24 May 2013

Ambient flowers with post-rock bee buzz: Monochromie

monochromie postrock ambient project

Monochromie is back with “Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep”, a new 9-track album in the ambient / electronica / post-rock genre and the new album will surprise many listeners.

After his quiet and peaceful debut album “Angels and Demons”, the new album shines bright. As the album cover suggests, sounds emerge from an electric heaven or flash through stormy skies. The post-rock tone is accentuated with the addition of ethereal melodies played on guitars, while loud and saturated noises that transports the listener into an increasingly wild, intense and deep elsewhere.

Listen:  “Day and Night Of a Scarecrow”   Buy

Before a deep look into the new album, let’s talk about his debut album. “Angels and Demons” was a good start on his musical career. Album welcomed by followers of the label and received very nice reviews.

Thinkmuzik said “His music shows a unique perspective on the post-rock genre, presenting numerous attitudes and textures through the musical landscape. This variety is what makes Monochromie one of the best post-rock artists.” while Beach Sloth has called the album ” A constant struggle between the classical and electronic elements. ” “This pits the organic against the digital. Listening to the struggle between the two separate elements makes it infinitely interesting. Hope neither side ever wins.” Here are more;

 Soundcolourvibration: “What makes Angels and Demons a really different album than anything else coming out right now is the consistency of different worlds sitting boldly and perfectly together and exactly how they relate to one another. (…) I have really been enjoying a lot of ambient music coming out this year and Angels and Demons from Monochromie is a new direction in this field of music.”

A Closer Listen: “It doesn’t happen often that we hear an album we have a hard time categorizing, but that is what happened when listening to the debut album of Wilson Trouve aka Monochromie.(…) What it does best however is point out what Monochromie excels at: making music that is full of hope and fear, vivid colors and darkness, feels like a dream, but has the mundanity of life.”

Post-rock.be: “Ambient/post-rock infused with beautiful and sublime soundscapes

MRU: “For his foray into the musical world, Monochromie’s efforts are mature and strong. Angels and Demons brings the listener on a pleasant and varied ride, communicating its theme confidently and without words. The sounds speak for themselves, simultaneously capturing the ears and emotions of listeners, and not letting go.”

W. Henry Prince: “In one of my circles of hell, Bono emotes politically over stadium rock chords to a 4/4 drum beat. In my version of heaven, Monochromie is playing.”

Caleidoscoop: “Depth, emotion splendor so beautiful and knows how to shine in Autumn.”

As reviews suggest, Wilson Trouvé’s Monochromie travels through the borders of ambient, noise and post-rock, these surfaces and textures slowly evolve towards an elsewhere, producing the resonance of a particular atmosphere: a dark or luminous landscape, aerial or earthly, a hot or cold light. Each song’s color is unique and draw bridges between classical and contemporary, minimalism and baroque, using a piano, a metallophone, and some other acoustic instruments mixed with crystalline sounds, sparkling , squeaky or saturated.

Listen: Broken Beauties    Buy

This second album includes tracks composed, recorded and mixed by Wilson Trouvé between September 2012 and February 2013, in the artist’s studio in Marseille, and mastered by Gérald Kuentz at KO Studio in Marseille.

Wilson says “This new album is the result of days and nights of hard work and a slow and intense immersion into the depths of my soul, and into its relations to our dramatic, poetic and beautiful reality. What you hear is what you see.”

Fluttery Records is very happy to release the second album of this gifted artist and we believe that the people who enjoyed his debut album will also enjoy this album and find new musical tastes with the new songs like Fireworks, Day and night of a scarecrow, Silence is Anger. Also we strongly recommend this album to fans of Sigur Ros, Pan American, Hammock, Eluvium, Explosion in the Sky, Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, Erik Satie, Port-Royal, Max Richter, Library Tapes and anyone who enjoys post-rock, ambient and electronica.

Listen to the entire album 

16 Aug 2012

Fluttery Records artists on Nowlikephotographs show

Nowlikephotographs radio is a syndicated weekly program that broadcasts two hours of the best epic instrumental post-rock, ambient, bedroom electronica, and neoclassical music. NLP is produced in Minneapolis, MN and available on PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. The program broadcast for exactly 7 years from KUOM Radio K at the University of Minnesota, from January 2nd, 2005 to January 2nd, 2012, and now produces and distributes independently. The show can be followed on Mixcloud, there is also a website with the same name where you can find the reviews of the fresh releases from instrumental music world.

