Lorenzo Feliciati‘s new oeuvre, KOI, is now available across the web and in the real world as CD Digipack, Single Vinyl (180gms) and multiple download formats.
from the press release:
“A concept album based on the life of the renowned river carp fish, Koi features former Japan drummer Steve Jansen and current King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto along with pianist Alessandro Gwis, trumpeter Angelo Olivieri, saxophonist Nicola Alesini and a horn section consisting of trombonist Stan Adams, bass trombonist Pierluigi Bastioli and baritone saxophonist Duilio Ingrosso. A suite-like offering that intersperses mesmerizing ambient interludes with full-blown prog-rock type anthems, Koi brilliantly showcases Feliciati’s composerly vision while highlighting his considerable chops on fretted and fretless electric basses.
Traditional Chinese folktales tell the story of Koi fish that swam up the Yellow River, and though taunted by demons, would not relent in their quest to jump over waterfalls; the gods noticed and celebrated their perseverance and endurance by transforming them into golden dragons, a symbol of strength and power. The Japanese recognized these fish not just for their beauty but for their ability to induce otherworldly states of perception in the observer. These altered states of perception ultimately lead to the attraction of high energy, which manifests itself in the form of prosperity of all kinds in our lives.
The musical journey of Koi begins with the spacious, echo-laden piano soundscape “Kohaku” and is followed by the hard-hitting “New House,” a Feliciati composition with Steve Jansen on drums and Alessandro Gwis on keyboards, that is brimming with kinetic momentum and based on a repetitive riff augmented by punchy horns. Lorenzo’s fretless bass melody is doubled here by muted trumpet while baritone sax deepens the groove. The icy and hypnotic interlude “Kumonryu” is followed by the moody, slow-grooving requiem “Oxbow.”
Following another ambient interlude, “Black Kumonryu” Feliciati is reunited with his Naked Truth band mate Mastelotto, who provides the rhythmic pulse on “Noir Alley Verdigris“, a potent number which falls somewhere between King Crimson and Weather Report.”Ogon” provides a breath before Feliciati and crew launch into the dynamic, odd-metered “Narada“, featuring a strong 7/8 groove by Jansen, nearly a dance beat, where distorted bass and horn section mesh to unison.
Feliciati turns in his most expressive fretless playing on “Margata“, a homage to Jaco Pastorius; following another mesmerizing interlude in “Kuchibeni,” Feliciati unleashes his fuzz bass chops on the powerhouse “Fish Bowl“, which incorporates trombones and bass in a low-end unison motif before yielding to a throbbing vamp. This piece originally started as a Frank Zappa-influenced bass/horn section unison riff, but morphed during the final arrangement into something quite different altogether – Feliciati’s bass line moving around Steve Jansen’s drums and electronics giving the impression that it is Jansen moving around Feliciati.
The collection closes with the title track “Koi“, which travels from minimalist intro to cinematic crescendo – the Koi has now become a Golden Dragon.”
Metallic Taste of Blood‘s Doctoring The Dead is now available as CD Digipack, Single Vinyl 180gms and multiple download formats, both in the real world and across the web!
from the press release:
“Metallic Taste Of Blood, the instrumental math-rock/outer rock unit lead by Italian guitarist and soundsculptor Eraldo Bernocchi and Australian bassist Colin Edwin is back with a vengeance, joined now by legendary drummer Ted Parsons, whose earlier ventures included Swans, Prong, Buckethead, Godflesh and Killing Joke, and British keyboard player extraordinaire Roy Powell, whose recent work includes Mumpbeak, InterStatic and Naked Truth.
The vigor and inventiveness which characterized Metallic Taste Of Blood’s first release still sits center stage, a natural outflow of the band founder members’ very wide palette of musical experiences/collaborations and individual talents, spanning an incredibly rich vocabulary which extends from ambient and electronica, to progressive rock and avant-jazz, to noise and industrial electronics, all firmly anchored by the deep and precise dub beats laid out by Ted Parsons, sparkled, on select tracks, by the surprising keyboard inventions of Powell.
This variety of influences and musical idioms manifests itself in a very specific kind of sound, one that is now characteristic of the band, one which is predicated and thrives on the very notion and practice of the contraposition of opposites. The music of Metallic Taste Of Blood is both incredibly brutal and delicate, distorted, but incredibly clear, boiling hot and yet suddenly very cool, sweet yet suddenly brackish, that very peculiar unity in contradiction to which the band’s own name refers to.
