Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer holidays and digital streamings

Dear all, summer is there and Off will be quiet for the next 7 weeks.
Coming starting September will be a bunch of exciting digital and physical albums, so be ready to discover jazz from Italy, jazz and avant-garde from Belgium (with ex Univers Zero members), doom jazz from Germany, avant pop from Japan and more!
As you all know, streamings have a new member now: Itunes! 
So though you can continue to stream via Spotify, Deezer and now Itunes, I remind you all that streaming brings absolutely NO MONEY to the artists, so whenever you like a song or an album, please download it or buy the real thing.
 Download prices are a bargain generally at Off and physical cds come cheap as well, so if you want to continue to discover new music,please give the label and the artists the possibilities to do so!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wraped Dreamer...

One nice extract of a future cd, dvd, vinyl in collaboration with Rat Records... Feat. Arve Henriksen, Stian Westerhus, Josef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LAS vegas new video : Haku!

Here it is, the latest video from LAS vegas : 'Haku', a song from this wonderfully intriguing
album, featuring Eugene Robinson from Oxbow!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ORT014 : Chaos of the Haunted Spire / Book 1

ORT014 : Chaos of the Haunted Spire / Book 1

First release of the trashjazzfreedub improvisation super group fronted by Teun Verbruggen and Andrew Claes.


Teun first picked up the drums by the age of eight and starting 1999 became one of the most in demand sideman in lots of different bands and musical styles in no time. His search for a personal touch and wanting to explore all possibilities of playing music and drums, his lack of boundaries and styles and trying to find fresh sounds and freedom in collective improvisation made him work (as sideman)with:
Alexi Tuomarila 4tet and Trio
Jef Neve Trio
FES (IPECAC/CRAMMED) Fes did the first part of Mike Patton’s Fantomâs during 10 Europe dates.
VVG trio
Karanova (featuring Hilmar Jensson, Johann Johannssonn from Iceland and Mauro Pawlowski from Belgium), Molo Trio, Jambangle, Rackham, Pascal Schumacher 4tet, “4”, JojoBa, Streams, Silent Song, Jozef Dumoulin Trio,...

He worked as a sideman and leader with musicians such as Paolo Fresu (with Jef Neve trio), Uri Cain (With FES), Erwin Vann, Jean Phillippe Viret, Hilmar Jennson, Ernst Reyseger, Jimi Tenor, Toots Thielemans (with FES), Fred Vanhove, Trevor Dunn, Magic Malik, Shelley Burgon, Andrew d’Angelo, Fred Vanhove, Marc Helias, Giovanni Mirrabassi, Edouard Ferlet, Eric Vloeimans, Benny Lackner, Anton Goudsmidt, Harmen Fraanje, John Watts (Fischer Z), Matts Eilertsen, Michel Hatzi (aka moon),Louis Clavis (with FES), Peter Hertmans, Natalie Lorriers, Diederik Wissels, David Lynx, Bart Defoort, Kris Defoort, Arif Durvesh (Knitting Shawney), Kevin Armstrong (Iggy Pop), Pierre Vervloesem, Bart De Nolf, Manu Hermia, Sal La Rocca, Erik Vermeulen, Antton Walgraeve, Tom Wolf, Monsoon, Pieter Embrechts, Point Zéro, Cesarius Gadzina, Marco Locurcio,jacques Pirroton, Steve Houben, Melanie de Biasio, Toine Thys, Nic Thys, Hein Van de Gein ... Teun goes on tour with some of these bands a lot. 


Andrew Claes started playing the classical guitar at the age of 9, adding electric bass a few years later. Upon hearing John Coltrane for the first time, he decides to focus solely on the tenor sax. 
After his studies, he goes for a full-time musical career. His broad musical taste opens doors into a motley variety of groups and ensembles: from BRZZVLL’s electronic jazz fusion, the present-day jazz of Hamster Axis and the one-click Panther, over the psychedelic electronics of Internal sun to STUFF’s futuristic nu-soul.
You can already listen to them live with added musicians on ORT010 and ORT012.
Already released as a cd on Rat Records here.
Digital release on the 24th of June.

