Anne Chris Bakker and Andrew Heath illustrate their ‘Sense of Light’ – while Lee Yi pictures ‘An Instant for a Momentay Desolation’..
A few months ago I wrote some words about Anne Chris Bakker‘s beautiful album “Tussenlicht“, a self released limited edition CD-R. (If you haven’t checked this one yet: the digital edition is still available!)
It’s a pleasant surprise to find that his new (first “official”) album “Reminiscenses“ is now released on Dronarivm, the (Moscow-based) contemporary ambient and modern classical music label curated by Pleq and Dimitry Taldykin.
The name may not immediately sound familiar, but “Anne Chris Bakker“ should ring a bell if you carefully checked out the releases by Jan and Romke Kleefstra (internationally acclaimed for their Frysian soundscape poetry and Piiptsjilling collaboration with Machinefabriek and Mariska Baars).
Anne Chris Bakker has worked with them on various releases: “Wink“, “Griis” and a live performance cassette released in March 2012.
“Tussenlicht“, recently released on Somehow Recordings (where the physical version is available), is Anne Chris Bakker‘s second solo project (after “Weerzien”, 2012). Its dreamlike poetic atmosphere is definitely resembling the Piiptsjilling/Kleefstra recordings, and yet there is something remarkably different…
2016 has been a relatively quiet year for the Kleefstra Brothers – nucleus of many different projects of ambient improv and Frisian poetry.
Until recently when suddenly three albums by Kleefstra / Bakker / Kleefstra were released almost simultaneously, as well as theTsjinlûd multimedia project celebrating the Frisian culture in words, pictures, drawings and music.
A shortlist with a tinge of Christmas, but also looking forward to the fresh air of spring…
New albums from Memum, Chris Russell, Sava Marinkovic, Halcyon Chamber and – to conclude – a free christmas present from the Dronarivm label artists.
If you’re a collector that likes to have your music on a physical CD, times are rapidly getting harder. Especially in the ambient and experimental genre, where more and more releases are handmade do-it-yourself releases in extremely limited editions.
Take Wixel’s 2009 project, for instance: one CD every month, every edition physically released in the number of days of that particular month (but at least these are later rereleased in simpler packaging and available as digital downloads too). Even a relatively ‘big name’ like Thomas Köner releases his latest CD ‘La Barca‘ in a limited edition of 600 copies only.
By the time the news of a new release reaches you, chances are the album is sold out and unavailable physically.
Such is the case with Wink, the new album by Kleefstra / Bakker / Kleefstra.
Although I thought I acted quickly, my handpainted CD (!) and handpainted cover bears the number 90 – of only 100! So I guess it’s sold out the moment you read this…
So what’s the use of this blogpost then?
Noisy yet subtle soundscapes by The [Law-Rah] Collective (Martijn Pieck and Bauke van der Wal) and Transtilla (Romke Kleefstra and Anne-Chris Bakker).
“Deislieper” is the third release in what I like to call the “Kleefstra Wire Trilogy“.
In fact, there’s no real ‘trilogy’, but three separate albums that were presented by three independent labels on one single advertising page in Wire Magazine: “Wurdskrieme” (on Experimedia). “Tongerswel” (on Home Normal), and now “Deislieper” (on Hibernate).
“Deislieper”, by the way, is a Frisian name for the nightjar and literally it means ‘day sleeper’
Rooted firmly in the improv scene, core members Jan (poetry) and Romke (guitar, effects) Kleefstra never work alone.
With Piiiptsjilling, most of the contributors were Dutch fellow musicians (like Rutger ‘Machinefabriek’ Zuydervelt, Mariska Baars, Chris Bakker), but soon they also started playing with an international cast of musicians like Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm, Greg Haines (on the Seeljocht project).
Tongerswel presented their work together with saxophonist Gareth Davis, and now Deisleeper features the incredible percussion music by Sytze Pruiksma.
Travelling to al corners of Britain (and all four elements) with Andrew Heath and Toby Marks *** Exploring the Topology of Blue with Bill Seaman.
Relax and enjoy the Murmuration at Evenfall … With albums by Andrew Heath and Erland Cooper & William Doyle.
The end of a year is a popular moment to release a (label) compilation. Sometimes to look back, sometimes to look ahead. Here’s an (incomplete!) overview of some recent compilations presenting hours (and more hours) of listening pleasure.
Andrew Heath’s ‘lower case music’ (Soundings);
Sonmi451 takes his place on the imaginary map (Panta Rei);
Sven Laux’ virtual orchestra (Paper Streets)
On October 26, 1985, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown arrives in his flying DeLorean time machine and persuades Marty McFly and his girlfriend, Jennifer Parker, to come back to the future with him.
They arrive on October 21, 2015
Only now we found out why they chose this date!
In their relatively short existence (about 1.5 year now), the Moscow based Dronarivm label (curated by Bartosz ‘Pleq’ Dziadosz) has quickly worked itself to the upper category of quality labels focussing on contemporary ambient and modern classical music.
“15 Shades of White“, a collection of 15 tracks (or 17, counting the bonus tracks with the digital download) – “different in atmosphere and sound but united by a common winter mood” – demonstrates why.
Bjarni Gunnarsson‘s fourth full album is called ‘Lueur’, meaning ‘glow’ *** For Pauline is a heartfelt tribute to Pauline Oliveros by Isabelle Latorres and Edu Comelles.