Angil + Hiddntracks release Ouliposaliva, their intelligent and charming album with a unique sound, further enhanced by the back-story and theme of the recording. The concept for Ouliposaliva was formed during an after-gig conversation between MickaÃ«l Mottet and Hiddentracks’ saxophonist Francis Bourganel: the idea of writing an entire album based on the sound of brass and woodwind instruments. “OK”, Bourganel said, “let’s do it. But donâ€™t use the E key, as it’s always been a tough one for alto saxophonists!” No sooner said than done: Mottet started writing E-less songs, never employing the E chord in the music, or the letter E in any of the lyrics.
MickaÃ«l Mottet composed most of Ouliposaliva’s songs on a 1904 piano salvaged from a neighbouring clothes shop which was closing down. Instead of having it tuned, Mottet took the weirdly resounding piano as it was, following the example of John Cage’s prepared instruments, and adapted his compositions to its strange, Tim-Burtonesque sound.
Recorded at nearby art squat La Fabrique, Ouliposaliva features 11 musicians and fellow producer and Hiddentacks guitarist Gilles Deles. Guitars, however, are barely present on this record: following the predicate stated in “Teaser for: matter”‘s opening song, “No more guitars,” Angil gave percussion, strings, woodwinds, and brass arrangements prominence in Ouliposaliva. He also emphasised the casual, hip hop feel that had dappled his earlier works, thus giving cross hints to both Why? and Sun Ra, Lisa Germano and Alice Coltrane, Soul Couhging and Tryggve Seim. The final touch to this ambitious project was added by French comics author Guillaume Long, who contributed the inspirational illustrations for “Ouliposaliva”‘s booklet.
Ouliposaliva drops January 13th, 2009!
01. Do Not Think (Part 1)
02. Narrow Minds
03. In Purdah
04. You Most (Thirst Part)
05. Took No Drugs, Had No Drink (It All Was In Our Minds)
06. Do Not Think (Part 2)
07. Trying To Fit
09. You Most (Part Two)
10. Lift Trip To Mars
11. Do Not Think (Part 3)
12. You Most (Third Part, As Far As I Know)
13. Sylvia Plath, Libby And Small Ghost
14. Final List
“Few other French artists are that able to caper about various musical possibilities, from hip-hop to Charlie Haden, from indie-pop to new folk, and remain natural and credible”. – Jean Daniel Beauvallet â€“ Les Inrockuptibles
“Ouliposaliva is wreathed with a sense of mad poetry… no doubt, MickaÃ«l Mottet is one of the most original creative French authors today” – Marc Gourdon – MAGIC