As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2021.
Two of our favourite trailblazing artists, drummer extraordinaire and multi-instrumentalist and composer John Colpitts aka Kid Millions and electronic veteran musician and producer Jan St. Werner, are releasing Imperium Droop, their first album as a duo, next month. As we had previously mentioned, Imperium Droop picks up from where Millions and Werner had left off in 2016 when Werner invited Millions to perform an interpretation of his Felder album in a series of curated live dates. The pair played a unique concert at Oneida’s practice space and planned to follow it with an ongoing series of recorded collaborations, which saw them build an archive of recorded material that led to Imperium Droop.
Following the first exhilarating taste, ‘Sorrows and Compensations’, Werner and Millions have shared a new cut from the upcoming album called ‘Dark Tetrad’. Take a listen below and grab the album when it’s out on June 25th through Thrill Jockey.
We love drummer extraordinaire and all-round genius multi-instrumentalist and composer John Colpitts aka Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida) and we love electronic veteran musician and producer Jan St. Werner, a sound innovator known for a plethora of solo compositions and collaborative projects and as one half of German avant-garde electronic duo Mouse On Mars. So we couldn’t be more excited to learn of a collaboration between Kid Millions and Jan St. Werner, who have just announced Imperium Droop, their debut album as a duo. Described as “continuation of an ongoing musical dialogue between the two musicians”, the album picks up from where Millions and Werner left off in 2016 when Werner invited Millions to perform an interpretation of his Felder album in a series of curated live dates. A unique concert took place at Oneida’s practice space with just one person in the audience – songwriter Helado Negro. Millions and Werner planned to follow that concert with an ongoing series of recorded collaborations between them and ended up building an archive of recorded material that led to Imperium Droop.
Featuring guests contributions from Mats Gustafsson, Andrew Barker, and Richard Hoffman, the album is also described as “an incomparable work of gripping and intrepid sonic fluctuations”.
We’ll have to wait until June 25th for Imperium Droop to be out through Thrill Jockey but we can already get an exhilarating first taste from it with closing track ‘Sorrows and Compensations’. Here it is.
Jan St. Werner, one half of German avant-garde electronic duo Mouse On Mars, released a new album, Miscontinuum Album, last week. The effort is the third instalment off his Fiepblatter Catalogue Series, and saw St. Werner recruit contributors Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp (Oval), Kathy Alberici, and Taigen Kawabe (Bo Ningen).
As the press release explains, Miscontinuum is the fruit of an electronic opera, having also been developed and performed as a radio play, over the period of four years. “The central concept of Miscontinuum explores misconceptions of time and memory, inspired by unique acoustic phenomena derived digital phasing and musical time stretching techniques”.
St. Werner’s first performed Miscontinuum as a part of his Asymmetric Studio series in Munich in June 2013. Lucky Londoners are getting the chance to see a revised version of Miscontinuum this weekend, with performances taking place this Saturday at Cafe Oto and the following day at St Luke’s Church.
Here’s an album medley to whet your appetite.
Miscontinuum Album is out now via Thrill Jockey.