November 30, 2017

The Heliocentrics quoted "Ghetto Raga"...

On an article posted on line in June 2017 by ( Heliocentrics compiled a list of music that inspired their last album "A World of Masks".
Quoting TEB's "Ghetto Raga" between the tracks they wrote:

"This late ’60s English album is an oddity which boasts an appearance by the late John Peel on jaw harp. It is, again, very minimalist in approach, and drones feature heavily throughout the whole album—although this time all the instruments are acoustic, the lineup consisting of violin, viola, hand drums, oboe/recorder, cello, and slide pipes, and draws heavily upon traditional English folk and medieval music. This influence is more apparent in the material we have subsequently written, but I’ve always been blown away by the mood and hypnotic string arrangements throughout this album."

"The Heliocentrics are a group for which genres are meaningless and boundaries invisible", is written on their Bandcamp page. 

"Since first appearing on DJ Shadow’s 2006 album The Outsider the group have gone on to release a string of records that float through jazz, hip-hop, psych, krautrock, and musique concrete whilst collaborating with numerous genre heavyweights from Mulatu Astake to Gaslamp Killer and picking up prestigious fans along the way, such as Madlib and the recently departed David Axelrod.

The primarily instrumental group, who operate out of their vintage analogue studio in East London called the Quatermass Sound Lab, bring in a new singer on album number four - a young Slovakian singer called Barbora Patkova. The result is an album that takes the band, already solidified in ever-expanding grooves and rhythms into new previously unexplored dimensions. The group’s deep-set ability to craft music intuitively and impulsively stems from a desire to avoid typical processes or generic structures. Since its conception, the band's music has mainly been created from live improvisation. This musical approach gives the band its own sound and identity - "for anything to happen it must be at that time from the people in the room, and on the spot". A decade of such sonic adventures has resulted in a tightly knit bond that the group refer to as “almost a form of telepathy” with “musical changes that otherwise would be near impossible to write."

Listening the album at the Bancamp page (go here), apart a track title "Down Chorus" (2:17), frankly I feel just  vague references to the TEB's sound... But we live in a 'free world' where everyone can say what they want... 
no©2017 Luca Chino Ferrari (unless you intend to make a profit. In which case, ask first)    

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