News of the debut solo album from composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Calvert left us raving. The album is called Typewritten and Calvert had previously shared the immensely beautiful first single ‘12051‘. Ahead of the album’s release on September 7th trough Truant, the single has been paired with a music video directed by Josh Renaut. Check it out below.
We couldn’t be more excited about 3PE, the forthcoming album from incredibly multi-talented and inventive artist and composer Luke Wyland under his new moniker LWW. Arriving in less than a week, 3PE is an album of improvisations and marks Wyland’s first album in six years. Preceding the record release on July 20th through The Leaf Label, and after enticing us with the first staggering single ‘CTP‘, LWW has unleashed another tremendous single, ‘DTE’. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“‘DTE’ is one of the first improvisations I recorded when I began experimenting with crafting my own tuning systems years ago. It’s a one take improvisation played live using 3 different sounds supplemented by a loop pedal. There’s something so refreshing about inhabiting an entirely new tuning system after a lifetime of living within the world of equal temperament – as if visiting an exotic ecosystem for the first time. A mysterious logic emerges that frees me from habits and patterns long conditioned into my playing that conjures entirely new emotional responses.”
Now wrap your ears around the stellar and outlandish synth sounds of ‘DTE’.
Austrian percussionist and composer Manu Delago, known as a pioneer of the hang, has garnered wide acclaim in recent years collaborating with the likes of Bjork, Anoushka Shankar, Poppy Ackroyd, the London Symphony Orchestra, Olafur Arnalds, amongst many more. His latest sonic venture saw him embark on a mountaineering expedition in the Alps with an ensemble of seven musicians and the result is a film and accompanying album entitled Parasol Peak. During their journey, Delago and his ensemble performed and recorded new compositions in different locations and altitudes using only acoustic instruments, including the percussive sounds of their climbing gear. Delago explains:
“Of course performing on acoustic instruments has been done for thousands of years, so I wanted to add an extra component – nature, or more precisely the Alps. I wanted to utilise our surroundings by incorporating lots of percussion sounds like trees, water, little rocks as well as the gear that we were carrying, such as helmets, carabiners or ice axes.
In general, I find limitations inspiring and in the case of Parasol Peak I was limited to a fixed ensemble of 7 musicians. The different locations also brought various limitations, which affected how I composed the music. At some locations we were vertically aligned and couldn’t see each other. At others we couldn’t hear each other, or we were trying to survive while playing.”
Speaking about the rough weather and conditions endured by the crew, Delago said “there were several moments of physical struggle and anxiety in the group but that makes playing music together even more emotional”. He added: “There were definitely moments when individuals in the group would have turned around and left the expedition but because we could only do it as a group, we had to strongly support each other. We had to help each other carrying instruments and gear, as well as help each other in overcoming anxieties and exhaustion.”
Parasol Peak will see the light of day on September 7th through One Little Indian and ahead of it, Delago is enticing us with the magnificent title track. Wrap your ears around it below and straight after watch the gorgeous and breathtaking film trailer.
In other related good news, and following on from previous collaborations with Anoushka Shankar, the two, along with 27-member string section Metropole Orkest Strings, have a special performance in store for lucky attendees at Le Guess Who? Festival this November.
Earlier this year, renowned and bewitching Bulgarian female choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares released BooCheeMish, their first album of new studio recordings in over two decades. The album’s ‘Rano Ranila’ is now being offered with an accompanying video, directed by Valeri Milev. Watch it below.
If you’ve been following CTD for a while, you’ll be no stranger to the mighty London based trio Three Trapped Tigers, and its incredibly talented members, Tom Rogerson, Adam Betts and Matt Calvert. Rogerson and Betts have both graced us with solo albums in the last couple of years and we’re excited to know composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Calvert has his debut solo record on the way. Entitled Typewritten, the album was “all performed, not programmed” by Calvert and a bunch of collaborators across several locations in Europe. Calvert had this to say about it:
“With both Typewritten and Three Trapped Tigers, the focus is on sound and the influence of electronic music on traditional instruments. Especially with all the percussive elements, here we asked what typically ‘electronic’ sounds can we recreate acoustically? Ultimately I wanted to find a sound distinct from what people typically imagine when the word ‘acoustic’ is mentioned, whether that is a jazz quartet, string quartet, a folk singer or various ‘world’ styles. Even where any of those might be an influence, like on S Waltz, which is almost chamber jazz, or Nothing to Envy, which has classical elements, I wanted to bring a freshness to them with some electronic-inspired touches, like imitating delay effects or making the tuned percussion sound like it had been chopped up in post-production.”
Typewritten arrives on September 7th trough Truant and we can already hear the stunning first single ‘12051’. Take a listen now.