Liberez return with new album Way Through Vulnerability

Three years on from the release of All Tense Now Lax, which was one of our Picks of 2015, Southend-on-Sea’s experimental outfit Liberez are back with a new album and an expanded line up. Entitled Way Through Vulnerability, the record sees them exploring new genres and influences, including Flamenco rhythms, Italian avant-garde and UK industrial music. Basque language, Hungarian dialect and ancient Russian are also used in the record, “to lend their compositions a cross-cultural underpinning and eschew any clear geographic origin”, describes the press release, “a decision which all but adds to the perplexities of their unique brand of electro-acoustic purgatory.”

Way Through Vulnerability is out on November 30th through Alter and ‘Cellophane Window’ serves as the first fascinating taste from it. The track comes with an accompanying video directed by Matthew Reay and you can watch it below.


Lubomyr Melnyk shares second single off upcoming album Fallen Trees

Extraordinary pianist and composer Lubomyr Melnyk has a new album on the way called Fallen Trees coinciding with his 70th birthday. He had previously enticed us with the magnificent ‘Son of Parasol’  and now we can listen to the second single ‘Barcarolle’. Take a listen below and grab the album when it drops on December 7th through Erased Tapes.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: STUFF.

There’s just a few days to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

STUFF.

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Performing Friday 9th November at De Pastoe Fabriek, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

Belgian instrumental five-piece STUFF. have been purveying their own unique sound, embracing songwriting and improvisation, and blending disparate genres like jazz, hip-hop, funk and electronica into sonically grabbing, dance-oriented tracks. Irresistibly groovy and joyous, the quintet’s second album Old Dreams, New Planets, originally released last year, received a full worldwide reissue this year through Gondwana Records. Raved for bringing a party to the stage every time they play, we just can’t wait to experience it firsthand. And we asked them what other artists they are most looking forward to seeing at Le Guess Who?. Find out below.

RP Boo

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Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Moor Mother

“He has some of our favorite footwork beats out there.”

Neneh Cherry

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Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Very curious about her new music/album!”

Colin Stetson

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Performing Thursday 8th November at Janskerk

“Huge sounds, would love to see him live.”

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

Kelsey Lu

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Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Very intriguing, free-spirited and sensational.”

Photo: Vincent Haycock

Soichi Terada

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Performing Saturday 10th November at WAS.

” A very very cool producer. What would it be like live?”

Serpentwithfeet

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Performing Friday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Some of the most remarkable and deep spiritual voices right now.”

Kadri Gopalnath

Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg

“His distinct alto saxophone sounds so wonderful and sweet. His suprisingly modern take on classic Indian carnatic music is a joy for the ear! I could listen to him all night.”

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Julia Kent announces new album Temporal

2019 will get off to a marvellous start with the release of Julia Kent‘s new album Temporal, arriving on January 25th through The Leaf Label. Temporal follows 2015’s Asperities and the Canadian cellist and composer originally wrote many of its compositions for theatre and dance productions. “The initial inspiration was more external than internal, in that many of these pieces began as a response to a text or a choreographic concept,” she explained, “but they all seemed to be coming from the same emotional world and it made sense to weave them together into a record.” Julia comments further:

“When I perform live with dance and theatre, it makes me enormously aware of the fragility of our physical world. Dancers and actors, anyone whose instrument is their body, have nothing to protect them from the rules of gravity and time. They are so strong, but they’re subject to those demands in a more extreme way because of the physicality of what they’re doing. Onstage, I have an instrument to mediate for me, but they are bare. When I work with dancers, especially, I feel as though there can be an incredible energy exchange. They create a sort of weather system on the stage.”

The poignant and compelling ‘Imbalance’ is the first single to emerge and you can listen to it below.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Circuit des Yeux

There’s less than a week to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

CIRCUIT DES YEUX

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Circuit des Yeux presents ‘Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus’
Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg

Photo: Michael Vallera

We love Circuit des Yeux to bits. Haley Fohr, the immeasurably talented and adventurous vocalist, composer, and producer behind the project, counts five stellar albums under her belt, including two that found their way to our album picks of the year, 2015’s In Plain Speech and 2017’s Reaching For Indigo. A year on from its release, we can’t stop playing it and we are incredibly excited with the special one-off performance lined up for Guess Who?. Circuit des Yeux will present an augmented version of the album, Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus, rearranged for an eight-piece ensemble featuring members of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. We’ve asked her what other bands she is looking forward to. Read on to find out!

 

“Here’s the scoop – I am SO excited for Le Guess Who this year. Mainly because of my own selfish reasons of performing newly arranged music with the Netherlands Philharmonic on Sunday, November 11th ! But when I am not rehearsing and preparing for my performance, I will definitely be digging into the amazing musical buffet that the festival has so graciously provided. So here it is,the big one, two, three on what I will be seeing at LGW? Festival 2018!”

 

Art Ensemble of Chicago

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Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Moor Mother

“How ironic is it that a Chicago musician will be seeing this band for the first time in Utrecht? I have many of their albums, and have heard many iterations of this ensemble. They are a huge inspiration in terms of what they present sonically, and the benevolent nature of their music. I am particularly excited for the younger participants (Tomeka Reid especially), and to witness how the modernity of our time folds into legacy of The Art Ensemble of Chicago.”

Meridian Brothers

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Performing Friday 9th November at EKKO

“I hadn’t heard of Meridian Brothers until Tyler, a drummer I have been performing with during “Reaching For Indigo”, played some for us while driving through some small unknown European town this last February. I love the sounds they create – there is something vaguely beyond time about the sounds they produce. They are also a mysterious project…I am looking forward to seeing who they are, and what instruments they play live. I recently went to Colombia, where Tyler considered “going on the search” for the Meridian Brothers, but I can now thank my lucky stars that LGW has done the hard work for us. “

Ka Baird + Pekka Airaksinen

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Pekka Airaksinen’s Official Website

Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg

“This first time collaboration is going to be pure gold, I can just feel it. I am excited to be in the audience, and hear what unfolds – these are two mindful manipulators of sound that have a very wild and “on-the-loose” approach to composition. I am a huge fan of Ka Baird’s “Sapropelic Pycnic”, which came out last year on Drag City. The result of these two performing together are completely unpredictable, and that is why I will make sure to be present when their minds meet. “

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Listen to Thundercat’s collaborative track with BADBADNOTGOOD

Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion the label is releasing a special box set called Brainfeeder X on November 16th. The compilation features 36 tracks over two volumes, one “retrospective, the other comprises an unreleased future canon”, as the label described. ‘King of the Hill’ is one of the tracks featured, and it saw virtuoso bassist and vocalist Thundercat join forces with BADBADNOTGOOD, with Flying Lotus on production duties. Listen to it below.