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June 25th, 2015

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

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Dear Friends

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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!

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)

March 18th, 2014

Berserk! (Movie) and Mumpbeak: New Live Dates in March and April

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Dear Friends,

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Two of our most esteemed acts will shortly be connecting with you, the public:

Berserk! (Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari – vox/guitars/keys , Lorenzo Feliciati  – bass/doublebass , featuring Eivind Aarset on guitars) will be performing live back-to-back dates in Northern Italy (SudWerk, Bolzano on the 19th Of March) and Austria (Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, on the 20th of March).

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Following on this, Mumpbeak (Roy Powell on Hohner Clavinet, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on electric bass and Pat Mastelotto on drums) will be performing two back to back nights in New York City:

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From 930pm on the 24th of April 2014 at ShapeShifter Lab  followed by 2 sets at The Stone on the 25th of April 2014 (part of Bill Laswell’s curated week at The Stone!)

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

January 15th, 2014

Recent RareNoiseNights: London and NY revisited

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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)

November 27th, 2013

Mumpbeak is officially released – Shipping now

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Dear Friends,

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We are proud to announce that MUMPBEAK, new album by Roy Powell (on Hohner Clavinet) with Bill Laswell, Shanir Blumenkranz, Lorenzo Feliciati, Tony Levin (all on bass) and Pat Mastelotto on drums is out in multiple formats.

It is available from the RareNoiseStore as COMBO (Single Vinyl 180gms + CD Digipack 4 Panel + .flac and .mp3 digital), as SINGLE VINYL (+ free .mp3), as CD Digipack (+ free .mp3), and in several digital formats (.flac / .mp3 / HD .flac – 24/96 Studio Masters’ Quality) (Cat. No.: RNR035 (CD) and RNR035LP (Single Vinyl))

Combo / Vinyl and CD ship IMMEDIATELY. 

USE COUPON BLACKFRIDAYRARENOISE on the 28th of November to get a 25% discount on any order from the Store!

“Futuristic, inventive, experimental, other worldly, different.” (About.com)

“Astonishing Variety, depth, atmosphere” (Sid Smith/PROG)

“Especially Remarkable” (SomethingElse)

“Glouriously Asymmetrical” (Marlbank.net) 

Get a taste of Mumbpeak here!

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