Track listing:
1.  Duke Bound by the Ever-changing Marsh
2.  Forgotten Inquisitor That Rules in the Manse and is Immersed in Enchantment
3.  The Grandfather of Perfection and Snares
4.  The Fourth Vermillion King Who Steals Dissolution
5.  Screaming Duke
6.  The Courageous Dark Bodyguard Who Steals the Traitor
7.  Eighth Infernal Sultanna of Enchantments and Magnificence
8.  Third Blasphemous Grandfather That Gambles in the Titanic Pit
9.  The Infamous Wicked Sleeper Who Betrays Fortune
10. Voulge of Bronze
11. Clock of Thunder
12. Perfection of the Purple Temple
13. The Angry Tsar with Eyes of Turquoise Who Abandoned the Ensorceled Citadel
14. The Seventh Wicked Hero of Atrocity and Magnificence
15. Javelin of the Tunnels
16. OK dan

Andrew Chi Claes: Sax , Labtop
Teun Verbruggen: drums Labtop

Pierre Vervloesem : Editing, Mixing and mastering
Nachi : artwork

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ODG039 : Tadash / Shadow of Dreams

ODG039 : Tadash / Shadow of Dreams

Tadash is a sonor manufacture created by Cyrod Iceberg (see ODG038 here) and Clément Malherbe.
Those two French musicians are found of urban sounds which they mix with psychedelic synthesizers, dark Italian melodic curves, new-wave basses, post-punk drums and fantomatic voices.
This album was recorded, mixed and mastered at home between 2012 and 2014.
Balancing between typically pre new-wave pop songs (Commère La Mort) to French pop (Nikon) and French modern new-wave (Un étant donné) to melancholic movie music (Toujours La Même Histoire), ambient (Ailleurs d'en Face) or dark wave folk (Ulo).
At times it remind you of a lot of different bands, genres and periods but at the end they definitively find their self identity behind this wall of sounds which happens to be also a very visual music.

Cyrod & Clément

Digital release on the 12th of June 2015.
There is also a limited cd edition only available here (see under).


Saturday, May 30, 2015

OCD026 : Controlled Bleeding - Sparkle In Grey / Perversions of the Aging Savant

OCD026 : Controlled Bleeding - Sparkle In Grey / Perversions of the Aging Savant

Split albums are generally record items not much loved by fans, often forced and incoherent combinations of musicians and songs without true relationships or conceptual connections between them. Exactly the opposite is what happens in the work originated from the lasting friendship and the interchange at distance between the Italian Matteo Uggeri of Sparkle in Grey and Paul Lemos, since 1983 at the head of the US band Controlled Bleeding. Perversions of the Aging Savant not only shuffles the cards with the additional "extra perversions" of the two groups placed symmetrically at the end of the album, but is also the result of mutual suggestions and course adjustments, throughout the preparation of the tracks. The laborious process of bilateral "influence" has allowed the development of a tangible affinity in the sonic climate and of a considerable stylistic consistency among the different sections of the album, without affecting the individual characteristics of the two projects.
On the one hand, we have the well-known eclecticism of CB, ranging from pages of confident guitar based prog rock (the aerial and enchanted notes of Brooklyn in Springtime recall the delicate touch of Tony Duhig of Jade Warrior) to rough industrial-noise excursions (the coarse-grained groove and the whirling distorted solos of Perks pt.1) or to jazzy improvisations now soberly melodic and now tangled and dissonant (the two parts of Birdcanned). 
On the other hand, there is the compact suite Idiot Savant by SGI, a poignant chamber lieder with neo-classical aplomb, gradually built from sparse notes of piano and a mournful violin around an emotional recurring theme, among mysterious choral breaths and subterranean cacophonies. In some moments of the album we even witness a sort of mimesis, therefore the Intro by CB, with its weird accelerated voices on a strident rhythmic mechanism, could very well be a creation of SGI, while the Italians’ Mevlano pt. 1 could pass for an episode by Lemos, Joe Papa and associates linking free jazz to drone ambient. The two projects also reveal a common and latent inclination towards dub, besides the propensity to explore different routes, aerial and solar but also misty and labyrinthine, often in a improvisational mode.
An (anti)split album in which two champions of the international underground scene join forces to concoct an exquisitely perverse juxtaposition of free-prog-jazz-noise-ambient courses and post-rock- electro-neo-classical tidbits.

