Glesbygd´n

2009/07/29

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There haven´t been that much reggaemusic here at Othersided so let me therefor give you the best at once! Glesbygd´n is a band consisted by 9 musicians from a little village in the far north of Sweden called Arvidsjaur, the name Glesbygd´n is also translated “sparsely-populated area” in english.

They are producing the most perfect rootreggae with a lot of influences from dub, folk and soul mixed up with a beautiful melancholy and sad touch. The leadsinger Arvid has a pretty unic singingvoice and in the new album he is singing in a old swedish dialect called “Arvidsjaurbondska”.

In the song “Áiga ” they have invited a special guest called Simon Issat Marainen who is doing a eyewettening Sami Jojk.  

Glesbygd´n feat. Simon Issat Marainen – Áiga (From the album Tid’n Lid) 

Hauschka

2009/02/18

hauschkaHauschka, the alias of Volker Bertelmann, is based in Düsseldorf, his fourth full length album is called “Ferndorf”. This pianist and composer explores every chamber instrument in its full capacity. On Ferndorf (translating into ‘remote village’ from German), Hauschka brings in two cellists, violinist and even a trombone player to construct modern classical pieces that are pleasant on the ear and the soul.

Five out of twelve tracks appear to be “purely improvised”, yet elicit strong musicianship from the participating players. Alluding to his birthplace in rural Germany, the trip along the memory lane, is an upbeat skip and hop. Here, Bertelmann revisits his childhood influences contributing to his decade long affair with the piano. Where most major-chord filled pieces usually fill me with a post-neo-classical dread of scale walking, Hauschka keeps restraint and tends to concentrate on execution and message of each individual piece. Of course, no such trip ever occurs without a touch of melancholy. Please check out Fat Cat Records where Bertelmann releases his music on, so much interesting music on that label.

Hauschka – Schönes Mädchen from the album “Ferndorf”

Hauschka – Heimat from the album “Ferndorf”

Hauschka – Nadelwald from the album “Ferndorf”

Hauschka – Neuschnee from the album “Ferndorf”

Boozoo Bajou

2009/02/01

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Behind the name Boozoo Bajou we find the two producers Florian Seyberth and Peter Heider from Nürnberg Germany, widely respected around the globe for their unique blend of modern electronica with blues, jazz, soul, latin and dub elements. But on the latest album released early this month called “Grains”, the duo take a lighter and brighter path, absorbing acoustic folk and classic songwriting into their progressive musical journey.

Boozoo Bajou is signed to one of my all time favorite labels !K7 Records, the name is an abbreviation of the company’s original Berlin address, Kaiserdamm 7 (they have since relocated to Heidestr. 52). 

Boozoo Bajou – YMA from the album “Satta”

Boozoo Bajou – Night Over Manaus from the album “Satta”

Boozoo Bajou – Under My Sensi from the album “Satta”

Boozoo Bajou – Keep Going from the album “Dust My Broom”

Boozoo Bajou – 9 Below Zero from the album “Dust My Broom”

Boozoo Bajou – S.I.P. from the album “Dust My Broom”

Boozoo Bajou – Same Sun from the album “Grains”

Boozoo Bajou – Tonschraube from the album “Grains”

Boozoo Bajou – Fuersattel from the album “Grains”

Got this email the other day:

“…Dear Ladies & Gentlemen
We are the music publishing company for Boozoo Bajou. To avoid legal difficulties for yourself please remove all Boozoo Bajou soundfiles from this blog
https://othersidedmusic.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/boozoo-bajou/

Thanks for understanding and helping the artist to buy food for their children. They only live from making AND selling music.
Best
ULRICH NEFZER – CEO ….”

As respect i took all the songs away, but i´m NOT uploading full albums and i´m pretty sure people on this blog see the songs as promotion, readers wich enjoying the music – buys the records!!

Hopefully you all understand that i´m trying to help the artist in selling more records and music!!

Ahura

2009/02/01

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In his native Persia, Mohammad Eghbal a.k.a Ahura grew up in an environment which was very much inspired by the Sufi tradition. His father published books and texts mainly on philosophy, poetry and mystics. Mohammad got deeply touched by a Dervish who was playing the Reed-Flute/Ney and singing songs from the mystic RUMI. From this time, his main goal was to work with the healing energy of rhythm and sound. With scientific precision, he built many instruments by himself and learnt to use their sounds and vibrations.

