You start to think “What gives?” with an album title like “Ammil”. Seemingly chemical related, this Ishmael Cormack debut on the wine-bottle-uncorking Krysalisound pacifier is a sheer calming, “drink it all in” ladle for the Spring season that is following us in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak…
Yes, this album is ‘calm’. But the electro-acoustic drones are just something else. It recalls Paul Ferrini’s poetry, and where he says “you have to break through to where the pain is”, as if some encapsulation of wonder and release. And where the opener is light and plaintive, the second track “Bending Snow” intensifies the slushy grip of macro-movement in the soluble harmonic shifts that generate and regenerate on the entirety of the piece.
There is a great deal of “pure space” in this record, as if the mind has been filter-jug weaned several times of a liminal hymn, some kind of strange virus we call life. Of course waxing about poison is like dancing about architecture to the journalistic vanguard, at least what most on the base level think of as “good artwork” or “understandable messages”. And Cormack with this music paints that idea very clear in the listener’s head.
It sounds like he has found time to unclutter his brain of the troubles of anyone’s past and just, not to coin a phrase, rest in the peace of the present. With people dying all the time and a generalized castration weirdness of the media in recent times, where technology overtakes humanity, and racism is really xenophobia and bigotry, the openness and gentility of this sound map is an easy and inviting one to follow. It’s also a perfect starting point for the label itself, and at name your price on Bandcamp for a download it is well worth checking out.
[Krysalisound] Mettersi in ascolto ed interagire coi suoni dell’ambiente per costruire un universo risonante in cui interno ed esterno si fondono cancellando la soglia che li divide. Sottende un approccio interessante il lavoro di debutto di Andrea Laudante, un affascinante impulso a coniugare il gesto compositivo al riverbero casuale del mondo circostante. È un costante […]
KrysaliSound is delighted to present the Somerset-based artist Ishmael Cormack and his debut album Ammil. When I found his music on Soundcloud I was astonished to listen to his gentle and delicate notes. The inner seed of music is something rare to find nowadays, I think we are loosing the right purpose and the purity of this art is becoming every day more dirty. Superstructures are ruining our lifes, we need to change and enjoy again in the simplicity of little things. Ishamael Cormack comes from a little town like me and his humble simplicity captured me from the first time, this is an imprinting that I hope will never disappear from his soul. Ammil is an amazing album and the result of his beautiful personality, maybe the best work I have ever published in the label!
Ammil started as a series of improvised sketches experimenting on the use of polyrhythms. Deconstructed and recaptured within a 13th-century church. The sketches focused on the use of a modest selection of instruments, electronics and found sounds. The catalyst of the project was a journey into the paradoxical nature of the natural world. Natures complex systems give rise to our perception of simplicity & beauty. Ammil attempts to mimic this understanding by creating complex rhythm that give birth to subtle melody.
ANDREA LAUDANTE – Banat Banat Ban Jai (KrysaliSound, 2020) La formazione classica di Andrea Laudante e la sua presentazione come pianista costituiscono premessa soltanto parziale del suo primo lavoro solista sulla lunga distanza. “Banat Banat Ban Jai” non è infatti l’ennesima prova di minimalismo pianistico contornato da field recordings o effetti elettronici; nonostante la sostanziale […]
Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset. His work focuses on gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics. His use of electro-acoustics creates a delicate atmosphere, immersing the listener in a web of sound that subtly shifts and scatters. He uses tape loops and polyrhythms to create a sound which reflects the cyclical nature of the natural world in the constraints of man-devised time
Here we have a collection of different sounding releases collected in the one place for the discerning listener. “Andrea Laudante is a young pianist with an experimental soul that I’m sure will have a bright future. “Banat Banat Ban Jai” is a spiritual mind journey in which piano talks with silence and noise creating a […]
It’s a pleasure for Krysalisound to begin the new year with a new Italian debut album. Andrea Laudante is a young pianist with an experimental soul that I’m sure will have a bright future. Banat banat ban jai is a spiritual mind journey in which piano talks with silence and noise creating a sensational album that I hope you will love as much as I did!
Banat banat ban jai is a diary of a journey through sound and listening, as a form of meditation. Listening carefully to every kind of sounds in different places and with several methods gave me a new perception of the world around and inside me. In this work these two worlds melt into each other and became become one. The only subject is sound and its origin, in all its forms. The focus of the research is looking for a common ground between concrete and instrumental music. There is no difference between the sound that comes from a guitar and the sound that comes from wind blowing trough leaves, if we know how to listen.
Andrea Laudante is an Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist. His works are mostly influenced by relationships between instrumental and electroacoustic sounds and concepts of Oriental philosophies. Alongside his solo activity he has collaborated and currently works wit other artists like: OEOAS (orchestra elettroacustica officina arti sonica), Barriera, Aedact, Donato Cutolo, Daniele Sepe and others. With his side project degoya (with Francesco di Cristofaro and Gabriele Tinto) is working on their first album “fragmenta” that will be out in 2020. After “3 mandala” in 2016 (three pieces for piano solo), his first official solo album is “Banat banat ban jai”. He is currently studying composition and electroacoustic music.
BANAT BANAT BAN JAI, Available in Digital and CD format from January 11, 2020
I’m very happy to close the year with a little gift for you called Ukiyo. Part of the songs you are approaching to listen to were thought for a collaborative album but after a long, struggling and unconvincing work I decided to abandon that project and to rework my tracks from a different point of view. I started from the fulcrum and then all the shapes cames out and suddenly the album became a dreaming soundtrack for lunar imaginary. “Floating world” is the translation of the Japanese word “Ukiyo”, un unexpected album that I’m pleased to share with you in free download, a little gesture for thanking you for all the support you did this year… I wish you an amazing 2020, full of serenity, balance and awareness…
With the year and decade coming to an end, I rush with a flurry of blog posts. Shorter than most I normally do, there will hopefully be 22! done before the year is over , nicely tying up everything and clearing the decks before next years releases (which has already got close to double digits). […]