Controlled Bleeding:
The experimental band was originally formed around 1978 by Paul Lemos. The band's classic first album, Knees and Bones, which now stands as one of the earliest documents of American power electronics, was issued in 1983. After this long career, Controlled Bleeding is now renewed and reinvigorated. Mastermind Paul Lemos put together a new, stripped-down lineup of the group featuring drummer Anthony Meola, who played in the very early formation. To complete the new band, keyboardist/sonic sculptor Mike Bazini also signed on. With the aid of a bass looper, the group is again playing live, returning to the direct, guitar-driven progressive sounds of their early "pre-industrial" days. Sounding like a combination of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Fripp and Eno and Oneida, the music is highly intense and more relevant than ever. Having recently recorded with producer Martin Bisi, the group will release a new full-length within the next six months.  
Material partially recorded at Martin Bisi studio in New York.

Paul Lemos

Sparkle in Grey:
Formed in 2005 in Milan, Italy, Sparkle in Grey’s instrumentation includes violin, bass, laptop, guitar, bagpipes, piano, polyrhythmic drums, melodica, field recordings, harsh noises and a bicycle. They cross many styles, from Industrial to electronic to Ukrainian traditional folk music to post-combat rock. One of their latest record, Thursday Evening, is an Italian-Swiss production, recorded by Andrea Serrapiglio (better known as a cellist for Carla Bozulich, Scott McCloud and Zu 93). Themed around riots and resistance against oppression and injustice, each copy of the album comes with a pebble. One of the songs was featured on The Wire Tapper #32.
Here they propose a mostly improvised session of more than 20 minutes of music, starting with the delicate notes of a piano, passing through a desperate rock melody, exploding in a noise drama and closing with an electronic slow pace coda.
Recorded at Andrea Serrapiglio BadInstruments in Alessandria.

Digital and physical release on the 1st of June 2015.
The physical release is only on sale on the Off site (see under), except for a few shops in the US and in Japan.

Track listing:

FIRST SECTION : “The Perks of Being a Perv” by Controlled Bleeding:
1 : Intro

2 : Garage Dub
3 : Springtime in Brooklyn
4 : Perks Pt. 1
5 : Birdcanned Pt.1
6 : Birdcanned Pt. 2

SECOND SECTION : “The Rant of the Idiot Savant” by Sparkle in Grey:
7 : Idiot Savant Pt. 1
8 : Idiot Savant Pt. 2
9 : Idiot Savant Pt. 3
10 : Idiot Savant Pt. 4

Sparkle in Grey: 11 - Mevlano pt.1
Controlled Bleeding: 12 - Live in Brooklyn, 2012

Sparkle in Grey: 11 - Lurop, Pt. 2 
Controlled Bleeding: 12 - Untitled 


Monday, May 25, 2015

ORT013 : Elko Blijweert - Frans Van Isacker / Atlajala Land

ORT013 : Elko Blijweert & Frans Van Isacker / Atlajala Land

Up until the year 2010 guitar hero Elko Blijweert and saxophone virtuoso Frans Van Isacker
brought jazz music to the rocking masses as key members of Franco Saint De Bakker. 
Now they have joined forces again to bring us "Atlajala Land", a voyage through time and space that takes the listener from avant-garde free jazz over melancholic melodies to the sensual sounds of a late-night make-out session in an abandoned castle. 
What better way to present this wide-ranging musical collaboration to the people than by a unique joint venture between Teun Verbruggen's avant-jazz label Rat Records and Rudy Trouvé's all-encompassing Heaven Hotel collective? 
Musical references include Brian Eno, Richard Thompson, Jackie Mc Lean, Boredoms, Bach and Beethoven. 
However, whimsical titles such as "A Welcome Sandwich For The Dancing Bear" and "Making Out At Chourouk's Castle" tell us more about the singular sounds Blijweert and Van Isacker bring us than mere name-dropping ever could.

Pic.: Mark Rietveld

Already released as a cd or vinyl here.
Digital release on the 27th of May 2015.

Track listing:

01: Silver Gates (Opening)
02: United Rivers of Atlajala Land
03: A Welcome Sandwich for the Dancing Bear
04: Baron vaillant conduit
05: Land of Atlajala
06: Giant’s Corner
07: Celestial Promise
08: Arc of Blackness
09: On Left Bank Bridge
10: Making out at Chourouk's Castle
11: Two Flags Waving at the Border
12: Melody for Atlajala
13: Blue Cabin in the Red Woods (Final)

Two videos showing the talented Elko live: