Thursday, 24 November 2011
Bill Wells new album
Bill Wells releases new album Lemondale out 5 December 2011 on Double Six
It is with great honour that Double Six announces the release of Lemondale by Bill Wells on Monday the 5th of December. The recording was a triumph in itself and testament to Wells' particularly fruitful relationship with the Japanese musical underground.
Assembling fourteen musicians for one day in Tokyo, including Jim O’Rourke on guitar, the event was described as ‘a miracle’ by Takuji Aoyagi (Kama Aina) one of the musicians on the record. A remarkable meeting, bringing together musicians and schools of music that would be thought to be incompatible even appearing on a bill for a live event, let alone playing on the same record.
Musicians that had never met and had come from different sides of the tracks suddenly found themselves together in the same recording booth. Tori Kudo, self proclaimed Japanese 'King Of Error' was coupled with virtuoso pianist Satoko Fuji, a classically trained graduate of Berkley Music College in Boston.
The recording also brought together instruments as seemingly incongruent and unrelated as a modified electric fan played by Tetsuya Umeda and the entirely unique and heavenly voices of Saya, from Tenniscoats and Kazumi Nikaido, one of Japan's leading contemporary vocalists.
Lemondale simultaneously captures the attendant excitement of a first collaborative encounter and the confidence that comes only from artists at the top of their craft. It is casual and intimate and alive with a charmingly human and playful spirit, of the kind that most music listeners long to be touched by.
On top of working with more exotic musical talent than ever before, Wells is making more beautiful records than ever before. You can hear some tracks from Lemondale here: http://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/sets/bill-wells-lemondale-sampler and pre-order it here: http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/albums/05-10-11/lemondale/
Lemondale will be available on CD (DS049CD) and via digital download (DS049D)