6/16/2020

Daniel Blumberg Announces New Album "On&On"; Listen To The First Three Tracks

DANIEL BLUMBERG
 
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
ON&ON
 
OUT DIGITALLY JULY 31
VINYL AND CD AVAILABLE AUGUST 28
 
LISTEN TO THE FIRST THREE TRACKS
credit: Brigitte Lacombe (hi-res)
I hear a room, its air and the disturbances that ricochet between its surfaces, then I hear a song, as if
a ship has slowly emerged out of sea mist, its form coalescing into coherent shape for the sake of memory.” - David Toop on On&On
 
Daniel Blumberg has announced details of new album On&On, a 9-track song cycle that confirms the London musician and visual artist as a unique creative force, and pushes the art of song into expansive new territories. On&On is set for release July 31 on digital platforms via Mute with vinyl and CD formats to follow on August 28. The album is accompanied by an essay written by the author David Toop.
 
Watch the video for “On&On”, directed by Blumberg, here.
Listen to the album’s first three tracks here.
Read David Toop’s essay here.
Pre-order the album here.

On&On - which follows 2018’s Minus, Blumberg’s debut for Mute - is a consolidation of the deconstructed song aesthetic he has developed, operating at the intersection between conventional song structures and free improvisation. Now he takes this further, incorporating recurring, shape-shifting motifs and at times dissolving the boundaries between songs altogether. Title track “On&On” appears four times across the arc of the record as if coming in and out of focus, an infinite song that encapsulates the paradox of the circle, existing in a liminal space between perpetual motion and stasis, as Daniel sings: “On and on and on and on and on…
 
The album was born out of live sessions with the same core group of players as MinusDaniel Blumberg (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Ute Kanngiesser (cello), Billy Steiger (violin), Tom Wheatley (double bass) and Jim White (drums), with the addition of electronic maverick Elvin Brandhi (vocals). As such it represents a deepening of relationships and distillation of techniques for this tight-knit group of free-playing musicians, who are loosely based around Café OTO.
 
It was recorded by Peter Walsh (Scott Walker), who captures the group’s extraordinary performances - encompassing the full expressive range of their instruments from softly-bowed melodies and tender vocal harmonies to rough-hewn scrapes, plucks and rattles - while the sound of the room and the outside world spill naturally into the sound field, as Toop puts it “as if a window has opened”.
 

ON&ON TRACKLISTING
1. On & On
2. Sidestep Summer
3. On&On&On
4. Bound
5. Silence Breaker
6. On&On&On&On
7. Teethgritter
8. On&On&On&On&On
9. Pillow
 
FURTHER LISTENING
Daniel Blumberg performing live at Café OTO (link)
Daniel Blumberg performing “The Bomb” on Later… with Jools Holland (link
Daniel Blumberg & Keiji Haino present SILVER DINNER: (link)
 
RECENT QUOTES
"A modern masterpiece" - 5/5 The Times
"Minus is a statement of intent from an artist who has found his voice" - The Quietus
“Traces lines between drawing and improvised music” - The Wire
“One of London’s most exciting emerging artists” - Hans Ulrich Obrist
 
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
Daniel Blumberg: On&On (Mute, 2020)
GUO: GUO4 (Mute, 2019)
Daniel Blumberg: Minus (Mute, 2018)
Daniel Blumberg & Hebronix: Liv (Mute, 2018)
Daniel Blumberg: Live at Café OTO (OTOroku, 2018)
GUO: GUO2 (OTOroku, 2018)
GUO: GUO1 (self-released, 2017)
Daniel Blumberg & Neil Michael Hagerty: HEB-HEX (ATP Recordings, 2013)
Hebronix: Unreal (ATP Recordings, 2013)

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY
The World To Come (dir. Mona Fastvold, 2020)
GUO4 (dir. Peter Strickland, 2019)
GYUTO (dir. Brady Corbet, 2019)
Brigitte (dir. Lynne Ramsey, 2019)
Gleaning Truths (dir. Agnes Varda, 2018)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Black Album / White Cube, Kunsthall, Rotterdam (2020) 
Dance, Stanley, Dance with Marianna Simnett, Matt’s Gallery, London (2020)
JOMO, Macro, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2020)
MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2020) 
Hyper!: Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2019)
Union Gallery, London (2019)
Ways of Listening with [Assemble]: British School at Rome (2018)
 
LINKS
boiledegg.org 
http://mute.com
https://www.brigittelacombe.com
https://davidtoopblog.com/
DANIEL BLUMBERG: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | SPOTIFY | APPLE MUSIC
 
MUTE: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD

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