Brooklyn's Sontag Shogun (Ian Temple-piano; Jesse Perlstein-electronics; Jeremy Young-tapes & electronics) in their debut album, compiling three years of composing and directed textural improvisations, presented in 9 rich musical works.
Label: Palaver Press
Released in: USA
"Sontag Shogun's immense debut full-length album, Tale, compiles three years worth of composing and directed textural improvising, molded into nine concise musical statements. They have been experimenting with songform and traversing nostalgic emotional territories, quietly honing their craft alongside collaborators across disciplines such as video, film, dance, performance and poetry. Primarily making use of a grand piano, field recordings, tapeloops and digitally treated vocals, the trio has discovered a unique niche that straddles identifiable genre boundaries. Repetitions of phrases, digitally glitched-out melodies, superimposing practice takes with studio takes. Call this album modern classical, ambient, new age, Sontag prefers their own nomenclature: lullanoise.
Tale was recorded whilst the three members were living in separate cities (Jesse in Busan & Seoul, Jeremy in London and Ian in Brooklyn); the resulting composite is both by design and by circumstance, a pastiche of aural geography, culture, and the subjective experiences accumulated on their respective sabbaticals. Tale engages the listener from start to finish (or as the titles suggest, from Tale to "tail"), performing a pseudo-seance reviving the dead memories and reanimating, if only for just a moment, the instances that inspired and informed the music they have created. We can hear sound documents from a trek through a Columbian jungle, a piano tuner testing the ivory at the Southbank Centre and a South Korean traditional singer hitting a buk. These wordless vignettes bring to mind the retelling of a story, perhaps best experienced between the bindings of an as-yet written collection. All in all, Tale is a study in nostalgia: a rumination on our relationship to the past and how traces of memory haunt and shape us with every breath.
The release of this album caps off a particularly productive and memorable year for Sontag, as they completed unforgettable tours through Europe, US and Canada, performing with lifelong friends The Dead Rat Orchestra, Liam Singer, Blevin Blectum, Aaron Martin and Julia Kent. Sontag is already looking forward into the next phase of the band's existence which will include some short film score composition, a choreographic partnership and recomposing lullanoise for percussion and strings."-Palaver Press
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Label: Palaver Press
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Recorded in various locations during 2012 and 2013 by Sontag Shogun.
Jesse Perlstein-voice, laptop, field recordings, Korean radio
Jeremy Young-tapes, oscillators, carpetwaves, piezo'd objects
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1 Tale 2 Hungarian Wheat 3 Let The Flies In 4 Jubokko 5 ...and here, at the middle, we listen to the man who tunes pianos. 6 Orbit Insertion 7 Beyond Wynd Gey 8 The Musk Ox 9 Tail