Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Trailer of the Day #1/2015: Sans Soleil / Aki Onda & Ken Jacobs (1/2) / Huntsville (1)

Chris. Marker - Sans Soleil (1982)

Ken Jacobs & Aki Onda

Aki Onda

Huntsville "Pond"
Out on Hubro

Label announcement:
Since Huntsville was established in 2006, the trio has cut its own distinctive musical diamond with impressive integrity. Each new release from the trio is an event. Now, after over a hundred concerts and with a substantial number of releases behind them, they are more distinctive than ever. Huntsville’s music is the result of collective improvisation, and lies at the musical interface between rock, electronic music, free improvisation and a long list of other genres. Reviewers have described the music as “Morricone-esque dreamscapes” and “Americosmische”, and as an “amalgam of Miles Davis, Steve Reich and early Tortoise.”

Huntsville has previously collaborated on concerts and projects with Hanne Hukkelberg, Sidsel Endresen, Wilco’s Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche, and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. The trio’s previous release, “Past increasing, future receding”, was recorded in Tomba Emanuelle, a room with exceptional acoustics and a long-lasting echo. The dramatic setting led the band into a darker and more heart-stopping musical landscape than on previous albums. There are still traces of this darker landscape on their fifth album, “Pond”, although this album also showcases new sides of the band. “Pond” is the result of a successful session in the Oslo studio AmperTone with sound engineer Johnny Skalleberg. The album was recorded and mixed in the course of a week, and the band describes the process as very inspiring. Ivar Grydeland plays electric guitar, pedal steel and electronics this time. Ingar Zach has expanded his percussion set-up with timpani, and Tonny Kluften’s distinctive bass playing is given more freedom to stretch out than on the band’s previous albums. Perhaps most striking this time is how clearly the musical personalities of the three different musicians are able to emerge. “Pond” has become a new career highlight from Huntsville. Through four long tracks we encounter a band that is true to its own sound and idiom, but never stands still.