Category: water lily sampling

the unfamous heptad

as worn-out tree leaves pirouette in the air, trumpeting in honour of the most sublime, melancholic season of the year, the pond lays in a stock of new music intended to keep you warm, and enjoy both the autumn and the slow glissade towards winter.

the unfamous heptad compiles a-twenty-or-so songs that disperse temperamental drops of emotions, and offer variations of non-fake sensations. as usual, you will possibly discover quiet and meditative songs, such as the beautiful opening by Loscil, the electronic/ambient music project of Scott Morgan, drummer of Destroyer, whose new album Monument Builders is expected on Kranky in november.

the piano is also on the agenda of this new sampler, with a very beautiful song by Rival Consoles, taken from his forthcoming HOWL expected on Erased Tapes, which is introduced by enchanting piano notes reminiscent of Pyramid Song, rejoined quickly by Rival Consoles’ warm and wholehearted sound. this dreamy song offers an excellent resonance to another piece situated a bit further on the sampler, the delicate Abysse by Janek Sprachta, a berliner composer and instrumentalist. more experimental, London-based singer-songwriter and pianist Douglas Dare is about to release Aforger on Erased Tapes too – a second album composed with both a brass ensemble and a choir. if Oh Father‘s sound also captivates you, make sure to attend Douglas Dare’s concert at Berghain on 10th october.

among the habitués of the pond, Saåad, Sunn O))), Mono and Frédéric D. Oberland, and also a remarkable 17-minutes improvisation by Oiseaux-Tempête, will take you off to a fantastic stargazing journey toward the most quivering heavens that encourages a genuine journey to the moon.

to this purpose, it may be appropriate to follow Franz Kirmann‘s side project Hotel International, and his very heady version of James Holden’s Chromatics, which is part of the bum skaking section of the sampler. Fujiya & Miyagi will extend the said whirling effect with Outstripping, the first track from EP2 which comes from the second limited edition 12″ of a 3 EP set, expected on Impossible Objects Of Desire at the end of the month. and Jay Daniel’s Knowledge Of Selfie will for sure persuade you to follow the rhythm of his bombastic song and buzzing bass, taken from his forthcoming album Broken Knowz expected in november via Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint.

the very contemplative half of the sampler shows also our regular appetite for biting and raging tunes, with the excellent shoegazing Ulrika Spacek (who are currently touring to promote The Album Paranoia, a new album released on Lefse Records in late february) and post-metal ISIS, who announced the launch of a Bandcamp page featuring all six ISIS’ live albums. naturally, the unfamous heptad contains as well a noisy fragment thanks to Mondkopf, who presents Need to Control, a deliciously loud piece excerpt from an EP untitled Combo Skin released on Broken Call Records.

disquiet is also present on this sampler with Boobs of DOOM, and a very cinematic piece which anticipates a merry ending despite the title (The Ice Stone Has Melted!). Anne Imhof, on the contrary, blows hot and cold, and mostly cold, with Parade Music. adding this song to the unfamous heptad was not an easy decision to make. we were indeed pretty impressed to discover the artist at the Hamburger Bahnhof, whose 3-part opera Angst II gave us a concrete expression to our doomsday fears. a scaremongering but beautiful experience, mostly supported by her musical collaborator Billy Bultheel.

and if you are in need of vocalists, the tender and profound voice of Sara Vondraskova, aka Never Sol, will hopefully mesmerise your ears, as it spellbound ours. the superb synth folk singer/songwriter from prague paired lately with the Elpida Choir to produce a beautiful, melancholic song entitled Nur. also a bit melancholic, but with resolute psychedelic waves, The Sun Ship, taken from The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s EP released on Cargo Records in september, should provide you with the tenderness needed for the time being; a tenderness common to Feather Beds, a band from dublin who released lately Play Dead on Fat Cat Records, a first single taken from the second album which will be released in 2017.

the unfamous heptad is again a new musical experience, in which you may plunge with grace and appetite to prolong the summer.


chirping in the rain

if by any chance, your water lily isn’t favoured by chirpy crickets at this period of the year, the frog offers you a non-less chirpy alternative under the form of a music sampling, that will hopefully charm your delicate ears. the twenty-or-so songs compiled by the frog are among the best songs that have been released recently.

chirping, our july sampler, features a few very fine bands, such as the amazing finnish kraut band K-X-P, whose gig in brighton produced a disobedient feverishness to the frog, and also the bewildering psychedelic Night Beats that we also discovered live at The Great Escape Festival this summer. also on this sampler, Night Beasts’ roaster pals, The Wytches, who will release their second album All Your Happy Life, on Heavenly Recordings, on 30th september.


this sampler presents also the best mouthpieces of Sargent House‘s catalogue: the fantastic Russian Circles, whose new album Guidance will be released at the end of the week; the poignant, beautiful Chelsea Wolfe, whose EP Hypnos/Flame was released in april; Boris, a punchy progressive band from japan whose new album Pink is a genuine guitar bomb, and Wovenhand, a first-rate rock, gothic songwriter, which dark-raging album Refractory Abdurate had electrified the frog in 2014, and who will release his new LP Come Brave in september.

chirping also introduces MJ Guider, a newcomer at Kranky, whose compelling début Precious Systems is out now. besides, a few new releases by Denovali, with another remarkable shot by Ricardo Donoso and a very tender song by Kuba Kapsa Ensemble. and last but not least, two newcomers on Constellation who will release their first albums on 30th september: Jason Sharp and his debut Boat Upon Its Blood, an experimental composer and saxophonist from montreal, and Off Word, a new project featuring Sandro Perri, Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) and M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight), with an album entitled 1.

in short, this sampler sums up our favourites among this month’s songs, so forget about crickets and let yourself chirp joyously.