All eyes on 1631 Recordings this week! With "Reflections On A Dead Sea", "A Story of a man" and "Dislodged" present the Swedish label, which was founded in 2015 by Mattias Nilsson (Kning Disk) and David Wenngren (Library Tapes), three new arrivals on this friday in November. The artists behind those new releases are the "Tangerine Dream" violinist Hoshiko Yamane, the British film composer Danny Mulhern and the founder of "Headphone Commute", Mike Lazarev.
So it is once again one of those "1631" weeks with two and more brilliant releases and instead of presenting you just one release I will shine a light on all of those albums because it is definitely worth it. Then let's start with Hoshiko Yamane and her new solo violin EP "A Story Of A Man"...
Hoshiko Yamane - A Story Of A Man
With "A Story Of A Man" present us the Japanse violinists and composer Hoshiko Yamane finally her first solo violin EP for 1631 Recordings. An EP that was written and produced besides many of her other ongoing projects like Tangerine Dream. Since 2011 she has been playing in the legendary electronic formation that was founded by the music genius Edgar Froese in 1967 and pioneered the genre with more than 100 albums and celestial soundtrack ("Grand Theft Auto V"). Alongside Tangerine Dream, she worked and works also on several musical projects, for instance ""Tukico", a solo project that mixes violin sounds with Techno music.
Furthermore, she worked and played together with notable artists such as Ceeys from Berlin, the Erased Tapes artist and vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita or singer/songwriter Jane Birkin. With "A Story Of A Man" combines Hoshiko her experiences that she made over the last year with her wonderful virtuosic violin play. Especially on the captivating, up-tempo piece "Into The Dark" scintillate the highly talented composer, who has been playing the violin since the age of 4. Also, the opener "Before The Dawn", a canonical track that was composed around two different themes and the other works are wonderful musical pulsating, atmospheric classical musical blisses.
Danny Mulhern - "Reflections On A Dead Sea"
Together with the London Contemporary Orchestra recorded Danny Mulhern just a few months ago the score for the critically acclaimed short film "The Dead Sea" by Stuart Gatt, which thematize the dramatic plight of the ongoing refugee crisis and is based on true story. Based on the recorded material for this score and on many musical sketches for this project created the British composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer his second work for 1631 Recordings after the "Metanoia" EP.
It opened up a fascinating sound world that I felt could go beyond the film." - Danny Mulhern (Quote from the interview with self-titledmag)
Danny is known for his many film, documentary and TV scores like "Koan", "Silent Witness", "Natural World" or "How Are Made The World" and was for the filmmaker Stuart Gatt the perfect choice for this film project. The tragic events that occur in the story of the film were perfectly reflected in the melancholic score. As I mentioned, worked the London-based composer together with small string ensembles of the London Contemporary Orchestra and discovered in the recording session for the soundtrack the potential for an album or in his own words: "an augmented, extended version of [the] score". The ensemble combined the exsiting material of the film score with improvised parts and created this captivating piece of music with some interessting musical facets like the vocal loops in the piece "Libya" or the low-key, slow cello solo by Oliver Coates in the opening track "Ganfuda". With compositional ideas like the mentioned vocal loops that were inspired by Johnn Johannsson's work "A Song For Europa" created the ensemble over all parts of the album suspense and the perfect expansion of the previous film score.
Listen to the album on Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes/Apple Music. If you want to buy it as vinyl on Bandcamp. So enjoy Danny Mulhern's new album "Reflections on a Dead Sea"!
Mike Lazarev - "Dislodged"
A year ago released Mike Lazarev his debut "Unhinged" and has caused quite a stir in the modern classical scene. With "Dislodged" comes now the second album by the founder of the legendary music blog Headphone Commute and called it the "second half [of] the 'Unhinged' mini-album."
The intimate piano journey was inspired, like the first one, by artists such as Julien Marchal, Fabrizio Paterlini, Nils Frahm and Sophie Hutchings and wants to discover "the outer reaches of spatial and reductionist pianism".
"Beneath the dark veil of the night, covered in an intoxicating somber solitude, somewhat sorrow and slightly sweet, 'Dislodged' is a place of isolation, melancholy, and a bit of heartache." - Mike Lazarev
He reducted it to the warmth, evocative core and composed euphonious, fragile, vulnerable piano melodies, that were "occasionally echoed by the song of a lonely cello" (Quote by Mike Lazarev) like in the reprise of "Unhinged" or on the last piece "Sunday". One of the absolute favorite pieces for me on "Dislodged" is the wonderful and peaceful "Serenity" with its vibrant and impelling chords. Pure and minimalistic, but brilliant piano simplicity!