Doctoring The Dead, recorded in Prague at Faust Studios, mixed in Italy and mastered in the US by Mike Fossenkemper, though moves ahead towards new territory by bringing in a new, focused single-mindedness; witness to this are the album’s eight tracks, starting with “Ipsissimus, ” where an deep dub rhythm section supports the entangled duel of baritone electric guitar and synth, to “Pashupati, ” whose guitar lines dance between extreme cleanliness and growling distortion, to the cosmic Ambient Bass inflections of “Synthetic Tongue, ” to the calming riff and distorted electronica of the title track, to Blind Voyeur‘s beyond-post-rock grandeur, the dark ambient glitch of “Day of Bones, ” and further down to “Murder Burger” and beyond, towards the closing “Death Of Pan.”
Out of contrast perfect balance is reached, when distorted guitars sound clean and soothing, while cascades of piano notes suddenly morph into threatening shards – listening to this will lift you into a state not unlike that of cognitive dissonance, one of deep, uncomfortable enjoyment.”
The uncompromising RAOUL by The Spanish Donkey (a.k.a. Joe Morris on electric guitar, Jamie Saft on Hammond and Korg organs, Minimoog and Echoplex piano, and Mike Pride on drums is finally available to buy immediately as Double Vinyl (2x180gms) (as well as CD Digipack and multiple download formats).
from the press release:
“The sound of Joe Morris’ electric guitar, with distortion pedal set on stun and wah-wah pedal fully engaged, colliding with Jamie Saft’s droning, microtonal organ and Mike Pride’s thunderous free drumming approach to the kit creates a mind-numbing maelstrom on The Spanish Donkey’s RAOUL, the improvising trio’s debut on RareNoise records. A follow-up to XYX, their 2011 released on Northern Spy Records, the album consists of three throbbing tracks — the brutal 32-minute title track RAOUL, the 22-minute Behavioral Sink and 16-minute Echoplex piano feature Dragon Fly Jones
that showcase The Spanish Donkey’s remarkable group-think as well as the individual player’s uncanny intuition on their respective instruments. More intensely cathartic, startlingly original and compelling than anything you’ve ever heard — think of it as the child of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music — RAOUL stands as a hellacious manifesto by one of the most formidable improvising trios around today.”
Get Your Punishment as CD here, as Double Vinyl here, as COMBO (CD + LP) here, as 24bit/96kHz .flac DL here, as standard .flac DL here, as .mp3 DL here.
Cuts Of Guilt, Cuts Deeper, the new magnum opus by Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi, here with Thurston Moore on guitar, is finally available to buy in all formats, including Double Vinyl (2x180gms).
From the press release:
“How did renowned Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi follow up their majorly intense statement made on their tumultuous debut album, Cuts, which was released in 2013? By adding another ingredient to the volatile mix, in the person of skronking guitar hero and Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore things are taken up a notch or two on the Richter scale on their RareNoiseRecords follow-up recording. With Gustafsson’s roaring baritone sax blending with Moore’s shriekback guitar, Pandi’s intensely throbbing beats and Merzbow’s subversive white noise barrages, it all adds up to a sonic pummeling of epic proportions on the remarkable two CD-set/two LP-set, Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper.
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our 2015 release schedule is now in full flow with the release of Free Nelson Mandoomjazz new full length album, Awakening of a Capital, available as Single Vinyl (180gms) as CD Digipack (4 Panel), Combo (Single Vinyl + CD Digipack) and several downloadable formats (.mp3, 16bit/44.1kHz .flac, 24bit/96kHz Studio Master .flac).
Discovered by Eraldo Bernocchi, Free Nelson MandoomJazz (Rebecca Sneddon on Saxophone, Colin Stewart on Bass and Paul Archibald on Drums) entered Gorbals Sound Studios in Glasgow early Autumn 2013 to both re-record their original compositions (three from their self-produced debut EP “The Shape Of DoomJazz To Come” and four from their also self-produced follow-up EP “Saxophone Giganticus”) and to record Awakening Of A Capital, the new full length Album whose title refers back to Luigi Russolo’s 1913 experiments in musique concrète.
