Monday, October 20, 2014

OCD021 : Electronique de France / Electronique de France

OCD020 : Electronique de France / Electronique de France

A first in the Off catalogue: some French speaking songs coming from a trio of masters of the French pop / electro.
Jacques Duvall (bio and in French) who has been working with such big names as Lio, Alain Chamfort, Alain Bashung, Etienne Daho, Jane Birkin and so many others has one more time written in his almost impeccable style the best lyrics for LaFille (bio) who sings them beautifully, while Kriss Electro (actually working on the new bossa nova album from Lio) plays, arrange and produce a kind of 80ties old school electro/pop mixed with a soupçon of French touch.
The album has an amazing story as the tapes were lost in 2012 and recovered almost by miracle!
Here is how Jacques remember about the all affair:

"Kriss Electro, the leader of Electronique De France, is working at EDF. You can't make this up.
During summer, 2012, in the former buildings of the power company EDF in Valenciennes, Kriss (who had fitted out a rehearsal place there) recorded an album with Jacques Duvall and Anne-Sophie Charron (alias LaFille). 
About ten pieces inspired by the electronic avant-garde of the 80s (Suicide, Metal Urbain, Human League) are finalized on an abandoned desktop computer there. 
The site is promised to destruction and the old computer is taken, either by a too diligent demolition worker, or by one of the numerous burglars attracted by the leaky window panes of the building in ruin. 
Fatalists, the three members of the stillborn group say themselves that their association was not intended to survive to these uncertain times. 
Each member overcomes the disappointment in his own way, farthest possible of their failed electronic trip. Kriss plays  old samba tunes on his guitar. Anne-So makes a child and plays small roles as comedienne. Jacques falls in a staircase and is hospitalized for a few months.
Two years later, Kriss spends an evening at a working colleague place who entrusts him to have got back on a secondhand trade a relegated computer reminding him those whom their employer put formerly at their disposal. 
Without daring to believe in it, Kriss asks to see the device. 
And there, among the supernaturally protected obsolete files, re-appears the album disappeared from Electronique De France! 
Here is thus the sound recording novelty which, for the three authors, already has in a way a value of collector's item."

Physical and digital release on the 24th of October 2014.

Track listing:

1: L'écran

2: Dallas
3: Vidéo surveillance
4: Rends-moi la télécommande
5: L'amour ou la musique
6: L'injustice
7: Ma souris
8: L'amour samplé
9: Harmonica
10: Trois double V


Thursday, October 9, 2014

OVD012 : Harakiriad / Harakiriad

covert art by A.L.

OVD012 : Harakiriad / Harakiriad

A few months ago, driving with Pierre Vervloesem, the onboard music player spitted one of the most radical cover of Sign of the times from Prince I ever listened. Asking Pierre who it was, he suddenly remembered about the Harakiriad project he took part back in 2005.
Days later, I received a set of the most curious, frantic, thrilling, exhilarating, obnoxious songs I encountered in months! Finally here after all this time for your pleasure!

Harakiriad is the strange dream of one man, Alain VDS aka HK, who self isolated himself for one week in a mini studio, invited girls singers founded via internet and a bunch of musicians ( Pierre Vervloesem, Didier Fontaine, Manu Ribot aka Claude Zac...) encountered via his taxi job. The result is an astonishing piece of obscure and/or really pop songs, with a touch of funk and some abstract sounds.
The words and at times the music itself are a parody of what was happening then in 2005 and tend to depict life and the world with very sad and black humour... 
Probably the most humorous lyrics on Off for a long time... Quite typically Belgian, with a splash of British one as well! Enjoy!

A very strange bio:

M T - (singer) wishes to remain anonymous to avoid possible contractual conflicts with -***, -***  or -**
H K (HaraKiriad) bio -
born 1969 Forces Belges en Allemagne (belgian army)
           our hero was born asleep in occupied territory, same year as 'la disparition' by georges perec.
           father was a lutherian aircraft- & gaston lagaffe- enthousiast.  mother karelian-finn kantele player.
1970s  -  destroying stereo gear, records sleeves, reel- & cassette-tapes
            junior of 3-sis 1-bro : electronics, photography, motorcycles, drawing, nano tech helpdesk.
            1st cassette tape : phil manzanera, penguin café , cluster & eno, robert palmer.  bittern storm over ulm. 
1980s  -  1st LP's : king crimson. h17. residents. honeymoon killers. 
            piper cub student pilot (for a short while)
            crossover from manche à balai to manche de guitare
1990s  -  photography school + meets musicians, becomes taxi driver.
           in a high school, meets didier fontaine & christophe goffaux, music freaks  (drums & atari cubase studio).
           later meets pierre van dormael & nasa na, manu ribot, pierre vervloesem, katmeridou-toutziarakis, syfer-danjou, ..
1999   -  drumming on chef d'oeuvre !
2000   -  1st completely finished track
          crossover from 'collection de jolis timbres-poste' to 'collection de jolis timbres de voix de chanteuses'
2005   -  établit le record du plus long salut militaire à moto sur la chaussée d'ixelles.
2007   -  négocie son transfert en tant que chauffeur de taxis bleus aux taxis verts pour 65 000 000 euros
2014   -  asleep & kicking.  écrit des bio de lui à la 3ème personne

