Saturday, July 12, 2014

ODX002 : Colorlist / Listing

ODX002 : Colorlist / Listing

As there is a new fantastic project coming in September with Charles Rumback on drums again (see also ODG009 and ODG010), I thought it was about time for all of you who missed them to rediscover the exciting first album of Colorlist called Lists (OCD005) and his reconstruction / remixed brother Photographs (OCD009), only this time as a digital box.
Lists is still one of my favorite album on Off, always beautiful to listen to and always discovering new textures.

"Beautiful structured arrangements and moody atmospherics... The air of careful, beautiful delicacy that informs the entire album has some astonishing high points"  - Ned Raggett, Rovi 

 Colorlist is a long-standing saxophone/drums duo specializing in improvised song forms, live electronics, and sonic exploration.  Charles Gorczynski (woodwinds, synths, harmonium) and Charles Rumback (drums, synths) are known for their powerful live shows, both explosive and serene, every night different and rooted in the space.  They often invite guest artists on stage and in the studio, most recently including guitarist Jeff Parker and producers Josh Eustis and John Hughes.

Digital only release on the 14th of July at a bargain price.

original covers art:

Track listing:
1 : Lluvia
2 : Orchid
3 : These complimentary
4 : Carbon monoxide
5 : Living mausoleum
6 : The swim around
7 : Rewinding sunday
8 : Ferm Room
     9 : City life
     1 : These Complimentary (Remix)    
     2 : Pteridophyta                                       
     3 : Lungs, Arms and Shoulders            
     4 : Sundrenched Clearing                      
     5 : Walking Distance                              
     6 : Csapas                                               
     7 : Orchid (Thin Skin Mix)                    
  8 : Musgo Vivo                                      
     9 : City Life (Remix) 

Friday, July 4, 2014

OVD005 : Pierre Vervloesem / Fiasco ( Remastered & Augmented )

OVD005 : Pierre Vervloesem / Fiasco ( Remastered & Augmented )

Second 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 second solo album from Pierre Vervloesem: Fiasco (1996).

Review by 
Pierre Vervloesem (bio) really rocks out on this one. Crunching power chords, blasting lead runs, pumping bass, pounding drums, yowling vocals -- the few tendencies toward a light approach on  are almost entirely suppressed here. The format is nearly that of a hard rock power trio at times, except that, in addition to Didier Fontaine's drums (and radiator), Vervloesem handles bass as well as guitar. That's not to suggest everything is heavy, heavy, heavy from start to finish -- there are jangly strums interspersed between the heavy metal machine gun choruses on the opening "Tiny Smalls," not to mention the interjection of a nice little multi-tracked trumpet arrangement from Bart Maris that would be right at home on any X-Legged Sally disc. Elsewhere, Vervloesem indulges his fondness for Laswell-styled funk-dub experimentation, overlaying deep and insistent bass vamps with stinging solos, wah-wah riffing, spacy effects, and Fripp-ish sustained harmonies and loops. Thierry Mondelaers’s vocals remain an acquired taste but improve upon his contributions to X-Legged Sally album "The Land of the Giant Dwarfs", effectively navigating stylistic territory from distortion-veiled post-punk wails to art rock crooning. The album's variety and flow are well conceived, with the rock tunes nicely balancing the more experimental groove-based dub tracks. Of the former, "Sorry" is about as punched-up and catchy as rock & roll gets, building to a thrilling ride with harmonized guitars over a driving vamp at the tune's end, while the album-concluding "Gas" merits special mention among the spaced-out dub jams -- its synthesized strings and bells (presumably contributed by composer Anne Fontigny) impart an ethereal, moody quality to the piece that contrasts effectively with the album's preceding cranked-up hard rockers. Not quite as quirky and more in your face than Home Made, Fiasco is a good choice for rock fans with limited patience for all-out avant-gardisms but who are open-minded enough to enjoy a bit of experimentation thrown into the mix. If your inclinations are reversed -- you're open-minded enough to enjoy a bit of rock & roll thrown in with your avant-garde experimentation -- Vervloesem's third release, Chef-D’Oeuvre, might be better aligned with your sensibilities, but both albums (and later Vervloesem albums as well) are fine examples of this skillful and often wildly entertaining Belgian's music.

