Sarah Pagé to release new album, Voda, in 2023; shares first single ‘Méduses’

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There’s wonderful news from Montreal based experimental harpist Sarah Pagé, who is set to release the follow-up to her 2019 debut album Dose Curves. Entitled Voda, which means water in Russian, the album sprouted from Voda-Eau-Water, a collaborative performance piece by Russian/Ukrainian choreographer Nika Stein exploring themes of mortality and vitality and how it is depicted by human’s relationship to water. As the press release describes, “these conjoined realities are told through symbols drawn from Russian myth and poetry: a peasant woman washing her clothes in a river, an immortal water nymph encountering the concept of death; a dripping wet cave, a spa, a swamp, the abyss. “

Unlike her previous record, where the harp was the core instrument, on the upcoming album Pagé brings to the fore new instruments including bass, cello, violin, koto, electronics, oak branches, water bowls and waterphone.

While a release date hasn’t yet been set, Pagé is already enticing us with the first single, the gripping and enveloping ‘Méduses’. Take a listen now.

Mute to reissue Phew’s 1992 album Our Likeness in February

Legendary Japanese singer Phew has announced the reissue of her album Our Likeness, originally released in 1992 through Mute. Recorded at Conny Plank’s home studio in Cologne, Our Likeness features a phenomenal cast of musicians including Jaki Liebezeit, Alexander Hacke, Chrislo Haas and Thomas Stern. Phew elaborates:

“When I was recording at Conny’s Studio in 1981, a young German man came to visit, sat quietly in the studio for a while and left without saying a word. His politeness was long remembered and can still be recalled. It was when he came to Japan that I discovered he was Chrislo Haas of D.A.F. At the end of the 1980s he visited me in Tokyo, then we decided to make something together, and a few months later we were recording at Conny’s Studio. Chrislo contacted the musicians who took part, Alex Hacke, Jaki Liebezeit and Thomas Stern, told Mute about the project and Our Likeness was released. I often wonder what kind of music Chrislo would have made if he had still been here on earth. Twenty-four years later, I met Alex Hacke again at a festival in Poland, where I got to play with hackedepicciotto. And now I am working with Danielle de Picciotto. More to come!”

Our Likeness arrives on February 17th through Mute. In the meantime, you can get a taste for the album with the stream for the jaunty title track below.

Charlie Stacey’s first solo project, The Light Beyond Time, out today

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Extraordinary keyboard player and pianist Charlie Stacey is no stranger to the UK jazz scene. Known for his work with Yussef Dayes, Stacey has also played and collaborated with artists such as Moses Boyd and The Ezra Collective. Today sees the release of his first solo project under his own name, The Light Beyond Time.  A direct-to-disc recording for Night Dreamer Records, the effort explores the outer margins of jazz, funk and Afro-Cuban influences through composition and improvisation.

To bring The Light Beyond Time to life, Stacey enlisted his regular band comprising Oscar Ogden (drums), Tom Driessler (bass) and Jay Phelps (trumpet), and it also features guest contributions from vocalist Vula Malinga and Holland based Senegalese percussionist Mamour Seck.

“The chance to record in the way that Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and many of my heroes recorded was really appealing,” Stacey said about the recording process.  He continues, “the fact we only spent one-and-a-half days recording actually made it more fun, as it meant we played in a more intense, focused way.

I liked the idea of the spontaneity of creating something with one opportunity only to get it right. I also liked the idea of non-judgement that leaving stuff intact lends itself to. Whatever we played on the day is what we ended up using and therefore is neither right nor wrong, it just is.”

For a thrilling taste of what’s on offer, listen to the closing track ‘Mamour’s Tune’ below.

Sunroof set to release second album, Electronic Improvisations Vol. 2, in February

Last year, the founder of Mute, Daniel Miller, and legendary producer, engineer and artist Gareth Jones, who have been friends and collaborators for four decades decades, released their collaborative album, Electronic Music Improvisations Vol. 1, under the name Sunroof. Now the pair have announced its follow-up, Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 2. A collection of eight improvised modular pieces recorded at their respective homes, it follows the same principle as the previous volume, with no pre-planning and no rehearsal.  “I suppose this is the difficult second album,” Gareth explained, “it took 40 years to make the first album and just nine months to create this one!” Daniel continues, “We got on a roll and didn’t really stop recording once we had that momentum.”

Electronic Music Improvisations Volume 2 is set for release on February 17th through the Parallel Series of Mute and ahead of it Sunroof have shared the first single, ‘January #2’. It comes with a video created by themselves and you can watch it below.

Duke Garwood’s new album, Rogues Gospel, out tomorrow; listen to new single ‘Return to Splendour’

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Rogues Gospel, the new album from London based multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood, is out tomorrow through God Unknown Records. Garwood got together with Paul May to record the album in the summer of 2020, when the world was mostly shut down. He comments:

“We knew we had to play – for our souls, for the soul of humanity, to bring down the machine and tyranny, to invite the angels in, to save ourselves from insanity. Play we did, the guitars detuned until bee’s wings would make the strings sing. We began with the drum, and the things that shake and rattle, the drones of the heat, we sweated and we worked it until the night calmed us.

This is not a lock down album, for we were free in our spirits when this was created, free from any desires to conquer and fill our pockets with the booty of success.”

Ahead of the album release tomorrow, Garwood has shared a new single titled ‘Return to Splendour’. It comes with an accompanying video, watch it now.

tyroneisaacstuart’s debut album, S!CK, out now; watch short film for album medley

tyroneisaacstuart‘s thrilling and supreme debut album, S!CK, came out last Friday. To celebrate the album release, the brilliant multidisciplinary artist has shared a medley in the shape of a short film combining the three acts that make the album, GUMBO, Apology and Peace. The film was directed by Eleanor Grace Hann and produced by Kevin Chemuka. Watch it below.

S!CK is out now through New Soil