Ouch Evil Slow Hop

A 7 track experimental album (31m 17s) — released June 13th 2011 on Slowfoot Records

Ouch Evil Slow Hop is the debut album of new collaboration between drum alchemist Sebastian Rochford [Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland etc..] and Pamelia Kurstin, the woman described by Bob Moog as "one of the most important innovators of the Theremin living today." Although aware of one another for a number of years, Seb and Pamelia first played together at the suggestion of Brighton's Loop Festival, and subsequently recorded this album's material in a Brighton studio, in a number of free improvised sessions then edited by Seb. Portishead's Adrian Utley added his unique mixing angle, and 'Ouch Evil Slow Hop' was born. An album that defies simplistic categorization, it veers between eerie soundscapes, locked celestial grooves and explosive workouts. Sections have variously been compared to Herbie Hancock's 'Sextant' era and Soft Machine locked in a fight to the death with Aphex Twin. Pamelia Kurstin Pamelia is arguably the most accomplished Theremin player of her generation, as witnessed by Bob Moog in the quote above. By fully embracing her own playing techniques along with technology as a processing tool, she has arrived at a unique sound for the instrument, blowing all preconceptions of what a Theremin should sound like back into the schlock 1950's sci-fi films where they belong. Her sound ranges from the 'sacred to the profane', and visits every point in between, by turns beautiful and ethereal, ferociously aggressive and always alien and unquantifiable. She has recorded and played live with artists such as David Byrne, John Zorn, Foetus, Sebastien Tellier and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. She has previously released a solo album 'Thinking Out Loud' (Tzadik). Sebastian Rochford As well as his work as the drummer, driving force and composer for Polar Bear, whose recent album 'Peepers' (Leaf Label) has garnered widespread critical acclaim, Seb's unique abilities both as a drummer and as an all round musical entity have seen him much in demand as a session player for the likes of Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Andy Sheppard and Brigitte Fontaine, to name a few. On this album, Seb's extraordinary musicianship is fully on display, as he uses his drum kit both as a ferocious rhythm machine and, more unusually, as an almost impossibly expressive medium that defies conventional expectations of time-keeping and dynamics. He is also associated with Acoustic Ladyland, Fulborne Taversham and The Basquiat Strings.

The overall mood is way-out yet never self-indulgent, ending in Hop's levitational arcs of future-bliss melody - Mojo

...the free rhythms and scorched electronics are more reminiscent of the more outré aspects of the Aphex Twin back catalogue. - Clash

Ouch’, the first piece to be made available from the record, is a thudding, bass-heavy track that sits somewhere between Herbie Hancock, Archie Shepp, and Venetian Snares. - The Line Of Best Fit

...a dynamic, questing collection that’s brimming with ideas deployed with lean concision and efficiency... ...a tumult hinting at the inherent scope and long-term potential of this compelling alliance. - Spencer Grady BBC online

...both the main participants are visionaries, and the music pulses with unexpected interventions and exhilaratingly strange turns... ...Rochford - the Brian Eno of a personal space between rock, electronica, jazz/improv and world music - touches everything he does with exultant mystery. - John Fordham The Guardian

Ouch Evil Slow Hop is chock full of an inquisitive dada spirit, undoubtable instrumental prowess and modern studio alchemy, rendered into shiny rare-earth ingots and pure sine waves, then reconstituted anew to astound and inspire in equal proportion... ... could possibly be the missing link between Aphex Twin, Zeena Parkins, Battles and Supersilent – get on board. - Cyclic Defrost

This collaboration between Brit-jazz drummer extraordinaire Rochford and theremin maestro Kurstin, mixed by Portishead's Adrian Utley, pretty much manages to blow away any pre-concieved notions of what such a duo might sound like straight off - Rock A Rolla

...fearless and adventurous and never anything less than exciting - Music OMH

...and in the stellar musicianship in evidence both on this album and elsewhere, it's clear that when they're jamming together Rochford and Kurstin can do anything - Drowned In Sound

...One of the most defiantly strange albums of the year so far... ...an ideal cure for the restless ear - Narc

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