The piano solo album by Japanese musician Naoko Sakata entitled “Dancing Spirits” is now available for pre-order and will be released on March 26, 2021, on Pomperipossa Records. A hand-numbered limited edition of 400 copies, including
12 ́ ́ golden (!) vinyl and printed inner sleeve.
“Dancing Spirits” was recorded during two days at Annedalskyrkan, a church in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The album was recorded and produced by Filip Leyman and consists of seven improvisations, played by Naoko Sakata and performed on a Steinway grand piano. They represent the most authentic expression of the artist's musicality and her incomparable creative talent.
The music you will hear on this album has not been written previously, but it is the daughter of the moment and therefore unrepeatable, pure improvisation. In addition to the artist's freedom of expression, there is nothing else. “Dancing Spirits” is not a canonical listening and is almost impossible to classify into a genre or a category. Rather, it is the result of an experimental approach to music, where every single note follows the previous one without a determined principle other than that of absolute freedom. In “Dancing Spirits” Naoko Sakata shows an aspect of musical experimentation that takes this definition to its most extreme limits. It is an artistic achievement that joins the world of natural phenomena because it is unregulated in its manifestations, impetuous in its pace, incomprehensible in its laws, faithful and coherent only to one thing: its existence.
Naoko Sakata describes her approach to music as follows:
“When I sit in front of the piano, I, as a person, disappear. My body becomes a conduit for expressing the music that I can hear in my head. There are no obstacles to its realisation and I don't follow rules on how to make it happen. It is at the same time something natural and highly spiritual, sacred and wild, something that lives in a moment in time and only in that, before disappearing forever ”.
“Dancing Spirits” is an album that offers a new interpretation of music, of how important it is to listen to the creative impulses within us, to indulge them without obstacles, to free them without fear. It is also a unique window to the world of Naoko Sakata and on her peculiar interpretation of the meaning of art. A meaning that can only be heard, but not explained further.
Listen to "Improvisation 3" here:
"Silently the tower burns.
Swallowing the darkness fromwithin.
A blinding torch buried deep in the sands of a sealess shore.
Clutching at the slowly shifting bones of a million dead.
Your eyes slide from their sockets.
Yet still the sight remains.
Yet still the stench remains.
Yet still the screams remain.
Resounding from within.
Not even a whisper to your name."
Artwork by Tina Damgaard.
Dark Morph is a collaboration between sound and visual artists Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson.
The release is dedicated to the oceans of planet earth and to the lifeforms that live in and around them, with the duo stating: “The exploitation of the oceans, in conjunction with the heavy pollution (from plastic waste to nuclear radio-activity) has to stop, and be replaced by collaborative manners co-operating with all life on or globe.”
Carl Michael von Hausswolff is a renowned artist, active in the art and music world with solo and collaborative projects for many years, and Jónsi’s work in the Icelandic group Sigur Rós, as well as his collaboration with composer Alex Somers, is recognised across the globe. Dark Morph formed when the two artists met aboard the M/Y Dardanella ship in Fiji invited by TBA21–Academy in 2018. The ship is a creative platform equipped with sound and video recording systems, and the result of the duo’s first voyage was released in May 2019 at the Biennale di Venezia. This second album consists of material recorded in Fiji and Tonga and was produced and mixed in GeeJam Studios in Jamaica in January 2019.
Side X is one 20-minute composition entitled ‘Dive-In’ - a drone soundtrack made to accompany a video installation by the Danish art collective SUPERFLEX and was premiered in Palm Springs later last year.Side Y opens with the more danceable ‘Dark Wave,’ where recordings of whales and shrimp in the Pacific Ocean, sounds from the ship and distorted vocals are set to a hypnotic beat. The third piece, ‘Humpack Whale Choir,’ uses whale-song recorded with hydrophone microphones by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza assisted by Dark Morph in August 2019.
‘Dark Morph II’ will be available on digital download and 12” vinyl on May 1st. Pre-order here.