Fluttery Records artists , Shy Low, signalsundertests are on the Episode 392 which is titled as “Late-summer Ambient”. The other artists played on this show are Bersarin Quartett, SaffronKeira, Bytkowianin, Biosphere / Deathprod, Stray Theories, Mender, Ex Confusion, En, Brian John Mitchell & Andrew Weathers. You may know Brian from his project Remora on Fluttery Records. Listen to this episdode on Mixcloud.

Our artists AL_X, Seven Nines and Tens are on Episode 390 with Telepathy, The Shadow Committee, and North End, Ex_Tension, Marché la Void, Richard Skelton, Northcape, Kerretta, Tides From Nebula, The End of the Ocean and Mint. Listen to this episdode on Mixcloud.

How Comes the Constellations Shine is with Pastoral, Slow Dancing Society, Waves on Canvas, Solipsism, Balmorhea, New Century Classics, Eluvium, Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, Marsen Jules, Bersarin Quartett, By Christina Vantzou, Slow Dancing Society, Joy Wants Eternity, Jon Porras and Leech on the episode 389. Listen to this episdode on Mixcloud.

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03 Jun 2012

An interview with Gargle and Yawning’s Jun Minowa

We are running a couple of interview series starting with the ones where Fluttery Records artists interviews each other. We have asked Jan Hammer of Draff Krimmy to interview Jun Minowa of the post-rock band Gargle who also has his modern classical / ambient project, Yawning. Here is the interview between Norway and Japan. Enjoy!

Jan Hammer: How are you? How is Japan today? We haven`t forgot what happened last year in Fukushima.

Jun Minowa: Hi, Jan. I’m all right, thank you. I hope you’re all well, too. Last year, there were many shocking catastrophic disasters and incidents across the world and the news about the Norway terrorism was so shocking to me. As for Japan, we’ve generally returned to our normal lives, but on the other hand it’s still hard to tell if what they’ve told us about Fukushima is true or not. On the day it happened, some people from overseas were concerned about us and sent me messages. I have no words to express how encouraging to me their words were. I’ll never forget about them.

Jan Hammer: Fluttery Records released your new album GLOW IN THE GLOOM. What are your musical influences? It`s not so easy not to mention Mono or Envy, isn`t it? The song MEDITATION reminds me of the album PALMLESS PRAYER / MASS MURDER REFRAIN by MONO & WORLD`S END GIRLFRIEND (like I think, the best Mono album).

Jun Minowa: Yeah, I’m a big fan of them. I think I’m influenced by them in many ways – not only their music but attitude. It’s interesting and also my pleasure to hear you mentioned PALMLESS PRAYER / MASS MURDER REFRAIN. It’s a really beautiful album and a good collaboration as a whole. Like many people, I’ve listened to various kind of music. Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine and some other rock bands have still made big influences on me. It was also fun to discover some other related independent bands to them. It was a state like a school kid is looking for a comfort zone in a class. After a while, I wanted to be away from typical format of rock/pop music. It’s because I’d become to feel they were not my music. It was a state of leaving behind, or living in a shell. In those days I could encounter some good independent music. Godspeed You! Black Emperor was one of them. When I saw Mono’s show first, it may be an exaggeration but I felt they changed my life. And then I loved to listen to some stuff of Temporary Residence Limited. I though their music were honest, pure and beautiful. Notably Eluvium made big influence on me. At the same time, it was natural for me to start discovering some classical and contemporary music like Arvo Part, J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and also some modern classical stuff like Sylvain Chauveau.

Now I guess I only like music that appeals to me emotionally. I think I’m not so interested in music if it doesn’t appeal to me deeply even though it is technically competent or theoretically excellent.

Gargle is a duo from Japan whose music is commonly categorized as ambient, post-rock, experimental and modern classical music.

Jan Hammer:  What music do you like to listen to? What was the last album you bought?

Jun Minowa: The very last album I bought was a compilation album of Samuel Barber’s works which includes “Adagio for Strings, Op.11a” performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra & David Parry. I liked this recording. And also I bought an Arvo Part’s album “I Am the True Vine”. Also what I listen to often recently are Bosques de mi Mente’s new album “20 de Abril” and “Static Nocturne” by Eluvium.

