Snöleoparden

by Snöleoparden

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about

Debutalbum from Danish/Pakistani psych-folk/world artist.

Bearing in mind the sound of bands like Gang Gang Dance, early Animal Collective and Kemialliset Ystävät, it is tempting to file Snöleoparden´s sound under 'psych folk', but it just wouldn´t be fair to the music.

Apart from being mainly instrumental (unlike the above mentioned artists), Snöleoparden´s selftitlted album comprises such different elements as Steve Reich-like minimalism ('Xylofon' & 'Lillecykel'), Pakistani folk songs ('Dreng'), childrens pop songs ('Hodja Fra Pjort' & 'Grieg'), ritual/ceremonial music ('Trance' & 'Snabel E'), electronica ('Den Evige') & psychedelic rock ('Water Puppet Theatre').
Elements of world music also has a strong influence on Snöleoparden´s music, but to simply label it 'world music', wouldn´t do it justice either.
What unites the tracks is the fact that they´re created in a state of childish ingenuousness, musical curiosity, and with eminent instrumental skills rarely heard like this.

During recordings as well as live sets Snöleoparden uses mostly homemade instruments, reel-to-reel tape recorders and guitar pedals to create his music. The hypnotic rhythms are all hand-played and only in one case ('Trance') based on a loop, done the old fashioned way of course, using a reel to reel tape.

Most tracks have small stories to accompany them. Like the track 'Dreng' which were done with a 6-year old busking boy from the town of Sadikeabad in Pakistan on vocals. Or the charming rendition of Danish composer Sebastian's 'Hodja Fra Pjort', where the voices were recorded in a kindergarden and the instruments in the music room of a public school, using only the available instruments.

PRESS:

'A great and beautiful album that will conquer your heart. Beauty of the month March!!!' (Cuemix).

'..an album that captures the rapturous ramblings of a truly creative mind' (Sonic Frontiers).

'..a record full of disarmingly hypnotic child-like patterns and rhythms made by a disarmingly talented dude living in Denmark' (The Village Voice).

'Some of Denmark's most unique and charming soundscapes!!!' (Experimusic).

'What is so special about this record is that each song opens up a new realm of possibility, you literally never know what is coming next, but you can rest assured that it will be an enjoyable listen.' - Holly Emblem, The Silent Ballet (UK)

'A great and beautiful album that will conquer your heart. Beauty of the month March!!!' - Michael Mück, Cuemix Magazine (DE)

'..an album that captures the rapturous ramblings of a truly creative mind' - Will Joines, Sonic Frontiers (UK)

'..a record full of disarmingly hypnotic child-like patterns and rhythms made by a disarmingly talented dude living in Denmark' - Everett True, The Village Voice (US)

'Snöleoparden er et mærkeligt dyr, som går sine egne veje. Heldigvis får vi lov at luske i hans fodspor... Det her er rigtigt charmerende, men ikke noget for hverken musikalske vanetænkere eller omkvædsjunkier'
- Per Buhl, GAFFA (DK)

'Listeners are urged to 'dig-deep' and keep an open mind when listening as Snöleoparden will lead to the discovery of some of Denmark's most unique and charming soundscapes!!!' - Kamyar Sadegzadeh, Experimusic (UK)

'The 45 minutes make for an interesting ride in the mind of Stampe, who is creative and manages to keep the child in himself alive' - Martijn Busink, Musique Machine (NL)

'Snöleoparden - et mystisk, omskifteligt væsen. Snöleoparden er et usædvanligt dyr med samme kvaliteter som en kamæleon. Men modsat kamæleonen, der forandrer sig visuelt for at blende ind i sit nærmiljø, foretager Snöleoparden radikale, auditive skift for at skille sig ud. Noget kunne tyde på, at Snöleoparden trods sit navn har en tæt forbindelse til Afrika, da mange af numrene er bygget op omkring polyrytmer, som er karakteristiske i mange afrikanske stilarter. Men den har også rødder i Asien, hvilket kan høres på 'Dreng', hvor en pakistansk dreng skærer igennem med sin rørende smukke røst. Dyret er højt udviklet og anvender elektronisk fnidder, hvor det nu passer sig. Men samtidig løber en bevidst naivitet gennem musikken, hvor adskillige instrumenter bliver afprøvet uden nødvendigvis at blive mestret. Især i en medrivende fortolkning af 'Hodja fra Pjort' med et live-optaget børnehavekor kan legesygen spores. Ja, undskyld det zoologiske billedsprog, men det virker naturligt at betragte kunstneren bag musikken som et sjældent væsen frem for det menneske af kød og blod, det er, for der hviler en fantasifuld mystik over 'Snöleoparden'. - Soundvenue (DK)

credits

released March 3, 2008

Artwork By [Cover] – Snö, Mads Westrup & Hendrixgry
Composed By, Performer, Producer – Jonas Stampe
Edited By [Outtake] – Oliver Duckert (tracks: 5, 9)
Flute [Clay], Guitar [Pedals], Vibraphone, Cymbal, Cowbell, Instruments [Recorders], Instruments [Kitchen Wake], Flute [Been], Other [Microphones], Drums [Tiny Clay], Tambura, Shaker, Drums [Kid], Violin, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Other [Headphones], Glockenspiel, Tape [Reel To Reel Tape Decks], Percussion [Mbira], Tabla, Xylophone, Flute [Clay], Guitar – Snöleoparden
Mastered By – Anders Bech
Mixed By – Snöleoparden
Photography – Peter Skeldahl
Written-By – Jonas Stampe (tracks: 1, 3 to 7, 9 to 11)

Tr.2 - Voices were recorded in a kindergarden and the instruments in the music room of a public school, using only the available instruments.
Tr.8 - Pakistani folk songs
Lead Vocals - Pakistani busker boy
Recorded on 4-track reel to reel.
Tr. 7 & 8 were recorded on laptop.

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Rump Recordings Copenhagen, Denmark

Rump Recordings was founded by Jens Berents Christiansen in Copenhagen in 2003 with an aim to release uncompromising electronic and electro-acoustic music.
The label does not attempt to focus solely on one genre but prefers to zoom in on the un-categorizable fields that emerge when artists start to experiment and push the existing boundaries of music.
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