Today, he is a master of the Oriental Ney, the Persian Dombak, the Oriental Oud and of course his main instrument, his voice. Mohammads deep connection with the earth fuses with the sky-oriented whirling dance of the Dervishes. The Union of breath, sound and rhythm leads to inner harmony and fosters a deep healing process.

Ahura – Daschti For Baba from the album “Baba Taher”

Ahura – Baba Taher from the album “Baba Taher”

Ahura – Seda from the album “Baba Taher”

Ahura – Hal from the album “Baba Taher”

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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble are a gloriously creepy crawly mutant jazz combo, equal parts DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing, seventies horror movie soundtracks, late night jazz and super sluggish blown out trip hop.

To this day KDJE only released one full album wich is selftitled. They represent as a full on group, not one dude and his laptop, unfurling haunting imaginary soundtracks, dark and dense, smoky and noir, everything in rich lustrous shades of black and grey, shuffling jazzy skitter underpins melancholy moaning horns bathed in reverb, pizzicato strings and minor key guitars hover and dart furtively, a drizzly rainy day jazz dirge, so creepy and mysterious and lovely, and that’s just the first song. The rest of the record wanders similarly rainslicked streets, hat pulled down low, collar pulled way up, face obscured by shadows, the wet streets reflecting the orange grey glow of the streetlights, the buildings like totem poles of shadowy ghosts, the sky a blackish grey, turning the vibrant city into a lonely monochrome.

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – The Nothing Changes from the selftitled album

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Amygdhala from the selftitled album

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Solomons Curse  from the selftitled album

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Parallel Corners from the selftitled album

Fever Ray

2009/01/20

Behind Fever Ray we find Karin Dreijer the former singer of Honey Is Cool and The Knife, this is her first solo project.  The singel is called “If I Had A Heart”  and the dark, mesmerising video was directed by long-time The Knife collaborator Andreas Nilsson, who has also directed videos for Jose Gonzalez, White Lies, Moby and Goldfrapp. 

The song´s opening is dark and hypnotic and you don’t quite know where it’s going to go next, however, it ends up going somewhere fantastic. A brooding organ plays under a gnawing sound, like Jaws on downers, as the eerie vocals come in over the top: “This will never end/Cos I want more/If I had a heart I could love you/If I had a heart I could sing…” It sounds like someone at the end of their tether.

From nowhere comes a female vocal, ushered in on an almost shamanic wail that lifts the song into lighter, less claustrophobic waters. It takes on the echo of a Native American cry, but still with that mean looping sound maintaining the song’s dark undertone.

The song feels like it could erupt at any second into a hail of rioting guitars, but brilliantly, it never does. Instead it ebbs and flows slowly along on the menacing heartbeat like sound and eventually, just ends.

Fever Ray – If Had A Heart from the single “If I Had A Heart”

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Black Moth Super Rainbow is an American experimental band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their music contains elements of psychedelia, folk, electronica and pop. Their distinctive sound is characterized by analog electronic instuments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano and Novatron.

This is how they describe themselvs: “Deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania vocoders hum amongst the flowers and synths bubble under the leaf-strewn ground while flutes whistle in the wind and beats bounce to the soft drizzle of a warm acid rain. As the sun peeks out from between the clouds, the organic aural concoction of Black Moth Super Rainbow starts to glisten above the trees.”

The members of BMSR got the lovely names of Father Hummingbird, Tobacco, Power Pill Fist, The Seven Fields Of Aphelion and Iffernaut.  Some of the members also got their soloprojects going, please check out Tobacco´s latest album “Fucked Up Friends” and Power Pill Fist´s album “Kongmanivong”.

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Forever Heavy from the album “Dandelion Gum”

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Jump Into My Mouth And Breathe The Stardust from the album “Dandelion Gum”

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Sun Lips from the album “Dandelion Gum”

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Drippy Eye from the album “Dandelion Gum”

Black Moth Super Rainbow – I Think It Is Beautiful That You Are 256 Colors Too from the album “Start A People”

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Early 70´s Gymnastics from the album “Start A People”

Black Moth Super Rainbow – 1 2 3 Of Me from the album “Start A People”

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BMSR have released a free album in September 2008 called “Bonus Drippers EP”, with the notice:  “these are some of our older, unreleased songs.  they are meant to be free, so please feel free to post them on blogs, message boards, etc.”

