drøne

drøne – a perfect blind

Side A back to the station
Side B cutting the screen

[Pomperipossa Records # PRLP3]
Limited Edition Vinyl (500 copies)
Release date: 22nd April 2017 [Record Store Day]
And afterwards available on Bandcamp (digital download only)

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Cover image by Maria von Hausswolff
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Font by Nico

“I love everything about this release. Such a great presentation and exciting project! And most important: the music is sublime.” [Label boss Anna von Hausswolff]

oleg belyaev – baroque ‘cello
charlie campagna – ‘cello
paul haslinger – piano
philip jeck – pulse
bethan kellough – violin, viola
marie takahashi – baroque viola
anna von hausswolff – voices

baritone guitar & cymbals
dulcimer & psaltery
field recordings
lorenz cipher machine
1877 henry willis organ (union chapel)
short wave

Disruption between then and now/memory and presence, dulcimer, psaltery, ‘cellos, violas and violin embroider radio, static, stray voices and electronics… ‘a perfect blind’ is the second album by drøne (Mark Van Hoen & Mike Harding) with an array of guest artists, including label supremo Anna von Hausswolff, dreamer and composer Paul Haslinger, field recordist and sound designer Charlie Campagna and Touch artists Bethan Kellough & Philip Jeck. Strings by Seattle-based Marie Takahashi and Oleg Belyaev are also layered into this complex and perhaps more musical offering. Moving in all directions, ‘a perfect blind’ continues where ‘reversing into the future’ [pomperipossa records, 2016] left off.

‘a perfect blind’ was conceived and designed in Los Angeles with organ recordings from London (at Union Chapel), short wave radio, treated voices and other archaic sound sources.

A stunning front cover image by Maria von Hausswolff and miss-taken typography by Nico embrace this sense of dislocation; as the mediaeval language which enfolds our collapsing 19th Century institutions fails to find relevance, our sense of entrapment in the old is accompanied by an assault on the senses. The destabilising effect of “post-truth” adds to our sense of unbelonging, of being elsewhere, observers not participants.

‘a perfect blind’ is the term used for the best possible observation point where the viewer is unseen by the object of interest. Is this the best place to be? Memories which slowly fade away, also reverse back from the past shoving us into the future…

 

drøne – schubert dip

Available on Bandcamp (digital download only)

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Cover image by Maria von Hausswolff

 

drøne – reversing into the future

Side A this strange life l
Side B this strange life ll

[Pomperipossa Records # PRLP2]
Limited Edition Vinyl (500 copies) is now sold out
Release date: 16th April 2016 [RSD]
Still available on Bandcamp (digital download only)

“This thrilling piece – surely the most kinetic non-dancefloor record in an age” [Lend Me your Ears]

Pomperipossa Records, curated by Anna von Hausswolff, is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the first album by drøne. Field recordings, short wave radio, modular synth all combine to form an enticing, arresting, moving journey of electrically-charged dissonance, drones and electronic melodies… Anna calls it “a jewel”.

“A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.”

Bandcamp – available from 29th April 2016
Listening extractthis strange life
Publicity shot (photo: Hendrix Van Hoen/Bethan Kellough)

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Cover image by Maria von Hausswolff
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Font by Nico

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with thanks to Jon Savage

Released by Pomperipossa Records
Published by Field Music

 

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