‘Dark Morph II’ track list:
Dive In (19:56)
Humpback Whale Choir (8:07)
Dark Wave (3:51)
https://www.jonsi.com | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jónsi
Carl Michael von Hausswolff:
https://cmvonhausswolff.net | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Michael_von_Hausswolff
Dark Morph interviewed at Venica Biennale 2019: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/six-pillars-monday-17th-june-2019-venice-biennial-2019-dark-morph-interview/
Pomperipossa Records: https://pomperipossarecords.com
BADA ::: BADA
Be aware of BADA !
Let high and low sounds resonate through your bodies. An act which reunites the essential bond between music and physical worlds.
BADA is the new creature of Anna von Hausswolff , Hannes Nilsson, David Sabel, Filip Leyman and Gianluca Grasselli.
Ett gammalt ansikte
‘BADA’ will be available on 12” vinyl on April 10th (Sold out)
drøne ::: THE STILLING
release date: 10th January 2020
Pomperipossa Records # PRLP11 Vinyl & DL + bonus track ‘black stone’. Limited edition of 200 copies.
The 4th album by drøne, (Mark Van Hoen & Mike Harding), is the 3rd for Anna von Hausswolff's label, Pomperipossa Records. Featuring Zachary Paul on violins, Charlie Campagna (bass and ‘cello) and Katt Newlon on ‘cello, the strings add lush, warm layers to a darker, edgier sound. Gabi Strong debuts on guitar and the voices of a host of vocalists inc. Claire Belhassine, Celia Eydeland, Bana Haffar, Pepa Ivanova, Nour Mobarak & Brisa Romero.
With the trademark drøne sounds of static, radio voices, field recordings, modular synthesizer and found sounds, recording chance sounds right up to the final mix add to the dynamism and energy of the album.
Scream - its all you can do now. Overwhelming, scatter-gun information delivery has us confused, bowel churningly fearful and appalled at the nature of the changing times. We are biologically, psychologically and emotionally able to cope with slow evolutionary change, but struggle with revolutionary, violent distortion or mutation. This leaves us anxious and even desperate for a firmer footing.
The Stilling, a phenomenon whereby the wind speed on the planet seems to be slowing down for no known scientific reason, explores this state of discomfort and perplexion.
Time spins. The glass is falling...
Recorded, edited and mixed by Mike Harding & Mark Van Hoen Photography & typography by Nico Van Hoen
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Mastered by Charlie Campagna
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Recorded at Neon Studios, Los Angeles 22nd July 2019: Violin - Zachary Paul; Piano - Mark Van Hoen Recorded at CC Studios, Glendale, Los Angeles 29th August 2019: ‘cello - Katt Newlon & Charlie Campagna; Double Bass - Charlie Campagna
Theremin, KOMA Field Kit, Rucci Maximal Drone, Drone Jar, Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro & LOM Elektrosluch Mini City - Mike Harding
Modular Synthesizer & Electric Organ - Mark Van Hoen
Guitar - Gabie Strong
Voices - Claire Belhassine, Celia Eydeland, Bana Haffar, Pepa Ivanova, Nour Mobarak & Brisa Romero Other field and radio recordings from Berlin, Cavenham, Chicago, Knepp Castle, Lanzarote, London, Los Angeles, Rishikesh, Santa Monica, Seattle & Tokyo...
2. influence machines - you can listen to track here
5. in the eye
6. the stilling
7. hyper sun (including every day comes and goes)
8. black stone feat. Zachary Paul & Gabie Strong - field.nu/drone/blackstone
pomperipossarecords.com | field.nu/drone
drøne previous releases:
drøne2 live at touch vinyl (DL)
drøne1 mappa mundi (CD)
no cat. schubert dip (DL)
PRLP3 the perfect blind (LP) PRLP2 reversing into the future (LP)
can be found on https://thisstrangelife.bandcamp.com
Our beautiful Nebulosa is back with new album "Dark Myths"
Pomperipossa Records proudly release "Dark Myths" on September 25th.
A limited vinyl 12" release of 250 copies.
