Hypnodrone Ensemble to Release Plays Orchestral Favourites Oct. 26

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 5th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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As a five-minute sampling of the upcoming album, Plays Orchestral Favourites, ‘Serial Staging’ presents Hypnodrone Ensemble‘s ambient breadth as encompassing and far-ranging in kind. Tracked as a nine-piece in true-enough “ensemble” fashion, the offering is due out Oct. 26 through Wolves and Vibrancy and features at its core the likes of Aidan Baker of Nadja and Thisquietarmy‘s Eric Quach. It’ll be their third record but first through Wolves and Vibrancy, and will feature arrangements of violin, baritone guitar and synth alongside drones, three drummers and, one assumes, whatever else they could possibly think of at that given moment. Sounds like fun to me.

I’m not always able to keep up with Aidan Baker‘s prolific output — who possibly could? — but I’ll point out that I don’t think I’ve ever checked out anything he’s been involved in, be it Nadja, his solo work, or some other collaboration, and been sorry I did. Considering how much he’s put out, that’s a significant track record.

News from the PR wire:

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Hypnodrone Ensemble – Ambient Space Rock Collective Featuring Members Of Nadja, thisquietarmy And Caudal Share New Track “Serial Staging”

Hypnodrone Ensemble have recently shared the first track off their forthcoming new album “Plays Orchestral Favourites”, which is set for release on October 26th via Wolves And Vibrancy Records.

Titled “Serial Staging”, this new track is now playing at this location.

Hypnodrone Ensemble was formed in Berlin in 2014 by the Canadian experimental/ambient guitars Aidan Baker (also of Nadja) and Eric Quach (aka Thisquietarmy), along with the drummers David Dunnett, Jérémie Mortier (also of Alice In The Cities, Nearest Gas Station), and Felipe Salazar (also of Caudal).

A quintet at its core, though occasionally expanding or changing members, the group creates free-form, semi-improvisational studies in rhythmic, psychedelic, atmospheric spacerock. Hypnodrone Ensemble released its self-titled debut, a live recording from NK in Berlin, on Consouling Sounds in 2014 and followed that up with the studio album, The Shape of Space, released on Calostro Recordings and Little Crack’d Rabbit Records in 2015.

Following an expanded line-up performance in 2016 in Berlin, the group returned to the studio in 2017 to record ‘Plays Orchestral Favourites’ as a 9-piece group, with Simon Goff (also Molecular, Bee And Flower) on violin, Duchamp on baritone guitar, Felix-Florian Tödtloff (ex-Sun Worship) on bass, and Diego Ferri on synths.


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