FRKWYS is the ongoing 12-inch series from boundary-pushing label RVNG Intl that “pairs contemporary artists and their progenitors” for unique collaborations. serenitatem is their fifteenth and latest instalment and it brings together Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano. The four musicians met and started working and recording the album when Visible Cloaks were finishing their first Japanese tour in December 2017. serenitatem came out last April and they performed it for the first time in June, but they have also announced a string of live dates in Europe this Autumn, including a show at Le Guess Who? in Utrecht on Thursday 7th November. To get us enticed, they have released a video for ‘Atelier (Live)’, recorded in Tokyo and directed by Road Izumiyama. Here it is.
Whistling Arrow is the exciting new project that brings together quite the doozy of musicians: pioneering drummer, composer and improviser Charles Hayward, composer and performer Laura Cannell, multi-disciplinary musician Andre Bosman and Benjamin D. Duvall, Benjamin Fair and Jonathan Hering of experimental mallet-guitar trio Ex-Easter Island Head. They got together and recorded a spontaneous nine hour improvised session in Liverpool and lucky for us, they are releasing it as a self-titled album on November 22nd through God Unknown Records. And what’s more, they have let loose ‘Forking Paths’, serving as a magnificent taste of what they’ll be throwing at us. Take a listen now.
Penguin Cafe announced last month the release of their Antarctic-inspired album, Handfuls Of Night, and shared the first magnificent taste from it, ‘At The Top of The Hill, They Stood…’. Now they are offering a second glimpse at the new material with new track ‘Chapter´ and a single-shot accompanying video, filmed in New York. Of the video, Penguin Cafe´s Arthur Jeffes says:
“’Chapter’ is for me one of the big tracks on the album. We got into this mindset where we were creating cinematic story lines for our imaginary penguin protagonists – and this one was a lot of fun to make.
There’s a hint of 70’s cop-show about the main motif with the double push in the bass line and we got this idea of a hard-boiled detective-penguin, with a leather jacket and a cool car in New York. The video totally goes with that feel for me.
I love the idea of a familiar landscape being gradually moved into an imaginary, almost dreamlike version of itself – and the slow build in the video hit this exact note.”
Take a look at the video now.
Handfuls Of Night is out on October 4th through Erased Tapes.
British-born, Brussels-based musician Will Samson has announced the release of a new album called Paralanguage, which is inspired by his first and only psilocybin experiment. Years after the sudden death of his father in 2012, and after a difficult grieving process, Samson and his girlfriend retreated to the countryside to try psilocybin, and the upcoming record seeks to mirror that experience.
Mostly a solo work, Paralanguage saw Samson enlist the help of some stellar collaborators, including Beatrijs De Klerck, Christina Vantzou, Ben Lester, Jeremy Boettcher and Michael Feuerstack. Marking his fifth studio album, Paralanguage is also his first for Wichita Recordings and arrives on December 6th. Ahead of it, Samson has shared the first single, the utterly beautiful and serene ‘Ochre Alps’. The song has been paired with a gorgeous video, and Samson had this to say about it:
“The starting point for Ochre Alps was a dream. In it, I found myself stuck half way up a mountain, with my foot lodged deep in the snow. I looked up into the distance to see other climbers reaching the top and below me was a long descent back down. My short analysis is that some old patterns had to be shed in order to move forward. The lyrics that made their way onto the final song were written after a gentle psilocybin journey in the countryside, which naturally eased its way into the song, thematically blending with the mountain dream. That experience is best described in the opening two lines of the track ‘I woke up into my body – deep in the silence’. The characters in the video are waking up into the landscape of a lucid dream. Much like the psilocybin experience, the characters rediscover a silent mind – giving the space to totally inhabit and celebrate their bodies.”
The video for ‘Ochre Alps’ was directed by Lily Marks and Eren Kaplan and you can watch it below.
Los Angeles based instrumental outfit El Ten Eleven are celebrating the 15 year anniversary of their self-titled debut album, and to mark the occasion, the duo of Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty are reissuing the record and releasing a special limited edition box set featuring their first five albums. “When we first put it out there was very little reaction”, said Dunn speaking about their debut record. “But the reaction we did get was very passionate, which was exciting for us because we felt like we were on to something.” He added:
“When we first started and we made that first record, I was really worried that people would only be interested in the novelty of us looping and playing everything by ourselves as just two people. I was worried that they wouldn’t be moved by the music. But as it turned out, although people were impressed that it was just the two of us, they love the music.“
Predeceding both releases, El Ten Eleven have shared ‘Fanshawe (Live from Asheville)’, a bonus track lifted from the forthcoming reissue. Take a listen now.
El Ten Eleven: 15th anniversary edition will be out on September 27th through Joyful Noise Recordings.
Oiseaux-Tempête‘s highly anticipated fourth album, Somewhere From Invisible, is nearing its release date on October 18th through Sub Rosa and following the intense and compelling ‘Weird Dancing In All-Night II’, they have shared another powerful, gripping and somber track, ‘He Is Afraid And So Am I’, featuring G.W Sok (The Ex). Other than G.W Sok, the duo of multi-instrumentalists Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul enlisted the help of longtime collaborators Jean-Michel Pirès (Bruit Noir) and Mondkopf to bring the album to life, and there´s also contributions from Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) and Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion).
Their music “unfolds as a twilight and prophetic orchestra around G.W.Sok’s punctuated voice”, describes the press release. “The poems of Mahmoud Darwish, Ghayath Almadhoun and Yu Jian question the modern man and his double, the strange and foreign, the fragmented real, the violence, society and its mirror.”
‘He Is Afraid And So Am I’ is being offered with a video directed by As Human Pattern (Grégoire Orio & Grégoire Couvert). Watch it below.
Oiseaux-Tempête will present Somewhere From Invisible at Le Guess Who? festival on November 8th. Their special performance called ‘Oiseaux-Tempête & Friends’ will feature the guests who have collaborated on the new album, including Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Jessica Moss, G.W. Sok and Mondkopf.