What you are about to listen to are four music compositions which have been derived from sound experimentation and free improvisation - which in turn, has been crystallized into a new, in-generate format.
"Dark Myths" narrates a subconsciously written story of mystical depths.
An ancient call. A primal echo from a distant cosmos that is constantly expanding and fluctuating. Its nuances are intangible yet colourful, vibrant and ferocious. If the concept of 'myth' aims to explain mystery, "Dark myths" is the antithesis, leaving the mystery unsolved.
Through an introspective and mesmerizing journey that leads to a nature of mythical symbolism, Joel Fabiansson frees his creativ mind towards gloomy landscapes and rhythms; unveiling a deeper side of consciousness while giving you a sense of wonder.
Pomperipossa Records is incredibly proud and happy to present one of our absolute dream releases "Brev från Leksand" by Daniel Ögren. Ögren is in our opinion one of the most unique artists in Sweden. He lives in the shadow of his music and while he's still mostly unknown by the great mass he has started to gather a strong alliance of followers and fans. We at Pomperipossa Records are eager to share his new album "Brev från Leksand" which is his strongest work to date, out October 26th, 2018.
Limited VINYL 12´ edition of 200 copies. Screen printed and aquarelle painted by Anna von Hausswolff (who has also made the cover artwork). All copies will be wrapped in delicate transparent paper and sealed with a black Pomperipossa wax stamp. All copies will be more or less different from each other since they will be painted by hand. Pre-order is now available.
Listen to first single BYRVIKEN
"Brev från Leksand" is a continuation of Ögren´s earlier work "Brev till Kristinehamn" (released on Havtorn Records). It´s produced, recorded and mixed by Ögren himself. The music is composed by Ögren and recorded layer by layer, mostly played by Ögren on various instruments. Compared to earlier works "Brev från Leksand" has a more rhythmic character, and has been produced and executed throughout a longer period of time. On this album Ögren has invited lots of great musicians to help shape and articulate the original musical landscape that is Daniel Ögren (see musician list below).
On "Brev från Leksand" (translated as "Letter from Leksand") Ögren mostly draws inspiration from the geographic environment that is his home, but he has also been inspired by other places that have made a great impact on him. All titles have a meaning, but the music has to speak for itself, as we wrote before: Ögren likes to live in the shadow of his music.
This special and characteristic music has its roots in South American folk music, soul, nordic folk music, and film soundtracks, but when you listen to Ögren´s music it´s very hard to define it. It seems familiar, ancient and alien at the same time. With cinematic gestures he manages to create a completely new universe full of strange and fascinating life.
Opening (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: A. Zethson, J. Holmegard, C. Cantillo
Tornehamn (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: C. Cantillo, G. Rådström
Byrviken (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: C. Cantillo, G. Rådström
Junsele (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: C. Cantillo, G. Rådström, A. Zethson, J. Holmegard
Dagen Efter (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: A. Ahnlund, L. Nord, E. Pärnoja, M. Augustsson, N. Berg, C. Cantillo
Opening (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: C. Cantillo, N. Berg
Björkberget (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: C. Cantillo, N. Berg
Alviken (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: L. Nord, C. Cantillo
Måne Över Tasbäck (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: L. Nord
Paradise Tasbäck (Daniel Ögren)
Musicians: G. Rådström, C. Cantillo, A. Ahnlund, M. Augustsson
Daniel Ögren on guitars, synthesizers, bass, percussion, congas, bongos, piano, cuica, autoharp, handclap, backing vocals
Guest musicians: Christopher Cantillo (drums, percussion, handclap), Gustav Rådström (alto and tenor saxophone), Livet Nord (five-stringed violin), Viktor Skokic (string arrangements on Dagen Efter, Alviken and Måne Över Tasbäck), Johan Holmegard (congas), Nils Berg (bass clarinet, flute), Mikael Augustsson (bandoneon, accordion) , Erik Pärnoja (trumpet), Alexander Zethson (solo synthesizer), Anna Ahnlund (lead vocals)
Facts about Daniel Ögren:
KULMA's Tape 1 takes us on a journey through suggestive landscapes and hypnotic melodies. Reminiscent of times past and recalling consciousness of the midnight circuits.
