Tortusa & Inge Breistein —
Mind Vessel ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
One of the deeper, darker sets we've heard from the Jazzland label in recent years – a set that blends the saxophone of Inge Weatherhead Breistein with lots of layered electronics – at a level that takes us back to our favorite records from the early days of the label! Things here are relatively abstract, with the core elements moved into darkly melodic territory that almost feels like a later more mature answer to sonic territory explored by ECM and 4AD in decades past – delivered here also as a statement to the studio talents of Tortusa, who produced the whole record. Titles include "Snow Mold", "Hopes", "Mind Vessel", "Keep Coming Back", "Corrosion Is A Natural Process", and "Ceiling Filled With Water". (Jazz, Out Sound)CD
Totally weird sounds from a totally weird place – Oregon's Enchanted Forest sanctuary – a playful park with a look and feel that's right out of fantasy books and fairy tales! The music here definitely has a sound to match – almost like videogame themes that you'd hear if the character was moving through some shinto-inspired landscape – with a weird way of referencing elemental forces with electronic instrumentation, but all at a level that's also got this simple, child-like innocence. The whole record really fits the spirit of the cover – and titles include "Log Flume", "Challenge Of Mondor", "Bones & Slim", "Castle Flair", "Mine Music", "Willamette Overture", and "Fantasy Fountains". (Sound Library, Out Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
You might know Misha Panfilov from his soulful 45s done for the Funk Night label – but here, the Estonian musician is in completely different territory – working alongside partner Volodja Brodsky in a freewheeling blend of acoustic and electric elements – performed live, on instruments that include prepared piano, drums, percussion, and lots of synthesizer and effects! The music has this organic core that's great – and because of the liveness, there's maybe a bit more sense of improvisation that seems especially strong on the piano and percussion – elements that are often not as buried as on other electro-acoustic recordings. Titles include "Magna Res", "A Contrario", "Subito", "Nigra In Candida Vertere", "Centaurea", and "Tempus Saltandi". LP, Vinyl record album