Thursday, May 21, 2015

ODG038 : Cyrod Iceberg / Routes II

ODG038 : Cyrod Iceberg / Routes II

Cyrod Iceberg could be best describe as a sonore craftsman living in a parisian apartment.
Teenager from the nineties, his self produced albums navigate in various genres: from indie-rock to minimalist ambient, from sad folk to soundtrack experimentation.
He has composed a few music pieces for short movies and plays in different musical projects with multiple identities: Red Space Cyrod, Oizak, Greenfield, Tadash, Cockchafer Goodbye!
His favorite musical instruments are an old left handed guitar and a glam microphone.
The album Route is a perfect exemple of his musical vision: a road music for an imaginary road movie. 9 songs for 9 different roads, 9 songs for 9 different travels!

Digital release on the 22nd of May 2015.

Track listing:

1: Route 1b
2: Route 5a
3: Route 2a
4: Route 3b
5: Route 5b
6: Route 1a
7: Route 4a
8: Route 3a
9: Route 4b

Thursday, May 14, 2015

OPV011 : Manu Ribot / Ça

OPV011 : Manu Ribot / Ça

Self trained guitarist from France, Manu Ribot started playing in various punk-rock bands before coming to live and stay in Brussels in 1992. 
After spending 5 years playing with Amarak lab (already with Didier Fontaine on drums), he appeared on the Pierre Vervloesem’s album ‘Chef- d’Oeuvre’ (see OVD006) in 1998. 
They became friends since that time and never really stopped to play together time to time. 
Manu then returned to France for 4 years where he worked and recorded with French punk-rock band Weak. 
Back in Belgium he recorded and released ‘SSShhhTTTTT’ (see OPV004 - in OBX001) started playing in various punk-rock bands before coming to liv, his first album under the name The Claude Zac Ensemble, produced and mixed by Pierre Vervloesem.
This is his first solo effort, playing all the guitars, bass, keyboard and programming.
All instrumental, but full of humour and gimmicks to all sort of musics from the 60ties to now! 

Again produced and mixed by Pierre Vervloesem who also plays here and there.

Digital and physical release on the 15th of May 2015.

Track listing:

1: Ticky Tacky

2: St. Germ 
3: Canal
4: Dano The Blind 
5: Intermède 1
6: Ha Ho Hou
7: Kiloton
8: Intermède 2 
9: Outplaced
10: Intermède 3 
11: Ant Theme
12: Intermède 4
13: Ruta Cinco
14: Nanomarket
15: Intermède 5
16: Goof
17: Intermède 6
18: Intermède 7
19: Intermède 8 
20: Ego Concacaro 
21: Intermède 9
22: Intermède 10
23: Intermède 11

A video for the song Dano The Blind:


Sunday, May 10, 2015

ODG040 : D Aimler Entertainment Group / Disco Discoveries Vol.1 & 2

ODG040 : D Aimler Entertainment Group / Disco Discoveries Vol.1 & 2

This is probably the strangest music I have ever encountered. 

Back in 2010, a friend who had travelled in Sweden offered me a K7 tape. It was a dj mix of very obscure disco hits from various Swedish bands, notably a few from a band called D Aimler Entertainment Group. Those songs amazed me by their strangeness and dark power.
It took me years before I succeeded to locate a certain Noah Brown, manager of the band at the time, as all original members of the band were unreachable.
He then send me the full recordings on K7 with a letter explaining that back in 1976 D Aimler and his friends decided to record their favorite disco themes.
At the time, they self released their songs via their own label: Daegillicord.
This is what Noah wrote in his letter:

"welcome to disco discoveries...
Having decided to record an album of all time favorites…a true tribute to great recordings artistes…we where faced with a problem, not, as is usually the case, deciding which tunes to include that have been made permanent favourites through the years…
well, we’ve done our best to give a cross section of hits on this offering and can only hope that we have included your particular favorites
of one thing we are certain: the performance given here by the d aimler entertainment group is, both in style and quality, a sincere tri-bute to the artistes who first made these tunes popular…"

noah brown
head of cabbage

And a picture of the band late 1976:

