Sontag Shogun share 'Orbital Insertion' from new releases
Brooklyn/Montreal-based electro-acoustic sonic explorers Sontag Shogun have not one but two new non-studio releases launching this month. After listening to the lush, minimalist 'Orbit Insertion (Perdurabo Remix)' track from their Tale Remixed EP, you can read about the band and both releases below.
Sontag Shogun is a collaborative trio that makes use of analog sound treatments and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory. Textures built from organic materials such as sand, slate, boiling water, brush and dried leaves, both produced live in performance and recorded to weathered 1/4" tape warm up the space between lush piano themes. All of which is abstracted coolly in the reflective digital space of treated vocals and a live-processed feed from the piano. Bringing us back, like a faded passing scent or any natural emotive trigger, but to where? The wordless journey there will inevitably be more revealing than the destination itself.
Ian Temple, piano
Jeremy Young, tapes, oscillators, piezo mics
Jesse Perlstein, laptop, field recordings
Sontag Shogun has shared the stage with notable artists such as Hauschka, Dawn Of Midi, Julia Kent, Todd Reynolds, R. Luke DuBois, David Grubbs, Aki Onda, Tom Carter, Alexander Turnquist, Matana Roberts, Akron/Family, William Parker & Hamid Drake, Chris Forsyth, Ben Vida & Koen Holtkamp, Sam Shalabi, Noveller, Christof Migone, Anoice, thisquietarmy, 10 and Yan Jun, as well as many others
SONTAG SHOGUN - "Tale Remixed" 12" EP
(Interbang/Folk Wisdom, Germany / Ricco Label, Japan)
Six new remixes off Sontag's debut album "Tale" (2013) by an international cast of electronic music innovators and sonic explorers: Schneider TM, Perdurabo, Indian Wells, Radicalfashion, Hakobune and Jake Chudnow. Mastered for vinyl by Giuseppe Ielasi with art/design by Jeremy Young. Newly pressed to solid white sneaker-style vinyl and packaged in a gorgeous custom silkscreened heavyweight pvc sleeve.
This is high energy, sonically dense electronic music, an invitation to one's primal senses equipped with deep shifts in dynamics. Take the journey through Sontag’s new ambitiously maximalist group sound piece by piece with remixes that straddle the realms of modern composition, sound design, beat/bass-driven postrock and ambient minimalism with these artists’ reinterpretations of their past work.
SONTAG SHOGUN - "2015, NYC" c50 Cassette
This special live performance was recorded in April 2015 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, and consists entirely of blueprints of newly composed/half-improvised material to be released in studio versions later this year. It captures Sontag's newly energized and immersive live sound, having just returned from a successful tour in Japan, playing to a room full of friends and family, and in support of their cohort Hauschka. Recorded by Irene Trudel originally for broadcast on WQXR/Q2 Music, and mixed/mastered for tape by John Hull. Comes with download code.
Besides acting as a tease for studio versions of this material to come soon, this live show release is the second part in an ongoing series of live performances to be freely and fully streamable via the band’s bandcamp page. As Sontag Shogun often gets called in for film, choreography and installation work, their studio releases tend to fall behind in terms of where the band is at musically, yet their growth can always accurately be charted in live performance. So they’ll be using their bandcamp page as a medium for exploring their shapeshifting sound via live set recordings from around the world, once a year.