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Belgian instrumental duo exploring an ever widening universe of highly personal sounds. Using only classical double bass and often raw electric guitar, the atmospheres shift from energetic and wild jazz to delicate intimacy and classic beauty, echoes of world and ethnic music, into trippy electronic sound manipulation.
New York based jazz legend trumpeter Dave Douglas contributes to the magic on new album Symphony for 2 Little Boys ©2017 El Negocito Records & Vlaamsekunst Records
01 Le Métropolitain (©Faes)
Urban atmosphere, vaguely within a frame of contemporary classical music and dangerously rocking jazz. An ungraspable and virtuoso theme and improvisations driven by sub-octave bass and wild sixties fuzz guitar.
02 Bastien (©De Groote)
Originally imagined as a tribute to Sebastian Bach, the original mood of this composition has completely capsized into a spacious guitar melody over an intricate bowed bass rhythm.
03 Fermeture (ft Dave Douglas) (©Faes)
Inspired heavily by the John Zorn/Marc Ribot/Dave Douglas Masada recordings. Delivering the theme and solo on muted trumpet, Mr Douglas remembers : 'we called this type of music falafel jazz'…
04 La valse du coeur brisé (©Faes)
Bluesy intro turning into a light and tender jazz waltz with bouncy and playful improvisations. A more traditional jazz sound spectrum, reminiscent of En Route, De Groote-Faes Duo's 2014 debut album.
05 Manifesto (ft Dave Douglas) (©Faes)
Uptempo klezmer theme with a romantic classical bridge. Adventurous trumpet solo and a strangely appropriate funky guitar improvisation.
06 La Bataille (©De Groote)
A dramatic scream, rough and searching, wild sound effects on both instruments, improvised around an expressive Middle Eastern/blues melody line.
07 de eenzame treurwilg (©Faes)
Open and gloomy, as a lonely weeping willow. Ending with the double bass bowing an impressive low c note, deeper then the bottom of a dark lake.
08 Les Lunes (©Faes)
Displaying an otherworldly view on a familiar Belgian horizon under two moons. Extra electronics and sound effects by straight edge producer Nicolas Rombouts.
09 Endormi (ft Dave Douglas) (©De Groote)
Sweet little nightmares and unfamiliar warm feelings. Three little boys dozing off quietly and disciplined, the dream gets out of hand quickly. Free associating visions of bluesy trumpet and guitar over an unpredictable bouncing rhythm.
10 Cascamorras Blues (©Faes)
Epic symphony, telling classic tales making use of new languages. A wild intro, bowed bass theme, virtuoso plucked bass solo, funky guitar chords, Spanish melancholy and surprising conclusion.
11 Help (I need it) (©De Groote)
Human vulnerability, vocalised by De Groote-Faes Duo.
12 Ballade Mignonne (©Faes)
A goodbye, tender and tough. credits
released January 17, 2017
Bruno De Groote - electric guitar
Ben Faes - double bass
Dave Douglas - trumpet (track 3,5,9)
Recording: all tracks recorded in June 2016 at Madam Fortuna by Nicolas Rombouts except track 3, 5, 9 in November 2016 at Number Nine Studios Ghent by Sebastian Omerson & Nicolas Rombouts
Mixing: Nicolas Rombouts & DGF Duo at Caporal Studio Antwerp
Mastering: Üwe Teichert at Elektropolis
Producing: Nicolas Rombouts & DGF Duo
Co-Production: Vlaamsekunst Records & el NEGOCITO Records
Artwork: Radomira Dostal
Photo Duo: Cas Janssens
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