Over three intense days they recorded 15 magnificent tracks, which were then subjected to the magic touch of Italian soundsculptor Eraldo Bernocchi, who edited and mixed the material.
Awakening Of A Capital picks up where the first double EP left – finding the sweet point were the power of doom meets the free voicings of Albert Ayler, where Sunn O)))) Meets Sun Ra.
2015 is now in full flow, and so are our releases!
They kick off with Spin Marvel’s new Infolding, which is now available as Double Vinyl (2 x 180gms), as CD Digipack (4 Panel), Combo (Double Vinyl + CD Digipack) and several downloadable formats (.mp3, 16bit/44.1kHz .flac, 24bit/96kHz Studio Master .flac)
Spin Marvel is the brainchild of drummer Martin France and is joined by an all-star crew of celebrated Norwegian trumpeter and electronic music pioneer Nils Petter Molvaer, bassist Tim Harries (formerly of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks) and Norwegian electronic percussionist/soundscape designer Terje Evensen and remix maestro Emre Ramazanoglu. Together they create spacious and dramatic soundscapes of profound intensity on the startlingly original Infolding, blending aspects of free jazz, ambient music and electronica in provocative ways.
From the serene to the unsettling, this latest Spin Marvel project morphs into a myriad of moods and melodies over the course of six dynamic tracks. “Canonical” opens with an airy ambient touch before exploding into free jazz tumult paced by Harries’ throbbing fuzz bass and France’s powerful traversing of the kit, with Molvaer’s highly processed cathartic wail layered over the top. “Tuesday’s Blues” opens with spacious trumpet before gradually evolving into an in-the-moment adventure anchored by Harries’ hellacious fuzz bass and France’s interactive, Elvin Jones-inspired swing beat. “Two Hill Town” has Molvaer creating half-time trumpet melodies that float dreamily over France’s simmering pulse before the proceedings heat up to a turbulent boil. “Leap Second” makes dramatic use of silence and echo, with Molvaer’s haunting trumpet tones resounding over France’s subtle brushwork before the piece builds to an intense crescendo. The 16-minute “Same Hand Swiss Double Pug” opens as a kind of ambient bolero before France bursts into a Buddy Rich styled flurry on the snare drum midway thru, triggering a change in mood that culminates in a freewheeling collective improv. And the collection closes on a haunting and kinetic note with the echo-laden “Minus Two,” Emre’s lone drumming showcase.
France, a veteran drummer on the U.K. jazz scene who played in the cooperative group First House and the big band Loose Tubes during the ‘80s and later worked with Iain Bellamy and Django Bates in the ‘90s, has performed and recorded with some of the world’s great musicians including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Arild Andersen, Ralph Towner and Marc Johnson. Currently a Professor of Jazz (Drums/Percussion) at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he applies his considerable skills and musical touch to the kit in the more open-ended environment of his Spin Marvel projects. “The use of openness and space is a very important part of what we do,” he says. “And creating something from this place allows the musician to feel free and uninhibited and move it in a direction they want to express. I have known Nils for many years and was always hoping that an opportunity would arise to somehow get him involved with Spin Marvel”. Nils commented, “To play with such wonderful gifted and open minded musicians was a true pleasure”.
Emre, a ubiquitous London session drummer and in-demand producer-programmer-engineer-remix artist, brings a visionary vibe to this latest project. “Infolding was my first time working with Spin Marvel,” he says. “I was a huge fan of the earlier records and was hugely excited to get involved. It’s a very honest record despite the heavy processing. It’s all live takes with no edits or overdubs.
Infolding began as a single day of live recording with France, Molvaer, Harries and Evensen before Emre came onboard. “It was recorded live in a four hour session for the BBC,” explains France. “Sometime after the recording I sat and listened to the takes and selected the performances to form a programme to fit the BBC R3 running time. We were all very happy with the session and how the music was sounding so I forwarded the master files to producer Emre Ramazanoglu, who then worked with the music and produced it for us.
“Martin asked if I would be interested in trying to take the sound on from where it had got to at the end of this session,” says Emre. “We didn’t really plan this next stage at all but it was understood that we both wanted to keep the unedited live takes and bring out the intensity of the performance as much as possible. I spent a few hours with Martin and Tim on the first mix to check that they were into the approach I was taking and then I mixed the rest myself, trying to establish a coherent atmosphere for the record whilst letting the music and performances lead the way.”
