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Levitation Orchestra presents one of the most adventurous albums to bless our ears in 2021, bringing together multiple inspirations ranging across spiritual jazz, classical, electronica, soul, spoken word, M-Base, and no-holds-barred free improvisation. With trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Cykada, Maisha) as musical director, the collective comprises some of London's most promising young musicians, who together play in or with the likes of SEED Ensemble, Alabaster de Plume, Shunaji, Nihilism, PÆN, and Nardedey. Lluis Domenech Plana on flute, James Akers on tenor saxophone, and Ayodeji Ijishakin on tenor saxophone complete the horn section, with Saskia Horton on violin, Beatriz Rola on violin, and Emma Barnaby on cello making up the strings. Rhythm is available in handfuls from Hamish Nockles-Moore on double bass and Harry Ling on drums, complemented by Roella Oloro on keys, Maria Osuchowska on harp, and Paris Charles on guitar, with last but not least, Plumm and Dilara Aydin-Corbett on vocals.
As a true collective, each member is vital, contributing equally to the whole in terms of playing and writing. Compositions formed out of group discussions, which in the case of Illusions & Realities, delved into childhood, stoicism, astrophysical theories, andneurological delusions, all interweaving and circling the point where truth and reality enter the realm of illusion. The result is a record which manages to channels the energy of Sun Ra's Arkestra, the spiritual ambience of Alice Coltrane, and the harmonic subtleties of Debussy, whilst ultimately producing something tantalisingly original.
"Many In Body, One In Mind" - so reads the the final track title from Levitation Orchestra's forthcoming record Illusions & Realities. It's a statement that embodies both the album and the prime philosophy behind London's foremost powerhouse collective. The album is set for global release on October 29th via Gearbox Records. The album will be available on double vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, CD with gatefold sleeve, and digital. Limited quantities of Japanese Edition vinyl LP and Japanese Edition CD will also be available to pre-order.
1. Life Is Suffering / Send and Receive Love Only 2. Listen To Her 3. Spiral (Die, Die, Die) 4. Delusion 5. Child: Part I 6. Child: Part II 7. Child: Part III 8. Child: Part IV 9. Between Shadows 10. Many In Body, One In Mind
Axel Kaner-Lidstrom - Trumpet Lluis Domenech Plana - Flute James Akers - Tenor Saxophone Ayodeji Ijishakin - Tenor Saxophone Saskia Horton - Violin Beatriz Rola - Violin Emma Barnaby - Cello Maria Osuchowska - Harp Paris Charles - Guitar Hamish Nockles-Moore - Double Bass Harry Ling - Drums Plumm - Vocals Dilara Aydin-Corbett - Vocals Roella Oloro - Keys
Recorded at Soup Studio Produced by Axel Kaner-Lidstrom & David Holmes Engineered and Mixed by David Holmes Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones and Darrel Sheinman at Gearbox Records
Mastered using all-valve Decca equalisation and Telefunken limiters. Lacquer discs cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head. Monitored on Audio Note equipment
Artwork by River Cousin Graphic design by Alan Foulkes