Year of Release: 2008
Label Self-Released
Genre: Electronic, Psychedelic
Bitare: 320kbps

Track List:
1. The Dark Forest Joggers (Dandelion Gum Vinyl Exclusive)
2. Unfinished Sketch 1 (Unreleased 2007)
3. Let’s Burst (Unreleased 2005)
4. Flower Beast (Unreleased 2005)
5. Melting On The Meadow (Start A People Outtake, 2003)
6. Unfinished Sketch 2 (Unreleased 2005)
7. Day On A Bike (Unreleased 2006)
8. Unfinished Sketch 3 (Unreleased 2006)
9. Side 9 (Unreleased Studio Version, 2004)

Download album here !

Black Ox Orkestar

2009/01/15

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Black Ox Orkestar is a European Jewish folk quartet of musicians from Montreal, Canada that formed in the summer of 2000 to explore their common Jewish heritage for sounds that could speak to them in the present. They are linked with so-called “New Jewish music”, resetting European Jewish folk ballads traditionally sung a cappella, by writing and performing new, political texts in Yiddish.

In so doing, the group celebrates Yiddish diasporic art as a living alternative to state culture in every form and as an alternative to holding Israel as the cultural and ideological Jewish center. They use Yiddish as a code meant for deciphering, a message from the recent past that, in their view, cautions against the separation of peoples. As a hybrid tongue, the group feels that Yiddish has never stood for disengagement and enclosure, but always thrived on contact and exchange. Indeed, much of the group’s music revolves around political statements. Singing in Yiddish becomes a celebration of their heritage and a rejection of the assimilation undergone by the Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants who spoke Yiddish, resulting in the language’s virtual extinction as a spoken or daily language outside Hassidic Jewish communities.

They’re the darkest, densest folk group around, but also they have blowed my mind and ears totally. This is for sure the best music i heard in a long long time!

Black Ox Orkestar – Papir Iz Dokh Vays from the album “Ver Tanzt?”

Black Ox Orkestar – Toyte Goyes In Shineln from the album “Ver Tanzt?”

Black Ox Orkestar – Shvartze Flamen, Vayser Fayer from the album “Ver Tanzt?”

Black Ox Orkestar – Bukharian from the album “Nisht Azoy”

Black Ox Orkestar – Ikh Ken Tsvey Zayn from the album “Nisht Azoy”

Black Ox Orkestar – Ratsekr Grec from the album “Nisht Azoy”

Takka Takka

2009/01/12

takka-takkaWith fleshed out mellow guitar riffs and ethereal soundscapes, Takka Takka has conjured a retro-dreamy blend of alternative rock on their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Migration”. Sure enough, Takka Takka has produced an album hotter than the devil’s workshop to illustrate their abstractly perfect blend of tangled drums and crooning vocals. “Migration” drenches itself with rapturous melodies and a laid-back mash up of smooth indie rock ‘n’ roll. “Silence” reverberates with slow-tempo percussions and stringy guitar jams that result in finger-tapping ecstasy. Gabe Levine’s droning hymns and Conrad Doucette’s soft bass highlight their musical za za zsu, extending to the artsy yet swaggering tunes (“Fall down where you stand”) and ghostly musical arrangements (“Change, No Change”).

Takka Takka – Silence from the album “Migration”

Takka Takka – Fall Down Where You Stand from the album “Migration”

Takka Takka – Change, No Change from the album “Migration”

Takka Takka – Everybody Say from the album “Migration”

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This is one of the the irish genius David Colohan´s many musical projects, he has released over 10 albums exploring diffrent styles of music, i got big respect for artists who´s not attached to just one genre.

The album is called “World Winding Down” and is a folk – singer/songwriter orientated kind of album, it´s deep, emotionally, full of acoustic soundscapes and interludes. This is sure one of the better albums i heard in a long time, enough talk – go out and give this one a listen, and spread the word. If Colohan doesn’t get any recognition for this, the world is a poor place…

Agitated Radio Pilot – Caroline Sings from the album “World Winding Down”

Agitated Radio Pilot – You Were Always In My Arms Forever from the album “World Winding Down”

Agitated Radio Pilot – Leave The City On Foot from the album “World Winding Down”

Agitated Radio Pilot – Everybody Lives (Just This Once) from the album “World Winding Down”

Agitated Radio Pilot – A Darkness Made Of Beating Wings from the album “World Winding Down”