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May 11th, 2015

Cuts Of Guilt, Cuts Deeper now available in all formats!

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Dear Friends,

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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.

Here a reminder of why you should offer yourself

Get your Double CD here, your Double LP here, your COMBO (LP+CD) here, your 24bit/96kHz .flac DL here, your standard .flac DL here, your .mp3 DL here.

Enjoy!

July 31st, 2014

2015 Is The Year Of The GOAT: The Greatest Of All Time?

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Dear Friends

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2015 is the Year Of The Goat – will it also be the Greatest Of All Time? We let you decide

February 

CU//TS  – Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Thurston Moore / Balazs Pandi

SPIN MARVEL (Martin France w. Nils Petter Molvaer)

March

JÜ and Kjetil Møster

FREQUENT FLYER II (Lorenzo Feliciati feat. Steve Jansen)

April/May

METALLIC TASTE OF BLOOD (New w. Ted Parsons)

SPANISH DONKEY (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride)

June/July

FREE NELSON MANDOOMJAZZ – The Awakening of The City

DAVID FIUCZYNSKI’S PLANET MICROJAM – Flam! (w. Rudresh Mahanthappa

September

NAKED TRUTH (NEW)

October

SLOBBER PUP (New w. Mats Gustafsson)

April 15th, 2014

Two Days Of Sonic Mayhem: Merzbow Gustafsson and Pandi in Studio and Live in London

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Dear Friends

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Merzbow (Masami Akita), Mats Gustasfsson and Balazs Pandi came to London on April 13th and April 14th to record a new chapter in the saga of CUTS with the participation of special guest Thurston Moore and to perform LIVE at the Oval Space.

Recording took place at Park Studios in Wembley

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After some setup in the Studio/Skating Park

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Things started to move up a gear

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3 Incredibly intense hours later all had to take a break photo7 photo8

Results were utterly spellbinding. The new “Cuts” release will see the light of the day very early 2015 on RareNoiseRecords.

The next day was at The Oval Space in Hackney (totally a playground for Gordon Freeman)

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was the day of the live. People were at work industriously from mid afternoon

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Incredible performance on the night by Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson and Balazs Pandi

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Then a well earned rest

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This is what they sounded on the night

Hope You Enjoyed!

 

 

February 16th, 2014

Through the looking glass: a peek at RareNoiseRecords releases for 2014

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Dear Friends

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2014 has started swiftly, and we would like to take the opportunity to offer you all a peek at the releases we have prepared for this year. This year’s release schedule will be very intense and will feature two releases per monthly cycle

End of February/Early March: 

We start with TWINSCAPES (RNR037 and RNR037LP) ,  an album imagined and moulded by Colin Edwin and Lorenzo Feliciati  after an impromptu gig in London in Spring 2013.  The two master bass-players called upon trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, saxophonist David Jackson of Van Der Graaf Generator, percussionist Andi Pupato of Ronin and Roberto Gualdi, drummer of Italian Prog Rock legends PFM. TWINSCAPES was mixed by none other than Bill Laswell in Orange Studios, NJ. Official release date for the album is March 7th.

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The album can now be ordered here NOW from the RareNoiseStore as CD Digipack, Single LP 180gms (shipping from around Feb 25th, e.g. a roughly week from release date), .mp3, .flac and 24bit/96Khz HD .flac digital. It will be available on Amazon, Itunes, Emusic, Spotify and all usual retailers (physical and digital) as well as shops ordering from our distributors (Cargo UK, Cargo Germany, Darla)

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Concurrently the double EP by Free Nelson Mandoomjazz is being released (The Shape Of DoomJazz to come / Saxophone Giganticus – RNR039 and RNR039LP). The three Scots, Rebecca Sneddon on alto sax, Colin Stewart on bass and Paul Archibald on drums were discovered by Eraldo Bernocchi mid 2013 – once signed they headed over to Gorbal Studios in Glasgow in September 2013 where they re-recorded their two first EPs and a new full length album (The Awakening of The City) due out in 2015. The Double EP and the next full length album were mixed by Eraldo Bernocchi. Official release date for the album is March 7th

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The album can now be ordered here NOW from the RareNoiseStore as CD Digipack, Single LP 180gms (shipping from around Feb 25th, e.g roughly a week from release date), .mp3, .flac and 24bit/96Khz HD .flac digital. It will be available on Amazon, Itunes, Emusic, Spotify and all usual retailers (physical and digital) as well as shops ordering from our distributors (Cargo UK, Cargo Germany, Darla).

End Of March /Early April:

The second release cycle will see two magnificent recordings being concurrently released, both with an official release date of April 7th (pre-orders will start March 4th)

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We will start with ELEC3CITIES (RNR038 and RNR038LP), the new album by Italian piano trio CHAT NOIR (Michele Cavallari on piano, multiple keyboards, analog synthesizers and effects, Luca Fogagnolo on electric bass, upright bass, guitars and effects and Giuliano Ferrari on drums and effects).