A very fine review in French in Guts Of Darkness Here.

Digital release only on the 7th of July 2014.

Original cover art:

Track listing:

1) Tiny Smalls
2) Slow International Surfer
3) Undersexed
4) Hurl
5) Pure Hell
6) Mister March
7) The Next One
8) River
9) Sorry
10) Wrong
11) Gas

Bonus tracks:
12) Slow International Surfer ( Demo )
13) Hurl ( Spontaneous idea )
14) River ( Demo )

Monday, June 23, 2014

ORT007 : Vansina Orchestra / Morning Forest aka Nose up Bottom Down

ORT007 : Vansina Orchestra / Morning Forest aka Nose up Bottom Down

Bruno Vansina (38) has been active in the Belgian scene for some years now. He's regularly seen with his own projects Vansina-Verbruggen-Gudmundsson trio, Vansina Quartet (ft. Steve Nelson) as well as other bands like Rebirth Collective and Flat Earth Society.
This new project features the 'Bruno Vansina Quintet' and a large horn ensemble. The music consists of compositions by Bruno Vansina arranged for large ensemble by Dre Peremans (Rebirth Collective), a young talented Belgian composer, arranger and trombonist. For his arrangements he gets to work with a full colour pallet: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 tenors, 1 alto, 2 trumpets and 2 trombones plus a large rhythm section: piano, guitar, bass, drums and percussion. A total of no less than 17 musicians!
Bruno's choice of horns for the large ensemble is reminiscent of Gil Evans/Porgy And Bess and of Charles Mingus/Mingus Mingus Mingus. And more recent inspiration derived from Wayne Shorter's recordings on 'Alegria' and his collaboration with the 'Imani Woodwind Ensemble'.
The music drives on grooves that appeal to Steve Coleman but also brings to memory the modal music of John Coltrane. Written in a intuitive way yet rhythmically quite evolved, it focuses heavily on color, atmosphere and contrast. The compositions have a worldly feel to them, at times exotic and meditative, like mantras. This feeling is amplified by the beautiful playing of Kobe Proesman on percussion and above all Magic Malik’s (FR) flute playing, largely featured on the newly recorded 'Morning Forest aka Nose up Bottom down' .
Let's not forget to mention the amazing and unique clarinet playing of John Ruocco (USA), featured on the opening track 'Dark Night' and more fantastic improvisation by Steven Delannoy, Carlo Nardozza, Christian Mendoza, Bert Cools .... 

1. Dark Night (10:31)
2. Fiesta Festivo (12:31)
3. Morning Forest aka Nose Up Bottom Down (5:21)
4. Ploink (11:31)
5. Groove Along (13:09)
6. Symphony Of The Fried Bananas (8:45)
7. Bike Insprivation (11:11)
8. Morning Forest aka Nose Up Bottom Down (4:30) - alternate mix bonus track ( digital release only)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Music coming in the next few months

An avalanche of good music to arrive starting August ( in no order and not the final covers art) :
Harakiriad, Robert Edwin, WXII, In Heaven, EDF, Trevor Dunn / Teun Verbruggen, Marc Ducret / Teun Verbruggen / Nate Wooley, Hanami Quartet, Kate No Longer and Baby Fire!

and a teaser for Baby Fire's second album " The Red Robe" out 22nd of September.
Recorded at Exitstencil Studio and produced by Tony Barber (The Buzzcocks). 

This is an edit of a track from the second album of Robert Edwin ' Teleport':

Thursday, June 5, 2014

OVD004 : Pierre Vervloesem / Home Made ( Remastered & Augmented )

                                             Original cover by Reflex design, remodeling by Kiekebiche

OVD004 : Pierre Vervloesem / Home Made ( Remastered & Augmented )

First 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 first solo album from Pierre Vervloesem: Home Made ( 1994).