Paul VDS - grand frère de H K,  fan de zikmu élaborée, études en électronique, IT, ..
Line Daenen - (flute) rencontrée grace à valentine S
Manu Ribot - aka Claude Zac.  once shared a house with Didier Fontaine, alain (HK) VDS, Pierre Vervloesem, Dimitri Damasceno, Koen.
Rita Wallemacq - choral singer, this was her first studio & solo singing experience.  rencontrée grace à Didier Van Bunderen.
Delphine Sdika - rencontrée par Emilie Reynaud, Aline Permentier ou Mimi Boudis
Hélène Zanutel - (clarinet) friend of Line D, could be a relative of Jean-Paul Zanutel.
Christophe Goffaux - keyboard & comic book fanatic
why you make zikmu ?  
-  mystère. probablement pour compenser une sorte d'incapacité relationnelle,  
   remplir un vide idéologique, plonger la belgique dans le chomage, le crime, 
   la déflation, la fracture sociale.
   mais la zikmu est aussi un échec et ça ne pouvait que plaire à PV qui a dit un jour : "le raté est beau".

And some pics of the original cover, lay in and out, members of the recording sessions then and now:

 Manu Ribot - Pierre Vervloesem - HK now

Pierre then

Didier Fontaine then

Manu Ribot then

Alain VDS aka HK now

and then

Digital release on the P.V. Presents-Digital only series on the 13th of October 2014.

Track listing:

1: Face of Death / Elastomère
2: Appzen Mdehfk
3: Ich Bin ein Bayerischer 
4: Valérie
5: Liquide Brun
6: Crétinarium
7: Colargol
8: Electro Cushion
9: Sign
10: Rokon Roll
11: 90's Shit
12: George
13: Ebola
14: Rhodents

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

They Call Me Mr. Fluff new video!

Here it is! They Call Me Mr. Fluff version of ‘Pursuit’ of techno artist Gesaffelstein. Special thanks to Andres Algaba who took care of the production. And it's still time to discover their smash it fantastic mini album here !

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OVD008 : Pierre Vervloesem / Pierre Vervloesem Plays John Barry ( Remastered )

OVD008 : Pierre Vervloesem - Pierre Vervloesem Plays John Barry (Remastered)

Fifth in a chronological series of 11 digital only remastered releases (6 solo (5 augmented with bonuses, lives and remixes), 1 duo, 1 unreleased duo and 3 pots-pourris (with absolutely every tunes possible ever recorded by Pierre and never released)) and coming at the pace of one every month is the fabulous fourth solo album from Pierre Vervloesem: Pierre Vervloesem Plays John Barry (2002).

One of Vervloesem's main influences is revealed by a song on the 1994 release Home Made, consisting of one minute of silence in memory of Frank Zappa. But tellingly, the same album also contains a cover of John Barry's composition Ski chase, from the soundtrack of the James Bond film On her Majesty's Secret Service. In 2002, Vervloesem would finally release an entire album of John Barry covers.

Review by Dave Linch in All Music:
"Pierre Vervloesem tends to pile on the overdubs and studio manipulations, but the former X-Legged Sally guitarist is able to avoid bombastic overkill thanks to his impressive chops, startling arrangements, and wacky sense of humor. The Belgian axeman is a perfect candidate for interpreting the music of John Barry; Vervloesem recognizes that Barry's soundtracks are best approached by walking a fine line between compelling and camp. So, with tongue in cheek (and, as the front cover photo depicts, finger in mouth?) but with all due respect, Vervloesem and his company of avant-proggers tackle such gems as "Body Heat," "The Ipcress File," and, of course, a smattering of James Bond material. Worth the price of admission for perhaps the oddest version of "You Only Live Twice" ever made available for home listening (the vocal treatments suggest a very drunken chipmunk), Plays John Barry saves the best for last: the pounding medieval march of "Lion in Winter," complete with dizzying electronic effects, deep throbbing bass, ominous Latin chanting from Thierry Mondelaers, and Vervloesm's howling army of guitars. Elsewhere, Vervloesem's playing and arranging invite comparison to influences ranging from Dick Dale to Fred Frith and (of course) Frank Zappa, but the music remains 100 percent John Barry. It's a testament to Vervloesem's skill that he is able to capture the essence of Barry, finding both humor and drama in this classic soundtrack material without ever sinking to the level of mere parody."

