Neil Innes and Nick Turner Film to Tell the Tale of Sound Techniques
A film about the famed Sound Techniques recording studio and artists who recorded there, is nearing completion. The studio — a former dairy in Chelsea, London — was converted by engineers John Wood and Geoff Frost, serving artists such as Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention, between the years of 1965 and ‘76.
Directors Neil Innes and Nick Turner were inspired to make The Parts You Don’t Hear by both their love of the music made at Sound Techniques and their disappointment that the lives and careers of the engineers hadn’t so far been focussed upon. Their influence on music of the era stretches far beyond the walls of the Chelsea studio, as in addition to building the mixing desk used there, they created boards for studios such as Trident, Elektra and Sunset Sound.
A final release date for the film is yet to be set, but plenty of exciting interview excerpts have been shared on their YouTube channel in recent months. The film looks set to feature some of our favourite musicians and is certain to be a rewarding and revealing watch.
The Repeat Listen: Yotam Silberstein – Future Memories
Tasting Notes: Luis Bonfa — Introspection, Miles Okazaki – Trickster, Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Intermodulations, The Kenny Burrell Quartet – The Tender Gender, Jonathan Kreisberg – Night Songs
In the EPK for this, his sixth album as a bandleader, jazz guitarist Yotam Silberstein admits to feeling that this is his best work so far. Future Memories is an album that draws inspiration from various cultures and musical styles therein, led but never saturated by his remarkably articulate playing style.
Though a composer of tender ballads, energetic fusion grooves and calming, atmospheric pieces alike, here he rearranges three pieces by Brazilians Hamilton de Holanda and Paulinho da Viola, harnessing the accordion and piano abilities of multi-instrumentalist Vitor Gonçalves to realise a collection of compositions influenced by South American music, but also by the cool, pensive atmospherics often associated with jazz music of Scandinavian origin.
While details of such aren’t explicitly credited, Silberstein would appear to use a combination of nylon and steel string guitar, creating a beautifully warm texture with the opening passages of the album’s title track. He also appears to softly vocalise motifs and melodies, something we often hear from jazz players but rarely in such a way that it complements the arrangement so nicely.
Drumming on the album is Daniel Dor, who brims with energy in the closing passages of Matcha and brings the most delicate of flourishes to Wind on the Lake, showcasing his versatility while proving the perfect sideman for the role within this ensemble. Bassist John Patitucci, perhaps the ensemble’s biggest name, plays acoustic and electric basses with style and subtlety, featuring most prominently with the expressive use of fretless bass on A Picture of Yafo. The track is an astonishing piece of work: the subtlest of synthesiser pads serving as a harmonic mesh, a gorgeously soft vocal motif playing off the piano and bass parts.
Unafraid to let the other instruments feature prominently, Yotam engages in a piano and guitar duet on Choro Negro that resembles the work Bill Evans and Jim Hall recorded together, neither instrument obviously leading but carefully interacting, rising and falling in business throughout the piece.
Front to back, Silberstein’s new work is calming and considered, of an exemplary musical standard but also possessing a warmth and depth of emotion. It arrives next Friday courtesy of jazz&people.
New Sounds and Visuals
The six songs comprising Houssam Gania’s new album Mosawi Swiri are rooted in Gnawa ritual, but the Moroccan guembri player has subtly developed them beyond their ceremonial purpose. Helped by the contributions of several musicians from the Essaouira region, his beautiful fusion works build upon his fine collaboration with electronic producer and global music enthusiast James Holden, showing him to be a most accomplished young musician.
Hailing from Gdańsk, post-rock four piece Trupa Trupa recently signed with Sub Pop records and release their new single Dream About via the renowned independent label. Its accompanying video was filmed on a Super 8 camera by Benjamin Finger, who also edited together the wonderfully warped and washed out visual. Check it out below.
LA-based artist Shafique Husayn has recruited an insane cast of collaborators for his forthcoming LP, The Loop. Amongst them is drummer, vocalist and Dr. Dre collaborator Anderson .Paak, whose contributions can be heard on the new cut, Its Better For You. The tune takes the form of a slow funk jam, akin to those crafted by D’Angelo and Moodymann.
Roots reggae collective Inna De Yard have released a new video to accompany their rendition of If You Love Me, an English language adaptation of a song first performed by Edith Piaf. The themes of love and community abound in Bernard Benant and Philippe Roger’s video, shot in and around the group’s recording base in Jamaica.
Finally, London-based drummer Chiminyo, who plays at Free Jazz in April, released a new video for his EP single We’ll Never Know this week. Harnessing contact microphones and Ableton software, he is able to construct full musical arrangements with his acoustic drums as the stimulus. Check out his process in the psychedelic new video.
Image credits: The Parts You Don’t Hear via website, Yotam Silberstein by Lauren Desberg, Chiminyo by Edan Cohen, Inna De Yard by Bernard Benant.