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Pure Phase Ensemble 4 feat. Mark Gardener – Live at SpaceFest!

07 Aug

This weekend is a very big weekend for Poland residents, as British shoegaze legends RIDE play the country’s major OFFfest at midnight on Saturday, preceeded by Polish band Wilga at 4pm Friday. Both bands are part Pure Phase Ensemble 4, a very exciting project involving Mark Gardener of RIDE, Ray Dickaty (ex Spiritualized) and a handpicked group of musicians from Poland’s top indie groups.

Saturday August 8 is the official RELEASE for their LP Live at Spacefest!, which is the result of intensive week-long collaboration between these artists surrounding SpaceFest. Mark Gardener will be joining his fellow bandmates for the release event at the Nasiano Records booth at OFFfest.  Pure Phase Ensemble has previously featured Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), and Jaime Harding (Marion).

Pure Phase Ensemble is an international music collective, created especially for the SpaceFest festival in Gdansk, which takes place annually in December and is organised by the Nasiono Association. The city of Gdansk plays host to this blossoming music festival each year in the first week of December, at which time numerous select musicians from Poland and abroad gather to take part in a special workshop series. They collectively compose a concert’s worth of music, which they then present live to the festival-goers. Each year, this unique performance is recorded live and subsequently released as an LP.
The programme for each workshop is jointly curated by Ray Dickaty, a British saxophonist improviser and former member of Spiritualized(1997-2002), and Karol Schwarz (KSAS), who also manages Nasiono Records. Along with these two key figures, every festival involves a new musical director – a legendary, internationally recognised musician, who is invited to co-curate the workshop.

pureDuring the latest SpaceFest, Mark Gardener, the frontman of celebrated shoegaze pioneers RIDE who also recently released an LP with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), occupied this seat of honour.  Past participants include Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), Steve Hewitt (ex Placebo), and Jaime Harding (Marion).

“For me, this it interesting – it’s perfect because it reminds me in some ways of how some of the early Ride songs came together… I didn’t come in with a script, nor does Ray. There is no pre-work on this. It was just completely spontaneous,” explains Mark Gardener. “Sometimes music like that is good before things get thought about too much and worked on too much. That can kill the energy sometimes. Of course some things have got to be worked and developed, but in this scenario, with such little time and to get an interesting set together, I think it’s been good to keep it fresh and not over-worked.”

“The way we’ve arranged the music – for me, it starts off in a certain mood and goes through a tremendous amount of emotions and then returns to the familiar mood we started with at the beginning. It’s a perfect circle of music,” says Ray Dickaty.
Pure Phase Ensemble 4 ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ is currently available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify and the CD is also available on the Nasiono Records website. Demonstrating the international scope of this project, Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma have also created an exclusive radio edit for one of the album’s lead tracks Happy Dancing Woman.
TRACKLIST 
1. Intro                                      04:10
2. Morning Rise*                        08:03
3. Notatki**                               15:47
4. Zostan na noc***                    09:12
5. Peter Song*                           05:41
6. Doing My Head In***               03:32
7. Happy Dancing Woman***       08:37

TOTAL TIME:  55:01 minutes

All songs composed by Pure Phase Ensemble 4
Lyrics:  *Mark Gardener  **Karol Schwarz  ***Michal Pydo

Mark Gardener (Musical Director, Ride) – voice, guitar
Ray Dickaty (Musical Director) – saxophone, flute, korg monotribe
Jacek Rezner (Wilga) – drums
Kamil Hordyniec (Wilga) – bass
Michal Pydo (Hatifnats) – voice, guitar
Michal ‘Kostek’ Stolc (Cisza nocna) – synths, backing vocals
Karol Schwarz (KSAS) – guitar, voice, Korg monotribe, phase

Recorded by Tomek Wojakowski at Klub Zak, Gdansk

Mix, production, mastering: Karol Schwarz
Project supervision: Anna Szynwelska
Photos: Pawel Jozwiak
Artwork: Krzysztof Wronski

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Concerts / Performances

 

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