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Three-Layer Cake present ‘Primary Fuel’ (Official Video)

Three-Layer Cake (Mike Pride, Brandon Seabrook and Mike Watt) present the latest Official video from their recently released Stove Top : Primary Fuel, directed by Miss Hiyori (Hiyori Minato).

Hiyori Minato is a lifelong supporter of Mike Watt‘s many projects as well as hosting a monthly Radio Show for Rockcity Hamburg e.v. and playing on her own band Kosmoshice.

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HUMANBEING presents ‘Blood’ (Official Video)

Blood bears the signature of Federico Brugia and Alberto Mantini. The first is an international commercial director, who has signed global campaigns for brands such as Alitalia, Maserati, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferrero and many others. Alberto Mantini is a digital artist and VFX supervisor who shares a long professional partnership with Brugia. 

The video clip, nocturnal and hypnotic, is entirely created digitally and made as a sequence shot in which a road multiplies and expands in space, up to defying gravity, to create a counterpart of the complex and fascinating network that keeps the human body alive. The road we are on follows the pulse of the song, taking us to an almost dreamlike and weightless dimension.

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Aufbruch is now available to Pre-Order!

“Markus is the painter and I am the sculptor. What made it very pleasant working together was that he incorporated so many ideas into the work process and gave me the green light to do what I wanted with them.”

J. Peter Schwalm

“It’s a mystery to me how Peter does what he does. I don’t really understand the internal process he uses to make his decisions, but any decision he made was perfect for me.”

Markus Reuter

Aufbruch, the title of the debut collaboration between electro-acoustic composer J. Peter Schwalm and guitarist/composer Markus Reuter, translates as “departure” or “emergence.”

Either definition offers an evocative interpretation of the powerfully immersive soundworld they’ve conjured together, but even more suggestive is the ambiguity between the two meanings. For the music of Aufbruch feels like both an awe-inspiring journey of discovery and a welling up from the murkiest depths of the subconscious.

Begun as a correspondence and fully realized as an in-person collaboration, Aufbruch captures and sustains an imposing air of alluring menace, an atmosphere that feels somber and distressed yet powerfully optimistic.

It’s true that the global conditions in which the album was produced might lend themselves to thoughts of rebuilding after an apocalyptic disaster rather then the somewhat more hopeful idea of preventing such disasters outright.

But the Aufbruch, the “emergence” at which the title hints, suggests that some remnant of humanity might be able to pull itself free from the wreckage and rebuild, about as cheery a thought as one could discern in these mesmerisingly dark yet captivatingly rich aural landscapes.

Reuter instigated the music on his self-developed TouchGuitar, digitally processed and manipulated in real time. Schwalm added his own colours via newly-devised synth sounds and later edited the improvisations into their final forms.

On two tracks the duo is joined by the remarkable Belgian-born, Berlin-based vocalist Sophie Tassignon, whose late appearance returns a trace of the human to the stirring machine-made environments.

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Release Date: July 16th, 2021

J. Peter Schwalm: 
Synths, Pianos, live treatments, electronic percussion and programming
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8 and U8 Deluxe, Soundscapes, Electronics
Sophie Tassignon: Vocals on „Lebewohl“ and „Losgelöst“

  1. Der Aufbruch
  2. Von Anbeginn
  3. Rückzug
  4. Abbau
  5. Ein Riss
  6. Der lange Weg
  7. Lebewohl
  8. Losgelöst
  9. Abschied

Mixed, edited and mastered by J. Peter Schwalm at Mainsound/Frankfurt am Main

Photography and design by Damir Tomaš (Photographed at V&A Dundee Design Museum, Architecture by Kengo Kuma)

Edition Outshine/Universal Music:
Publishing for J. Peter Schwalm
Markus Reuter (SESAC),
All Matter in the Universe (SESAC)

Produced by J. Peter Schwalm
Executive producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo

© + ℗ RareNoiseRecords 2021

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HUMANBEING is out today!

photo © Emanuele Geromini

HUMANBEING is a very personal project. Paradoxically, it’s so personal that I needed to assume it as a new identity, a virgin one separate from the name I’ve made for myself.”