Tape 1 is a limited copy of 100 cassettes, including patch, pin and a especially designed box by Jonas Holmberg. Artwork: Jonas Andersson
Pre-order open NOW!
Release: July 20th on pomperipossarecords.com
Pomperipossa Records is pleased to reveal the debut of Anne Gry Friis Kristensen - under her moniker Fabienne Erato.
Release date: 24th of May
Limited 12´vinyl edition of 150 copies
An album that has been composed on a Buchla Music Easel and captured on a portable tape recorder. Fabienne Erato creates sounds that seem to come from a deep abyss, where a not-yet-known conscience started navigating her own existence. Far away from the surface and its laws, her music recreates time and its rules. It slows down seconds, until it forges a calm disoriented feeling, where you both get lost and find yourself again. Fabienne Erato frees her creative intuition in silences and repetitions, through a slow, hypnotic, meditative process - a sublime genesis of an original idea, that has been sleeping for centuries.
A quiet, profound and evocative kind of music, which has the ability of creating a poetic, never-static image of itself.
This work has no name. It is accompanied only by a poem by Maria Von Hausswolff and wild animals/field prints on copper plates by Pernille Kløvedal Helweg.
Text by Gianluca Grasselli
On Tuesday march 20th at 9.45PM in Cinemateket, Copenhagen - it has its first screening ever - at DOX - in the Next Wave competition. If you can - come join us in the dark. Have drinks with us afterwards.
Pomperipossa Records are happy to announce the next Anna von Hausswolff release. PRE-ORDER NOW AND GET A SIGNED COPY
DEAD MAGIC features five songs extending over 47 uncompromising minutes.
Anna von Hausswolff has announced her fourth album, ‘Dead Magic’ for release on March 2nd via City Slang and Pomperipossa Records. Along with the announcement, she has unleashed a first track, the spell-binding “The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra” and confirmed a series of live dates, including a show at London's Tufnell Park Dome on March 12th.
The Gothenburg-based artist keeps her introduction to the record enigmatic as ever, stating simply:
This is the first track from my new album, Dead Magic!
Me, my band and Randall Dunn spent 9 days in Copenhagen recording this record. The great pipe organ you’re hearing is a 20th century instrument located in Marmor Kirken, "The Marble Church", Copenhagen.
Here is a poem for you by the Swedish writer Walter Ljungquist (1900-1974):
”Take the fate of a human being, a thin pathetic line that contours and encircles an infinite and unknown silence. It is in this very silence, in an only imagined and unknown centre, that legends are born. Alas! That is why there are no legends in our time. Our time is a time deprived of silence and secrets; in their absence no legends can grow."
Please enjoy the music.
Anna von Hausswolff"
Listen to “The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=werYFrzGiwU
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Anna von Hausswolff will play the following live dates:
04 March - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE
12 March - The Dome, London UK
18 March - Berns, Stockholm SE
‘Dead Magic’ track list:
1. The Truth, The Glow, The Fall (12:58)
2. The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (7:00)
3. Ugly and Vengeful (16:43)
4. The Marble Eye (5:47)
5. Källans återuppståndelse (7.57)
This is a co-release between City Slang and Pomperipossa Records.
If you´re from Sweden we suggest you buy your album through Bengans.
If you're outside Sweden we suggest you buy the album here:
‘Fibolae’, on 12´ vinyl is set for release on December 8th 2017.
Over the last twenty five years Robin Rimbaud – Scanner has traversed the experimental terrain between sound, space and image, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres – a partial list would include sound design, film scores, computer music, avant garde, contemporary composition, large-scale multimedia performances, product design, architecture, fashion design, rock music and jazz.
‘Fibolae’ offers up a world that splinters between melancholia and penetrating energy. Combining digital technologies, software and live instrumentation it is both a rhetoric of mourning and a celebration of music to empower. Warm, organic, sensual, passionate and frequently angry, it’s an album that radiates with possibilities.
