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The Drop Series is a collection of unreleased tracks that I will post, one by one, in my new soundcloud page.
I am curious to experiment this different approach so far from my usual process for making an album.
At the end of my last recording “Cycles” (scheduled for 2020) I realized that it will be difficult to make something better than this album. I also felt an inner desire to change my perception about music.
Nowadays it is very easy to record an album, but are they always necessary? About this question I answered that it’s probably better to take a breath, reboot myself, experiment with music like a kid and then, only when it will be the right moment, I’ll be ready to record a new full-length. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these little drops of recordings made with love…
I riconoscimenti degli ultimi anni dell’artista danese Paw Grabowski, in particolare il recente “Nattesne”, stanno portando alla riscoperta dei suoi primi lavori, tra cui spicca la meritoria ristampa (anche in vinile) del suo esordio del 2007 “There Is A Flaw In My Iris”. Lavoro giovanile ma già maturo e consapevole, pone il musicista danese al limite del cantautorato minimale, con voce sussurrata e arpeggi di chitarra tanto flebili da sfiorare l’inconsistenza, ma allo stesso tempo portatori di un linguaggio tanto potente da affascinare musicisti di diversa estrazione, provenienti da ogni parte del mondo (solo per citarne alcuni, la Siberia di Foresteppe, il Giappone di Asuna o di Ykymr, la Germania di Jan Grünfeld, gli Stati Uniti di Peter Broderick o di Daniel K. Böhm fino all’Italia di Safir Nòu).
Lunghi bordoni di chitarra fungono da ninna nanna, con una voce tra il parlato e il sussurro, dove gli unici elementi estranei sono appena accennate sovraincisioni ambientali al servizio di questa estetica malinconica. La musica di Ojerum è fin dai suoi esordi antistorica, lontanissima dai tempi dell’ascolto compulsivo o della corsa frettolosa verso il nulla della contemporaneità. Le parole diventano incomprensibili, simili al concetto di incomunicabilità odierna già descritto magnificamente da Matt Elliott in “Drinking Songs”. Quando invece sono comprensibili, si limitano a mero sillabare infantile (“Matka”), come a sottolineare l’inutilità di nuove parole nel mare delle opinioni fallaci, tutte egualmente lontane dalla verità, tipico della nostra società.
La strada di Grabowski è ancora una volta la ricerca di se stessi nel silenzio e nella quiete. Tra gli otto brani spiccano i sette minuti di “Pristine” o gli arpeggi ripetuti di “Mist” e “Tonerum”, punti di partenza per quella che diventerà negli anni la poetica fragile e coraggiosa del progetto Ojerum.
Gri / Scodellaro/ Javits – B/ue.
By Francis M. Gri
Album link: https://krysalisound.bandcamp.com/album/b-ue
For many years, June 8 is the World Ocean Day, a day dedicated to honoring, protecting and safeguarding the seas of our planet, which are now increasingly intoxicated by pollution and plastic. A celebration that should never reflect as it is now.
KrysaliSound has always been attentive to these issues trying to minimize the use of plastic and producing packaging made of recycled paper or FSC certified paper.
B/ue is a collective project dedicated to this day with the aim of sensitizing man to have more respect for a planet that despite our violence gives us every day everything we need to live. We have long since crossed the thin line that separated us from being civilized people, now overwhelmed by greed and selfishness. It would be enough to take a step back, to understand that we are not special and that there is a connection between us and nature … the Earth is our home and without it we would not exist.
The following collaborated on this project:
MUSIC Francis M. Gri
ARTWORK Andrea Scodellaro
VIDEO Alisa Javits
ALBUM LINK: Bandcamp
øjeRum “There Is A Flaw In My Iris” is now available in store in digital format and vinyl.
The lucky collaboration with the amazing Danish artist continues and KrysaliSound is proud to end the reissue series with his very first release.
Some artists need time and a lot of work before finding a musical path, the perfect conjunction between soul and maturity is often hard to reach. I think ojeRum was born with this special feature and this was highly perceptible listening to his debut album. All of the music we know by him is just a natural consequence of this seed of art. “There is a Flaw in my Iris” will be available in vinyl format and in a new digital mastering.
