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Moritz Von Oswald Trio-Horizontal Structures(Preview)

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Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Horizontal Structures

HONEST JON’S RECORDS

The trio of Moritz von Oswald, Max Loderbauer (NSI / Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay / Luomo), with a third album, this time enriched and expanded by guitar contributions from Paul St Hilaire (also known as Tikiman), and double bass courtesy of Marc Muellbauer (via ECM).
Horizontal Structures is palpably a more open, more expressive album than the previous studio recording, Vertical Ascent. There is more contrast, more light and shade. St Hilaire and Muellbauer add fresh drama and swing to the intimate tonal and rhythmic interactions of the core grouping. The coherence of the five-piece is remarkable; the boundary between acoustic and electronic undone.
The group’s evolution is firmly signalled in the opener, Structure 1. There’s a lush, romantic quality to the playing and arrangement that we’ve not heard before: the guitar licks have a bluesy lilt, the bass imparts melody as well as physical presence, the synth sequences are more painterly, looser somehow, and Ripatti’s percussion roams feelingly.
Structure 2 is like 70s spy-flick jazz or groove-heavy Krautrock stripped to its barest essence, Loderbauer and von Oswald’s electronics glistening in a sticky cobweb of reverb and delay. The languidly stepping Structure 3 faintly recalls von Oswald’s work with Mark Ernestus as Rhythm And Sound, with St Hilaire’s chords hanging thick above bone-dry drum machine drift. Lastly, Structure 4, the track structurally closest to techno, is pervaded by a sense of mischief, with Muellbauer’s strings — plucked, bowed, scraped — coming to the fore.
For all its complexity, this is also a very playful album, and the Trio’s increased confidence and empathy as improvisers allow them to indulge flights of percussive fancy, sudden about-turns, vectors into the unknown. Horizontal Structures sounds, above all else, free.

Structure 5 is download-only at HONEST JON’S RECORDS

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Will Saul & Mike Monday“Sequence 1 Ep, +Scuba Rmx” out 20 September

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Label Aus Music
Cat. No. AUS1029
Format EXCL12″C

Will Saul present the ‘Sequence 1’ EP, the product of the two artists limiting themselves to a Roland 909, a Korg Kaos Pad, a Dave Smith Polyevolver and recording their jamming on the fly.

“We wanted to inject some excitement, energy and randomness into this release, so decided to play the tracks live with Mike on the 909 and keys and Will on filters and effects. We had a broad idea of where we were going before we pressed record, and recorded a few takes of each track, then took the best moments from each. The big challenge was reining in the slightly chaotic recordings, but after some tweaking we found a balance between old school rawness and modern production values.”

Having previously released together on Buzzin’ Fly, remixed for DFA (The Juan Maclean’s legendary ‘Happy House’) and Applepips (Appleblim & Ramadanman), the duo present two exclusive tracks that explore the cutting-edge leftfield sounds of house music in typical Aus form. Future collaborative efforts will see a remix for Scuba (whose high octane remix of Sequence 1 features as the B-side on this EP) on Hot Flush which will be out in September.

In addition to their work together, both artists are currently in the process of completing their forthcoming solo artist albums. Mike Monday’s album is a project that will see him write and release a new track for free on his website every Monday for 10 weeks. A new means of creating and distributing musical material, the final 10 tracks will make up the content of the album. With a release set for Spring 2011, Will’s second full artist album will feature collaborations with Joe Dukie (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Paul St. Hilaire, Charlene Soraia, and Detachments amongst others.

Aus Music’s sister label Simple celebrates it’s 50th single release in November 2010 – a release that will see Will and his long term production partner Tam Cooper team up for a limited edition vinyl double pack EP. Featuring 4 new original tracks, the EP will also feature remixes from Wolf + Lamb, Nicolas Jaar and Jonny White & Kenny Glasgow (Art Department).

you can listen/preorder at simple records

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