Jürgen Clause: drums, percusions
Ann Parlophone: percusions, vocals
Microman: piano, keyboards, fairlight
Gregory Cooler: bas moog, vocals
José Gormez: guitars, percusions, vocals
Barbara E.Smith: viola, chello
D Aimler: bandleader, sounds vocals

Listening test responses back in 1976:

”these tunes bring peace and serenity…not easy to come by and much appreciated”

”it didn’t make me feel happy or sad…i simple found it impossible to think of the things that disturb me, which, to me, is 
a higher form of inner peace

”the whole room seemed to change as the beam tracked the first groove…
very heavy stuff

surrealitic experience…the strange harmonics and super-reality of the sounds generate their own sense of reality”

”provides a mellow, 
relaxing atmosphere…very good quality”

”i was expecting electronic music-what i heard was totally diffrent..
truly beautiful sound

"the realism of theese recordings is 
truly exceptional...a true pleasure"

It a real pleasure for Off to finally offer to all of you those incredible songs.
Digital release only on the 11th of May 2015.

Track listing:

volume 1
01 Yado! Yado!
02 Love Bombs
03 Afrikaan Country
04 Don’t Go Away Little Girl
05 Flirty 30’s 
06 Bob Bachelor
07 Memories Valley
08 Micha’s Message
09 Music Memories And Martinis
10 Ocjoy
11 On A Clear Day You Can Smile Forever
12 Under A Royal Blue October Sky
13 September Song
14 Sheila Grooves On Me (Oh! Donny Donny)
15 Hum Hum Blue
16 Sleepy People
17 Such A Pretty Song
18 The Ballad Of The Sad Gang Men
19 The Beautiful Way Of Love
20 Final Episode Of Charmaine
21 To All Discrimating Music Lovers

volume 2
01 Theme From Sugar Candy
02 Alone Again On New Years Eve
03 The Golden Joint
04 A Guitar Coctail
05 Cryin’ Out For The Lost Space Child
06 California Daydream
07 Kea
08 Hey Mister Hardblower
09 Steppin’ With Ross
10 Dusty Star
11 Buzz Remember ’67
12 Goodbye Sweet Jane
13 My Little Grass Schack
14 Music People
15 Omadas Night With Joséphine B
16 Disc Jockey
17 164 Hypnotized Bees
18 The Breeze And I
19 Daisy Saw The Cat
20 If You Ever Got Rain In Your Heart
21 Let’s Have Popcorn!!!
22 Pulco’s Night With Doris Day
23 Why Don’t You Lough?
24 Do The Do Song

Monday, May 4, 2015

OPV010 : Les Boucles Absurdes / Into My Brain

Cover art by Kiekebiche

OPV010 : Les Boucles Absurdes / Into My Brain

The return of one of the most absurdes Belgian duo for a second and terrific album! 
Formed by Jean-Pierre Jonckheere and maestro Pierre Vervloesem ( X-Legged Sally, Flat Earth Society).
They played together back in 1982 in Itza Uchen and reunited in 2014 for their first album ‘Boîtes à Tartines’ (see OPV008).
This time with a number one hit song : Broken line! 
Two other songs bring new horizons to the music of the band while the rest is their usual prog-psyche-avant-garde-jazz world of music! 
Once listened, never forgotten! A voyage into your brain!

Guest musicians are:
Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock, vocals and lyrics on ‘Broken Line’ and ‘Glow’. 
She is most well known for her band Baby Fire (see OCD018) and LAS vegas (with Eugene Robinson from Oxbow, see OCD024).
Seesayle, violin, guitar, vocal and lyrics on ‘L’angoisse du chicon’.
Luc Van Lieshout, trumpets on ‘ Left Alone’. He plays in famed US band Tuxedomoon and also in FES (see also ODG004).