Il duo italo-americano dei Tropic Of Coldness, formatosi nel 2011 a Bruxelles, giunge nel 2019 al suo sesto album, confermandosi come punto di riferimento tra i progetti di soundscape ambientali più dilatati e meditativi. “Maps Of Reason” si pone nel solco degli album precedenti come un ambient senza scossoni, bensì fluido e rassicurante con loop e note di chitarra che si susseguono senza ansie o inquietudini.
Non c’è timore, nella musica dei Tropic Of Coldness, ma solo ricerca di pace ed equilibrio, di spazi infiniti, di ipnosi meditativa e sogno, mai di incubo. L’obiettivo è quello di creare una musica per l’anima, un’anima in armonioso equilibrio col tutto. I riverberi di chitarra, i loop, i synth e le sovrapposizioni sono alla base della creatività del duo, che coniuga acustica e elettronica in modo meno cupo di album come “Unrelated Casualities” (2013).
La chitarra finale della title track (11 minuti), le saturazioni ipereteree di “The Loss Of Empathy” alternate a venti simili a canti lontani, gli equilibri statici di “The Beauty And The Meaning”, con nuovo finale di chitarra, e il field record delle onde marine di “Diving For Pearls” (il brano meno rassicurante) sono i momenti migliori di un Lp che conferma le doti dei Tropic Of Couldness, fedeli e rispettosi dei canoni dell’ambient più etereo.
Most Ambient of the present minute is precluded on one map of reason that relates to the ontology of the self. What does that mean Age, demographic, production time, together time, creation processes, and infinite gestures from a finite Drone void, in other words – a “map of reason”. But that’s just one map of reason, and a complex map. How do we make the map further simplified? The answer would seem to lie in the relationship each individual has with the specific music, the map in question, to use appropriate metaphor. This is what Tropic Of Coldness invite us to do here.
First of all, the vinyl artwork is sublime; a sort of intersexual build of male / ectomorph female vulnerability sitting in an upright, almost foetal pose. This calls to mind the labyrinths of the mind ToC are so good at swimming through with their hazy Robin Guthrie-esque guitars and swathes of delays and feedback trails. And that would seem their own ontology, a “reason for a map”, if you will. I am not inclined to read what their idea of a map here is about; I would rather the music dictate to me a perception, because music foretells so much more than words ever can. That said, there is a backstory behind this record, like most records. And at any extent, it sounds incredibly well produced. Just take “The Beauty And The Meaning”, track one, an achingly beautiful navel-gaze into an ever-circling storm in a tea cup.
Meanwhile, “Maps Of Reason” further in (but only track two) is a return to the form “Demography Of Data” left us with as a whole LP. Navel gazing is at once centred as it is permeate; looking around while listening to sounds similar to this creates a huge, mundane anti-nausea. The mundanity of it is to compliment it in my case – my meaning of mundane is “functional, precise” and not the other way round. Not boring. Not half-finished. This stuff is brilliantly formed and well-edited, like a densely packed novel that could do with some fleshing out to embrace the moments – and the navel gazing – as deeply as the navel will allow.
Talking a titter, when one (an Ambient producer, or whatnot) goes beyond the functional, music becomes artsy, opaque and like it is intended to needing adjustment to, to be naturally awkward. The “Art/alternative” style sections in record stores, however appreciated they are, are the opposite of what I look for in records, and the opposite of what ToC offer. ToC offer great music – just like on “The Loss Of Empathy”. And they do not need any labels to say “screw you mainstream, like me or lump me”.
It’s never been about that for mature musicians. Of course, when you’re a teen, just starting out, it’s the kind of thing you do, you have a chip on your shoulder, and a frown as big as a boulder. Ambient for me never needed to do that – if you want to frown, go to noise parties or Skrillex brostep nights. Tropic Of Coldness, like Rameses III before them, do not like to play for too long in one go. It could actually be wagered it’s because music like this is so affecting, at times sad, but in true meaning deep and not weird at all, just deep. It’s perfect music for a lazy evening bath.
Closing piece “Diving For Pearls” to me understates the real meaning behind this album, the entirety is a large pearl of wisdom, never caught inside the clam, left to roll out on the ocean floor and find new hydrated horizons eventually, washed up on a shore. But far from being musically washed up, this is essentially the breakthrough record for Tropic Of Coldness, and they could not have chosen a better label to release this on than KrysaliSound. It’s the sound of it, just the sound of it. The music, the label, is the map, the reason. When you have true reason to do anything, that’s when you feel like you’ve achieved something.