Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Efterklang

There’s just over two weeks 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.

Efterklang

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Performing Thursday 7th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Efterklang have long been one of our favourite bands. The Danish trio of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg always manage to surprise and impress us with their spellbinding genre transcending compositions. Over the years, album after album, they keep pushing ahead, venturing in new and exciting directions. With a stunning new album just out, Altid Sammen, under their collective belts, we can’t wait to see them performing it live at Le Guess Who?. And today Rasmus tell us which three bands he’s most excited to see at the festival.

 

Joseph Shabason

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Theater Kikker

“I love his solo albums. Some years ago Spotify’s algorithm suggested I listened to Aytche and I immediately fell in love and somehow it all felt very familiar. Later on I realised what a big role Joseph plays on Detroyer’s Kaputt album and it all made sense to me I have listened to that album a 1000 times. The newest album in collaboration with his mother is another masterpiece!”

 

Negativland

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Performing Sunday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“I have climbed the highest mountains. I have run through the fields, but I have never seen Negativland play live and I have no idea how they perform their art/music but I can only imagine it will be both fun, interesting and perspective changing. This is still one of my favorite collage / sample songs.”

 

Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden)

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Performing Friday 8th November at De Helling

“Great band from Sweden with one of my favorite guitarists Reine Fiske aboard. Slow grooves, prog amazingness and plenty of ideas. I imagine drinking a nice big beer and being at this concert and it will feel like heaven.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 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.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Joseph Shabason

There’s less two months 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.

Joseph Shabason

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Theater Kikker

Staggeringly talented composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason has been a favourite of ours for a long time. A busy recording artist and touring musician, he has also played and collaborated in various projects, including Destroyer and DIANA. Last year he released one of our 15 Album Picks of 2018, Anne, a beguiling, poignant and enveloping album blending jazz and ambient. Needless to say we can’t wait to see him perform at Le Guess Who? and we asked him which bands he’s most looking forward to. Find out his recommendations below, with a few words from him:

 

Cate Le Bon

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Performing Sunday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Been such a huge fan of hers for a bunch of years now and I can’t wait to finally see her live. I’ve heard that she’s incredible. Plus her new album is so on point and I’m excited to see how she does those songs live.”

 

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano

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Performing Thursday 7th November at Janskerk

“Basically I just want to see Visible Cloaks so badly. They make sounds that are so tactile and precise and their new record with Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano is gorgeous.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 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.

Joseph Shabason announces The Anne EP, shares absorbing track ‘1517’

Joseph Shabason‘s Anne, released last November, was one of our 15 Album Picks of the year and it remains a beguiling, affecting and reflective listen from start to finish, encompassing jazz and ambient. So we’re very pleased to know that the talented composer and multi-instrumentalist is following it up with a five-track companion piece, The Anne EP. As with the album, the EP features contributions from Destroyer’s Dan Bejar and Thom Gill, amongst other musicians.
The Anne EP arrives on May 10th through Western Vinyl, and we can already hear the first gentle and beautiful single, ‘1517’. “1517 is the feeling of lying in a park and watching kids play on the first real day of spring”, described Shabason. “It’s knowing that life is gonna fuck you down, but consciously giving yourself permission to get lost in an afternoon”.
Let yourself immerse in the subtle beauty of this song.

Mixtape #101

Our first mixtape of the year is here and it is amazing, put together by Toronto based composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason. Known for his longtime collaboration with Destroyer and DIANA, he is also a busy recording artist and touring musician. Marrying jazz and ambient, Shabason first enticed us with his debut album Aytche, which he followed up last year with Anne, a beguiling and affecting album that made it to our Album Picks of 2018. So we're over the moon he found the time to pick this marvellous mix of tracks for us!

  1. John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman – Lush Life [Impulse!]
  2. Prefab Sprout – Nightingales [Kitchenware Records / CBS]
  3. Mid-Air Thief – Why? [Botanical House]
  4. Bernice – David [Arts & Crafts]
  5. Arve Henriksen – Patient Zero [Rune Grammofon]
  6. Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New [Atlast Records]
  7. Hiroshi Yoshimura – Singing Stream (Spring Mix) [Eastworld]
  8. Pauline Anna Strom – Freedom at the 45th Floor [Rvng Intl.]
  9. Peter Gabriel – Donʼt Give Up [Geffen]
  10. Phil Manzanera – Big Day [Island Records]
  11. Nicholas Krgovich – Along the PCH on Oscar Night [Tin Angel Records]
  12. Joni Mitchell = The Three Great Stimulants [Geffen]
  13. Donald Fagen – The Goodbye Look [Warner Bros. Records]

Joseph Shabason collaborates with Gigi Masin on new single ‘November’

Last month we heard the poignantly beautiful ‘Forest Run’, the first single from Joseph Shabason‘s upcoming album Anne. The Toronto based composer and multi-instrumentalist has shared a second single called ‘November’, which saw him collaborate with Italian ambient composer Gigi Masin of Gaussian Curve. Gigi describes this collaboration:

“Writing music together without actually being in the same room it’s pretty easy these days. However, by doing so you can often lose something in the process: the human touch. I’m a firm believer that the human touch is indispensable, certain situations work much better when that’s considered. This is exactly what happened with Joseph – a talented person, also a very patient one who’s been able to endure my constant giving advice and to translate our humanity into music, especially our different points of view. A beautiful and rare thing.”

Shabason also had this to say:

“About four years ago my friend Graeme told me to listen to the album Wind by Gigi Masin. Listening to Wind was one of those musical moments where you feel like you’re listening to something that you’ve been waiting for all your life.”

Now take a listen to ‘November’.

Anne is out on November 16th through Western Vinyl.