Original cover art :

And Pierre at the time of the recording:

 Digital only release on the third of October 2014.

Track listing:

1) Adventurer
2) Danny Scipio
3) Body Heat
4) The Ipcress File
5) Until September
6) Diamonds Are Forever
7) Cutty Sark
8) All the Time in the World
9) Capsule in Space
10) Circus Circus
11) Whisperer
12) Vendetta
13) This Way Mary
14) You Only Live Twice
15) Like Waltz
16) Lion in Winter

Saturday, September 27, 2014

ORT010 : Chaos of the Haunted Spire / Live at Trix (Feat. Sickboy Milkplus and Pierre Vervloesem)

ORT010 : Chaos of the Haunted Spire / Live at Trix (Feat. Sickboy Milkplus and Pierre Vervloesem)

This is a Selection of a free trashjazzfreedub improvisation concert at Trix , Antwerp  in 2012. The new project from the most innovative and talented Belgian jazz drummer Teun Verbruggen, this time joined by Andrew Claes, Sickboy Milkplus and master of bass Pierre Vervloesem. 
Chaos is the name of the band but their music is an extremely controlled and powerful one! Enjoy!

Teun verbruggen : drums , electronics
Andrew Claes : Ewe , tenorsax , plastic sax and electronics

Guests :
Sickboy Milkplus : electronics
Pierre Vervloesem : bass

Recorded live @ Trix May 2012
mixed - edited - mastered by Pierre Vervloesem

The K7 original cover:

Already released as a 75 numbered K7 copies Here
Digital release on the 29th of September 2014.

Tracklisting :
1. Djez
2. Schpluf
3. CRJyz
4. 123 piano

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OCD018 : Baby Fire / The Red Robe

OCD018 : Baby Fire / The Red Robe

Diabolita (songwriter, guitar, vocals & theremin) started Baby Fire as a solo project. She met Cha (drums, keyboards) in January 2010.
Baby Fire's influences are eclectic. Diabolita - who is also a member of In Heaven and von Stroheim - is a fan of Siouxsie and The Banshees, of the Riotgrrrl movement and alternative rock bands such as The God Machine and The Afghan Whigs. Cha (who is also in Lady Fucked Up and Lem) is greatly influenced by drummer Ches Smith.
Within a few months they had written enough songs to open for bands such as HRSTA (Canada), Part Chimp (UK), CJ Boyd (US), Lydia Lunch & Gallon Drunk (US/UK).
Their debut album No Fear was released in March 2011 on Cheap Satanism Records, featuring special guests Dana Schechter (Bee and Flower, The Angels of Light, Insect Ark...) and Eugene Robinson (Oxbow).
In November 2012 they were invited by Godspeed You! Black Emperor to be their support band at the prestigious Cirque Royal in Brussels.

Baby Fire’s second album The Red Robe was recorded at Exitstencil Studios in Essex (UK), at the former headquarters of legendary anarcho-punk band Crass. It was produced by Tony Barber (The Buzzcocks...) and it features special guests Eve Libertine (vocals on ‘Victory’), Seesayle (violin on ‘Sunrise with Sea Monters’), Penny Rimbaud (voice) and Raphaël Rastelli (guitar) on ‘The Lit Light’.

The album’s sound is raw and organic and its moods range from utter darkness (‘Cold’, ‘The Perfect Dress’, ‘A Secret Ceremony’...) to blinding light (‘Door of Mercy’, ‘Victory’...) The title song ‘The Red Robe’ refers to the suicide of French-Russian writer Romain Gary. Allegedly he donned a red robe before taking his life, choosing red in order to not shock those who would find his body.
Expressing a desire to veer away from doom and destruction, the record closes peacefully with ‘The Lit Light’, which features words spoken by Penny Rimbaud and Diabolita.

The CD sleeve was beautifully designed by British artist Alice Smith.

Diabolita (aka Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock) has collaborated on a full album with Eugene Robinson under the name Las Vegas. She also recorded vocals for Doug Scharin (Codeine, June of 44, Bill Laswell...) and Joe Goldring (Swans, Enablers...). She has appeared on stage with Eve Libertine (Crass) for a special performance at Larsens in 2013. She’s part of the Ladyfest Brussels collective.
Cha left the band in May 2014 to pursue her musical endeavours with Lady Fucked Up and Lem. Alinovsky (Digital Dance, Tuxedomoon, Anna Domino, The Durutti Column...) replaces her on drums.

