Like we repeated last time, we usually come up with somekind of smartarse editorial about all the striving and the doing it, on we go, the Five music things thing yet again for whatever it still might be worth. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five, cross-pollination? Five more? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) picky about what we actually post on these pages or play on the radio or hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial 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 cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? But, then as we said with the previous Five Music Thing feature a couple of days back, a page that also featured Death Pill (as did the five before that) that maybe this time we do need an editorial? I mean, Ukraine, just a land full of people making music, art, wanting to just live and go to gigs and hang out together and do the same thing most of us do, those of us who aren’t power crazed leaders…
Here’s your five pieces of music for today….
1: Noémi Büchi – “I create my compositions from a symphonic-orchestral viewpoint, where the sounds are my orchestra, and I arrange them in time and space”. – Noémi Büchi. This EP from the Swiss composer is out in mid April, we can only hear one track on her Bandcamp page right now, it does bode rather well, do like the way it shimmers in the light., they way it promises, like looking in through a lightly open door whe nyou know there’s going to be something good. ” Noémi Büchi is a composer and sound artist currently based in Zürich, creating an electronic-symphonic maximalism for a forgotten silence”.
“Noémi Büchi’s first EP for -OUS, ‘Hyle’ is a reference to the ancient greek term for ‘matter’ – which is composed of fire, water, air and earth – and only comes into existence when ‘form’ is attached to it. Balancing between the elements of electroacoustic music, neo-classical composition and sound design, ‘Hyle’ unfolds in three compositions that translate ‘matter’ into music. «We all are matter, and music is matter. My compositions convert personal and collective memories between trauma and joy into music that is rooted in the emotional dimension, but also intends to spark intellectual euphoria», she explains.
Consciously returning to the appreciation of harmony, Noémi Büchi unfolds its musical potential through chordal combinations and reduced musical intervals. Her pieces are written with a classical understanding of compositional forms, structures and textures, which she translates to experimental electronic music. Just as life can be segmented into layers of knowledge and experience, Noémi Büchi composes in layers: she explores the potential of harmonies and dissonance, contrasts rhythmic figures with disruptive moments and playfully emphasizes irregularities, in order to expand our listening habits and create dense moments and harmonic grandeur alike. ‘Hyle’ is a prelude to her debut album ‘Matter’, which will be released on -OUS in 2022.
Composer and sound artist Noémi Büchi explores electronic and symphonic maximalism. Her music is defined by a delicate blend of electronic-orchestral condensations and textural rhythms. She strives for a combination of harmonic and dissonant sonorities, to evoke both intellectual and emotional euphoria. Her 2019 debut EP ‘Matière’, released through Light of Other Days, attracted widespread attention within the experimental music scene. In 2020, she released a second EP Prismic Passages on the Leipzig-based tape label Visible Dinner. -OUS will be releasing her debut album ‘Matter’ and its prelude ‘Hyle’ in 2022, as well as the debut album of Musique Infinie, a collaboration between Noémi Büchi and Feldermelder.”
2: Tony Njoku – “Tony is a British-Nigerian electronic music producer and songwriter from London.Raised in between Lagos and London the twenty-three year old has always been a frequent globetrotter with the breadth of his travels reflected in his music. His self-penned and produced songs have been described as ‘strikingly evocative soundscapes,managing to make even the shortest pop songs sound like epic adventures”. Tony came to our attention via a comment he left on a Loraine James post, don’t you just love the way curiouslity leads us to these things, don’t know that much about him, this is rather beautiful, find it on Bandcamp
3: Cocaine Piss – more from the band from Liege, Belgium, we’ve covered quiet a bit of them in recent years, the name is starting to feel a little childish now but they do have a pissy edge to the messed up music they make. They just released a new single, they said it was a single, only one track, damn good one but in my book a single should have a b-side, you want to flip the thing and find a clasic hiding there like you did with The Sweet or those classics Ruts flipsides, the punk track on te a-side and some glorious dub on the other, or that time you found Emerald on the b-side of a Thin Lizzy single and the rest was history. Find this one track single on Bandcamp. We demand b-sides!
4: Envy Of None – Envy Of None, the new band and debut self-titled album from Alex Lifeson (Rush), Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), Alfio Annibalini and singer Maiah Wynne due for release on Kscope on 8th April. Listened to a couple of the tracks that have been let loose now, this one And we do like a bit of Coney Hatch and that devil in the deck and that one eye’d jack and stick a knife in your back and well, let’s see where this one goes. There’s two track on the Kscope Bandcamp page right now, they talk of things ambient or cinematic so I guess the two tracks tell you quite a bit? Time will tell, watch this space or that one over there, This second track brought us down off the fence a little more than the first did.
“The ambient, cinematic darkness that the collective creates evokes a powerful atmosphere that will excite superfans and new audiences alike. Lifeson and Curran’s longtime friendship was the catalyst for the bands inception – but Envy Of None is not defined by its members resumes – they aren’t Rush or Coney Hatch and far more than the sum of its collective parts”.
5: Cthulhu Rise – As we said last time, that thing about people being driven together by the coward Putin, this came out in 2020 when Europe was different place and even though bad things we’re happening in other parts of the world (and we already new owners of Newcastle United Football Club were far worse than the now former owner of Chelski), back in 2020 when the pandemic was the thing, what beautiful days they were (if you avoided it of course, not all of us did), how beautiful were those emty cities and now jets planes in the sky. World situations apart, and we can’t really say that we know, what is there not to like about this? This instrumental Ukrainian band, Cthulhu Rise, proper Rock in Opposition stuff, we hadn’t heard of them until this week, you can explore more via Bandcamp or catch them on the Other Rock Show this weekend
Here’s some more Death Pill, the Hardcore Punk Rock band from Kyiv, Ukraine who we;ve featured rather a lot on recent pages and radio shows, we make no apologies for doing so again.
And while we’re here, classic b-sides part whatever number you wish it to be, hey Cocaine Piss, we demand b-sides, surely you should be a classic b-sides band!
And opening here on Tuesday evening