So here I am.. after having forced Vakant’s artists to write their own press releases a few years ago, since I think this has a more personal approach besides that everyone is tired of the usual press blurbs, I do not get around to draft something for this 10 Years Vakant compilation by myself.
After first performing together at Sonar Festival with what was essentially a live version of our respective “B.O.A.T.S.” and “Adamant” albums, Thomas and I decided to expand on these ideas for something more broad and improvisation-centric. After months in the studio drinking nothing but amaretto and working on new music for this purpose, our new live experiment (now simply called CW/A) was ready.
CW/A is the new live project from long-time friends and studio partners Thomas (Avatism) and Francesco (Clockwork). Presented for the first time at Sonar Festival in 2013 as a live version of their debut albums “Adamant” and ‘B.O.A.T.S.’, it eventually evolved into a broader, more organic improvisation-centric performance distinct from their separate solo productions. CW/A’s debut album ‘Words Unspoken, Acts Undone’ has been released in 2015 on Parachute Records.
Sitting down and writing about our latest EP was a fun but challenging exercise, we scratched our heads and this may sound bad but we couldn’t think of deep, dark interesting stories on how we made these tracks or what they represent. These jams are simply a combination of previous and random happy accidents that have come together and saying anything else would be a lie. This however does not mean that the thinking behind them is completely random, the three cuts that we selected for this EP we feel are a journey of experimentation and a culmination of unexpected sounds and feelings. A word that we found best described the EP was ‘Irony’.
It’s me again. I’m sipping coffee and staring at this Mac’s calendar, suddenly realising it’s already been more than 4 months since the release of “Adamant”. I think thank-yous are way overdue so I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge everyone involved in the project as these have been a really amazing four months.
So here I am, happily an album older, introducing the first of Adamant’s remix packages.
Since the whole project was, generally-speaking, “a personal affair” and a lot of the album was not necessarily “club-ready” (does that even make sense?), we invited our friends on board to do the dirty deeds for me and rework my sounds into something normal people can dance to.
For over 12 months Thomas Feriero AKA Avatism, our friend and label partner, has been staying at home and working on his album. He moved to Berlin to work on it and now sadly (for us) yet (gladly) for him he is moving back to Milan. Poof! Just Like that. So what did this year entail exactly?
Unusually for a record (for me, at least), “Constants” collects tracks written in four very different moments in time: some are recent — so recent I’ve only had the opportunity to play them out just a handful of times — while others are over one year old. I really wish the story behind this EP would be a bit more interesting so this text could completely blow your mind but I’m afraid there were no dragons, no sex, no drugs and definitely no rock’n’roll involved. All four were mostly produced by me while sipping coffee and wearing boxer shorts in front of a computer.
Thomas Feriero aka Avatism did not buy his first vinyl record when he was 10 years old, nor was he born out of the love of two underground jazz musicians. He had an extremely dull and standard childhood and can still barely play the drums. He has, however, released his moody, small room music on labels such as Dumb Unit, Mike Shannon’s Haunt and Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir, until he found a new home with Vakant. He is now focusing on his new project CW/A.