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Album of the Day: Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin – Nomadic

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: At 81 years old, alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons has overseen a career that spans decades in forward-thinking jazz. The Dec. 2014 Svart Records release, Nomadic, is nonetheless one of two full-lengths Simmons issued last year, the other being Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom and Brilliance on Improvising Beings.

For the four songs of NomadicSimmons partners with sitarist Michel Kristof (also Other Matter), bassist Thomas Bellier (also Blaak Heat Shujaa) and drummer Sébastien Bismuth (also Abrahma), who form a trio dubbed Moksha Samnyasin, and explores somehow-primal/somehow-contemplative, unhindered jazz that finds further roots in heavy psychedelia, Bellier‘s bass tone and recording style a recognizable element for anyone who’s heard his band, and Bismuth‘s percussion style itching to nestle into steady grooves as a foundation for Simmons‘ extended wandering pieces.

Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin - Nomadic

Nomadic is a powerful listening experience, with cover art that calls to mind ’60s-era Miles Davis or Charles Mingus and an aesthetic no less ambitious stretched out over ‘Help Them through this World’ (14:45), ‘We are Entering a Place of That’ (7:58), ‘I Put it in a Dark Area Where I Don’t Remember No More’ (14:18) and ‘When it Comes, I Don’t Fight It’ (8:17), all four recorded by Bellier in 2011 with a feel that, if it’s not live, it’s close enough to it that it hardly matters. A creative spirit brims at the album’s core, whether it’s the dense payoff of the opener or the saxophone’s solo finish to the final two tracks, the last of them as blazing as anything that came before it on the record. By the time they get there, that’s saying something.

Bismuth, Bellier and Kristof together can’t compete with Simmons in terms of resumé, but Nomadic finds them much more than a backing band. Very often, it’s the bass and drums setting the atmospheric foundation for a given movement — stretches bring to mind a faster Om, which Kristof‘s sitar adds to fluidly — a wash of crash cymbal in ‘Help Them through this World’ foreshadowing the spaces Nomadic will inhabit as Simmons seems to breathe out echoing notes in another context would be the stuff of smoke-filled halls but here retain a Eastern flavor in no small part because of their playing off the sitar and the molten grooving around them.

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Album of the Day: Lotus Thief – Rervm

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Botanist‘s third full length, Doom in Bloom, included a second disc called Allies, featuring collaborations with other musicians. Those songs stood in stark contrast with Otrebor‘s usual one-man, blackened hammered-dulcimer show. One of those songs, ‘Nymphaea Caerulea’, was with an immensely talented woman going by […]

Svart Records To Launch Costin Chioreanu’s art book ‘Magic As A Golden Mean’ at Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The publishing wing of prolific record label Svart Records, which kicked off this month with the legendary “Isten” Fanzine compilation, continues in April with “Magic As A Golden Mean”, which is a selection of mixed media artworks by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu. The hardcover book will be launched at Roadburn […]

The Golden Grass To Bring Feelgood Vibes To Roadburn 2015

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Today we’re thrilled to announce The Golden Grass will bring their sunshiny harmonies and positive vibe the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. With smiles on their faces and catchy melodies in songs like ‘Wheels’ and ‘One More Time’, […]

Messenger To Illuminate The Progressive Sky At Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

After winning the limelight category for the brightest young rising stars in the progressive sky today at this year’s Progressive Music Awards, Messenger will bring their acid folk / prog and psychedelica to the 20th edition of Roadburn on Saturday, April 11 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. […]

Finland’s Profetus To Evoke A Weighty Procession at Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

At long last, Profetus will be conjuring their classic Finnish funeral doom, worthy of comparision to Thergothon, Skepticism and Tyranny (with whom Profetus share members), when they play the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival on Friday, April 10th at Het Patronaat in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In collaboration with Finland’s Blow […]

Sammal To Bring Finnish Prog and Classic Rock to Roadburn 2015

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Founded in 2004 by guitarist Jura Salmi and vocalist Jan-Erik Kiviniemi, Sammal manages to capture a sense of golden moments in Finnish music. Touching on their culture and heart, and with lyrics sung entirely in Finnish, Sammal shows a masterful, natural command of classic rock with nods to Caravan, Thin […]

Album of the Day: Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Certainly the announcement that vocalist Uta Plotkin will leave Witch Mountain following their Fall US tour with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind places Mobile of Angels, the band’s fourth album overall and third with Plotkin fronting, into a different context. If nothing else, it lets lyrics longing […]

Album of the Day: The Golden Grass – The Golden Grass

Posted on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: What sets  Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass apart from the hundreds of bands the world over who cull the bulk of their influence from the heavy rock of the early ’70s and / or the original psychedelic era is a relentlessly positive mindset. Where the current […]

Album of the Day: Opium Warlords – Taste My Sword Of Understanding

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When I read that this was a release featuring a former member of Reverend Bizarre, one of my favourite doom bands ever, I thought I knew what to expect. Rollicking doom anthems mixing with a sardonic wit and riffs the size of icebergs. I […]

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