Christina Vantzou shares new single, ‘Kimona I’, from upcoming album, No. 5

Photo: Julie Calbert

Christina Vantzou is preparing to drop her new album, No.5, on November 11th through Kranky. With the release date nearing, and following the mysterious ‘Red Eel Dream’ and the magnificent and immersive ‘Surreal Presence (for SH and FM)’, the phenomenal composer and visual artist has shared a new single titled ‘Kimona I’, and a visual accompaniment featuring footage from Lizzie Borden’s 1983 feminist film, Born in Flames. Speaking about it, Vantzou commented:

“Filmed in the early 80’s, mainly in the East Village, largely with friends, non-actors and activists, Born in Flames is a film about work, class & race divisions, and organized revolt. Meanwhile on No. 5, ‘Kimona 1 & Kimona II’ were written for workers, specifically low-wage employees at giant institutions.”

Of her collaboration with Christina Vantzou Lizzie Borden said:

“I was honored when Christina Vantzou approached me with her beautiful piece of music “Kimona I,” accompanied by scenes from my film “Born In Flames”. As we collaborated, I was stunned to see familiar images take on new meaning when set against her haunting, elegiac music. Thank you for your exquisite work, Christina.”

Watch the video for ‘Kimona I’ below.

Watch Christina Vantzou’s video for new single ‘Red Eel Dream’

Following the magnificent and immersive ‘Surreal Presence (for SH and FM)’, Christina Vantzou has shared a second single titled ‘Red Eel Dream’. Flowing with mystery, the new track is taken from her upcoming record No.5, set for release on November 11th through Kranky. ‘Red Eel Dream’ comes with a video made by Eva L’Hoest in collaboration with Vantzou and you can watch it below.

Christina Vantzou set to release new album, No.5, in November

Photo: Julie Calbert

Brussels based composer and visual artist Christina Vantzou has announced the release of a new album entitled No.5. The follow-up to 2018’s No.4 marks the fifth instalment in her staggering series of numbered albums, exploring and melding classical, ambient, and minimalism. Vantzou envisioned the album when she performed at the Syros International Film Festival in the Aegean Sea and after relocating to the Cycladic island of Ano Koufonisi, she stripped down and condensed hours of raw recordings into the 11 pieces that make up the album. Vantzou describes No.5 as “11 gelatinous, dripping and fragile concoctions for voice, piano, synthesizers, strings, winds and field recordings.” She adds:

“No. 5 seeks moisture, air, walking barefoot in nature, absorbing the elements, losing track of time.

It’s a record about space and opening up space. It’s a set of ideas shaped in the oral tradition. It sends praise and care for those who wish to reshape reality.”

We’ll have to wait until November 11th for No.5 to be released through Kranky but we can already hear the magnificent and immersive first single ‘Surreal Presence (for SH and FM)’. Take a listen below and check out the visual trailer straight after.

Mixtape #94

With April comes a superb mixtape lovingly put together by wonderful and prolific Greek composer, electronic musician and producer Serafim Tsotsonis. With an immense portfolio spanning four albums and compositions and collaborations in the worlds of film, television, and theatre, his influences are vast, flirting with genres from neo-classical and ambient to post-rock and dream pop. You'll find a bit of all of this and more in his mix so press play and enjoy!

  1. Fennesz – The Point of It All [Touch]
  2. Demen – Mea [Kranky]
  3. Brian Eno & Harold Budd – Still Return [Virgin Records]
  4. Jon Hassell & Ry Cooder – Nature Boy [Water Lily Acoustics]
  5. Ocean Hope -Tame [Hush Hush]
  6. Boards Of Canada – One Very Important Thought [Warp]
  7. Weyes Blood – In the Beginning [Mexican Summer]
  8. Ryuichi Sakamoto – andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Rework) [Milan Music]
  9. Efterklang – The Living Layer [4AD]
  10. Bibio – Kaini Industries (Original By Boards of Canada) [Warp]
  11. Slowdive – Don’t Know Why [Dead Oceans]
  12. Alfred Schnittke – II
  13. Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd – Outside, Silence [Soleil Apres Minuit]
  14. Anna Calvi – The Bridge [Domino]
  15. Preoccupations – Disarray [Jagjaguwar]
  16. Peter Broderick – Carried [Erased Tapes Records]
  17. Insecure Men – Ulster [Fat Possum Records]
  18. Johann Johannsson – Melodia (i) [4AD]
  19. Christina Vantzou – Vhs [Kranky]
  20. Manos Hadjidakis – To Vals Ton Hamenon Oniron

Christina Vantzou announces new album No.4

Christina Vantzou continues her staggering series of numbered albums, exploring and melding classical, ambient, and minimalism. She has announced a new album, No.4, following 2015’s widely acclaimed No.3.
A number of musical and conceptual collaborators helped bring the album to life, including Steve Hauschildt, John Also Bennett, Angel Deradoorian, Clarice Jensen, Beatrijs De Klerck, and members of Belgium’s Echo Collective. The upcoming No. 4, and as the press release describes, “feels both endless and ephemeral, immersive and immaterial”.

Ahead of the album’s release on April 6th through Kranky, we can already hear ‘ Some Limited and Waning Memory’, an utterly beautiful track, both soothing and compelling.

Mixtape #92

This month's mixtape comes from the phenomenal Christina Vantzou. A visual artist as well as self-taught composer and orchestral arranger, her impressive body of work spans a wide spectrum of artistic expression. In her three widely acclaimed albums, the immersive and introspective Nº1, Nº2 and Nº3, Vantzou's painstakingly beautiful compositions incorporate a multitude of electronic elements and genres, from ambient and contemporary classical to modern chamber and drone music. So we're honoured to present this treat of a mixtape she put together for us.

  1. Jessica Moss – Entire Populations, Pt. I excerpt [Constellation]
  2. Miyami – Innocent excerpt
  3. Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture (Full with Cannons) excerpt
  4. Frank Ocean U-N-I-T-Y [Def Jam Recordings]
  5. Sibylle Baier – Remember The Day [Orange Twin / Isota Records]
  6. Demen – Niorum [Kranky]
  7. Pink Floyd – Time excerpt [Harvest Records]
  8. Durutti Column – Smile In The Crowd [Factory]
  9. Lieven Martens Moana – Music For A Clearing excerpt [EM Records]
  10. Mark Renner – Jars of Clay [RVNG Intl.]
  11. Klaus Wiese – Geisha excerpt [Edition Akasha]
  12. Mark Pritchard – ?
  13. Dariush Dolat-Shahi – Electronic Music, Tar and Sehtar excerpt [Folkways Records]
  14. Frank Ocean – Mine [Def Jam Recordings]
  15. Fever Ray – If I Had A Heart [Rabid / Mute]
  16. Mary Ocher – Blue Crystal Fire [Klangbad]
  17. Michele Mercure – Eyechant [Freedom To Spend]