody.

    During composition it was essential to Hedfi that the songs contained the quarter tones characteristic of Tunisian/Arabic music. “I wanted it to sound like me. In my mind, if you delete these quarter tones, it’s like deleting all the verbs from a sentence.” While her musical influences are not limited to Tunisia, she still views her album as a modern take on Tunisian music. “It’s not just Tunisian,” she adds, “it’s also made by a woman. That makes a difference. My music doesn’t take up so much space, it has nuance. If I had to put a nationality to my music, I would also put a gender to it.”

    Each track is named for a different river, referencing both the safety found in the sound of water and the sinuous drama of each composition, which often starts peacefully, before evolving to encompass drama and tension, conflict and resolution. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A beautiful marriage of swooning modern classical and traditional Tunisian folk music, with moments of elegiac pensiveness and more exuberant, shimmering beauty. A wonderfully written and beautifully crafted masterpiece.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    Souffles Du Nil
    Namami Gange (Obéissance Au Gange)
    Side B
    Envol Du Mékong
    Appel Du Danube
    Side C
    Baisers Amers De L’Euphrate
    Les Cloches De Yamuna
    Echos De Medjerda
    Side D
    Cheminement Du Tigre



    Holy Other

    Lieve

      Lieve is the long-awaited second LP by British electronic music producer Holy Other. Emerging from an extended stay at Bidston Observatory on the Wirral, Lieve was recorded throughout 2020 in the North West of England.

      Using the acoustics of the observatory — the cavernous basement and the geometrically-perfect wooden domes — Holy Other recorded and resampled material that would become the bedrock of Lieve.

      A marker in the sand as his first output since 2012’s critically acclaimed Held, these recordings — including the voice of NYX’s Sian O’Gorman, violin from Simmy Singh and saxophone from Daniel Thorne — were cut, manipulated and pieced together to form Lieve.

      “How do you break up with a place?”

      Have you ever tried to leave your problems behind? No matter how hard you try to reshape yourself, your past remains. This is an album about L(i)eaving, coming to terms with the past, and trying to live in the present.

      Much like his past work, Holy Other leaves the listener to draw their own semantic conclusions from the record. The lyrics are ambiguous — ghostly voices, whispers and stutters interwoven with his signature sound palette.

      Still, the expressive mood from prior releases remains intact, even if these intimate textures and deft rhythms pick up more mature questions about false starts and failed escapes.

      The title track single Lieve breaks almost a decade of silence, finding the language to articulate painful feelings, exhaling, and moving forward.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Dirt Under Your Nails
      2. Lieve
      3. Absolutes
      4. Heartrendering
      5. Up Heave
      6. Whatever You Are You're Not Mine
      7. Groundless
      8. Refuse
      9. Shudder
      10. Bough Down

      Mica Levi

      Zola (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

        Zola (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), featuring incredible original score by Mica Levi (Monos, Under The Skin, Jackie) intertwined with dialogue from the Janicza Bravo film. Pressed on white vinyl, the soundtrack comes housed in a deluxe spined sleeve featuring original cover artwork by Kezia Harrell, with the records themselves housed in a double sided printed inner sleeve. Includes digital download card. Mica Levi is a musician and composer born in Guildford and living in South East London.

        They are currently a member of the groups CURL, Good Sad Happy Bad and Tirzah. Synopsis: Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this b*tch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense. Thus began the odyssey of one A’Ziah King, aka ZOLA. From acclaimed writer/director Janicza Bravo, Zola's stranger-than-fiction saga, which she first told in a now-iconic series of viral, uproarious tweets, comes to dazzling cinematic life.Zola (newcomer Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend partying in Florida.

        What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some shady guys in Tampa, and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Wanna Hear A Story?
        2. Met This White Bitch
        3. Vibing
        4. Exchange Numbers
        5. Next Day
        6. Let's Go
        7. Tampa
        8. Florida
        9. Friday
        10. Full Nude
        11. Pasties & Boy Shorts
        12. What Y’all Make
        13. Wanna Trap
        14. Mind Blown
        15. A Mess
        16. Thousands
        17. Leave A Message
        18. Do It Right
        19. 500
        20. Dudes
        21. That Was It
        22. Here We Go
        23. WTF Again
        24. Lost In The Sauce
        25. Lost In The Game
        26. DAMNNNNNNNNNNNNN
        27. First Client Calls
        28. Handgun
        29. Trusting U
        30. Goes Left
        31. Incall
        32. I Was Out
        33. Mannn
        34. Take Off
        35. Movie Shit
        36. Almost Over
        37. Florida Murder


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