Rossano Baldini

Liver (Official video Filmshoot short cuts)
Director : Federico Brugia

Under his own name, Rossano Baldini has enjoyed a career as a renowned composer for film and television; a jazz pianist and keyboardist who has recorded with the likes of Gianluca Petrella, Michele Rabbia and Pierpaolo Ranieri; and a performer with the revered, Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani as well as the most esteemed orchestras in his native Italy. His latest project represents a rebirth of sorts, necessitating a new name: HUMANBEING.

photo © Emanuele Geromini

Establishing a wholly new persona as an electronic composer / performer, HUMANBEING, allowed the artist to reconnect with his own, long-dormant vision while striking out in stunning new directions.

His eponymous album is a unique hybrid of the organic and the technological, delving deep into the his essential humanity by way of evocative synthetic soundscapes.

It’s a timely reinvention, occurring at a moment when we’ve all been starkly reminded of our biological natures at the same time as we’re more interconnected than ever in the virtual realm.

photo © Emanuele Geromini

Born in Rome, Baldini began studying piano at the age of eight, eventually leading him to the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music and later to a brief tenure in Los Angeles, along the way studying with the likes of John Taylor, Kenny Werner, Stefano Battaglia, Antonio Valente, Franco Medori and Franco D’Andrea.

photo © Emanuele Geromini

As a teenager, though, he was obsessed with The Beatles’ White Album, a rich source of inspiration that can point impressionable young listeners in myriad directions, from exquisite pop to experimental sound collage, blistering electric rock to folk-country storytelling. For Baldini, it awoke a desire to realize a personal vision through music – a dream that was waylaid for a number of years as he applied his estimable talents to composing for filmmakers’ visions, accompanying other artists or improvising on other musicians’ work.

photo © Emanuele Geromini

The first half of HUMANBEING’s eponymous album, one of two suite-like trios of songs, was written in off hours over the next year and half, after the artist’s newborn daughter had gone to sleep.

But when the pandemic hit in early 2020, with Italy being one of the first western countries to report cases of the coronavirus, he suddenly found himself with no touring or composing obligations.

As with so many musicians around the world, time, formerly such a luxury, was suddenly available in abundance. He thus returned to his deeply personal project, and the album’s second half came into existence in a matter of mere months.

photo © Emanuele Geromini

In every sense, the music of HUMANBEING is a hybrid – of electronic and acoustic, organic and mechanical, traditional and innovative. It even bridges media, as the package features the mesmerizing images of Paris-based photographer Manuele Geromini, while several filmmakers, including the in-demand director Federico Brugia, have agreed to provide videos for the songs.

The hybridisation even extends to the instrumentation and sound of the album, which fuses piano, cello and other acoustic instruments into a vivid electronic soundscape where the boundaries between the different elements become blurred.

Most uniquely, the artist plays the Bercandeon – an accordion-like instrument with two diatonic keyboards, invented by the Swiss polymath Fiorenzo Bernasconi

Read the Interview w. HUMANBEING on 15Questions.net

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Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Rossano Baldini  
: piano, electronics, Rhodes, synthesizers, electric guitar, Bercandeon
Carmine Iuvone : cello (on ‘Heart’)

1.      Flesh
2.      Blood  
3.      Skin
4.      Lungs
5.      Liver
6.      Heart

All Music composed by Rossano Baldini
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
All Music Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Rossano Baldini @ Nana Studio, Rome, Italy

Mastered by Fabrizio De Carolis @ VDSS Recording Studio, Frosinone, Italy

Photography & image treatment by Manuele Geromini
Design by Ian Anderson for The Designers’ Republic
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords : Giacomo Bruzzo

