LP/CD/DL Constellation Records CST117
Release date: September 30
Drew Brown: Electronics
Susumu Mukai: Drum machine, electronics
Sandro Perri: Electronics, guitar, harpsichord, piano
MJ Silver: Drum machine
Mike Smith: Banjo
Jesse Zubot: Viola, violin
Andrew Zukerman: Electronics
Sandro Perri is one of Constellation’s most long-standing and artistically diverse music-makers. This celebrated Toronto-based composer, producer and songwriter first released albums of hissing, pulsing, longform instrumental work under the Polmo Polpo moniker in the early 2000s, before moving into tropicalia-, jazz- and prog-influenced vocal music under his own name (with forays into dub and afro-beat inflected experimentation via Glissandro 70).
Off World 1 is alien electronics played humanly, with real-world accents throughout. 1 was conceived almost entirely during a 2-day session in London: a meeting orchestrated by producer Drew Brown between himself, Perri, Susumu Mukai and M J Silver after learning that Perri was a huge fan of both Mukai and Silver’s work. A bounty of raw material featuring mostly vintage synthesizers – EMS Synthi, Syntorchestra, Prophet 5 – was later abetted by violin, banjo, harpsichord, guitar and piano. The result is genuinely exploratory and peculiar sui generis instrumental electronic music that sounds like it could have issued from any time in the past 40-50 years. Off World resists easy categorization: not ambient “easy listening”, not strictly “improvised”, not “retro” – but eccentrically absorbing and soothingly mischievous as it charts its own sonic trails.