By organically and masterfully blending elements of Electronica, both Ambient and Concrete Music with structures arising out of chamber music and jazz, this innovative has come up with a wholly unique sound on Elec3Cities that may establish a daring new direction for the format.The delicate balance of electronic experimentalism and acoustic piano jazz has been evolving gradually from the group’s initial release in 2006, Adoration, and continued on 2007’s Decoupage through 2008’s Difficult to See You and 2011’s acclaimed Weather Forecasting Stone. But the three Italian musicians take it to a wholly new level on Elec3Cities, their most overtly experimental outing to date and debut for the London-based RareNoise label.

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Pre-Orders of this album will go live on the RareNoiseStore from March 4th as CD Digipack, Single LP 180gms (shipping from around March 31st, e.g roughly a week from release date), .mp3, .flac and 24bit/96Khz HD .flac digital. It will be available on Amazon, Itunes, Emusic, Spotify and all usual retailers (physical and digital) as well as shops ordering from our distributors (Cargo UK, Cargo Germany, Darla).

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Concurrently RareNoise will be releasing PLYMOUTH , a three part improvised psychedelic suite  Jamie Saft (piano,organs), Joe Morris (guitars), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Chris Lightcap (electric bass), Mary Halvorson (guitars). Recorded  in Jamie Saft’s Potterville studios, this record presents itself as an entrancing, psychedelic organic voyage. It establishes psychedelia as one of the columns of contemporary free music, and is both mind blowing and incredibly subtle.

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Pre-Orders of this album will go live on the RareNoiseStore from March 4th as CD Digipack, Single LP 180gms (shipping from around March 31st, e.g roughly a week from release date), .mp3, .flac and 24bit/96Khz HD .flac digital. It will be available on Amazon, Itunes, Emusic, Spotify and all usual retailers (physical and digital) as well as shops ordering from our distributors (Cargo UK, Cargo Germany, Darla).

End Of April /Early May:

May 1st will see the release of THE NEW STANDARD (RNR041 and RNR041LP) an incredibly suave piano (and organ)  trio by Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte. More News soon 

Pre-Orders of this album will go live on the RareNoiseStore early April  as CD Digipack, Single LP 180gms (shipping from around March 31st, e.g roughly a week from release date), .mp3, .flac and 24bit/96Khz HD .flac digital. It will be available on Amazon, Itunes, Emusic, Spotify and all usual retailers (physical and digital) as well as shops ordering from our distributors (Cargo UK, Cargo Germany, Darla).

End of May /Early June

The two releases slated for late May/early June are:

a. INDIGO MIST (RNR043 and RNR043LP), a collaboration between the Cuong Vu Trio and electroacoustic composer Prof Richard Karpen. This is an incredible release – a study in the organic interaction of man and machine, musicians and patches. The result is a suite of incredible subtlety and smooth complexity, simultaneously a hymn to jazz canons of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and a nod to compositional structures of contemporary electroacoustic masters. More News soon

b. INTERSTATIC‘s new album “Arise“(RNR042 and RNR042LP). The trio of Roy Powell, Jacob Young and Jarle Vespestad have worked hard on a new incredible release to follow on the self-titled debut album (RNR026) released in 2012 on RareNoiseRecords. The result is masterful ROCK’N’ROLL album. More News soon

Pre-Orders of these album will go live on the RareNoiseStore early May  as CD Digipack, Single LP 180gms (shipping from around March 31st, e.g roughly a week from release date), .mp3, .flac and 24bit/96Khz HD .flac digital. It will be available on Amazon, Itunes, Emusic, Spotify and all usual retailers (physical and digital) as well as shops ordering from our distributors (Cargo UK, Cargo Germany, Darla).

End of September/Early October

September will see the release of

a. a quartet by WADADA LEO SMITH, JAMIE SAFT, JOE MORRIS and BALAZS PANDI (RNR044 and RNR044LP). We have listened to the first mixes and can vouch to the fact that it is magnificent. More News soon

b. the new OBAKE recording (RNR045 and RNR045LP)by Eraldo Bernocchi, Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Jason Köhnen and Balazs Pandi. Utterly breathtaking and terrifying abstract metal grindcore from the masters. More News soon

End of October 

Final release of the year will be MOLE’s new recording “RGB“(RNR046 and RNR046LP), follow up to “What’s The Meaning?” (RNR027) they released on RareNoiseRecords in 2012.  Mark Aanderud (piano) and Hernan Hecht (drums) are joined here by Stomu Takeishi on bass. SPELLBINDING More News soon

2015

2015 will be a year of further surprises. Currently on the books

a new SLOBBER PUP (after 2013’s “Black Aces“) but this time with Mats Gustafsson on horn,

a new Merzbow, Gustafsson Pandi with special guest Thurston Moore,

a new METALLIC TASTE OF BLOOD with Ted Parsons on drums,

a new FREQUENT FLYER (by Lorenzo Feliciati with Steve Jansen on drums),

a new PLANET MICROJAM (by David Fiuczynski) with Rudresh Mahanthappa

…. AND MORE MORE MORE! 

Kind regards to all, hope you are all as excited as we are after reading this.