© + ℗ RareNoiseRecords 2021

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Three-Layer Cake present ‘Big Burner’ (Official Video)

The idea for the ‘Big Burner’ music video was based on Salvador Dalí‘s surrealist cookbook, Les Dîners de Gala, interwoven with my current obsession with French cuisine and my personal nightmares. Our main character is a mad chef who is at once fantasizing/having a nightmare about making culinary masterpieces in his eerie kitchen. He starts off optimistic but he quickly descends into a frenzy of creative doubt which results in him tearing out his internal organs to really give the dishes an extra kick. From that point on, our mad chef leans into the experimental nature of his visceral creations and proudly presents his finished dishes in a series of fiery tableaux.

Anais Blondet (Director)

The past year’s lockdown has proved undeniably challenging to improvising musicians who typically thrive on face-to-face interaction. But bassist Mike Watt, drummer/percussionist Mike Pride, and guitarist/banjoist Brandon Seabrook have all built their careers on kicking down the barriers between genres, so why would they let a little pandemic-induced isolation and geographic distance stand in their way?

Convening for the first time as Three-Layer Cake, these three dizzyingly inventive artists bake up a long-distance set of singular, boundary-defying collaborations on their combustible debut, Stove Top.

Stove Top is un-categorisable in the best sense of the word, weaving together elements of punk, free jazz, new music, no wave, doom metal, dub, avant-funk, and various sub-sectors of the experimental in such freewheeling and raucous fashion that the very idea of divvying them up into disparate inspirations seems laughable.

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Release Date: May 14th, 2021

Mike Pride
 : drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells, organ
Brandon Seabrook : guitar, banjo, tapes
Mike Watt : bass

1.     Beatified, Bedraggled and Bombed
2.     Big Burner 
3.     A Durable Quest
4.     Shepherds
5.     Tiller
6.     Primary Fuel
7.     Luminous Range – Anxious Valve
8.     Ballad Of The Gobsmacked

Produced by Mike Pride & Mike Watt
All Music composed by Pride, Seabrook & Watt
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
Recorded & Mixed by Mike Pride at Farming Studios, Chester, NY, Oct-Dec 2020
Watt recorded at studio tHUNDERpANTS, San Pedro, CA
Seabrook recorded at 5151 Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC

Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords : Giacomo Bruzzo
Photography & design by Mike Pride, assisted by Brad Sawyer
Inside painting: “Gauce” by Mike Pride (2018, mixed-media on canvas)

‘Stove Top’ dedicated to Joe Baiza

© + ℗ RareNoiseRecords 2021

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HUMANBEING is now available to Pre-Order

© Manuele Geromini

Under his own name, Rossano Baldini has enjoyed a career as a renowned composer for film and television; a jazz pianist and keyboardist who has recorded with the likes of Gianluca Petrella, Michele Rabbia and Pierpaolo Ranieri; and a performer with the revered, Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani as well as the most esteemed orchestras in his native Italy. His latest project represents a rebirth of sorts, necessitating a new name: HUMANBEING.

Establishing a wholly new persona as an electronic composer/performer, HUMANBEING finds Baldini reconnecting with his own, long-dormant vision while striking out in stunning new directions. His self-titled debut album, is a unique hybrid of the organic and the technological, delving deep into the composer’s essential humanity by way of evocative synthetic soundscapes. It’s a timely reinvention, occurring at a moment when we’ve all been starkly reminded of our biological natures at the same time as we’re more interconnected than ever in the virtual realm.

“HUMANBEING is a very personal project. Paradoxically, it’s so personal that I needed to create a new identity, a virgin one separate from the name I’ve made for myself as Rossano Baldini.”

Rossano Baldini

It’s no coincidence that the recording of HUMANBEING took place as Baldini and his wife were expecting their second child. It’s a recording that not only feels imbued with the wondrous nature of the cycle of life and birth, but also harkens back to the composer’s own childhood. Born in Rome, Baldini began studying piano at the age of eight, eventually leading him to the St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music and later to a brief tenure in Los Angeles, along the way studying with the likes of John Taylor, Kenny Werner, Stefano Battaglia, Antonio Valente, Franco Medori and Franco D’Andrea.

