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Memories Of You, Vol. 1 (200g)
200-gram audiophile vinyl imported from Japan.
The Perilous Beauty of Madness
DarkBlueWorld's epic sound has been noted for its paradoxical nature, simultaneously hypnotic and sullen: "blending disturbing lyrics with beautiful melodies... breathing sadness and celebration in the same breath", at times "a thrilling noise assault of feedback and percussion" [CokeMachineGlow]. Their unique "alchemical magic" is completed by Elizabeth's "lushly dismal narratives", ranging harmonically from "a macabre growl to a keening shriek" with "superior range and color" conveyed by her "cigarette-rough voice" [JunkMedia]. This is DarkBlueWorld’s second release on Drip Audio.
DarkBlueWorld is singer/poet Elizabeth Fischer's essential vehicle for her collaborations with noted Canadian musicians. Drawing on Fischer’s texts, expressive vocal style and the wide ranging musical influences the members bring to the group, DarkBlueWorld creates and perform material that is emotionally layered, often acerbic or darkly satirical, with subtly complex harmonic and rhythmic structures - individualized, intelligent expressions intended to communicate the complexities of human experience in sophisticated yet accessible song formats.
All the members of the group are established artists in their own right; a recognized vocalist, composer and lyricist, Elizabeth Fischer is the former leader of the Animal Slaves, a seminal Canadian alternative art-rock band in the 80’s. She has recorded and performed with noted international musicians, has performed Hungarian songs and French chansons, and continues to explore the music of Brecht/Weill and Hans Eisler in a number of contexts. She also creates all of the group's visual material. Gord Grdina, a prolific composer and arranger who also leads his own ensembles, has a deeply lyrical approach to music. He has a keen ear for unusual textures and an eclectic approach to music making which complements Fischer’s musical sensibilities. Tommy Babin has a particular affinity for creative music and Chad MacQuarrie’s expressionistic, aggressive sound compliments Fischer’s darker, edgier material. Bernie Arai is a respected drummer and composer with many international appearances to his credit
Vol. 2: The Orchestral Works 1
Volume 2 in Mode's Scelsi Edition presents three of his rarely heard
and recorded orchestral works, vividly captured in outstanding sound.
Hymnos' large orchestra is divided antiphonally into two almost
identical groups, symmetrically placed on each side of a central axis
made up of the organ, timpani, and percussion. About halfway through
the piece, as a result of accumulated pedal tones and their harmonics,
the aura of a phantom choir miraculously appears-or so it seems-in a
spine-tingling sonic revelation.
Hurqualia was written at the height of the composer's maturity. As with Hymnos,
Scelsi obsesses on a single note-in this case a different note for each
of the four movements. It reveals a shocking Scelsi: violent,
impulsive, loud, fast.
Konx-Om-Pax is the word 'peace' in three languages: ancient
Assyrian, Sanskrit, and Latin. This 20-minute work for choir and
orchestra is his crowning achievement. The orchestra is the largest
ever assembled by Scelsi, projected onto an enormous landscape of
sound. The joining of 'all' in the third movement, combining the
massive forces of orchestra and choir, makes an inevitable allusion to
a previous 'ode to joy.'
The orchestral works are interspersed with selections from Canti del Capricorno.
A collection of twenty songs, some of the Canti are written
specifically for soprano voice, while for others the exact voice is not
specified. Improvisation and 'personal inspiration' play a large part
in the interpretation of the songs. Presented here are some for solo
voice and others with instruments, performed by soprano Pauline
Vaillancourt and tenor Douglas Ahlstedt.
A student of Hermann Scherchen, Juan Pablo Izquierdo's interpretations
of the Viennese masters of the 19th century continue a long-standing
European tradition, while also being internationally for his bold
interpretations of avant-garde music of the 20th century. His first
Mode disc with the superb Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic garnered rave
Roger The Engineer (180g MONO)
Originally released in 1966, Roger The Engineer was the only album from the The Yardbirds to feature all original material. Although the record was officially titled Yardbirds, it has since been referred to as Roger the Engineer, stemming from the cover drawing of audio engineer Roger Cameron by band member Chris Dreja.
Marking the addition of Jeff Beck, the album finds the
group expanding upon their signature blues-rock format and experimenting
with psychedelia and the avant-garde. Music On Vinyl is now re-releasing this classic album in its original mono version on 180g audiophile vinyl.
Great Circle Saxophone Quartet