Constellation Records just revealed all four of their Autumn 2019 releases to their newsletter subscribers, including new albums from Fly Pan Am, Sandro Perri, Matana Roberts and Land Of Kush. Find out more about each of the albums in brief below and check out new singles from each release. In related label news, Jessica Moss currently has three shows in the UK this week in Lancaster, Newcastle and London, find out more here.
Fly Pan Am • C’est ça
Release date: 20 September
FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 15 YEARS!
We’re truly over the moon to be welcoming one of Constellation’s earliest bands back into action – this is the legendary Montréal avant-rock quartet’s first new album since 2004. Blending tightly-wound Kosmische grooves, maximalist shoegaze noise, and bursts of sonic sabotage and deconstruction, C’est ça is a superb return to form for Fly Pan Am, picking up right where they left off, striking a glorious balance between ear-worm catchiness and unbridled sonic experimentation.
“Using the extended instrumental motif as a vehicle toward achieving musical nirvana, this Montreal quartet adheres to minimalist principles while stretching the boundaries of guitar/bass/drums with electronic hiss and other sound composites.” – Magnet
Land Of Kush • Sand Enigma
Release date: 08 November 2019
FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 6 YEARS!
Sam Shalabi’s stupendous and genre-defying Land Of Kush orchestra is back with its first album since 2013’s The Big Mango (Shalabi’s love letter to Cairo, composed during the Arab Spring). The disenchantments of the years since have been devastating, to say the least, and Sand Enigma bristles accordingly – this is Shalabi’s most acute and accomplished big-band composition to date, with the orchestra on fire as they stir up a melting pot of Arabic tropes, avant-jazz, modern classical, freaknoise, electronics and sound art. Nadah El Shazly is a featured vocalist on this one.
“Sam Shalabi has raised the bar for modern psychedelic music with the Land of Kush orchestra, utilizing Middle Eastern, jazz, rock, and folkloric sources to weave a seamless montage of styles in a transcendent way that is rarely, if ever, achieved.” – Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls / Sublime Frequencies)
Matana Roberts • COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
Release date: 18 October
FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 4 YEARS!
Matana Roberts returns with the much-anticipated fourth installment of her hugely innovative, profoundly iconoclastic and rightly acclaimed COIN COIN project. Roberts deftly weaves a sonic tapestry of African-American ethnography and history with strands of jazz, blues, free improv, afro-futurism, traditionals, spoken word and avant-garde composition – always guided by her powerfully personal/universal narratives and wholehearted, singular artistic spirit.
“Roberts isn’t just a storyteller, musician, ethnographer, historian, bandleader, arranger, improviser, or activist. She plays all of those roles, yes; collectively, they power one of the most provocative ongoing bodies of work by any American musician.” – Pitchfork
Matana Roberts live dates
4 AUG 2019 Newport, RI Newport Jazz Festival
17 AUG 2019 New York, NY Mary Flagler Cary Hall
4 OCT 2019 London, UK St Mary’s Hall
Sandro Perri • Soft Landing
Release date: 06 September
FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 11 MONTHS!
We’ve been accustomed to waiting years between Sandro Perri albums – a fine price to pay for the quality and understated brilliance of his records. But the Perri floodgates have opened; less than a year after the widely acclaimed In Another Life, he offers up a new and sublime collection, this time with guitar at the calmly rambling heart of these tunes: from the lushly languid 16-minute album opener “Time (You Got Me)” to the syncopated 70s-inflected soft rock of “Wrong About The Rain,” Soft Landing is a warm and hugely satisfying addition to Perri’s diverse and unparalleled discography.
“One of the most singular producers in contemporary music.” – Boomkat
Sandro Perri live dates
29 AUG 2019 Larmer Tree Gardens, UK End of the Road Festival
5 SEP 2019 London, UK Kings Place