As he discusses his music, Baldini references touchstones ranging from as far back as a Beethoven sonata to the fertile 1990s electronic music scene that yielded such genre-defining artists as Aphex Twin and Underworld. In every sense, the music of HUMANBEING is a hybrid – of electronic and acoustic, organic and mechanical, traditional and innovative.

It even bridges media, as the package features the mesmerizing images of Paris-based photographer Manuele Geromini, while several filmmakers, including the in-demand director Federico Brugia, have agreed to provide videos for the songs.

Release Date: May 28th, 2021

Rossano Baldini : piano, electronics, Rhodes, synthesizers, electric guitar, bercandoneon
Carmine Iuvone : cello (on ‘Heart’)

  1. Flesh
  2. Blood
  3. Skin
  4. Lungs
  5. Liver
  6. Heart

All Music composed by Rossano Baldini
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
All Music Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Rossano Baldini @ Nana Studio, Rome, Italy

Mastered by Fabrizio De Carolis @ VDSS Recording Studio, Frosinone, Italy

Photography & image treatment by Manuele Geromini
Design by Ian Anderson for The Designers’ Republic
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords : Giacomo Bruzzo

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Three-Layer Cake’s Stove Top is now available to Pre-Order

The past year’s lockdown has proved undeniably challenging to improvising musicians who typically thrive on face-to-face interaction. But bassist Mike Watt, drummer/percussionist Mike Pride, and guitarist/banjoist Brandon Seabrook have all built their careers on kicking down the barriers between genres, so why would they let a little pandemic-induced isolation and geographic distance stand in their way? Convening for the first time as Three-Layer Cake, these three dizzyingly inventive artists bake up a long-distance set of singular, boundary-defying collaborations on their combustible debut, Stove Top.

“Gauce” by Mike Pride (2018, mixed-media on canvas)

Stove Top is uncategorizable in the best sense of the word, patching together elements of punk, free jazz, new music, no wave, doom metal, dub, avant-funk, and various subsectors of the experimental in such freewheeling and raucous fashion that the very idea of divvying them up into disparate inspirations seems laughable.

That’s hardly surprising given the credentials involved: Watt, of course, has been rewriting the rules of rock since his ground-breaking days with the legendary Minutemen, through his influential work with fIREHOSE, his idiosyncratic solo career, and his latter-day hook-up with Iggy and the Stooges. Watt has always referred to punk not as a style of music but as a “movement,” one which encompasses a far wider range of exploration than is typically associated with the four-letter word.

“I’ve really outgrown that genre shit. For me, music is music. The movement wasn’t about a style of hair or beats per minute. It was more of a state of mind. So in a way, forty years later, I wanted to somehow signify to that.”

MIke Watt

Watt’s younger cohorts embody that lesson. Pride (whose drumming can be heard on The Spanish Donkey’s RAOUL) has brought his powerful yet adventurous drumming to work with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions of Dead Cops (MDC), toured arenas opening for comedian Amy Schumer with Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore, and spanned the worlds of modern-jazz, avant-rock, noise and death free jazz with his own ensembles – a roster that includes the jazz quartet From Bacteria To Boys, the 7-drummer installation Drummer’s Corpse, and the piano trio I Hate Work (to be released on RareNoise in the Autumn of 2021).  He is also co-leader of the ensembles Pulverize The Sound (w/ Peter Evans and Tim Dahl) and Period (w/ Charlie Looker and Chuck Bettis).

Seabrook has established himself as one of the most forward-thinking and versatile guitarists of his generation as well as an influential banjo innovator, described by the New York Times as “a man apparently hellbent on earning the title of World’s Least Rustic Banjo Player.” He leads the nuclear trio Seabrook Power Plant, donned “a manic clusterfuck of merciless banjo torture” by the Village Voice, and has been called upon by titans such as Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Cecile McLorant Salvant, So Percussion, and Joey Arias for his idiosyncratic physical performance style, hyperreal technique and impeccable articulation.