With a catalogue busy with commissions, soundtracks and strange projects ‘Fibolae’ is the first studio album since 2009’s Rockets, ‘Unto the Edge of Rockets’ (Bine Music). In this time much has changed – he lost his entire family and left the comfort of a familiar city, London, to live in a former textile factory in the UK to re-invent his life.
As to the meaning of the title, ‘Fibolae’? There is none. It was a word that appeared to Scanner in a dream, at a time of great challenges in his life. The fact that his unconscious mind could conjure up such inventions that offer no history and context was appealing and yet it was suggestive, playful and open.
Order a copy through the Pomperipossa webshop and get a download link emailed to you as soon as the order is fulfilled by the label (OBS. only a deal for costumers who purchase the album through our webstore).
'Fibolae' track list:
03 Nothing Happens Because of a Single Thing
04 Seaven Teares
06 Spirit Cluster
08 Thunder and Cathode
10 Savage is Savage (Soundcloud)
OFFERMOSE ::: OFRING I SVERIGE
WARNING: This tape was pulled from a fire. It might not work as expected. It might be foul smelling, burnt and with traces of black soot. Buyer beware!!
In the winter of 2017 unknown arsonists set ablaze the apartment where the latest Offermose release was stored. Only 109 cassettes survived. Cleansed by fire. Blackened by smoke and ashes of memories devoured by the flames.
Recorded live in Stockholm.
Cover by Magnus Andersson
Thanks to Nicole Sabouné.
Det Sorte Skib
Bag De Hvide Tinder
Ofring i Sverige
As a guarantee to get access to the music you will get a download link is emailed to you when the order is fulfilled by the label.
RELEASE DATE: June 22nd
DRØNE ::: A PERFECT BLIND
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…
Limited Edition Vinyl (500 copies)
Release date: 22nd April 2017 [Record Store Day]
And afterwards available on Bandcamp (digital download only)
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF ::: KÄLLAN (BETATYPE)
Pomperipossa Records announcing “Källan (Betatype)” – a new Anna von Hausswolff 12´vinyl release. Two editions of 500 copies each are available – an Ash International edition and a Pomperipossa Records edition. The two editions feature differing screen-printed covers, both drawn and etched by Anna von Hausswolff. Each copy is signed by her and numbered by the label. Released on 18th November 2016, Pomperipossa Records is now taking pre-orders for the Pomperipossa Records edition.
“Källan (Betatype)” is the second recorded version of Källan, after “Källan (Prototype)”, which was released on Touch in 2014.
DRØNE ::: REVERSING INTO THE FUTURE
Side B this strange life ll ::: 19:57
"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.”
drøne: Mark Van Hoen & Mike Harding
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF ::: THE MIRACULOUS
Critically acclaimed artist and musician Anna von Hausswolff is finally back with her long awaited third studio album.
The new album “The Miraculous” floats like a ghost, from the subdued elegance of the title track, and the bewitching “En Ensam Vandrare”, to the unbearably tense, Godspeed You! Black Emperor atmospherics of “Discovery” and the brutal, Swans-meets-Black Sabbath savagery of “Come Wander With Me / Deliverance”.
The album will be available in November on 2 LP and CD. One of the LP’s will have an etched backside with artwork done by Anna von Hausswolff.
BERG ::: THE TRANÅS DRONE RECORDINGS 1
Solo project of Christian Berg. Minimalistic drone landscapes that penetrates your brain.
First cassette release on Pomperipossa Records. Handprinted cover and figure artwork by Leif Elggren. The cassette comes in a black velvet pouch.
Limited edition of 195 copies.
Released November 13.
OFFERMOSE ::: BAG DE HVIDE TINDER
The epic repetitious synth landscapes of Offermose will finally see the light of day. In what is best described as a mix between early Berlin School electronic music and sacrificial rituals of the ancients. The debut EP "Bag De Hvide Tinder" will be out on 10´ vinyl January 22nd. Limited edition of 100 copies. Pre-order is now available.