Preview ‘God Drugs’ from Pure Phase Ensemble 6 feat. Anton Newcombe ‘Live at SpaceFest!’
First Single revealed from Pure Phase Ensemble 6 with Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe
God Drugs https://youtu.be/H0uFYgqY-BI
Pure Phase Ensemble 6 – Spacefest! 2016 documentary https://youtu.be/XmWbRmHKh0c
SpaceFest! 2016 Teaser https://youtu.be/bqeR7pzFtto
* Live photos by Clemens Mitscher. Group photo by Pawel Jozwiak
Nasiono Records has announced it will release Pure Phase Ensemble 6 feat. Anton Newcombe ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ in late September. This album is preceded by the first single ‘God Drugs‘.
Pure Phase Ensemble is an eclectic rotating group of musicians, who come together every year in December during Gdansk’s illustrious SpaceFest!,. The group’s makeup constantly changes, guided by the artistic vision of a new curator every year and directed by Anna Szynwelska and Karol Schwarz of Nasiono Records , who has been responsible for its musical cohesion from the very outset.
This current incarnation was led by a true legend: Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, along with with Emil Nikolaisen of Scandinavian rock band Serena Maneesh. The six other musicians involved this year were drawn from various Polish alternative bands. They include Karol Schwarz (7faz, KSAS), Olga Myslowska (Polpo Motel), Maciej Karminski (Jesien), Marcin Lewandowski (Judy’s Funeral, Castlings, Soon), Jakub Zwirello (Oslo Kill City, Szezlong), and Kacper Graczyk (Aiodine, coding).
Just ahead of SpaceFest!, Nasiono Records hosts a workshop, with musicians improvising to produce a set of unique songs. These intensive sessions take place at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in the city’s Nowy Port district, the artists gathering inspiration amidst its post-industrial atmosphere. The festival then culminates in this music being performed and recorded in real time for the inevitable album release.
‘God Drugs’ is one of the seven tracks recorded for this album. Underlying the importance of festivals like this, Anton Newcombe says, “turn on the fucking radio…then turn it back off. That shit is bad for you. erm…lets have an urban contemporary rap festival everywhere and see what happens. Let’s have more DJ festivals…name one fucking important DJ now that people will respect in 30 years…name a record besides some classic jam that anyone at a club cares about. It’s all disposable. We are all trying to create our own culture because Western culture is dead”.
“I want to help establish SpaceFest! as one of the most important cultural events in Poland and totally relevant in Europe. I would like to be involved on a deeper level. I want to integrate culturally, artistically with all of Europe…well not the fascist part haha, not the neocons…not the Polanski eyes wide shut fuckers… but the artists”.
Another outcome of this latest SpaceFest! is a collaboration between Anton Newcombe and PPE 6 member Kacper Graczyk, which resulted in the track ‘Not Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass’.
In past incarnations of Pure Phase Ensemble, the group was curated by Mark Gardener (Ride), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ray Dickaty (Spiritualized), Steve Hewitt (Placebo), Jaime Harding (Marion), Chris Olley (Six By Seven), and Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, The True Spirit).
SpaceFest! has figuratively transformed Gdansk into the intergalactic capital of Poland, presenting psychedelic music at its best with shoegaze, Krautrock and space-rock plus cosmic energy, intergalactic cats, forest goblins, psyched visuals, pagan disco and more. The workshop is organized by the Nasiono Association in cooperation with the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, andl is co-financed by the City of Gdansk.
Clocking in at just over 44 minutes and priced at just €6.99, Pure Phase Ensemble 6 ‘Live at SpaceFest!’ will be released on CD and digitally on September 29, but can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
1 Sorry Not Sorry* 6:34
2 Popol Vuh 9:26
3 Balwan^ 6:56
4 Tetno pulsu 8:11
5 God Drugs * 6:26
6 Warmin up 1:05
7 Getting Bored* 5:31
Music by Pure Phase Ensemble 6
* Lyrics by Anton Newcombe
^ Lyrics by Olga Myslowska, Karol Schwarz, Jakub Graczyk
Anton Newcombe – voc, guitar, mellotron
Emil Nikolaisen – guitar
Karol Schwarz – guitar, voc
Olga Myslowska – keyboard, voc
Maciej Karminski – drums
Marcin Lewandowski – bass
Jakub Zwirello – guitar
Kacper Graczyk – electronic beats, synths, backing vocals
Recording: Lukasz Dabrowski
Live mix: Mateusz Danek
Mix, production, mastering: Karol Schwarz
Project supervision: Anna Szynwelska
Graphic design: Patryk Hardziej
PPE 6 documentary video RSU / Agencja Vizualna