Three-Layer Cake was spawned from Pride’s guest appearance on Watt’s long-running radio show/podcast,

“The Watt From Pedro Show. We immediately hit it off, so I sent him a message as soon as we finished saying, ‘Hey man, that was really nice. Your energy is great. We should try to do something some time.’ I thought that meant three years, five years down the line if we’re both in the same city. But he immediately responded and had a ton of ideas right off the bat.”

Mike Pride

The basic idea for the project is embodied in the name, which came to Watt fully-formed along with the concept itself: Pride would record drum tracks and send them to Watt, who would respond on the bass.

“There’s a lot of fucked up things about the Internet, but this is one of the good things: instead of spreading lies you can trade files.”

Mike Watt

Watt then tasked Pride with finding the third layer for this improvisational concoction. Brandon Seabrook was the man.

“I was excited. I discovered the Minutemen in high school, and they were my break from the jazz and classic rock that I had always listened to. They were a big influence that broke open the world of the punk rock movement. They also taught me words like ‘malleable’ and ‘foist’ and ‘fascist’ that I wasn’t used to hearing in Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath songs.”

Brandon Seabrook

In the end, all three members of the trio were thrilled by the range of territory explored via the genre-averse collaboration.

“Watt’s music and energy and life ethos are super important to people like me and Brandon. So to bring us all together was really exciting. I love the fact that this record is improvised but there are parts of it that are very composed and complex, and that everything still sounds like a rock band.  It doesn’t sound like some jazz dudes putting on the rock hat. It sounds like each of us, and there’s a modern fusion of styles.”

Mike Pride
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Release Date : May 14th, 2021

Brandon Seabrook : guitar, banjo, tapes
Mike Pride : drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells, organ
Mike Watt : bass

  1. Beatified, Bedraggled and Bombed
  2. Big Burner
  3. A Durable Quest
  4. Shepherds
  5. Tiller
  6. Primary Fuel
  7. Luminous Range – Anxious Valve
  8. Ballad Of The Gobsmacked

Produced by Mike Pride & Mike Watt
All Music composed by Pride, Seabrook & Watt
Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
Recorded & Mixed by Mike Pride at Farming Studios, Chester, NY, Oct-Dec 2020
Watt recorded at studio tHUNDERpANTS, San Pedro, CA
Seabrook recorded at 5151 Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studios, NYC

Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords : Giacomo Bruzzo
Photography & design by Mike Pride, assisted by Brad Sawyer
Inside painting: “Gauce” by Mike Pride (2018, mixed-media on canvas)

‘Stove Top’ dedicated to Joe Baiza

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Magnet Animal’s Fake Dudes is now available to Pre-Order

If ever a moment in history called for the caustic, corrosive rantings of guitarist-composer-poet Todd Clouser and the abstract grooves of his combustible beat-skronk band Magnet Animals, it’s this one. With our collective headspaces dizzied by a nearly yearlong pandemic induced isolation and battered by an unceasing barrage of political insanities, the serrated wit and surrealist insights of Fake Dudes arrives with the kinetic force of a madcap sermon.

Due out March 26, 2021 via RareNoise Records, Fake Dudes reconvenes the geographically scattered members of Magnet Animals – Minneapolis-born, Mexico City-based Clouser, Mexican drummer Jorge Servin, and Abraxas bandmates Eyal Maoz (guitar) and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) – four years after their bracing debut, 2016’s Butterfly Killer. The startling dreamscape imagery and throttling grooves will be familiar to fans of that initial outing, though Fake Dudes trades its predecessor’s occasional airiness for a far more ferocious and claustrophobic concoction.

