More news this month from our lovely friends at Hisstology:
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News from our lovely friends at Hisstology — thank you Mr. Virtual Postman!
Hisstology Records are delighted to announced the release of the Cosmic Analog Ensemble‘s latest opus “Fish Fingers“. You can download/stream the album for free here.
This 31-track album was recorded in 2011-2012 in Nairobi, Beirut and Paris.
“Fish Fingers” is an instrumental LP about the abstract journey of a fish from its death to its transformation into a fish finger. This album closes the “The Mundane and the Cosmic” 10-volume suite, launched in early 2009 with the CAE’s first release “Concrete Abstracts”.
The LP was recorded without using any laptops or modern computer technology. You are thus encouraged to listen to the album in hi-def format (wav, aiff) and on good speakers/headphones. Just a friendly recommendation, of course.
’til the next one,
A word from our lovely friends at Hisstology, encountered this morning while sipping a less-than-average morning coffee:
A quick, mandatory – albeit belated – beginning of the year message to wish you all the best for 2012. No exclamation mark needed for such things.
Most importantly, HISSTOLOGY is happy to announce Heroes & Villains‘s new LP, entitled “œ”.
For non-French speakers, it is pronounced ‘e dans l’o’ or ‘oeufs dans l’eau’. It was recorded on 14 tracks in Nairobi and no computer was involved in the making of the record. The cover artwork integrates a picture of rarely encountered members of the Amazonian tribe Mashco-Piro (the photograph was released during the recording’s week-long session). They never asked to be photographed.
You can stream/download H&V’s “œ” here: http://hisstology.bandcamp.com/album/oe
In other Hisstology-related news:
. “Mutatis Mutandis” from Cosmic Analog Ensemble has been selected among the 12 best tracks of 2011 by the Free Music Archive’s Jason.
. A Sabyl Ghossoub video for Cosmic Analog Ensemble‘s “Ya3tik el 3afieh” title track.
. An interview we did last November with Radio Liban’s Ziad Nawfal, which includes a live improvisation and other exclusive tracks.
Last but not least, you can still feast your ears on the 146 original tracks released on Hisstology in 2011.
I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
Charif Megarbane: producer, musician (Heroes & Villains, Cosmic Analog Ensemble)
– Piero Piccioni: various
– Damu The Fudgemunk: various
– Tame Impala: Innerspeaker
– Omar Khorshid: various
– Roc Marciano: Marcberg
– Dorris Bochaberi: various
– Freddie Gibbs: Thuggin’
– Joe Hisaishi: various
– Staff Benda Bilili: Tres Tres Fort
– Cosmic Analog Ensemble: unreleased tracks
Lebanese musician CHARIF MEGARBANE, from COSMIC ANALOG ENSEMBLE and HEROES & VILLAINS, was the guest of Ruptures for an interview & live performance in two parts.
More on Charif and his various projects: http://hisstology.bandcamp.com/
[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]
In the summer of 2010, Heroes & Villains, another enticing Lebanese rock band settled in Canada, released their 5th album, ‘Innertimes / Outerspace’, on their own HISSTOLOGY imprint. Now down to a two-piece (Charif Megarbane and Dominique Salameh), the band recorded and produced the album in Baskenta, in the Lebanese mountains, in the summer of 2009.
The album is songwriting-based rock n’ roll music, encompassing themes such as roads replacing trees on the Lebanese hillsides, lonely eyes, cold shoulders and other joyful themes. Influenced by David Axelrod, Ziad Rahbani, Gene Clark, J Dilla and other soulful cats, and for the moment released digitally, it will be available in physical format in the forthcoming months.
Charif Megarbane‘s other releases in 2010 include Volumes 3 & 4 of his ‘The Mundane and Cosmic’ series, a collection of 30 cinematic instrumentals which highlight the composer’s affinity with abstract, underground hip-hop. Recorded on cassette tapes with no computers involved, like the vast majority of Megarbane’s input, it is dirty, hissy, dusty, reflecting the narrative of Charif’s solo moniker – the Cosmic Analog Ensemble – and more generally, HISSTOLOGY’s output.
In a more dubby, Lee Scratch Perry-esque melodica-and-echo vein, the first 3 E.P’s of the Infant/Children/Teenagers/Adults/Elders series, released in early 2010, follow the narrative of a fictional character, Guildford Kings (whom Megarbane used when he needed quotes at school) through the chronological trials and tribulations of his invisible life. May sound pretentious in words, not in musical notes.
Last but least, ‘Sad Stories from the Ghetto’, recorded with ex-H&V Jeremy Proville in 2007, is an acoustic, meditative affair. It rests on the strength of strings, made of nylon, steel, cat ribs, rope and hope.
All the music is available for listen at hisstology.com