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Angie Joseph: New Project, New Music, New Goals – “October Rain” Rockin’ 2018

by Clara Zicarco

Paris-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Angie Joseph talks with HorizonVU’s Clara Zicaro about her new project and new music. Visit October Rain at October Rain. Listen to the acoustic version of “In The Middle” on SoundCloud. Photo Credit (below): *ThéOdora *Sabath* Shoot* at Facebook

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Let’s discover Angie Joseph

CZ: Tell us more about your musical career?
I sing and play different instruments such as guitar and bass. I have been in different bands since I’m 16. My last band was called Under The Skin and is essentially composed of two peoples, my close friend Yan and me, we composed the songs, the other members were interpret. I have now decided to start my first solo project under the name of « October rain ». I didn’t want to put my real name on it.

CZ: When will your EP be released?
It will be released in September, although we expect a singles release in July. My songs have just been mixed in England.

CZ: Have you received some help from musicians for your project?
Yes, my friend Tarah G. Carpenter (Tarah Who?), is the drummer for my songs. She is currently in Los Angeles.

CZ: Why do you sing in English?
In my opinion, when you sing Rock music, it is better to use English rather than French.

CZ: Is music your main activity?
Music isn’t my principal job, I am currently a communication and graphism officer.

CZ: What do you sing about in your songs?
In my songs, I talk about what I feel, about what a person makes me feel or about inspired topics. I do not have limitations for writing, as I am alone in my project, I do not have to convince anyone. I will now try to go in further reflexion about the society in my music. When I was in a band, writing was always about generality, to better fit to everyone.

CZ: Where and how do you find your inspiration to write songs?
It really depends to each tune. Sometimes the melody comes in my mind, then I transcribe it in a partition. I can find inspiration by playing with my guitar. Sometimes it happens that I first find the lyric, then the melody.

CZ: Roughly, how many concerts have you done? Do you prefer huge or small rooms?
I think I have done between 100 and 200 concerts in 15 years. It is really hard to perform in the first part of a concert. The challenge is to grab the attention of the audience.

CZ: Who are your favorite artists?
There are a lot, for example: Tool, Queens of the stone age, Foo fighters, Radiohead, Royal Blood, Brody Dalle, Dead Sara, Deap Vally, Imogen Heap, Rival Sons, PJ Harvey, Dry Can, Tarah Who? and Pink.

CZ: How do you describe your music?
The sound is raw, simple, effective, no frills, minimalist. It’s rock, it’s pop, it’s alternative rock.

CZ: Thanks a lot for your time. We look forward to the EP release and more from October Rain.

Carla Bozulich
Quieter
Constellation

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Recognizing that time moves on and artists evolve (a least the very goods ones), “Quieter” is Carla Bozulich’s fifth album, and perhaps, it is her best. The list of collaborators include Marc Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith, Freddy Ruppert, Andrea Belfi, JHNO and our friend Sarah Lipstate. Not that her earlier work should be overlooked, but “Quieter” seems more mature. If you are into music-color pairing, you might think about Bozulich’s earier work as red with the kind of tense, scary vibe you get by using diminished 7th chords.

The tension is still there, but maybe the album takes on a sort-of-purple-blue color. It’s hard to say. In any case, with this new release Bozulich demonstrates her continued willingness to experiment, which makes the album particularly important. The opening track “Let It Roll”, a collaboration with John Eichenseer (JHNO) and Andrea Belfi, is eerily seductive in it’s lyrics and instrumentation/effects. “Written in Smoke” is a collaboration with Sarah Lipstate gives exceptional expression to a hazy or murky atmosphere. The final track, “End of the World,”is a jazz-blues piece co-written by Marc Ribot leaves us with the uncomfortable proposition that the end will come in its own time and fostering the kind of pain that parallels the sound of shutters on rusted hinges whipping in the wind. The album is intelligent and deserves acclaim.


