‘It Comes’ LP is Nova Materia’s electronic desert music debut on Crammed Discs

Nova Materia release a debut album of ‘electronic desert music’ for the ever trusty Crammed Discs.

The duo of Caroline Chaspoul from France and Eduardo Henriquez from Chile formed three years ago, born out of the ashes of alternative rock group, Panico. The duo’s It Comes LP builds on sounds and influences gathered during a 2010 trek by the band across northern Chile.

Caroline says: “We definitely wanted to get rid of the conventional way of performing music and didn’t want to use conventional instruments. The idea was to integrate geography to the core of the composition process.” On using stones found on the trip as instruments, Eduardo says: “They bring harmonics you wouldn’t think of when using conventional instruments. Also they are chaotic and unpredictable.”

The duo’s performances are described as “primal and futuristic”. Their sound has developed from their 2015 debut Aparece en sueños, where the duo evolved their industrial and coldwave tendencies with krautrock, shoegaze, and funk. BPitch Control’s Chlóe is cited as a direct influence on their music and the duo worked with Chlóe again to produce two eccentric techno/house tracks, such as ON/AV found on the new album.

The album is out now and they are performing at The Waiting Room in London on November 13th.

The Holy Mountain soundtrack reissued

The Holy Mountain is a seminal surrealist film and is accompanied by one of the most ethereal pieces recorded by Don Cherry in his career. Once again it can be enjoyed through a superb new reissue.

Don Cherry

Don Cherry (copyright unknown)

Cherry is one of the spiritual jazz geniuses of our world and his contribution to this soundtrack is one of majestic beauty and ethereal delight. The film The Holy Mountain was created by Chilean-born director, Alejandro Jodorowsky and is a surreal, mind bending story that critiques capitalism and spiritualism with bizarre scenes of ceremony and debauchery.

The poster tends to indicate how surreal and trippy The Holy Mountain is

This poster correctly indicates how trippy The Holy Mountain (1973) is

The filmmaker has been linked to musicians such as Peter Gabriel, who asked him to write and direct a short film for the concept album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. John Lennon and Yoko Ono championed Jodorowsky’s film El Topo at their short film festival, after jazz producer Alan Douglas bought the rights. Recently, Kanye West has been describing the Chilean filmmaker as a genius and used The Holy Mountain as inspiration for designing his Yeezus tour and even Marilyn Manson has attempted to collaborate.

The notes to this gatefold album, beautifully presented by Real Gone Music, reveal more anecdotes and tales about this extraordinary film and score. A former porn-movie-soundtrack producer, Ron Frangipane, helped conduct the orchestra alongside Jodorowsky. There were Arica group leaders giving Mongolian massages to cast members with a wooden spoon and a chimpanzee on set.

As for Cherry, Jodorowsky remembers that he played a trumpet with a bell on it and lived in a house decorated entirely with scrap objects: “He was like an alien. Cherry arrived on set with 100 musicians.” Here is a scene featuring Cherry’s masterpiece Tarot Will Teach You/Burn Your Money

Another of Jodorowsky’s classic films is Santa Sangre, a freak show of circus performers, street hoodlums and outcasts. 

The opener in the Santa Sangre trailer is Perez Prado, for another of his from the 1956 film Cha Cha Boom, click here

Also on the Santa Sangre soundtrack is the Mexican pianist and songwriter Consuelo Velacruez – click here

Heavy fusion dance music from Turkey

New out on Honest Jon’s Records. A heady mix of glitchy, deep house and folk guitar parts more characteristic of the country of origin during the breakdown. Plus, the vocals are pure class. A modern classic in the making. This comes with two remixes by Chilean heavyweight producer, Ricardo Villalobos. It’s all about the 23 minute plus original. Get it pure!

Here’s more from rising star Insanlar – with a live version of the same release. Really pleased to come across this: