Contours & Colours
Gigante Sound are extremely excited about the latest Vulcanus 68 release Contours and Colours and it is quite a departure from their previous ones. This time around the creative minds behind the Gigante Sound label; Dominic Cramp (Borful Tang, Lord Tang, Qulfus, Evangelista) and Jared Blum (Blanketship, Beaks Plinth, Talking Book w/ Bill Gould) have left the moulded basement and dusty lo fi musique concrete chambers by leaping up to solar clouds with this classically inspired sonicly cosmic album. Full of repeating motifs, layered Melotron melodies, bits of percussion, acoustic instrument treatments, some blurry droneage and slowed vinyl and cassettes; this could be music for a Russian planetarium spectacular! Originally recorded and sourced from a single 'jam' session on April 23rd 2010, it wasn't until a full year later that the group revisited the stellar solar session and began editing the hours of sounds which finally became Contours and Colours. As Blum was working on the debut release for The Talking Book, Blum's collaboration with Faith No More's Bill Gould, and Cramp with Carla Bozulich's Evangelista on their latest release, In Animal Tongue; ideas and experiences from those collaborations seeped their way into the construction of Contours and Colours. A real intent emerged to keep and even accentuate the melodic sensibility from the original session, a much different path than their first two records. There was also a renewed interest in pushing the record to feel like a whole experience rather than a collection of small unrelated pieces. Keeping the feel of disc as a live recording rather than one of over editing, looping and processing, the final product has a sense of sonic weight and space...a heavy dose of sub harmonics, solitary seventies- style synths and Clavinets that lay beside wobbly pianos and flutes all warped together as single continuous movement and pace taking you on a journey to somewhere else.