With its titular echo of the disinformation mantra “fake news,” Fake Dudes certainly aims some of its vitriol toward the modern era’s buffoonish demagogues, but for every biting political reference there’s an equally astute and excoriating glimpse inward, as Clouser wrestles with humanity’s penchant for self-delusion and reassuring fantasy. Delivered in a distorted haze as if broadcast through a megaphone, Clouser’s vocals achieve an abrasive tone perfect for stripping away illusions and heralding a fresh perspective – buoyed by the barbed funk bounce and overdriven rock bludgeoning of the inventive quartet.

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Release Date : March 26th, 2021

  1. Believe
  2. Burn The Whole Thing Down
  3. Fake Dudes
  4. Forecast In Rome
  5. Freaks
  6. Hell Is An Empty Place
  7. I’m The One
  8. Man And Machine
  9. The Call For The Cure
  10. The Kids Are Gonna Win

Todd Clouser – guitar and voice
Eyal Maoz – guitar
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – bass
Jorge Servin – drums

All songs by Todd Clouser
Music Arranged by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and Magnet Animals

Produced by Todd Clouser, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and Magnet Animals

Published by RareNoisePublishing (PRS)
Recorded by KB at Testa Estudio in Leon Guanajuato Mexico
Mixed and Mastered by James Dellatacoma at Creative Music and Audio – New Jersey, USA

Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo
Design and Photography by Mario Rodriguez

© + ℗  RareNoiseRecords 2021

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Take a Leap Of Faith into 2021

Now in its seventh year, Leap Of Faith is the backbone of every year’s release cycle: it enables curious, enamoured listeners to secure all of the year’s releases, to receive them as soon as we receive them ourselves and to support RareNoise in its effort to promote progressive sounds and artists worldwide.

The releases

Magnet Animals

Fake Dudes

Alt-rock quartet of Todd Clauser, Eyal Maoz, Shanir E. Blumenkranz and Jorge Servin present the follow up to 2016’s Butterfly Killer.

Expected Release Date : 26th March

Three-Layer Cake

Stove Top

Three-Layer Cake are guitar and banjo innovator Brandon Seabrook, bass legend Mike Watt and drummer Mike Pride (part of The Spanish Donkey)

Expected Release Date : May 14th

Human Being

Human Being is the new electronic persona / project of Italian composer and pianist Rossano Baldini.

Expected Release Date : 28th May

J.Peter Schwalm & Markus Reuter

Aufbruch

After last year’s Neuzeit (w. Arve Henriksen), J.Peter Schwalm returns with a new collaboration with renowned composer and guitarist Markus Reuter, as well as the participation of Sophie Tassignon.

Expected Release Date : 16th July

III

return with their third RareNoise release, after JÜ Meets Møster and Summa.

Expected Release date : 24th September

Jo Berger Myhre

Unheimlich Manoeuvre

The first solo album by Norwegian producer and multi-instrumentalist Jo Berger Myhre.

Expected Release Date : 24th September

Mike Pride Trio (w. Jamie Saft and Brad Jones)

I Hate Work

Mike Pride returns with a mind-boggling release spanning Jazz and Punk, inspired by the music of punk legends MDC and featuring Dave Dictor, Mick Barr, JG Thirlwell, Sam Mickens)

Expected release date : October

Red Kite

Title TBC

Expected release Date : October

Norwegian powerhouse group of guitarist Even Helte Hermansen, bassist Trond Frønes, keyboardist Bernt André Moen and drummer Torstein Lofthus returns with a new album after their eponymous release of 2019.

J.Peter Schwalm, Stephan Thelen, Eivind Aarset, Tim Harries, Manuel Pasquinelli

Title TBC

Expected Release Date : November

Mats Gustafsson, Goran Kajfeš, Luc Ex, Hamid Drake

Title TBC

Expected Release Date : November

Giorgi Mikadze, David Fiuczynski

Microjam reimagined

Expected Release Date : November

The sounds

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(many are not yet available)

All the details

LEAP OF FAITH 2021 gives you the opportunity to PRE-ORDER the whole 2021 RareNoiseRecords release schedule at a discount to the release prices.

