With New Video and EU Tour Dates
artist Mary Ocher
title Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings
label Klangbad x Sing A Song Fighter
date 23rd November 2017
format Vinyl 10″ | digital
cat. # TRP011
A1. Across Red Lines
A2. A Beginning of Disobedience (feat. Your Government)
A3. Blue Crystal Fire (with Julia Kent) (Robbie Basho cover)
A4. The Deep End (parts I-II)
B1. This World (edit) (live with The Great Hans Unstern Swindle)
B2. Ulifant Fadera (feat. Your Government)
B3. Calories in My Body
B4. Piano edit (revisited)
* bonus mp3 only * Under The Piles Horror (feat. Your Government))
Mary Ocher closes 2017 with the release of a further trove of songs.
The “Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings” 10″ is a collection of pieces whose vast majority was recorded during the sessions that gave birth to “The West Against The People”, Ocher’s full-length release that came out on Klangbad earlier this year to much praise, released alongside a sociopolitical essay and further collaborations (Felix Kubin, Die Toedliche Doris).
These two weeks of recordings were made with Hans Joachim Irmler at the Faust Studio, which is located in a small village by the Swiss border, in a big industrial space overlooking the Danube. Mary’s two drummers, Your Government joined the sessions for a short while, the rest was recorded solo. The 10″ also features a collaboration with cello player Julia Kent (Antony and The Johnsons) – in a rendition of Robbie Basho’s phenomeal “Blue Crystal Fire”, the second collaboration is a live recording with German experimental artist Hans Unstern and his band, known for their use of self built instruments.
“Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings” is a mutual release of the German label Klangbad and the Swedish Sing A Song Fighter.
Praise for Mary Ocher ‘The West Against The People’…
FACT – “as sonically dense as it is politically potent … Her putty-like voice plunges you into underwater dreamworlds and places you’ve never even heard of before.”
NPR – “Few records this year, so far, are as wondrous, pointed and odd as Mary Ocher’s The West Against The People.”
The Wire – “a genre straddling pop oddity, a beguilingly strange, theatrical blend of lounge 1960s yé-yé, icy vocals, South American rhythms and battered industrial percussion.”
The Arts Desk – “none of this is avant-garde pissing about for its own sake … It will definitely take you to some peculiar places, but The West Against the People will also leave you feeling unexpectedly satisfied, and with a whole bunch of hooks echoing through your brain along with the strange thoughts.”