Experimental harpist Mary Lattimore‘s new album, Hundreds of Days, came out today through Ghostly International and earlier this week she shared the third wonderful single off it, ‘Never Saw Him Again’. If you need more reasons why you need to have this record in your life, lend your ears to the two other previously released singles, ‘Hello From The Edge of the Earth’ and ‘It Feels Like Floating’ straight after.
Kamaal Williams, who’s been making a serious mark on the UK jazz scene in recent years, is releasing The Return, the first album under his own name. With the record’s release just around the corner, first single ‘Salaam’ is now being offered with an accompanying video filmed in Marrakech by Greg Barnes, who had this to say about it:
“After working together on ‘Catch The Loop’, Kamaal and I knew we wanted it to be a part of a larger whole, and that the tracks on the album would become chapters, or scenes, from a bigger picture – that the upcoming album, ’The Return’, was in essence, the soundtrack to an unmade, and epic film.
It was almost without conversation that we decided Morocco should set the scene for ‘Salaam’, a place of real connection and meaning to Kamaal and his music. The rest, with the help of the people of Marrakech, fell into place very naturally.”
Kamaal also offered some words about it:
“Marrakech is a special place for me, both spiritually and creatively. Every time I go, I feel alive again and it’s a huge inspiration for my work. There is no art scene in Morocco without Hassan Hajjaj, so I couldn’t make this film without his blessing. He introduced me to Amine Bendriouich who introduced me to Yazid and we made the film in two days. Working with local people in the medina and sharing our story with the community made this experience real. Greg Barnes captured the essence of my relationship with the city as well as the colours and the energy of everything in it. The series will continue. A special thanks goes out to Yazid, Hassan Hajjaj, Amine Bendriouich, Ahlam Triki, Mouhcine Zoutina, Abdul Razzaq and the umma of Marrakech”
Watch the video for ‘Salaam’ below and grab The Return when it’s out on May 25th through Black Focus Records.
Following last year’s utterly sublime AL-‘AN ! الآن, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year, Oiseaux-Tempête will be gifting the world with a new live album, TARAB. Recorded entirely live while the band toured AL-‘AN ! الآن in Europe and Canada, TARAB encapsulates the free improvised spirit that permeates their live shows, and the multitude of genres they explore, from free-rock and free-jazz to electronica and Arabic music. The album, “far beyond the vibrant testimony”, says the press release, “is a generous invitation to experience, to meditate and to share”.
Founding members Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul created TARAB with longtime collaborators Mondkopf, Sylvain Joasson, G.W.Sok, As Human Pattern and Lebanese musicians Charbel Haber, Abed Kobeissy and Ali El Hout. Set for release on June 15th through Sub Rosa, Oiseaux-Tempête’s upcoming album also comes with a special bonus track featuring Jerusalem In My Heart’s Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
The French outfit first teased the record with a live video for the arresting and entrancing ‘Carnaval’. Now, to get us even more excited, Oiseaux-Tempête have shared another tremendous cut, ‘Tuesday And The Weather Is Clear’, featuring a poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
High-energy duo ZA! have been garnering something of a cult following in their native Spain, owing to their ecstatic and unpredictable live shows and the wild experimental nature of their music spanning genres far and wide. Two years removed from the release of Loloismo, the pair are dropping its follow-up, Pachinko Plex, this Friday. Entirely self-recorded in their practice space, the record sees Spazzfrica Ehd and Papa duPau, the two multi-instrumentalists who make up ZA!, embrace and experiment with new sounds and instruments. “The band breaks free of the guitar and the amps to focus on electronic textures, synthesizers, randomized computer loops and drums processed live through triggers”, describes the album’s blurb. “The result generates an equally forceful and polyrhythmic style, but unclassifiable, highly influenced by their tours in Japan and Mozambique.”
For a taster of the what they’ll be throwing at us, check out their single ‘Ochate’. It comes with a fitting kaleidoscopic video, originally fruit of a collaboration with Berlin-based visual artist LASAL during a recent residency at Keroxen in the Canary Islands.
Pachinko Plex is co-released on May 11th through ZA’s own imprint Gandula as well as A Tant Rêver du Roi (France), Valve (Australia, Fun in the Church (Germany, Austria Switzerland), The Audacious Art Experiment (UK), Lovers & Lollypops (Portugal), Moorworks (Japan), Keroxen (Canàries).
We have eagerly been waiting for a new album from Luke Wyland for a long time and news of his return have finally emerged. The Portland, Oregon based multi-talented and inventive artist is back with a new solo project called LWW and an album of improvisations entitled 3PE.
Under AU, his previous duo outfit, Wyland last released Both Lights, which was an Album Pick of 2012 and remains an active favourite. He may not have released an album in six years, but he has been busy with a multitude of other unique projects and stellar collaborations, including film and dance and most recently composing and performing with the 155 singers of the Camas High School Choir.
3PE will see the light of day on July 20th through The Leaf Label. Unlike his previous efforts, the compositions on the record “are spontaneous, otherworldly explorations in repetition”, describes the press release, “alternate tuning systems and, for the most part, tempered minimalism.” Wyland explains:
“There’s a certain fleeting magic to capturing unselfconscious improvisations to tape. A quality that is often lost when tracking an album you intend to release to the public.”
The wonderful news comes paired with a staggering single, the epic opening track ‘CTP’, which is the only improvisation that Wyland “dissected and evolved into a more maximalist composition”. Clocking in at almost ten minutes and seamlessly moving through different sections, ‘CTP’ begs for repeated listens.
A new Dirty Projectors‘ album is always good news. Last year the outfit of Dave Longstreth released an eponymous album, his first record in nearly five years, following 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan. Luckily, we won’t have to wait that long again as Dirty Projectors have just announced the release of their eighth album, Lamp Lit Prose. Produced by Longstreth in his LA studio, the album features longtime collaborators Nat Baldwin and Mike Johnson as well as guest contributions from Syd, Amber Mark, Haim, Dear Nora, Rostam, Empress Of, and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.
Lamp Lit Prose “is the yang to the yin of the 2017 effort”, describes the press release. “The songs signal a page turned for Longstreth: hope instead of heartbreak, a restorative balance.”
The news comes paired with the first stellar single, ‘Break-Thru’, and a fittingly jubilant video directed by Sean Pecknold. Watch it below and grab the album when it drops on July 13th via Domino.
In other related good news, Dirty Projectors are also embarking on their first tour in five years with a new touring band. With several live dates in North America and Europe, the tour includes a show in London at Village Underground on August 22nd. Check all their stops and other info on their website.