Matthew Halsall releases ‘Oneness’, a mesmerising collection of archive recordings featuring three sessions of deep meditative spiritual-jazz. This deluxe edition comes in a triple vinyl set, cd and download and has been beautifully packaged and designed by the renowned Ian Anderson of The Designer’s Republic.

“I really believe in Oneness and I’ve always loved the term ‘greater than the sum of its parts’. I could make music on my own and live a fairly isolated antisocial life, but there’s something far more rewarding about creating things with others. And for me these sessions document the coming together of lots of different musicians in a wonderfully organic soulful way to make egoless music”.  — Matthew Halsall

The sessions that make up Oneness capture Halsall in the process of building a new band, reaching out to various musicians he’d discovered and admired on the Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds music scene. “I really liked this idea of bringing lots of musicians together from different backgrounds and was fascinated with how they would all react to each other and the tanpura drone box seemed to bring everyone together really well, it was kind of like a nice meditative icebreaker exercise for everyone to loosen up, before we got stuck into the more composed tunes I’d created, some of which ended up on the Sending My Love and Colour Yes albums”.  The album’s title, Oneness, speaks to both Halsall’s conviction that the planet should be shared equally with all of its inhabitants. That no human being or other inhabitant deserves to exist more than the other and that we can achieve far more together than against each other. And also importantly to what Halsall was aiming for musically:

For those who missed out on tickets to the first three basement sessions at YES in Manchester, we are delighted to announce that the next three are now on sale and available now on a first come first serve basis hereMatthew will also perform at the sensational space of EartH Hall in Hackney, London on Sunday 20th October.

Portico Quartet reveal video for ‘Offset’ from forthcoming album ‘Memory Streams’ out October 4

Portico Quartet reveal an alluring video for new single ‘Offset’ taken from their highly anticipated new album ‘Memory Streams’, their fifth out on October 4th.

“We’ve had a tendency to keep things veiled and abstract. Sometimes you just feel you need to shake things up though and in this case the idea of something really straightforward was appealing, and tallied with how we felt about the music: this is a band playing this music live and we wanted to show people that. In a way it echoes some of our earliest videos.” — Duncan Bellamy

Although minimalist in terms of setup, the video manages to feel incredibly atmospheric. “We were lucky enough to have our lighting director Lewis Howell, who does lights for our live shows, in the team for the shoot,” Bellamy explains. “He has such a great sense of space, depth and movement. In a sense, we approached this a bit like a live show – the lights follow the movement and narrative arc of the music in real time”. 

The band’s new album, Memory Streams is part of the same continuum and yet, as the name hints, there is a sense here of a remembering, shards of past influences, hints of ideas re-forged. For Wyllie, Memory Streams “feels in some ways about the identity of the band, about the records we’ve made before, and the memory of them” whereas for Bellamy it suggests “a torrent of imagery, accessing and reliving archived memories, perhaps not even your own”.
 

  • Pre-order  ‘Memory Streams’ on Ltd Dinked coloured vinyl edition
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  • Listen to ‘Offset’
     
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    photo credit: Duncan Bellamy for Veil Projects

Hania Rani has begun an extensive and far reaching ‘Esja’ Autumn / Winter tour starting in Europe before heading to Japan. You can watch a delightful short film, shot recently whilst Hania performed on her birthday in Porto, Portugal.  For tickets and full information visit  haniarani.com

“It will be definitely one of the most exciting periods in my my life. I am really looking forward to see you somewhere on the road.” — Hania Rani