Most Modern…

By Jo Phillips

How does the term ‘modern classical’ music  really get defined?  May be a more common phrase would be contemporary classical?  but still what does that mean.  Well generally speaking its a  period that started in the mid-1970s to early 1990s, which includes everything from modernistpostmodernneo-romantic, and even a pluralistic approach.  A broader explanation refers to all post-1945 musical forms often those with discordant under tones.
Whether you agreed with definitions matters not, if you want to hear fresh approaches then FatCat’s  130701 is the record label to be to get engaged with.  Dave howell (at the helm) has collaborate with Cent Magazine on an article for the Steve Bicknell  The Path Issue

This surely impressive label is at the forefront of  ‘Modernist’ music and its fair to say work with some of the most diverse yet startlingly brilliant arts within this genre.  A new release is alwats worth not just a mention but a listen.

The beginning of the year saw a new release much acclaimed artists, Ian William Craig and Olivier Alary trade with a two track digital single.  Following the widespread acclaim of his brilliant ‘Centres’ album (July 2016), Vancouver-based vocalist / composer Ian William Craig takes on ‘Nollywood’ from Olivier’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Fiction / Non-Fiction’. Running the stems of the track through his studio and a circuit-bent Audiotronics 147 and a Ekdahl Moisturizer, Ian reinvents Olivier’s lusciously swooning ‘Nollywood’, adding his own voice as source matter, and scuffing and morphing the track through a patina of tape distortion, overlaying a web of glistening texture and looping rhythm to repurpose it in a stunning, sprawling new work.

By way of return, Montreal-based Frenchman Olivier takes on Ian’s album gem ‘A Single Hope’, extracting the pop song hiding behind Ian’s billowing textures in order to render it in a bright new light. Before starting the remix, Olivier decided to restrict electronic elements to a minimum, so what you hear here are purely acoustic instruments. 

A brilliant single showing two artists at the top of their game opens out a new year for FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint in spectacular style.


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