January 15th, 2014

Recent RareNoiseNights: London and NY revisited

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Dear friends

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two events were recently hosted by RareNoiseRecords: November 20th 2013 we held a RareNoiseNight as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and on December 13th we held one at ShapeShifter Labs in Brooklyn, NYC. Both were well received by the press and public – here are two of the articles that have appeared since – we start with John Ephland’s  piece for downbeat :

A Forest of Sounds at ShapeShifter Lab’s RareNoise Night

 

It was a night of rare, wonderful music, with a gathering force that found people rocking in their chairs. On Dec. 13, the London-based record label RareNoise presented three acts at the increasingly hip, noteworthy ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn. The showcase included sets by tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman’s trio One; the quintet Plymouth featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson; and the improvising quartet Slobber Pup. But the evening’s fulcrum, its putative star, was Joe Morris—guitarist and bassist for all three sets.

Morris’ nimble bass playing helped kick off the driving force of One’s set, featuring the raving renegade Perelman and quixotic drummer Balázs Pándi, in an aggressive, sometimes venturing program of two improvised pieces.

Morris and Pándi returned for Slobber Pup’s closing set, which had more of a rock sensibility with the recurring pulse of the drums, acid-tinged guitar work, organist-keyboardist Jamie Saft’s deep grooves and soaring lines and Trevor Dunn’s foundational, funky and usually spare bass lines. Slobber Pup’s hefty sound was vital but more of an echo of the Plymouth set that preceded it.

During Plymouth’s performance, listeners got their first dose of the bearded, grey-headed Morris’ elastic picking and occasional strumming on guitar. Here, the quintet took the electricity of One’s opening set of free-ranging jazz to a new level with Saft’s multiple keyboards, the hollowbodied guitars of Halvorson and Morris, the fiery yet subtle drumming of Gerald Cleaver and rock-solid, spare musings of electric bassist Chris Lightcap.

Beginning with a dose of dreamy electric piano, Plymouth brought on a storm of floating, shimmering rubato. The playing centered around a gently implied beat. Halvorson’s guitar work started with deft, unobtrusive slide playing, which provided a contrast to Morris’ more dedicated single-note lines. Saft’s chimey chords directed the music into a loose-limbed rock cadence, while Morris’ hard-edged picking served as a drone. Halvorson replied with lush chordal phrases, while Saft’s scary-movie organ lines were a lattice for what became a two-note jam of squirrelly lines, repeated over and over.

Saft continued with dense thickets of sound combined with repeated loops and pedal effects from both guitarists. By this point, there was an audible heaving and sighing over a definite groove, menacing but also somehow innocent. The group improvisation could be heard as a collection of voices—five individuals foraging through a forest of sounds. ShapeShifter’s acoustics provided an optimum platform for an enhanced, sustained listening experience. The satisfied crowd luxuriated in the sounds created by these eloquent improvisers, Joe Morris chief among them.

John Ephland

and continue with Monika Demmler’s piece for Jazzwise:

God Knows Where I Am From: Berserk! + InterStatic Live at XOYO – EFG London Jazz Festival

 

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Within the EFG London Jazz Festival 2013, funky Hoxton basement venue XOYO played host to a mind-blowing live show of the Italian jazz-prog ensemble Berserk! created by guitarist, composer and arranger Lorenzo Feliciati together with master vocalist/mutli-instrumentalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (aka LEF) and guest Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset. Both Berserk! plus its supporting Nordic triumvirate, InterStatic (both bands on RareNoiseRecords), with pianist, organist and composer Roy Powell, guitarist Jacob Young and drummer Jarle Vespestad, creating psychedelic, transcendent moments as well as smooth breaks between stylistic genres.

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With an inviting smell of incense wafting around the club helping to create an intoxicating psychedelic atmosphere, InterStatic set about seducing listeners with their spacey magical sounds. Unusually for a frontman and bandleader, Powell sat in front of a Hammond organ, rendering 1970s Pink Floyd influenced sounds to be mixed with solid tunes from guitar backed by driving drums. In songs like ‘Watermusic’ or ‘Anthem’, jazz, rock, shoegaze and psychedelica mingled so seamlessly that the breaks were barely noticeable. After taking the audience to many different musical spheres, the Hammond player departed with a sincere: “God bless you.”

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InterStatic may have journeyed into inter-stellar space with Powell introducing himself mysteriously as “only God knows where I am from,” but Berserk! also evoked the sense that we as human beings are part of the wider universe via their astonishingly transcendent audiovisual performance. Fornasari mingled his majestic playing of a seraphine (an early keyed wind instrument, which makes its sound via air being blown across metallic reeds), with his extraordinary vocal range. The talented composer Feliciati created an amazing mix of musical styles, ranging from the classical ‘Ave Maria’, 1920s swing/jazz music to 1980s electronica, and snatches of popular tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, or Joy Division, evoking strong memories from this listener’s childhood. In this well-conceived performance, the visceral atmosphere was also heightened by the use of movie effects and field recordings from a Spaghetti Western train whistling or an iPhone ringing.

Not only transcendent moods were awakened but also background screenings of a lady eating a strawberry cake with her bare fingers or the beautiful green scenery of a pathway with trees behind it, contributed to make their inter-media manifesto indeed both brilliant and berserk!

– Monika Demmler (story), Emilia Orving ( photos)

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