Jan Hammer:  How and when did you start making music?

Jun Minowa: I remember I at first started trying to write rock tunes with my guitar that were deteriorated version of Nirvana, Radiohead or The Smiths that required vocals. And then, about 8 years ago (?), I started writing simple instrumental pieces. Gradually, I started writing songs with a keyboard (piano) with my headphone. It’s just because I cannot play guitar at night in my apartment even though I don’t use a guitar amp, but eventually it made my composition develop. Recently I wrote both Gargle and Yawning’s songs only on keyboards and then I arrange guitar and some other parts.

Draff Krimmy is an international music project which brings many artists from all over the world together

Jan Hammer: What does inspire you – people, places, weather, seasons …?

Jun Minowa: Probably people. It might be an interaction, a miscommunication, an isolation or a misunderstanding, anyhow people inspire my feelings most. Of course places and seasons inspire me too but some of such feelings dwell after all.

Jan Hammer: What does the bandname Gargle means to you?

Jun Minowa: It doesn’t mean anything. Seriously, I am very bad at putting names to my bands. Song titles neither. I just wanted a mononymous name. I didn’t even realize that my both projects’ names are about around mouth movements before I was pointed out by a friend of mine.

Jan Hammer: Did you always want to be an instrumental band? If yes, why?

Jun Minowa: Yes. At least for now. Many of my favorite bands have vocalists but I don’t think I would want to do that in my projects. Because I think it’s really difficult to disconnect from vocalist’s ego and work out music as a whole, and yet I don’t know how. But in the future, I’m a little interested in collaborating with a vocalist or a choir.

Jan Hammer: What does the album means to you?

Jun Minowa: Honestly I am happy that GLOW IN THE GLOOM has been released. At the same time, since some of the songs were recorded a little while ago, I feel a bit that it is a kind of introduction. It may sound strange but the feeling is like when our next album is out, it makes sense totally.

Jan Hammer: Did your songs tell a story? Are they about anything

Jun Minowa: While there are specific themes on some of my songs, most of my songs don’t have specific stories but more fuzzy theme as a whole like searching a light in the dark or such. When I write a song, it usually comes out with a piece of melodies and emotion, and then forming into a song with mixed emotions eventually.

Jan Hammer: How was the feedback? I really like the music of Gargle and Yawning (which is the solo project of The Gargle guitar-player Jun. Also released on Fluttery Records – a album called NOAH).

Jun Minowa:Thank you so much, I’m really glad to hear you say so. Not so many at the moment, but thankfully we’ve got some good feedback. Their feedbacks always encourage us.

Jan Hammer: I know that you have collaborate with many other artists, like draff krimmy, Void`s Anatomy and Bosques de mi mente. Is it important for you to stay in contact with other artists? Why do you choose to be so involved in other peoples music?

Jun Minowa: Collaborating with good artists like you (draff krimmy) and Void’s Anatomy were exciting and precious experience for me. I’m always grateful for them. And as someone said, “music is a bridge”, it is meaningful. Since I’ve started Gargle and Yawning, I fortunately could have a lot of opportunities to contact with people around the globe. Because few people are interested in our music here in Japan, they have been my good motivation. I am planning to complete the song with Bosques de mi Mente and include it on our next release.

Jan Hammer: How does it feel like to be part of the Fluttery Records family?

– It’s my great pleasure to be a part of the family. It’s a great independent label and there are a lot of great artists.

Jan Hammer: What are your plans for the future? Are there any tourplans in the near future? Maybe Europe?

Jun Minowa:Though we know it’s not easy and haven’t set a definite schedule, we would like to go on a tour before too long. I’m not sure where it will be, but I’d like to go wherever possible as long as there are people who might be interested in our music. Besides tour, I’d like to make new records of Gargle and Yawning.

Jan Hammer: Thank you for answering my questions and for making such beautiful music.

Jun Minowa: Thank you, Jan. I’m expecting draff krimmy’s new album someday.

Listen & Buy latest Gargle album : Glow in the Gloom

Listen & Buy latest Draff Krimmy album : Poetry of Vår

Listen & Buy latest Yawning EP : Noah