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Avagami: Metagami (Lens Records)


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Label: Lens Records
Catalog ID: LENS0018
Squidco Product Code: 8699

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Avagami.


Eric Normand-vocals, saxophone, electronics

Matt Mottel-drums, electronics

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"Eric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture. With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Sébastien Cirotteau (trumpet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.

He also play in bands involved in a more specific musical genre as danced poetry with BABABA, instrumental theatre with Le Veau/ The Veal, songs with Les Pitounes and Éric Normand Chante and folk music with The Surruralits and RRRRoyal Canadian Free Form Folk Experience. Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer. His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations."

-Eric Normand 9/28/2022

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"Matthew Mottel, is an internationally recognized musician and artist, performing most notably with Talibam! for the past seven years. His visage should be familiar to anyone who's been going to shows in NYC in the past ten years. He's been hanging around NYC clubs since he was like 16, and dropping electric mind bombs with his synthesizer in those clubs nearly as long with folks like Karole Armitage, Rhys Chatham, Awesome Color, Akron/Family, Jeffrey Lewis, Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), Kenny Wollesen, Chris Corsano, Ras Moshe, Cooper-Moore, Sean Meehan, and many others."

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track listing:

1. Avagami 2:56

2. Fuck The Man 2:59

3. Mushy 3:17

4. Trombone Solo 2:49

5. Eagle 4:49

6. Small Victory 1:59

7. Unoriginal 3:06

8. Sickly Time 3:11

9. Newager 3:01

10. Never Let Me Down Again 4:03

11. Luxus 2:52
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An odd rocking band with both pop and prog leanings that wouldn't have been out of place on Ralph Records in their day. Hailing from Chicago, the duo of Eric Lebofsky and Matt Espy use an expansive collection of rock styles and improvisation techniques to create off-kilter songs that keep a serious groove going, blending prog, psych, electronica, new wave, lounge, &c. &c into a great set of short songs. Eric's sax work and harmonized vocals add secondary voices as the instrumentation picks and chooses between synthesizers, distorted guitar sounds, electronic sources, bass pedals, organs, and who-knows-what. There's a lot of effective layering and studio trickery going on, so much so that you may never notice that it's only two guys creating all this aural excitement. With a lot of silly asides and some real passionate moments, it's obvious that these guys really love what they're doing, and the know-how to do it. Great stuff, cool digi-pack art work too!

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Rock and Related
Progressive Rock
Song Based Music
Electronic Forms
September 2007
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation

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