What they said about Baby Fire:
I've got a good feeling for this record. The material is so good. And different. » Tony Barber

« I've been following along a lot of your songs for a long time. I like the shape you are taking and it's so great that you've been collaborating and expanding your sound. » Carla Bozulich!
« Klasse van eigen bodem. » Gonzo Circus
« Watch this band closely, for there is something very special here. »

« The overall tone of the release is one that combines sexy nonchalant vocals (think Justine Frisch- mann of Elastica) with straightforward instrumentation, but the best songs are the ones that are spoo- kier and darker. As far as debut releases go, this one outlines where the collaboration could move in the future, and it certainly leaves a portrait of a band that has their future work cut out. » Foxydigita-!

Two nice reviews (in French) here and here, one in Flemish in Dark Entries here and one by Leslie Snyder in Jersey Beat here:
"Baby Fire is a great independent haunted rock duo that brings back the darkness of early alternative rock music with an exciting and frigid modern edge. The Duo’s second CD “The Red Robe” is a must have for fans of dark alternative rock music. Baby Fire lets listeners know that the world can often be a cruel and heartless place to live in."

The album will be release physically and digitally on the 19th of September 2014.

 Track listing:

1. Door of Mercy 
2. The Red Robe
3. TheWolf
4. Victory
5. Dogs
6. Sunrise with Sea Monsters 

7. Mother
8. Cold
9. The Perfect Dress
10.At the Very Heart of the Darkening of the Light 11.A Secret Ceremony
12.The Lit Light

Recording The Red Robe:

Recording The Red Robe by BABY FIRE from Lady Diabolita on Vimeo.

The Wolf by BABY FIRE from Lady Diabolita on Vimeo.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

ODG029 : Beaker / Beaker

ODG029 : Beaker / Beaker

Beaker, saxophonist Alec Harper and electronic musician Tyler Gilmore, is a cross-continental collaboration between two performer/composers steeped in 21st century chamber music, improvisation, and experimental electronic music.  This debut EP was assembled upon a series of textural improvisations. The duo found themselves shifting between complex drones and distortion-heavy beat tracks, and within this dynamic Beaker found it's sound; a combination of uniquely textural improvisation and beat-based composition.
Tyler Gilmore is a composer, electronic musician, and recording engineer. He has worked with Cuong Vu, Jenny Hval, Ted Reichman, Matt Wilson, Anthony Coleman, Ron Miles, Ken Filiano, John Fedchock, and many others. He has recorded two albums with his ensemble Ninth and Lincoln, including Static Line. In addition, he has composed for projects with Small Dream Ada, vocalist Clare WheelerBeaker, and Chav with Kevin Abdella. He won the 2009 ASCAP/Columbia College Commission in Honor of Hank Jones and won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. His music has been reviewed in DownBeat and performed internationally by groups including Jon Faddis’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the New England Conservatory Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Bobby Watson and The UMKC Concert Jazz Ensemble, The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Band I, The Playground Ensemble, The Henry Mancini Institute Overture Orchestra, and others. His work is published by UNC Jazz Press and Minor Ninth Music. Tyler grew up in rural Wyoming, attended the University of Northern Colorado and the New England Conservatory, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY.
Alec Harper is a freelance saxophonist and teacher based in London. He graduated in 2012 with a First Class BMus (Hons) in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Alec recently returned from Boston USA where he spent a year studying at New England Conservatory. Alec's teachers include Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Jason Moran, Stan Sulzman and Mark Hanslip. Alec has been involved in the London jazz scene for some years now, performing with his own quartet and as a sideman at many venues including The Vortex, The Spice Of Life, Charlie Wrights and Olivers Jazz Bar. He also had extensive performance experience at Guildhall, including slots in the London Jazz Festival with the Guildhall Big Band, and concerts with the Southbank Sinfonia.

A nice review  by Joe Stoddart in London Jazz News here:
"Beaker is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based composer and electronic musician Tyler Gilmore and London-based saxophonist Alec Harper. Their debut EP is "assembled upon a series of textural improvisations," with eight tracks either called ‘Improv’ or ‘Song.’ It begins with the emphasis largely on the electronic side in the ambient soundscapes on Improv 1 and Improv 2, before Harper takes on more of a central role on Song 1 in which, as with the other ‘Song’ contributions, there is a shift towards a slightly more beat-orientated approach under a mixture of melodious and exploratary saxophone sounds.
I would strongly recommend listening to the whole EP as one piece of music but for me Song 2 provides the highlight of the record. A sparse, lurching beat provides the background for intermittent lush chords under saxophone textures before disappearing through delay and reverb into silence.Overall, the record is a successful starting point for the duo, giving a good impression of the pair’s sound and musical objectives."

Digital release only on the 12th of September 2014.

Track listing:

1: Improv 1
2: Improv 2
3: Song 1
4: Improv 3
5: Song 2
6: Improv 4
7: Song 1.5
8: Improv 5

A nice video from Song 2: