Back to the portal again and we did say al lthis last week and while the whole world window that stares back at us (only it probably was a televion fizzing and going off and things back then when we frist heard of the Whole World Window). it might be of course, This five musical things thing is mostly about just that, five musical things that have passed by in the last few days, five soundbites, five slices of musical information along with those oh so vital links and signposts
And like we said around about this time last week, On we go some more, on we go yet again, Burn down the internet some more, do it just for the insurance money or soemthing like that. There is always music isn’t there? There is always repeating things and doing a cut and paste of what you said last week isn;t there? Five more musical things then, same as we said last time, repeat these things, five (or so) musical things that have caught ears over the past few days, five musical things plucked from the overflowing in box or the feeds or the clouds or wherever these things come from. boo hiss again…
Five more musical things that have passed our way, five more things to check out should you wish to…
1: Skip Action – we do like a bit fo skip action, you find a lot of art materials in East London skips, that and guitars, perfectly good electric guitars all the stings in place, found a perfectly good Marshall once (twice actually), found a decent enough canvas last week, painted on it for the Self show, Skip Action, in this case, appears to be a solo project and album from Berger (jealousy mountain duo /leaf kickers). The album is self titled, it seems to hit just the right spot today in terms of the direction it is taking us and the beautiful thing about the internet and the whole world window is that, other than posting a link and telling you how good it is, you don’t really need us to say anoything, reviews are so last century…
2: Ed Balloon – The Ed Balloon #DollarAndRT live series continues with a performance of “Fiend” from his latest EP ‘I Hate It Here’. More from the Bandcamp page as always.Do like that you can never quite nail mr Balloon down, you never quite know where he might be going tomorrow…
3: Hot Breath are from Gothenburg, Sweden, this new single is parked here waiting for you because sometimes you just need to crank it up and let the damn thing rock. “What You’re Looking for, I’ve Already Found is the third single from Hot Breath’s debut album Rubbery Lips, released on The Sign Records April 9, 2021″. That link you just passed takes you to thier Bandcamp page
More, more more, we are the band,,,,
4: Arrow To Fire are from Austin, Texas and as we jsut said up there, this piece of no messing is parked here waiting for you because sometimes you just need to crank it up and let the damn thing rock “I’m Supersonic” is written from the perspective of a vintage 74 cubic inch Harley Davidson Shovelhead motor. Even though it’s old, it has guts and will kick your ass every time you ride it. This motor is psyched out of its mind to be ridden hard and can’t wait to melt your face off. Arrows To Fire basically channeled the energy of one of the baddest motors ever built into this song. People will feel that when they hear it!”
You see, we’ve never did see the need to pigeonhole it and say Organ is about this kind of baked bean or that kind of baked bean. We interviewed a band once, they were called Blue Blud, it was in the Marquee dressing room, they were opening for Faith No More and insistant that the only kind of baked beans anyone wanted were the orange ones that came in cans and if anyone served baked beans in blue sauce no one would want them. They weren’t happy about Faith No More, they did evolved out of an excellend band called Trespass which is why we were bothering to talk to them (the weren’t happy about us shouting Stormchild during thier set either), we didn’t publish the interview but it did get me wanting some chocolate flavoured beans on an Atom Seed sleeve…
5: Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske – From the upcoming album “Pavel Milyakov & Bendik Giske” out March 26th on Smalltown Supersound’s new offshoot Le Jazz Non, and like we said already up there we don’t need to dance around the architecture, we jsut need ot post it alnd leave you to make up your own mind….
“On March 26th, Smalltown Supersound will release the untitled album by Pavel Milyakov (AKA Buttechno) and Bendik Giske: a collaborative marvel from two of modern experimental music’s most fascinating artists, who together have created a total symbiosis of their respective worlds. The album is also the first release on Smalltown Supersound’s new imprint Le Jazz Non.
As Bendik describes in his own words: “I first got immersed in Pavel’s work with his album ‘Cherskogo Drive’, released under their moniker Buttechno on Cititrax in 2018, where Pavel seemingly effortlessly plays with core synthesized sound elements and sequences.
