Things, a bag load of quick things today, places to go, no time for Organ today.
Rather like this taste of the new Early Mammal album on Riot Season hints at good things. The three piece are playing over at The Birds Nest over in Deptford, London SE8 tomorrow (Saturday November 28th) as part of the November Sinema City show, a night that promises “lots of big riffs and transformative tunes, Early Mammal looking forward to a heavy one” Entry is free, The Mantis Opera open the bill at 8.30pm, more on the other side of the video…
“Fractured thoughts in songs and sharp instrumentation” are what the rather impressive Mantis Opera are promising is
Snack Family find themselves in the middle of the bill “Low grooves and down-and-out narratives in an unusual baritone sax setup. Somewhere between guilty pleasure sleaze and progressive dark swing£
Max Richter announces SLEEP deluxe box set, May tour and remix project featuring Mogwai
We’ve covered Max Richter‘s eight hour long piece called Sleep before, “Sleep is eight hours long – the equivalent of a night’s rest – and is actually and genuinely intended to send the listener to sleep. “It’s an eight-hour lullaby,” says its composer, Max Richter.
The ground-breaking new work is scored for piano, strings, electronics and vocals – but no words. “It’s my personal lullaby for a frenetic world,” he says. “A manifesto for a slower pace of existence.”
“Max Richter’s pioneering work SLEEP – the composition dubbed a “gigantic lullaby” by the Los Angeles Times – is to be made available physically in its 8 hour entirety for the first time on 11th December. Packaged in a beautifully-designed box, this new deluxe release contains 8 CDs and 1 high-definition pure audio Blu-ray disc.
Within two weeks of their digital release, SLEEP and the one-hour adaptation from SLEEP had topped the iTunes Classical charts around the world, making it the best-selling classical album worldwide in 2015. SLEEP went to the #1 spot in 26 countries and was voted #5 in the Rough Trade Albums of the Year list, whilst from Sleep also hit the pop charts in several countries.
Building on this success, a series of SLEEP remixes by both new and high-profile names are planned. The first of these, set for release on 11 December is by Mogwai – the band Max calls “darkly brilliant”.
According to someone else, “Richter operates within a kind of Venn diagram space between alternative popular music and the avant-garde” and this remix project was born out of Max’s passion for and immersion in contemporary sounds, to which he views as of equal cultural importance to the classical world.
Live audiences will get an opportunity to experience from SLEEP – a new shortened piece drawn from the full 8 hour SLEEP – in May 2016, when the Max Richter Ensemble undertake a major UK tour, visiting Bristol, London, Norwich, Manchester and Edinburgh.
The first half will feature a performance of The Blue Notebooks, which Time Out described as “a modern compositional tour de force of almost overwhelming emotional power.”