Emre explains his modus operandi on Infolding: “I tend to mold my mixing style to the project at hand and on this one I just was led to that kind of dramatic, spacey sound by immersing myself in the mix and creating as much of a performance there as I could. I mixed these tracks really quite intensely and stuck with my first reaction and the decisions that I made from it. I intensively used convolution processing to get different instruments modulating each other and a lot of interactive compression and effect processing to shape the individual voices into larger, dense blocks of sound in which the boundaries between the instruments are blurred perhaps.
A dynamic and inventive collaboration between potent musical forces, Infolding breaks all the rules while leading the way for new possibilities in music-making.]]>
January 2015 is nearly behind us, let us take one last look at our Leap Of Faith promotion, simultaneously casting a glance onto our release schedule for 2015.
Leap Of Faith gives all friends of RareNoise the opportunity to pre-order all of our 2015 releases in CD, Vinyl or Combo formats whilst benefitting from Free Shipping across the whole year. Releases will be sent to subscribers in 7-9 batches (more details below), thus Free Shipping equates roughly to a15% Discount for UK Customers, 30% Discount for European (ex-UK) customers 40% Discount for Worldwide ex-Europe Customers
Leap Of Faith is available in three formats:CD (10 CD + free .mp3) – for £89.99 LP (180 gms Vinyl) (6 Single Vinyls and 4 Double Vinyls + free .mp3) for £149.99 COMBO (10 CD + 10 Vinyl + free .flac + free .mp3) for £214.99
The ten releases of 2015 are:1. Spin Marvel – Infolding (Martin France, Nils Petter Molvaer, Tim Harries, Terje Evensen) 2. Free Nelson MandoomJazz – Awakening Of A Capital (Rebecca Sneddon, Colin Stewart, Paul Archibald) 3. Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Thurston Moore, Balazs Pandi – Cuts Deeper, Cuts Of Guilt 4. Spanish Donkey (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride) 5. Lorenzo Feliciati – Koi (with Steve Jansen and Alessandro Gwis) 6. Metallic Taste Of Blood II (Eraldo Bernocchi, Colin Edwin, Roy Powell, Ted Parsons) 7. David Fiuczynski’s Planet MicroJam – FLAM! (with Rudresh Mahanthappa) 8. Naked Truth III (Graham Haynes, Lorenzo Feliciati, Roy Powell, Pat Mastelotto) 9. Slobber Pup II (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi) 10. Animation – Machine Language (Bob Belden, Bill Laswell, Pete Clagett, Roberto Verastegui, Matt Young)
Prelisten to nine tracks below (beware that tracks 5-9 are either final or rough mixes, and that no tracks from Slobber Pup II is currently available for prelistening).
For more information about shipment frequency across the year (by format category) see the Leap Of Faith promotion page
The Leap Of Faith Promotion will finish in 3 days – hurry up if you are interested]]>
2015 is the Year Of The Goat – will it also be the Greatest Of All Time? We let you decide
CU//TS – Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Thurston Moore / Balazs Pandi
SPIN MARVEL (Martin France w. Nils Petter Molvaer)
JÜ and Kjetil Møster
FREQUENT FLYER II (Lorenzo Feliciati feat. Steve Jansen)
METALLIC TASTE OF BLOOD (New w. Ted Parsons)
SPANISH DONKEY (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride)
FREE NELSON MANDOOMJAZZ – The Awakening of The City
DAVID FIUCZYNSKI’S PLANET MICROJAM – Flam! (w. Rudresh Mahanthappa
NAKED TRUTH (NEW)
SLOBBER PUP (New w. Mats Gustafsson)]]>
We are very happy to announce immediate availability of a number of products: The New Standard Double LP (RNR041LP)
as well as InterStatic – “Arise” CD Digipack (RNR043)
and Indigo Mist’s “That The Days Go By And Never Come Again” CD Digipack (RNR042)
To view and order the products, click on the links.
We are proud to remind you that Chat Noir, the Italian avant piano trio of Michele Cavallari, Luca Fogagnolo and Giuliano Ferrari will be playing at Gezmataz Genoa Jazz Festival on July 24th 2014 from 930pm. As in the case of previous years, Chat Noir will be performing during the RareNoiseRecords curated night.
The evening will be free.
To remind yourself of Chat Noir, here are some videos and audio samples: