The Present / Uské Orchestra
The Present (US)
is the new music project of legendary New York musician and producer Rusty Santos (Panda Bear ‘Person Pitch’, Born Ruffians ‘Red Yellow & Blue’, Animal Collective ‘Sung Tongs’). The band feature aside Rusty, Mina and Jesse (WHITE MAGIC / GANG GANG DANCE). Described by one band who worked with him as a hyper boy genius, Rusty has always fixed his attention on producing music that is experimentally rich whilst remaining accessible. By attempting to create music that arises unconsciously through improvisation, THE PRESENT’s debut album ‘World I See’ hauls this ethos over its shoulders as it tramples on musical boundaries and preconceptions, whilst leaving an album that is still capable of relating musically and emotionally to a wide audience.
Uské Orchestra (BE)
Allow us to split hairs over a subtle difference: Uské Orchestra’s music is indeed a mixture of styles, but not in the sense of avant-garde. For here no pop music styles are referenced, wildly combined and rendered ridiculous as a result. No, this project around Niko Uské rather assembles and stacks microscopic bits from all possible genres and styles to build teeming musical market places. Uské Orchestra prefer to work with their own recorded acoustic sounds. Within seconds they change the mood, the instrument, the timbre and the arrangement. If there ever was an award for devious sound design, Uské Orchestra would be the clear winner. Just imagine the sound track to ‘the Matrix’, performed by a hyperactive brass band from the Balkans or Mexico. Close-up nothing about this music is ostentatious; but if you take a step back and view the sound paintings as a whole, you’ll notice the impermeability and voluminous magnitude of the tracks. Just as the mighty Leviathan emerges out of a mass of little people, ant heaps crop up here out of innumerable triads.