……displaced, almost vaporous intensity

tētēma, a new duo featuring Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton release their debut album, Geocidal, on December 8th via Ipecac Recordings.

And here below is the first insight of the music on the album via the track ‘Tenz’, which is described by Anthony Pateras as follows…“This track experiments with a palimpsest of rhythmic microcosms, consisting of drums, voice, arp 2600, contrabass recorder, nylon string guitar and marimba. The orchestration attempts to create kaleidoscopic barber pole effect : a constantly rotating electro-acoustic cross-pollination which culminated in some kind of brutal polychronic trance music, albeit with a glockenspiel coda…”

The promo material for the new release reveals:

Geocidal is very much Anthony Pateras’ vision realised over one and a half years of recording. The record combines various musical elements from analogue electronics, strings, winds, brass, orchestral percussion, and vocals – each recorded in a different location which as Anthony describes creates a “displaced, almost vaporous intensity – it comes from everywhere and nowhere”. Every one of these musical elements on Geocidal was also played live, with no samples, hand-crafted and performed by a human – stemming from a desire to base everything on feel and instinct. Ultimately then, it represents universality and timelessness in music.

On Geocidal,  Pateras balances these kaleidoscopic elements from controlled brooding electronics to unrestrained explosive outbursts. Frenetic, trance-inducing percussion punctuates much of the record, making way for more spacious grooves and jazz rhythms. Elsewhere, widescreen string compositions rouse and stirring piano parts creep in, shifting into film noir atmospherics. All the while, this expansive sonic architecture allows Mike Patton much freedom to display his vast array of vocal techniques.  

  Combining this method of live recording, and the cross-pollination of an array of musical talent, Pateras allows for absolute stylistic freedom which makes Geocidal a very dynamic and unclassifiable album, where quality is never compromised by the quantity of ideas on display. As Tiny Mix Tapes said of Pateras’ music, it offers a look as to where “trailblazers of avant-garde are heading,” adding music lovers will “be captivated by his bold creative foray.”

All of that sounds enticing and the combination of serial jazz-leaning structures  and varying layers of  Patton’s menacing vocals makes for an interesting taster for what could very well be an excellent album.

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Catching up with groovy sounds

I have been otherwise distracted with German Shepherd Record label matters over the last 14 days, and I lost an evening of catching up time going to see Benefit State, Trojan Horse and The Fall at the Salford Music Festival last weekend so i’m way behind with stuff so this is by way of a nifty little catch-up to clear the in-box and get up to date:

  • Guano Padana are releasing an album on Ipecac on November 3rd called Americana. Here is a preview track:
  • tētēma, a new duo featuring Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton release their debut album, Geocidal, on December 8th via Ipecac Recordings.
  • A psychedelic Melbourne based core of musicians who invite in vocalists from all over the world to bring their songs to fruition, Transference have released new single Lady Isis
  • Los Angeles, California’s Goatsnake are back in a big way – having spent the summer at Rock Falcon studios in Franklin, Tennessee they are gearing up to release their first new full-length album since 2000’s Flower Of Disease. The new album, due for a release on Southern Lord next year, will feature the familiar faces of Greg Rogers (The Obsessed, Sonic Medusa), providing drums, Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) taking care of the riffs, Pete Stahl (Scream, Wool, Earthlings?) on vocals, and new bassist Scott Renner (Sonic Medusa, Sourvein). Joining them again on production duties is Nick Raskulinecz, who, since being introduced to Dave Grohl during the recording sessions of Flower of Disease, has gone on to work with seminal artists such as Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones and Ghost, and has won Grammys with the Foo Fighters.
  • Matinée are an East London four piece indie band who return with their stunning new single These Days. The  single  produced  by  Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Carl Barat, Glasvegas) is a melody  driven  guitar  soaring  song  about  loves  broken  secrets  and  will  be released  this autumn on Neon Tetra Records and is a blistering indie track. You can hear the single at :
  • Hailing from Northampton and creating melodic and dynamic indie rock, An Army Of Lights create a lush sound using duelling harmonies and hooky guitars with tunes often ending in an epic blaze that takes the roof off. If you like The Walkmen, Bombay Bicycle Club, or Two Door Cinema Club then they are right up your street. The ‘An Army Of Lights’ boys have been busy on the live circuit this summer, and they have also been back in the studio. The result is a new single called ‘We Don’t Wanna Go’.
  • Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific NW, Seattle’s Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and playing with his newest band Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth. This powerful trio of musicians, with Tad on guitar/vocals, veteran bass player Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Annunaki) shall release their long-awaited debut LP in early 2015 on Neurot Recordings. Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth bring together the collective and extensive rock histories and the experience of the three members in the worlds of punk, hard rock and metal.
  • Grinding hardcore unit Full Of Hell will set loose an assuredly barren and hostile full-length written in collaboration with noise’s anti-hero Merzbow, released via Profound Lore Records on 24th November.
  • Chirping are an indie pop rock band  from Sweden. They release their much anticipated new single Ambitions on 27th October. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Cure, The Smiths, The Drums and The Strokes, the four-piece, consisting of Carl, Johan, Björn and Viktor, have a very strong DIY attitude. They spent a long period of time building their own rehearsal room and recording studio from scratch where they self-produced and self-mixed Ambitions. At the very last hurdle they had decided to bring in a mastering professional called Thomas Eberger who has worked with a countless amount of Swedish stars including The Hives.
  • In anticipation of its October 13th release via Ipecac, another track has been unleashed from Hold It In, the latest studio album from The Melvins, featuring Butthole Surfers players JD Pinkus and Paul Leary. Sesame Street Meat which nods to their Gluey Porch Treatments debut, encapsulates their great-humoured, gut-wrenching, riff-centric formulae, which has continued to evolve with each release.

 

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