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June 25th, 2015

Lorenzo Feliciati’s KOI now available in all formats!

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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.”

Enjoy!

June 25th, 2015

Metallic Taste Of Blood’s Doctoring The Dead now available in all Formats!

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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.”

Enjoy!

February 23rd, 2015

2015 gets going! Spin Marvel’s Infolding released today!

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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.

November 1st, 2011

Out Nov 28th 2011 : Winter Garden by Bernocchi, Budd and Guthrie

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Nov 28th will also see the release of the long awaited “Winter Garden” by Eraldo Bernocchi, Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie on RareNoiseRecords

Winter Garden is the first “simultaneous” collaboration between renowned Italian musician and producer Eraldo Bernocchi, ambient pianist and musical icon Harold Budd and producer/guitarist Robin Guthrie, founder of Cocteau Twins and Violet Indiana.

 

We  say “simultaneous”, for Eraldo Bernocchi had previously produced, arranged and played on “Fragments From The Inside” (released by SubRosa) with Harold Budd, while the collaboration between Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie started in the 80s (Lovely Thunder, The Moon and The Melodies, The White Arcades) and became a quasi-partnership since 2005 (see for example the soundtrack for the film Mysterious Skin by Araki, the dyptich “Before The Night Falls/After The Day Breaks” and more recently “Bordeaux”, all released on Darla Records).

Listen to “Entangled”

 

Recorded in Tuscany in 2010, produced in Tuscany and in the south of France in 2011, Winter Garden aligns itself with the aforementioned recent releases by Budd and Guthrie, awash with Budd’s minimal piano and Guthrie’s guitar drones, only to differentiate itself through a more marked yet very elegant use of electronics by Eraldo Bernocchi and being punctuated by a soft, minimal bass pulse.

Listen to “Stay With Me” and focus on all music after 3:30

 

DISTRIBUTION:

 

Direct:

WINTER GARDEN will be available from November 28th from the RareNoiseStore (www.rarenoisestore.com) for worldwide shipping as CD DIGIPACK only

Downloads will be handled by Soleil Apres Minuit (and their digital aggregators) who will carry some of the RareNoiseRecords physical stock

Indirect:

UK/EU distributor : CargoRecords (please contact darren@cargorecords.co.uk for stock enquiries in UK and EUROPE)

US distributor : Darla Records (please contact james@darla.com for stock enquiries in US).

If you wish to stock for JAPAN,  and are a distributor contact giacomo@rarenoiserecords.com or darren@cargorecords.co.uk

To get Stock of WINTER GARDEN in Europe contact darren@cargorecords.co.uk.

To get Stock in the US contact james@darla.com

 

 

 

 

November 13th, 2008

RARENOISE RECORDS AND RARENOISE PRODUCTIONS

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RareNoise Records will directly release the projects which most closely represent the label’s identity, which is focused on dark electronica, dub, abstract jazz and jazz vibes, alternative and ambient electronica, but also rock acts possessing the required level of originality.
RareNoise Productions will focus on a more diverse and eclectic set of projects, internally produced but to be released by other labels. The palette will extend from Italian pop-rock acts to extreme metal.
It is always very difficult to choose between projects – because we love them all!!!

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