German review in Ragazzi-music here:
"Pierre Vervloesem presents: a series of good music, whatever that means!
Several band projects have been published under this label at Off Records. 
According to the motto of the Belgian musician Pierre Vervloesem no album does sound like the other. 
This goal again has been reached and reached is the right word. 
Jean-Pierre Jonckheere and Pierre Vervloesem played together in 1982 in the band Itza Utchen.
2014 saw the resumption of their musical work with  the album "Boîtes à tartines".
Together with some guest musicians, the created again a pleasant sloping, extravagant album. 
It's 11 tracks and 57:02 minutes of play brings together crazy and unusual ideas  that never were united in this way and oppositely socialized in their original idea. 
Les Boucles absurd thank PIL, Laurie Anderson & The Mariner's Children. 
At the same time they could thank King Crimson and Frank Zappa, of which structural components and guitar work were involved. 
The album goes straight ahead with a hit. "Broken line" has a great Groove, is an extra-hard Electric Avant-funk song with New Wave or better No Wave vocals, shoot the whipping Drums and radical electronic sharp out of the speakers. Even the rather psychedelic inlay has its hit moments. 
But as such things happened in the early eighties or end seventies, the original was completely pop, not nearly as smart and tough and weird and extravagant. Les Boucles absurdes, progressivise 'the original idea-material in its own composition in which crazy avant-garde music stuff, in the catchy pop, gentle girls-voices, atonal electronic, ambiance poetry, zappa style guitar solos, crimson style instrumental disharmonies and No Wave arrive in 2015. 
Some fast pure material can be heard here on easy casual electric grooves, which break out in psychedelic monster parts and create atonal flair in which this hopeless moment of No Wave / New Wave is infiltrated. 
But the instrumental aesthetics is very today, here and now. 
Even new music can design itself, or strangely-mixed jazz fantasies that can erupt in extremely unusual directions as theater music. 
Last but not least, the duo worked out strangest Progressive Rock patterns  that not  in any case are easy, conventional or easily understood. 
The strange substance constitutes immensely to fascinating and rewarding multiple listening  with new experiences. 
For Progressive Rocker and Avant specialists who like to think about genre boundaries and in the instrumental wilderness this is rare gourmet food." Volkmar Mantei

Digital and physical release on the 1st of May 2015.

Track listing:

01. Broken line                                               
02. Skeleton                                                     
03. L'angoisse du chicon                              
04. No gods needed                                      
05. Glow                                                             
06. Into my brain                                            
07. Absence  
08. Dialogue de sourds                                 
09. Left alone                                                   
10. Captagon                                                    
11. Apnée du soleil                                                            

The video for 'Broken Line':

and the one for 'Glow':

Bandcamp download here


Thursday, April 30, 2015

ORT012 : Chaos of the Haunted Spire / Live at Het Bos

                                                                            Cover art: Dennis Tyfus

ORT012 : Chaos of the Haunted Spire / Live at Het Bos

Another selection (see also ORT010) of the trashjazzfreedub improvisation of the super group fronted by Teun Verbruggen and Andrew Claes, live at Het Bos, in Antwerp in 2014, this time joined by Sickboy Milkplus, Pierre Vervloesem and Mirco Banovic. 
Chaos is the name of the band but their music is an extremely controlled and powerful one! Atomic music for everyone! Enjoy!

Andrew Claes: EWI, electronics and sax
Teun Verbruggen: drums
Jurgen 'sickboy' Desmet: electronics
Pierre Vervloesem: electric bass
Mirco Banovic: electric bass

Recorded november 2014 at 'Het Bos', Antwerp by Bram Van Houtte.
Mixed and Mastered by Pierre Vervloesem.
Already released as a limited 200 lp on Rat Records here.

Digital release on the 30th of April 2015.

Track listing: 

2. Telefoon!
3. For S.P.
4. For A.T.
5. Pinball
6. Black Bossa
7. Ruhig
8. Begrenst

 Release party, Het Bos, 02/05/2015

Teun & Pierre

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OPV009 : Philippe Tasquin / My Skinny Wonderland

OPV009 : Philippe Tasquin / My Skinny Wonderland

Originally produced in 2002 as a limited edition cd, Off is now pleased to re released this grand guignol production! 
Philippe Tasquin (see also OCD022) at his best, writing, playing, singing like one of the best Hollywood or Broadway writer! 
It's swinging, it's burlesque, it's symphonic pop, it's cabaret, it's crazy, it's fun, it's Tasquin! 
Produced and mixed by the other Belgian master Pierre Vervloesem who also co composed a few tracks and played on all of them.

