Stay safe, take care of each other.
UPDATE: I’ll be playing live on Sunday 22th of March at ~13h CET // ~23h AEST here.
What a strange year we are having.
To help entertain those in soft and hard lockdown, the master Edu Comelles is putting together an online festival of leftfield music this coming weekend, from the 20th to the 22nd of March.
Line up still TBA, but I am likely to play on Sunday (in the evening for Australia, at lunch for Spain).
But beyond my participation, I can already tell you there’ll be amazing experimental legends performing in it, watch and donate for a good cause!
Stay tuned for details 🖤
The Naviar Haiku project stays strong, 6 years strong in fact. I haven’t been involved a lot in the recent years, but it’s been enough to get a track featured in the 6th anniversary compilation that celebrates the project.
You can stream and purchase the compilation here: 6 years of Naviar Haiku, and here’s my track:
Congratulations to Naviar Records for a fantastic run, here’s to 6 more!
The reviews of the work are okay, as in the music didn’t blow their hats off, but they seemed to like it, although there is a repeating theme about it not being particularly “new”, which is fair enough, especially for a site that regularly reviews works of forward-thinking artists and bands that I worship, like Machinefabriek and others.
Of all three albums, the best words are for Base, getting some praise for its deliberated and strategic approach to noise:
Not your usual harsh noise walls, but a rather interesting free play of distorted sounds, guitars and electronics alike, with freeform percussion. […] This is quite removed from the other two releases, which seem more considerate and controlled, whereas this one is chaotic and wild. Here is some noise that is familiar and fine, with that rough edge we all love some much. It is not the work of madmen going wild and wilder, but something done with some care and consideration. That’s how we love them best.
Happy to have my music been considered by “the oldest source for music reviews”. Read the whole triple-review here, at the bottom of this issue: http://www.vitalweekly.net/1148.html
One of my favourite experiences of 2019 has been to play again at this fantastic library that is the Biblioteca Esquerra de l’Eixample – Agustí Centelles in my home town of Barcelona, back in October.
It has been a beautiful surprise to find out that my track “Whispers” from Radiant Whispers, the split single I released alongside my friend jwptn back in September last year, has been used to soundtrack the end of year celebratory video summarising all the events held by the library during 2019.
Venues like this make me want to continue making leftfield music. A true honour.
One of my favourite things to do in this music journey is to partake in the weekly challenge set up by Naviar Records, having to sonically react to a haiku poem in 7 days.
Beyond my own contributions though, it’s always very surprising to listen to all the other participants’ tracks and how different are they, though being inspired by the same words. This is last week’s playlist, with all the contributions, see it for yourself:
More information about the Naviar Haiku weekly challenge can be found here. Seriously, check it out, it’s one of those beautiful corners of the scary internet.
Very happy to have contributed a track to this year’s edition of Antihistamine, the no-synth compilation by US cassette label Histamine Tapes!
Here’s my track, two and a half minutes of tape loops and layers of an effected lap harp, giving in to the darkness I carry inside:
You can listen, download and support the whole compilation (close to 50 short tracks!) from Histamine Tapes bandcamp page: https://histaminetapes.bandcamp.com/album/antihistamine-2019-ht031