Transnature is the follow-up album of the experimental ambient project StillStand to “Das Leben in vollen Zügen”, which was released on Oxidation in 2021. Once again synthesizers are mixed with nature recordings. This time the sounds come from walks through fields and meadows with a focus on animal sounds. However, the sounds are often strongly alienated and mutate more and more into noise and hissing in the course of the pieces. The synthesizers on Transnature are driven by a high degree of randomness, and the relationships between chords and melodies change again and again. Ultimately, the album aims to achieve a state between nature and abstraction, between grounding and hypnosis.
Mark O’Leary: Guitar/Laptop/Processing/Bowed Guitar
Olavi Louhivuori: Drums/Processed Drums
Teppa Hauta-aho: Double Bass
All music composed by O’Leary, Hauta-aho, Louhivuori
Recorded: Malmitalo – Helsinki, November 2008
Post Production/Mixing: Donncha Moynihan – Hub Studio, Cork.
Astral Fishing was conceived during a very short trip Mark O’Leary made to Helsinki in November 2008 to collaborate with Olavi Louhivuori and Teppa Hauta-aho.
The prominent three Blacksmiths sculpture in central Helsinki on a snowy night from a distance could be perceived as being three fishermen casting their rods into the solar expanse, analogous in some respects to the musical direction of the endeavour.
The themes pay homage to Architect Alvar Aalto, Stockmanns landmark, as does the cover collages which expands on this conception, visually and historically.
The music is architectural atmospheric ambience which infuses subtle, textural, collective interplay to create a magnum opus which is evocative of Finlandia and its rich modern historical tapestry.
Mark O’Leary was born in Cork City Ireland.Being mainly auto didactic on guitar he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to study at Musicians Institute,from where he later graduated. He has presented his music in 29 countries and has played at some of the worlds top Jazz festivals and contemporary Jazz venues.
He has toured Europe as a member of Canadian Pianist Paul Bley’s trio,he has performed in duo with Jack DeJohnette,in a jazz trio with Yes/King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford, in duo with Han Bennink,composed and performed classical music with Cikada string quartet,collaborated in an all electronics setting with Sound Artist Gunter Muller and with Jakob Riis,in a free improvisation combo with Evan Parker and Sunny Murray, performed in concerts with Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, played Norwegian folk music with Nils Okland, Swedish folk music with Mats Eden, Jazz with Uri Caine, he has performed in seperate projects with trumpeters Tomasz Stanko,Kenny Wheeler and Cuong Vu. He has the distinction of having played in duo with Paul Bley, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Werner and Matthew Shipp. He has also worked in a trio with ex Weather Report/Jaco Pastorius Drummer Peter Erskine and Palle Danielsson.
He has also collaborated with the innovative percussionists z’ev, Alex Cline ,Hans Kristian Kjos Sorensen and Terje Isungset.He has also collaborated with Stale Storlokken in contemporary trio using church organ and with John Herndon of Tortoise in the Underground Jazz Trio. He has also worked in different projects with Slava Ganelin and Alexander Tarasov of the Ganelin trio fame also in a UK based group with Mark Sanders and Joe Williamson of Trapist.
He has toured in the exciting group Zemlya with Eyvind Kang and Dylan Van Der Schyff and also with Dylan and Wayne Horvitz. In conjunction with Alliance Francaise he performed in a trio with Henri Texier and Aldo Romano. He also played in a trio with Jon Christensen and Terje Gewelt He has played in Poland with drummer Michal Miskiewicz and Tomasz Szukalski and with the Oles brothers Bartlomiej and Marcin. He has also played with the Aka Moon rhythm section of Michel Hadzigeorgiu and Stephane Galland. He has also colloborated in trio with Stefan Pasborg and Peter Friis Nielsen as well as working with other Danes Jacob Anderskov and in duo with Kresten Osgood.
“In Sudden Walks” is the second album from Chilean proggers Aisles, a band that has matured quite a lot in 4 years.
This time around a central trait of their compositions is that they very much defy a clear defining sound, and while the symphonic aspects may arguably be said to be dominating there’s much more going on here as well.
From the opening numbers spoken theatricals set against musical backdrops with rather sophisticated and varied instrumental passages in between to the neo meets lounge jazz meets dreamy psychedelic creation ending this disc in the shape of the tune Hawaii, this production is something of a tour de force from a band that has managed to incorporate great diversity to their musical ventures.
And while not quite managing to pull of the truly brilliant tracks yet, Aisles show promise of managing to do just that, possibly in the near future. Worth checking out of you might enjoy a sophisticated melodic and most often mellow and subdued variety of progressive rock touching upon early 80’s Rush as well as neo progressive rock from the same era, spiced with psychedelic, spacey and jazzy touches at times.