PREMIERE: 29 Sept 2017
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cover: unipack (2 wings)
1 Intro 3:12
2 Sorry Not Sorry* 4:53
3 Popol Vuh 9:46
4 Bałwan^ 6:47
5 Tętno pulsu^~ 8:01
6 God Drugs* 6:16
7 Warmin Up 1:05
8 Getting Bored* 4:18
total time: 44:17
Pure Phase Ensemble 6
Pure Phase Ensemble 6:
Anton Newcombe – voc, guitar, mellotron
Emil Nikolaisen – guitar
Karol Schwarz – guitar, voc
Olga Mysłowska – keyboard, voc
Maciej Karmiński – drums
Marcin Lewandowski – bass
Jakub Żwirełło – guitar
Kacper Graczyk – electronic beats, synths, backing vocals
recording: Łukasz Dąbrowski
live mix: Mateusz Danek
mix, production, mastering: Karol Schwarz
project supervision: Anna Szynwelska
graphic design: Patryk Hardziej
Pure Phase Ensemble is an eclectic rotating group of musicians, who come together every year in December during Gdansk’s illustrious SpaceFest!. The group’s makeup constantly changes, guided by the artistic vision of a new curator every year and directed by Anna Szynwelska and Karol Schwarz of Nasiono Records, who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset.
Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) led this current incarnation, along with with Emil Nikolaisen of Scandinavian rock band Serena Maneesh. The six other musicians involved this year were drawn from various Polish alternative bands. They include Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), Olga Myslowska (Polpo Motel), Maciej Karminski (Jesien), Marcin Lewandowski (Judy’s Funeral, Castlings, Soon), Jakub Zwirello (Oslo Kill City, Szezlong), and Kacper Graczyk (Aiodine, coding).
Just ahead of SpaceFest!, Nasiono Records hosts a workshop, with musicians improvising to produce a set of unique songs. These intensive sessions take place at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Artin the city’s Nowy Port district, the artists gathering inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere. The festival then culminates in this music being performed and recorded in real time for the inevitable album release.
Underlying the importance of festivals like this, Anton Newcombe says: “turn on the fucking radio…then turn it back off. That shit is bad for you. erm…lets have an urban contemporary rap festival everywhere and see what happens. Let’s have more DJ festivals…name one fucking important DJ now that people will respect in 30 years…name a record besides some classic jam that anyone at a club cares about. It’s all disposable. We are all trying to create our own culture because Western culture is dead”.
“I want to help establish SpaceFest! as one of the most important cultural events in Poland and totally relevant in Europe. I would like to be involved on a deeper level. I want to integrate culturally, artistically with all of Europe…well not the fascist part haha, not the neocons…not the Polanski eyes wide shut fuckers… but the artists”.
This latest SpaceFest! also resulted in a one-on-one collaboration between Anton Newcombe and PPE 6 member Kacper Graczyk – together, the two have released the track ‘Not Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass’.
In past incarnations of Pure Phase Ensemble, the group was curated by Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit).
SpaceFest! has figuratively transformed Gdansk into the intergalactic capital of Poland, presenting psychedelic music at its best with shoegaze, Krautrock and space-rock plus cosmic energy, intergalactic cats, forest goblins, psyched visuals, pagan disco and more. The workshop is organized by the Nasiono Association in cooperation with the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, andl is co-financed by the City of Gdansk.