The world is a blur especially the musical one. Releases come at a rapid rate that not all can be processed in time for their release dates. As I try to balance the older and newer releases, here are some released in February which I cast a brief look over. “Ammil” started as […]The Catch Up. — Drifting, Almost Falling.
I am pleased to invite you on Sunday, May 3, at 9 p.m. to the second KSND live streaming.
We will go to the house of Pawel Pruski, an amazing musician from Poland, who will delight us with his electronic ambient touch…don’t miss it!
Sono lieto di invitarvi domenica 3 Maggio alle ore 21 al secondo KSND live streaming.
Andremo a casa di Pawel Pruski, musicista polacco, che ci delizierà con il suo tocco ambient elettronico…non perdetevelo!
Day: 03.05.2020 – Hour: 9 p.m. (Italian time zone)
Polish music producer, electronic music artist. Also known as Minoo. He has released four albums so far. Known for his works recorded for Asfalt Records, Mad-Hop Records and Post Label. Actively involved in the creation and promotion of electronic music since 2007. Appeared live at Freeform Festival, Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival, WRO Festival and many more. He performed, among others, in China, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Russia, the Czech Republic and Belgium. He participated in the CHOP project aimed at promoting Polish experimental music in China. The result of this cooperation was the album Improvision (WePlay! Records) created with the Chinese artist Sin:Ned. When creating music under his own name Paweł Pruski focuses on the more experimental variants of electronic music. The purpose of this new beginning is to separate the existing projects from the new one, rooted in different aesthetic areas. He is on a search for sounds bordering on ambient, spacial dub, and electro-acoustic music. Sleeping Place is a debut album in that regard.
Having recently lost a close family member to Alzheimer’s related illnesses, I can partially sympathise and empathise with how Francis M. Gri, owner of Krysalisound label, feels with this neat new record. Boke means “Blur”, and is made to represent memory disorders and the time it takes for an image to do just that. Gri calls it “the memory illness” – it’s always dementia, Alzheimer’s or some such. Great novelist Terry Pratchett was taken from us by the latter; many its link.
On with the record itself, and this uses repetition as a narrative device. Give ’em a few rounds, then hit ’em with the boomerang. It catches us unawares. Succinctly peaceful, the album is so decent it dispenses with nom de plume’s such as “beautiful art” – I don’t want to wax insincerely about a delicate subject that has affected so many, and is being shown to put pay to Covid figures among others. What does one do when the memory is ready to pack up? Francis communicates the point well in some of my investigative email questions: “you transform in an empty box…we ARE memories it’s undeniable!”
It is like that – life is a blur, because the present is at best a memory, since memories are about dream or goal meeting, and fantasy becomes secondary. Memory loss is rife with grief, and that is presented emotionally on “Boke”. Especially that track, which closes the record. The music sounds like it comes from a very faraway place. A bit like Bvdub’s, and his recent record “Ten Times The World Lied” on Glacial Movements, of similar ilk. Directionally but not genre wise, the sombre feel of Massive Attack tracks with Tracey Thorn and the like. Those have a similar emotional trippy poignancy to them.
In its palette spectrum, much ground is covered, painting in cool blues, treading miles upon miles in a dead body’s shoes. That lifting of a classically trained surfeit, Francis working with many musicians over the years, now producing his own material most of all, has never sounded so comforting in my own rough time with with coming to terms. I can tell you now, “Boke” is destined to be a quiet memory in the back of your mind for years to come. It, like a blur, will wait for you.
LIVE STREAMING LINK HERE
Day: 28.03.2020 – Hour: 9 p.m. (Italian time zone)
Saturday 28 March at 9 pm I invite you to the first KrysaliSound live streaming in which I will present some fragments of my new album Boke.
It will be an opportunity to experience this alternative approach to live music with the hope of bringing in future a long list of ambient artists into your homes. Thanks for your time…
Sabato 28 marzo alle ore 21 vi invito al primo live streaming di KrysaliSound in cui presenterò alcuni frammenti del mio nuovo album Boke.
Sarà un’occasione per sperimentare questo approccio alternativo alla musica live con la speranza di portare in futuro nelle vostre case una lunga lista di artisti ambient.
Grazie in anticipo per il tempo che passerete con noi…
LIVE STREAMING LINK HERE
Day: 28.03.2020 – Hour: 9 p.m. (Italian time zone)
[KrysaliSound] Delicate stille di crepitante suono che ridisegnano i tratti della meraviglia della natura. È un inno alla semplicità che nasce dalla complessità il percorso che segna il debutto di Ishmael Cormack, una gentile escursione tra luminosi bozzetti armonici che riverberano in un vivido universo sospeso nel tempo. Catturate all’interno di un’antica chiesa del Somerset, […]Ishmael Cormack “Ammil” — SoWhat
In these days of lockdown I would like to make people travel with emotional ambient music. I will soon start a live streaming series which I hope will present many sound artists in different parts of the world. The first destination is Milan, I will be the beta test 🙂
More details soon, keep in touch!
Francis M. Gri “Boke” is now available in store in digital format and cd.
“Boke” is the Japanese word for saying blur and mental confusion.
In 2013 a person very close to me was diagnosed with what I call the memory disease.
Unfortunately in these long and struggling years I could see every step of this disorder.
So, I decided to record this album to find a sort of relief in my soul and to make people aware about this painful disease.
Each track is a degenerative phase of this malady that in 2020 has no cure and is becoming every day more widespread.
Our mind is a recorder that makes us react to the impulses of life. We are the sum of our days spent and without memories we go back to being a blank page.
Interruption of memory is a collision between our dreams and what we are….
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 […]Andrea Laudante “Banat banat ban jai” — SoWhat