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Following the warm reception to Phoebe Kiddo’s debut EP, ‘Tripping On The Wake Of Goodbyes,’ Non Projects is proud to announce the 2011 RBMA alum’s startling full length debut, ‘Artefacts Of Broken Dreams.’
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Vinyl is expected to ship the week of October 1.
Please note that all Europe and UK orders will be shipped from Berlin, Germany with corresponding shipping rates. Orders to anywhere in the USA and the rest of the world will be shipped from Los Angeles, California.
“I made my decisions based on dreams.”
Recorded during a period of constant motion (from Melbourne to San Francisco, Madrid, at RBMA, Los Angeles, and finally Berlin), Phoebe Kiddo’s ‘Artefacts Of Broken Dreams’ finds a striking balance beween movement and stasis. An album written across borrowed studios, by whatever means were at hand, ‘Artefacts’ is an extremely visceral annotation of the psyche shattering, heart breaks and breath taking experiences brought on by her travels. Employing synthesizers and drum machines to capture the inherent isolation of Phoebe’s inner world and continually changing outer world, ‘Artefacts’ hits from all levels. From the brutal meditationon minimalism of “Initiation,” to the deep symmetry and sonic pools of “Into Solitude”and the confident dancefloor stride of “When The Soul Lies Down.” The songs herein act as aural postcards of an artist both consciously and unconsciously in flux, tracing her every move in sound.
1. Jupiter Jazz
2. This Is How I Would Die
3. Chasing Dreams
5. Into Solitude
6. When The Soul Lies Down
7. In All This Grace
8. I Tell You I’m Leaving
9. HalfHearts Must Be Forsaken
10. Inevitable Diaspora Of Clouds
Mastering by James Plotkin
Press photo by Vivia De La Chesnais
Cover photography and design by Brian Allen Simon.
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Obsessed with sound and its effects on consciousness since an early age, Phoebe Kiddo has been an expert in experimental electronic music for quite some time, referring to herself as an "avid consumer, occasional selector and meditator." Phoebe has kept a relatively low profile with hours passing into the night in various labs across the world. Time spent in Melbourne, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madrid (as a 2011 RBMA entrant) and finally her current residence, Berlin, have all influenced the scope and feel of her deep and personally charged sound. Her physical beats demand attention with exacting finesse, while her spiraling and interlocking harmonic and melodic synth work draws one's heart and soul into the mix, only letting go once the music has stopped.
'Tripping On The Wake Of Goodbyes' is a free taste of what we can expect to hear from Phoebe in the near future.
Mastering by James Plotkin.
Cover illustration by Peter Faulkner, cover design by Brian Allen Simon.
Press - XLR8R
Ryan York has been busy posting tracks and sketches amongst various other amazing material over at our friends Way Out.
Below are a couple of them. More here.
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The physical companion to the EP of the same name. 'Sunsets and Clocks' is a 32 page hand bound saddle stitched book with high resolution b&w Epson prints, featuring photography by Brian Allen Simon.
All photographs taken on tour in Japan, December, 2012.
Comes with download code for 320k mp3s of the EP.
Limited to 20, signed and numbered copies.
14 x 20 cm
Consider how personal an experience it is to wait. When caught in the space of time before a thing happens, we unconsciously reveal ourselves through our ticks - physical manifestations of where we let our thoughts drift in this non-space. While waiting, each foot tapped, itch scratched and phone checked reflects the places we allow ourselves to explore before we have to jump back into formal time and space to perform.
Anenon recorded Sunsets and Clocks in the weeks directly preceding a whirlwind tour of Japan, where expectations and preconceptions (both false and true), collided over and over again in anticipation of the trip to come. In this collection of songs, Brian Allen Simon shares that intimate space, where he was both highly conscious of the relentless march of time and simultaneously removing himself from it, delving into an inner space where the lack of time smeared memories, fantasies, and fears into one another.
From the title, we can start to understand his headspace during this period, where the abstract concerns and artistic preparations for an international tour to a new country constantly collided with the pragmatic, binary problems of itineraries, exchange rates, and language barriers. These conflicting drives mirror the sharp contrast of the way the smudged shades of a fading sun mark the end of the day at the same time that the precision crafted gears of a timepiece click into place.
We hear this theme reflected in how these pieces are unified by their maximal approaches to contrasts in the perception of time and meter, voice and tone. Anenon plays with this contrast through the shadowy textures of rhythm in the live improvisation of "We Yearn" and the meticulously interlocking beats driving "Ghost Light" and the title track. Boldly eschewing the use of the Rhodes and piano of his previous releases, these songs instead rely on the tenor sax and synthesizer. This new pairing fully realizes the theme in the marriage of the ethereal vibrations of the lungs and haunting accuracy of the keys.
1. We Yearn
2. Ghost Light
3. Dreamer (for Mary Jane)
4. Sunsets and Clocks
Words by D.S. Chun
Press photo by Yanmar.
Gold and Soil is duality – the coexistence of nature and civilization, the friction of experimentation and pop and the merging of organics and mechanics.