Jaguwar
Ringthing
Tapete Records

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We’re back with our “Pick of the Week”. We haven’t been slacking off over the holidays, we just didn’t see (or hear) new releases that made for a good HorizonVU fit. Jaguwar, the Dresden trio of Lemmy Fischer (vocals/guitar), Oyèmi Noize (vocals/bass) and Christoph Krenkel (drums) have released their LP “Ringthing” (as in the Electro-Harmonix single sideband modulator) and the album’s content certainly stays in line with its title. The band offers up a cornucopia of special effects ranging from noise and sweeps through to inventive applications of dynamics, which are truly notable. There are also some great vocals from Fischer and Noize on “Night Out” and “Whales”, for example. It is the case that while the all the effects tracks swirl and twirl through the songs they don’t leave much room for the vocals to live often getting in the way. Nevertheless, the LP is solid and offers up some well written and well-executed tracks. It’s likely that you’ll enjoy the melodies, and frankly, the album might serve as a reference work for alternative/shoegaze.


Courtney Barnett/ Kurt Vile
Lotta Sea Lice
Matador

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Australian singer, songwriter meets up with American singer, songwriter and the outcome is really darn good. Perhaps a bit surprising given stylistic differences; Barnett’s sometimes weird, rambling spoken-word style and Vile’s blend of rock, folk, new wave, and country-pop. The duo does come into alignment, but it seems as though Vile is the dominating influence, i.e., Courtney drifts closer to Kurt’s sonic signature than vice versa (take “Over Everything”, for example). There is some foot tapping to do through “Continental Breakfast” and “Blue Cheese”. This is a nice autumn release; maybe find the groove by thinking bright-colored leaves on sunny New England day. Even if you’re not into one artist or the other, or both, open up and give it a listen.


Amy O
Elastic
Winspear

Indiana-based Amy O’s (Amy Oelsner) “Elastic” is justly titled owing to the artist’s penchant for out of the ordinary song structures, changes in pace (moving from opening track “Lavender” to “Soft Skin” or “History Walking to “Sunday Meal”, for example) and melodies. The twelve track album is a quick listen with only two tracks (“Cherry Blossom” and “Spill”) running over three minutes. But, the briskness of the album along with the changes in tension and mobility moving track-to-track and the melodic relationships are what makes this debut album work. Oh, it’s a fair bet that there’s a hook or two that will stick in your head. “Elastic” is a worthy debut.

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Marika Hackman
I’m Not Your Man
Sub Pop

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English artist Marika Hackman releases her second album, “I’m Not Your Man”. She began recording her first full-length album, “We Slept At Last” in 2014. The latest effort is far more aggressive than the first in the sense that it packs a much bigger or louder punch owing to the inclusion of a full band, London-based Big Moon. The result is a grungier sound, which works for Hackman. In addition to the grunge, the listener will hear obscurations of sound as in shoegaze or neo-psychedelia. Her vocals remain true to earlier recordings, light and sugar-coated. Overall, there’s plenty of energy, temperament, and sexuality to make “I’m Not Your Man” a pick of the week!


Karen Elson

Karen Elson
Double Roses
Hot Records

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Karen Elson, the British model and musician, has released her second album following a seven year hiatus since the release of “The Ghost Who Walks”. Elson’s “Double Roses” brings to mind the singer-songwriters of Laurel Canyon and the counterculture musicians such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King. The album has numerous highlights, but “Hell and High Water,” “Raven,” and most certainly “Distant Shore” cannot be passed by. This is an album not to be missed.


Sallie Ford

Sallie Ford
Soul Sick
Vanguard

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Sallie Ford’s second album “Soul Sick” is all about…well…soul sickness or those feelings and emotions that give rise to fear, anxiety and troubles of living in one’s own skin. Ford is certainly not the first to pick up on the themes of the album, but what makes this recording worth the time is her energy and abililty to bring together disparate sounds such as retro Top 40, rock, and psychedelia. Check it out!


Cherry Glazerr

Cherry Glazerr
Apocalipstick
Secretly Canadian

Cherry Glazerr brings on great post-punk/indie noise pop with this latest release “Apocalipstick”. Clementine Creevy heads up the band along with drummer Hannah Uribe , vocalist Sophia Muller and bassist Sean Redman. “Told You I’d Be With The Guys” is an stand-out track along with “Nuclear Bomb” (the video features Creevy having an interesting, however bizzare) relationship with her Rickenbacker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Pnr3S10yA

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Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor
In the Next Life
Flower Moon

The Birmingham Alabama-born singer-songwriter has released her sixth solo album. The tracks are generally mellow and warm. Taylor’s dreamy voice makes this album well worth the time.

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