LEAP OF FAITH is only available from our direct e-commerce.

1. FORMATS:

CD (11 X CD + .mp3 + .flac + Bandcamp Streaming) – £109.99

VINYL (11 X VINYL + .mp3 + .flac + Bandcamp App Streaming) – £219.99

COMBO (11 X CD + 11 X VINYL + .mp3 + .flac + HD .flac + Bandcamp App Streaming) – £269.99

HD DOWNLOAD (.mp3 + .flac + HD .flac + Bandcamp App Streaming) – £109.99

The total discount will be roughly equivalent to:

25% Discount for UK Customers,
40% Discount for European (ex-UK) customers
50% Discount for Worldwide ex-Europe Customers

2. SHIPMENTS:

Releases will ship with a roughly monthly frequency, usually about 1-2 weeks before official release date (as defined above)

All shipments will either be by Royal Mail 1st Class (Shipments to the UK) or Royal Airmail International Standard (non-tracked) (Shipments to Europe ex-UK and Worldwide ex-Europe).

Complimentary Downloads will be sent to you before shipment

– via Dropbox Link
– in form of Bandcamp Codes via Leap Of Faith Newsletter (giving you access to Bandcamp streaming).

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It Hurts Me Too

In Memoriam HARALD HULT (1940 – 2018)

by Mats Gustafsson

© Micke Keysendal

Harald was born Nov 13th, 1940

The End‘s 2nd studio album: “Allt är intet”, will be released on Nov 13th, 2020.

Opening track: Karen Dalton’s – “It hurts me too”. The all- time favorite song of Harald Hult!

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A coincidence?

Or just the way things work?

My mentor. In music. In literature. In life. Harald Hult. He was running the Antikvariat Blå Tornet since 1967 in Stockholm, specializing in literature of August Strindberg. In 1986, shortly after moving down to Stockholm from northern Sweden, I was rehearsing with my group AALY Trio in a basement under the shop. We soon became very good friends, and very rapidly turned our focuses towards listening to jazz and improvised music and doing so under the umbrella of our common “blindfold”- meets. Once a week, for at least 5 years straight… mostly in the company of artist Edward Jarvis, the artist that created the cover image of Allt är Intet (as well as that of Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen and that of Nedresa). But also inviting different guests to join us for drinks, curry-pizza and DEEP listening sessions. After the initial years, we met as often as we could/ dared, without causing a total breakdown within our families. Listening to music blindfolded is a great learner. And it does change how you perceive the music. To the better. To the worse. But always in an honest, open way. In a world full of preconceptions, this is at least something to learn from.

Totally dedicated to ALL kinds of jazz. Harald taught me everything I know about older jazz and related music. And he taught everyone around us HOW to listen. And listen again. And again. To pay attention. To details. To form. With an amazing sense of humor and seriousness he taught many generations of musicians and listeners in Sweden (and abroad) in his book- and record-shop. A shop that slowly became perhaps the best and most intense record shop outside of Japan. He named it “Andra Jazz”. Which would translate as “second jazz” or “different jazz”.

I owe him big time. On all levels possible. ACTIVE listening. No chic background listening of the mainstream. Active and dedicated listening. Feel the swing! Listen to that accents! Pay attention to that break! Dig that mistake! Hear, hear! Use it all. Make it your own. Play your OWN music – but PAY ATTENTION! LISTEN UP! LISTEN UP!

I feel very privileged that we are about to release the 2nd studio album of The End on Haralds – what was to become his – 80th birthday! Opening the album with his favorite song by Karen Dalton. INSANE! I just realized this, the other day. And it blows my mind. It makes me smile. I need to pay more attention now. What other coincidents are around the corners? Pay attention! LISTEN UP!

Mats Gustafsson

Nickelsdorf, November 11th,2020