Realized in a remote yurt somewhere in the depths of Topanga Canyon, a wondrous and lush forested area minutes outside of the city of Los Angeles, the self-titled debut album from Anahita Navab (Ana Caravelle) and Ryan York (Asura) is the embodiment of this dwelling. It is a warm and inviting, yet ever far reaching work that yearns to find itself somewhere in the interstices of these aforementioned opposing spheres journeyed every day.
A natural pairing from the beginning, the work of Ana and Ryan (whom are both currently PHD candidates in Psychology and Neuroscience, respectively) has produced nothing but stellar results in the form of collaborations - the debut self-titled Asura record and Ana’s breakout debut album, 'Basic Climb' (both 2010, Non Projects). Ryan’s production of African influenced percussion and modern synthesizer and textural workings twist, turn and meld with Ana’s unique and sumptuous vocals with a logic all it’s own. Carrying the listener with each track from start to finish is a testament to York’s skills as an experienced jazz bassist and improvising cellist who has most recently, and notably, lent his bowing skills to the also idiosyncratic vocals of Zola Jesus ('Conatus,' Sacred Bones, 2011). Gold and Soil's backbone is production from a musician who understands the very nature of how improvisation and composition combine to create wholes bigger than the sums of their parts.
The words that Ana so elegantly and effortlessly sing resonate and invoke a wide range of personal emotions. Topics vary immensely including the current and turbulent political climate of Iran - the place of Ana’s family origin and the inspiration for “Pure Place.” Elsewhere, as Ana describes it, “the depths of wild childish play that grown adults can only fully experience in the context of giddy love” set the vocal beds for “Alone.” The digging down into one’s personal history charges the deeply moving ambient motion of “Selloana,” a re-contextualization of a found haiku written by Ana’s mother – a search for her child within. It is this search for the hidden joys beneath our surfaces that is the impetus for the music of Gold and Soil and it moves us all time and time again.
"Vulnerable child, I want to find you again. Come play with me."
01. Where or When
02. See You Again
04. Cloud Atlas
06. Golden, Brown, Burgundy
07. Everything Anything Nothing
08. Of Our Earth
09. Pure Place
10. Cody's Song
11. Owl Feathers
Video for "Cody's Song" by Miko Revereza.
While sharing similar stripped down recording approaches to the companion ‘Acquiescence’ EP, the music of ‘Inner Hue’ is an entirely different journey. With ‘Acquiescence’, the source material of grand piano and tenor saxophone remain fairly transparent, letting the instruments themselves tell the story, but with ‘Inner Hue’ Brian goes far deeper inside of the notes and takes the instrumentation of Rhodes piano and tenor saxophone into entirely new territories, coaxing nuanced textures and sounds with distinctive vocabulary unique to each track. An album that moves with sonic intent and abstract narrative, ‘Inner Hue’ naturally demands listening from start to finish, always revealing new paths with each play. This is personal, patient and thoughtful music to live inside of, or rather the music that lives inside of us, aching to get out.
Throughout ‘Inner Hue’, the sound of electric piano timbres remain prevalent - raw, elegant and crystallized into time, lucid tone colors embossed onto a tangible spectral audio field. Seductive and ruminating melodies run rampant, in shifting counterpoint with luxuriant, ageless textures, always with a corporeal melodic yearning. Sometimes physical and upfront, as when the saxophones roar over sturdy, cracking drums in “Murmurs” and layers of Rhodes build and amalgamate with double time percussive syncopations on the title track, or patiently ebbing and flowing through space on tracks like “Embers” and opener “Eighty-Four,” the timeless music of ‘Inner Hue’ is communicated with a unique and individualized finesse so rarely heard these days. A testament to Brian’s both formal and informal studies of composition over many years, ‘Inner Hue’ advances with a unique cinematic tension in the most organic of ways, coming to a harmonious close with “Entwine”, a highly visual piece of lullaby like high notes, raw bass tones, studied counterpoint and delicate ambience. An artist obsessed with building his own voice, no matter what palate he chooses, Anenon’s ‘Inner Hue’ truly marks only the beginning of a long and idiosyncratic life of music ahead.
2. This Is What I Meant
3. Stone River
5. Embers feat. Laura Teasley
6. Memory Residue
7. The Sea and the Stars
8. Inner Hue
9. I'm Awake Tonight
All music written, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by Brian Allen Simon (except vocals on "Embers" by Laura Teasley), February - September 2011 at 6210, Los Angeles.
Mastering by James Plotkin.
Vinyl cut by Helmut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
Cover art by Jon-Kyle Mohr.
Photos by Andy J. Scott
Press: 92bpm, Ad Hoc, Concepto Radio, Dummy Mag, Earmilk, Exclaim, The Four Oh Five, Gluttony is the New Black, NPR - All Songs Considered, Pitchfork Guide to Spring 2012 Releases, Resident Advisor, The Soul Electronic, XLR8R, XLR8R Album Stream, XLR8R Feature Interview, XLR8R Podcast