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Niagara

    This was more a project than an actual band formed by German jazz drum legend Klaus Weiss. He formerly worked with another jazz legend from his mother country, Klaus Doldinger and gained fame in the German jazz circuit of the 60s and 70s. His 1971 output with Niagara was the result of the vision to create an orchestra made entirely of drummers and percussionists. Despite the fact that there are no regular melody instruments to be heard on this album, the two lengthy compositions are arranged in such an enthralling way that they have a rather catchy and memorable feel. Among the cult drummers featured on this album are Udo Lindenberg (yes, this icon of German rock and pop started as a drummer!) and session hero Keith Forsey. Both compositions offer an ever pulsating rhythm inferno, a maelstrom of different grooves and sounds which enchant and hypnotize in equal measure. Open your mind for the ultimate rhythm experience and join in if you dare.


    "OTTO" is:
    1 The Italian word for the number 8, which rotated 90 degrees becomes the ancient symbol of infinity.
    2 The first Niagara L.P.
    3 The magic number in nuclear physics.
    4 The number of the "Law of Ocataves" from Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff.
    5 The number of the lotus petals, and therefore, in Buddhist terminology, the paths of the Way.
    6 The number of cosmic balance: the octagonal shape is that of Buddhist temples centered on the one who spins the wheel in the center of the universe.
    7 The maximum number of electrons that can occupy a valence shell.
    8 August.

    Niagara is the collaborative project of Turin-based singers/producers David Tomat (TOMAT / N.A.M.B./ GEMINI EXCERPT) and Gabriele Ottino (N.A.M.B. / Milena Lovesick / GEMINI EXCERPT), who like to take a less conventional approach to composition. Much of their music is developed by continuous experimentation with sounds during improvised sessions, in which vocals are often used as just another instrumental layer. However, they also have a great ear for a killer pop tune and the vocal chops to deliver it.

    On ‘Otto’, their debut album, Niagara blend together a heady mixture of experimental pop, electronica and psychedelia to create their own brand of ‘avant-psych-tronica’. The first single, ‘Seal’, is a joyously off-kilter mandolin-fueled pop paean to summer, with an uplifting chorus filled with handclaps, sweet west-coast harmonies and humourously surreal lyrics. ‘Watershipdown’ recalls the trippier, spacier synth-fuelled explorations of The Flaming Lips, with a driving beat, drones and chopped vocal samples. Etacarinea tears a page from the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ era Beatles book with its bouncy brass band and synths, gradually morphing into a psychedelic wig-out. It all ends with the whimsical ‘Love Me Love Me’ skipping lightly through a garden of syncopated percussion. The album was recorded by Niagara and mixed by G.U.P. Alcaro at Superbudda Studio in Turin and mastered by Francesco Donandello at Calyx Mastering Studio in Berlin.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Eight
    2. Superbe
    3. Seal
    4. Watershipdown
    5. Etacarinae
    6. E.V.A.
    7. Galaxy Glacier
    8. Love Me Love Me.


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