What a beautiful, brilliant and emotional musical journey. It is impossible to pick a favourite, but I think I would go for 'Listen to her' if I had to make a choice. I have only received the digital album today, and the LP's are in the mail. Very exited to play these, and to be able to hear the full quality of the great analogue mastering.
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⋆ Artwork by River Cousin
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Levitation Orchestra presents one of the most adventurous albums to bless our ears in 2021, bringing together multiple inspirations ranging across spiritual jazz, classical, electronica, soul, spoken word, M-Base, and no-holds-barred free improvisation. With trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Cykada, Gary Bartz) as musical director, the collective comprises some of London's most promising young musicians, who together play in or with the likes of Alabaster de Plume, Shunaji, Nihilism, PÆN, and Nardedey. Lluis Domenech Plana on flute, James Akers on tenor saxophone, and Ayodeji Ijishakin on tenor saxophone complete the horn section, with Saskia Horton on violin, Beatriz Rola on violin, and Emma Barnaby on cello making up the strings. Rhythm is available in handfuls from Hamish Nockles-Moore on double bass and Harry Ling on drums, Maria Osuchowska on harp, and Paris Charles on guitar, with last but not least, Plumm and Dilara Aydin-Corbett on vocals.
As a true collective, each member is vital, contributing equally to the whole in terms of playing and writing. Compositions formed out of group discussions, which in the case of Illusions & Realities, delved into childhood, stoicism, astrophysical theories, and neurological delusions, all interweaving and circling the point where truth and reality enter the realm of illusion. The result is a record which manages to channels the energy of Sun Ra's Arkestra, the spiritual ambience of Alice Coltrane, and the harmonic subtleties of Debussy, whilst ultimately producing something tantalisingly original.
"Many In Body, One In Mind" - so reads the the final track title from Levitation Orchestra's forthcoming record Illusions & Realities. It's a statement that embodies both the album and the prime philosophy behind London's foremost powerhouse collective. The album is set for global release on October 29th via Gearbox Records. The album will be available on double vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, CD with gatefold sleeve, and digital. Limited quantities of Japanese Edition vinyl LP and Japanese Edition CD will also be available to pre-order.
Axel Kaner-Lidstrom - Trumpet/Directions In Music
Lluis Domenech Plana - Flute
James Akers - Tenor Saxophone
Ayodeji Ijishakin - Tenor Saxophone/Keys
Saskia Horton - Violin
Beatriz Rola - Violin
Emma Barnaby - Cello
Maria Osuchowska - Harp
Paris Charles - Guitar
Hamish Nockles-Moore - Double Bass
Harry Ling - Drums
Plumm - Vocals
Dilara Aydin-Corbett - Vocals
Recorded at Soup Studio
Produced by Axel Kaner-Lidstrom & David Holmes
Engineered and Mixed by David Holmes
Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones and Darrel Sheinman at Gearbox Records
Mastered using all-valve Decca equalisation and Telefunken limiters. Lacquer discs cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head. Monitored on Audio Note equipment
Artwork by River Cousin
Graphic design by Alan Foulkes
We would like to thank all who have supported as so far.
Each and every one of you has been invaluable to the continuation of our journey. Utmost to Kira Radley for her wisdom and dedication, and special mention to Roella Oloro who was instrumental in the creation of this music.
Founded in 2018 by trumpet player & musical director Axel Kaner-Lidstrom, Levitation Orchestra was formed with the shared
goal to create original suites of music completely collectively. An 11 piece ensemble abundant in energy & focus, their captivating compositions come to life in the band's explosive live performances....more
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This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket
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A stunning album that melds indian classical, spiritual jazz, and beat music. Every track is a banger and culminates in a true musical journey that covers a lot of moods and emotions. The playing is unreal. The Sonic Cloth Podcast