Ensemble Economique is a drone / psychedelic project of Brian Pyle (Starving Weirdos, RV Paintings) started in 2008 in Manila, California, United States.
The eight pieces on the debut album, released on October 2008, At the Foot of Nameless Roads range from extended tonal drift-scapes to brief exercises in dissonance, each approaching the field of drone from a different angle. Clearly Pyle is no part-timer and his varied, often very challenging music takes in a broad range of influences.
300 pressing in smart hand screen-printed jackets for this latest essential plate from Peder Mannerfelt landing down on Rubadub affiliated Ultimate Hits. The Roll The Dice man dispenses four cuts which twist and writhe across skeletal, percussive techno freak-outs (resonant of his recent The Swedish Congo Record), itchy machine-funk, bare minimal Jelinek-framed house bangers and spacious dubbed-heavy hauntings. Simultaneously discordant and accessible tackle; big tip for Shackelton crew, Muslimgauze, Emptyset, Mika Vainio.
A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors — including arty synthpop, minimal techno, uk garage, and contemporary hip-hop — they made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group, but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy eventually heard the songs and became interested enough to begin his KIN label with Junior Boys as its first artist. Engineer Matt Didemus joined Greenspan, and together they recorded enough material for a full-length. Prior to the 2004 release of the resulting album, titled Last Exit, a pair of 12″ singles were released — one included a remix from Fennesz, while the other featured a remix from Manitoba (now Caribou).
The first time I saw Nils Petter Molvaer playing live I thought the world was coming to an end. It was at the Voss Jazz Festival in Norway, my first visit there in 2003. The members of his band were stretched across a huge stage in a sports hall, at the back of which ran black and white images which seared into my mind. The music was urgent, pulsing, unsettling. Cutting through it was the breath of an angel – not the gentle angels of Romantic paintings – but a powerful archangel brandishing a fiery sword – the sound of the trumpet.
You’re familiar with Angel Deradoorian’s voice. As the former bassist, keyboardist and vocalist for Dirty Projectors, her levitating vocals buoyed the Brooklyn-based group. She’s been a member of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, sang on Flying Lotus’ “Siren Song,” and has collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Bjork, Matmos, the Roots, et al.
Her first song collection, 2009’s Mind Raft EP elicited praise from Pitchfork for being “passionate and lovingly crafted.” The Fader hailed her “zen weed energy” and “moody dervish spirals.” Her debut LP, The Expanding Flower Planet reflects a remarkable creative journey.