Joakim of Smalltown Supersound and I started fantasising about what Pavel and I could come up with in joining our methods, and we decided to reach out with our thoughts.
In meeting Pavel, I met a visionary and incredibly prolific artist. Soon we were sending sound files back and forth between Moscow, Berlin, and wherever else our individual practices would take us.
The album grew organically over time from its initial intention. Every piece I got from Pavel was in its own right a distinct take on the possibilities of my instrument’s sonic qualities and the elements I had sent him. Sounds were carefully worked through a discrete modular software system imagined by Pavel, allowing them to rethink and rearrange audio with their unique musical sensibility. This album´s final curation is a collection of tracks made over 12 months, a labour of love and a mode of being in the world that is also inventing it.”
The music conjured up by Milyakov and Giske inside this new world is arresting, absorbing and transporting. Creaky, eery atmospheres created by Pavel provide a platform for Bendik’s captivating, physical and remarkable saxophone improvisations. The stark minimalism of both artist’s work draws attention to the exquisite intricacies and the deftness of both artists’ work which displays a phenomenal amount of dexterity and versatility.
Album opener ‘Untitled 1’ is an anxious, discordant roar led by Giske; his shrieking saxophone bellows over fogged-out and low-key electronic padding, followed quickly by ‘Untitled 2’, where the roles are seemingly reversed. Here we get a rhythm led, humid, fluttering soundscape which bears the unmistakable marks of Pavel’s sculpting and reimagining – as does ‘Untitled 3’s dense layering of rapid-fire ostinatos and circular sax motifs.
The impressive palette of sounds is spread further on ‘Untitled 4’ and ‘Untitled 5’, where dark electronic interpolation ushers in an air of ascetic science fiction. Bendik’s flexibility as a performer is showcased once again with a mind-bending percussive and very tactile playing style, playing the sax more like a drum than woodwind at times. Pavel is fashioning an audible conversation between the tangible, albeit distant reality of Bendik’s saxophone taking place inside a new landscape, with the barriers of creative possibility fully uninhibited.
Bendik’s signature cyclical style reappears front and centre on ‘Untitled 6’ as once more, subtle, acute electronic beds and embellishments help propel the piece beyond the seemingly physically possible into their own unique ecosphere. ‘Untitled 7’ finishes the album with the most straightforward demonstration of the interdependent nature of this collaboration and the sophisticated minutiae of each individual’s contribution.
Moscow-based artist Pavel Milyakov has gained notoriety for releasing experimental techno as Buttechno on labels like Cititrax, The Trilogy Tapes and Incienso. Under his own name he also crafts abstract and ambient sounds. Pavel’s work has been lauded by Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, Hyponik, CRACK Magazine, The Quietus and FACT.
Bendik Giske is a Berlin-based, Norwegian artist and saxophonist whose expressive use of physicality, vulnerability and endurance have already won him much critical acclaim including The Financial Times, Metal, The FADER, Resident Advisor, BBC 6 Music and many more. Bendik has played many very highbrow shows including a recent installation at Riga Biennial and during Venice Biennale. Bendik’s music has been used widely in fashion shows and he was commissioned for the score of Stine Goya catwalk at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
This untitled album follows Bendik’s 2019 debut album ‘Surrender’ and Milyakov’s respective 2019 and 2020 releases ‘badtrip’ as Buttechno and ‘Masse Métal’ under his own name, all of which garnered huge critical praise”. Album details
3; And while we’re here and listening to the excellent new Peter Hammill album that really is everything you all hope, we’ll par kthis pieceof 1975 delight here…
And also while we’re still here, we did cover this the other day and we know who are these people are but you might noe and that needs ot be put right don’t you think? Some interesting things to be explore here, lots of unwashed unloved DIY punk rock, something to do with those Bus Station Loonies. Go explore the Bandcamp page.
More of this kind of thing in a day or two…