Review by
For his first solo album, crazed Belgian guitarist Pierre Vervloesem (bio) got together with bassist Paul Belgrado and a home eight-track recorder in late March of 1994. A couple weeks later, they emerged with Home Made, and whether Vervloesem still had friendly relations with his neighbors probably depends on whether they plugged their instruments directly into the line inputs or whether they sometimes used amplifiers that blasted out into the room. It's hard to image that they were able to keep the volume down to zero at least some of the time on this often blisteringly high-energy outing, particularly when Vervloesem and Belgrado's bandmates from X-Legged Sally were invited over to contribute sax, clarinet, trumpet, and piano (not to mention Luc Henriet's "human chicken") on "Bon Courage." At least they had the good sense to record the drummers in a studio. As for the final product, Vervloesem almost has more ideas than he can comfortably manage on Home Made's 20 tracks. He is a master of electric guitar technique and all the ways the instrument can be sonically manipulated with technological gadgetry; Vervloesem also has a finely tuned ear for multi-track arrangements, at times overdubbing himself into, if not a guitar army, at least a fairly sizable battalion. He could be viewed as either an avant-prog guitarist with heavy metal guitar shredder leanings or vice versa; stylistically Vervloesem invites comparison to Doctor Nerve's Nick Didkovsky. The concise tunes here (all instrumentals) also reveal the influences of Frank Zappa (definitely a Vervloesem hero), Fred Frith (from his dance-oriented Gravity LP), guitar fire-breathers like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, and, on "Le Fleuve," even a bit of Mike Oldfield's folk-prog leanings. Vervloesem loves to cut loose over pounding drum-and-bass vamps; he also throws in tight thematic arrangements, abrupt changes in tone and tempo, and scattered zany noises and effects, guitar-generated and otherwise. And he isn't above poking a bit of fun at the excesses of guitar pyrotechnics either, interrupting an extended shredding episode on "It's Back" with a voice that seems to be trying to get a word in edgewise before finally shouting "Stop!" Home Made isn't a stunningly original recording, at times seeming more like a catalog of influences than a strong personal statement. Nevertheless Vervloesem, Belgrado and friends sound like they had a blast recording it, and their energy and high spirits are captured quite effectively on the disc. For all the fun and games, the CD does end on a serious note, however -- the last track is a minute of silence, and its title is the date that Zappa died. 

Digital release only on the 16th of June 2014.

Original covert art:

Pierre circa 1994:

Track listing:

1) Phillip
2) Big
3) Le Fleuve
4) Nullo Problemo
5) Dukass
6) Surf Ensemble
7) Holiday out
8) Koniec
9) Fet
10) Bon Courage
11) Something In Italian
12) Christmas In New Jersey
13) Zozorro
14) Flakatakata
15) No Way
16) It's Back
17) Ski Chase
18) Man With A Stammer
19) Fringe
20) 04/12/93

Bonus tracks:
21) Zozorro ( Live )
22) Bon Courage ( Live )
23) Pillip ( Demo )

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Codswallop is now Cunt!

Formally knowned as Codswallop, Richard Belgium has now formed a new band called Cunt. He will be backed by four riot girls who will start to play the album already released on Off (see and buy here) and then compose a new album in the near future. Playing live starting in August 2014.

Friday, May 16, 2014

ODG024 : Blanchet - Borghi - Chevallier - Paganotti Quartet

ODG024 : Blanchet - Borghi - Chevallier - Paganotti Quartet

After committing a splendid album as a trio (here), Emmanuel Borghi comes back, only this time as a quartet. With the addition of Boris Blanchet (bio much too short as he has been playing with more than 60 big names and bands) on tenor and soprano saxes, Emmanuel Borghi on keys, Blaise Chevallier on bass and Antoine Paganotti on drums deliver a perfect contemporary jazz album. This five tracks album sees 3 new compositions from either Boris or Emmanuel, one song that was already on the trio album and one cover of John Coltrane.
This is jazz as we love it, so don't miss the chance to listen to those fantastic musicians!

Digital only release at a bargain placeon the 9th of June 2014.

Track listing:

1) Maria Callas ( Boris Blanchet )
2) Giant Steps ( John Coltrane, arr. Boris Blanchet )
3) Untitled 2 ( Boris Blanchet )
4) 18 Years Later ( Emmanuel Borghi )
5) Sac De Noeuds ( Emmanuel Borghi )