This is the original booklet:

Digital and physical release on the 24th of April 2015.
The cd with booklet is only available via the Off site, just click on add to cart at the end of the post.

Track listing:

1:   Introduction
2:   Quiet Village
3:   Christmas Crime
4:   Harry Finally Found a Job 
5:   216 
6:   Whodunit 
7:   Finally
8:   The New Liberace 
9:   What Went Wrong? 
10: Blind Alley 
11: Damned Messiah
12: The Paramount 
13: Town Without Pity


Thursday, April 9, 2015

OCD023 : Jean-Marc Lederman Experience / The Last Broadcast On Earth

cover art by Kev Blackfoot Lederman

OCD023: Jean-Marc Lederman Experience / The Last Broadcast On Earth

The Last Broadcast on Earth is a concept album revolving around the possible last radio show on earth before...?

An intruiging music adventure unwraps in front of you in this multiplatform album em- bedded in a videogame.
3 questions:
Is this the latest day on Earth ?

Why is there only radio station broadcasting ?
What happens at the end of the night ?

From Julianne Regan to Arianna Froxeanne, from Tom Shear, Jay Aston to Frank M. Spinath, from Japan to the USA and Italy or India, 13 singers from 8 different countries gather around a mysterious project involving you, driving at night on a deserted road and listening to the only radio on air...

This multisensorial experience will come out first as a free videogame and a website, both
main part where an idea is spread over several platforms (IOS/Android/PC/MAc).

13 singers from 8 different countries:
Julianne Regan (All About Eve)
Anna Domino
Jenna Fearon
Arianna Froxeanne (The Frozen Autumn)
Sophie Drakenvleugels and Raya Shaduwjaagster from Dark Poem
Mari Kattman (Mari & The Ghost)
Takeko Akamatsu (Craftwife)
Jay Aston(Gene Loves Jezebel)
Frank M. Spinath (Seabound, Ghost & Writer)
Jay Aston ( Gene Loves Jezebel)
Jacques Duvall
Bruce Geduldig (Tuxedomoon)
Tom Shear (Assemblage 23)
Sam Devos (For Greater Good)
Jean-Marc Lederman (The Weathermen, Alain Bashung, Fad Gadget)
With apperances from Bertand Burgalat and Matt Johnson (The The)

17 songs, more than 52 minutes of music recorded as a one track with radio calls, adverts and great songs by amazing singers.

A journey like no other that makes you want to return to listen to it like it really was the last broadcast on earth!

Composed, played, arranged and produced by Jean-Marc Lederman (bio).

Digital and physical release on the tenth of April 2015.
The cd is a limited edition of 300 copies.

Nice reviews already: here and here, in Idieyoudie here! And in German in MedienKonverter here. A 98 points on 100 in Peek-a-boo music magazine here!

Track listing:

1/   Schau Mit Liebe with Frank M. Spinath
2a/ DJ Kling Klang intervention with Bertrand Burgalat
2b/ So Long with J.P. Aston
3/   The Last Love Song with Anna Domino
4/   Never Take Fire by Ghost & Writer
5/   The Reassuring Undertone with Sophie Drakenvleugels & Raya Schaduwjaagster

6/   L’amour c'est la mort with Jacques Duvall
7/   Funky Town
8/   “The Killing Woods”
9/   The Last Phone Call by The Weathermen
10/ Yumemite Aino (I Was Dreaming Of You) with Takeko Akamatsu
11/ No Regrets with Froxeanne
12/ Into My Arms with Jenna Fearon
13/ Wolves by Mari & The Ghost
14/ I Love You, Sandy with Tom Shear
15/ Good Night with Sam Devos
16/ Dreams Are All Faded Away with Julianne Regan
17/ Various weather reports


Game on Android: here
Meanwhile, the desktop versions equivalent of the app are online and available freely to all:
PC: here
Mac: here
Goal of the game: the man climbs a radio antenna. He has to catch the vinyls and makes some points but stay away from the bad, bad, baaaad streamers logos that are thrown at him.

Some teasers and songs: