ORGAN: Five Music Things – Baron Crâne, Tamarisk, new Kazumichi Komatsu, John Ghost are back, Irina Tanaeva, Andrew Hamilton’s Music for People Who Like Art…

it was all about the background collages really,

The Five music thing again for whatever it might be worth? Five? Again? Already? Five more? Do we need a new editorial yet? Is there a point? Is there any point? Was there ever? What do points make? What is the point? Again and again and again (and again). Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five more musical things and yeah, we did say all this last week and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, we could just cut ‘n paste the editorial from the last time, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Who needs any of this? Who needs it, who needs it, who really needs any of this? Cynical smile? Same what every day? Here’s your five for today

1: Baron Crâne – “These guys, Baron Crâne, have just released a new piece. It’s wild!Get Listening!” so said the rather excellent Garald. Have you checked out Gerald yet? – ORGAN THING: Hang on, holy merd (yet again), GeRald! Fire in a Madhouse, The Attack of the Giant what?! This just in from France… – Baron Crâne are new to us, this is from the from the album “Les beaux jours” Coming out on October 15th, hang on, that makes it today then. We need more, we just found more, you can find more on the otherside of this video directed by François-Xavier Dubois

More indeed, the whole Baron Crâne album is there on their Bandcamp page in full “Progressive, jazzy, fusion and heavy rock infused” is how they describe it. It is a bold album, a bit of a throwback


And something new from way way back….

2: Tamarisk have a new album out on October 21st, well we say “new” album, some of us have had demo versions and treasured bootlegs of these track for dozens of years, “Suspended Animation was conceived as a vinyl LP. It is 6 tracks of music written in the mid 1980’s, but never recorded by the band. The lyrics have been rewritten here & there. It’s looking back at the past with its feet in the present”, there is one track to hear on Bandcamp but it is one of their classics from those days of the new wave of prog tock and the Marquee Choral Society. Never though we’d be hearing this in 2021, it does sound very much of those prog rock 80’s and it does sound like they should be off on tourt with IQ or Twelfth Night next week, it is good to hear. More via Bandcamp


3: Andrew Hamilton‘s Music for People Who Like Art, I guess that might be us then? We’ll just park this here, it speaks for itself, it is rather addictive. Performed by faculty and fellows at the 2016 Bang on a Can Summer Marathon, part of the Summer Festival at MASS MoCA.

3: Irina Tanaeva – A one-woman band by sound artist Irina Tanaeva, from Moscow, Russia, “founded in 2019. Irina creates atmospheric music, based on tenor saxophone”. A video posted by our friends over there in new York experimental kraut-rock flaboured art rock band Pas Musique on their YouTube feed. Read more about Pas Musique here – ORGAN THING: An impressive new album and a first taste from the Brooklyn-based Faust-flavoured Kraut-edged electronic collective Pas Musique….

More about Artemeida via that link that takes you to her Bandcamp

4: Kazumichi Komatsu – A couple of video pieces and “a work of ambient reverie, warped dream pop & disintegrative electronics by Kyoto-based producer Kazumichi Komatsu” – beautifully glitchy, warm, experimental, the two video pieces are here by way of introduction to the album you can find our more about further dow nthe page/////

Hear more and find more detsils via Bandcamp. The album is out on Japan’s FLAU in early November, “‘Emboss Star’ is the new album by Kochi-born, Kyoto-based artist Kazumichi Komatsu, the first to be released under his own name following a prolific run of material as Madegg. We’re just throwing up links and news today

“Informed by a range of earlier work including EPs, installation works, video works, as well as live appearances at fashion shows, parties & raves, the material collected on ‘Emboss Star’ has been prepared and refined over the past four years, its final collation described as like arranging the pieces on a chess board; every piece strategically placed.
In its entirety ‘Emboss Star’ is intended to emphasize the fundamental aspects of sound, and its relation to the material processes of playback; the grain of a rough recording, the jump and skip of a needle, the backwards gargle of a rewind. Individual parts shift suddenly, mirroring the abrupt transitions of everyday life. In this Komatsu attempts to reconfigure our response to sound, and the associations it often evokes; to reconsider the exchange of information and image, to alter perceptions.
Inviting a state of subconscious reverie – a mood often linked with ambient music but rarely matched as it is here – Komatsu adds an element of resistance to ‘Emboss Star’, as if depicting the tranquility of a dream, as well as its inevitable disturbance.
With creativity now compressed into a form of contemporary communication often ruled by vanity, redundant hashtags and tiresome jargon, Komatsu navigates the noise, recognizing technological ennui yet finding beauty, folklore & imaginative possibility.
‘Emboss Star’ is a collection of folk songs for lost connections. A vivid form of refuge”


And the remixes are here


5; John Ghost have something new, they are a band of course and they’ve been quiet, unless we’ve missed something since that excellent 2019 album – ORGAN THING: The best albums of 2019? Le Grand Sbam, Poil, Peter Hammill & Isildurs Bane, Helium Horse Fly, Child Abuse, Throwaway, Flying Luttenbachers, John Ghost and… – this video has just landed, the details are now there underneath. How good is that building up to the end? More please

The press release tell us

John Ghost is ingenious and exploratory, often described as a symbiosis between the sounds of Steve Reich, John Hollenbeck, Nils Frahm and Jaga Jazzist. Created around the Ghent guitarist and composer Jo De Geest, the Belgian sextet draw on influences from jazz, rock and post-classical music, where minimalism, electronics and a cinematic atmosphere characterize their instrumental music. Having received critical acclaim for their 2019 album ‘Airships Are Organisms’, the sextet are set to release new single ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’ on the 5th November via the groove-obsessed label Sdban Ultra.

Having toyed with the idea of collaborating with different artists for some time, John Ghost has joined forces with Frank Wienk aka Binkbeats for ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’. The Dutch producer, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist has previously remixed tracks by Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and Atoms For Peace. “In the studio, Binkbeats often works with audio design. He is particularly versatile with this and has very strong personal views on the sound design of a project. Our musical styles are a nice fit as well. As a group, we also wanted to stress the productional aspects and experiment with electronic components. This collaboration with Frank worked smoothly and gave us the opportunity to approach John Ghost’s music from different angles,” says De Geest.

The single is co-produced by Norwegian producer Jørgen Træen, known for his collaborations with Jaga Jazzist, Kaizers Orchestra, the Hubro-label and Sondre Lerche. He also produced the ‘Airships Are Organisms’ album and ‘Black Chamber (Escape to the Sun)’ is reminiscent of the album’s cinematic themes and dreamy musical atmosphere, but has a more straightforward pop-direction because of Binkbeat’s contribution. They rhythmic approach is characteristic of the Dutch percussionist, while the composition’s dark sounds interact with frivolous elements in a striking way. The video was filmed on the 19th March 2021 at De Koer, the vibrant and creative arts centre in the Brugse Poort, Ghent

And just by way of a reminded of how good that 2019 album was and still is.

More soon, stsy tuned, and whiel we’re here, let’s jsut park this…

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